Endtimes & Prophecy

About end-time events and prophecies; past, present, & future. About the purpose for, and necessity of, prophecy in every generation.

The Heavens Pass Away With a Great Noise

Just what are those strange sounds that people have been hearing and recording all across the planet since about 2008? [1]

Could they be a sign that the heavens and the earth are beginning to break up, as predicted in the bible? I know that’s a frightening thought for most people, but when you know Jesus Christ and His Father, having been Born Again by His Spirit, you won’t be afraid of the “things coming upon the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35) because you know that God will protect those who belong to Him. To them He says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isa. 41:10

It isn’t the same for those who do not know Christ, who have not surrendered their hearts to Him, nor believed His promise of eternal life for anyone who believes that He died for their sins, rose again and is alive for evermore, reigning with His Father over all of Creation. If this is you, then please heed the prophecies foretelling the signs that signal the end of this age and the return of Jesus Christ to rid the world of evildoers, reward the righteous, and set up His Kingdom on earth.

The Signs —

Isa 34:4  And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. 

“dissolved” = H4743 mâqaq; primarily means to melt, also consume away, dissolve!

Isa 24:19  The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. (As a result of a great earthquake or something else?) 

Isa 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 

Both “vanish away” and “smoke” depict the aftermath of a scorched earth! Vanish away in the Hebrew (H4414 מָלַח mâlach) means to “rub to pieces or pulverize; to disappear as dust,” while “smoke” (H6227 עָשָׁן ‛âshân) “means vapor, dust, anger.”

Joe 2:30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (The result of volcanic eruptions, meteor strikes, rockets, bombs, earthquakes, or a combination thereof)?

“pillars” = H8490 tı̂ymârâh timârâh; columns

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes. 

From the New Testament —

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

I found this definition interesting in light of the LOUD, strange noises happening the world over; “great noise” = G4500 rhoizēdon; a whir; whizzingly, that is, with a crash: – a great noise.
Not only that, but the word “melt” (G3089) means to “loosen” – break up, destroy, DISSOLVE. And the last part of 2 Pet 3:10 plainly states that the earth and the works in it will be BURNED UP. It would then appear from taking all these verses together, that the entire earth will be broken up by a ”great earthquake” (Rev 16:12) and burned up and dissolved with “fervent heat.” This could come about by the stars and/or planets falling down on the earth as described in Isa 34:4 & Mt 24:29.

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: 

Luk 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 
Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 

“shaken” is a very interesting word, it means to agitate, rock, topple, disturb, incite, move, stir up.

I think the first three definitions well describe what would occur if the earth were MOVED OFF ITS AXIS [2-4], as might be spoken about in Isa 24:20  The earth reels to and fro like a drunk, and sways like a hut. its transgression is so heavy upon it that it will fall and never rise again. Even more compelling is Isa 24:19, where it says “the earth is MOVED EXCEEDINGLY.” (KJV) The Heb. word for ‘moved exceedingly’ is H4131 môṭ which means, to waver, slip, shake, fall: – be OUT OF COURSE!

Every passage examined in this brief study tell of a time when the heavens disappear and the earth is burned up, dissolved. Some have allegorized these and similar passages, I’m of the opinion that these are literal events that will occur at what the bible calls, “the time of the end,” meaning the end of this age. Whether by natural disasters or human manipulation, it will be the hand of God that allows this as judgment upon those who refuse to acknowledge and worship Him as the one, true God of the universe. I’m not making any predictions on when any of this will happen. I’m also not saying that every natural disaster is sent by God, is God’s will, or God’s judgment! However, since the bible has clearly prophesied specific events at the time of the end, wouldn’t it be wise to take its warnings seriously and turn to God in sincere, humble repentance for your sins, receive His forgiveness, and be saved from destruction? Anyway, I think so and I hope you do too. All you need do is believe that Jesus died for your sins, arose from the grave and ascended back to heaven, and make Him the Lord of your life. You can pray along those lines and receive Christ as your personal savior, in a church or by yourself. It doesn’t matter where you say it, I asked Jesus into my heart in the motel room of a Christian who invited me to pray with her. What matters is that you say it and MEAN it will all of your heart; if you do, God will embrace you with all of His heart. If you prayed such a prayer, the angels are rejoicing and the saints welcome you into His household! Luk 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

The Great Day of the LORD Will Come —

Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 

Blessed are those who prepare (purify) themselves for that day.

Rev 6:12  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake (caused by meteor or asteroid hit?); and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 
Rev 6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 
Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

Amen! What a blessed future have they who believe and put their hope in God alone, for all that He has said will come to pass. You may disagree, but I believe the prophecies and content of the holy bible can be trusted. 

Debra R. Stout, Nov. 6, 2018

Footnotes & Resources —-

Note that I may not agree with all of the content and opinions posted at these sites. I see them as a spring-board for further study and discussion which can lead to new ways of seeing things. There have been many speculations about what could cause a pole-shift, earth wobble, and so forth. Individuals arrive at their own conclusions based upon their review of the evidence, or lack thereof. 

[1] http://strangesounds.org/strange-sounds
[2] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1255028/Powerful-Chile-earthquake-shifted-Earths-axis-days-shorter.html
[3] https://watchers.news/2015/03/08/inuit-elders-tell-nasa-earth-axis-shifted/
[4] http://www.divulgence.net/ (Lots of info. on natural phenomena here)

THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION_Revised

Many think the Two Witnesses are going to be the prophets Moses and Elijah because they both appeared at the Transfiguration [Mt 17:1-3] with Jesus. Some believe they could be Elijah and Enoch as both went to heaven without dying. I believe Elijah is one of the two prophets, since Malachi prophesied that he would come, and because I have received a rhema word that he was coming. The question is, was God through Malachi speaking of a literal reappearing of Elijah or something else? 

When God spoke through Malachi the prophet, He said that Elijah would come before He judged the world – 

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. [Malachi 4:5-6]  When John the Baptist was born, an angel said that he would go before Christ, meaning John’s ministry would come first, in the spirit and power of Elijah – 

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him (Christ) 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. Jesus said of John the Baptist – Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. *(Elias was the Greek rendering of Elijah.)

In Mt 11 Jesus is saying that John the Baptist was the one prophesied to come but as the angel explained, John would go “in the spirit and power” of Elijah. Taking all these scriptures together, is it possible that Elijah to come might not be the actual old testament prophet returning to earth? In other words, Elijah’s coming might not be literal. Might his coming be in the form of a company of believers who go in the “spirit and power” of Elijah, as did John the Baptist? 

What else do the Scriptures have to say about the Two Witnesses? More than I can include in this article, but the following passages might offer some insight as to who they might be. Then again, the book of Revelation specifically says they will be “two prophets.” The question is, are the two prophets literal individuals or is something else meant? 

Two olive trees are mentioned in the Old Testament book of Zechariah, as the ‘two anointed ones’ who stand by the Lord – 

Zec 4:2  And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 

Zec 4:3  And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 

Zec 4:11  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 

Zec 4:12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 

Zec 4:13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 

Zec 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth

The following passage shows that the ‘two olive trees’ and ‘two candlesticks’ are the ‘two witnesses’ –

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth (a thousand two hundred and threescore days is exactly 3 and 1/2 years).

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Note how Zec 4:14 and this verse both say these ‘anointed ones’ STAND before God)

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over 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 ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. [The two witnesses are killed by this beast whoever he/it is. If the witnesses are the faithful churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna (Rev 2:8 & 3:7-10), how could there be a pre-trib rapture of believers since they ascend AFTER the three and one half years of persecution? See Rev 11:3 above].

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves (these three and one half days are literal days). 

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. (Two individuals, two groups of people, or both?)

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

Here we see that candlesticks in Scripture are a symbol for Christ’s churches – (Also Rev. 11:4)

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks

Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. 

Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

The two olive trees are also mentioned in the New Testament book of Romans –

Rom 11:17  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; 

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 

Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 

Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 

Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 

Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 

Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 

Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 

The ”olive tree” is Abraham’s PHYSICAL SEED while the “wild olive tree” is Abraham’s SPIRITUAL SEED, the Gentiles who put their faith in Christ. 

Might the Two Witnesses be two groups of people who testify of Jesus and perform wonders like those performed by Elijah and Moses?” These two have the power to shut the heavens, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying. And they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wish.” Rev 11:6 

TO ESCAPE AND STAND —

In Luke Jesus was speaking about the end of the age and the signs, things that would be occurring that would signal His soon return – Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

‘stand’ = 2a) to stand by or near; 2b) to stand; 2b1) continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared; 2b2) to be of a steadfast mind; 2b3) of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver; 1b2) to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety (Thayer’s Greek Definitions)

Could not “to stand” also mean that these witnesses remain “steady, firm, steadfast, unwavering” in their faith as they go through the end time tribulation? To do so they would certainly have to be of “steadfast mind” people who “do not hesitate or waver.” The two witnesses are KILLED by Antichrist after they finish their testimonies, and after their bodies lie dead in the streets are brought back to life and ASCEND up to Heaven in the sight of their enemies – Revelation 11:7, 8, 9 & 11.  Where is there a pre-trib rapture in any of these verses? To escape doesn’t always mean to be taken away from, or out of trouble and trials. It could also mean to be given the power to resist the temptation to renounce Christ and worship the Antichrist, to “stand” firm in your faith to the end. One of the definitions of “to stand” is to “escape in safety.” There’s lots of precedence in Scripture of God PROTECTING his believing children THROUGH tribulation rather than rescuing them FROM it. Noah, along with his family and thousands of animals were taken into an ark which went THROUGH a great flood [Gen 7:13-8:19], Moses with the Israelites were protected during the plagues and pestilences that afflicted their Egyptian persecutors [Exo 7:2-11:10], David was miraculously delivered and protected many times from King Saul’s attempts on his life [1 Sam 19:1-18]. 

The two witnesses remain faithful to Christ even though it cost them their lives. But before they are put to death by the Antichrist and his followers, they are EMPOWERED from on High to do “mighty exploits” [Dan 11:31, Rev. 11:5-6] on earth that will show the world that God exists and is about to Judge those who refuse to repent of their unbelief. When the two witnesses become empowered and work miracles on earth, we can know that the return of our Savior is very near and our “blessed hope” is soon to be fulfilled. 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. 

Taking all the above scriptures together, it would appear that the “two witnesses,” “two anointed ones,” “two olive trees,” “two candlesticks,” are all one and the same. They are possibly two anointed and empowered groups of faithful followers of Yahweh or two churches, of which there are hints in the book of Revelation [Rev 2:8-11 & 3:7-10] who resist the Antichrist. They may also be Christians and Jews who are the “two olive trees.” Refusing to worship the Antichrist, the faithful witnesses escape the damnation of those who do, though it costs them their lives. Whoever the two witnesses are, they are killed then raised from the dead in the sight of their enemies after they have finished their testimonies. Their reward for remaining faithful to Yahweh is that they’ll reign with Christ for a thousand years. Jesus said that those who lose their lives for His sake will find them again. [Ref’s: Rev 20:4, Mt 16:25, Luke 17:33, John 12:25]

If this study has helped you I would love to hear from you. Your email address will always be kept strictly confidential.

God speed to His Two Witnesses and a blessed Rosh Hashanah to all!

*Please note that nowhere in this article have I claimed to have the ultimate truth on this subject. All I’m doing here is exploring possible scenarios based upon what a large number of scriptures seem to indicate; it’s up to the reader to search the Scriptures for him/herself and to “test” all things – 1Th 5:21  but test all things, hold fast to what is good, [TLV] 

Debra R. Stout, September 12, 2018

Resources:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE81HrKxHoo

 

 

 

 

A Line of Demarcation Being Drawn & Three Powerful Weapons (Rhemas for Ju’ 30)

Revelation 12:11 — And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

God showed me today that I’ve often thought of this verse as being relegated to the Great Tribulation period, when in fact, it’s for NOW!

Now is the time for God’s chosen ones to OVERCOME by the Blood of Christ, and by the word of their TESTIMONY, and by not loving their lives unto death!

NOW is the time for them to SPEAK FORTH their individual and corporate TESTIMONIES!

Are you not having victory in your life? Ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you gave your TESTIMONY to someone??

What we fail to realize is that speaking forth our TESTIMONIES is a POWERFUL WEAPON of warfare against the powers of darkness! It’s a weapon that also helps us gain victory over our flesh and the world. It’s a weapon far too seldom utilized!

We also overcome by APPLYING the BLOOD OF CHRIST to ourselves, our families, and our church. But we must APPLY it, not just SAY it, there IS a difference! We plead the BLOOD over us and situations, but we must also APPLY it to the same by faith, believing that we have what we say, Mar 11:23 – 24 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

NOT LOVING OUR LIVES UNTO DEATH is another powerful weapon against all the strategies of the wicked! When we value God’s Kingdom and plans ABOVE our own temporal lives, we declare that our priorities are right, but also by doing this we OVERCOME the temptations and plans of the wicked ones who work tirelessly to try and ensnare us in their traps. We must be WATCHFUL of how we’re WALKING!! Ask ourselves, “Am I walking with God, or just doing whatever I want?”

We must take a close look at whether or not we’re walking with God, waiting to hear His voice day by day, and then doing what He leads us to do, and if not, we must change directions immediately!!! We must TURN about face, and run back into Abba Father’s waiting, loving arms!! “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN” (*see below) – we’re either on the Lord’s side or we’re on the Devil’s side! The time for ‘fence sitting’ is OVER! We must choose whose side we’re on! Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

These three weapons of our warfare aren’t often talked about, but they are powerful ones, and they are for NOW not just the great tribulation period. For surely the whole Body of Christ is NOW in a spiritual war, one led by Christ who is the Lord of Hosts (angelic armies). He waits for His Church to HEAR His “call to arms!” We must engage in this warfare if not already thus engaged. This holy warfare is to be engaged with CONFIDENCE that the Church of Christ will have COMPLETE VICTORY over the wicked, for the victory has ALREADY BEEN WON in the Lord’s eyes. God sees the “end from the beginning,” so He already knows the outcome of this holy war. Isa 46:9- 10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, DO NOT BE AFRAID nor SHRINK from hearing God’s call to arms, and DON’T BE AFRAID to take up your armor, find your place and position yourself to wage a good warfare until the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ has become the ONLY kingdom on earth!!! Dan 7:13 – 14 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. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

Share your testimonies with other believers and the unsaved! Plead the Blood of Christ over yourselves, your families, your church and the nations, and do these two things constantly. Love not your life in this world, that you may gain life eternal in God’s coming kingdom! Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Mar 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

Debra R. Stout, June 30, 2018

*As I was awakening from sleep today, I heard this partial word – “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN…” I didn’t hear the rest of it because I woke up, but I had the sense it was about God separating or making a distinction between types of people; between those who serve His purposes (plans/will), and those who don’t, between those in covenant with Him and those who aren’t. Here’s a video in which nearly the exact wording is used as what I heard as I awoke from a dream [1] about half way or more into the video, “a line of distinction is being drawn between those who serve Yahweh and those who do not.” 

Also this youtube video [2] Chuck Pierce (prophet) speaks briefly about God ‘sorting nations’ this year of 2018 between those which align themselves with God’s purposes and those who don’t. The NATIONS will be SEPARATED as ‘sheep from the goats’ – Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [divideth = From G575 and G3724; to set off by boundary, that is, (figuratively) limit, exclude, appoint, etc.: – divide, separate, sever.] (This Strong’s definition fits perfectly with the meaning of the term “DEMARCATION”) Both video’s confirm this word of knowledge that “a line of demarcation is being drawn” right now, between those who serve Yahweh and those who don’t. 

