Revelation Chapter #3

Revelation Chapter #3

 

With this letter today I would like for us to discuss the third chapter of the Book of Revelation. Chapter #3 is a lot like chapter #2 was in that the main subject matter is three of the old churches in Asia Minor. In Rev. 22:10 John was told “do not seal the sayings of the Prophecy’s of this Book: for the time is at hand.”  Those that say the Book of Revelation is just a jumble of signs and symbols and is not meant to be understood is directly contradicting the Book and The Lord. The Lord Jesus dictated this information to the Apostle John. This Book is not a closed book that is suppose to be beyond human understanding. This Book is like all Scripture in that for you to really understand it you must read it, see it and understand it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit who indwells us. This is because it is He, The Holy Spirit who is the Author of all Scripture.

 

If a person only sees Scripture through the eyes of the flesh of this world then they will never fully see nor understand what the Truth is. Revelation does not begin anything. Revelation concludes those things which began within the other 65 Books of the Bible. If a person has not studied the rest of the Bible first then Revelation will be very difficult for a person to understand. This Book has 22 chapters and 404 verses. Of these 404 verses 278 of them contain references to the Old Testament.

 

After Chapter #3 the Church is not mentioned again within Revelation. This is because the Church which is the “Bride of Christ” is in Heaven with Him. Now, if you would, lets study what Jesus had to say about the other three Churches of the seven listed, these Churches were in Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. First let us look at the Lord’s words to the Church in Sardis which is in modern day Greece. “To the Angel of the Church in Sardis write: these things saith He that has the seven Spirits of God and the Seven Stars. I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are really dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that you still have that are about to die. For I have not found your works complete before God. Remember therefore how that you received and heard, hold fast to that, and repent. For if you do not pay attention, I will come unto you as a thief in the night, and you shall not know what hour I will come unto you. There are a few among you even there in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes this world shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out their name out of The Book Of Life, but I will confess their name before My Father and before His Angels. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Friends, as you can see, there is not great mystery here in what The Lord is saying to the people of the Church at Sardis. He points out their good points and their bad points. On the things they are doing good on The Lord tells them to continue. But, on the things they are doing wrong in their lives on He tells them to correct those ways of He will remove their names from the Book of Life. My friends, if our name is not found in the Book of Life at our Judgement we will be cast into Hell at that time. How can things possibly be more plain than what The Lord has laid our to all of us in His own words?

 

Now let us go onto The Lords letter to the Church at Philadelphia. For those of you who are new to this information this letter is not to the people who live in southeast Pennsylvania, it was addressed to a Church in what is now western Turkey. “To the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; these things says He that is Holy, He that is True, He that has the Key of David. He that opens and no man can shut. He that shuts and no man can open. I know your works: behold, I have set before you and open door, and no man can shut it. For you have a little power and have obeyed my word and you have not denied My Name. Behold, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan which say they are Jews and are not, for they lie. Behold I will make them come and worship before your feet. Then they will realize that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the whole world, to try them which dwell upon the Earth. Behold, I shall come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have so that no man can take your Crown. To he that overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of God, he shall no more go out, and I will write upon him The Name of God. And the name of the City of God which is the New Jerusalem which shall down out of Heaven from God and I will write upon him My new name for him. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Philadelphia did not receive the condemnation that most of the seven Churches received because most of what they were doing was correct in God’s Eyes. Philadelphia was a Church that was getting out the Word of God. They were not just sitting on their hands and only giving lip service to God. Yet Jesus did still warn them about being complacent and not continuing in His Word. As you can see, in these warnings just as within many other places of Scripture it is possible to fall away from doing God’s Work and lose your Crown. Friends, there is no such thing as once saved always saved, friends please do not let the Devil fool you by such false teachings.

 

Now lets go to The Lord’s letter to the seventh Church of the seven listed, the last message was to the Church in Laodicea. “To the Angel of the Church in Laodicea write; these things saith The Amen, The Faithful and the True Witness, the beginning of the Creation of God. I know your works, that they are neither cold nor hot: because they are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. You do not know that you are really wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold that is tried in the fire so that you may be rich and have white raiment so that you may be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so that you might see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My Voice and opens the door I will come in to him and will eat with him and he with Me. To him that overcomes this world I will grant him to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame and have set down with My Father in His Throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Well friends, that is it for chapter #3, as you can see this is not rocket science or brain surgery, it is quite possible for all of us to understand. Lord willing in the next day or two I will get my notes together on Chapter #4 and get it written up. I hope that you will join me then for that read as well. Good evening and I pray that God will bless and keep you all safe until we meet again.

