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As It Was In the Days of Lot & Noah

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 

Luk 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded

Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 

Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 

Luk 17:31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 

Luk 17:32  Remember Lot’s wife. 

Luk 17:33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it

In both accounts, the day of destruction comes suddenly and unexpectedly upon sinners as they went about their daily business. Noah and Lot and their families were warned beforehand by angels to leave the cities they lived in so as to escape the coming judgement, but those who stayed behind were destroyed. In this article I will prove that as it was in the days of Lot and Noah, so it is now.

Gen 19:12  And the men (angels) said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

Gen 19:13  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

Gen 19:14  And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

Gen 19:15  And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

Gen 19:16  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Gen 19:17  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

Gen 19:18  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: (Lot had doubts or just didn’t want to leave sinful Sodom?)

Gen 19:19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: (Unreasoning fear or little faith? After all, Lot had an angelic escort out of Sodom!)

Gen 19:20  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

Gen 19:21  And he (the angel) said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

Gen 19:22  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar (insignificant, small, little, ignoble).

The Lord God allowed Lot and his family to escape to a nearby small city per Lot’s request. Sometimes He allows us to choose an alternative to His perfect will for us, but it’s never as good as there’s always some sort of drawback to it. The mountain in this passage represents the Mountain of God, the dwelling place of the Almighty! What could be a better place to flee to?

Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Could it be that Lot again chose the easier, albeit less godly path, just like when he chose to live in Sodom instead of Canaan? [Gen 13:8-12] Jesus said to His disciples, “Luk 9:23 Then Yeshua was saying to everyone, “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me. [Tree of Life Version] Christ hasn’t called us to an easy life! He’s called us to walk in His footsteps, to carry our own crosses (denying ourselves for the Kingdom’s sake), and to live holy, righteous lives by turning away from evil in all of its forms. Anything less is denying His right to live through and to rule over us; He purchased our souls with His own Blood, giving Him total rights over our lives – Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own bloodHow do we deny ourselves? Let’s say someone walks up to you and insults you, your natural inclination is to defend yourself or worse, to respond in kind. Denying yourself is to deny your natural inclinations (usually sinful) and to choose obedience to God’s Word in every situation. In the above situation, you could either keep quiet and “turn the other cheek,” or respond with God’s Word in a spirit of love and gentleness if you’re at that level of spiritual maturity – Mat 5:38 – 39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [1]

Responding like Jesus requires great humility of spirit and strength which only the Holy Spirit can give, and most of all perhaps, your willingness to follow Him. God always gives people a free choice to either follow Him or someone else, like yourself or the Devil. It’s not easy to ignore someone’s insults, it’s hard to “turn the other cheek,” but OBEDIENCE to God’s commands brings GREAT BLESSINGS to your life. Try it and see for yourself! But first PRAY to the Father for wisdom, guidance, and strength to do things His way, not your own way. God loves those kinds of prayers and He always answers them because they’re according to His will – 1Jn 5:14 – 15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 

God Destroys Sodom –

Gen 19:23  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Gen 19:25  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Gen 19:26  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Result of her disobedience to God’s command to not look back. This may also apply to modern day Christians who stay in churches that have apostacized, or fallen away from following God.)

Gen 19:27  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

Gen 19:28  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Gen 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Lot and his family were told to not look back or stop anywhere along their exit route, but just keep going until they got to a safe place away from the judgement. But, his wife was so in love with the world and her worldly possessions she “looked back” towards Sodom, probably regretting leaving behind what she and her husband had there. Turning into a pillar of salt was the consequence of her looking back. Those who love God above all else won’t regret leaving this world or its goods – Luk 14:33  So likewise, any one of you that does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. What this passage is saying is that looking back at what God tells us to leave behind results in loss, possibly even of life itself.

Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Just as God sent angels to warn righteous Lot and Noah and their families to flee the ensuing judgement to a safe place, He will do the same for His faithful ones prior to His return. Will everyone heed the warnings? Unfortunately, some will hesitate as did Lot, doubting the urgency and necessity of leaving wicked cities. Unbelievers will mock those sounding the alarm just like they did “in the days of Lot and Noah.”

We tend to put warnings like these far off into the future, not realizing that the danger is here, now. Believers who are tethered to their churches and ministries, refusing to leave them despite the obvious apostasy in their midst, ignore the warnings about staying in them – Rev 18:4. That is not to say that they will lose their salvation if they stay, but disobedience can result in a loss of rewards [Luke 12:42 – 48, Jms 4:17, John 12:48], poor health and other kinds of afflictions – 1 Cor 11:27 – 31. It could potentially cost them their lives. In one New Testament account, two members of the Church were instantly struck dead for lying to the Holy Spirit and to the apostles! [Act 5:3-5]

In a vast number of churches, the voice of the Bride and the Bride Groom (Jesus Christ) are no longer heard – Rev 18:23. Because of great Apostasy Jesus and His Bride have left the churches who have abandoned Him! How have they abandoned Him you ask? By not obeying His instructions in the bible which were written to show men how to live right, and by allowing all manner of evil into the Church. You say that God would never leave unfaithful churches? Then consider this –

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

A great shaking is coming and has already begun. God has been shaking the earth and its inhabitants but not all have perceived it. Shaking in the financial, social, and religious spheres are happening everyday. Between 2017 and 2018 there was an avalanche of sex scandals which came out into the open, not just in the church, but among political figures and entertainers. For months that’s all one heard about in the news. Reports and court filings of sex crimes in that period were unprecedented in American history.

“As it was in the days of Lot…..”