“Demarcation” = separation or distinction (often in the phrase ‘line of demarcation’) Source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/demarcation

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-4tQaCwPeU

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12WO6h4_zs

 

A DEN FOR DEMONS

 

Today my heart is breaking for the millions of Catholics and Catholic sympathizers in the world because they have been deceived by the Great Harlot, whose judgment draws near 2Pe 2:3. It’s breaking because I know what hell some of them are enduring for their religion and not for Christ, since Christ would never condone much of what their religion teaches. God’s heart is full of love for mankind; He is generous, kind, considerate, gentle as a dove, holy and just. He won’t tolerate murder and injustice forever; one day soon I hope, He’s going to judge and finally give the Great Harlot what she so richly deserves. The whorish church not established by Christ but by Satan will be burnt with fire for all the wickedness and filthiness of her fornication (her betrayal of Christ’s pure doctrine by mixing it with filthy pagan practices) – Rev 18:2 He cried out with a mighty voice, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a den for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit and for every unclean bird and for every unclean and detestable beast. “unclean spirit” = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean [Strong’s Concordance]  In the Bible, a “whore” or “harlot” is any church which claims to follow Christ but in reality venerates false gods, idols, and incorporates pagan practices of all sorts into its worship. Revelation 18:3 refers to such as one who “fornicates” with the kings of the earth….

Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her immorality. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich off the power of her self-indulgence.” (No other church has equaled the Catholic Church in immorality and riches)
Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues! 
Rev 18:5 For her sins have piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes
Rev 18:6 Pay her back just as she has paid out, and give her back double for her deeds! In the cup she has mixed—mix a double dose for her! 
Rev 18:7 As she has exalted herself and indulged herself in luxury, so give her the same measure of torment and grief! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen—I am no widow; I shall never see grief.’ 
Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will arrive in a single day—death and grief and famine—and she shall be burned down with fire. For mighty is Adonai Elohim who judges her!”

What’s puzzling to me is how anyone can believe that the Catholic faith/church is good, considering its gross doctrinal errors, pedophilia, and fornication. Strong delusion maybe? 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… Many have been taught since childhood to believe that the Catholic Church and its priesthood is “infallible,” but the evidence overwhelmingly refutes that devilish doctrine. While most have heard about priests molesting young boys, it isn’t commonly known that nuns have endured  unimaginable horrors at the hands of priests and other nuns, some of whose testimonies you’ll hear about in this article. It seems strange to me that people express concern for animals and the environment but never say much about human suffering. Are animals more important than human beings? Animal rights and environmental protection have become something of a cult these days. Where’s the empathy for those who have been and are still being molested by priests? Where’s the outrage? Could it be that we’re becoming  indifferent to the feelings and pain of others?

Blinded by the pomp and riches of Catholicism, many have been beguiled into believing the RCC is a holy institution and the one, true church which Christ began, when it was really started by a Roman Emperor named Constantine in 313 AD three centuries after the birth of Christ. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism. Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. For examples of this watch the following video and go to https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

Many have been deceived by Catholicism’s veneer of godliness and aren’t aware of its true nature. The Whore of Babylon is a pagan sun-worshiping cult whose roots go back to the ancient city of Babylon [see the last two links at the end of this article]. From the beginning, the RCC “fell away” from the faith taught by Jesus Christ by mixing it with pagan customs and beliefs, including fertility rituals and idol worship of pagan gods now called by various saint’s names, whose statues adorn Catholic church walls. The Catholic religion is not the “faith once delivered to us” [Jud 1:3] but is Babylonian paganism in disguise; hence her title, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” [Rev 17:5]. Yahweh God promises to punish this whore for all the blood she has shed – Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. During the Inquisition and Papal crusades millions of Bible believers were tortured to death by Catholic clergymen for what they considered to be heresy against the Catholic church. Read about it at http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/anti6.htm

As followers of Christ, we’re to Eph 5:11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth — 

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow
Eph 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. 
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. 
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 

The Ecumenical and Unity movements are not biblical! Christ followers are not to be joined to a harlot (unfaithful church), nor are they to ‘drink from the cup of devils’!

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils

This great Whore shows no repentance or remorse for her fornication, mixing pagan practices with Christianity, making it a Syncretic religion. Nor has she repented of her blasphemies (claims of equality with God) and crimes against humanity.  Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought [Oxford Dictionaries]. Modern Judaism is itself a Syncretic religion having added pagan doctrines and practices from the Babylonian Talmud to the original Hebrew faith during their captivity in ancient Babylon from 607 to 537 BC. https://www.gotquestions.org/Babylonian-captivity-exile.html

While the Catholic Church puts on a good face, I for one am not convinced that the Pope and his subordinates are sincere about ending child abuse within their ranks. For the most part, the Catholic church has covered up her crimes, denied her victim’s claims and compensation for decades until recently and even then it was a drop in the bucket of what’s actually owed them. Forgive the lying abusive priests? Not until they confess, repent, and FORSAKE their wretchedness and not until the Catholic Church forsakes its non-biblical doctrine of CELIBACY for priests which prevents them from marrying, thus inviting sexual abuse and perversions like homosexuality and fornication among priests and nuns. How can a person defend the Catholic religion which abuses women and children and know Christ who said, Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. To defend a religion, especially one that displays the character of a monstrous beast, makes one a party to and therefore guilty of its crimes [see Revelation 18:4]! Even so, there’s opportunity for the worst sinner to get saved from his sin through confession to God not to a human agent, 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… and repentance (turning away from sin).

Much has been written down through the centuries on the Roman Catholic Church and its exploits in books and other historical writings. Everyone should do their own research on this subject even though it’s difficult to read the hellish testimonies of those who’ve been abused by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Those who’ve lived comfy lives might not be able to identify with such abuse but those who have tasted of that bitter fruit certainly can. My personal recollection of Catholic priests and nuns is that some of them were down right mean at times. My first-grade teacher, a nun, once pulled my cheeks apart so hard tears ran down my face from the pain. She did that because I got caught talking out of turn in her class. One of my cheeks had been badly injured from a fall and though still bruised, that didn’t stop her. Another time she wacked my knuckles with her wooden ruler for poor penmanship and it was no gentle tap I assure you. I was left-handed which made it hard for me to write at a right-handed angle which comes naturally to right-handed people. There wasn’t much, if any, mercy, understanding, or kindness among most of the nuns who taught at my school. A woman I knew was being battered by her husband, and sought advice from her parish priests who told her that if she left him, she would “burn in hell.” She was so indoctrinated into Catholic dogma that taught the infallibility of priests, that she did what they told her to do, despite the damage being done to herself and to her children. Eventually God intervened and ended that awful marriage. No one, unless they experience it themselves, can imagine the pain and long-term impact of living under constant stress and fear.

Don’t be like the Ostrich who buries his head in the sand but take an honest look at the cruelty of Rome. Dare to read the true stories of nuns who have risked their lives to come out into the open about what they have suffered at the hands of priests and mother superiors inside convents. A particularly heartbreaking story is that of deceased nun Charlotte Keckler http://www.theymetjesus.com/documents/charlotte_eng_part_1/charlotte_eng_part_1.htm Hear it in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVYtwyCm9E If after hearing her testimony your heart isn’t breaking, something’s amiss with your thinking or with your heart. Turn to Christ immediately and confess your indifference, ask Him to give you a ‘new heart’ and take away your old heart of ‘stone’. Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. When we hear the testimonies of victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, may our hearts break and burn with the outrage our holy and just God YAHWEH feels when anyone, especially one of His own, is treated unjustly and cruelly. I’m certain that He weeps for every single one of them and will one day repay those who afflict them.

More testimonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=1041s  http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/barbara.htm  https://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/sect74.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLF1fbLhfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0996Ny-SA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY https://biblestudiesnz.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-image-of-the-beast/

Debra R. Stout, February 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouds Gather before the Storm

Very early this morning as I was worshiping God and praying I started seeing lots of clouds moving rapidly over the earth below. As I continued to pray and worship I got an impression of nations being gathered together against Israel; Gog & Magog came to mind. (Gog & Magog are the names of places in the vast old Islamic Empire [1] which included modern day Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. I believe they’re also names of ancient demonic SPIRITS or PRINCIPALITIES.) In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, ‘Gog’ is the prophetic prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and Magog.

When we look at Ezekiel 38:2-3, in it’s proper translation, Gog is referred to as a “chief spirit”. Chief spirits are principalities, like what is told to us in Ephesians 6:12. We find the same type of evil spirit in Daniel 10:13; thus concluding that it is an evil spirit that rules over a territory or group of people. Ezekiel 38:2-3 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the (chief) prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. [2]

In the Bible, CLOUDS can refer to ANGELS – God’s heavenly hosts, His ARMY (The Church is also part of His Army). Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (hagios as I’ve shown in another post means ‘holy ones’ which usually refers to angels. Some have misinterpreted hagios in Jude to mean the ‘saved’ believers in Christ in support of their Pre-tribulation Rapture theory). By comparing these two verses, it would appear that clouds at least in this instance, refer to the holy ones or ANGELS of the Lord. 

Thus, the clouds may be indicating that Yahweh is gathering together His angelic army to fight against these ancient spirits Gog & Magog, and their armies the Islamic nations, who are gathering together to war against Israel [3-4]. 

In the Greek Septuagint translation of the Bible, Gog is the king of locusts in Amos 7:1. We know these aren’t physical locusts because Proverbs 30:27 says that locusts have no king. Revelation 9:11 describes supernatural locusts, but their leader is the angel Abaddon, or Apollyon, not Gog. A parallel passage in Joel 2 tells us that a supernatural locust army removes Gog’s army, which shows a spiritual battle that manifests in the physical. In other words, a supernatural army of locusts directed by Gog appears to work through a physical human army to come after Israel, but God protects them with his own army of locusts. [5] 

Literal locust insects do not have a leader or “king” (Proverbs 30:27). So this very well may be referring to a demon host, indicating that Gog, leading the armies in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy, will be a demonic being or fallen angel. This seems credible, knowing also that Gog will return 1,000 years later, as seen in John’s vision (Revelation 20:7,8). Furthermore, it is possible (I believe probable) that this demon, “Gog,” will possess or inhabit two different men, over 1,000 years apart, to lead armies against Jerusalem. The first (human) leader will die and be buried (Ezekiel 39:11), while the second one will be devoured from fire coming down from heaven (Revelation 20:9). [6]

Apparently, there are two Gog-Magog wars; one occurring just prior to or at the start of the great tribulation as foretold by the prophet Ezekiel and the other occurring at the close of the Millennium as depicted in Revelation 20 –

Ezekiel indicates that Gog knew that he would lead this battle in “former days.” This is further evidence that Gog is not just a human. Gog is also mentioned at the end of Christ’s millennial reign, when a rebellious Gentile army will come against the Lord in Revelation 20. Gog himself is not in this war, as Revelation 18:2 shows that the area of Babylon will be a prison for all the demons and foul spirits during the Millennium. So if Gog is a demon or evil spirit, he will be among them, since Scripture shows that only Satan gets released to deceive the nations before the second “Gog and Magog War.”  In short, Ezekiel 38-39:16 covers one regional event, and Ezekiel 39:17 thru the end of the chapter covers another event on a global scale. It is not uncommon for separate events in prophetic passages to appear written as just one event. There are several passages of Christ’s 1st and 2nd Comings in the Old Testament which show this. (Click here for examples). In this case, Ezekiel 38-39 appears to describe the opening and closing scenes of the Tribulation. [5] (*Bold & colored text added by me for emphasis)

There are those who believe that God is completely finished with Israel and the Jewish people but that’s not what the Scriptures say. They say God still has a remnant who will turn to Yeshua [7] and accept Him as their Savior when their blindness is removed. Rom 11:1-2  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbidRom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of graceRom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance

Yahweh is saying in these verses that He has a remnant of Jews whose temporary blindness will be removed at a preordained and appointed time. When that time arrives they shall understand that Yeshua, the ‘one whom they pierced,’ is their promised Messiah and the savior of all who receive Him; they will repent and be saved. The Jews were blinded so that the gentiles could get saved and provoke the Jews to jealousy. The Jews were originally CALLED by Yahweh to be a “light to the gentile nations” – Isa 41:8  But thou, Israel, art MY SERVANT, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Emphasis mine)

Consider that the Lord who’s doing the talking in this passage, can’t be speaking of Jesus – was Jesus “taken (seized) from the ends of the earth?” No, but the Israelites certainly were.

Isa 41:14  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Jacob was never used to refer to Jesus, and Yahweh would never refer to His Son as a WORM! So God is speaking of MEN in this verse, as in the ‘men’ of Israel.

In this passage, I believe that Yahweh God was referring to the actual people of Israel and Jacob whom He chose to be His SERVANT and called to be a light to the gentiles – Isa 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and MY SERVANT whom I have chosen: Isa 43:12  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. As we know, Israel failed at least in part to be that light – to be faithful ‘witnesses’ to the nations that Yahweh is the one and only true God because they turned to worship false gods in the course of time. However God has promised to save a remnant of them in the latter days and since God cannot lie, He will keep that promise, that covenant which He made with their forefathers. Dear reader, do you see that the LORD in Isa 43:10 and 12, calls the Israelite people His SERVANT? It has to be people He’s referring to for He said “there was no strange god among” them. We know that Yeshua could never have worshiped a ‘strange god’ for the true God Yahweh was always His God, and His Father. Read Matthew, Luke, and John for confirmation. Plus, the LORD said they were His “witnesses,”  plural not singular. If Jesus was in view as the Servant, wouldn’t Yahweh have said “you are my witness” instead of “ye are my witnesses?”

The coming WAR between Israel and her Islamic neighbors may be the catalyst that will open their eyes to the truth that Yeshua is their Messiah – Zechariah 2:10-13 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” 

Notice that Yeshua is speaking when He says, “Then you (Israel) will know that the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts (angels) has sent Me to you. Yeshua (or Jesus) up to this point had been “rejected” by the Jews (Judah) as their Messiah (or savior). Also note that He’s saying He will “AGAIN CHOOSE JERUSALEM” and “take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land!” This hasn’t occurred yet but it will, for the LORD of hosts has spoken, and His word settles every question. 

The Jewish remnant that survives the Tribulation will, at that point, recognize that He (Jesus) is their Savior and Lord:

Zechariah 13:9 – “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” [5]

When all this will happen I can’t say. All of the pieces have to come together first and fit into God’s perfect timing, which they will. In the meantime, those who belong to Yeshua wait expectantly for Him, having purified their hearts, minds, and souls with the washing of the water of His Word and having put to death the sin nature within them by the power of His Spirit – Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 

The righteous wear white robes in Heaven to signify their righteousness and how they purified themselves from everything that defiles flesh and spirit while waiting for Yeshua to come and gather His Elect from one end of heaven to the other. – Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints

If you’re unsure about your salvation or whether or not you’re ready for Jesus’s return, now would be the time to make sure by turning to Him in sincere sorrow for your sins and receiving Him as your Savior. He’ll forgive your sins and give you a new heart that wants to do right – Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them

Write me if you have questions or concerns.

God bless you.