Revelation Chapter #2

Revelation Chapter #2

 

Chapter #2 is about the Church on the Earth. The Church is the bought and paid for Bride of Christ. In the first 3 chapters of this Book the Church is mentioned 19 times. Yet from chapter 4 through chapter 20 it is not mentioned at all. The logical question at this point would be, why not. The Book of Revelation is about what was, what is, and what will be. So, chapters 2 and 3 are mostly focused on the now. You will see that after chapter 3 the Church leaves the Earth. This is the answer to why the Church is not spoken of in chapters 4-20. These chapters cover what will yet be, what will happen.

 

When Jesus addressed these 7 Churches in Asia Minor He had a three fold message for them. His 7 messages to these 7 Churches of the late first century were direct in their meaning. By the way, the ruins of these 7 Churches still exist today if you ever feel like taking yourself a modern day vacation to the area to visit them. In John’s writing it is also obvious that he knew these Churches personally as well as there local traditions and conditions and that they knew him. Each message to each of the Churches was also a composite picture of the individual Church. All Churches are made up of individual people and they, like people, will tend to have their own personalities about them. An example would be the Church in Philadelphia and it is easy to see within our own mind and heart that the Lord addresses each Church on these matters. You see, every Church then and now must be uniform in that Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church. We must all walk our lives individually by the examples that Jesus lived and spelled out for us, as the Churches that we attend must also do. The Church is the Body of Christ, Jesus is the Head of The Church, it is not the other way around. Chronologically a panoramic history of the Church is given within these 7 Church addresses beginning from the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. If you will notice there are 7 periods of Church history written within these 7 addresses.

 

Ephesus represents the Apostolic Church and Laodicea represents the Apostate Church. The prophetic pictures John paint for us within these two addresses to these two Churches have for the most part been fulfilled. Partially this is what help in making these early chapters so interesting. John painted a well defined format that The Lord used in each of the letters to these 7 Churches. If you can remember from Chapter #1 there was some features from the Glorified Lord that was emphasized in the address to each Church, a particular thing that was emphasized for its own reason.

 

The Lord starts off His address to each Church with “I know your works.”  Then in most cases The Lord salutes each Church with a Commendation and then a Condemnation. But, in the cases of the Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia He gave no condemnation. The reasons for this are simple, Smyrna was a martyr Church and Philadelphia was a missionary Church that was effectively getting out His Word. But it is also very noteworthy to notice that the Church in Laodicea received no commendation. This is because it was an apostate Church, a Church that had fallen away from the teachings of God in which it had been founded upon. Each of the 7 letters to the 7 Churches ends with the following warning, “he that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit says.” If you were wondering why these particular 7 Churches were chosen out of the hundreds that existed at that time, their location is something to consider. This area is where modern day Turkey and Greece are located. This area had a lot of importance within the Roman Empire as it is and was where the East meets the West, this is so in the case of trade, cultures and religion.

 

In chapter #2 you will find The Lords words to the first 4 Churches. In verses (1-7) to Ephesus. In verses (8-11) to Smyrna. In verses (12-17) to Pergamos. Then finally in verses (18-29) to the Church in Thyatira. The letters to the other three Churches you will find in chapter #3, these Churches are Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Now, if you would please consider the words The Lord had to say to these first four Churches. “Unto the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write these things which The Lord Himself has to say to them.” “I know your works and your labor and your patience. How you can not tolerate them which are evil. And how you have tried them which say they are Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.  Also how you have borne burdens and have been persistent and for My Names sake have labored and have not become weak. Never the less I have something against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen and repent and practice your first works, or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your Candlestick our of it’s place, unless you repent.” “But there is one thing that you hate. That is the deeds of make believe Christians, which I also hate. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit is saying unto the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the presence of God.” You see my friends, there is such a thing as falling away from The Truth of God and there is no such thing as once saved always saved.

 

Now the message from Jesus to the Church at Smyrna. ” To the Angel of the Church in Smyrna write; these things The Lord has to say to you, He which is the first and the last, which was dead and is alive.” “I know your works and your tribulation (times of great affliction) and your poverty (but you are rich). I know the blasphemy of those which say they are Jews and are not, but are of the Synagogue of Satan, fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tested and you shall have tribulation. But if you are faithful unto death I will give you a Crown of Life. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what The Spirit says unto the Churches. He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the Second Death.” (Second death means the permanent separation from God). Again my friends, The Lord says very plainly that we must remain faithful until our death. These Churches that do not teach this are not teaching God’s Word.