Is it all just happenstance or is it being orchestrated by the Omnipotent God as part of His great shaking of the earth and its inhabitants? I believe it’s the latter and His great shaking isn’t over, there’s a whole lot more to come. We have more rioting and protests against governments in various parts of the world than ever before. We have politicians and haters of freedom pitting races against one another in hopes of starting a race war so that martial law will need to be enacted in order to keep the peace, at which point people lose their freedoms! In Hitler’s Germany all weapons were taken away from the people, which left them defenseless against anything the German government wanted to do. Every despotic government in history has deployed some form of martial law upon its citizenry, including gun confiscation which won’t quell the violence in men’s hearts.

Despite there being a ‘whole lot of shaking going on,’ most people seem bewildered, not perceiving that there’s a direct correlation between bible prophecy and what’s happening now. God has warned in His Word and by angelic messengers, that these things would come upon a disbelieving and ungodly world, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise and yet even many believers will be taken by surprise and caught off guard, although they shouldn’t be – Luke 21:34, Mk 13:35-37, 1 Pet 4:7, Rev 3:3. All these things which have occurred before, will occur again just before the second coming of Jesus Christ the Ha Maschiach (Messiah / Savior) of the world – “So shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.”

Taking into account all of the above, it would seem that the days in which we’re living are just like the days of Lot and Noah!

None of the wicked will understand but the righteous do, and they are prepared for Christ’s second coming. Are you? Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation [Acts 4:12] so I implore you to turn away from sin and invite Him to be your Lord and Savior. Rom 10:9 For if you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. [Tree of Life Version]

If you want to know more about how to be saved, have any questions about the contents of this article or see mistakes in it, please write me at soareeng.eagle@gmail.com

Handmaid of the Lord

August 3, 2019

 

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.studylight.org/commentary/matthew/5-39.html

 Not but that a man may lawfully defend himself, and endeavour to secure himself from injuries; and may appear to the civil magistrate for redress of grievances; but he is not to make use of private revenge. As if a man should pluck out one of his eyes, he must not in revenge pluck out one of his; or should he strike out one of his teeth, he must not use him in the same manner; but patiently bear the affront, or seek for satisfaction in another way. [John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible]

That is, rather than avenge thyself, be ready to suffer patiently a repetition of the same injury. But these exhortations belong to those principally who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Let such leave the judgment of their cause to Him for whose sake they suffer. The Jews always thought that every outrage should be resented; and thus the spirit of hatred and strife was fostered. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary]

The type of submissive meekness enjoined by Christ in these verses must appear very difficult to the people who have never tried it; but actually, this presents the most exciting and thrilling approach to life and its problems that can possibly be imagined. Those who have tried it unanimously affirm that it works. [Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STICKS AND STONES

As a child I learned this little rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But, as most of us have found out, words DO hurt, and sometimes quite a lot.

There’s a type of “hate speech” that goes on all the time which no one talks about. What’s commonly called “hate speech” these days isn’t always, while real “hate speech” is being overlooked or ignored.

Anytime someone cusses at or calls a person a bad name, they’re criticizing a human being who is made in God’s image and likeness! God doesn’t take kindly to the person who diminishes and puts down His crowning creation – MAN! In essence, when you criticize, put down, cuss out, and call others ugly names, you’re insulting God since all human beings are made in His image. Think about that for a moment. Calling someone a bitch or bastard for instance is not only hurtful but is the devil’s attempt to diminish the sacredness of that person. Calling people derogatory names shows a great lack of respect for them, and no one deserves to be treated that way no matter what they’ve said or done.

Whoever does such things is a HATER, and all such speech is abusive HATE SPEECH!

God has said, 1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

In fact, God despises such speech so much that He gives this stern warning –

Mat 5:22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother out of control shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever shall insult his brother shall be in danger of the council, but whosoever shall say, Thou art impious, shall be in danger of hell. [Jubilee Bible]

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. [KJV]

The KJV states that you shall be in danger of judgment if you’re angry with your brother – eikē, inconsiderably, without purpose, without just cause [Thayer’s Greek Definitions] In other words, you better have a valid reason for being angry with someone. Lots of times we get angry at someone just because what they said was right and it put us in our place by showing us where we were wrong. Sometimes people get angry at those who hold different political or religious views from theirs which can lead to violence. Victims of displaced anger often dump their anger onto some innocent person in an attempt to rid themselves of it. There are many forms and variations of unjust, selfish and purposeless anger; all of which place the perpetrator in danger of judgement and or hell fire, according to God’s Word!

I like the Jubilee bible version where it says “out of control.” In essence what it’s saying is that not all anger is unjustified, just ‘out of control’ anger like yelling, cussing, calling people ugly names, tearing them down, and causing them physical, emotional, and or mental harm and anguish. People who allow their tempers to get out of control are capable of doing great harm to their neighbors, which is why God warns us to control, or have dominion over our emotions. People in control of their anger don’t lash out at others but are able to calmly and quietly talk about what’s bothering them. This is the adult way to work out conflicts whenever they arise between individuals and or groups. Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you…

Anger is one of several emotions God gave to humans for a reason. Some situations merit our anger – child abuse and neglect, wife beating, and animal abuse just to name a few. Anger is a signal that something is wrong; it’s also a normal and healthy reaction to being treated unjustly. Anger requires taking action, like confronting someone who’s wronged you or others. Anger over genocide and other injustices can energize you towards seeking a solution to those crimes. God says that ANGER in itself is NOT sin. Anger when it’s under one’s control isn’t sinful – Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not…. It’s only out-of-control, undeserved, and purposeless anger (that which serves no good purpose) and the behavior which follows that is sinful. The family pet doesn’t deserve to be kicked nor does kicking it serve any useful purpose, and children don’t deserve to be battered. Anyone doing such things is not in control of his or her temper and needs spiritual and or psychological help.

