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Elijah Is Coming Soon (Revised & Expanded)

Image result for pictures of Elijah the prophet“SET A PLACE AT THE END OF THE TABLE FOR ELIJAH; LISTEN WELL TO HIM, FOR HE’S COMING SOON” ~ Feb. 26, 2003

This prophetic word was dropped into my spirit by the Lord, as I was waking up on my birthday, when He often gives me a prophetic word, scripture, or personal exhortation.

Elijah’s Mission —

1) To announce the immanent return of Jesus Christ, or Messiah to the Jews (though many still don’t recognize Him as their messiah).

Jewish Talmudic belief is that Elijah will announce the advent of the Messiah at the conclusion of Shabbat which is supposed to be a foretaste of the messianic age. [1]

His appearance and preaching will convince many Jews of the truth that Jesus, whom their forefathers rejected, is their true and returning Messiah!

2) To prepare a people to receive their God.

Didn’t Jesus tell his disciples that John the Baptist was Elijah?

Luk 1:17  And he (John the Baptist) shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 

Like Elijah, John the Baptist preached ‘repentance,’ the first step in preparing people to receive God. Isaiah prophesied that John the Baptist would “prepare the way of the Lord” – 

Mat 3:1  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Mat 3:3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 

People’s hearts have to be “prepared” – made ready, the hardness of them softened, which is done primarily through preaching. As we know, the Jewish leaders didn’t listen to John the Baptist and didn’t receive Jesus as their prophesied Messiah, but rejected and murdered them both! Obviously, their hearts remained hardened and unchanged. However, many of the Jewish people did believe the words of Christ, and did “receive” Him. Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…

3) To preach a message of REPENTANCE. 

Mat 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Elijah will preach to all men to “turn back” (Heb. ‘shoob’) to their Maker, Yahweh. To turn back means the same as to “return to” and “come back” to Him. Who needs to return, come back, or turn back to God? ALL who have backslidden or drifted away from Him, those in the Body of Christ who have become “lukewarm” and “carnal” who have neglected their spiritual walk, leading “worldly” lives nearly devoid of spiritual works and faith. Such give little acknowledgment or thought to God, whose lives are filled with worldly cares and pursuits. These need to “turn back” to God, like the ancient Israelites did, after backsliding and returning to Yahweh after He chastised them. God exhorts people to ‘turn back’ to Him that they might escape utter destruction. In turning back to God, one repents of his sinning and starts living a life pleasing to God, in accordance with His Word, the Bible.

4) To bring a message of RECONCILIATION.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 
Mal 4:6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

To “turn the heart of the fathers to the children” and “the heart of the children to their fathers” – is that not a picture of reconciliation? This speaks primarily of men reconciling to God their Maker, but also may apply to brothers reconciling to each other, such as Christian and Jewish believers in Jesus Christ. This reconciling will be the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to “make of twain one new man.” Dogma will no longer cause separation and division among them, as both will come to realize they’re “one in Christ.” Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. By a very expressive figure of speech, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the rest of the patriarchs, are represented here as having their hearts alienated from the Jews, their children, because of their unbelief and disobedience; but that the Baptist should so far succeed in converting them to the Lord their God, that these holy men should again look upon them with delight, and acknowledge them for their children. Some think that by the children, the Gentiles are meant, and by the fathers, the Jews. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary] 

fathers to the children — taken literally, this denotes the restoration of parental fidelity [Meyer and others], the decay of which is the beginning of religious and social corruption – one prominent feature of the coming revival being put for the whole. But what follows, explanatory of this, rather suggests a figurative sense. If “the disobedient” be “the children,” and to “the fathers” belongs “the wisdom of the just” [Bengel], the meaning will be, “he shall bring back the ancient spirit of the nation into their degenerate children” [Calvin, etc.]. So Elijah invoked “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,” when seeking to “turn their heart back again” (1Ki_18:36, 1Ki_18:37). [Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary] 

5) To bring a message of HOPE and RESTORATION.

Mat 17:1  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 
Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 
Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 
Mat 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
Mat 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 
Mat 17:6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 
Mat 17:7  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 
Mat 17:8  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 
Mat 17:9  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 
Mat 17:10  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 
Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 
Mat 17:12  But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 
Mat 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. (*Elias was the Greek rendering of the Hebrew name “Elijah.”)

The Transfiguration (change, transfigure, transform) of Christ and the appearance of Moses and Elijah the prophets, was to give us mortal men who wait for the transformation of our mortal bodies into glorious, eternal ones, hope for the fulfillment of that promise. Moses and Elijah appeared to Christ to encourage and strengthen Him for the horrible ordeal of His trial and death. Jesus told his three disciples who were with Him, that Elijah had already come in SPIRIT in the person of John the Baptist, thus at least partially fulfilling the prophecy, Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

What we need to keep in mind about prophecy is that some prophecies have dual fulfillment, meaning they’ll be fulfilled more than once. Plus, it’s possible that this prophecy about Elijah coming before the return of Jesus Christ, may be meant in a spiritual sense as many in the Church now believe. However, that may or may not be the only possibility. I question this because Elijah along with Moses, were both seen ‘transfigured’ at the Mount AND because the prophecies in Revelation seem to suggest a PHYSICAL appearing of TWO PROPHETS who will preach in the streets of Jerusalem prior to the Second Coming of Christ – 

Rev 11:3  And I will give my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. 
Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. 
Rev 11:5  And if anyone desires to hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and if anyone desires to hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 
Rev 11:6  These have power to shut the heaven, that it not rain in the days of their prophecy and have power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 
Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them. 
Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 
Rev 11:9  And those of the peoples and kindreds and tongues and Gentiles shall see their dead bodies three days and a half and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 
Rev 11:10  And those that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry and shall send gifts one to another because these two prophets tormented those that dwelt on the earth. 
Rev 11:11  And after three days and a half, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon those who saw them. 
Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up here. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

What causes me to question if there will be a physical appearance of Elijah and Moses, is that in this passage is a link to both prophets. Elijah did “shut up heaven so no rain fell” [1 Kings 17:1] causing a great famine in his time. Moses by the power of God, “turned the waters to blood” [Exodus 7:17-20] and smote the land with plagues. I’ve read several interpretations of this, one being that the two prophets (or witnesses), represent those believers who witness for Christ ‘in the spirit of Elijah’ and are killed in the Great Tribulation period just prior to Christ’s Second Advent. This interpretation may well be accurate. But what about Moses? How does he fit into this ancient prophecy? If all of God’s people represent the “two witnesses” or “two prophets” of Revelation, then it follows that they must also operate in the “spirit of Moses,” meaning that they would “have power over the waters to turn them into blood. To date, we haven’t seen God’s people literally shutting up the heavens or turning the waters to blood, but since Revelation contains mostly figurative language, perhaps this is to be interpreted spiritually.

Without question, Moses was the prophet of the Law (properly translated “Torah”) which is all the writings of the Old Testament including the Prophets, Psalms, and Proverbs. I believe that the Torah is what’s being referred to in the book of Jeremiah regarding the “ancient paths” – Jer 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. For sure, there is a visible reformation happening in the Church in which believers are “turning back” to the ROOTS of their faith, to the FAITH OF THEIR FATHERS as taught by the Prophets in the ancient writings (paths) of the Torah! This fits the prophecy perfectly, that Elijah will “turn the hearts of the fathers toward the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” 

One other interpretation I wish to address is that these “two witnesses” are the Old and New Testaments, but how does written testimony “shut up the heavens so that no rain falls,” or turn water into blood?  Some say the two witnesses represent the Jews and the Christians. But how can that be when ALL who put their faith in Yeshua (Jesus), whether Jew or Gentile, are considered to be Abraham’s seed? Both Jesus and Paul taught this truth –

Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

As you can see, God makes no distinction between a Jew or a Gentile who believes in Him. ALL who believe in Him are reckoned as “Abraham’s seed.” To strengthen this point Rom 11:17 says, And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; The ”olive tree” is Abraham’s PHYSICAL SEED. The “wild olive tree” is Abraham’s SPIRITUAL SEED, the Gentiles who put their faith in Christ. Both olive trees become ONE family through their faith in Yeshua the Messiah, Christ the Anointed One (Christ means ‘anointed’). 

The Jews always set a chair, a knife and fork for this prophet at their marriage-feast, whom they suppose to be invisibly present. For the Church to ”set a place at the table,” means to be in a state of expectation and readiness, watching for his coming. When Elijah comes (in whatever form), we can know that the return of our Savior is very near and our “blessed hope” is soon to be fulfilled, because Elijah’s mission is to “prepare a people for their God!” The “blessed hope” is the glorification of our earthly bodies into heavenly ones at Christ’s appearing!

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ….
Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 
Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 

To ‘set a place for Elijah’ also means to ‘welcome’ him and treat him as an honored guest. When we sit at table we’re usually ready to eat. So should we be eager to partake of spiritual food from God’s Word and through his spokesmen, always ready to listen. The Jewish people venerate Elijah at their meals, marriage feasts, the end of Shabbat, circumcisions, and Passover seders. According to Jewish folklore, “Tishbi yetaretz kushiot v-abayot-the Tishbite [i.e., Elijah] will answer all unresolved questions.” In other words, after Elijah returns to the Jewish people to proclaim the advent of the messianic age, he will resolve questions of Jewish law that confounded the rabbis for centuries. [2]

Image result for pictures of a lamb lying down with a lionWhat message brings more hope than the soon return of Jesus the Messiah, and His thousand year reign on earth called the Millennium? The Millennium will be a time of great peace, rejoicing, and rest for the entire world – when all things will be ‘restored’ to their original order and perfection. Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. “restore” 1) restore to its former state, 2) to be in its former state. [Thayer’s Greek Definitions] Also read Isaiah 65:17-25. Obviously, Elijah didn’t restore all of Creation back to its original state. The ‘all things’ which Elijah is to restore are the teachings and doctrines of Yahweh which have been discarded, distorted, altered, or ignored over the centuries! 

There’s a strong exhortation in this prophecy to ”listen well to” the prophet Elijah. By this we know that what he says has great import for all of Abraham’s seed, therefore we would do well to receive his message. 

Perhaps very “soon” we’ll see Jesus coming with ten-thousands of His angels? Be ready, be watching, and be waiting!

Debra R. Stout © March 14, 2017

FOOTNOTES:
[1] http://www.reformjudaism.org/passover-mystery-fifth-cup (Section: Havdalah)
[2] http://www.reformjudaism.org/passover-mystery-fifth-cup (Section: Passover Seder)

*All underlining, bold, and italics, are mine. 

“God is in Control As Age-Old Plan Unfolds”

We’ve reached a marker, a point in history at which many are reversing God’s order of things, like male and female, right and wrong. They’re doing this by changing their sex via hormonal manipulation, and blurring the demarcation between the sexes by cross-dressing and same-sex marriage. These trends aren’t really about individual rights or freedom to make one’s own choices, but about reversing God’s natural order of things and removing God, His Name, and His Law from every sector of society in an effort to create chaos and destabilize it. This is what the Progressives, and others like them, are after, this is their game plan and they will do anything to accomplish it.

Various movements have been slowly progressing towards this end for quite awhile, but now, they’ve become MILITANT, demanding ACCEPTANCE from society and that society change its mores to suit their beliefs and life-styles! Many in these movements spew vile speech in the name of ‘freedom’ of course, the very freedom brave men and women fought and bled for in order to protect their freedom of speech, and other freedoms which these bullies abuse to push their agenda. Bullies don’t have enough I.Q. to know how to negotiate with others for what they want, or how to live peacefully side by side with others of different persuasions, different faiths, different colors, and different creeds. One reason is they really don’t care about PEACE. Peace isn’t their goal, nor EQUALITY. These bullies don’t want to be merely equal, they want to PUSH their beliefs and life-styles upon society at large. If they had their way, every child in America would be exposed to and INDOCTRINATED into the Gay, Lesbian, Trans-sexual, Trans-Gender life-styles. If Progressives had their way, traditional marriage between one man and one woman would become defunct, and be rejected by future generations in favor of same-sex marriage. Today the term, CHOICE is associated with everything that’s ungodly, anti-Christian, anti-Bible, and anti-life. Satan has surely done a good job at deceiving many with his TWISTING of terminology – nothing new there, the Serpent did the same thing in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve [Gen 3].

What none of these bullies realize is that while they’ll be allowed to cause trouble for a season, their causes will fail in due time, and in the end they’ll be judged and sentenced to everlasting flames, unless they repent of their wickedness. Those who refuse to repent will face judgement and be punished accordingly.

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 
Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 
Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 
Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 
Psa 2:10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 
Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 
Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. 

While wrath awaits the wicked, God has provided a ‘way of escape’ for those who turn from their sins to Him for forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration of the soul. Only righteous Christians who’s sins are covered by Christ’s Blood, escape God’s wrath because they believed in and received Christ as Lord and Savior during their life times, Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Everyone else is subject to the Law of God which states, “the soul that sinneth shall die” (spiritually). That law still binds those who refuse to receive Christ, Joh 3:18  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. 

Hiding behind a facade of equal rights, the wicked plot to create ‘chaos’ through rioting, violence, wars, genocide, false flags, plagues, disasters, spreading disease, economic collapse, destruction of the family, sexual perversions, corrupting the school system with Socialistic dogma, degrading God and His authority, disintegration of society, and shattering societal norms into a thousand little pieces. “Ordo Ab Chao” [1] or “Order out of chaos,” written on America’s One-dollar bill, is a goal the United Nations [2] is vastly involved in.

“Secret Societies have a great motto ‘Ordo Ab Chao’ meaning ‘Order Out of Chaos’. Agendas are formulated designed to give the powerful more power. Chaos is created, and media blitzed. Then cries go out for solution. Laws are passed which could never have been passed without the chaos. The order, has reigned through deception of the masses, and the agenda is accomplished.” –James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind”

It would be to America’s (and the world’s) advantage to dissolve the United Nations, for it is an EVIL, corrupt organization due to its Socialist-Marxist-Communist core beliefs and plans for the world. I’ve often felt that the U.N. was a major player in the End-times game plan, and could be the headquarters of the New One-World Order government. “The United Nations is a de facto global government and does not rule by the consent of the governed. The United Nations is a global government to which American politicians of both parties have surrendered our Constitutional rights.” [3]

“On transfer of sovereignty to the United Nations, those who do not conform to United Nations authority will be considered RESISTERS and declared ENEMIES OF THE GOVERNMENT. Public statements in support of the old ways and favoring continued United States nationalism will be considered ENEMY DOCTRINE.” [4]

Once society is destabilized, it becomes easy prey for a ‘take over’ by some ideology like the Progressive/Socialist movement. If one takes a look at the past rise and fall of nations, this is easily seen. Nations become weak through careless, greedy, or inept rulers, and when they turn away from God and His laws, as did Israel many times.

The United States of America started out as a God-fearing nation, one which honored God and His laws, and which based its government upon biblical principles [5]. Thus, if America turns her back on God, will she not incur judgments like Israel did? God hasn’t changed his modus operandi, He’s the “same, today, yesterday, and forever” [Heb 13:8]. I really like that about Him because I don’t have to worry what kind of mood He’s in on a given day, if He’ll ever stop loving me, or if He’ll withdraw His salvation on a whim. Thankfully, God isn’t fickle like man! In my opinion, nothing this world has to offer can compare to the glory, riches, and honor that will be given to those who receive Him now. This world is just a ‘temporary’ dwelling place for Christians, who know that their real, everlasting abode is with God and Christ in the New Jerusalem, the City of God which will descend from heaven.

When Jesus Christ returns with ten-thousands of His Saints (the Redeemed Ones), He comes to depose all ungodly governments and thrones, to round up the wicked for the flames, and to gather His Elect unto Himself [Mt 13:49, 24:31; Mar 13:27]. Who’s side are you on? Are you on the side of the unjust wicked, or God’s side? Exo 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me.” There is no middle ground! There is no compromising! Jos 24:15 “choose you this day whom ye will serve!” Mind you, God hasn’t changed! He’s still asking every man or woman, “Who’s side are you on?” If it be God’s, then come over to Him, if it be the devil’s then to him you may go, but woe to you if you do! The Devil or Satan, has nothing but fear, enslavement, hatred, murder, deception, death, darkness, and everlasting damnation to offer you! I can’t understand WHY anyone would want to follow Satan when his reward is only eternal damnation in a fiery hell. The only explanation which makes sense, is that they’ve been ‘blinded’, and therefore can’t see that they’re being manipulated and used by him to do his dirty work on earth, 2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not….

Despite all the raging and tumult of nations, God has given his Elect many wonderful assurances such as Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 

No matter what wicked plans unfold, the Almighty God is in control!
And all His saints say “Amen!”

Debra R. Stout, January 28, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] This term Order out of Chaos, in Latin Ordo ab Chao, is the slogan of the 33rd degree of Freemasonry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_ phrases_(O) See http://www.orwelltoday.com/stagedevents.shtml for more on this topic.
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations
[3] http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2016/01/pope-francis-exposed-the-one-world-religion-has-arrived-and-is-now-being-executed-video-2476626.html
[4] http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_un04.htm
[5] http://www.fbalions.org/editoruploads/files/Middle%20School/Our%20Nation%E2%80%99s%20Biblical%20Foundation.pdf

Post-Election Riots Incited By Progressive Globalists

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To the rioters who are protesting Trump’s election – loving people don’t destroy property, attack and injure others, deface buildings with racial slurs, trample and burn the American flag, or spew filthy, derogatory words from their mouths! Image result for free photos or pictures of protesters burning American flag, or effigies of Donald TrumpBurning effigies of Donald Trump is a very HATEFUL act, can you see that? You and the Democrats spout ‘Peace, Love, and Tolerance’ so long as things go your way, but the minute they don’t, you go out and behave the very opposite! Do you know the definition of hypocrite?

Trump supporters involved in this outrageous behavior, STOP and THINK! If this turns into a race war or Marshall law, it will be YOU and President Elect Trump who will blamed, even if the majority of those carrying out violent and hateful acts are Hillary supporters! Besides, I find it hard to believe that Trump supporters are painting Swastikas and ‘Heil Trump’ on church buildings. Is it possible that anti-American provocateurs are paying demonstrators to make it look like it’s Trump supporters doing these things? It would be the perfect ploy; one that George Soros [1] the billionaire banker and his friends the Clintons could devise to further their Socialist cause of destroying America.

Speaking of provocateurs, our news media daily serves a rich menu of Liberal-Socialist-Marxist opinion [2] and continually INCITES hatred and division among people, instead of reporting the news in a non-biased, objective fashion. Another sector which bears responsibility for shaping minds, is our educational system, which is sadly saturated with Socialistic educators and funders who choose the curriculum. Then there’s the Church, who’s supposed to represent Christ and lead the world to Him, incorporating Progressive ideas into its teachings and making itself a corporation of the State (501c3), instead of being separate from the world like the Scriptures command [3]. Is it any wonder so much of our youth has turned from the faith of their fathers to embrace Socialistic, progressive, ideologies? [4] PROGRESSIVE = HATER of traditional, biblical mores and values! Ever since Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair [5] and others like her, got God and His Ten Commandments kicked OUT of our schools, courts, and all public places – America’s morality has steadily declined! “Thou shalt not kill…thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, house, or anything that is your neighbor’s….thou shalt not steal….” displayed in public places reminds people there’s a right and a wrong way to treat one’s neighbor! Men and women devoid of God and His spirit, are beasts who brutalize and terrorize their neighbor, as we’ve recently witnessed all across our nation. Beating and injuring people is something HATERS do! Haters can’t blame President Elect Donald Trump or Racism for their hateful speech and acts! All must take personal responsibility for their own words and actions.

People, open your eyes to what’s really going on. Where might your rioting, violence, and vandalism lead – a race war? Marshall law? Civil war? Although someone like George Soros may want to dismantle our Constitution and national sovereignty, and reduce America’s greatness to a third-world status, how would America’s collapse serve YOUR best interests? Is that really what you want for your families? If you’re so intent on living in a third-world country, go find one to live in, but leave America to those who RESPECT and APPRECIATE IT.

The problem with most of the demonstrators, is that they’ve had it TOO GOOD in America. They’ve gotten everything they’ve wanted (and demanded) for the past eight years at least. Perhaps a long stay in some third world poverty-stricken nation, or jail time, would jolt them back to reality? Most of them appear to be college students. Colleges today are nothing more than RECRUITMENT centers for Socialist-Marxist ideology and agendas which are faithfully taught from textbooks written by social engineers [6]. Being a college graduate myself, I saw how much of it students are exposed to.

