Reformation & Revival

Articles on reformations and revivals of the church.

What is the Kingdom of God?

Rom 14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. [RV]

righteousness = Thayer’s Def’s. 1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting

*Notice that not only are our actions righteous or unrighteous but also our thoughts and feelings.

righteousness – This word here means “virtue, integrity,” a faithful discharge of all the duties which we owe to God or to our fellow-men. It means that the Christian must so live as to be appropriately denominated a righteous man, and not a man whose whole attention is absorbed by the mere ceremonies and outward forms of religion. To produce this, we are told, was the main design, and the principal teaching of the gospel; Tit_2:12; Compare Rom_8:13; 1Pe_2:11. Thus, it is said 1Jn_2:29, “Everyone that doeth righteousness is born of God;” 1Jn_3:10, “Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God;” compare 1Jn_3:7; 1Co_15:34; 2Co_3:9; 2Co_6:7, 2Co_6:14; Eph_5:9; Eph_6:14; 1Ti_6:11; 1Pe_2:24; Eph_4:24. He that is a righteous man, whose characteristic it is to lead a holy life, is a Christian. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
Mat 7:22  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, and drive out demons in Your name, and perform many miracles in Your name?’ 
Mat 7:23  Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’” [Tree of Life Version]

kingdom = Thayer Definition: 1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
lawlessness (iniquity) = Thayer Definition: 1) the condition of without law, 2) contempt and violation of law; iniquity, wickedness

The sense of this verse seems to be this: No person, by merely acknowledging my authority, believing in the Divinity of my nature, professing faith in the perfection of my righteousness, and infinite merit of my atonement, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven – shall have any part with God in glory; but he who doeth the will of my Father – he who gets the bad tree rooted up, the good tree planted, and continues to bring forth fruit to the glory and praise of God. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible]

Not every one that saith … – The Saviour goes on to say that many, on the ground of a mere profession such as he had just referred to, would claim admittance into his kingdom. Many would plead that they had done miracles, and preached or prophesied much, and on the ground of that would demand an entrance into heaven. The power of working miracles had no necessary connection with piety. God may as well, if he chooses, give the power of raising the dead to a wicked man, as the skill of healing to a wicked physician. A miracle is a display “of his own power” through the medium of another. An act of healing the sick is also a display of “his power” through the agency of another. In neither of these cases is there any necessary connection with moral character. So of preaching or prophesying. God may use the agency of a man of talents, though not pious, to carry forward His purposes. Saving power on the mind is the work of God, and he may convey it by any agency which he chooses. Accordingly, many may be found in the day of judgment who may have been endowed with powers of prophecy or miracle, as Balaam or the magicians of Egypt; in the same way as many people of distinguished talents may be found, yet destitute of piety, and who will be shut out of his kingdom. See Mat_7:21; 1Co_1:26; 1Co_13:1-3. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]

So true, so true. Many years ago the LORD showed me that just because a pastor and/or the leadership of a church has the gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in its midst, doesn’t necessarily mean those leaders are walking with God or are doing His will (obeying His instructions). Of all the churches I’ve attended most didn’t allow the operation of the gifts, except for two. Of those two, one allowed some of the gifts but restrained the Holy Spirit from working miracles. The Holy Spirit had told me that there were enough people in that church who had the faith to believe for miraculous healings but the pastor didn’t want that because he wouldn’t be in control! How hard it is for pastors to relinquish control unto God! In addition, the pastors of that church sometimes spent tithes and offerings on themselves and took money designated for one purpose and used it for another. When confronted with these offenses they refused to admit and repent of them. I dare say that those responsible for shackling the Holy Spirit and misusing funds were not walking according to God’s Torah (His commands) and were not bearing good “fruit” in everything, as some of their fruit was rotten. 

Mat 12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit
Mat 12:36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 
Mat 12:37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Joh 15:8  In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.”