One prominent biblical example of out-of-control anger is that of Cain who slew his brother Abel because he was jealous of Abel’s close relationship with God –

Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. (*’wroth’ is Old English for ‘angry.’)

Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Gen 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Gen 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Cain failed to get dominion or control over his anger and as a result killed his brother in a fit of rage. From then on Cain’s life was cursed, for the act of murder carries a curse. Deuteronomy 27:24 Cursed is he that smites his neighbour secretly. An example of how a curse can play out – 2 Samuel 12:9 – 11 Why, therefore, hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah, the Hittite, with the sword and hast taken his wife to be thy wife and hast slain him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from thy house because thou hast despised me and hast taken the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, to be thy wife. Thus hath the LORD said, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thy own house, and I will take thy wives before thy eyes and give them unto thy neighbour,….

The fifth commandment states, Exo 20:13 “Thou shalt not murder” [Jubilee Bible Version, Revised Version, Tree of Life Version, & Young’s Literal Translation] The KJV renders it as “Thou shalt not kill,” but within the Hebrew word râtsach, are definitions such as “murder” and “man-slayer.” There’s a significant difference between committing murder and killing someone accidentally or lawfully. Take Capital Punishment for example – Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Genesis 9:5-6. And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 24:17 Capital Punishment originated with the Bible, so did God break His own law by commanding the killing of those who murder others? If He did, we’re all in a heap of trouble as that would mean we can’t rely on His Word (the bible) and we’re left to figure things out for ourselves. I know there are those who believe that to be the case, but they’re wrong. God didn’t break His own law as not all killing is unlawful, and we’re not left to figure out for ourselves what’s right and wrong. God gives specific instructions in both old and new testaments on how to deal with anger and other human emotions. Those who ignore God’s instructions are foolish the bible says, Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. All the instructions necessary for living well are in the Bible, and those who take hold of them are wise, Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

So, why not take hold of God’s instructions in the Bible and be “wise” instead of “foolish?”

Debra

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Sodom and Gormorrah

Jer 23:14  I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. [1-3]

Eze 13:22  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life

Jer 28:15  Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie
Jer 28:16  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. 

Deu 13:4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 
Deu 13:5  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 

Who are the prophets today? Well, there are actual prophets but even ministers of the Gospel and any believer can prophesy the word of God. A prophet is someone who hears or sees what the will of God is and then speaks it forth. Every minister or pastor also speaks forth the words and will of God, at least they’re supposed to. Therefore, they too have been entrusted by God to faithfully speak forth His word and His will to the people. But, if they don’t speak forth God’s true word they are guilty of speaking LIES in God’s name and leading His people astray.

Dear people of God, isn’t that just what’s happening in many if not most of our churches right now? The ministers or priests and prophets alike are speaking forth LIES in God’s name when they tell people that it’s all right to go on sinning and committing all manner of FORNICATION, including living in perverted sexual relationships, because God is love and therefore He looks the other way! Not so! While it’s true that God is loving and merciful, He is also Holy and will not lower His standards of righteousness for anyone. If God did that, no one would be saved from their sin or from God’s wrath (anger and judgment of impenitent sinners). Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Churches are not only allowing sexual perversions in their midst but they’re saying that it’s holy in God’s sight. But they lie, for God’s word says that such unions and relationships are foul and disgusting in His sight calling such acts an Abomination. So when priests or ministers say it’s OK to live in these types of relationships contrary to what God says about them, aren’t these ministers speaking lies? Aren’t they guilty of “teaching rebellion against the Lord,” and “making the people to trust in lies?”

All such ministers “strengthen the hands” of the wicked by promising them life and peace which is contrary to what God says will happen to unrepentant sinners. In Progressive (ultra liberal) churches congregants are led to walk around the sanctuary “wishing” one another PEACE,” sometimes shaking hands and/or hugging. In such churches you hear the terms “love and peace” but never “sin, judgment, or holiness.” They teach a lopsided, soft-bellied, weak-minded God who hasn’t enough pluck to correct His wayward children. What utter poppycock. God is neither weak-minded nor lopsided and definitely WILL send correction to his children, but the impenitent and impudent sinners who flaunt their sin, are going to suffer His wrath unless of course they repent (turn from their sin to right living according to God’s word, not men’s ideas).

God will not be mocked! Whatever a man sows he will reap. Everyone will be rewarded according to his deeds; the righteous will inherit eternal life, the wicked eternal death – Gal 6:7  Do not deceive yourselves; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. 
Gal 6:8  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows in the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. 

You ministers are in serious trouble with the Lord if you teach men to rebel against God’s righteous commands. It’s a false sense of security and a false peace that you give them as you tell them their sin will never be punished. If they remain in their sin, “won’t return from their wickedness,” they will suffer the torments of Hellfire and you will too, for teaching them to rebel against God. Repent or else God will remove your lampstand – Rev 2:5  Remember, therefore, from where thou art fallen and repent and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy lampstand out of its place, except thou repent. 

The world is definitely going mad and so too are many of God’s ministers and prophets who claim to speak for God but who speak lies in His name. They have become as Sodom and Gomorrah in His sight.

June 9, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] Sodom = “burning” BDB Definition: 1) a Canaanite city, usually paired with Gomorrah, located in the area of the Dead Sea and the Jordan river; both cities destroyed by God in judgment
Strong’s: From an unused root meaning to scorch; burnt (that is, volcanic or bituminous) district; Sedom, a place near the Dead Sea: – Sodom.
[2] Gomorrah = “submersion” BDB Definition: 1) the twin-city in evil with Sodom, both destroyed in judgment by God with fire from heaven; 1a) of iniquity (figuratively)
Strong’s: From H6014; a (ruined) heap; Amorah, a place in Palestine: – Gomorrah.