RIOTERS, you’re being manipulated by liberal, Socialistic-Marxist-Fascist proponents in the media, schools, and government. STOP being their PUPPETS! They’re only USING YOU to bring about the ‘changes’ they want to see happen in America, which is to turn America into a full Socialistic-Marxist-Fascist nation completely under THEIR CONTROL! If that happens, personal freedoms and choices would be very restricted! Health care, food, water, clothing, housing, transportation, EVERYTHING – would be controlled and rationed by the government. We’ve been heading in that direction for some time, no thanks to rich and powerful Socialists who have infiltrated America’s educational, agricultural, medical, religious, and political institutions – to subvert our laws, our values, and our freedoms!

Those COMPLAINING of not having enough in America must not realize that there’s no better place to be! Where else does one enjoy as many rights, including the right to peacefully protest? Note that the law stipulates PEACEFULLY, peacefully does not include violence, rioting, battering people, and vandalizing property! If you’re so miserable in America, why stay? 

If you would put your faith in GOD instead of looking to government for what you need, you wouldn’t be rioting in the streets and assaulting people. Your REAL PROBLEM is that you have NO FAITH IN GOD, or don’t have GOD in your lives at all. I’m convinced that if everyone knew GOD, there would be real and lasting, peace, love, and harmony between all nations and races. For it is written, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love [7]. 

“Seek Him while he still may be found” [8]. Seek Him NOW. Pray this prayer in Faith, “Heavenly Father, I realize that I’m a sinner and can’t save myself, and that only the Blood of Jesus can wash away my sin. I invite you Lord God to save me from sin and your wrath that’s coming upon all unregenerate and unrepentant sinners. Jesus, please be my Savior and Lord this very moment – I believe that you paid the price for my sins that I might escape the soul-destroying fires of Hell and live forever in your presence. Thank you Lord, Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer or would like to know more about being Born Again and receiving Jesus as your lord and savior, please don’t hesitate to send an email to calm_meadow@yahoo.com I’ll try to answer any questions or concerns you might have, and would be happy to hear if any of the content of this blog has encouraged or helped you in any way.

“THE TIME IS SHORT” said the prophetic voice of God, spoken recently through a church member. It means that the time for evangelizing the world and for sinners to get save is short, because Jesus Christ is returning soon! So, there’s no time to waste on self-pity, excuses, rioting, drugs and drunkenness, partying, pleasure-seeking, and so on. Sinner and saint alike – SEEK GOD WHILE HE MAY STILL BE FOUND, ‘before the door is shut,’ ‘before night comes when no man can work’ [9, 10].

Debra R. Stout, November 15, 2016

END NOTES:
[1] http://thefreethoughtproject.com/soros-trump-protests-revolution/ and http://humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/   
[2] http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/fascism_and_communism-socialism.html
[3] http://hushmoney.org/501c3-facts.htm and http://so4j.com/be-ye-separate
[4] http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/07/the-progressive-movement-and-the-transformation-of-american-politics and http://patriotupdate.com/progressives-war-christianity-judeo-christian-traditions/    http://patriotupdate.com/video-proof-donald-smashed-popular-vote/
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O%27Hair
[6] http://akdart.com/edu32.html
[7] 1 John 4:8
[8] Isaiah 55:6 & 7
[9] Luke 13:25, Genesis 7:16
[10] John 9:4

Apostate King Solomon’s Magic Ring

Image result for pictures of the goat of MendesI was looking at this scene from a distance. I saw a Goat with two horns; similar to pictures I’ve seen of the Goat of Mendes or Baphomet. It wore a crown of some sort and sat on a seat resembling a throne. A man whose identity I couldn’t discern, approached the goat’s throne and knelt down before it. As he did, the goat stretched forth his hand and the man kissed the ring on the goat’s hand. The ring was round and red like a ruby. In the middle of it was a six-pointed star, sometimes called Star of David, other times Solomon’s Seal [1]. Interestingly, the name of a wealthy Jewish banker and Freemason, ‘Rothschild,’ means ‘red shield’ and the goat’s ring was red. The modern Israeli flag depicts a blue star but the original symbol was red.

In ancient times kings wore what were called Image result for free photos or pictures of a hexagram and star of david
Signet rings [2] with which they sealed letters so that anyone receiving them would know they came from the king when they saw his seal. Thus, the Signet ring was a symbol of a king’s authority. It may be that the six-pointed star is the Mark of the Beast and whoever receives it, declares Lucifer’s authority over Yahweh! Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 

“The Greek word for “mark” in these verses is charagma. Strong’s Concordance defines this word as a mark that is stamped, branded, imprinted or engraved on the individual’s forehead or hand, rather than implanted in the skin.” [3]

Solomon’s Seal, a Hexagram, was, and still is, used as a ‘talisman.’ Throughout history, talismans were used to protect the wearer from evil but God said that we must trust Him alone for protection, and to supply all of our needs. Many are putting their trust in their government to protect them from evil, especially in the wake of the threat of worldwide Terrorism. To trust in anything outside of Yahweh, is IDOLATRY, which God will neither endorse nor tolerate.

“The hexagram was brought to the Jewish people by Solomon when he turned to witchcraft and idolatry after his marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter in 922B.C. It became known as the Seal of Solomon in Egyptian magic and witchcraft. David had absolutely nothing to do with the hexagram and that star most certainly did not, in any way represent God’s people. Solomon gave himself up to satanic worship and built altars to Ashtoreth and Moloch (Saturn). Moloch, Chiun and Remphan are all names for the star god, Saturn, whose symbol is a six pointed star formed by two triangles. Saturn was the supreme god of the Chaldeans.” [4] ‘Remphan’ [5] 

Image result for pictures of the seven branched Jewish menorahWhile the six-pointed star became the modern symbol of the State of Israel established in 1949, the original, official symbol of Israel was the seven-branched Menorah.  Seven is a number used with reference to God and His attributes, like the Seven Spirits of God for example, while six is the number of man.“The six-pointed star symbolizes man’s ascent to divinity…. ” Link to full article in citation [3]. The Six-pointed star contains the number 666 (the Antichrist’s number) within its configuration. Apostate King Solomon adorned his temple with this symbol. While King Solomon started off right, later in his life he abandoned the God of Israel and began worshiping the many false gods his numerous wives brought into the temple. In essence, by promoting the worship of many false religions, apostate King Solomon became the very first MASON. Like Nimrod, who was the first world despot, there are many ‘firsts’ found in biblical history if we follow the trails to their origins. Satanists, Occultists and Freemasons venerate King Solomon, who owned a magic ring that was engraved with the Seal of Solomon, which gave him power over the invisible monarchy of demons. (The History And Practice Of Magic, Vol. 2) The end times False Messiah will no doubt be like a reincarnated Solomon, who unites the world together with his wisdom. [6] 

The six-pointed star is used today as a symbol in Masonic Lodges all over the world, which brings me to the point, or meaning of the dream. Though I may be wrong, the dream could be portraying that the end-time, one world religion will be Masonry, or a derivative of it. Since the one world church [7] will embrace multiple religions (as did Solomon of old), and Masons claim that they embrace ALL RELIGIONS (although they really worship Lucifer the Devil, and embrace his religion Satanism), it seems a logical conclusion. Masons are adept at fooling their lower level initiates into believing the LIE that they embrace all religions. Masonry is a vast organization with deep roots all over the world. It has operated undetected to a large extent due to its ability to keep its true allegiance and agenda hidden from the general populace. I believe the time is fast approaching when it won’t hide its true allegiance anymore, but will openly declare its worship of Satan and demand the same from the whole world. Might the mysterious man in the dream who kissed the goat’s ring, be the False Messiah, and or, every man and woman who worships the Beast, his number, his name, and his mark? 

Debra R. Stout © October 5, 2016

FOOTNOTES:

[1] The Seal of Solomon dates back to the Bronze Ages and is a powerful symbol with many mystical and magickal qualities…the Seal of Solomon is believed to offer protection against both enemies and the evil eye, control spirits, and bring good luck in all aspects of life. – Seal of Solomon, Amulet Power, Angelfire.com

In the middle Ages it was common to find amulets and talismans which reproduced the Seal of Solomon…It was believed that these magic drawings protected the wearer from the influence of demons and evil spirits, or just bad luck. It was also common to record the seal on a frame or lintel of the entrance door to homes…with the same protective character against the spirits or to potential fires. – The Hexagram, Star of David or Seal of Solomon, Looking4thetruth77.blogspot.com

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/star_of_david.htm and https://humanityworldorder.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/star-challenge/

[2] Rather than signing their name on a document, people would use a signet ring to make their mark. The ring would be pressed into hot wax or soft clay, and would leave a distinctive impression that functioned as an official seal. Used by rulers and religious leaders, a signet ring could be used to mark a document, a doorway, or even to seal a tomb. When someone saw the mark of the king, it proved authenticity. The seal could not be opened without damaging the identifying mark, making it difficult to tamper with. The Bible also contains references to signet rings. The Old Testament tells the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. The king closed the mouth of the den, and then sealed it with his signet ring and those of his nobles, so that Daniel could not escape. (Daniel 6:17) Author: Jason Phillips, Posted@ http://www.history1700s.com/index.php/articles/14-guest-authors/703-modern-history-of-signet-ring-how-it-got-its-existence.html

[3] 5480 charagma 1) a stamp, an imprinted mark; stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the Antichrist; 1b) the mark branded upon horses; 2) thing carved, sculpture, graven work; 2a) of idolatrous images. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/star_of_david.htm

[4] http://www.moresureword.com/starof.htm

[5] Rhemphan By incorrect transliteration for a word of Hebrew origin [H3594]; Remphan (that is, Kijun), an Egyptian idol: – Remphan. Acts 7:43 – The tabernacle of Moloch (tēn skēnēn tou Moloch). Or tent of Moloch which they took up after each halt instead of the tabernacle of Jehovah. Moloch was the god of the Amorites to whom children were offered as live sacrifices, an ox-headed image with arms outstretched in which children were placed and hollow underneath so that fire could burn underneath.The star of the god Rephan (to astron tou theou Rompha). Spelled also Romphan and Remphan. Supposed to be Coptic for the star Saturn to which the Egyptians, Arabs, and Phoenicians gave worship. But some scholars take the Hebrew Kiyyoon to mean statues and not a proper name at all, “statues of your gods” carried in procession, making “figures” (tupous) with both “tabernacle” and “star” which they carried in procession.

[6] http://christianitybeliefs.org/end-times-deceptions/the-star-of-david-deception/

[7] http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1243.cfm AND http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2223.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

Who the Restrainer Is, and the Timing of the Rapture

 

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THE RESTRAINER’S ROLE 

2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
2Th 2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. [English Standard Version]

restrains (KJV ‘letteth’) katechō
Thayer Definition:
1) to hold back, detain, retain
1a) from going away
1b) to restrain, hinder (the course or progress of)
1b1) that which hinders Antichrist from making his appearance
1c) to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of

Notice that it’s a “him,” not an it or a thing that the ‘restrainer’ is holding back. “out of” means, Thayer Definition: 1) out of, from, by, away from; “the way” means, mesos: 1) middle, the midst, in the midst of, amongst. This is why Pre-tribber’s say the “restrainer” must be the Holy Spirit, because they say the Holy Spirit is in the “midst” of believers; Lk 24:36, John 20:19, and Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. While that’s true, I don’t believe that the identity of ‘he who’s taken out of the way’ [KJV] is immediately clear, nor is the Holy Spirit the ONLY possible rendering. 

Many teach that the “restrainer” is the Holy Spirit who is “removed” from the Earth when believers are raptured out of the world right before the great tribulation begins. These teachers use a few verses from 1 Thessalonians  mainly, to support their Pre-Trib rapture theory, taken out of the context of the rest of Scripture, even the same book and chapter – 1Th 4:15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven… 

WATCH! When does the Lord Jesus descend from heaven?

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

So you see, there’s already a problem with the Pre-Tribulation rapture and it’s that Matthew clearly places the coming of Jesus AND the ‘gathering together of his elect,’ AFTER the tribulation. And that’s not the only problem with it, these scriptures say something else – Mat 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Mat 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Now, to address a few objections to a post-trib rapture. Some say ‘clouds’ refer to the ‘saints’ who’ve already been caught up in a secret rapture before Jesus returns, and so return with Him. However biblical evidence doesn’t support that notion. It seems that these are clouds of angels that are spoken of. It also appears that the angels escort Jesus from place to place: “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.” (Psa 68:17) “Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:” (Psa 104:3) “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (Dan 7:13) The word “they” is referring to the angels who “came with the clouds” earlier in the verse. They brought the Son of Man to the Ancient of Days. 

As some are aware, there are two New Testament verses, Jude 1:14, and 1 Thess 3:13 which at first glance, appear to say that Christ comes with His “saints” but I’ll show you why that isn’t so. Let’s take the quote from Jude first – Jude 1:14 “And Enoch also the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” 

“saints” here was chosen by the King James translators, as the meaning of the Greek G40 ‘hagios,’ which is often used to refer to redeemed human beings in the New Testament, but in this particular verse, it doesn’t. Why the King James translators chose “saints” over “holy ones” or “angels” I can’t say, but the English Standard Version chose to render it, “holy ones” (or angels) which lines up perfectly with the rest of what Scripture says, which is that Christ is coming with His ANGELS, not His saints – Jud 1:14  It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, [ESV] 

With ten thousand of his saintsOr, “of his holy ones.” The word “saints” we now apply commonly to “redeemed” saints, or to Christians. The original word is, however, applicable to all who are “holy,” angels as well as men. The common representation in the Scriptures is, that he would come attended by the angels Mat_25:31, and there is doubtless allusion here to such beings. It is a common representation in the Old Testament also that God, when he manifests himself, is accompanied by great numbers of heavenly beings. See Psa_68:17; Deu_33:2. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

With ten thousands of his saints (ἐν ἀγίαις μυριάσιν)
Lit., in or among holy myriads. Compare Deu_33:2; Zec_14:5. [Vincent Word Studies]

saints — Holy angels (compare Deu_33:2; Dan_7:10; Zec_14:5; Mat_25:31; Heb_12:22). [Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary]

If that isn’t enough, Jude was making reference to what Enoch had prophesied many centuries prior, a prophesy which is nearly identical to Deuteronomy 33:2And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints:

Deu 33:2  He said, “The LORD came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, [ESV]  Deu 33:2  And he said, Jehovah came from Sinai, And rose from Seir unto them; He shined forth from mount Paran, And he came from the ten thousands of holy ones: [ASV]

With ten thousands of saints – Render, from amidst ten thousands of holy ones: literally from myriads of holiness, i. e., holy Angels (compare Zec_14:5). God is represented as leaving heaven where He dwells amidst the host of the Angels 1Ki_22:19 and descending in majesty to earth Mic_1:3. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

As you can see, both the ESV and the ASV, render haggios, as “holy ones” while the King James version renders it as “saints.” Actually, either term fits, so long as it’s understood that haggios can also mean “holy ones” or “angels” as well as holy men! Throughout the Old Testament writings, there are several words used for angelic beings but a different word was used when human beings were meant. That Hebrew word is châsîyd H2623 חסיד  From H2616; properly kind, that is, (religiously) pious (a saint): – godly (man), good, holy (one), merciful, saint, [un-] godly. In my search I found that in every instance where a human being, or beings was meant, the word châsîyd is used, and where angelic beings are meant, the words qâdôsh or  qôdesh H6944 were used.

Thus, the term for “human saints” in the Old Testament, is châsîyd and the word indicating angelic beings” is qâdôsh or  qôdesh. Why is it important? Because false doctrine (the Pre-trib Rapture) has been built upon assuming the word “saints” ALWAYS means redeemed human beings but as is proven by comparing scripture with scripture and comparing the various terms used for “saints,” the truth is that the KJV doesn’t always discern the difference between the two terms châsîyd and qâdôsh; rendering them both in a few places as  simply “saints.” The English Standard Version renders qâdôsh accurately as “holy ones” (or angels), while the KJV rendered the same term inaccurately as “saints.”

Moving on now to the other N.T. verse which states the Christ is coming with his saints –

1Th 3:13  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.G40 (In this case, the other bible versions also render haggios, as ‘saints.’)

So, what exactly is going on here? Why would Paul, who wrote first and second Thessalonians, say the opposite in 2Th 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,G32

Well, this seems to present a conundrum, but I’m sure there’s an answer. While I don’t have it at the moment, in the mean time, I’m going to believe the 99% of Scripture which states that Christ is coming with his ANGELS – over the 1% of Scripture which states He’s coming with His SAINTS. And, when I find the answer to this puzzling, seeming contradiction, I’ll come back to this article, and insert it. Until then, I think we can safely conclude that since Jesus is coming back AFTER the Tribulation and sends His “angels” to gather his elect at that time, there can be NO PRE-TRIB RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS. Therefore, the doctrine of a Pre-trib rapture is false, false, false!!! Concocted by two Jesuit priests back in the 1800’s, for the purpose of diverting attention away from the Vatican as being the Great Harlot (apostate church) of Revelation. But please, don’t take my word for any of this. Do your own thorough study about the Jesuit priests and Margaret McDonald (who supposedly had a vision of the pre-trib rapture). [2-3] And remember Jude’s warning: Jud 1:8  Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. Now, I’m not saying that believers shouldn’t ‘have dreams’ as some dreams come from God and are one of the gifts of His Spirit – but not ALL dreams are from God. Dreams and visions must pass the same test with which we are to test all spirits and spiritual communications – 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. *try/test 1) to test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals 2) to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy

What I am saying is, if a prophet or anyone has a dream or vision that clearly goes against Scripture, then one should disregard it. This of course doesn’t apply to a Word of Knowledge [1], dream or vision that involves a particular person or place. God often gives supernatural knowledge to his regenerated ones for the purpose of praying for, encouraging and relieving those who are hurting, depressed, oppressed, etc. These types of messages aren’t usually found in the Bible, so are judged by the ‘witness of the Spirit’ within regenerated souls – 1Jn 5:7 And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth. [ASV] There are many biblical examples in the New Testament and Old, where men of God received supernatural messages from the Spirit of God, to pray about and/or to deliver to others. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not to be despised or rejected but embraced, albeit with discernment.

WHY THE HOLY SPIRIT CANNOT BE THE RESTRAINER

Since He lives in every true Believer, and as we just read, some believers will REMAIN – be alive when Jesus returns – He must therefore REMAIN on the earth until Jesus comes.

Joh 14:17 even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you.

Jesus sent us His Spirit to dwell in and remain with us to the “END.” Mat 28:20(b) And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. If the Holy Spirit doesn’t remain on Earth until the end of the Age, then God is a liar! “Let every man be a liar, but let God be TRUE.” (Rm 3:4)

The Holy spirit is the One who draws men unto Jesus and convicts a sinner of sin and of his need for salvation, John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, John 16:14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

It’s the Holy Spirit by which a saved individual is “sealed” unto Salvation, Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,

So you see, the Holy Spirit has to be present in order for a person to get saved! If the Holy Spirit is ‘removed’ before the tribulation starts, it would be impossible for anyone to get saved during the Tribulation. Scripture shows us that the Holy Spirit will remain with us to the end of the Age, and that Jesus returns AFTER the tribulation and gathers together his elect.

THE RESTRAINER’S IDENTITY

So, if the Holy Spirit is not the Restrainer, who or what is? The Restrainer is Michael the archangel, ‘protector of Israel.’

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Dan 12:1) It is seen in Scripture more than once that God used his angels to bind up, cast down, and war against “fallen ones,” or Lucifer’s angels. One example, Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, Rev 20:3 and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time. More references on Michael the Archangel and how God uses him; Dan 10:21, Jude 1:9, & Rev 12:7.