Debra R. Stout, December 2, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClKMzSRtnn8

[2] https://understandingwhogodis.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-truth-about-gog-magog_30.html

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBSbDf_YXYw

[4] http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/12/middle-east-on-edge-after-trumps-dangerous-jerusalem-move/

[5] http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/gog_magog.php

[6] http://tedmontgomery.com/bblovrvw/emails/Ezek38&39.html

[7] Yeshua is the proper Hebrew name of the Messiah or Savior whom Christians call Jesus. Since I’ve witnessed demons fleeing at the name of Jesus, I’m not dogmatic about which version of His name is used. However, Jesus is the Greek version of the name of the Son of God. The King James as well as most modern translations of the Bible use the Greek Jesus instead of Yeshua and inserted ‘God’ and ‘LORD’ in place of Elohim and Yahweh. This causes confusion among people for they don’t know who is actually being spoken of in many instances and assume God and LORD are referring to the same Person, or one is the Father, the other is the Son. To be accurate, God means el-o-heem Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty. The term LORD means yehôvâh From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069. [Strong’s Definitions]

Sons of God vs. Sons of Satan

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 
1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

Jesus was speaking here to Jewish scribes and the sect of the Pharisees who were questioning Him about His teachings and claims of divinity. Some of those Jews believed on Jesus after hearing Him speak that day. Read John 8:1-30.

There’s a teaching that the “seed” spoken of in Genesis and elsewhere, is the physical offspring from sexual union between Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden when he seduced her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. [1] This teaching claims that Cain and his posterity were the physical offspring of Satan. This “serpent seed” doctrine also claims that the descendants of Cain are the Jews. Others who’ve studied this topic have arrived at different conclusions. Cain and his descendants may have been wiped out by the great Flood, pestilence, disease, beasts, famine, or war. Maybe Yahweh didn’t think Cain’s line worth mentioning after Cain became the first murderer? Maybe God didn’t mention him or his descendants because He had chosen a DIFFERENT bloodline to be the one through which Yeshua would be born into the world. Makes sense to me that Yahweh wouldn’t want the bloodline of a murderer to birth Yeshua (Jesus) Ha Mashiach (the Messiah).

Perhaps you did not notice that, besides Cain and Abel (who was murdered), Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth, and Noah’s line of descent came through Seth, not Cain. 1 Chronicles 1:1 states, “The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.” 

Have a read of Genesis 5:3-32. 

Cain’s descendants are mentioned in Genesis 4:17-26 and also that Seth was born later to Adam and Eve, who fathered Enosh and all the way down to Noah. Perhaps confusion comes with thinking the Lamech mentioned in chapter 4, having Cain as his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.. is the same Lamech mentioned in chapter 5. However, THAT Lamech had Methusela as his father, whereas the Lamech of chapter 4 had Methushael as his father. 

I think that clears the misunderstanding up. There is no list of descendants from Cain after the flood. [2]

You can find the Serpent Seedline doctrine on the net, but always do your own investigation; search the Scriptures, comparing scripture with scripture. Pray and ask Yahweh to reveal the truth to you about everything.

The “children of the Devil” —

1) they commit sin; their works are evil

2) they’re liars who don’t abide in the truth; there’s no righteousness or light in them

3) they murder the righteous

The Sons of God —

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

Dear reader, are you seeing a pattern throughout these verses that the “sons of God” are those who have “received Christ as their Lord and Savior,” who “believe on His name,” “who believe that Jesus is the Christ,” and are “led by the Spirit?” Here are some marks of the sons of God —

1) they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of mankind

2) they receive Him as Lord and savior and are instantly “born of God” or “born from above”

3) they’re led by the Spirit of God

4) they “overcome” the world, the flesh, and the devil

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

Speaking of the New Jerusalem —

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 
Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 

Conclusion —

It would appear that the Serpent Seedline teaching that Cain was the physical seed of Satan and Eve (Adam’s wife) is speculative or inconclusive if going by the books of the Bible that were accepted as inspired. The books not accepted as inspired, referred to as extra-biblical, contain some details on these topics not included in most of our bibles today, such as the Gospel of Phillip and the Zohar (the main source for the teachings of the Kabbalah) [1] which are Gnostic works not accepted by most Christians. 

At any rate, Nephilim (giants) are definitely mentioned in numerous scriptures as being the offspring of human females and fallen angels (often referred to as hybrids) although many refute it claiming that scripture was referring to the sons of Seth marrying daughters of the Canaanites, a teaching that doesn’t appear to be supported by scripture. It’s easier to concoct an explanation no matter how flimsy in order to avoid admission of the plain yet awful truth in some cases. Yes, it’s awful that fallen angels left their “first estate” (in heaven) relinquishing their immortality to mate with human females – but it’s in the Scriptures [Gen 6:2&4; Jude 1:6]. Movies have been made about angels who lost their powers to mate with some woman they found irresistible as in the Michael movie; what are they trying to get us to believe, and why? Maybe it has something to do with a plot to convince humans that if they mix their DNA with nonhuman DNA, like that of angels for example, they’ll be better, stronger, more intelligent – “enhanced” like they were in the days of Noah when hybrid human-angelic flesh roamed the earth, called Nephillim. [3 & 4]

A word of WARNING to those who think it’s cool to flirt with the idea of having sex with angels and demons, or to actually engage in sexual intercourse with them — you’re in extreme DANGER of loosing your souls for all eternity!!! DON’T DO IT!!! (Movies like “Michael” promote this nonsense).

If you happen to be one, stop and think of what you’re doing, seek help immediately, write to me, I’ll pray for and with you. You’ll need deliverance if you’ve already engaged in such activity. Please take this seriously for your soul is very precious to Almighty God, Yahweh, who strongly desires that you turn away from all such wickedness and run to Him who has the power to not only forgive you, but cleanse you of all unrighteousness so that you can live with Him forever, free from demonic bondage. If you don’t know already, the Devil is a cruel taskmaster, he’ll grind you into powder after he’s used you for his own pleasure. Serve Christ who’ll reward you with eternal life and a seat on His throne. Your only inheritance from the Devil will be pain, sickness, strife, loss, and destruction in the Lake of Fire – an eternal miserable fate from which there is NO escape!! Don’t believe the false ministers who say that you can continue in sin without consequence because Jesus paid your sin debt washing your sins away with His Blood. That’s only a half truth. Yes, Jesus paid our sin debt, BUT that does not mean that we can now sin it up. Such teaching is refuted by scripture and is of the Devil himself. Heb 10:26  For if we keep on sinning willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only a terrifying expectation of judgment and a fury of fire about to devour the enemies of God. [TLV] There are MANY false teachers and ministers of the Gospel in the world who are deceived themselves or knowingly serve Satan. You’re shocked? Ever since the Church was born, Satan has infiltrated it with his antichrists disguised as ministers of the Gospel. Apostle Paul called them “wolves” Act 20:29  I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among yourselves will arise men speaking perversions, to draw the disciples away after themselves. Jesus too in Mat 7:15  “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves

The Devil loves to beguile (deceive) the unwary into his black web of LIES. Sure, he can help you gain riches and fame in this world, but this world will be dissolved, burned up with “fervent heat” as will the elements, so why put your hope in a world that’s falling to pieces and will soon pass away? 2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up

Dear reader, are you sure you’re ready for the end of days? This is no fantasy like the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “End of Days,” this is REALITY. Everyone will one day stand before the Son of God, Yeshua and give an answer for their every thought, word, and deed. Right now is the time in which you have an opportunity to choose between life and death – an eternity in Heaven with Yeshua or in Hell with Lucifer the Devil. Choose wisely, choose Life by asking Yeshua (Jesus) into your heart and serve only Him. Listen, soon I believe the door to Salvation will be SHUT and there’ll be no more time left to choose. Please don’t put this decision off, time is running out.

Debra R. Stout © October 7, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/foundations-serpent-seed-doctrine.html
[2] https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AwrBT7R9VdlZ.VoAaW5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyOTAxbDliBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM4BHZ0aWQDQjQ3MDdfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20160120025000AAjnzLb&p=were%20the%20descendants%20of%20Cain%20wiped%20out%20in%20the%20great%20flood%3F
[3] http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/details-about-the-angelic-human-dna-template-dna-activation-and-ascension
[4] http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/DaysNoah.htm

“THEN YOU WILL HEED MY WORDS!”