 

What’s the Lie of 2 Thess. 2:11?

 

In the end times Jesus warned that that many would believe “a lie,” what was that lie? Could it be that the lie is “once saved always saved?” The way it works is that if you say a prayer inviting Jesus into your heart, no matter how you live after that, you’ll bypass God’s Judgment and go to heaven when you die. Could the ‘eternal security’ or ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine be the “lie” of which Jesus spoke?

I think it is, because there are more than 3 witnesses (scriptures) in the Bible which clearly state that if/when one forsakes (abandons) the Lord, He in turn will forsake that person. Here they are —

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you

1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever

Deu 31:16 – 18   And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 

Jdg 10:13 &14  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 

Jdg 2:11 – 14  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

If those verses aren’t enough to convince you, consider that in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent was tempting Adam and Eve, what did he promise them?

He promised them that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would not only gain knowledge of good and evil, but that they would NOT die as Yehovah had warned them —-

Gen 3:1 – 5  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Now compare that passage with the following New Testament passage —

2Th 2:2 & 3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 

2Th 2:7 – 12  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

For the sake of those who don’t know who the Restrainer is, it’s Michael the Archangel. Right after Michael is ”taken out of the way” (stops holding back iniquity) that Wicked one will be revealed to the world. Also, notice that the “day of Christ” cannot be “at hand” (immanent!) UNTIL the Anti-Christ is revealed. Once the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world, THEN Christ’s coming is immanent, but not before.

What is the “strong delusion?” Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. [Strong’s] 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion; 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting; 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

The LIE then has something to do with deceit, fraud (fraudulent teaching perhaps?), wrong opinion re morals or religion, error — AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS DEFINITION —- and “straying from orthodoxy and piety.

Dear reader, isn’t that exactly where the Church at large is today? Could you honestly say that it hasn’t STRAYED from orthodoxy and piety? Piety is the quality of being religious or reverent.

Orthodoxy is (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία orthodoxía “right opinion”) is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means “conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.” [1]

  1. Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
  2. Adhering to the Christian faith as expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds. [2] 

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. [3]

Over several decades I’ve seen the Church “stray” from the “reverence” of God and His Word, and from the sound doctrines of the faith, which have been taught and accepted for many centuries. What has brought this about is the “mystery of iniquity” which has been “at work” since the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden. Just what is the “mystery of iniquity?” For those who haven’t studied the Bible, it is the “condition of being without law, because of being ignorant of it, or violating it; it is “contempt and violation of law, also wickedness.” [Thayer’s Greek Def.] From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. [Strong’s]

The Church has strayed from orthodoxy by adopting ‘new’ doctrines (beliefs) and practices unsupported by Scripture and not preaching against ‘sin’ anymore in their services. At the same time, churches show little to no ‘reverence’ for God as they thumb their noses at God’s precious Law – His Torah or teachings in both Old and New Testaments. I’ve seen congregants in many churches treat the holy things of God ‘lightly’ which shows irreverence towards them! Real believers show ‘respect’ for God, His true ministers, and for His Word (all of it!). True believers don’t treat the holy things of God lightly but “tremble” at His words and show respect for His Presence in and among them. Yahweh has left many churches because of their stubborn refusal to heed His commands and correction – 

Pro 1:23 – 36  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

Now, I will put it all together for you. The “lie” being told believers in these last days, is akin to the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden – that they can disobey God’s law and not die (eternally) as a result! Since the Fall, men are born having a natural bent towards “going their own way” falsely believing that they can live independently from God and not suffer negative consequences for it. Yahweh God makes it very clear throughout the bible, that disobedience to His commands carries penalties, even everlasting death. Men who don’t see this are blinded by their lust.

1Co 6:9 -10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

The following passage describes those who in the blindness of their lusts ARE DECEIVED into thinking that they SHALL HAVE PEACE despite “walking according to the “IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS” —-

Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 

Notice what the LORD says will happen to him who does this —

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 

Compare with Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:24 – 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 

Notice in the first verse the word “lie” is pertaining to “changing the truth of God” or exchanging that truth for a lie — “changed, change, or changing” From G3326 and G236; to exchange: – change. Also, “to make different” [Strong’s] “truth” 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth [Thayer’s Def.]

Dear reader, isn’t that what many churches are doing today, changing and or exchanging God’s truth for men’s opinions, even adopting the doctrines of devils??

1Ti 4:1 & 2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

In case you were wondering, a conscience seared with a hot iron (or cauterized) is no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction or influence, and is therefore no longer able to distinguish between good and evil – opposite from what Satan promised Adam and Eve in the Garden!!

See what a LIAR Satan is? He promised Adam and Eve that if they partook of his forbidden knowledge they would know both good and evil like God did. That word “know” is “yada” which has a broad variety of applications, one of which is to be able to DISTINGUISH between one thing and another!  [Brown-Driver-Briggs Heb. Def.’s] I suggest you look the term up for yourself and get used to doing that, so you can “rightly divide” (interpret) the Word of God.

Satan LIED big time to Adam and Eve when he tempted them in the Garden of Eden. Satan actually told them two lies, the first being that if they partook of the forbidden knowledge or fruit, they wouldn’t die. The second lie was that not only would they not die, but they would be like God, able to distinguish for themselves (without God’s input) what’s good from what’s evil – (Gen. 3:5).

But you see, when men stray from God’s instructions and persist in going their own way, they eventually become insensitive to God’s voice so they can no longer hear Him. Their consciences become “seared” (cauterized) or hardened so they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and are lost. This can even happen to a born again believer who “falls away” —

Luk 8:11 – 14  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

Heb 6:4 – 6 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, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 

Far too many in the church today treat God and His Word “lightly” and in some cases, with disdain. They do this by “changing” or exchanging God’s words with lies, and by making themselves the ultimate authority on what’s right and what’s wrong. In essense ungodly men end up worshiping themselves (the creature) instead of the Creator – Rom 1:25.