The ‘book’ in Dan 12:1, “every one that shall be found written in the book” could be referring to the Lamb’s Book of Life – Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Do you see that if your name isn’t found in the Book of Life, you won’t be found in heaven either?! You’re either a bonafide believer in Christ, or you’re not, there’s no in between. When a man was found at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb not wearing proper wedding attire, HE WAS THROWN OUT. No one can enter the wedding feast unless he wears the ROBE OF SALVATION given to him by Jesus Christ when one repents of his sins and receives Him as his Savior, Mat 22:11-13 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

which had not on a wedding garment — The language here is drawn from the following remarkable passage in Zep_1:7, Zep_1:8 : – “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God; for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath bid His guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.” The custom in the East of presenting festival garments (see Gen_45:22; 2Ki_5:22), even though nor clearly proved, Is certainly presupposed here. It undoubtedly means something which they bring not of their own – for how could they have any such dress who were gathered in from the highways indiscriminately? – but which they receive as their appropriate dress. And what can that be but what is meant by “putting on the Lord Jesus,” as “The Lord Our Righteousness?” (See Psa_45:13, Psa_45:14). Nor could such language be strange to those in whose ears had so long resounded those words of prophetic joy: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels” (Isa_61:10). [Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary]

THOSE WHO BELIEVE ARE SAVED FROM GOD’S WRATH

Believers in Christ whether Jew or Gentile, are saved from God’s wrath, but not spared all tribulation, trials, tests, and persecution. All are called to suffer for His Name’s sake, as have God’s prophets, apostles, priests, and disciples down through the Ages. Why do believers in the twenty-first century think they should be exempt? 1Pet 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1Pet 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Some feel that the “wrath of God” refers to the entire Tribulation period, not just the time when God pours out His “vials of wrath” on the wicked as seen in Revelation 16:1-21 where ONLY the wicked and unrepentant upon earth receive God’s wrath. Rev 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a noisome and grievous sore upon the men that had the mark of the beast, and that worshipped his image. Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of God who hath the power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory. Rev 16:10 And the fifth poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was darkened; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, Rev 16:11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they repented not of their works.

They who patiently wait for Jesus in purity and holiness, like a Bride adorned for her husband (Rev 21:2) will be protected from God’s judgments and wrath poured out during the Great Tribulation period, just like Noah and his family were protected in an ark during the great flood (Genesis 7:1-24). Christ is the Ark of believers, who likewise shall be protected from the flood of judgments poured out upon the wicked during the great tribulation. God kept the Israelites safe from the plagues sent upon the Egyptians. Their houses marked with sheep’s blood, symbolizing Christ’s future sacrificial death, was a ‘sign’ that kept the angel of Death from destroying them. Likewise, God’s Born Again children are ‘marked’ with the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ! When God (Yahweh) sees one of His dear children, He sees the Blood of His Son Jesus covering them, and no demon, devil, or destroying angel can snatch them out of His mighty hand!

Jesus prayed to His Father, “Father, I ask not that you take them (believers in Me) out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil.” John 17:15 ‘That thou shouldest take them out of the world – Though they were going into trials and persecutions, yet Jesus did not pray that they might be removed soon from them. It was better that they should endure them, and thus spread abroad the knowledge of his name. It would be easy for God to remove his people at once to heaven, but it is better for them to remain, and show the power of religion in supporting the soul in the midst of trial, and to spread his gospel among men. Shouldest keep them from the evil – This may mean either from the evil one that is, the devil, or from evil in general that is, from apostasy, from sinking in temptation. Preserve them from that evil, or give them such grace that they may endure all trials and be sustained amid them.’ [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

‘Christ doth not pray that his Father would take up his saints out of this sinful and troublesome world into heaven, because he knew that they were to be of use to him for a time in the world; but he prays that the Lord would keep them from the evil one, (so some would have it translated), or from the evil thing; by which we must not understand what is penally and afflictively evil, but only what is sinfully evil: and by his example he hath directed us how we ought to pray; not for death, nor absolutely for a deliverance from the evils and miseries of this life; but that we may be delivered from those temptations to sin, to which a multitude of sharp trials and afflictions will expose even the best of men.’ [Matthew Poole’s Commentary]

PERSECUTION PURIFIES THE CHURCH

“Many shall be purified, and made white,and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Dan 12:10) This is a reference to end time persecution of the saints on earth. Both Daniel and Revelation speak to the end time, and what happens to the world and to believers. This has been taught in the majority of evangelistic and mainline protestant denominations. 

CONCLUSION: 

Unless evidence can be found to the contrary, I conclude that Jesus Christ is coming at the end of the Age with His angels, not His saints. The evidence thus far, doesn’t support a Pre-trib rapture. When Jesus comes, he will judge the wicked, gather his Elect together, and reward the just, all at approximately the same time – as the book of Matthew states. Jesus appears in the clouds first, separates the wicked from the just, then gathers together his elect and disperses his rewards to them. Things and events move very fast in the spiritual realm so each of these events could happen simultaneously yet very quickly, in the “blink of an eye…”

1Co 15:52 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.

Debra R. Stout © August 31, 2016

ENDNOTES:

[1] 1 Corinthians 12:8
[2] https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/rapture/
[3] http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess025.htm [4] http://post-triborpre-trib.blogspot.com/

Goals of the Transgender Movement; Not What They Seem

Photo: Transgender Female, born William Bruce Jenner (*Most natural born females don’t have broad shoulders like a man does. Personally, I think she still looks like a man, with muscular throat and arms; not at all attractive.)

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Transgender Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals, Claire Chretien

May 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The battle over men accessing women’s bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week.  It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the “heterobinary structure” in which we live—eliminating distinctions between “male” and “female” altogether.

Riki Wilchins, who has undergone “sex change” surgery and is a far-left social change activist, wrote in the gay publication The Advocate last week that social conservatives and many LGBT activists are missing the point when it comes to the transgender bathroom debate.

The title of Wilchins’ article makes the points succinctly: “We’ll Win the Bathroom Battle When the Binary Burns.”

People should be able to enter whatever bathroom “fits their gender identity,” Wilchins wrote, but the fact that we even have “male” and “female” bathrooms reflects something about society that needs to change.

There are many “genderqueer” or “non-binary” people, Wilchins wrote, pointing to a student who recently “came out” to President Obama as “non-binary” at a London townhall as a notable example.

“Non-binary” people don’t identify as male or female and they often want to be referred to as “they” or “hir” or “zer.”  So the fact that there are even intimate facilities that reflect the “binary” truth about gender should change, Wilchins wrote.

In the eyes of LGBT advocates, the notion of only two genders (which one can pick, of course) is antiquated.

But transgenderism inherently acknowledges and actually reinforces the binary nature of gender.

Transgenderism presumes that a man can be “trapped” inside a woman’s body and a woman can be “trapped” inside a man’s body.  It encourages men “becoming” women to embrace femininity and wear dresses and make-up.  Similarly, transgenderism encourages women “becoming” men to make themselves more masculine through hormones and by altering their appearances, reinforcing the notion that men look and act a certain way.

“The long-term goals of many LGBT activists are actually not just access to the restrooms of their preferred gender identity, but actually destroying the concept of gender or the separation of the genders altogether,” Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told LifeSiteNews.  Sprigg noted that when LGBT activists are appealing to a mainstream audience, they “are accepting or implicitly accepting the separation of male and female facilities” like bathrooms.

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“They present this framework…that a transgender person is just born in the wrong body…[they say] the woman born in a man’s body is really a woman and therefore should be allowed to use the women’s room,” said Sprigg.  “But then, if you dig down…you find actually these acknowledgements that they want to do away with the gender binary altogether.”

The challenges faced by “non-binary” people “cut to the heart of arguments that trans advocates and their allies have been making for some time, in the face of furious right-wing opposition to trans identity generally and to ‘boys in the girls’ room’ specifically,” Wilchins wrote.

Wilchins continued:

    But what happens when a genderqueer individual, who genuinely looks and sounds profoundly non-binary or masculine, declares in a binary world s/he would be most comfortable accessing the girls restroom? To say the least, the optics will no longer work. Nor will appeals to practicality.

    What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity (which would personally be very welcome), but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit.

The ultimate goal: an end to society’s ‘binary’ structure

People who advocate for bathroom privacy and transgender advocates who insist boys should be allowed in girls’ bathrooms and vice versa are missing a larger point, Wilchins wrote.  The fact that there are even male and female bathrooms reflects that our society is structured in a “binary” way, and this needs to change in order for the full goals of the LGBT movement to be enacted.

“Queer activists have been talking about [this] at least since the 1970s of Gay Liberation, even as the movement it spawned has continued to nudge it aside,” wrote Wilchins.

As the LGBT movement focused on redefining marriage and enshrining in law same-sex couples’ “right” to children, it also quietly introduced lawsuits advocating for the law to recognize one’s self-perception instead of biological reality as truth.  Once the Supreme Court redefined marriage, the media focus on the LGBT movement slowly began to shift to battles over gender and transgenderism.

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“They want to destroy the concepts of male and female entirely,” Rob Dreher at The American Conservative warned.  “This is what they’re after, and they’re not going to stop until it is accomplished.”

Dreher warned that parents need to evaluate how much of the prevailing culture they’re willing to submit their children to, and decide what the tipping point for them will be—the point at which they will remove their children from public schools and in some ways retreat from society.

“It will be very difficult to teach our children to live by Christian sexual morality if we do not teach them how being a Christian requires them (us) to live by a different political and economic code within our society,” wrote Dreher.

A society in which biological sex is no longer recognized “would be a terrifying society for a lot of women and girls,” Sprigg said, because “they would have the experience of being exposed to and being essentially forced to expose themselves to biologically male individuals in settings that were previously separated by sex” like locker rooms.  This could increase the risk of sexual assault and voyeurism, Sprigg said, and also violate people’s sense of privacy.

“Developing a strong and consistent and confident sense of your identity as biologically male or biologically female is an important developmental task for any child in the course of growing up,” said Sprigg.  A society that doesn’t recognize the true nature of gender “would make it exponentially harder for people to accomplish that fundamental human developmental task of understanding who they are.”

‘The family ends up abolished’

“What we are really talking about is the abolition of sex,” Stella Morabito, senior contributor to The Federalist and an expert on cults and propaganda, told LifeSiteNews.  “And it is sex that the trans project is serving to abolish legally, under the guise of something called ‘the gender binary.’  Its endgame is a society in which everyone is legally de-sexed.  No longer legally male or female.  And once you basically redefine humanity as sexless you end up with a de-humanized society in which there can be no legal ‘mother’ or ‘father’ or ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ without permission from the State.  Government documents are already erasing the terms.  In such a society, the most intimate human relationships take a hit. The family ends up abolished.”

“A sexless society is ultimately a totalitarian society because it erases in law the most basic human relationships,” said Morabito, “particularly the mother-child bond.”

Pro-family advocates have for years warned that the weakening of family bonds leads to a weakened society and greater government involvement in the individual lives of its citizens.

Morabito and Sprigg stressed the importance of speaking out when it comes to these issues and the difference that individuals can make by doing so.

“Ironically, just at the moment when the LGBT movement has achieved their greatest victory in persuading the Supreme Court to redefine marriage, they may be setting themselves up for a tremendous setback by…grossly overreaching” in trying to enact radical gender laws, said Sprigg.

“Sex distinctions are the germ of all human relationships,” said Morabito.  “Abolishing them legally basically abolishes family autonomy.  And this is an act of violence against children because it would serve at some point to separate them from their origins. Every child’s first transcendental question is ‘Where did I come from?’  If the law will not allow the child to see his own origins and wholeness in the faces of a mother and a father, it destabilizes the child’s sense of self.  It creates personal dysfunction in children and basically ends up spreading more dysfunction and even dystopia in society.”

Wilchins praised transgender advocates for their work, noting that they have “finally and perhaps unwittingly opened the gender Pandora’s Box, and over the next few years all sorts of unexpected non-binary things…are about to come popping out.”

Wilchins and the pro-family movement perhaps can agree on one thing, though: “This is going to be interesting.”

Prophecies Of The End Times Comments:

Below is what the bible states regarding Transgenders and the perceived disorder of thinking one is a man when they re a female, and when one is a man and thinks they are a female.

“What does the Bible say about transsexualism / transgenderism?

Is gender identity disorder / gender dysphoria the result of sin?”

Answer: Transsexualism, also known as transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or gender dysphoria, is a desire to change one’s sex or to fulfill the role of the opposite gender. Transsexuals / transgenders usually describe themselves as “trapped” in a body that does not match their gender. They will probably practice transvestism / transvestitism and may also seek hormone therapy and/or surgery to bring their bodies into conformity with their perceived gender.

The Bible has plenty to say about human sexuality. Most basic to our understanding of sex is that God created two (and only two) genders: “male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). All the modern-day speculation about numerous genders—or even a gender “continuum” with unlimited genders—is unbiblical.

In Psalm 139, we learn that God fashions each one of us. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . . My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. . . . your eyes saw my unformed body” (verses 13-16). God’s creation of each individual must surely include His designation of gender/sex. His wonderful work leaves no room for mistakes; no one is born with the “wrong body.”

After the fall of man, it did not take long for gender issues to become confused. In Abraham’s day, homosexuality was widespread in some cities (Genesis 19:1-7; Jude 7). The Bible is unmistakably clear that homosexuality is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sexuality (Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

In the Law, transvestism / transvestitism was specifically forbidden: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this” (Deuteronomy 22:5).

Another possible reference to transsexualism is 1 Corinthians 6:9, where “male prostitutes” is listed as a separate category from “homosexual offenders.” The King James Version uses the word “effeminate” here; that is to say, the “male prostitutes” might be transsexual men who act as women.

No matter if the gender distortion has a genetic, hormonal, physiological, or psychological cause, the Bible clearly and consistently labels any sexual activity outside of marriage or not between a man and a woman as sin, rebellion against God’s plan. But following this realization is good news: sin can be forgiven and lives can be changed through faith in Christ. The Corinthian believers are an example of such a change: “And [homosexuals] is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). There is hope for any sinner, transsexuals, transgenders, those with gender identity disorder, and transvestites included, because of God’s forgiveness available in Jesus Christ.

THE WAY OF ESCAPE FROM THE MATRIX

Transhumanism_Public_Domain_30“The Matrix is all around you…” was a line from the 1999 sci-fi movie, “The Matrix.” Perhaps you’ve seen it? If you have dear reader, then you’ll immediately identify with the analogy I’ll be making between it and our daily reality. One of the film’s messages is that there’s much more to our world than what we can perceive with our physical senses.

What exactly is the Matrix? “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy” said Morpheus. “What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”

People for the most part are blind to what the system is really about and what it’s doing to them. They’ve been brainwashed – “had the world pulled over their eyes” by the powers or should I say, the power behind it. This evil system causes all within it to submit to its rigid controls over government, education, commerce, work, media, technology, religion, recreation, natural resources – even what you wear, eat, and drink! While you’re made to believe that you’re free, you’re really not. Freedom is but an illusion because the system makes most of your decisions for you. You can only say what the system allows you to say, think what it wants you to think, and do what it wants you to do! Does “political correctness” ring a bell? How about the state and federal laws which require licenses for everything you want to do, like drive a car, get married, operate a business or even have a yard sale on your own property? Have you never asked what gives the state the right to require a license for you to fish from lakes, streams, and even the ocean – all of which belong to the Creator? The reality is, you’re no more free than someone wasting away in a prison cell – in fact the Matrix is a prison from which there is but ONE escape.

“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe (unfortunately that’s what most prefer to do). You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Hold onto your seat, I’m going to employ a play on words here. It isn’t the blue pill but the red pill, representing the Blood of Jesus Christ, which “opens our eyes” to the truth of who we are (sinners) and enables us to free ourselves from the system which has “pulled the world” over them. The Matrix system touches the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of our existence. I propose to you that the Matrix isn’t just around us, it’s inside us.

The Bible says that it’s only through Christ’s Blood, that we can be reconciled back to God, the Father of all Creation, and escape the system wherein every person is a ‘slave to sin’ by nature [Rms 5:21, Rms 6:16-17; Rms 6:23]. You see, when you were born you inherited a sin nature, or tendency to sin. Sin is any act which rebels against the laws which Yahweh gave Mankind to follow in order to live right. God’s laws were written down into books which we can read in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. His laws tell us how to live in harmony with Nature and with our neighbor. God’s Book, the Bible, contains all that’s necessary for men to live right and become holy so that they can enter Eternity cleansed from their sinful nature by being Born Again [1 Jn 3:9; 5:18, 1 Pet 1:23, John 3:3]. It’s really quite simple, anyone can get cleansed from their sin and freed from their sinful nature by first believing on the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and then by asking Him to forgive them of all their sins. God, who is gentle and merciful, won’t turn anyone away who comes to Him humbly seeking the truth in sincerity [John 3:15-16, Jn 6:37 & 40, Jn 20:31, 1Jn 1:9].

If this describes YOU dear reader, and you feel God tugging at your heart strings, please consider whether God might be calling you to come to the Fount of Christ’s Blood and get cleansed of your sin, so that you can enter into life. The world is in turmoil and times are hard, people everywhere are searching for answers to seemingly unsolvable problems, but Jesus is the answer to all of our dilemmas. He said that all who come to Him will never again hunger or thirst [John 6:35, Rev 7:16]. I’ll share a little secret with you – He wasn’t talking just about physical hunger and thirst. He was talking about spiritual hunger and thirst.

Our souls hunger and thirst for something we can’t see, but we sense that something vital is missing from our lives! So we search for it in science, the arts, philosophy, work, acquisitions, religion, even the occult – but we can’t find it in any of these places. King Solomon in the Bible, was said to be the wisest man ever born, yet it was he who said that “all is futility” – all of man’s accomplishments can’t fill the emptiness he feels [Eccl 1:2]. Thus, men labor by sweat and toil all their days but get very little satisfaction from any of it [Gen 3:19, Eccl 1:14, 2:17&23]. It’s from his sense of futility and frustration with life in general that man continues to frantically search for what he feels is missing but can’t find; for that elusive something he knows exists but can’t describe. That vital something is Someone – Jesus Christ the Lord, who alone can fill man’s emptiness and satisfy his need for meaning and significance! You see, we human beings are precious, so important to Yahweh that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be a sin-offering for our sins, so that we can be saved from the world, the Devil, and the corruption of our own nature! [1 Cor 15:53 & 54, Rms 6:22 & 23, John 8:32 & 36]

We’ve all been born into the Matrix with a natural bent or propensity to sin, or in other words, we just naturally sin because it’s our nature to do so. Our natural state is what the Bible calls “Lost” because we’re like blind men who can’t find our way back to God with whom we’ve become “estranged.” We’re born this way because the first man Adam and the first woman Eve, disobeyed God’s command to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and thereby committed the first SIN. Before they disobeyed God, both of them had a close and secure relationship with their Creator, but when He called for them after they had sinned, they “hid themselves” because they were afraid to face Him. Due to their deep sense of guilt and shame, they felt SEPARATED from the One they had been so close to, and loved so dearly. They knew immediately when they ate the forbidden fruit, that something vital had left them! This is how they knew they were naked [Gen 3:7-10]. Before they sinned, Adam and Eve lived in a state of total innocence and purity, the LIGHT of which covered them like a garment. They daily communed with God and nothing interferred with that communion because their consciences were clear – until they came to know (experience) EVIL. This is how Man’s sinful nature came to be. The Hebrew word “know”(yâda‛) means to ‘know by experience,’ to become acquainted with, to discriminate or distinguish (between good and evil in this narrative), to be instructed (the Serpent instructed Adam and Eve to sin against Yahweh), to know a person in a carnal way (hmmm). What was so bad about that tree that God “forbade” the first couple to partake of it? There are those who say the ‘forbidden fruit’ was an unholy, unnatural sexual act or union.  Perhaps Adam and Eve “knew” each other in a carnal way – in an unloving, LUSTFUL manner, or had sex out of God’s timing? Having sex outside of God’s will as stated in the Bible, is LUST, and lust is a sin according to God.  Whatever they did, it had to be more than just eating a piece of fruit, especially since it brought about such harsh judgments upon them from God. Why would Adam and Eve sew ‘fig leaves’ together into aprons to cover their ‘private parts,’ unless their sin was of a sexual nature? When God said in Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [zera, meaning ‘offspring,’ ‘descendents,’ or ‘children’] and her seed,” an incredible tenet emerges that Satan has seed, that it is at enmity with Christ, and that it is set to return in the last days. Daniel said: “They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (Daniel 2:43). While Daniel does not explain who ‘they’ that ‘mingle themselves with the seed of men’ are, the personal pronoun ‘they’ raises questions over what (or who) in the end times ‘mingle with the seed of men?’ Who are these non-human seed?