Then Yeshua began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree he had planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none
Luk 13:7  So he said to the gardener, ‘Indeed, for three years I‘ve come searching for fruit on this fig tree and found none. Remove it! Why does it use up the ground?’ 
Luk 13:8  “But answering, the gardener said to him, ‘Master, leave it alone for this year also, until I dig around it and apply fertilizer. 
Luk 13:9  And if it bears fruit, good. But if not, cut it down.’” 

fruit = 2a) work, act, deed (includes words) [Thayer Greek Definitions] *Note that the tree (or person) which doesn’t bear fruit will in time be “cut down.” 

Recently, I confronted a church about God’s Sabbath day which is the 7th day of the weekly cycle, not the 1rst day, which is Sunday. The holy scriptures bear this fact out in both the old and new testaments leaving no room for error. The leadership there is well-educated, some went to seminary (college to learn the bible) and yet they deny which day God sanctified (blessed/hallowed) as HIS sabbath. How can that be I asked myself – maybe you’re asking the same question right now. The only answer that comes to mind is, “the mystery of iniquity” is at work in such cases! — 2Th 2:7  For the mystery of lawlessness is already operating; only there is one who holds back just now, until he is taken out of the way. [TLV] *Lawlessness and iniquity are synonymous terms. Remember, the meaning of “iniquity” is “being without law; contempt and violation of the law (or Torah).” In the Torah we find that God’s Sabbath day was (and still is) the 7th day of the week, not the first. *Read Matthew 28:1-6, Luke 24:1, John 20:1, Luke 23:56, Exodus 20:10 and 34:21 for facts re God’s Sabbath day.

Some verses on the Kingdom of God for you to meditate on:

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 
Mat 12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Mat 16:28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom
Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven
Mat 19:13  Then little children were brought to Yeshua so that He might lay hands upon them and pray. Then the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 
Mat 19:14  But Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 

Do you know why the kingdom belongs to the likes of little children? Because they are humble, trusting, and totally dependent upon their parents for their every need – the way believers in Christ should depend upon and humbly trust in Him.

*All the words of Jesus Christ are in red. All bolding and underlining added by me for emphasis.

Dear visitor, just so you know, this post is merely a starting point, a place for you to begin your own study on the subject of the Kingdom of God. I pray you will continue to study, that you may “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” – Col 1:10. [KJV]

D’vorah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STRAIT GATE vs. THE BROAD WAY

As Jesus travelled towards Jerusalem, passing through villages, He taught many along the way.
Luk 13:23  Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 
Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 
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: 
Luk 13:26  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 
Luk 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity
Luk 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 

“iniquity” = “lawlessness, or a state of being without law.”
“strait gate” = “narrow” from the base of G2476; abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up).

Strive — The word signifies to “contend” as for the mastery, to “struggle,” expressive of the difficulty of being saved, as if one would have to force his way in.

strait gate — another figure of the same.

for many … will seek — “desire,” that is, with a mere wish or slothful endeavor.
and shall not be able — because it must be made a life-and-death struggle. [Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary]

Confused? So was I when I first started comparing the teachings of Jesus to those of Paul the supposed 13th Apostle of Christ and saw a decided difference between them. Paul made salvation easy; all one has to do to be saved was to “believe” that Christ arose from the dead. Jesus taught that entering the kingdom of God would be “difficult,” the “way would be narrow!” Now, maybe Paul had good intentions and there’s some explanation for his departure from what Jesus taught, but if there is, I haven’t yet found one. All I can think is that maybe Paul was only addressing the extreme legalistic teachings of the Jewish priesthood at that time, but how can one excuse Paul’s changing God’s words in many old testament passages to the point where he makes the Law of God null and void? Refer to his article http://spirit-wind.org/paul-and-the-law/

Who should followers of Christ believe if not Jesus? Should they take Paul’s word and teachings over those of Jesus, the Son of God who died for all men and who alone has been given all authority in heaven and on earth? [Mt 28:18] Paul, however devoted or sincere he was, is NOT man’s savior – he was just a man and where his words conflict with those of the Savior’s, I for one will chose Jesus’s words over his every time.