Many have made or are making the fatal choice to “go their own way,” thus rejecting God’s instructions, commands, and laws. They’ve been deceived by their own lusts and by Satan into believing that they don’t need God or His law, that they can go it alone and be just fine.

Dear reader I strongly urge you to take stock of your life in light of God’s holy Word to see if your words and actions line up with its precepts or not. If not, the time to change that is now, not tomorrow, for tomorrow may be too late –  Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee….

Don’t be fooled by Satan, or blinded by your own lusts, the Day of the Lord’s wrath will come! Don’t wait until that day to repent of your rebellion against God’s law, for it will be too late then – Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. There comes a time when the opportunity for repentance runs out – Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 

False dependence on Church privileges –

In the eyes of Him who “seeth not as man seeth,” who readeth the heart and weigheth actions in the balances of the sanctuary, the worker of iniquity is not only the man who disregards religion and commits open wickedness; but also he who, if he avoid certain sins, avoids them not because he fears God or is constrained by Christ’s love, and who, if motives were analyzed, would be found to have regard to the good opinion of the world, rather than to the will and the glory of Him who called him into being.

You must search your hearts. You must see whether God be first in your hearts; whether your great fear be the fear of offending Him—your great desire, the desire of pleasing Him; whether “old things have passed away,” and “new things”—new tendencies, new upon outward privileges. “The kingdom of God is within you.”

I do not depreciate the means of grace. The “workers of iniquity” may be those who delight in sermons and never miss a sacrament.” “There are multitudes who will go a long way towards heaven and then stop short. They will give up everything but one thing for Christ, and therefore are they near heaven; but they keep that one, and therefore must they be excluded at the last. Almost believers upon earth, they are almost guests at the marriage-supper above.

I would that this might warn you; that this might startle you. If there are any of you who are resting on outward duties and privileges, and have not given your hearts to the Lord, oh! do not shrink from self-examination; be not afraid to know the worst. The “Master of the house” hath not yet “risen up and shut to the door.” You may still secure for yourselves admission at the last. (H. Melvill, B. D. ) [The Biblical Illustrator]

Sobering words, I know, but necessary in light of the times we’re living in. I pray you won’t ignore or treat lightly these warnings in God’s Word but will hear them and be saved from His wrath when He comes to judge the whole earth. Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (The meaning here is, that, as Christians are clothed with the garments of righteousness, they should not lay them aside, so that their spiritual nakedness should be seen. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible) Heb 10:26&27  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

The “lie” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 11, is that a person can keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth (God’s Word) and still go to heaven – the eternal security, once saved always saved (false) doctrine! It’s akin to the “lie” Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden, “You shall not die.” Don’t fall for it!

May the FEAR OF GOD return to the Church before the Day of His Wrath comes.

©  April 20, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodoxy

[2] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/orthodox

[3] https://carm.org/dictionary-orthodoxy

Good teachings on the Falling Away — 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAslQqrWpfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kX8O8OAcJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bulg4mCHLEs

http://fgcp.org/content/how-identify-false-church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2eztrXGLtQ

Are Christians supposed to be grabbing their crotches?  

Who’s truly saved and who’s not, the reality of Heaven & Hell; Sermons by John MacArthur —-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47CJlE-ut0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztj_jyOPTVg

 

WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE

CHRIST AS BRIDEGROOMFather God is coming for a church that’s “without spot or wrinkle,” Eph 5:25 – 27  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, [1] or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” [2]

What does this mean? This speaks of a church that’s pure within and without, a church that has overcome sin and is separated from the world, meaning that although it exists in the world, it’s not OF the world. Rev 2:7  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev 2:17  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” 2Co 6:17  “Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says Adonai. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in.” 

Every true church is in the process of making itself “pure” and “holy” for without holiness no man shall see the Lord [Heb 12:14]. God means every word He’s ever spoken and it’s the utmost foolishness to think otherwise. This is a huge problem in the Body of Christ today, far too many individual believers mistake God’s patience for liberality – an ‘anything goes’ mentality! And what a BIG mistake it is, for God will not be mocked – Gal 6:7  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:8  “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 

Contrary to popular opinion, God gets upset about the sin, gross immorality, and corruption that’s overrunning many churches these days – Psa 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Sin has consequences – Jas 1:15  “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” which is one reason why God will implement every measure He can to free us from sin.

God the Father gave me a prophetic word-picture (in my mind) of this recently when some food dropped onto one of my favorite shirts which left a grease spot on it. Aghast, I hurriedly wet a paper towel with cold water and rubbed the spot hoping I could remove it, but no luck. So I tried the cold water technique again, along with some laundry detergent, but that didn’t work either. Close to tears at that point, and upset with myself for getting the shirt soiled, I kept rubbing and adding more detergent to the spot. As I was doing this, I heard a familiar Voice from within softly say, “See how diligently you’re trying to remove that spot, and how upset you are that it’s there. Now you know how I feel when I see spots on my Bride’s garment (soul) and how I will do everything possible to remove them so that I may have a spotless bride!”

That’s how God speaks sometimes. It’s a prophetic way of seeing things and events. God may be trying to tell you something through an ordinary happening in your life – are you listening? If you have a listening ear, you’ll hear Him speak. Being preoccupied with the mundane we’re often not paying attention to the spiritual aspects of our lives, so God speaks to us through mundane events to reveal something in a tangible, unforgettable way. While He could have just told me how upset He was to see spots on His Bride’s garment, it was more effective and memorable for me that He used a real-life situation to illustrate the point.