We can imagine what Adam and Eve must have felt when they realized they had been deceived by the serpent, and had fallen from their sinless state into one having all kinds of sinful lusts [Rms 6:12, Eph 2:3, 4:22; 1 Jn 2:16, Jms 4:1]. While Yahweh was angry at them for disobeying Him, I think he too must have felt sorrow over the estrangement between them and Himself. Yahweh created Man out of Love – He wanted creatures with whom He could relate and who were made in His image [Gen 1:26-27, Gen 5:1-2]. Whenever man (or devil) attempts to mar, change or CORRUPT God’s image in some way, he’ll suffer severe consequences! [Rev 16:2]

What I don’t like about the Matrix movie (actually there’s a lot) is that it describes mankind as a “virus” which contradicts what God says about mankind [Gen 1:28, Ps 8:4-6]. Mankind has a very special purpose and destiny [Heb 2:5]. The movie also promotes the idea that machines are superior to human beings – a demonically inspired idea designed to deceive mankind into believing that he’s so terribly flawed that he needs to radically change himself. The next step is to make him think that he can achieve greater things and be stronger, better, and even live forever – if he accepts the combining of his DNA with that of animal or angelic DNA, or other non-human material such as machinery. This “upgrade” as it is sometimes called, won’t be an upgrade at all, but a degradation (a downgrading of) the human being, for God will Himself give immortality (an eternal upgrade!) at the end of this Age to all who receive Him as Lord of their lives now [John 1:12, 1 Cor 15:53-54, 1 Jn 2:25].

By combining human and animal DNA, Scientists have created hideous hybrids animal-human-chimeracalled Chimeras [1]. This is a gross violation of God’s command to not mix one type of seed with another but to allow all seed to “produce after its own kind” [Gen 1:11& 25, 1 Cor 15:38-39]. This same law applies to the hybridization of plants and food, as in “genetically modified” or GMO food. God gave mankind His laws and commands to protect him from destroying himself and the world. The ultimate outcome of altering the human genome, as well as that of animals and plants, can only bring perversion, confusion, and destruction to all living things. What’s called Transhumanism [2] is an evil that will bring God’s judgment upon the Earth. Once the Image of God in man has been altered by mixing his DNA with animal or other non-human DNA, the result is a creature that’s not fully Human and therefore, no longer redeemable. Like the “fallen angels” who sinned by “mixing” (or mingling) their genes with human females creating the “giants” of old [Gen 6:2&4] which were destroyed in the Flood [Gen 6:17], Chimeras will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire along with the Devil and fallen angels [Rev 14:11, 19:20]. BEWARE! Once a person’s DNA is altered to create a hybrid being, he’s no longer completely human. Some claim that this altering of the human genome is the taking of the “MARK OF THE BEAST” [3][4], but the bible states that taking the Mark of the Beast is taking ‘the name of the Beast’ or the ‘number of his name’ in one’s right hand or forehead. So I don’t see how being a hybrid fits that criteria; where’s the ‘name,’ where’s the ‘number?’ Also, taking the Mark of the Beast involves WORSHIP. Could it be that by agreeing to have your DNA altered, you are worshiping the Beast by esteeming man’s ideas and creations more than GOD’s? Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Man was made in God’s own image and likeness! Gen 1:27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. For Man to think he can improve on God’s design is the height of arrogance. If this doesn’t fit the biblical description of man worshiping and serving himself more than the Creator, then I don’t know what would. 

God has provided for the redemption (salvation) of men made in His image, but I think it unlikely for Chimeras, and certainly not for fallen angels who are doomed to eternal destruction. There’s a teaching that the Devil and fallen angels will be reconciled back to Yahweh in the end. It’s a false, blasphemous teaching which I’ll address in a separate article soon. For now, the Bible states that those who worship anything or anyone other than the true Elohim (God) of the Bible, Yahweh, cannot be saved. Neither the Devil nor the fallen angels worship and obey Yahweh and Yeshua (Jesus). They’re rebels and evil to the core.

There are TWO BEASTS mentioned in the book of Revelation; the first Beast rises up from the Sea, the second Beast rises up from the earth. In the oldest bible manuscripts, the number 666 is not found, but rather the Arabic letters, Chi Xi Stigma which spell “in the name of allah!” According to the Book of Revelation the Mark is both a name and a number. Many are now saying that the second Beast is ISLAM – the first Beast is the VATICAN. These seem to better fit the bible’s description of the two beasts than do others. http://www.hope-of-israel.org/beastmark.html

 

 

*Keep in mind that The Mark of the Beast is different from the image of the Beast.

 

“Singularity and The Image of the Beast”

The Warning –

When man creates The Image, it is not just for a scientific accomplishment. There is a sinister evil motive behind it. The goal is to show that man is the now the creator. There is a new leap in evolution. Man can achieve eternal life on his own. God is out of the picture, and man is now the creator. Man can have eternal life without the Creator! This attempt for eternal life is pitiful: a cyborg!

The False Prophet takes the Image result for cyborg imagescreation of The Image into the spiritual realm. He demands that everyone on earth worship The Image and the Anti-Christ. This is man worshipping himself. It is a way to determining who is not a believer in the Anti-Christ and evolution. Those who do not participate in worshipping The Image will be killed:Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

The Bible issues stern warnings about worshipping The Image; it is strictly forbidden. All that submit and worship the Anti-Christ and his Image are eternally separated from the true Creator. Modern science, which is based on evolution, will merge into a religion that worships a man and his creation. It is pure idolatry at its core. They worship a man and his cyborg as if they were God. [5]     

While it’s true that Mankind is seriously flawed due to the Fall, he can’t fix the problem by changing his nature through genetic alteration. But as usual, man thinks that he can achieve immortality and anything else he needs or wants, apart from God. It’s the same LIE the serpent deceived Eve with back in the book of Genesis – “you won’t die but will become as gods, knowing both good and evil” when he tempted them to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil [Gen 2:16-17, Genesis 3:4-11]. The lesson for us today is that when God prohibits something, it is for our own good. Disobeying Him, going our own way, or deciding for ourselves what is and is not beneficial to us will always lead to disaster. Our heavenly Father who created us knows what is best for us, and when He prohibits something, we should listen to Him. When we choose to obey our own wills instead of His perfect and holy will, things never go well for us. – http://www.gotquestions.org/forbidden-fruit.html

As you can see, the serpent was telling a partial truth, the part where he said they will “know both good and evil” – was true, but the rest was a lie. Adam and Eve didn’t become “as gods” and “live forever,” but instead eventually died and brought death upon all men. This is why God had to send His Son Jesus to save humanity which He compares to sheep who have “lost their way” [Isa 53:6, Lk 19:10].

CONCLUSION —

Since Adam and Eve, every person is born with a sin nature which he can’t overcome until he believes that Jesus is the unique Son of God who gave Himself for all men by dying on the Cross, so that they may be forgiven and cleansed of their Sin, and sin nature. It’s only through Jesus that men may escape the Matrix and be RESTORED to a right relationship with Yahweh (the one, true God; creator of all that is).

If you’re someone who hungers or thirsts for something vital which you feel is missing from your life but you don’t know what it is – just believe with your heart that Jesus Christ died for your Sins and “receive” Him [Jn 1:12], so that you can get FREE from the Matrix (enslavement to your sin nature) and live a life of true LIBERTY. God the Father promises all who trust His Son Jesus Christ to save (free) them from their sin natures, will not only have liberty here and now, but everlasting Life in His presence hereafter [Jn 6:47, 10:28, 11:25; Rev 20:4]. Where can you get a better offer than that? If you know where, please tell me about it!

Debra R. Stout © April 26, 2016

 

END NOTES:

[1] http://www.infowars.com/the-era-of-chimeras-scientists-fearlessly-create-bizarre-humananimal-hybrids/
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/End%20of%20the%20World/Genetics%20Nightmare/chimeras.htm
http://imageofbeast.com/human-animal-chimera-are-here-on-us-research-farms/
https://www.sott.net/article/293674-A-new-way-to-be-human-The-plan-is-to-replace-existing-humans-with-transhuman-hybrids

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwh4ShZA5Tg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBTCYD2Wax0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56KLmldZvr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4qA0Ue_sI4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69bLgOgbZVk (GMO’s, Seeds of Destruction)

[3] http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/singularity.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwh4ShZA5Tg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcnTdO47p0Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56KLmldZvr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReGzEdHaTUk

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvt6ia7foII                          

[5] http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/singularity.htm

 

The Mendalla of the 144 Thousand

Mendalla Dream of March 6, 2015 @ 5:15am. Eastern Standard Time

Not sure if I saw something in a dream before I heard this, but when I woke up I heard —

“Only the man child will understand the mendalla of the 144 thousand.”

Fortunately, I recalled that strange word, ‘mendalla’ which I had never heard before and had to find out if it was nonsense or meant something, so I Googled it. What I found was actually quite amazing. It’s an ancient Sumerian word which means,’beaming crown!’ [1-2] Sumerian is the earliest documented language in Mesopotamia, and perhaps the world. Sumerian emerged as a written language in what is now southern Iraq at the end of the 4th millennium BC. It therefore vies with Egyptian for the title of the oldest recorded language in the world. [3]

Thus, the message was – “Only the man child will understand the beaming crown of the 144 thousand.”

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Exo 29:6 and thou shalt set the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre.
Exo 29:9 And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and bind head-tires on them: and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.

“crown” – H5145 nezer / nêzer BDB Definition: 1) consecration, crown, separation, Nazariteship
1a) crown (as sign of consecration), earring 1a1) stones of a crown, diadem, stones of charming 1b) woman’s hair 1c) consecration 1c1) of high priest 1c2) of Nazarite

Thus, the beaming CROWN worn by the 144 thousand, symbolizes their “separation” (from whatever’s unclean resulting in their holiness!), and their “consecration” (dedication) unto God.

Who is this ‘manchild?’ At first glance it would appear to be Jesus, since king Herod plotted to kill him as soon as he was born – Mat 2:13  Now when they were departed, behold, an 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 tell thee: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. Some believe the manchild is the Nation Israel born in 1948, however — In Isaiah chapter 66 verse 7 we read about a woman who gave birth even before travailing. “Before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.” The mention of the birth of a man-child may bring the readers to immediate conclusion that the woman is Israel. It is true indeed. But the question here (in Isaiah) is whether this Man-child is caught up to the throne of God? Not at all! This speaks of a nation’s birth. [http://www.wrpf.org/Rev12-ManChild.htm]  I think he’s saying the manchild in Isaiah represented the birth of the nation Israel, but the manchild in the book of Revelation is someone else. Read the whole article and see what you think. *Please note that I may or may not agree with everything written in other articles which I provide links to.

Here’s part of what the book of Revelation says regarding the manchild, Rev 12:1-6  And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered. And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems. And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child. And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Rev 12:13-17  And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman that brought forth the man child. And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman water as a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus: 

Who are the 144 thousand? Some believe they are the first fruits of the Jews who have turned to Jesus – Rev. 7:1-8. Some believe they’re the first fruits of the saved Gentiles who are ‘caught up to God’ before the great tribulation starts, half way through it, or just prior to God’s wrath being poured out upon unbelieving mankind left on the earth – Rev. 14:1-5,12. For a more in depth study on the two groups of 144 thousand and the two “marks” given, the Taw (meaning ‘last’) and the Aleph (meaning ‘first’ or ‘father’) go to http://doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/08/who-are-144000_22.html 

NOTE that in Rev 14:2-4, a group of 144 thousand is again mentioned with all the SAME traits as the group in Rev. 7, EXCEPT there’s no mention of their being comprised of the Twelve Tribes of Irsrael. Rev 14:1 ADDS a trait to this group not mentioned in Rev. 7, which is that God the “father’s name is written in their foreheads” – “written” G1125 graphō Thayer Definition: 1) to write, with reference to the form of the letters 1a) to delineate *(or form) letters on a tablet, parchment, paper, or other material. The other verses all use the term “sealed” —

“sealed” G4972 sphragizō
Thayer Definition:
1) to set a seal upon, mark with a seal, to seal
1a) for security: from Satan
1b) since things sealed up are concealed (as the contents of a letter), to hide, keep in silence, keep secret
1c) in order to mark a person or a thing
1c1) to set a mark upon by the impress of a seal or a stamp
1c2) angels are said to be sealed by God
1d) in order to prove, confirm, or attest a thing
1d1) to confirm authenticate, place beyond doubt
1d1a) of a written document
1d1b) to prove one’s testimony to a person that he is what he professes to be

Is there a difference between God “writing” His Name in their foreheads, and God “stamping or setting a mark with His Seal” in their foreheads? Honestly at this point I don’t know, but the terms used are different from one another; one is “grapho,” the other is “sphragizo.” *Keep in mind that Translators translated the original tongues (Greek, Aramaic, & Hebrew) into English, and that original tongues (languages) usually have many nuances of meaning. One translator might prefer one meaning over another.*

NOTE: There are 12 verses in the New Testament having that exact term “sealed” in them. There’s one lone verse which has to do with the sealing of a book – Rev. 5:1, another one has to do with Jesus being “sealed” by God – Jn 6:27, and one other which is about the sealing up of some gift in Rm 15:28. Thus, in total there are 9 verses about the SEALING of God’s “servants” in their foreheads to keep them safe from evil – Eph 1:13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, – in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [“of promise” Acts 1:4-5; 2:16-18; 2:38-39], Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. *Of significance I feel, is that in Acts 2:38-39, the “promise” is associated with the “gift” of the Holy Spirit – which is received after or in conjunction with the Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ! The “the baptism with the Holy Spirit” [Acts 2:1-6; 16-18] doesn’t always happen the moment a person asks Jesus into his/her heart, but in many cases it happens sometime afterwards as a separate occurance; sadly many never experience it because most churches do not teach or inform new believers about it because ministers are often uninformed about it themselves. This is just one example why all believers should read and study the Bible for themselves; so they can know ALL of God’s will and ALL of their inheritance in Christ, and begin to walk in it. Don’t let yourself be robbed of it by a “lack of knowledge” of God’s Word – Hosea 4:6.

So, is the SEAL the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, the Name of God, or both? Each SEAL is the same Greek word “sphragizō” EXCEPT FOR ONE where the Name of God is written, “graphō” in the their foreheads, Rev 14:1. Was this a translator’s preference, or is there a distinct difference between the usage of these two different terms in reference to the 144 thousand servants of God? One is something “stamped” or “impressed” upon or into something, the other, to WRITE is something that’s formed with “letters” in some manner; could be hand-written, but could also be “stamped” or “etched” or “impressed” (as with a chisel or signet).

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark (H8420) upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Eze 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
Eze 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. [“mark” – H8420 tâv; From H8427; a mark; by implication a signature: – desire, mark]

The same idea is apparent in this passage – Gen 4:15 And Jehovah said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign [‘ôth] for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him. It has been widely speculated what that mark or sign might have been, but the scripture makes clear one thing – it was for Cain’s PROTECTION and something which WARNED others not to harm him – “mark” H226 ‘ôth 1) sign, signal 1a) a distinguishing mark 1b) banner 1c) remembrance 1d) miraculous sign 1e) omen 1f) warning 2) token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof.

So, let’s see – the MARK of God, SEALED (stamped or impressed) into the foreheads, is for those to be SPARED FROM DESTRUCTION AND THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD reserved for the wicked! This SEAL then, is for PROTECTION from evil. *Note that the group being “sealed” in Ezekiel are those who “sigh” and “cry” for the abominations being done.

What I’m getting a picture of is the Name of God, “YAHWEH” YHVHstamped or impressed upon the foreheads of his pure ones, to protect them from evil, destruction and judgement. All documents requiring proof of authenticity or ownership require a person’s signature, which is usually his/her name! I imagine that the Signature or MARK showing ownership of, and the authenticity of a true Believer, would be made up of the LETTERS (*refer to G1125 graphō; ‘or form letters on’) of Yahweh’s Name – “YHWH.” Thus, the MARK set upon believers for their protection, may well be the letters of His Name, impressed or written on, or in, their foreheads.

Some believe the 144 thousand represent the Bride of Christ comprised of overcoming believers only, and that the rest go through the Great Tribulation in which most will be martyred. Others believe there are two groups of 144 thousand, one comprised of gentile believers, the other of Jewish believers. Whatever the case may be, the beaming crown will be worn by a group called the “one-hundred and forty-four thousand,” sealed with the SEAL of God.

Could the manchild be the same entity as the 144 thousand? The man who wrote the article below thinks so. He believes the Manchild is the “overcoming” Church, and that not all believers will be in this company. 

© Debra Stout, March 2016

End notes

[1] http://nookofnames.com/category/world-names/sumerian-names/
[2] http://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/137351-Futuristic-Girls-Name
[3] http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/nimrud/ancientkalhu/thewritings/sumerian/index.html

The Man Child of Revelation 12 — Who, When and Why?

The church must correctly identify the man child (male child) of Revelation 12 in order to correctly identify her end-times destiny and role in God’s plan to restore His creation. Although many believe the birth of the man child is a sign of Jesus as an individual birthed 2000 years ago, there is much to suggest that he is a sign of Jesus — not as an individual — but as a portion of His corporate body birthed 3-1/2 years before the very end of the age.

If he is Jesus as an individual, that means one thing. But if he is a portion of the church — in the form of the corporate body of Christ — then we need to understand what that means for us who make up the body of Christ and who are alive at the end of the age. For without that understanding and vision, the church will be unaware of and unprepared for her glorious end-time calling.

There are four main individuals or people groups in the great sign of Revelation 12: the woman, the man child, a great red dragon, and the “rest of her children”. The dragon is identified for us in verse 9 as Satan. The “rest of her children” are identified in verse 17 as Christians, because they keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. The woman is harder to identify, but she fits the description of those Israelites blinded for the sake of the Gentiles until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in at which time she will be grafted back in (Romans 11:25-26). That is why she (they) must be protected for 3-1/2 years so she (they) can survive to the end of the age.

Revelation 12:8 explains that there was no longer any place in heaven found for Satan. In other words, something had just happened which changed his position of authority. What happened? The man child had just been caught up to heaven. There followed a great war in heaven, and as a result Satan was thrown down to earth. It would seem that Satan being thrown down to earth is a direct result of the man child being caught up to God and to His throne. The phrase “to His throne” implies that the man child has assumed a position of authority in heaven. This suggests that the spiritual authority for throwing Satan out of heaven to earth has been delegated to the man child. And that is consistent with the authority that Jesus has given His church.

Jesus Authorizes His Church

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. (Luke 10:17-19 NASB)

18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19 NASB)

Jesus can delegate authority to whomever He wants, since He has all authority on heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). He has chosen to apply His authority over Satan through His corporate body. Jesus living in and through His people is a great and wonderful mystery. The crux of it is that it’s still Jesus doing the work, but He is doing it through His body of saints. And if we refer to Ephesians 3:8-12, we see that it is through the church that God desires to demonstrate His manifold wisdom, which is His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus and the reason He created all things. So although He has delegated authority to His church, it is still Jesus doing the work, for He says, “Without Me you can do nothing.”

Luke 10:19 indicates that Jesus has delegated all authority over the devil to His church. Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father waiting until His enemies be put under His feet. In other words, He is waiting for the church to step into the authority that He has given her. And He’s not going to take that authority back because the church has been slow to rise to the occasion. Jesus came to earth and did what He came to do, and now it is the church’s turn to do what she has been called and delegated to do. This is the great testimony of the book of Revelation. The man child has authority to eject Satan from heaven to earth. The saints on earth then overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and by not loving their lives unto death.

When the disciples returned after their first successful missionary venture, Jesus rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. It was the first successful test of their delegated authority. And the test was satisfactory. And I believe that’s why Jesus rejoiced. He knew it was the Father’s plan to defeat Satan through the church, and Jesus came to put the Father’s plan into motion. But did that fall take place 2000 years ago, or did He see a vision of something that would happen in the future in the same way John saw the future events of Revelation? Did He and John both see that event which would eventually take place in Revelation 12:9 at the beginning of the final 3-1/2 years of the age?

When does Satan Fall?

We are constrained to understand the “time, times and half a time” referred to in Revelation as a literal 3-1/2 years, as it is identified as equivalent terms of 42 months and 1260 days. At the beginning of this final 3-1/2 years of the age, the man child is birthed and caught up to heaven. He is birthed following increasingly intense events which Jesus describes in the gospels as birth pains. If there are birth pains associated with the end times, then there will be a birth. Who or what is being born? It is obvious from a overall view of the book of Revelation that the man child and the glorified saints are the product of this birthing. The church is birthed in splendor as a bride without spot or wrinkle.