God’s last “covenant” with His people Israel, was His Ten Commandments and the other 613 commands written in the book of Moses; together they are what’s called the Mosaic Code. The ONLY thing that was changed in this Covenant which God made with all Israel, was that far into the future God would “write His laws upon the hearts” of his people – Jer 31:31, 32 & 33 

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity (lawlessness), and I will remember their sin no more. 

Thus, the so called “new covenant” is really a renewed covenant in which God’s law would be written upon men’s hearts, a covenant which won’t take full effect until the Millennium (when all will know God; Jer 31:34) begins when Jesus returns – [Mt. 24]. God’s laws have not been abolished, discontinued, or nailed to Christ’s Cross as some misinformed or dishonest ministers have taught. Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Don’t listen to men who tell you God’s law no longer stands so you can disregard it, for such are “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” dishonest, ravenous, greedy dogs interested only in your tithes and offerings, not your salvation! Have you never wondered how it is that ministers who teach that the ‘law’ is obsolete, DEMAND that you give to THEM tithes and offerings which were part of the very same law which they say has passed away??? Listen to the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) who is with us to “lead us into all truth,” convict and comfort us –

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 1Jn 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 

Want more proof that obtaining salvation isn’t easy like Paul taught? You can take the “broad (easy) way” which leads to destruction, or you can enter through the “strait (narrow, difficult) gate” which leads to life. Jesus said “few” will find the way to life! Thus, it stands to reason that if entering God’s kingdom is so easy, why is it that “few” find the way to it? 

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 
Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it
Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

Entering into God’s kingdom doesn’t sound easy here either, and remember it was Jesus who spoke these words. Notice the term “iniquity” is repeated in vs. 23.

In this passage Jesus is speaking of those who claim to know Him and calling them workers of “iniquity” or “lawlessness,” the state of having no law, more specifically HIS LAW! Notice that Jesus doesn’t allow them entrance into His kingdom because they failed to take heed to His law. How little the modern church regards the law of God as outlined in what is inaccurately called the Old Testament making it sound outdated or obsolete. True, some parts of it are obsolete and non-binding upon believers in the New (renewed) Covenant, but there are still many parts of the previous covenant God made with Israel that are STILL VALID for believers today. Discerning which parts are and aren’t requires time and diligent study of the Scriptures, which sadly, many aren’t willing to do to their peril. – Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

Jesus requires OBEDIENCE to his law – “those who DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN” will be allowed into his kingdom, those who DON’T DO IT won’t be. Notice how Jesus rejected those who thought that their doing of all kinds of wonderful WORKS would gain them entrance into His kingdom. You see, however wonderful our WORKS are, they aren’t enough to gain us favor with God or entrance into His kingdom – we must have more, we must walk in obedience to His law! Read it over as many times as you wish, foreward and backward, makes no difference – the way to (eternal) life is “NARROW” and “STRAIT,” a Gate you have to “STRIVE” (struggle) to enter, even force your way into.

If you believe I’m wrong about any of this, please feel free to write me and let me know where I’ve erred. I’m always open to correction since I’m imperfect and still learning as I continue to follow Yeshua and abide in His Word.

Shalom to those who shema (hear) and obey the Ruach HaKodesh (God’s Holy Spirit)!

D’vorah

 

 

 

Have You Itching Ears?

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2Ti 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;    2Ti 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

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.

Jer 23:15  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Jer 23:16  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jer 23:17  They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

These are LIARS and THIEVES who come to steal the souls of men away from God!