My people, you feast at the table of demons, eating of the world’s dainties yet refuse to eat at My table. You turn your face away from the dispirited, the poor, the outcast, the fatherless, the single mothers – when I have told you to minister to them. Millions of my children are being slaughtered but you don’t hear their cries! Isn’t it because you’re too busy with your fund raisers, your concerts, and getting wealth, to hear their cries? Therefore, I won’t hear your cries when my indignation is unleashed upon this wicked generation. I will send the lash, then the sword! NO, you will not feel my Peace, but my hot displeasure! There is already a famine of my (true) words in the earth, there is already a drought in your spirits which are drying up as you don’t spend enough time in my presence soaking up the River of Life! Your vine will wither, the worm will eat holes in your bags, and I will dry up all your resources; and you will suffer barrenness until you REPENT of your idol worship and TURN BACK to Me. I AM and there is no other.

Beware, when they say, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace!” There is NO PEACE for millions who are dying from poverty, starvation, disease, and war every single day! Stop ”healing the wound of my daughter lightly” and start ministering to those for whom my heart is breaking – those who can’t help themselves or free themselves from their prisons. As I have commanded YOU My Body – go help them and free them! Don’t call me “Lord, Lord” when you don’t DO what I have commanded! How many times have I spoken tenderly to you but you have not heeded my words? After you feel the heat of my anger and I remove your comforts and your pleasures – the idols you worship instead of Me; then you will heed them!

God doesn’t always give good feeling words. Sometimes He speaks sternly to get our attention, and only sends ‘chastisement’ if absolutely necessary, for our own good – Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 

Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 

Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

The Lord therefore will chastise his people when it’s necessary, for their well being, so that they may partake of His holiness when the chastisement has finished its work in them.

In the years ahead there is going to be a WORLD-WIDE FAMINE of food and probably of water too. This famine won’t be in just a few places, or on a small scale, it will be on a massive scale all across the planet. In the dream (“Fearful Sights & Signs in the Heavens”), the reason given for this world-wide famine is that “creatures” will be consuming all of the vegetation and food. In it was a disk shaped flying saucer and a dragon like creature with scales. The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of what many theologians believe was what we today would call a “flying saucer or UFO” – Eze 1:16  The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. Eze 1:19  And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Eze 1:20  Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 

What scientists say are Aliens or Extraterrestrials are probably fallen angels and Nephilim (the offspring of fallen angels and women). In the bible there are various passages describing certain types of ANGELIC beings as living ‘creatures’ — 

Eze 10:20  This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims (angelic beings).

Eze 10:21  Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings. 

Eze 1:5  Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 

Eze 1:6  And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 

As you can see, these ‘creatures’ are angels. Fallen angels and their offspring the Nephilim will again be seen all across the world in the days ahead. In fact the Bible prophesies that at the time of the End, a host of fallen ones will be released from the bottomless pit –

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. (this star is one of God’s angels from heaven)

Rev 9:2  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 

Note that ‘locusts’ are demonic beings and armies! Also note that there are SO MANY of them released from the pit, that the SUN and the AIR were DARKENED by the SMOKE coming up from that pit! How interesting. Seems I recall other scripture that talks about the SUN being DARKENED  –  

Joe 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand

Joe 2:2  A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 

Joe 2:3  A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 

These CREATURES are a demonic hoard that’s going to DEVOUR much of the earth!

Joe 2:4  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 

Joe 2:5  Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 

Joe 2:6  Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 

Joe 2:7  They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 

Joe 2:8  Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 

Joe 2:9  They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 

Joe 2:10  The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining

This great army is made up of thousands of fallen angels who as they’re released from the bottomless pit like a pillar of smoke, will DARKEN the sun, moon, and stars all at once. It isn’t just the sun that darkens as in a solar eclipse, or the moon as in a blood moon. It’s all the heavenly bodies being affected at the same time.

In fact, I believe the description of a darkened sun, moon, and stars may not be literal but allegorical, to give us a kind of picture of just how many of these ‘creatures’ will be released from the pit. No matter, they can only go as far as Yahweh allows. Yahweh is still in charge and always will be. 

Are you ready for the dreadful Day of the Lord which comes with lightening speed, for that day is just about here. I can tell you that without the protection of Almighty God, you won’t stand a chance against this demonic hoard. 

You get ready by asking Jesus Christ to be your savior and Lord, confessing that you’re a sinner who needs your sins washed away in His Blood which was shed for YOU, for the remission of YOUR sins. Stop sinning, read the Bible every day, pray and talk to your new heavenly Father!

Debra R. Stout © September 23, 2017

 

 

ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE SAVED?

Image result for pictures of a sick seagullOn this bright but breezy Sunday afternoon I was out walking when I saw a woman sitting on a granite block (of which there are many in New England) beneath some trees in a park. At first I walked on by but then I heard a ‘still small voice’ tell me to go back and hand her a tract. So I went back to where she sat and asked if I could give her something as I reached out to hand her a tract. She thanked me and asked if I was Born Again, to which I answered “Yes.” Are you? I asked. She answered in the affirmative adding that she was kind of in a bad place right now and didn’t like getting close to people. I didn’t ask why, maybe because I was in high spirits and didn’t care to hear anything negative. For some reason however, I listened to her pour out her story for the next forty minutes or so. She began by telling that she didn’t attend church anymore, and had a strict religious upbringing by an abusive father whom she more or less, despised. She further expressed she was tired of Christians who say that God ‘allows’ suffering and we just have to accept it without questioning. Then she said she had given up questioning God about things as she felt she hadn’t gotten any answers.

After dropping those bombshells on me, she asserted that we couldn’t really know or understand God, or make any sense out of our experiences, so it was useless to try. I’m pretty sure that line of reasoning didn’t originate with her but came from someplace else, perhaps from an ancient belief system called Deism. [1] Deism is the belief that God is distant, unknowable, and impersonal; a god who doesn’t get involved in or intervene in human affairs. It means we’re basically on our own, left to fend for, and figure things out for ourselves. Could one call it Abandonment Theology? Another belief system that’s been around awhile is Existentialism, which basically asserts that man exists for his own sake, unencumbered by the restraints of religious dogma and demands of a righteous God because there is NO God. [2] In other words, ‘do- your- own- thing’ because there’s no purpose to life outside of pleasing yourself and fulfilling your desires. 

Make no mistake about it, these belief systems were inspired by ancient demonic SPIRITS who still roam the earth, seeking whom they may devour! [1 Pet 5:8] They’ll devour the lukewarm, the misinformed, the deceived, and those who love their lives in this world more than they love God. [Jn 12:25] They might be influencing your thoughts even though you don’t realize it. 

Further into our conversation the woman said that although she was ‘open to God,’ she wasn’t convinced that the New Testament scriptures were inspired of God since men wrote them fifty years after Christ’s death and resurrection. She reasoned that since she can’t remember what she said only yesterday, how could the disciples recall with any accuracy, what they’d heard and seen fifty, a hundred, or two-hundred years after the resurrection of Christ? This is a perfect example of how human intellect can get in the way of knowing God. So I asked her, “What would convince you that they’re inspired?” She replied, “Nothing on this earth!” Have to admit, I stood there in stunned disbelief at this supposed believer’s unbelief. There’s nothing quite as disturbing as a believer’s unbelief. Near the end of our brief encounter, I felt there wasn’t much more I could say to her because she really was not open to the Truth. Her final remark to me was, “You’re entitled to your opinion.” Wow that felt like an insult, since I had spent a good chunk of time listening to her and speaking God’s truth to her. I didn’t take offense realizing that she was just trying to defend her unbelief by labeling God’s Word as merely men’s opinions! To reinforce her stance, she added that everything we hear from anyone is just their opinion which you either believe or you don’t. She was wrong as the Holy Spirit still speaks through God’s servants [3]. People having her mindset can’t truly believe in ANYTHING, as it leaves them with NOTHING but a joyless, meaningless existence. How can one have joy who believes that life has no meaning and God is strict, distant, and uncaring, which she alluded to by saying how God allows suffering but does nothing about it. Truth is, God HAS done something about it. He sent His only begotten Son to die for men’s sins, bearing their griefs and sorrows [Isaiah 53]. But the truth can’t set you free if you don’t believe it.