There are a number of clues that indicate his birth is at this 3-1/2 year point before the very end of the age. The famines, earthquakes, wars, and the persecution that Jesus describes as birth pains are events commonly associated with tribulation and/or great tribulation. The birth pains that Jesus describes did not take place 2000 years ago. They take place near the very end of the age. After the birth, the woman goes off into the wilderness to be protected for 3-1/2 years. Satan is then cast down from heaven to earth, and we know from other scriptures he then indwells the antichrist who is immediately revealed at this 3-1/2 year point. Jesus takes us back to the book of Daniel to point this out in Matthew 24:15.

There is a crisis of intense events that takes place at this 3-1/2 year point. These last 3-1/2 years represent perhaps the greatest time of testimony on the earth except for the time when Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago. We remember the prophecy of Elijah when as a result it did not rain for 3-1/2 years. Scholars believe Jesus’ time of public ministry was also 3-1/2 years. The two witnesses of Revelation 11 testify for 1260 days, or exactly 3-1/2 years. This last 3-1/2 years of the age will be an awesome testimony — the final testimony before Jesus returns. Therefore the book of Revelation covers it repeatedly and thoroughly. It is the final lap of the race the church has been running for 2000 years, and it is the most crucial. It is described in detail that we might understand. One of Satan’s ploys is to try to convince the church that she is not in view in these scriptures.

Approximately two-thirds of the book of Revelation is devoted to the last 3-1/2 years of the age — from about the middle of chapter 6 unto the early part of chapter 20. This is an indication of the importance of what takes place during this brief period of time. The whole plan of God to restore His creation is brought to fruition. Satan is defeated. The church is brought to maturity and glory.

The Man Child . . . Why?

19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. (Romans 8:19-22 NASB)

All creation is eagerly awaiting the revealing of the sons of God, for it is the sons of God who will set in final motion the defeat of Satan and the restoration of all creation. If this seems like excess, remember that it is all God’s plan. He will glorify Himself through His church. It’s not that we in ourselves are significant in stature, it’s that He has elected to work through the weak and foolish. It pleases God to do things that way, and whatever pleases God pleases the Son.

21 At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. (Luke 10:21 NASB)

26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
29 so that no man may boast before God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NASB)

Characteristics of the Man Child

I believe that Revelation Chapters 11, 12, 13, and 14 are all repeated looks at the final 3-1/2 years from different perspectives. At the beginning of Revelation 14, we see a company of 144,000 in heaven. I believe this is another look at the man child of Revelation 12 after he has been caught up to heaven.

1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.
3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.
4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. (Revelation 14:1-5 NASB)

We need to carefully and prayerfully consider the description of this company. They are blameless without lie in their mouths. They are chaste. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. They have applied the promises of God as described in 2 Peter 1:3-4 to their lives and have purified themselves. They have taken to heart God’s commandment to “Be holy, for I am holy.”

They are seen in heaven before the great tribulation begins. There is nothing that these saints needed to repent of. They are blameless. They had already washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb before the onset of great tribulation. They are contrasted with those of the church at Thyatira who were given opportunity to repent, but did not want to, and as a consequence will find themselves thrown into great tribulation. And during this time all those of the churches will find their hearts and minds searched and will receive according to their deeds. Notice that the man child of Revelation 12 and the overcoming saints of the church at Thyatira are both promised to rule the nations with rods of iron. The man-child company is clearly a portion of the overcoming church.

21 ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.
22 ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.
23 ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.
24 ‘But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them–I place no other burden on you.
25 ‘Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.
26 ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;
27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; (Revelation 2:21-27 NASB)

The difference between those who achieve man-child status and those who do not and are thrown into great tribulation may simply be a matter of taking or not taking verse 21 to heart: “I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.” It seems clear that there is no victory over Satan short of achieving holiness. As long as he has something in us, we will be compromised and there will be no victory. We will not be a bride without spot or wrinkle.

There is still time — as of this writing — to make this decision. The whole church does not do so. For the man child is only the first fruits of the final harvest which takes place at the end of Revelation 14. Those who are not first fruits must go through great tribulation to the extent needed to wash their robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It seems we have the choice to purify ourselves now and avoid the need to be purified during great tribulation.

31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31-32 NASB)

The Lord only disciplines those He loves — if necessary.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:6-7 NASB)

Consequently — if necessary — we will find ourselves entering great tribulation because God loves us and insists that we be found without spot or wrinkle when Jesus returns.

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?”
14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. (Revelation 7:13-15)

Notice that these ones are before the throne, whereas those of the man-child company were caught up to the throne.

Discipline . . .

The Lord is increasing His discipline in these days that we might turn from our sins and our old ways of thinking to be filled with the fullness of Christ and to assume our responsibilities as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God in power. If the kind messenger is not heeded, then a harsh one will be sent, for God will have His church without spot or wrinkle. He is both kind and severe. To the extent we are not walking in holiness, the enemy will have access to our families, our property, our health, our finances, and our minds. When I fall short now in my striving against sin — which is sometimes far too casual — I pay a price. The principles of great tribulation are already here. To the extent we choose not to deal with our sins, we will be thrown into situations where the enemy has access to us. God is turning up the heat. The time is short. We must make a choice.

Father, discipline us as sons and daughters that we might rise to this call on the wings of Your mercy and grace. Prompt us to repentance as necessary that we might quality as first fruits of Your harvest and that we might wash our robes and make them white now, if possible, before the fires of great tribulation. But if that fire should be needed, then give us strength to endure to the end, that we might glorify You in the process, and that we might ultimately stand before You and hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servants.”
_________________
Vernon Kuenzi 

You can find a book he wrote at Amazon.com – Restoring the Vision of the End-times Church. Excerpt: “We are not promised escape from the midst of destruction, but are promised protection through it. This can be the time of our greatest witness or it can be the time of our love growing cold and our falling away. The “birthing” described at the End of this Age, is the birthing of Jesus within those who have allowed the flesh and all things of self to be put to death in favor of His life.” Pg 120 – Anything that we consider essential or a support, other than the faithfulness of God, is an Idol and will be stripped in the Day of Testing.”  

*WOW! I read portions of this book at Amazon, written back in 2001, the truths in it are just what the Church needs to hear and heed as it’s about to face the crucible of the finale of the End Times – the Great Tribulation of the Saints – Debra Stout.

**Another good book to read regarding the ‘end times’ we’re now living in and the coming world-wide persecution of Christians and how they’ll overcome, is Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Christ by Gospel Fellowships. Find it at http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Gathering-Believers-Headship-Christ-ebook/dp/B00DDTZSDO  

THE ENDTIMES SODOMITE SPIRIT; PROUD, BOASTFUL, ANTICHRIST, AND ‘GAY’

H1341 ge^ gay’ For H1343; haughty: – proud.

Interesting isn’t it? The Hebrew term for ‘haughty or proud’ is GAY, the very term the homosexuals use to designate their sexual preference and life style! Is this just some strange coincidence?

Most ‘gays’ I’ve met are very ‘haughty’ and BOAST of their sexual perversions whenever possible.

NYC PrideThe word “gay” seems to have its origins around the 12th century in England, derived from the Old French word ‘gai’, which in turn was probably derived from a Germanic word, though that isn’t completely known. The word’s original meaning meant something to the effect of “joyful”, “carefree”, “full of mirth”, or “bright and showy”.

However, around the early parts of the 17th century, the word began to be associated with immorality. By the mid 17th century, according to an Oxford dictionary definition at the time, the meaning of the word had changed to mean “addicted to pleasures and dissipations. Often euphemistically: Of loose and immoral life”. This is an extension of one of the original meanings of “carefree”, meaning more or less uninhibited.

Fast-forward to the 19th century and the word gay referred to a woman who was a prostitute and a gay man was someone who slept with a lot of women (ironically enough), often prostitutes. Also at this time, the phrase “gay it” meant to have sex.

With these new definitions, the original meanings of “carefree”, “joyful”, and “bright and showy” were still around; so the word was not exclusively used to refer to prostitutes or a promiscuous man. Those were just accepted definitions, along with the other meanings of the word.

Around the 1920’s and 1930’s, however, the word started to have a new meaning. In terms of the sexual meaning of the word, a “gay man” no longer just meant a man who had sex with a lot of women, but now started to refer to men who had sex with other men. There was also another word “gey cat” at this time which meant a homosexual boy.

By 1955, the word gay now officially acquired the new added definition of meaning homosexual males. [1]

How I arrived here was by looking up the definition of ‘Barabbas’ in Luke 23:18 — the meaning of his name is of Chaldee [2] origin H1347 and Gk (G5 Strong’s). When you go to H1347 in Strong’s Concordance, you also see another term from where ‘geh’ (pronounced ‘gay-eh’) is taken! The Gk ‘gay-eh’ also means; LOFTY, arrogant, and PROUD!

In the Greek, Barabbas is only rendered as “son of Abba” meaning, son of a father or master [3]. Could that master be Satan in his case? Could it be that Barabbas was a TYPE of the AntiChrist, or the Son of Satan? While there have been and are now MANY antichrists in the World, there may be ONE final, major Antichrist, who will be none other than the Incarnation of the Devil in human form who inhabits a human body – alluded to as The AntiChrist, whom the Lord will destroy supernaturally with the Spirit of His mouth when He comes [4]. This same AntiChrist will set himself up as god in the last Jewish Temple built, and will speak vain words against the one, true GOD and His people, and will lead the disbelieving multitudes into perdition along with him and the fallen angels [5].

Barabbas was a thief and a murderer [6] and one ‘who stirred up trouble’ – a trouble maker, a rabble rouser. Read Luke 23:13-25 for the full account. All terms easily identified with any antichrist, or the AntiChrist whom Scripture defines as “a man of lawlessness,” “proud,” “arrogant,” and maybe GAY? There’s a bit of an enigmatic verse in the book of Daniel about his attitude towards women – Daniel 11:37, “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the DESIRE OF WOMEN, nor…..”

“regard” H995 – understand, attend, consider, perceive, regard, feel, etc.
“desire” H2532 – delight: desire, goodly, pleasant, precious; that which is desirable.

What this seems to be saying is that he won’t have regard for women’s needs and feelings – he won’t be ‘attentive’ to them. Thus, he’ll treat them harshly being insensitive to their needs and desires. He’ll be seriously lacking in ‘understanding’ of their delicate natures. It may be saying that the Antichrist will greatly disrespect women just as the adherents of Islam behave today towards them. Many Islamic women are treated like slaves, denied of basic human rights. The United Nations should be outraged, but is it?

According to biblical scholar Stephen Miller in his commentary on Daniel, the phrase has never had consensus in its interpretation even as early as Montgomery in his 2nd century commentary on Daniel. Miller states that the phrase could be interpreted in either of four ways:

“the one desired by women”
“the desire of women”
“that desired by women”
“the desire for women”

If we consult a Hebrew lexicon, the word that is translated “desire” in 11:37 is “hemdah” (transliterated). Of course, as with many words in Hebrew, the interpretation is made difficult because the same Hebrew word can have varied meanings, and often context is the primary determining factor for the translator. In none of its varied meanings, however, does “hemdah” refer to sexual desire. The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words states:

hemdah is a noun found twenty-five times, with the primary sense of “that which is pleasant, or valuable.”

“If it was God’s intent to so hide the beauty of woman, He would have given Eve her “eye covering” burqa on her way out the door. It seems that Islam has found a way to veil what God never intended to cover.

Islam fits the profile. It has no regard for the desires, the precious things, of woman.” [7]

….the grammatical construction disallows changing “desire of women” to “desire for women” (13). In parallel instances, such as Haggai 2:7 and 1 Samuel 9:20, the noun following “desire of” is the source and not the object. What the prophecy is clearly saying is that the Antichrist will disregard something that women desire.

At last we come to the only convincing interpretation. It recognizes that since “the desire of women” appears in a list of deities spurned by the Antichrist, the name must refer to another object of worship that he refuses to honor. To be precise, the name might signify either a god (or gods) that women desire or the desire of women to be gods. Of these two possibilities, the second is a better fit both to the context and to modern reality. It is the desire of women to be gods that the Antichrist will slight.

The context. The angelic messenger has just predicted that the Antichrist will speak marvelous things against the God of gods (verse 36). As we argued, he was alluding to the tragedy in the Garden, where Satan used the same lies to corrupt Eve. He succeeded by exploiting the woman’s desire to be godlike in her knowledge of good and evil. Although the result was downfall of the human race, that desire has never been extinguished. The fire of self-worship still burns in the hearts of all women who refuse to worship the true God.

Yet while recognizing the pride of women, we should not minimize the pride of men. The male heart is also prone to divine aspirations. After all, the future pretender to supreme deity will be a man, not a woman. But the Book of Daniel is concerned not to leave the wrong impression. To avoid suggesting that men are worse than women, the book adds a little reminder that apart from the grace of God, every woman is also an incorrigible egotist with a lurking desire to take over command of the universe.

Modern reality. In recent times, the desire of women to be gods has resurfaced in an especially pronounced form: the drive for so-called women’s liberation. At issue between feminists and Christians is not whether women are equal to men. The Bible says that in Christ “there is neither male nor female” (Gal. 3:28). At issue rather is whether a woman ought to be like a man, whether she should be seeking to exchange a woman’s God-ordained role in the home and church for a man’s role.

Imagine what feminists will think when the Antichrist sets himself up as the supreme god and denies equal billing to any goddess! They will regard the exclusion of women from the highest flights of conceit as discrimination. Whatever hope he offers them of attaining a lesser degree of godhood will hardly satisfy their ambition. Yet he will ignore their objections. That is, as the oracle says, he will not regard the desire of women. [8]

Some have interpreted that scripture as, ‘he will not understand nor have regard for the delight which a woman can give a man from having relations with a woman. A homosexual would have no desire for a woman, nor take pleasure in having sexual relations with a woman. Still others say Daniel 11:31, has nothing at all to do with the sexual preference of the AntiChrist. Another opinion is that the phrase, “desire of women” is speaking of Jesus Christ since all women wanted to be His mother, the vessel through which Christ would be born into the world, but where this fanciful interpretation came from I can’t tell, since I’ve not found one scriptural reference that supports it.

The traditional interpretation is that he will not be married, or be a homosexual. Even if we were to understand its application in this manner there are other alternatives to consider. For example: He will have no regard for women, practically speaking can mean to allow abortion. This certainly makes one have no regard for woman. He will disrespect the most basic function of woman, not caring for the unborn or the scars he will leave on young women. To not regard woman may mean he is against her role in marriage and childbearing (promoting abortion) denying the function God gave to women. He will divide the family unit and the woman’s role in it, reverse the roles of men and woman. Thus, No regard for women does not necessarily mean he must be homosexual or unmarried. He may promote same sex partnership other than traditional marriage. Many have pointed out that in the religion of Islam men have no regard for women, which will be of no consequence since it also says, “he will show no regard for the gods of his fathers.” So even if he is a Muslim he will not have the respect of the religion he was brought up in. [9]

When you put the Greek definition along with its Chaldee origin, you have the incarnated son of Satan – a proud, arrogant, boastful man speaking vain words against the true God; defiant of all laws and gods, who might also be ‘gay’ or sexually perverted in some manner. He may not be specifically homosexual, but may lead a sexually immoral life style, or promote it in general.

The Greek ‘diastrepho’ From G1223 and G4762; means to distort, that is, (figuratively) misinterpret, or (morally) corrupt: – perverse (-rt), turn away. G4762 means ‘to twist, turn around, or reverse.’ This is interesting since the general plan of Satan for the World is to twist, reverse, pervert, and turn upsidedown, God’s ORDER of all created things. Men become as women and vice versa is one example where God’s natural ORDER of things is being REVERSED and perverted!

A phrase often applied to the AntiChrist, “son of perdition,” is a curious one. The term, “son of perdition” isn’t limited to a MALE person! Look at the following Scriptures and definitions —

G5207 uihos; Apparently a primary word; a “son” (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: – child, foal, son.

Just as the phrase, “sons of God” [10] is not gender specific but used to refer to all who’ve been Born Again of God’s Spirit and thus are children, or “sons of God.”

“sons” G5043 teknon; means offspring, children, child, male child, or daughter. See both Strong’s and Thayer’s Definitions.

Perdition means utter destruction, perishing, ruin, and eternal misery in hell.

Whether or not the final AntiChrist will be homosexual, what we know for certain is that Yahweh our God, will eventually pour out His judgment and wrath upon any nation which indulges in filthy sexual perversions, as He has done throughout history. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with sulfur and fire because of its sexual perversions – Genesis 19:1-28.

In Leviticus 18, God identifies incest, homosexuality and bestiality as the sins which cause the land to “vomit out its inhabitants” (v25). Even in this dark context homosexuality is singled out for special condemnation as “an abomination” (v.22).

In what is probably the most challenging Biblical passage of all, Deuteronomy 20:16-18, God tells the Hebrew people to completely wipe out the Canaanite inhabitants of the Holy Land. His explanation why is detailed in Leviticus 18:24-30.

“‘Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. ‘For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants. ‘But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. ‘For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. ‘Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God.’”

It is certainly not within our right to judge God. We can only rest in the assurance that, by definition, whatever God does is justified. Importantly, however, his use of genocide to punish sexual perversion is instructive as to His perspective of the relative gravity of human sins, as is His admonition not to tolerate these forms of sexual conduct by any persons in the society, even “the sojourner among you.”

Of course, this does not condone hatred or violence against homosexuals. [11]

God brought about the fall of the Roman and Greek empires; both known for their sexual excesses and perversions. “The Greek “gymnasium,” where young men engaged in sporting events in the nude, was a center of homosexuality and one of the reasons sodomy became known throughout the entire western world as “Greek love.” In his article, Homosexuality & the Maccabean Revolt, Catholic scholar Patrick G.D. Riley notes:

“The all-male athletic club known as the gymnasium was notorious in the ancient world as a nestingplace for pederasty. Socrates himself was susceptible to it, as we learn in the Charmides. The lovers of boys came to the gymnasium in crowds, as Plato notes in that dialogue and in the Euthydemus. Plutarch mentions it in the Erotikos. Hence the gymnasium, with its sexual seductions, was bound to arouse alarm when it arrived in Jerusalem and “attracted the noblest young men” of Israel (2 Macc. 4:12). What follows that phrase bears this out. The original Greek of the text of 2 Maccabees continues with a pun: hypotasson hypo petason, which literally means “subduing [these noble young Jews] under the petason,” the broad-brimmed hat of Hermes worn by naked Greek athletes. But in the Church’s traditional Latin translation, known as the Vulgate, St. Jerome renders this in lupanaribus ponere, that is, ‘to put in brothels’

…Joined themselves to the Gentiles. In the Greek, this has a strong connotation of sexual union. The verb, zeugizein, means “to yoke in pairs,” a graphic metaphor for sexual union. It is used in a love-passage from second-century B.C. Alexandria, hence contemporary with the Maccabees, in a context implying copulation. Since the Greek gymnasium was traditionally exclusive to males, and since the histories present the Jerusalem gymnasium as male-only, the sexual union can only be homosexual. (New Oxford Review, September 1997). [12]

Will America, who is currently passing all kinds of legislation protecting the imaginary rights of gays, lesbians, transvestites, and transsexuals’ to aggressively oppress religious institutions by causing them to embrace the ‘gay’ life-style; marry gays/lesbians against their religious beliefs, and so on – not be judged for its immorality and sexual perversions as have other nations before her? When the state makes it a crime to worship according to one’s faith, isn’t that the quintessence of religious oppression? The Secularists are forever trumpeting the “Separation of Church and State” clause while hypocritically making LAWS and REGULATIONS regarding religious institutions. The original intent of that clause, penned by our nation’s forefathers, was to keep the state OUT OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS and from MAKING LAWS which oppress religious freedoms; ie., to worship as they please without government interference! For the history of how the ‘Separation of Church and State’ clause came to be, see [13].

According to God’s Word, the Bible, Christians are not to agree with, work with, or promote the “works of darkness” (which would include sexual perversions) – but rather “expose them” – Eph 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. [14]

This goes especially for all the ‘affirmative churches’ who not only welcome but endorse the ‘gay’ life style as normative, who assure gays that they’re OK the way they are (they don’t need to repent) for God won’t judge their sin, and who ordain gay and lesbian ministers. While we should not hate gays/lesbians, nor engage in violence against them, we don’t have to endorse their vile acts. Deu 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Deu 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God. sodomite” H6945 qâdêsh; BDB Definition 1) male temple prostitute

Yeshua is soon to return, wouldn’t it be wise to be ready and be sure you’re not on the wrong side of the issues?