Jer 23:21  I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
Jer 23:22  But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

So often, is this not what we see today? What we see is ministers and prophets “strengthening” the hands of evil doers by not turning them away from their evil ways, telling them they will have “peace” and that no ill will come upon them, contrary to what God has said! See, IF they would stand in God’s COUNSEL they would tell people of their sins and would turn them away from their evil ways, but they don’t do that because they don’t “stand in God’s counsel.”

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Yes, Amen! The hearts of the simple get deceived by ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ – false ministers who utter lies for gain. But the sad truth is, many LIKE it that way; those who have “itching ears” LOVE to be told lies because they “love not the truth” –

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Jer 5:31  The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so:
Isa 30:10  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Isa 30:12  Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
Isa 30:13  Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

“breach” perets = gap in a broken wall; figurative of God’s wrath.

Isa 30:14  And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
Isa 30:15  For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Isa 30:16  But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

“horses” sûs =to skip for joy, a horse as leaping
“swift” qâlal =light, rapid; one who is swift

I believe the idea here is that unrepentant sinners think they can escape God’s wrath, but it’s a lie they tell themselves and one that’s told them by false ministers who don’t care about the souls of men, only their own “bellies” (gain).

Beloved, could America be broken and destroyed suddenly for not loving the Truth and for not “returning” to the LORD? Most Americans today give little to no thought of God or His commands, having departed from Him to serve themselves and their idols power and money. To return to God means to turn away from evil thoughts and actions. It means doing JUSTICE to every man. It means submitting yourself to His authority not man’s; giving your EARS to hearing His words and doing what He says!

Have you itching ears that only want to hear “soft” sermons which placate your guilty conscience? Will you listen to lying ministers who say you won’t suffer God’s wrath if you continue in sin? If that describes you right now dear reader, carefully consider what your END will be if you continue this way and instead, “return” to the LORD while there’s still time to do so. Believe it or not, one day this world will pass away –

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

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

Pause and seriously consider these things. 

~ Debra

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope in Perilous Times

Tough times tend to temporarily cause a loss of a sense of wellbeing or joy, and when left unchecked, progresses to a point where all hope for a better tomorrow is gone. What on earth, other than death, could be worse than that? Without hope there’s no zest for living, nothing to live for, and no future to plan for. Sometimes, those who have lost hope turn to drugs and/or alcohol to escape their feelings of despair. While drugs and alcohol give temporary relief, the loss of control one may exhibit while on them, only drives despair deeper! But there is an answer for troubled minds in perilous times and His name is JESUS!

Jesus promises to give the believer “a future and hope…..” – Jeremiah 29:11

A Hindrance to Hope & Its Antidote —-

Fear erodes hope like running water erodes rock, and in troublous times there’s always plenty of fear to go around. The antidote for fear is faith in God and His Word.

… What have I to dread, what have I to fear
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near
Leaning on the everlasting arms…

Published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman. Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”.

“They walked over on dry ground” – the Israelites walked through the Red Sea after Moses stretched out his staff over it by faith. What did his act represent? Faith in a miracle working God! Faith always requires us to take some sort of ACTION, passive faith does nothing. As apostle James wrote, “Faith without works is dead” – Jms. 2:20

The dry ground represents the Word of God which is our ”sure foundation.” The only way to get through the “deep waters” of times like we’re experiencing now with the Coronavirus pandemic, is to keep our eyes on God and wield our Sword (the word of God) against all that comes against our Faith and witness. There is NO other savior! No one else, especially not the government, is going to rescue us from this or any other calamity, plague, pandemic, tsunami, earthquake, etc.

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper” [Isa 54:17], that includes ALL kinds of weapons!! Claim this verse against 5G, electromagnetic beams, Wi-fi, biological warfare weaponry such as man made VIRUSES, slander and all sins of the tongue, and even knives and guns! We need to take God’s word seriously; it’s our life line, life jacket, and life boat!

A believer need not fear what’s being put into the air and into the water because God is also in the air we breathe and the water we drink, for God is EVERYWHERE and He protects those who know and love Him! God said, Joh 10:28  and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck (snatch) them out of my hand. Now, that’s real security, not the false sense of security that the wearing of facial masks provides!