By the way, the spots being referred to in this passage and elsewhere in scripture, are sins which haven’t yet been overcome and forsaken. They could be any kind of sin. Sin has a defiling effect on whatever it touches – Mat 15:19  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Mat 15:20  “These are the things which defile a man…..” but the Blood of Jesus washes away the sins of those who believe in Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. 1Jn 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

After God spoke to me, I felt humbled and sorrowful for the spots on my garment and repented of all sin in my life that I knew of. After naming and asking forgiveness for each one, I felt clean, as if someone took a brush and scrubbed the inside of me. God’s peace then flooded my soul to the point where I felt I had no need of anything or anyone but Him. Oh glory! There’s no place more beautiful, more holy, more peaceful, more secure, or more satisfying than the presence of Almighty God Jehovah. Let the world pass away and everything in it, the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven has everything I need and want. In the mighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) I pray that everyone who reads this post will find true peace, joy, and life in Jesus who has been given the power to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him – 1Jn 5:11  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1Jn 5:12  “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 

Seek Him now before the door is shut – Mt 25:10, Luke 13:25!

 

Footnotes:

[1] “spot” = G4695 σπιλόω spiloō; From G4696; to stain or soil (literally or figuratively): – defile, spot.
[2] “without blemish” = G299 ἄμωμος amōmos; From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3470; unblemished (literally or figuratively): – without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, unblameable.

What’s An Abomination Anyway?

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 

‘abomination’ = a foul thing, a detestable thing,1a) of idols and things pertaining to idolatry [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

‘filthiness of her fornication’ [Thayer’s Greek Def.] = impurity, illicit sexual intercourse, 1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. 1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mar_10:11-12 2) metaphorically the worship of idols, 2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols (as in taking of the wafer or ‘host’ of communion in the Catholic church?) Is the communion wafer or host in any way connected to worship of Molech [1] or other false god? A golden cup” = [Thayer Definition] 1) a cup, a drinking vessel 2) metaphorically one’s lot or experience, whether joyous or adverse, divine appointments, whether favourable or unfavourable, are likened to a cup which God presents one to drink: so of prosperity and adversity. 

Jer 51:7  Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, ‘cup’ = often figuratively a lot (as if a potion); also some unclean bird, probably an owl (perhaps from the cup like cavity of its eye): – cup, (small) owl. [Strong’s Concordance] One’s ‘lot’ in life means one’s fate, what one has been handed.

The significance for Roman Catholics today in participating each week in the purely pagan ritual of celebrating the Eucharist of cannibalism offered to demons, has its own special significance. Whether you want to know it or not, Catholics are paying homage to the supreme demonic deities of the Catholic Church, the real gods hidden behind the facades of false worship.” [2] 

God told me very clearly one time after I had communion at a local Catholic shrine, that He didn’t want me doing that, for it was “an Abomination to Him!” In obedience to His Voice, I haven’t partaken of communion since that day God spoke so clearly to me. I wonder why it is that so many Christians don’t seem to have heard this pronouncement. At any rate, it’s clear that this ‘woman’ (a woman in Scripture used in this context is always referring to a church or a religious body) is full of ‘abominations, filthiness, fornication, idolatry and more. Is not the Catholic church rife with these abominations? She is also the same church that persecuted the saints, being “drunken with their blood” – Rev. 17:6 The Catholic church has persecuted and murdered more ‘saints’ than any other entity in all of world history [3].

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Jdg 19:22  Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (‘know’ = to know a person carnally in this instance)
Jdg 19:23  And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 
Jdg 19:24  Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 

‘sons of Belial’ = notice how God calls those who do this ‘vile’ acts are ‘sons of Belial’ – meaning the demonic spirit behind the acts, the demon who moves people to do them, is none other than Belial himself!
‘Belial’ = worthlessness, base, wicked
‘wickedly’ = bad, evil, injurious, displeasing, broken to pieces
‘know’ = in this instance means to know a person ‘carnally’ (or sexually)
‘vile’ = profane and immoral acts, disgraceful [Brown-Driver-Briggs Dictionary]
‘folly’ = same as vile.

We can see that God considers acts of sodomy to be ‘vile’ and ‘wicked,’ and that the demonic influence or demon spirit behind all such acts, be it sodomy or any other sexual perversion, is the principality Belial. 

Leviticus 18:22 – “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13  – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND AGAINST GAYS OR LESBIANS, ETC!! I include this verse only to show how seriously offensive this behavior was (and is) to God who gave the Law to Moses, and although we live in an age of Grace, there are still penalties for sin. Continuous illness and other troubles often plague habitual sinners, even Christians suffer in this way due to non-repentance of various sins. In addition, after the second resurrection of the unrighteous dead, Judgment will be meted to those who never repented of their sinning and never turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness (Rev 21:7  & 28). The ‘putting to death’ of those who committed certain sins under the old covenant was done to keep the rest of the congregation from becoming corrupted. “The purity of God’s people in the Promised Land was vitally important, as was the continuance of bloodlines (one of which would lead to the Messiah). That is why God demanded the death penalty for those who engaged in homosexual intercourse.” [4] God wanted a HOLY people to call His own, and He hasn’t changed His mind about that – all who are called by His Name, are to be holy, as He is holy – Lev 20:26  You are to be holy to Me, for I, Adonai, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, so that you would be Mine. [TLV]  1Th 4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. The application for today’s Christian communities, is that within their gates, sin is to be disciplined and eradicated, not accepted as normal! 1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves

God takes sin seriously! Homosexuals are not doing right in His eyes, neither are Lesbians – Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature….