Debra R. Stout, March 25, 2016

 

END NOTES:

[1] http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/02/how-gay-came-to-mean-homosexual/

[2] Chaldee Language —

Employed by the sacred writers in certain portions of the Old Testament, viz., Dan_2:4-7, Dan_2:28; Ezra 4:8-6:18; Ezr_7:12-26; Gen_31:46; Jer_10:11. It is the Aramaic dialect, as it is sometimes called, as distinguished from the Hebrew dialect. It was the language of commerce and of social intercourse in Western Asia, and after the Exile gradually came to be the popular language of Palestine. It is called “Syrian” in 2Ki_18:26. Some isolated words in this language are preserved in the New Testament (Mat_5:22; Mat_6:24; Mat_16:17; Mat_27:46; Mar_3:17; Mar_5:41; Mar_7:34; Mar_14:36; Act_1:19; 1Co_16:22). These are specimens of the vernacular language of Palestine at that period. The term “Hebrew” was also sometimes applied to the Chaldee because it had become the language of the Hebrews (Joh_5:2; Joh_19:20).

[3] Barabbas – G912 a aßßa
Thayer Definition:
Barabbas = “son of a father or master”
1) the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of Christ

[4] 2 Thess 2:8 -12; Rev 19:21

[5] Daniel 11:31-45, Rev 19:20

[6] Luke 23:19 & 25, John 18:40

[7] http://www.jacksmithprophecy.org/2012/10/09/no-regard-for-the-desire-of-women-islam-fits-the-profile/

[8] http://www.themoorings.org/Bible_prophecy/Antichrist/religion_and_name.html

[9] http://www.letusreason.org/proph34.htm

[10] Jn 1:12, Rm 8:14, Rm 8:19, Gal 4:6, Phil 2:15, 1 Jn 3:1 &2

[11] http://www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

[12] http://www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

[13] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States

[14] G1651 ἐλέγχω elegchō
Thayer Definition:
1) to convict, refute, confute
1a) generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted
1b) by conviction to bring to the light, to expose
2) to find fault with, correct
2a) by word
2a1) to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove
2a2) to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation
2b) by deed
2b1) to chasten, to punish

SUFFERING & THE CHURCH

jesus_empty cross on blu bkgr So much has been written about the Rapture of the Church, but little about suffering for Christ. Don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly gotten the impression that most believers today do not expect to suffer persecution or hardship for their faith – ever. Most have been lulled to sleep by what I call ‘an easy street gospel,’ which is that since Christ bore our sins, griefs and sorrows, all they have to do now is sit back and live their little self-centric lives while waiting for His return and/or, their rapture off the earth. The focus of this study isn’t the Rapture or its timing, but suffering for Christ, which every saint is called to do, 1Pe 2:21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:

I believe the Church has succumbed to the fantasy, taught by hireling shepherds who preach prosperity and the ‘ear-tickling’ message, that she’ll never have to suffer persecution for the cause of Christ. Those shepherds conveniently leave out the unpalitable reality that all true believers will suffer on account of the Faith. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” 2 Timothy 3:12. How many believers take it to heart though? My guess is not many. Makes me wonder if the twenty-first century, western, Church has the ‘grit’ or fortitude of its fathers in the faith, men like William Tyndale [1] (murdered for printing the bible in English) along with thousands of other martyrs who were tortured and/or murdered for their faith. A good resource detailing these events is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs [2]. Torture devices were very common in Roman Catholic medieval Catholic tortureChurch dungeons. Is the Church willing to suffer intense persecution, torture or even death, as did the first century Church, or has it succumbed to the fairytale that it will never have to face such suffering?foxe-s-book-of-martyrs-c1780-hand-col-print.-burning-at-newbury-guernsey-[2]-27473-p

Since the Scriptures are peppered with examples of the sufferings, persecutions, and hardships of the church from the beginning and continuing throughout the ages – how can we in this church age, expect to escape these things just because we’re in the ‘age of grace?’ What about the millions who suffered burning at the stake, beheading, deboweling, and dipping in molten oil, by the monstrous Catholic Crusaders throughout the Middle Ages and beyond? Here’s a partial time line of these historic facts:

1096 Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter half the Jews in Worms, Germany.

1098 Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter almost all of the inhabitants of the city of Antioch.

1099 Roman Catholic crusaders massacre 70,000 Muslims and Jews when they capture Jerusalem.

1208 – 1226 The Albigensian Crusades in southern France. Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter approximately 20,000 citizens of Beziers, France, on July 22, 1209. Albigensian Christians and Catholics were slain. By the time the Roman Catholic armies finished their “crusade,” almost the entire population of southern France (mostly Albigensian Christians) has been exterminated. During the six centuries of papal Inquisition that began in the 13th century, up to 50 million people were killed. Read what J. A. Wylie’s The History of Protestantism has to say about the Crusades against the Abigenses.

1236 Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter Jews in the Anjou and Poitou regions of western France. The Catholic crusaders trample to death under their horses 3000 Jews who refuse baptism.

1243 Roman Catholic mobs burn alive all the Jews in Berlitz, Germany (near Berlin).

1298 Roman Catholic mobs burn alive all Jews in Rottingen, Germany.

April 26, 1349 Roman Catholic mobs burn to death all Jews in Germersheim, Germany.

1348 – 1349 The Jews are blamed for the bubonic plague. Author Dave Hunt tells us, “Accused of causing the ‘Black Death’ Jews were rounded up [by Roman Catholic mobs] and hanged, burned, and drowned by the thousands in revenge.”

1389 Roman Catholic mobs murder 3000 Jews in Prague when they refuse to be baptized.

1481 – 1483 At the direction of the Roman Catholic inquisitors, authorities burn at the stake at least 2000 people during the first two years of the Spanish Inquisition.

1540 – 1570 Roman Catholic armies butcher at least 900,000 Waldensian Christians of all ages during this 30-year period.

1550 – 1560 Roman Catholic troops slaughter at least 250,000 Dutch Protestants via torture, hanging, and burning during this ten-year period.

Apostle Paul’s sufferings alone are enough to make our heads spin, our hands shake, and our knees quake! Paul suffered stonings, whippings, hardships, and imprisonment for Christ. If any one of us today were called upon to suffer what he did, we would probably faint (fall away from the faith).

Last but not least, Jesus Christ suffered beating, scourging, mocking, and crucifixion unto death for Man’s sin. Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you;

“There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days. Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution. In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution.” – Corrie Ten Boom, born April 15, 1892 in Haarland Netherlands, near Amsterdam. Corrie was a born again believer who’s family hid Jews during the Nazi takeover of her country. Betrayed by a Dutch citizen, her whole family was imprisoned in a Nazi death camp and murdered, but she survived and shared her story in a book titled The Hiding Place. She ministered to concentration camp survivors after the war ended, and began a worldwide ministry. She died on her birthday in 1983. [3]

Does the Church have what it takes to endure suffering for Christ? The Church needs to ‘gird up its loins,’ and brace itself for persecution and suffering which is surely coming. It’s inevitable if you’re a true believer and follower of Christ – “Truly, I say unto you, If they have persecuted Me, they will persecute you….” The ‘easy street’ gospel, as I call it, isn’t the TRUE gospel of Christ, and is misleading many believers, lulling them into a deep slumber. We want to believe that we’re exempt from the kinds of suffering and torture that Christians have undergone in times past, but it isn’t true. It’s time for us to put away our ‘rose-tinted glasses’ and pray for the keen vision of an eagle, so that we might see that our true destiny in Christ is to suffer as He suffered, walk as He walked, and love as He loved! Anything less is an empty profession of faith; a mirage without substance and unacceptable to God!

“It would be years later at The Voice of The Martyrs conference that I would come face to face with my distorted understanding. I heard stories from all over the world of suffering happening to Christians. The first evening I listened as a man from Pakistan explained the hardships the Pakistani church endures, and then described the torture and eventual murder of a young Christian boy. This young man died at the hands of his torturers simply because he was a Christian. For the first time in my life I contemplated the possibility that God does not intervene in every situation and take the suffering away from His people.” Suffering – the Mark of the Church [4]

The true Church of jesus Christ is called to suffer hardships and persecution for their allegience to Him and to His Truth! The true Church of Jesus Christ is called to endure hardness like a soldier and endure sound doctrine versus the false ‘prosperity and easy street’ doctrines which compromising, hireling shepherds teach and preach to their flocks. Woe to those who compromise the truth or who teach only the palitable parts of it. Our Lord Christ doesn’t sanction teaching only part of the truth or half truths. It behooves every believer in Christ to study the Bible for themselves, to dig out the truth buried sometimes deeply in its pages. We must learn how to feed ourselves and quit being lazily content to eat left-overs and regurgitated food! Real faith makes certain demands on us, like ‘studying to show ourselves approved, workmen who need not be ashamed…’ 2 Tim 2:15. We’re to study the words of God for ourselves, and prove whether the things we’ve been taught, line up with His words or not – Act 17:10 & 11.

We need to OPEN our spiritual EYES. If you can’t see these things, then pray and ask God to open your eyes so that you may. The times we live in are dark and we need the Light of God’s wisdom and truth more than ever before; far more than material wealth and possessions. Most of Christ’s disciples lived in poverty or had only their basic needs met; most weren’t wealthy and yet they thrived on what’s more important. They lived not by (physical) bread alone, but by every word (rhema) which came from the mouth of God – Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4, and they had the LOVE of God and the love of His whole counsel (truth) BURNING IN THEIR HEARTS! – Luke 24:32

THAT, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, IS WHERE WE NEED TO BE AGAIN! We need to get back to a place where THE most important thing in our lives is following Christ, bearing His truth to the world, winning souls, and living HOLY lives before Him in HUMILITY (not in pride and arrogance).

So, therefore, let us HUMBLE ourselves in these dark days, SEEK His face in prayer and supplications with many FASTINGS – and WALK IN OBEDIENCE to ALL His instructions, not just the ones we like. If we ‘purify our hands and our hearts’ – “Purify your hands ye sinners, and sanctify your hearts…” maybe we’ll escape the dark schemes of the wicked to deceive and lead us into disbelief coming upon the whole world, and ”stand before the Son of Man WITHOUT SPOT, WRINKLE OR ANY SUCH THING….” James 4:8, Lk 21:36, Eph 5:27

Since we’ve all been called to SUFFER for Christ, walking in His footsteps, then it makes sense that we PREPARE our hearts and minds beforehand to endure to the end when it comes.

“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.” – Revelation 12:11

Debra R. Stout, March 10, 2016  *[caps, bold, and italics are mine].

Endnotes:

1] http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1501-1600/translator-william-tyndale-strangled-and-burned-11629961.html
2] http://www.ccel.org/f/foxe/martyrs/home.html (book is online to read for free)
3] http://www.biography.com/people/corrie-ten-boom-21358155#synopsis
4] http://www.persecutionblog.com/2014/09/suffering-the-mark-of-the-church.html

Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up?

The powers that be are at it again! They’re going to use the shooting in San Bernardino CA earlier today, along with other similar events of late, to scare the American people into giving up more of their rights in exchange for more government regulation of arm purchases, under the guise of making the public safer! What a farse! More ‘background checks’ aren’t going to do anything to make Americans ‘safer!’ People who go around shooting up schools, parades and other ‘soft targets’ will get their bombs and weapons underground and many are homemade. Just after the Paris bombing, Obama was saying that we, the American public, shouldn’t let fear of terrorists cause us to stop living our lives and that we really have nothing to fear! Reminds me of part of a quote used in one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speeches, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” probably where he got it from. Well, if that’s the case, then why is Obama today saying that we have plenty to fear, so much that we should be willing to surrender more of our God-given and Constitutional rights over to government control in exchange for its protection? Really? Are we being protected? Obama believes it’s perfectly fine to allow terrorists to sneak into America with immigrants fleeing ISIS in the Middle East, but is vehement about increasing background checks on the firearm purchases of law abiding Americans, and making it ever more difficult for Americans to protect themselves by enacting extensive gun control legislation. Obama and our governing officials say their ‘only aim is to keep the American public safe,’ but is that the truth? What hypocrisy! It’s all just empty rhetoric. Can you not see through it? The real goal of T.B.T.B, is to disable the American people from protecting themselves.

An effective tactic that our usurped government uses against “We the People” is the “Terror Doctrine” or “Problem-Reaction-Solution”.  Our usurped government creates or exploits a problem then attributes blame to others.  Not realizing that our government has been usurped, “We the People” react by demanding that our civil servants provide a solution.  Government offers the solution that was planned long before the crisis.  The outcome is that the agenda of the government usurpers is supported, as their solution entails rights and liberties being exchanged for the illusion of protection, as well as furthering the size, power, and oppression of centralized government, which the usurpers control; thereby increasing their own power. [Federal Reserve System is an Unconstitutional Scourge Against “We the People”@ http://investigate911.org/I highly recommend that you listen to the entire film clip for it gives you an excellent in depth look at who really runs our economy and government. 

I like what Donald Trump, who’s running for election as the next Republican candidate for president, said right after the terror attack in Paris, “What a different scenario it might have been in Paris, if all those who were attacked had been armed.” We’ll never know, but I for one think it would have been a different scenario, and that terrorists would think twice before opening fire on anyone not knowing who might be armed. Criminals likewise would think twice before committing a crime, not knowing who or who isn’t carrying.

Don’t listen to the ‘doublespeak’ designed to confuse you and get you thinking in the direction T.B.T.B want you to think. Stop listening to the rehearsed and pre-approved scripts of TV news reporters (most of whom are bought) and newspaper columnists, and start using your own brain, if you still have one. The worst thing that has happened to Americans, is the ‘dumbing down’ and brainwashing of our children in public schools and colleges. American History has fallen into unscrupulous hands, often just certain aspects of it are being taught. In a college I attended not long ago, the American history instructor used classroom time to talk about his travels or to make jokes instead of teaching history. Not just a joke here and there, but he used major chunks of class time as his personal stage, and left very little time for learning history. What a dirty joke being played on the American people, who sadly, don’t seem to mind the wasting of precious time, and the ‘dumbing down’ of American youth! Shame, shame on the teachers and college professors who cheat students in this manner by withholding historical truths from them that could help them understand what’s happening in the world and in America right now. Regardless of how one feels about self defense, the fact is our Constitution protects our 2nd Amendment right ‘to keep and to bear arms.’ The P.T.B. have an agenda – to ultimately remove all arms from law abiding citizens, so that only they and criminals will have them. Isn’t that nice? I wonder who the real terrorists are – could they be those who want to disarm law abiding citizens so they can’t defend themselves? Do you know that the reason early American settlers established Militia’s was so the government couldn’t rise up in tyrannical rule over them? If not, you need to read some early American history. Here’s a place to start —

Derived from political and legal philosophers such as John Locke, Hugo Grotius, and Edward Coke, the ideology underlying all forms of American resistance was explicitly premised on the right of self-defense of all inalienable rights; from the self-defense foundation was constructed a political theory in which the people were the masters and government the servant, so that the people have the right to remove a disobedient servant. (Today, it’s the other way around, the government is the master and the people are subservient to it!)

The American War of Independence began on April 19, 1775, when 700 Redcoats under the command of Major John Pitcairn left Boston to seize American arms at Lexington and Concord.

At Lexington and Concord, forcible disarmament had not worked out for the British. So back in Boston, Gage set out to disarm the Bostonians a different way.

On April 23, 1775, Gage offered the Bostonians the opportunity to leave town if they surrendered their arms. The Boston Selectmen voted to accept the offer, and within days, 2,674 guns were deposited, one gun for every two adult male Bostonians.

The government in London dispatched more troops and three more generals to America: William Howe, Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne. The generals arrived on May 25, 1775, with orders from Lord Dartmouth to seize all arms in public armories, or which had been “secretly collected together for the purpose of aiding Rebellions.”

The war underway, the Americans captured Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York. At the June 17 Battle of Bunker Hill, the militia held its ground against the British regulars and inflicted heavy casualties, until they ran out of gunpowder and were finally driven back. (Had Gage not confiscated the gunpowder from the Charleston Powder House the previous September, the Battle of Bunker Hill probably would have resulted in an outright defeat of the British.)

On June 19, Gage renewed his demand that the Bostonians surrender their arms, and he declared that anyone found in possession of arms would be deemed guilty of treason.

As the war went on, the British always remembered that without gun control, they could never control America. In 1777, with British victory seeming likely, Colonial Undersecretary William Knox drafted a plan entitled “What Is Fit to Be Done with America?” To ensure that there would be no future rebellions, “[t]he Militia Laws should be repealed and none suffered to be re-enacted, & the Arms of all the People should be taken away, . . . nor should any Foundery or manufactuary of Arms, Gunpowder, or Warlike Stores, be ever suffered in America, nor should any Gunpowder, Lead, Arms or Ordnance be imported into it without Licence . . . .”

To the Americans of the Revolution and the Founding Era, the theory of some late-20th Century courts that the Second Amendment is a “collective right” and not an “individual right” might have seemed incomprehensible. The Americans owned guns individually, in their homes. They owned guns collectively, in their town armories and powder houses. They would not allow the British to confiscate their individual arms, nor their collective arms; and when the British tried to do both, the Revolution began. The Americans used their individual arms and their collective arms to fight against the confiscation of any arms. Americans fought to provide themselves a government that would never perpetrate the abuses that had provoked the Revolution.

What are modern versions of such abuses? The reaction against the 1774 import ban for firearms and gunpowder (via a discretionary licensing law) indicates that import restrictions are unconstitutional if their purpose is to make it more difficult for Americans to possess guns. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits the import of any firearm that is not deemed “sporting” by federal regulators. That import ban seems difficult to justify based on the historical record of 1774-76.

Laws disarming people who have proven themselves to be a particular threat to public safety are not implicated by the 1774-76 experience. In contrast, laws that aim to disarm the public at large are precisely what turned a political argument into the American Revolution.

The most important lesson for today from the Revolution is about militaristic or violent search and seizure in the name of disarmament. As Hurricane Katrina bore down on Louisiana, police officers in St. Charles Parish confiscated firearms from people who were attempting to flee. After the hurricane passed, officers went house to house in New Orleans, breaking into homes and confiscating firearms at gunpoint. The firearms seizures were flagrantly illegal under existing state law. A federal district judge soon issued an order against the confiscation, ordering the return of the seized guns.

When there is genuine evidence of potential danger—such as evidence that guns are in the possession of a violent gang—then the Fourth Amendment properly allows no-knock raids, flash-bang grenades, and similar violent tactics to carry out a search. Conversely, if there is no real evidence of danger—for example, if it is believed that a person who has no record of violence owns guns but has not registered them properly—then militaristically violent enforcement of a search warrant should never be allowed. Gun ownership simpliciter ought never to be a pretext for government violence. The Americans in 1775 fought a war because the king did not agree. ~ http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-against-british-gun-control.html [*Research Director, Independence Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University, Sturm College of Law. This article is adapted from How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution, 6 Charleston L. Rev. 283 (2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1967702.]

History repeats – in the days of Hitler, peaceful, law abiding citizens were ‘disarmed’ so Hitler’s thugs could easily take over the country. It worked beautifully, and that’s exactly what’s behind all the hypocritical rhetoric we’re hearing from Obama’s crooked lips and the P.T.B. Their whole purpose behind the ‘extra background checks’ on gun purchases and so on, is to tighten the noose, and the ‘steps he wants to take’ to insure the public safety (such a farse) are steps towards disarmament. Don’t kid yourselves, once they accomplish this feat, the American public will be in far more danger than it is now – FAR MORE! Why? Because the only ones with the ability to defend themselves, will be the P.T.B. and THUGS (who get what they need via underground sources). Disarming the people will NEVER make them more SAFE – NEVER! Statistics and history have proven this. Don’t forget what happened in Germany, Russia, and other places – history repeats itself. T.P.T.B. will be able to do whatever they wish with the American people, if they achieve their goal. By enacting laws such as the Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act, and others, T.B.T.B. have been dismantling our Constitution and Bill of Rights piece by piece since 911, replacing it with a New World Order! Think I’m joking? Do yourself a favor, spend some time researching this subject so you’ll know truth from fiction when you hear it, and recognize when T.P.T.B. are trying to ‘pull the wool over your eyes.’

Some may protest that self-defense isn’t a Christian posture, but I’m firmly convinced from what I’ve read in Scripture, that it’s not a sin to defend oneself. You may hold an opposing view and that’s fine, you must abide by the dictates of your conscience, but I won’t allow anyone to force the dictates of their conscience upon me, or upon Scripture. Those who quote the King James version of the 6th commandment as “Do Not Kill,” haven’t done a thorough investigation of the true intent of the Hebrew word רצח ‘râtsach’ which primarily means to “murder” but was mistranslated into English as “kill.” This is proven by closely examining ALL the scriptures using that Hebrew term, known as interpreting scripture in the Context of the whole Bible. Thus the true rendering of the commandment is —

Exodus 20:13   You shall not murder.