File:Illuminati triangle eye.pngGod is Omnipresent meaning He is everywhere at the same time, something only He is able to be! Satan will never be omnipresent though he will fool many people into believing that he is by using technology to produce a cheap imitation of it. The Illuminati ‘All-Seeing Eye’ (left) printed on our one-dollar bill doesn’t represent God’s watchful eye but Satan’s attempt to be like God through the use of technology. Satan uses SPY apparatus like satellites and cameras to enable him to SEE in many places at the same time, but he will never be truly Omnipresent the way God is, for that is an attribute which only God possesses. Job 28:24  He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. [TLV – Tree of Life Version] Pro 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. [KJV] Pro 5:21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he weighs all his goings. Jer 23:24  Can any hide himself in hiding places that I shall not see him? said the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? said the LORD. Speaking of Jesus – Heb 4:13  Neither is there any created thing that is not manifested in his presence, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him of whom we speak. [Jubilee Ver]

As you can see, here are 5 witnesses from the Bible declaring that Yahweh (God) can SEE everyone and everything at all times. God always knows what’s going on and they who believe (trust) in Him can rest assured that He never takes His eyes off of them and therefore, they need not fear anything or anyone. They know that their salvation is a done deal, a “sure” thing, “kept” for them in heaven until they will fully possess it – 1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! In His great mercy He caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua from the dead. 1Pe 1:4  An incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading inheritance has been reserved in heaven for you. 1Pe 1:5  By trusting, you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [TLV]

The true disciples of Christ are under the continual watchful care of God, and the inheritance is guarded for them. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible]

Beloved of the LORD, you have nothing to fear for God is faithful to preserve those who keep covenant with Him – Deu 7:9  Know, therefore, that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and mercy with those that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. [Jubilee Ver]

What does it mean to keep covenant with God? A “covenant” is a “pledge” or an “agreement” between two parties to keep or observe specific terms as in “Terms” of a contract. God made several covenants with the Israelites throughout history culminating in the final covenant called the New Covenant which Jesus instituted at the Last Supper just before His death by crucifixion in 33AD. (The scope of these covenants is too large for this article but there are many resources out there that do a great job covering it). For now I’ll just give a short synopsis of the New Covenant that believers in Jesus Christ are under —

Definition of new covenant: a promise of redemption by God to people as individuals rather than as a nation and on the basis of God’s grace rather than a person’s adherence to the law. Christ is … the mediator of a new covenant — Interpreter’s Bible.

The prophet Jeremiah predicted the New Covenant. “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. . . . But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people’ (Jeremiah 31:31, 33). Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17) and to establish the New Covenant between God and His people. The Old Covenant was written in stone, but the New Covenant is written on our hearts. Entering the New Covenant is made possible only by faith in Christ, who shed His blood to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Luke 22:20 relates how Jesus, at the Last Supper, takes the cup and says, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (ESV). *Covenants in those days were all ratified or sealed by the sprinkling or shedding of blood.*

The New Covenant is also mentioned in Ezekiel 36:26–27, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel lists several aspects of the New Covenant here: a new heart, a new spirit, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and true holiness. The Mosaic Law could provide none of these things (see Romans 3:20). [1]

If you haven’t yet believed in Christ and received His free gift of salvation (or redemption of sins), may I ask what you’re waiting for? Time is very short and signs are everywhere pointing to the soon return of Christ and of the end of this Age. Ask Jesus to save you from the deceptions of the Devil and of men for He said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Joh 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life. 

If you wish to receive Christ right now as your Savior and Lord, repeat the following prayer: “Heavenly Father, I believe your Son Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and that only He can save me – Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Be my Lord and savior for I put all my trust in You now. Thank you for loving me and the world so much that you sent Your only Begotten Son Jesus to die for all mankind.