Should we as Christians allow ourselves to be swayed by public opinion and the laws of the state that say there’s nothing wrong with Sodomy and other perverse sexual acts, when our Lord and Savior said otherwise? Are we to obey man’s law and thumb our noses at God’s law? 

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Simply put: If you’re a friend of the world then you cannot be a friend of God or of Christ. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Church at Corinth – 1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Definition of reprove = confute, admonish: – convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. Definition of rebuke = express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions, bring correction, scold. fellowship = From G4862 and G2841; to share in company with, that is, co-participate in: – communicate (have fellowship) with, be partaker of.

Did you get that? Christians are not only to not eat and have fellowship with fornicators, covetous, idolaters, etc., in the Church, but we are to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong in a ‘spirit of meekness’ – Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. God’s desires the full restoration of every soul! 2 Pet 3:9. Instead, what’s happening in most of our churches these days is that all manner of uncleanness is welcomed and accepted as being normal. Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

“judgment” = condemnation of wrong, the sentence of a judge, the punishment with which one is sentenced
“death” = the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell
‘have pleasure’ = From G4862 and G2106; to think well of in common, that is, assent to, feel gratified with: – allow, assent, be pleased, have pleasure.

Isn’t that exactly what most Christian churches are doing these days – allowing and assenting to (agreeing with) behavior which Christ condemns in His Word?

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. *Note that any words you see in the Bible that are in gray italics were added by translators and were not in the original manuscripts.

unclean = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean. [Strong’s Concordance Def.]

It’s plain as day that believers in Christ, who Paul was addressing in these passages, are to get away from everything that’s unclean and unholy. God calls the act of Sodomy an “unclean, vile, foul, detestable, idolatrous ABOMINATION! In fact, anything that is worshiped other than the true God, is Idolatry according to the Bible, God’s Word. I guess that would include the holy communion ‘wafer’ which Catholics worship (adore) in the Catholic Mass. No, that tiny wafer is not Christ anymore than a plaster statue of Mary is really Mary. Those bowing down to the Eucharist in adoration are adoring a piece of bread that’s supposed to be the literal flesh of Christ via Transubstantiation [5], which is an Abomination! Sadly, many Catholics don’t read their bibles or have a personal relationship with God but unquestioningly believe whatever their priest tells them. Dear Catholic, if you’re reading this, please read a non-Catholic version of the bible and pray for understanding and for revelation. In the bible you’ll see that no man on earth has greater authority than God, even though the Pope makes such a claim [6] and ONLY God has the power to forgive men’s sins! 

Those who speak out against the LGBT and Rainbow movements are called “haters.” I know some will read this article and accuse me of not being compassionate or loving but which is more loving, telling someone the truth so that their soul may be saved, or keeping quiet so it ends up in Hell? Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ⇐ Paul was telling Christians not to be partakers with those who commit these sins, and those listed in the following verse. 

Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

“Same sex sins are listed along with other sins such as fornication, idolatry, covetousness and drunkenness. Same sex sins are dishonoring, repugnant sins but they are still forgivable. Surely, we have all been covetous at some point in our life, but that does not mean we are automatically going to hell. Scripture is not talking about a single event or many acts of sin, but an ongoing pattern of sin. God is talking about those who never come to Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit turn from their sin. We cannot do this on our own. We are totally dependent on God to stop.

1 Timothy 1:10. Same sex sins are not an acceptable, alternative lifestyle either. It is sin. Here is another passage.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers . . . (NASB) 1 Timothy 1:8-11

It is clear that homosexuality is not the result of biological heredity. It is sin. God did not make these men and women homosexuals from birth. At its root, homosexuality flows out of the sinful nature of the individual given to it. It is a result of a rejection of God at some point in life. [7]

Not only is homosexuality NOT just another sin, it serves in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as the primary symbol of end-stage rebellion against God triggering the outpouring of His wrath.  Moreover, the challenge to Biblical orthodoxy represented by an increasingly militant pro-homosexual culture serves as a key litmus test for whether believers will stand with God or the Antichrist in the last days.

It is incumbent upon remnant believers to warn the church against the heresy of “gay theology” and to boldly and forcefully advocate for the Biblical worldview on sexuality and the one-flesh paradigm. [8]

Therefore, let’s not allow ourselves to be swayed by men’s opinions. More importantly, let’s not allow ourselves to betray the One who gave His life for us so that we could be FREED not only from our sins, but from enslavement to the opinions of men that go against God’s heart, teachings, and laws. Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Our “liberty” is not the same liberty the world talks about, which is nothing more than license to sin in every way possible! 

Dear reader, if you or someone you know is in bondage to sin THERE IS HOPE in Jesus Christ who alone can deliver you. All you need do is turn to Him in repentance with Faith, believing that He can set you free from any sin. Ask Him to save you, and He will do it. Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Testimonies of ex-homosexuals and lesbians [12].

So, fellow believer, let’s walk in the LIBERTY given to us by Christ by which we’ve been set free from the world and its opinions to follow “every word of God” whereby we have LIFE! – Mat 4:4 ….It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  

May we be BOLD in our witness, and faithfully REPROVE the “works of darkness” until Shiloh (an epithet of the Messiah) comes again! Amen.

 

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.biblelight.net/verita.htm

[2] http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/the-catholic-liturgy-is-satanic-ritual.html

[3] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-death-penalty.html

[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/transubstantiation.html

[6] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[7] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-studies/topical-bible-studies/the-bible-on-same-sex-relations/

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

This link adds more in depth material from historical and biblical references about a sin which will bring God’s judgment.

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgKpLEzZl_w

America is modern day SODOM. Bibles are being rewritten to remove language which criticizes certain life-styles.