Murder is wrong. This means the premeditated killing of others is wrong. Killing in a fit of emotion is also wrong and is prohibited here. But as we will see later, accidently taking the life of another is wrong. We must do all that we can to avoid it and stay as far away as possible from taking life.

The Biblical Obligation to Preserve Life

We begin by first looking at the Biblical obligation to preserve life. The Bible clearly teaches that we must preserve life–our own lives and the lives of other people. 1 Corinthians 6:19f teaches that our bodies are not our own. Rather, our bodies belong to God. Our bodies are His property and so we are not permitted to treat or destroy them as we please:

Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body. (1Co 6:19-20 ASV)

Not only are we to take care of our bodies and the life contained. We have an obligation to preserve the body and life of other people. Psalm 82:4 even cites an obligation to protect those who are in danger:

Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. *This is an excerpt taken with permission, from an excellent article at www.biblicalselfdefense.com written by MT. To read the entire article, click on the link; also see his copyright permission notice at the bottom of the page. For an in depth biblical study of this subject, peruse these sites—http://www.mercyseat.net/gunapologetic.html, http://biblereasons.com/defending-yourself/, www.thebereancall.org/content/question-does-bible-allow-defending-oneself-or-ones-family

Whatever your position on self defense, there can be no denying that what the P.T.B. are up to, what their goal is, which is to disarm all Americans so they can do whatever they want. Americans can now be rounded up and incarcerated without trial, indefinitely, or disposed of if they don’t go along with the plan for a NWO. The P.T.B recently gave the president ‘carte blanche’ (full discretionary) power to do so to anyone he chooses, anytime he wants, for any reason. Don’t believe it? See — http://www.infoplease.com/us/history/911-anniversary-government-changes.html http://911research.wtc7.net/post911/legislation/usapatriot.html       http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/repealUSAPA.html#Part5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html 

I don’t believe this scenario HAS to occur, but I’m afraid it will, because as one wise man said, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” ~ Winston Churchill

Debra R. Stout © December 2, 2015

Who Do Men Say That I AM?

In Judea at the time of Christ, many people expressed varied opinions about an influential young preacher who went about performing miracles and healing the sick as he taught the scriptures on hillsides and in their Synagogues. Some said he was a charlatan, a worker of magic tricks and even possessed of the devil; others that he was one of the prophets reincarnated. Jesus’ disciples must have been suspicious that he was the Christ, but may have been hesitant to say as much. So Jesus brought up the subject of his identity himself.

Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of manG444 am?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Hear what the Old and the New Testaments say about the Son of Man –

Old Testament Witnesses

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,H7093 upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

“end” (H7093 qêts) BDB Definition:
1) end
1a) end, at the end of (of time)
1b) end (of space)

An interesting passage telling us that among others, Jesus will bear the title “everlasting Father.” Now, how can that be you may well ask? How can Jesus have the title “father” when he’s the Father’s son? That’s a great question, one I don’t have an answer for at present.

Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominionH7985 is an everlastingH5957 dominion, which shall not pass away,H5709 and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.H2255

Note that the Son of man (always refers to Jesus) was brought before the Ancient of Days (the Father), thus it would appear that Jesus and the Father are two separate entities. This verse states that Jesus will be given a dominion and a kingdom over all nations which will never pass away (‘remove, depart, be taken away’).

New Testament Witnesses

Joh 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? (via crucifixion) who is this Son of man?G444

Joh 5:25 Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 
Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Mat 8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

In this Matthew passage, Jesus calls himself the “Son of man.” The term “Son of Man” was a Messianic title assigned to Jesus Christ –

Jesus uses it as a concealed Messianic title. Jesus in his early ministry, except at the very start in John 4, abstains from calling himself Messiah. This term suited his purpose exactly to get the people used to his special claim as Messiah when he is ready to make it openly. [Robertson’s Word Pictures]

Son of man – This means, evidently, Jesus himself. No title is more frequently given to the Saviour than this, and yet there is much difficulty in explaining it. The word “son” is used in a great variety of significations. See the notes at Mat 1:1. The name “Son of man” is given to Jesus only three times in the New Testament Act 7:56; Rev 1:13; Rev 14:14, except by himself. When he speaks of himself, this is the most common appellation by which he is known. The phrase “Son of God,” given to Christ, denotes a unique connection with God, Joh 10:36. The name “Son of man” probably denotes a corresponding unique connection with man. Perhaps the Saviour used it to signify the interest he felt in man; his special love and friendship for him; and his willingness to devote himself to the best interests of the race. It is sometimes, however, used as synonymous with “Messiah,” Mat 16:28; Joh 12:34. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

Of His Kingdom There Shall Be No End

Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

“no end” (G5056 telos) Thayer Definition:
1) end
1a) termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be (always of the end of some act or state, but not of the end of a period of time)
1b) the end
1b1) the last in any succession or series
1b2) eternal
1c) that by which a thing is finished, its close, issue
1d) the end to which all things relate, the aim, purpose
2) toll, custom (i.e. indirect tax on goods)

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:G2424 for he shall save his people from their sins.

An aside: The name “Jesus” was not derived from the Greek god Zeus! Jesus is the English transliteration of the Greek (Iēsous) translation of the name Joshua, which means “Jehovah is salvation.” Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites and Moses’ successor (Act 7:45, Heb 4:8).

Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

To all who have been told or taught that Jesus isn’t GOD – the Father calls him GOD, and permits angels to WORSHIP him! If Jesus wasn’t GOD, then the Father wouldn’t have said so. Many scriptures affirm that while Jesus was temporarily ‘made a little lower than the angels’ having been ‘clothed with a human body,’ He was raised in a glorified body, the same as all born again believers will get when Jesus returns. Jesus was only subordinate to his Father in heaven because he took on a human body (John 1:14) and dwelt upon the earth. Before Jesus’s human body was crucified and died, it was just a fleshly body like ours, unfit for Eternity. It had to be glorified or made ‘eternal’ which was accomplished when Jesus arose from the grave. At no time was Jesus anything less than fully GOD (Cols 2:9).

There are those teaching that since Jesus was ‘sent’ to earth by his Father, he wasn’t God because the one doing the sending is greater than the one being sent. One group who teaches this is the Jehovah’s Witnesses who appear to be Christian until you discover that they deny the Divinity of Jesus Christ; the very “test” of whether the spirit behind a religious organization or an individual is antichrist – 2 Jn 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.G4561 This is a deceiver and an antichrist.G500 To ‘come in the flesh’ means he became incarnated in a human body.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 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.

To be ‘sent’ has several meanings in the Greek, primarily ‘apostello’ (from which we get the word Apostle) and ‘pempō.’ (G649 apostello) From G575 and G4724; set apart, that is, (by implication) to send out (properly on a mission) literally or figuratively: – put in, send (away, forth, out), set [at liberty]. (G3992 pempō) Apparently a primary verb; to dispatch (from the subjective view or point of departure, whereas ἵημι hiēmi [as a stronger form of εἶμι eimi] refers rather to the objective point or terminus ad quem, and G4724 denotes properly the orderly motion involved), especially on a temporary errand; also to transmit, bestow, or wield: – send, thrust in.

Jesus was sent into the world to fulfill the scriptures regarding him, to redeem mankind from sin and death, and to fulfill all righteousness. You could say that he was ‘set apart’ for a special mission. However, his being sent didn’t at all detract from his Godhood. Look at it this way, a mail carrier is ‘dispatched’ to collect and deliver mail to a another locality. Is his nature altered by being sent on that mission? Jesus willingly chose to leave his glory in heaven to become a flesh and blood human being, and yes he was subordinate to his father, but that subordination didn’t change his nature. Jesus was, is, and will always be fully God.

The term ‘trinity’ isn’t in the Bible, but the term “Godhead” is.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

(G2305 theiotēs) From G2304; divinity (abstractly): – godhead.
(G2320 theotēs) From G2316; divinity (abstractly): – godhead.
(G2316 theos) Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very: – X exceeding, God, god [-ly, -ward].

In this Godhead, Jesus and the Father mutually indwell one another in perfect unity.

Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?

“in” (G1722 en) A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537);

I find G1537 to be quite interesting – A primary preposition denoting origin (*the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote):

*Recall that a root G4724 of the Greek definition pempō (sent), had in it the idea of ‘orderly motion’ in the sending. It only seems to be saying that Jesus proceeded out from the Father.

Even the Jews who weren’t always correct in their interpretations, acknowledged that when Jesus called God his father, he was “making himself equal to God” –

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

“father” (G3962 patēr) Apparently a primary word; a “father” (literally or figuratively, near or more remote): – father, parent.

“Father; not in the sense the Jews so called him, and all good Christians are licensed to call him; but patera idion, his proper Father, or his own Father; by which (as they truly said) he made himself equal with God. Nor did he by that alone make himself equal with God, but he ascribed also to himself a cooperation with God, in works proper to God alone…”[Matthew Poole’s Commentary]

Another solid refutation of teachings that Jesus isn’t God, or that he wasn’t a divine being before he “came in the flesh.”

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word,G3056 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh,G4561 and dweltG4637 among us, (and we beheld his glory,G1391 the glory as of the only begottenG3439 of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Scriptures clearly state that Jesus, the Son of man and Son of God (these two titles denote the dual nature of Christ; fully God and fully man) was “with God in the beginning” of Creation – Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Jesus existed before Abraham, who had died centuries earlier, was born. “I AM” means the ever-present, ever-existent God, who had no beginning and has no end. When Moses stood before the bush burning with God’s presence he asked him what his name was and God answered, “I AM THAT I AM” (Exo 3:13 & 14).

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Joh 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me:

Jesus did nothing independently of his Father because he and his Father think and act as ONE. They’re so close they know each other’s thoughts and intentions at all times. The closest state of “oneness” humans can experience is in marriage where they become “one flesh”(Mt 19:5).  Strong’s Definition: “one”(G1519 eis) of one mind.

Joh 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Whom do men say – He asked his disciples this question, not because he was ignorant what the people thought and spoke of him; but to have the opportunity, in getting an express declaration of their faith from themselves, to confirm and strengthen them in it: but see on Luk_9:20 (note). Some, John the Baptist, etc. By this and other passages we learn, that the Pharisaic doctrine of the Metempsychosis, or transmigration of souls, was pretty general; for it was upon this ground that they believed that the soul of the Baptist, or of Elijah, Jeremiah, or some of the prophets, had come to a new life in the body of Jesus. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible]

(ii) This passage teaches that our discovery of Jesus Christ must be a personal discovery. Jesus’ question is: “You–what do you think of me?” When Pilate asked him if he was the king of the Jews, his answer was: “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” (Jn 18:33-34).

Our knowledge of Jesus must never be at second hand. A man might know every verdict ever passed on Jesus; he might know every Christology that the mind of man had ever thought out; he might be able to give a competent summary of the teaching about Jesus of every great thinker and theologian–and still not be a Christian. Christianity never consists in knowing about Jesus; it always consists in knowing Jesus. Jesus Christ demands a personal verdict. He did not ask only Peter, he asks every man: “You–what do you think of me?” [William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible]

So, who do YOU say that the Son of Man is? May I suggest that you don’t wait too long to decide.

Debra R. Stout © August 15, 2015

“Message of Christ Crucified Not Allowed; Our Religious Freedom Wanes”

Jes.carry.cross“Picture of Christ Crucified Not Allowed”

In this dream I saw a very large glass window covering most of the outside wall of a building. On it I had taped up many sheets of paper with a message typed or written on them. In the middle, I had taped up a picture I had drawn of Christ crucified. When done I left all of it and went to another place; home or work I’m not sure.

The next time I looked at the window, the picture of Christ had been removed and in it’s place was a Notice that stated: “You may not put up pictures of Christ crucified, without permission.” I was at work or some place where I couldn’t leave immediately, but felt quite anxious to leave so I could go talk with whomever to get the required permission.

Then I saw my picture of Christ lying in the street in front of the bldg. somewhat crumpled up. I felt shocked and alarmed at the same time and thought, “How could they just take it down like that?” Right away I called a Christian woman and told her what happened. She asked me what I thought we should do. I answered that we should fight for our religious rights, and that we couldn’t just let those people do that to us.

Later when I went inside the bldg. where I had posted my message & picture, I saw a room filled with school age children sitting at a long table. The children were writing on sheets of paper, and one had drawn a picture of Christ, I believe in response to my message. I thought: “Isn’t it odd they’ll allow these children to put up pictures of Christ, but not me?” (My sense was that they were opposed to my message.)

Then I went to speak to a man in authority inside the building, but don’t recall what we spoke about, or if I actually spoke with him or not.

I feel the dream indicates that a time of intensified religious persecution and opposition to the Gospel message has begun. ‘Christ Crucified’, is removed from public spaces and trampled in the streets – ‘streets’ symbolize major public arena’s like business, educational systems, courts & legal systems, and news media. The public school system is teaching children to oppose Christ and the Gospel. Freedom to speak or write about Christ and the Gospel is not allowed now, without ‘permission.’ Even among some Christians the message of the Cross, which is to live a life of self-denial, has become abhorrent! Together, we need to confront the forces and systems arrayed against us and the Gospel without delay, and fight for our right to practice our faith freely, or else it will be taken away from us.

*After the dream a scripture verse came to mind, Col 1:24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and do fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly, (Young’s Literal Translation)

Debra R. Stout © December 26, 2011

Add to this the fact that thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters are being routinely murdered and tortured all across the globe, but especially in well armed terrorists nations of the Middle East like Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Without a sitting president and congress who cares what happens to Christians, our brethren have no support but the prayers of those of us who are yet free (and that may not be much longer the way the Jihadists are going) and any money we can send to aid them in their time of tribulation. Christians in America and Europe have yet to suffer the horrific torture, persecution, and mass murder our brethren have suffered for centuries and are NOW suffering by the hands of militant, cruel, hateful, terrorists who believe in Jihad. Jihad is the doctrine which Muslims believe gives them the right to slaughter all who don’t believe in Alah and the writings of the Koran. It is also a movement to set up a Calliphate and Shariah Law to rule the world. 

In light of 911 and every hateful, deranged terrorist killing of innocent people since 911 around the world, why are our leaders nearly silent on this issue? Why doesn’t the yet free Church speak out loud and strong in defense of their persecuted brethren? Who has muzzled their mouths? I think it’s a spirit of FEAR; fear someone might accuse them of being bigots, arrest them for speaking out against terrorists, and/or fear that they might end up tortured or even dead if they do. 

While some or all of those things may indeed happen, should that stop us from speaking up for our brethren and for our religious freedoms? If we claim that we ‘follow’ Christ, shouldn’t we be willing and ready to suffer persecution for His sake and for the sake of the Gospel, as others have done? 

If we don’t begin to speak up for our religious rights and freedoms, and those of our brothers and sisters, we’ll loose them. Muslims in America have been loudly protesting the practice of the Christian faith wherever they find it. The time may come when the universal Body of Christ will have to go ‘underground’ due to extensive persecution and dissolution of religious rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, but unenforced. The stark reality which can no longer be ignored, for it’s on our very doorstep, is that Jihad has already come to America, disguised and for the most part hidden, yet very real and very dangerous. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this century. “The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.” [http://www. pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/23/why-muslims-are-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religious-group/]

Many Americans seem oblivious, and or have a cavalier attitude towards real threats to its survival. America and it’s former glory has all but become a distant memory. Those of you too young to recall the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and everyone who has stood for open and honest government since; probably doesn’t relate to much of this, but the history is available online at least. Go search the Internet for news reports of the past and present slaying of Christians around the world, there are plenty available. Then DO something about it, don’t just blithely say, “How sad” then forget what you saw and read! All of us can pray for the nations and for persecuted Christians. Here’s a website that has a lot of resources to make it easy for anyone to pray for the nations —http://www.operationworld.org/join-prayer-movement 

All of us will be held accountable by God for what we do and leave undone —

Mat 25:31 But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats;
Mat 25:33 and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
Mat 25:36 naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:42 for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink;
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

Selah.

Debra R. Stout © August 2015

 

 

TIME IN THE MILLENNIUM

Double Conjunction

There will be a counting of time in the Millennium period. Let’s take a look at the following passages (underlining is mine).

Zec 14:16 And it hath come to pass, Every one who hath been left of all the nations, Who are coming in against Jerusalem, They have also gone up from year to year, To bow themselves to the King, Jehovah of Hosts, And to celebrate the feast of the booths. (YLT)

Thus, there will be years in the Millennium. We know the feast of booths is also called the feast of tabernacles, or Sukkoth. This Zech passage most scholars say is referring to the “nations that are left” (out of those which were destroyed in the Gr Trib)….

In Rev 22:2 “in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (ASV)

Thus, there will be “months” in the Millennium.

Thought: when Yeshua said that “not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law until all be fulfilled”, didn’t He mean all prophecies and all of His will? If yes, then the law cannot pass away until all prophecies are fulfilled, and all of His will is done on Earth. His will certainly isn’t fully done on Earth as it is in Heaven, and only some prophecies, not all, have been fulfilled. One among many which hasn’t, is the casting of the Devil Satan and the wicked into the Lake of Fire, which comes at the end of the Millennium. This means that the law and the prophets are valid, now and during the Millennium, until all has been fulfilled. Of course we must “use the law lawfully,” 1 Timothy 1:8-10.

Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Jehovah. (ASV)

And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Shabbath to Shabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, declares YHWH. (HS)

“new moon” – chodesh H2320; by implication a month: – month (-ly), new moon.

Here we have month again. We know that this verse pertains to the Millennium because the one right before it mentions the “new heavens and new earth”. Also in this verse is “Sabbath to Sabbath” which is a weekly observance. Well, it follows that if we have days, then there will be weeks, months, and years too.

Rev 14:11 and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoso receiveth the mark of his name. (ASV)

And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast….. (HS)

In the ‘new city’ (new Jerusalem)…..

Rev 21:23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb.

How then will there be months and feasts, if there’ll be no moon? This verse seems to suggest there won’t be a sun or a moon in the new city (Jerusalem), and yet in….

Rev 22:2 in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month:

….we can see there will be months.

Maybe there will be a moon and a sun, but just that they won’t be needed for light, because Yehoshua will be their light? Maybe Rev 21:23 is just making a comparison between the light of the sun and moon to the brighter glory of YHWH? This is my guess.

Isa 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of the seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the bruise of His people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Q – Does this mean literally or figuratively?

If literally, the moon and sun would be way brighter than they are now. Maybe this is part of the renewal of the entire cosmos – the plants grow abundantly, the animals cease to eat one another for food, men live in peace with one another, and so forth; in the Millennium.

Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed.

“No more is an infant from there going to live but a few days, nor an old man who does not complete his days, for the youth dies one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be lightly esteemed.” (HS)

This passage suggests that all people living in the Millennium period, will live much longer than they do now. It’s saying that a person 100 years old there, will be considered to be but a youth, a youngster!

This means a full grown man could live to be a thousand years perhaps, like they did before the Flood? If so, the world’s population will increase vastly in a century. Think Yahweh planned it this way, so that the world can be repopulated after the Great Tribulation, when the world’s population is drastically reduced from war, famine, disasters, and pestilences.

So what does the bible really say about time during and after the Millennium? Does time ever completely cease to exist? What exactly is meant by the term ”eternal life”?

2Pe 3:8 But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, And as a watch in the night.

We can see then, that His experience of time is much different from ours.

Luk 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third,……
Luk 12:40 Be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

A ‘watch’ in biblical times occurred throughout the night. First watch was from six until nine in the evening. The second watch was anywhere from nine in the evening until twelve midnight. The third watch was from twelve midnight until three in the morning. And the fourth watch from three until six in the morning.

Q – Could a “watch” also refer to something else?

These “watches” were divided into three-hour periods; the number 3 has prophetic overtones. In the “third day” Yehoshua will raise us up – Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live before him. The third day begins after the second day ends. And since in YHWH’s estimation, one day is as a “thousand years” – could this prophetic third day begin when the two- thousand-year period ends? What correlates with that day, and what event started this prophetic three thousand year period? Where are we now?