 

Now lets read the letter to the Church at Pergamos. “To the Angel of the Church in Pergamos write these things say’s He which has the sharp sword with two edges. I know your works and where you live. I even know where Satan’s Seat is. I know that you fold fast to My Name. And that you have not abandoned My Faith. Even in those days when Antipas was My faithful martyr who was slain among you where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you because among you there are those that hold to the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel. To eat things which had been sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. You also have among you those that follow the teachings of make believe Christians which is something I hate. Repent, or else I will come unto you quickly and will fight against you with the sword of My mouth. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit has to say to the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give them to eat of the hidden manna and will give them a White Stone. And in the Stone a new name written which no man will recognize except for he that receives it.” My friends, the same thing again and again, we must remain faithful through the time of our own death. Also, that it does matter very much what the Churches are teaching to their flock. Also, it is the duty of the Body of the Church to know what the Truth is by studying God’s Word daily. It is the duty of the Body of the Church to always insist that the Church Leadership is teaching God’s Word.

 

Now for the last of the 4 Churches of chapter #2, Thyatira. “Unto the Angel of the Church in Thyatira write, these things saith the Son of God who has His Eyes like unto a flame of fire and His Feet are like fine brass. I know your works and charity and service and faith and your patience. But I still have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel which calls herself a Prophetess to teach and to mislead My Servants to commit fornication and to eat things that have been sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent of her fornication but she did not repent. Behold I will cast her into a bed and those that promote pagan religious ideas with her into great troubles, unless they repent of these deeds. I will kill her offspring with death and all the Churches shall realize that I am He which Judges the wills and the hearts. And I will give unto everyone of you according to your works. But to you I say and unto the rest in Thyatira and for those who do not practice pagan doctrine and have not experienced the depths of Satan as they speak; I will put upon you no other burden. But the faith and the doctrine which you already have, hold firmly until I come. He that overcomes and maintains My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit saith unto the Churches.” Friends, as you can easily see The Lord Jesus does have many things to say to the Churches then and to the Churches now, just as He has a lot to say to the individual person then and to you and I today.

The Book Of Revelation: Chapter #1

The Book Of Revelation: Chapter #1

The Book of Revelation is the Book of the end of God’s plan for the Earth and all of it’s people. Revelation is a Book of Prophesy.  This book was written by the Apostle John in about the year 95 A.D. while he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea by the Roman Government. This book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The material came from Jesus Christ and the main character of it’s contents is Jesus Christ.

 

The style, smoothness and plan of Revelation shows us plainly that it was written by one Author. Four times within this Book he is named as John. John received this Apocalyptic Subject matter for this Book from a series of startling visions. This Book unlike the other four Books in the New Testament that he wrote John did not have a Scribe to smooth out his Greek so there are some people on this reality alone who have tried to discredit this material.  Reality is such attacks make no sense at all. It is easy to understand why the Devil and His followers don’t like this Book above all of the Books of Scripture. This Book is like turning to the last chapter of a Novel and reading it to find out how the story ends. Reality is that if we are not a follower and a lover of The Lord Jesus Christ then at the end of our life, this system of things,  the Prophetic events of Revelation is an horrific event.

 

This is the Revelation that God The Father gave to Jesus Christ His Son to show His servants the things that would come to pass. Jesus sent and signed it by His Angel to His servant John. John bore record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of most all the things which he was shown. “Blessed is the person that reads or hears the words of this Book and does and keeps close to their heart the things that are written within it. For the beginning of these times are now at hand.”

 

As instructed John wrote this Book to the Seven Churches that were in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). John saluted these seven Churches through the Grace and Peace of Jesus Christ. He which is, which was and He which is to come and from the Seven Spirits (Angels) which are before the Throne of God. For it is Jesus Christ which is the Faithful Witness of the Father and is the first begotten of the dead. It is Jesus who loved the human race and washed our sins away with His Own Blood. Please think about verse seven for a moment, “Behold Jesus will come in the clouds and every eye shall see Him they also which pierced Him. All the peoples of the Earth shall wail because of Him.” What a horrible sight it will be, the return of Jesus Christ for all of those who have rejected Him and have turned their back on Him. Think about how horrifying it will be for all of those who spat on Him, slapped, whipped, mocked and crucified Him when they see Him coming in the clouds with His Angels.

 

John was in meditation and prayer when he heard behind him a great voice like unto the voice of a trumpet. The voice said to him “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. What you see, write it in a book and sent it to the Seven Churches which are in Asia. Unto Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” When John turned to see of whom the voice was that spoke to him, he saw Seven Golden Candlesticks. In the midst of the Seven Golden Candlesticks stood a man who looked like Jesus. He was clothed down to His feet and wrapped around His waist was a Golden Girdle. His Head and His Hair was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like unto a flame of fire. His Feet were like unto fine brass as it glowed in a furnace. His Voice was like unto the sound of many waters.