Despite claims of being ‘open to God,’ her doubts about the reliability of His Word told a different story. It’s questionable how one so FULL OF DOUBT could be Born Again, but if true, she was definitely having difficulty in her relationship with the Lord. Believers have dry periods where they find it hard to sense God’s presence, pray, and worship. There are also times when doubts assail them but those moments should be short-lived. Persistent doubt and unbelief can lead to spiritual barrenness, drought, and spiritual death. When you have a vital personal relationship with God, you’re FULL OF THE JOY OF THE LORD. This woman had NO joy; her face was sullen and her eyes were dull. Believer’s faces SHINE from reflecting God’s glory [Exo 34:29]. The more I thought about these things, I began wondering if she had just pretended to be a believer in order to engage me in a debate. One tactic of the devil is to place people in your path who’ll speak disparaging words to try to discourage you in your faith, and or, plant doubts in your heart about God’s goodness. Isn’t that how the Devil tricked Eve into eating the Forbidden fruit?

The woman I met in the park certainly sounded more like a spokesman for the devil than for the Lord. The truth about God is that he’s NOT distant or uncaring. The fact is Jesus Christ HAS done something about all the evil and suffering in the world. He died for sinners so that “whosoever will” may come to Him in faith, and have eternal life [Jn 3:16]. The key is to be willing; God isn’t going to force or make anyone come to Him. We’re each given a choice as to whom we will serve, “Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…” [Bob Dylan lyrics to song, “Gotta Serve Somebody” 1979] Funny, I should think of Bob Dylan, who at the time he wrote that song, claimed to be a Born Again Christian, but later on defected from the faith! [4]

This encounter reminded me that not all who say they’re Born Again really are. Many sincerely think they are, but their words and actions don’t line up with the Truth. The proof is in the fruit, and we’re told to “try the spirits” as well [1 Jn 4:1]. A truly Born Again (born from above by the Spirit of God) person will bear the “fruit of the Spirit” in their lives which is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Meekness (humility) and Self-Control [Gals 5:22-23]. The woman I met in the park, displayed a good deal of intellectual pride (instead of trust), and stubborn resistance to all my efforts to share biblical truth with her. It’s also possible for one who has been Born Again, to FALL AWAY. This is where the woman could be headed in my estimation. “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance…” [Heb 6:4-6] In the end of days the Bible prophesies there will be a “great falling away” [2 Thes 2:3]. Doubting God’s Word and His goodness, is a treacherous, slippery slope that can lead you into Apostasy and spiritual death. As the woman and I walked out of the park together, she stopped to look at the river and spotted a seagull laying motionless in the mud at the river’s edge about twenty feet from us. Its wings were only half open, and it moved just its head. The woman commented that the gull was “dying.” She also pointed out some little fish that were swimming around in the water, but I saw none. At the moment I didn’t think much about it, but later the thought occurred to me that maybe the gull and absence of wildlife around it, could be prophetic signs of the woman’s spiritual condition. I had sensed a substantial amount of heaviness and gloominess about her which could be a sign of spiritual oppression. What’s certain is that her mixing of philosophy with Christian faith, and her over-intellectualizing is dangerous to the health of her faith and soul. Dear reader, WATCH your words and thoughts to be sure you’re not mixing your faith with the vain philosophies of men which can DESTROY your faith in God and the Bible! Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

When you’re born anew you begin a new life that’s joined to the spirit of God who’ll never leave you, and will guide you constantly if you let him. So, who’s it going to be? Who are you going to serve; yourself, the Devil, or God? It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life so give it lots of thought, counting the cost. Yes, there IS a cost to being one of Christ’s disciples, so make no frivolous or shallow commitment to Him for He hates ‘lukewarmness.’ [Rev 3:16] He wants fully surrendered, zealous believers who’ll lavish their love and worship on Him, and are willing to lose their lives for His sake. [Mk 8:35] Despite the costs of following Jesus, the benefits FAR outweigh them! In the Bible are thousands of wonderful promises for those who faithfully love and serve Him. How do I know that God cares about human suffering? I know because I’ve spent lots of time getting to know Him through studying His Word and by praying and listening to Him. How do I know that His Word is trustworthy and reliable? I know because I have TESTED it. I have STOOD on God’s Word many times when I was all alone raising a severely disabled child, and it was ALL I HAD to get me through long, anxious nights. Plus, it is written, 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 

I’ve PROVEN God’s Word true by applying it over and over in various circumstances, and found it to be as SOLID as granite! Looking back, I can see how not always having human help available CAUSED me to lean hard on God and His Word, which made my faith STRONG. It wasn’t easy, but learning to trust His Word paid huge dividends for me in the short, and long run. Not that I never make mistakes, but they’re way less often and not catastrophic ones like they once were, due to having stored up so much of His Word in my heart. [Ps 119:11] You can do likewise and get the same good results, if you’re willing to trust and not give in to fear and doubt.

Just remember, not deciding to serve Jesus Christ IS a decision to serve yourself and the Devil. At the moment of physical death your eternal future is sealed, there’ll be no second chances. If you choose to serve Satan, you’ll eat the bitter fruit of death in hell with him and other unrepentant sinners. Why not serve Christ, while you still can, and live with Him forever?

Debra Stout © August 27, 2017

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/deism.html Deists deny the Trinity, the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, and any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as uncaring and uninvolved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism  Deism (/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/ DEE-iz-əm  or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/DAY-iz-əm; derived from Latin “deus” meaning “god“) is a philosophical position which posits that a god does not interfere directly with the world. It also rejects revelation as a source of religious knowledge and asserts that reasonand observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.

[2] www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=existentialism  Existentialism in its purest form is any philosophy which states that existence precedes essence; that is to say, that there is no inherent purpose in life (though … http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_existentialism.html Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, and the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence. It holds that, as there is no God or any other transcendent force, the only way to counter this nothingness (and hence to find meaning in life) is by embracing existence.

[3] It’s disheartening so many believers are misinformed about the gifts of the Spirit which are just as valid and available to believers today as they were in the early Church period. The super-natural gifts given at Pentecost have NOT ceased, Cessationism is a lie, and a doctrine of Demons.

[4] http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/the-religions-of-bob-dylan.html

Any questions re this or any other post, you can email at the address provided under “Contact Me” on my Home Page. Also, if you’re sure you’ve been Born Again yet you really struggle with feeling God’s presence, can’t worship or pray, and have little or no joy or peace in your heart, maybe it’s time to seek counsel. I have no counseling degree, but I have the Holy Spirit. So if you want to contact me via email, I’ll consult with you to see if there’s something I can do to help you. I’ll make myself available to the extent that I can, short-term. May Yahweh bless you.

Elijah Is Coming Soon (Revised)

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.

“Set a place at the table” –

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 return.

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. [1]

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. [2] The deeper, spiritual truth of the Lord’s Sabbath has been lost over time but is starting to be restored to the Body of Christ by those operating in the “spirit of Elijah.” Such will convince many Jews of the truth that Jesus, whom their forefathers rejected, is their true Messiah as they see Christians return to 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. 

2) To prepare a people to receive their God.