Let us take a closer look at these ‘two days’ and particularly at the ‘third day’ that Hosea spoke of. The identification of these “two days” as two millennia is given further credence by Hosea’s reference to the “third day” when His people “live in His sight”. The phrase “we shall live in His sight” sounds distinctly millennial. 2,000 years ago Jesus ascended into heaven. He is now with the Father. He will return to this cosmos and this earth. Surely this “third day,” when “we shall live in His sight” speaks of the 1000 year Millennium of Messiah. [http://endtimepilgrim.org/twodays.htm about half way down the page]

“And the THIRD DAY there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there” (John 2:1).

This is prophetic meaning of the marriage feast of the Lamb and His Bride. It will take place on earth on the “THIRD DAY,” which will begin when the “TWO DAYS” (2,000 YEARS) since His first Advent have ended.

I agree with the third day prophetic significance of the Lamb’s wedding with the marriage in Cana in Jn 2:1. However, even if our Gregorian calendars are a few years off, shouldn’t the 3rd day or Millennium have begun already, since we’re now in the year 2015, two-thousand and fifteen years since Yehoshua’s birth? Could our calendars be as much as fifteen or more years ahead of YHWH’s calendar? Are we really in the 2015th, or 1999th or 2000th year after Yehoshua’s birth? If this is actually the year 1999 or 2000, then Yehoshua’s return could easily be this year or next!

The encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman is described in the fourth chapter of John. After spending “TWO DAYS” with the Samaritans, Jesus returned to the Jews and raised the nobleman’s son from the point of death. This is prophetic of the “TWO DAYS” or 2,000 yrs. between the first and second Advents of our Lord Jesus Christ to Israel. The Bible says: “So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there “TWO DAYS” (John 4:40).

“Now after “TWO DAYS” he departed thence, and went into Galilee” (John 4:43).

After “TWO DAYS” Christ Jesus will again return to the Jews and raise them up from their spiritual death as typified by the nobleman’s son and they will live in His sight on earth in the “THIRD DAY.”

We now know that our Gregorian calendar used in the U.S. and the West is not exactly in sync with the birth of Christ. Our Gregorian timepiece is a few years fast. However, it is close because in the 20th century since Christ’s birth, Israel became a political state again in the Promised Land on May 14, 1948. This was very necessary in order for Israel to make “a covenant with many.” Also, the old city of Jerusalem was recaptured from Jordan in 1967. Control of old Jerusalem is necessary for Israel to rebuild the tribulation-temple there. Indeed, God has been setting the stage as the end of “TWO DAYS” or 2,000 yrs. is very nigh at hand!!

http://peace-in-jerusalem.cephasministry.com/4_seven_thousand _years_of_human_history.html

Debra R. Stout © 2015

GROANINGS & BIRTH PANGS

There are two types of groaning I will address in this article. One is the ‘groaning too deep for words’ which the Holy Spirit prays in us when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for, and the other is the groaning of the earth before Jesus Christ returns.

Rom 8:26 And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; Rom 8:27 and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

‘groanings’ = stenagmos from stenazo; to make (intransitively be) in straits, that is, (by implication) to sigh, murmur, pray inaudibly: – with grief, groan, grudge, sigh.

There have been times in my life when I was going through difficult straits where I have experienced ‘groaning’ in the Spirit, which is a prayer that’s too deep for words. Once was when I was facing a life-altering decision which affected not only myself, but several other persons. Even though I and others had thought through that decision carefully and prayerfully, I still wasn’t completely sure I was doing the right thing. During the last agonizing moments before my decision would become irreversible, I began to pray with all my heart to God for a sign. In seconds my words were replaced with ‘groanings’ coming from deep within me in waves very similar to birth pangs! I began panting just like a woman in labor!

woman in laborThat was the first time I had ever experienced that kind of prayer, but I knew enough not to stop the Holy Spirit from doing what he wanted to do, so I went with the flow. In about five minutes or so, the prayer abruptly ended just like a woman’s labor pains do when an infant is born. Then a palpable ‘stillness’ came over me followed by a very clear verse of Scripture confirming my decision. As God’s peace filled me, I knew it was all right to go ahead with the plan that was in place. While that decision brought me sorrow, I knew that God was IN IT and that in time, he would work it for my good and the others who were directly affected.

“What mighty God we serve! What a mighty God we serve. Angels bow before him, heaven and earth adore him, what a mighty God we serve!” – Hezekiah Walker

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. – Frances J. Crosby, 1873

God never pressures or tries to force anyone to do anything. He has never and will never violate a person’s ‘free will.’ The Devil and demons on the other hand, pressure and use force to try and make people do what they want. If you’re in doubt about whether God is telling you to do something or not, ask yourself if you feel ‘pressure’ or ‘peace.’ If the latter, it is God, if the former, it’s either your own flesh or a devil speaking to you. Yeshua is the good Shepherd, who firmly yet gently leads his sheep. Before finalizing any major decision in your life, seek and then wait for God’s peace. If you don’t get it, wait until you do.

2Co 5:2 For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven: 2Co 5:3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 2Co 5:4 For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.

‘groan’ = stenazo; to make (intransitively be) in straits, that is, (by implication) to sigh, murmur, pray inaudibly: – with grief, groan, grudge, sigh.

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

Creation itself was subjected to DECAY and CORRUPTION when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the Garden of Eden – Rom 5:12 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned: ‘world’ = kosmos, Thayer Def. 3) the world, the universe

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Rom 8:23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

‘groaneth’ = sustenazo; to moan jointly, that is, (figuratively) experience a common calamity: – groan together.
‘travaleth in pain’ = sunodino; to have (parturition) pangs in company (concert, simultaneously) with, that is, (figuratively) to sympathize (in expectation of relief from suffering): – travail in pain together.
‘body’ = soma, Thayer Definition: 3) is used of a (large or small) number of men closely united into one society, or family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body, 3a) so in the NT of the church.

Glory be to God! Did you get that? The WHOLE CREATION “groans” as in LABOR PAINS, together with the Sons of God, Christ’s Body, for the COMPLETION of their REDEMPTION which is the GLORIFICATION of their physical bodies!

1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1Co 15:54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Though our spirits are renewed or saved the moment we receive Christ, our souls need to be sanctified (a process) and our physical bodies need to be FREED from DECAY and physical death which is the result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Then will our Redemption be completed, finished. Until that day arrives, all of creation GROANS and travails in pain for the Sons of God (born again believers) to be revealed!!! Hallelujah!!!

Now for the grand finale. You’ve probably heard about those loud, strange NOISES being heard all around the world not long ago. Many were saying that they were either Aliens getting ready to invade our planet, or even more bizzare, God’s trumpets sounding! Hechum, if you listen to a recording of those noises, they certainly do not sound like a trumpet! They sound like grinding, screeching, booming, and….GROANING! Those noises sounded really eery and creepy! Do you honestly think God’s angels would play trumpets that badly? When I heard them via youtube, I got a definite impression (God communicates through impressions too) in my mind of part of a Scripture verse, “the whole creation groaneth…” Then I understood that the STRANGE NOISES being heard around the world were the “groanings” of Creation yearning to be free from it’s bondage to the corruption imposed upon it by man’s sin – Romans 8:22.

Jesus said to WATCH for the SIGNS of the ‘end of the age’ and of his coming – Mat 24:33 even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors.

Are you ready? 

Debra R. Stout, June 5, 2015

 

 

Sirius the Dog Star & Vision of Two Suns – UPDATE!

Sirius, known in ancient Egypt as Sopdet (Greek: Σῶθις Sothis), is recorded in the earliest astronomical records. During the era of the Middle Kingdom, Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, namely the day it becomes visible just before sunrise after moving far enough away from the glare of the Sun. This occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and the summer solstice, after a 70-day absence from the skies. So this was identified with the great goddess Isis, who formed a part of a triad with her husband Osiris and their son Horus, while the 70-day period symbolized the passing of Isis and Osiris through the duat (Egyptian underworld). – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius

“The extraordinary truth is that the very existence of the Washington Monument is intimately linked with the Egyptian star, Sirius the Sihor, which the ancients represented in their sacred hieroglyphics as an obelisk as well as a star. How is it possible that this most important star of the ancient world should find itself, as it were, resurrected in the architecture of the United States. …in the course of that day, when the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid, the Sun would have passed over Sirius…Computations clearly show that on the day the Declaration of Independence was agreed in Philadelphia, the Sun was on Sirius. The Mason who first signed the Declaration of Independence would have been aware of the particular significance of July 4 as a cosmic event. The day was the second in the so-called dog days…which begin on July 3. The dog days are so-called because they refer to the rising of the star Sirius.” – David Ovason, Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capitol

In April of 2015, I dreamt I saw two suns (or stars?) shining brightly, having long rays of light emanating from them. The suns were fairly close together, one on top of the other, the largest one on top. Sirius is a Binary star system consisting of two stars, a white star termed Sirius A, and a faint white dwarf companion called Sirius B. – http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius. After several days inquiring of the Lord as to what the vision meant, I heard this clear phrase, “Sirius the Dog Star.” What looked like ‘two suns’ in my dream, was probably Sirius aligned with the earth’s Sun. Significant events have transpired when Sirius was aligned with the Sun, or when the Sun was on Sirius (Washington Monument laid, Declaration of Independence signed).

The Dog Star is a very prominent occult symbol displayed in many Masonic temples, and elsewhere. 

Sirius, the BlazStar_destination of a Mason's journey

 

←Masonic art portraying Sirius, the Blazing Star, as the destination of the Mason’s journey. Notice the large sun (upper left), and the moon and three stars above it (upper right). Notice also the stairway resembles an Obelisk.  

 

Sirius, the blue-white star_eye in center

 

 

Sirius, the largest and most brilliant star in the heavens. Notice the ‘eye’ in the center.→

Masonic Temple Floor_Sirius the Blazing Star

←Blazing Star of Sirius/ Isis on Masonic Temple Floor

Sirius with halo on top of mountain peak

 

Sirius surrounded by a ‘halo’ of blue light – looks like the “All Seeing Eye” atop the Pyramid on our dollar bill!→

“The light behind the All- Seeing Eye on the American dollar bill is not from the sun, but from Sirius. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built in alignment with Sirius and is therefore shown shining right above the Pyramid” – http://vigilantcitizen. com/ hidden-knowledge/ connection-between-sirius-and-human-history/

All-seeing eye above the Pyramid on dollar bill

The Pyramid stands for the New World Order which is what Nimrod established (Gen.10:10), wherein all people were unified under one language, creed, and purpose (Gen.11:1-4) until God intervened – Gen.11:5-9. Satan wants to complete the unfinished tower of Babel (a Pyramidal structure) Nimrod started to build, by establishing a New World Order, with himself as supreme head. Babylon, a city built by Nimrod, symbolizes Man’s attempt to save himself through his own efforts. Man can’t save himself, or approach God except by the Blood of Jesus Christ as Cain learned when he brought an offering of fruits and vegetables to God (Genesis 4:3). Man-centered Humanistic religions like Satanism and New Age, are based solely upon Mans efforts or works, i.e., you have to work your way up the ladder to ‘godhood.’ Like the Serpent beguiled Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, men are still being beguiled into believing they can attain godhood if they partake of hidden (Gnostic) knowledge which God hasn’t sanctioned for Man. – Genesis 3:1-3. The results of eating this forbidden fruit are suffering, condemnation, and death – Gen. 3:7-24.

In 2009, I dreamt I saw a flying saucer with pointed ‘spikes’ evenly spaced around it, which I believe symbolized ‘rays of light.’  According to The National Park Service, the seven spikes on the Statue of Liberty’s crown represent ‘rays’ that form a radiant halo, also called an “aureole.”– http://www.nps.gov/ stli/planyourvisit/get-the-facts.htm 

Statue of Liberty

The ‘rays of light’ around Lady Liberty’s head represent “illumination” and “wisdom.” The question is wisdom and illumination from where?  Halos and crowns of light are seen in symbols, mythology, and sculptures; similar to the ‘light rays’ of the Blazing Star (Sirius) displayed in Masonic temples. Lucifer, H1966 hêylêl, From H1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning star: – lucifer.  ‘Lucifer’ means ‘light-bearer,’ symbolized by a lit torch, light rays, stars, and flames.

“A radiant or radiate crown, also known as a solar crown or sun crown, is a crown, wreath, diadem, or other headgear symbolizing the sun or more generally powers associated with the sun. It typically takes the form of either a horned disc to represent the sun, or a curved band of points to represent rays.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiant_crown

Helios, the Sun god with 7 lightrays←‘Helios’ – the Sun God donning the crown of the 7 light rays, symbolizing the 7 liberal arts & sciences.

 

 

Coins of Roman emperor with rays around head←Coin of the Roman emperor Probus, circa 280: wearing a radiant solar crown. – Wikipedia

In the Bible, “crowns” are awarded to the righteous; Jms.1:12, 2 Tim. 4:8, 1 Cor. 9:25. I’m thinking they are CROWNS OF LIGHT or RAYS OF LIGHT surrounding their heads. There are many depictions of Jesus and Saints with halos and rays of light around their heads.

Saints depicted with halosIs there a connection between Bright Morning Star and Sirius? Jesus/Yeshua is the Bright Morning Star, Rev 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.  Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionary – G3720 orthrinos; From G3722; relating to the dawn, that is, matutinal (as an epithet of Venus, especially brilliant in the early day): – morning. 

Lucifer however, appears to have the same title – Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O daystar, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground that didst lay low the nations! Many theologians have applied this verse to Lucifer, but how can both Jesus and Lucifer be the “bright morning star?” Maybe Lucifer was a bright morning star until he fell. ‘How art thou fallen from heaven’ – “A new image is presented here. It is that of the bright morning star; and a comparison of the once magnificent monarch with that beautiful star. He is now exhibited as having fallen from his place in the east to the earth. His glory is dimmed; his brightness quenched. Nothing can be more poetic and beautiful than a comparison of a magnificent monarch with the bright morning star! Nothing more striking in representing his death, than the idea of that star falling to the earth!” – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible 

The Jews address the him again as a fallen once-bright star. The language is so framed as to apply to the Babylonian king primarily, and at the same time to shadow forth through him, the great final enemy, the man of sin, Antichrist, of Daniel, St. Paul, and St. John; he alone shall fulfil exhaustively all the lineaments here given.  Lucifer — “day star.” A title truly belonging to Christ (Rev_22:16), “the bright and morning star,” and therefore hereafter to be assumed by Antichrist. Gesenius, however, renders the Hebrew here as in Eze_21:12; Zec_11:2, “howl.”Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary

Perhaps the ‘morning star’ wasn’t Lucifer at all, but someone else.  The terms ‘star,’ ‘morning star’ or ‘morning stars,’ were given to angels, men of supreme stature, and to God – Job 38:7, Rev. 9:1, Rev. 2:28, Rev. 22:16.

O Lucifer, son of the morning – The Versions in general agree in this translation, and render הילל  heilel as signifying Lucifer, Φωσφωρος, the morning star, whether Jupiter or Venus; as these are both bringers of the morning light, or morning stars, annually in their turn. And although the context speaks explicitly concerning Nebuchadnezzar, yet this has been, I know not why, applied to the chief of the fallen angels, who is most incongruously denominated Lucifer, (the bringer of light!) an epithet as common to him as those of Satan and Devil. That the Holy Spirit by his prophets should call this arch-enemy of God and man the light-bringer would be strange indeed. But the truth is, the text speaks nothing at all concerning Satan nor his fall, nor the occasion of that fall, which many divines have with great confidence deduced from this text. Oh, how necessary it is to understand the literal meaning of Scripture, that preposterous comments may be prevented! Besides, I doubt much whether our translation be correct. הילל  heilel, which we translate Lucifer, comes from ילל  yalal, yell, howl, or shriek, and should be translated, “Howl, son of the morning;” and so the Syriac has understood it; and for this meaning Michaelis contends: see his reasons in Parkhurst, under הלל  halal. – Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven,…. This is not to be understood of the fall of Satan, and the apostate angels, from their first estate, when they were cast down from heaven to hell, though there may be an allusion to it; see Luk_10:18 but the words are a continuation of the speech of the dead to the king of Babylon, wondering at it, as a thing almost incredible, that he who seemed to be so established on the throne of his kingdom, which was his heaven, that he should be deposed or fall from it. So the destruction of the Roman Pagan emperors is signified by the casting out of the dragon and his angels from heaven, Rev_12:7 and in like manner Rome Papal, or the Romish antichrist, will fall from his heaven of outward splendour and happiness, of honour and authority, now, possessed by him:

O Lucifer, son of the morning! alluding to the star Venus, which is the phosphorus or morning star, which ushers in the light of the morning, and shows that day is at hand; by which is meant, not Satan, who is never in Scripture called Lucifer, though he was once an angel of light, and sometimes transforms himself into one, and the good angels are called morning stars, Job_38:7 and such he and his angels once were; but the king of Babylon is intended, whose royal glory and majesty, as outshining all the rest of the kings of the earth, is expressed by those names; and which perhaps were such as he took himself, or were given him by his courtiers. The Targum is, “how art thou fallen from on high, who was shining among the sons of men, as the star Venus among the stars.” – John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

In conclusion, Satan has assumed the title, “day, or morning star,” a title which really belongs to Jesus Christ. All Luciferic religions and organizations worldwide await and prepare for their (false) Messiah, the last Antichrist, to arise and rule the world. A very bright ‘star’ arose in the heavens to announce the birth of Christ. It’s therefore plausible that some spectacular celestial event, or a star, possibly Sirius, will announce the advent of the final Antichrist, and his rise to power.

By Debra R. Stout © April 25, 2015

UPDATE, August 29, 2015  Information which seems to confirm that a ‘star,’ perhaps newly discovered, or a celestial sign or event, will herald the last Antichrist’s rise to power –

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Rare Venus Jupiter Conjunction–The Star of Bethlehem #2 and the antichrist

A once in 2000 year event is set to occur—a rare Venus Jupiter Conjunction and it may have huge prophetic implications. Let me explain…

Here is the data: 

NASA says; The main event occurs on June 30th. On that night, Venus and Jupiter will be a jaw-dropping 1/3rd of a degree apart. That’s less than the diameter of a full Moon. You’ll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger.  

Sky and Telescope says; This current trio of Venus-Jupiter conjunctions closely resembles a similar series in 3-2 BC that has been suggested as the Star of Bethlehem. “As has been the case in 2014–15,” he explains, “the first two conjunctions back then were extremely close, the last one separated by about 1°, all three occurred not far from Regulus, and all were similarly high up in the sky.”

Now that is interesting, this conjunction closely resembles the conjunction of 2-3 BC of the famed star of Bethlehem. That conjunction announced the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ the savior of the world. I wonder what the current conjunction will announce. Hmm…

The Rare Venus Jupiter Conjunction–The Star of Bethlehem #2 and the antichrist

If this rare Venus Jupiter conjunction is a sign, then I believe it will be antichrist related and may have an antichrist event associated with it. I believe it is also possible that if there is an event, it may not be public. The Jews missed the sign in 2 BC, but the wise men were able to discern its importance. I wonder what will happen this time around.

Regardless of if anything happens or not I believe, to the “wise men,” this sign foretells the soon coming of the antichrist.

http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2015/07/a-message-from-god-do-not-be-shaken-or-deceived-by-what-is-about-to-occur-2471168.html

Now let’s examine the skies around the time that the Great Pyramid complex points to, Rosh Hashanah in 2017. On 9/20-21/17 Rosh Hashanah; Virgo is clothed with the Sun, the Moon is not under her feet but is in close conjunction with the sun, and there is an alignment of Jupiter, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Regulus, with Venus in conjunction with Regulus.

Three days after this alignment on 9/23/17, Virgo is “clothed with the sun,” the moon is now under her feet, and above her head are 3 planets—Mercury, Mars, and Venus, which are in alignment with the star Regulus in Leo. The 9 stars of Leo and the 3 aligning planets make the crown of 12 stars. Thus this alignment meets the criteria of the Rev. 12 sign and is similar to the 3 BC alignment. Interestingly enough this alignment occurs the day after the second day of Rosh Hashanah on the day of Shabbat Shuvah—the Sabbath of Return.

So there we have it, the sign of Revelation 12 in the sky above Jerusalem on special days, of which in their alignments and their meanings point to major prophetic events surrounding the First and Second Coming of Christ. Thus I believe these celestial alignments in 2017 have major prophetic implications of which we will discuss more in detail after the next piece of data. Continued in Chapter 12 of the Coming Epiphany.

http://endtimesforecaster.blogspot.com/2013/06/2017-and-woman-clothed-with-sun.html