 

The Lord had in His Right Hand Seven Stars. Out of His Mouth came forth a sharp two edged sword. The Lord’s countenance was like unto the shinning of the Sun in it’s strength. When John saw Him, he fell at the Lord’s Feet as a dead man. Now, I have to admit that I love The Lord with all that I am but I can honestly say that my heart would probably have stopped if I had turned around and seen this Sight. Either from shock or from pure joy but either way I probably would have died on the spot. At this time The Lord put His right hand upon John and said to him, “fear not, I am The First and The Last. I am He that lives and was dead. Behold I am alive for evermore and I have the keys to Hell and of Death.” “I will show you the hidden Truth of the Seven Stars which you saw in my Right Hand and of the Seven Golden Candlesticks. The Seven Stars are the Angels of the Seven Churches. The Seven Candlesticks which you saw are the Seven Churches.”

 

Well folks, this completes our study of chapter one of this fascinating Book of Prophesy. In this letter today we mostly have laid the foundation for the rest of this very important and interesting book. I hope that you will join me as we go through each of these 22 chapters one at a time. I pray that The Lord will bless you and all of your loved ones, until we can meet again, God bless.

The Book Of Revelation

The Book Of Revelation

 

Just as the Book of Genesis is the Book of beginnings, Revelation is the Book of endings. This Book shows us the Divine program of redemption brought to fulfillment and that God’s Holy Name is vindicated in front of all of creation. There are many prophecies scattered throughout other Books of the Bible but the Book of Revelation is the only New Testament Book that focuses mostly on Prophesy. The name Revelation means unveiling or disclosure. This Book is the unveiling of the character and the program that God has set up for the people of this planet. This Book was written by the last of the Apostles, John, on the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea where he had been banished by the Romans for the teaching of Jesus Christ. Revelation centers around visions and symbols of the resurrected Christ, the Son of God The Father. It is Christ alone who has the authority to Judge the Earth, to remake it and to Rule it. The Greek translation of the title of this Book (Revelation) is the word ‘Apokalypis’, or if you prefer, in English it translates into Apocalypse.

 

John directed the writings of these prophecies to seven selected Churches in the Roman Province of what is now the Nation of Turkey. These messages to these Churches can be found in chapters 2 and 3. These messages begin with the Church in Ephesus and they continue in a clock wise pattern ending with the Church in Laodicea. Each of these messages had a particular significance to each of the these Churches. But these messages were relevant to all of the 7 Churches just as they are relevant to all Churches today. “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”

 

In chapter 1, verse 1 (1:1), it is stated that this Book is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This is a fitting ‘revelation’ since the words of this Book come from Jesus Christ and centers on Him. John’s writing begins with a vision of His (Christ’s) glory, wisdom and His power. Then chapters 2 & 3 portrays the Lord’s authority over all of the Church. In Chapter #5 Jesus is shown as the Lamb who was slain and declared worthy to open the Book of Judgement. In chapters (6-18) the Lord’s wrath is poured out upon the whole Earth. In chapters (19 & 20) Jesus returns in His Power to Judge His enemies and to reign as the Lord over all the Earth. The last two chapters (21 & 22) shows us that Jesus will reign forever from the “New Jerusalem” which will come down out of Heaven and take the place of the current Jerusalem whose remains will be cleansed from the Earth as will all the works of man’s hands. Revelation has a lot to say about all three Persons of “The God Head”  yet it is very clear in its presentation of the awesome power that Jesus Christ who has received all Authority to Judge the Earth.

 

In the writings of this Book it is obvious that there was an influence from the first century struggles between Rome and the Church. What is also obvious is that the bulk of this Book (chapters 4-22) is a Holy Spirit inspired look into the time preceding the Second Advent (the second coming) of Jesus Christ. This ‘tribulation’ will cover a span of seven years. The Lord will create a New Heavens and a New Earth forming a new cosmos. This Book was also written to assure the world that Jesus will ultimately triumph over all people and all Kingdoms who rise up through the Devils Power to fight against God and His Saints, (Armageddon). The first century readers were facing a lot of persecution and it would only get worse for them as it will for the Christians of today. The readers then just as the readers of today needed to be encouraged to continue to stand firm in the Power and the Might of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this Book Jesus spells it out in plain horror and the glory of the End of the Time of this current system of things. The Glory for all of those who stand firm in there devotion and service to God through their very last breath, and the Horror awaiting those who fail to do so.