If you prayed that prayer in faith, God bless you, you’re now a Born Again child of God! The next step you must take is to read God’s Word the Bible every day and like a new born baby craves its mother’s milk so you must crave the Word of God for it will cause you to grow up strong and knowledgeable in God’s ways, and the Truth will set you free from a myriad of men’s opinions about life. You will learn how to defeat the Devil Satan and his temptations as you learn how to wield the Sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. The holy Bible and the Holy Spirit are the Christian’s constant companions and guides through life – consult them before making major decisions and pray for wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 8:1-11). ‘All-prayer’ is another piece of the Christian’s spiritual armor needed to defeat the Devil – Ephesians 6:10-18.

You can email me with any concerns or questions at soareeng.eagle@gmail.com, or leave a comment in the “Comment” section below. I will do my best to answer you as soon as I can.

Footnotes:
[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html

PASSION FOR THE CHRIST

Image result for free pictures of the bride of Christ in love with HimWe hear a lot about passion, especially in the movie industry, the kind that’s associated with the amorous side of human experience, but that’s not the only kind that exists. For example, innate within every human soul is a passion for beauty: the beauty of nature, of music and art, and the beauty imbued within all of life. We can love another person passionately where sex isn’t part of the relationship, as in the love between a mother and child. While there are many forms of passion there’s one which surpasses them all – the passion Christ has for lost souls. Likewise, shouldn’t those who are saved be passionate about Him? It appears today that many who call themselves believers have a somewhat dispassionate response to the Lord’s wooing. Yes, Jesus is passionate about spending time with His children. The Song of Songs in the bible is a passionate love story depicting the intimate relationship that should exist between God and His Church. “Draw me….” is the cry of one whose heart desires intimacy with the Lord [Song 1:4]

The Lord is pleased when the redeemed passionately seek His presence, but what does He say about those who halfheartedly seek Him, whose hearts are lukewarm towards Him? God has said that He will spew them out of His mouth – Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 

There are many reasons for a lack of passion; one is fear. Down through the ages men have been afraid to stand in the blinding light of God’s presence. The Israelites of old were afraid to approach Mt. Sinai – “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off.” [ESV] But things have changed since Jesus came; now we can approach His throne (if we’ve been saved) and freely worship Him in the beauty of holiness without fear of being destroyed! A believer shouldn’t be afraid to enter God’s presence but there could be some sin in his life causing separation between himself and God, like Adam and Eve who when they sinned, “hid from God’s presence” – Genesis 3:8. There could also be Demonic oppression causing fear of God’s presence – this is more common than you think. In the first case, one needs to confess and repent (turn away) from his sin or sins, and return to obeying God. Having been cleansed of all unrighteousness, he/she will feel free to enter God’s holy presence again [1 Jn 1:9].

When there’s demonic oppression, the one being oppressed needs deliverance from the demons that are causing him/her to feel afraid of God’s presence. Deliverance should be a normal part of the overall Christian experience but demons keep people in the dark about this so that they remain in bondage. Jesus said He came to set the captives free! Luk 4:18  “The Ruach Adonai is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, [Tree of Life Version] Paul wrote, Rom 8:15  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [Tree of Life Ver.]

Another reason believers may not be as passionate for their Lord as they should be is that they’re preoccupied with making money, chasing dreams of success, acquisition, fame, and happiness. As it is written, 1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

Some strive to find fulfillment through the use of their talents and skills. Every good gift has come down from the Father above [James 1:17] Therefore, it’s not wrong to take pleasure in using the talents God has given, nor is it wrong to want, have, and appreciate good things in life. The problem comes when people pursue all these things with little or no thought of God who should be at the top of their list, not the bottom.

Redeemed individuals should be more passionate about spending time with their Savior than in pursuing worldly things, “for the things of this world are passing away” – 1Jn 2:17  It grieves the heart of God when His children don’t show the same passion in seeking Him as they do seeking after the things of the world.