[10] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homochristian.html

[11] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homotruth.htm

[12] https://www.charismanews.com/us/76484-definitive-proof-jesus-can-set-you-free-from-homosexuality

 

 

 

 

CHURCH ARISE!

Diversions, such as holidays for one (most of which aren’t based in truth to begin with), distract the Church from its calling, which is to bring in a great harvest of souls for God – Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 

The Devil never takes a holiday or vacation! He’s a restless being who ceaselessly roams up and down in the earth – Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…. Not that it’s wrong to take a vacation or have fun, but never at any time should the Church become complacent about its adversary! He loves catching God’s people off guard and strikes when they least expect an attack. This is why the Word tells us to be ‘sober’ – temperate, dispassionate, circumspect; and to be ‘vigilant’ – 1) to watch 2) metaphorically give strict attention to, be cautious, active 2a) to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]. Strong’s Concordance has it as, ‘keep awake, that is, watch, be watchful!’ 

Satan is no fool, he knows how to keep the Church occupied with a lot of nonsense and diversions of various sorts. While the enemy is taking over our cities, towns, and country, the Church acts as though it were powerless against him and thus, does nothing. What a contradiction of all that Christ said about His Church and commanded His Church to be and to do! Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Read also Mark 16:15 – 18)

The Church should be watchful and vigilant so as to be ready to take action at any moment. The Church should always be on guard! Too often I’ve made the mistake of thinking that the war lie up ahead somewhere in the hopefully distant future when all the time it was right in front of me! I pray you won’t make the same mistake. Part of the problem is that church members are programmed to be PASSIVE instead of active. During services they sit quietly, rarely uttering even an Amen, contrary to scriptural injunction for members to share whatever the Lord reveals to them – 1Co 14:26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Tradition has replaced the Holy Spirit in today’s churches. In place of  fresh revelation from God coming through its members, the Church offers the stale bread of man’s philosophies and dead religious dogmas, rehashed a hundred times over. Most church services are strictly rehearsed beforehand, leaving no room for anything like the Holy Spirit to move or to speak! The leadership doesn’t allow its scripted program to be interrupted, not even by God! What’s the leadership afraid of that it so severely limits the unction of God’s own Spirit within its walls? Could it be afraid of loosing CONTROL over its congregations, of how matters will be conducted? But wait, isn’t that the Lord’s business? Indeed it is.

Some time back I witnessed a pastor halt worship in his church when he saw someone start to heal a disabled person right there in the service. That same pastor awhile later spoke to his congregation, saying that they weren’t ready for God to work healing miracles among them! What made that pastor think to thwart God’s purposes? How audacious! Where’s the trust that God is able to handle what He initiates?! Since when does God need man’s approval before He acts? 

Maybe some don’t understand the seriousness of the battle between good and evil in this world, and how determined the Devil is to overthrow all that is of God. 2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. How long will the Church remain passive while the harvest rots beneath clods of dead religion and carelessness? How long will the Church sleep while the world withers like a vine beneath a scorching sun? Who will stand in the gap? asks the Lord, and whom shall I send? Eze 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: Isa 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (May every believer in Christ answer the Lord this way!) 

Therefore, I pray that the Lord will send a mighty wind of His Spirit throughout the Church to blow out its dead religious doctrines and works! I pray for the Spirit of God and holy angels to go and break up its clods of control, carelessness, self-seeking, worldliness, love of mammon, and overbearing leadership that’s suffocating its members! I pray that all church leaders who bow to the dictates of Babylon the Great will either fall under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or be removed from their positions, so that the Church can once again BREATHE in the breath of the Living God! May they be replaced with godly leaders who will allow God to be God and won’t quench God’s Holy Spirit in church assemblies.

Heavenly Father, send forth a loud trumpet blast to arouse your Body from its slumber! Church arise! Awaken from your sleep! The Enemy runs amuck across the land, wreaking havoc, destruction, and spreading wickedness, while the Church sits by on the sideline and watches as though it were watching a show! Church, this is NO SHOW, it’s a SHOWDOWN between God’s Kingdom and the Devil’s kingdom, between the forces of good and evil. [1] Father, call your Church to take up arms and march throughout this land against the kingdom of darkness and as its boots hit the ground may they make such a noise that the earth will shake and the enemy will quake!

Let the sound cause such confusion in the enemy camps that they will run in fear in every direction not knowing which way to go or where to hide! Heavenly Father, cause your army to conquer every foe it finds until NONE are left in the land! Spare not even one who serves Satan and the will of Babylon the Great. Cause every throne of iniquity in this city, state, and country, to be dislodge and replaced with your right rule. Dislodge, dislodge, dislodge – every seat of power and authority which serves Babylon! Dismantle Babylon the Great (the whole system) in our land, brick by brick if need be. Replace wicked leaders in our government with god-fearing ones who will uphold your just decrees and carry out your will throughout this land!

Church of Christ it’s time to ARISE! Arise therefore from your rest slumbering ones, hear the trumpet call and take your place among God’s Church triumphant! 

 

Footnotes:

[1] This comes from the Church sitting idly in their seats during services while only the pastor gets to speak, causing members to take a passive view of their faith. That’s NOT how individual members should see their roles, for they’re to be ACTIVE in every aspect of their faith as the Scriptures profusely point out. There’s an element of passivity in the Church today that would make the early followers of Christ (most of whom were Jews in the beginning) tear their clothes. The tearing of one’s clothes is an ancient tradition among the Jews, and it is associated with mourning, grief, and loss. More important than outward shows of grief are true sorrow for sin and genuine repentance of the heart. The prophet Joel relayed God’s command: “Rend your heart and not your garments” (Joel 2:13). https://www.gotquestions.org/tear-clothes-Bible.html

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.

*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/