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] 

This “turning back” also includes Christians returning to the roots of their faith, to their spiritual “fathers” who are the Israelite patriarchs from Abraham to Yeshua. In recent times many Christians have begun returning to observing the Feasts of Yahweh such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets, Feast of Tabernacles, Shabbat (Sabbath) and more which the bible states are for ALL followers of Yahweh. These feasts aren’t just for the Jews, the Bible clearly states that the Sabbath was the LORD’S sabbath which was to be “perpetually” observed [3] by ALL who follow Him, in every age. Contrary to popular teaching and opinion, the seventh day sabbath isn’t and never was Sunday, according to God and to His Word the Bible. Not one verse in the Bible affirms Sunday as the Sabbath day, for Sabbath had always been kept on the seventh day from the New Moon which set the seven day cycle for the entire month. The cycle restarts after each New Moon siting. A council of men in 321 A.D. [4] changed the biblical sabbath (and other things) in order to conceal God’s truth and promote worship of the false Sun god. The Elijah company of prophets are now restoring God’s feasts which have been lost, ignored, neglected, and rejected by most of the Church ever since Emperor Constantine “changed the times and the laws” of God by instituting a pagan (non-biblical) time keeping calendar. Our current Gregorian solar calendar isn’t in sync with God’s Creation calendar which was Lunar-solar, the only calendar that accurately keeps time the way Yahweh intended, by both the sun and the moon [5] whereby one can easily find God’s feasts. These proven historical facts can be found in the text of the Bible and are also available on the web. 

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.”)

Jesus told his three disciples who were with Him, that Elijah had already come in SPIRIT in the person of John the Baptist, 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. 

What if the coming of Elijah isn’t a literal re-appearing of the Old Testament prophet, but a vast group of people sent to deliver a message throughout the world in a display of power and anointing like the prophet of old? 

God must have had a reason for allowing several of Jesus’s disciples to see this vision. Perhaps it was so they wouldn’t give in to despair after Jesus’s death and to show them that those who put their trust in Him will be likewise glorified, a “blessed hope” for all who believe – Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour 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. 

Image result for pictures of a lamb lying down with a lionWhat message brings more hope for the believer 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 of old didn’t restore all of Creation back to its original state. The ‘all things’ which the end time Elijah company 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” Elijah. By this we know that what he says has great import for all of Abraham’s seed, both Jew and Gentile. It’s a call to hear and to receive the message of Repentance, Restoration and Reconciliation spoken through the Elijah company in the world today. 

Debra R. Stout © March 14, 2017

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

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

[3] Exo 31:16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. Exo 31:17  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 

[4] Constantine created the earliest Sunday law known to history in AD 321. Chamber’s Encyclopedia says this: Unquestionably the first law, either ecclesiastical or civil, by which the Sabbatical observance of that Day is known to have been ordained, is the edict of Constantine, 321 A.D.iii

[5] Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 

*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 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) http://www.orwelltoday.com/stagedevents.shtml 
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations
[3] https://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2016/01/pope-francis-exposed-the-one-world-religion-has-arrived-and-is-now-being-executed-video-2476626.html
[4] https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_un04.htm
[5] https://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] https://thefreethoughtproject.com/soros-trump-protests-revolution/  https://humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/
[2] https://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/fascism_and_communism-socialism.html
[3] https://hushmoney.org/501c3-facts.htm and http://so4j.com/be-ye-separate
[4] https://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/07/the-progressive-movement-and-the-transformation-of-american-politics  
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O%27Hair
[6] http://akdart.com/edu32html
[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 Free 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. [2]       Rothchild family crest with Hexagram mark of the beast

The kissing of a ring on a dignitary’s hand is a gesture of reverence but also of servitude! [3] 

 

Kissing the Pope’s Ring  

Prince Fra Andrew Bertie is the Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

Kissing the Ring of the Fisherman, or the Pescatorio in Italian, is a Roman Catholic tradition that has been passed down for centuries.  Each newly ordained 

Pope is given a gold ring with his name in raised lettering and the image of St. Peter in a fishing boat. 

The Pope has this idol of gold around his finger

The Pope is believed to be the spiritual inheritor of the apostle Peter, who was known as one of the “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). Originally the ring was used to seal documents, historically called papal briefs. However, this custom ended in 1842 when the wax seal was replaced by a stamp. Today, followers of the Catholic faith pay respect to the reining Pope by kneeling before him and kissing his ring. Source: Wikipedia.com [4]  

 

Isn’t that interesting? Might there be a connection between the ‘goat’ the ‘ring’ and the Pope? The Goat of Mendes is a symbol of Lucifer whom the Freemasons revere (worship). Freemasons claim to revere the God of the Bible but don’t and actually worship Lucifer while deceiving the world that they accept all religions into their organization.  Bowing down to statues and kissing rings is all IDOL WORSHIP and should never be done by a professing Christian. Don’t be fooled as the wrath of almighty God will fall upon all who do such things: Rev 14:8 – 11  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornicationAnd the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 

Who is this mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots, the great Whore of the whole earth upon whom God’s pours out His wrath? HINT: Only a church that professes to revere Jesus and His Father, can be a “harlot.” Since harlots commit fornication and adultery, ONLY an “adulterous church,” one that professes to revere Christ but reveres a false god, thereby committing “spiritual adultery” against Christ, can be the Great Whore, the Mother of Harlots – Rev. 17:1-18. The harlot has many daughters. Jesus Christ tells His true Church to get out of Babylon the Harlot and her daughters – Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Will YOU obey the voice of God’s Spirit, or will you worship and serve the idol-worshiping Luciferian harlot church, thereby taking its MARK in your forehead and right hand? 

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In ancient times kings wore what were called Signet rings [5] 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.” [6]

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.” [7] ‘Remphan’ [8] 

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. [9] 

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

[3] https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kiss_someone%27s_ring

[4] https://ivarfjeld.com/2015/04/11/kissing-an-gold-idol-on-the-ring-of-the-pope/

[5] 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

[6] 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

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

[8] 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.

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

[10] 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=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

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

[5] https://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] 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. [2]

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. I think the 144 thousand is comprised of two groups which I believe are the “two olive trees” in Zech. 4:3-14 and the “two candlesticks” in Rev. 11:4, which are also the “TWO WITNESSES” in Rev 11:3 – And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. Clearly, these scriptures depict the ”two olive trees,” “two candlesticks” and ”two witnesses” as being one and the same. ”Candlesticks” should have been rendered “lampstands” as in a Menorah H4501 מְנֹרָה    מְנוֹרָה menôrâh  menôrâh – Zech 4:11 and others throughout the Old Testament. Always check to see what a term meant in the Old Testament in its ORIGINAL TONGUE or language before coming to any conclusions about its meaning. Otherwise you’ll end up with the wrong conclusion! When we compare scripture with scripture “rightly dividing” (rightly handling) the Word of truth, scripture agrees with and interprets itself – [2 Tim 2:15, Mt 13:52]. 

The “two olive trees” are 1) the “natural, cultivated olive tree” which is natural Israel and 2) the “wild olive tree,” gentiles who through faith in Yeshua are grafted into the natural olive tree [Romans 11:17-24]. Thus you have “two olive trees, two witnesses, two candlesticks, and two groups of 144 thousand (or two groups who make up the 144 thousand)” which are ONE in Yeshua through the New Birth by which Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) makes “in himself of twain one new man [Eph 2:12-16]. These two groups of believers in Yeshua are a mature “MAN CHILD,” not “little children” – 1Jn 2:13  I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.  The “little children” know the Father but are immature in the faith, while the “young men” and the “fathers” are MATURE SONS of God and OVER COMERS. The overcoming 144 thousand will rule with Christ – Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nationsRev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 

NOTE that in Rev 14:2-4, a group of 144 thousand is 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 Israel. 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. 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://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/137351-Futuristic-Girls-Name
[2] 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?

cops-terrorism“Terrorism” was originally defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “government by intimidation.”

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 this site – http://www.mercyseat.net/gunapologetic.html  

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 full discretionary power to do so to anyone he chooses, anytime he wants, for any reason. Don’t believe it? See –        http://911research.wtc7.net/post911/legislation/usapatriot.html  http://www.infoplease.com/us/history/911-anniversary-government-changes.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