Most everyone has probably heard of the movie, “The Passion of The Christ” by movie director/actor Mel Gibson. It’s a movie I was never drawn to and from all I’ve heard about it, I’m glad I never saw it. It contained far too much raw violence for my taste. While it’s true that Christ’s passion to save the lost is why He went to the Cross, it didn’t end there. Christ’s passion for lost souls is as strong today as it’s ever been, and so is His passion for those who have believed on Him.

What about you? Have you a passion for Christ? Has your desire for Him ever been as strong as what you’ve seen in movies or what you have felt for another human being? If not, I can tell you that you’re missing out on the single most wonderful, beautiful and exhilarating experience a human being can have this side of heaven. There simply isn’t a human experience which can surpass feeling the warmth of God’s love upon you as you bask in the pure light of His presence! God is so pleased when His children passionately desire and pursue Him above all else, that He will make them the “apple of His eye” [Deut. 30:10] and His “special possession” – Mal 3:16  Then those who revere Adonai spoke with each other, and Adonai took notice and heard, and a scroll of remembrance was written before Him, for those who revere Adonai, even those who esteem His Name. Mal 3:17  “So they shall be Mine,”—says Adonai-Tzva’ot—“ in the day I make My own special possession. [Tree of Life] I don’t know about you, but I think being God’s “special possession” far surpasses anything this world has to offer. No one can satisfy the heart’s need for love, acceptance, and fulfillment like Jesus can.

Dare to be passionate for the Lord your God; “enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Ps 100:4) for “in His presence is fullness of joy!” (Psalm 16:11)

Debra Stout, January 24, 2020

Peculiar & Called Out!

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;

Kings and priests of God are to be “holy.” To be “holy” is to be “separate” from the world because you can’t be of the world and be holy at the same time! 

Words of Jesus: 

Joh 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 
Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you
Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 
Joh 15:21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.          

1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 
1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world
1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 

Notice, it’s those who actually “DO the will of God” that abide forever, not those who only have good intentions.

1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 
1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (ref. Lev. 11:44) 

Words of Paul:

1Pe 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 
1Pe 4:4  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 
1Pe 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 

Conclusion: The people of Yahweh aren’t supposed to look just like the rest of the world which is preoccupied with many “lusts.” They’re supposed to look, speak, and act UNLIKE the world. They’re supposed to be a “peculiar,” HOLY people, “zealous of good works,” “priests and kings unto God.” Think of it, we’re called to be priests and kings of God! What an honor, and yet, how many take this seriously? How many are willing to give up some or any of the world to obtain the “high calling” of God? 

Pressing Towards the Mark

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 
Php 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you

Amen!

Was it easy for Paul or any of the other disciples to follow Christ? Didn’t they all have to give up something to do so? Peter left his fishing career and eventually gave up his life to follow Christ. Paul suffered “many things” for the gospel’s sake. Why is it that the western, modern church believes it doesn’t have to? Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch woman who ended up in a concentration camp for hiding Jews in Hitler’s Germany, asks that question in her books which I highly recommend. 

The Cost of Discipleship

Jesus said: 

Luk 14:25  And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 
Luk 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life alsohe cannot be my disciple
Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 
Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 
Luk 14:29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 
Luk 14:30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 

Luk 14:31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 

Luk 14:32  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 

Luk 14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 

Jesus is saying that being His disciple will cost you EVERYTHING. Yes, people will mock you for being “peculiar” and not joining in with the rest of the world in its excesses. Yes, even members of your own family may turn against you and others may persecute you. That’s the “cost” of truly following Jesus, not just giving Him “lip service.” 

Are you “peculiar” or do you speak, think, look, and act just like the world? I don’t mind being “peculiar” or different from the world for Jesus and the gospel’s sake. We can be in the world while not being “of” it. 

Debra

*Bible verses are Kings James Version.

 

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.