 

Friends, Lord willing I am going to spend the next couple of weeks breaking down the different Signs and Symbols and Prophecies that are written here in this wonderful Book. Through the Hand of the Holy Spirit this Book was written and it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us all through it as it is the Spirit that gives us understanding. For those who love this life, this world and the things their in, these truths will be laid bare before you. For those who choose to lust after the works of this world they will see that their end is very horrific. But, for those who actually do love The Lord above all things and who wait faithfully for the return of The Lord Jesus, the Light and the Love of our Lord Jesus awaits us all.

Disciple

Disciple

 

Good evening everyone, I hope that this letter finds you all well and I hope that you find this subject matter interesting and an enjoyable read. A lot of the time folks tend to think of the Lord’s 12 Apostles when they hear the word Disciple and it is true that the 12 Apostles were Disciples also.  The meaning of the word Disciple means ‘a follower’ but to be an Apostle a person would have to have been a person who had seen the Lord Jesus and heard His own words from His own mouth and would have had to be chosen personally by Jesus Himself. Obviously there are no Apostles of Christ alive here on the Earth today. The last of the 12 Apostles was John who is credited with writing the Book of Revelation, the last Book of the New Testament. John was also the only one of the 12 who was not murdered for his service to Christ. He was imprisoned, beaten and banished by the Romans but he wasn’t murdered.

 

Those of you who have some Scriptural knowledge know that even an Apostle, one who heard and witnessed the words and miracles of Jesus for three years could, can and did become a disciple of the Devil before his death. Jesus Himself said that it was better for the man Judas who betrayed Him if he had never been born. For it was for this purpose, this act of betrayal that Judas was brought into this world. In the Book of Luke 22:3 it is written, “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot.” Simply meaning that the Devil or one of His Demons possessed him, took control over him. What a personal horrible thing for this man because the next time that he would see Jesus with his own eyes will be at his judgement before Christ.

 

Disciple, in Mr. Websters Dictionary it reads, follower, one who takes another as a teacher and model. Training that produces orderliness, Obedience and self control. All of these things that Mr. Webster say’s about being a disciple (of Christ) is exactly what I want to be, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. This is also what I wish for, hope and pray for everyone reading this letter to become before they die. Everyone, and yes I do mean everyone is a disciple of something, some one. Yes, that does mean you too. Everyone is known by their works, the things that we do and say. Everyone around us each day does judge the things we say and do, fair or not, it is still so. None of us are saved by our works, our deeds, but we are known by them. We are all saved by the Grace of God not by our works but if we are indeed followers of Christ, our works will show that. This is why we must all walk in the Light, in the footsteps, the Path of the Lord each and every day. If we choose to walk an evil path then we are not disciples, followers of Christ, we are a follower of the Devil if our works are evil.

 

If a person says, well what if I don’t believe that Jesus is and was the Son of God? My friends, if you have someone in your life who is not a believer, please, please, please do your very best to be a shining light of goodness for their sake. Try your best to help them by the examples that you live by. You do not have to be preaching at people to convert them toward the love of God, live the most perfect life that you can, be an example for them, they will notice. Friends, God is love and He does not want anyone to perish but that everyone would have everlasting life through Him. Remember folks, even though something may be legal for us to do it is not always prudent for us to do it.  For example, it is legal for me to go into a bar or even a strip club and sit down and drink till I can’t hardly stand up and it is legal for me to watch the ladies dance and tip them if we want to but, what about the folks around us, will they see us and think, wow, is this the Christian way? If we by our actions hurt another persons view of what being a Christian is and they turn their back on becoming a follower of Christ and they perish without Christ, their blood will be on our hands. This may seem harsh yet it is the truth that if we are not walking in the light of the Lord Jesus then we are walking in the darkness of this world unto our own destruction. Can we not stay faithful for even a little while? This life is but the blink of the eye in the terms of eternity. What is 80 human years when it is compared to billions of years of eternity?

 

I pray for everyone of us, I pray for everyone’s Soul. The Devil puts so much in each of our path’s, He wishes that each of us stumble in the darkness that He casts. He wants everyone of us to die in darkness. The Devil is like unto a raging Lion walking the Earth everyday looking for people and Souls to devour. The Devil wants you, your Parents, Grandparents, your Children, your Brothers and Sisters, everyone you know and love to go to Hell, literally! He and His Angels (Demons) hate everyone of us. You see, Satan and thousands of Angels fought a battle for Heaven and they lost, now those former Angels are Satan’s Demons and there are thousands of them. All of these Demons have already had their Judgement, they know that when Christ returns they will be cast straightway into the fires of Hell. Earth is for them like the midway point, a stopping off point on the way to their final destination of Hell and they are very very angry about it. They know that God loves us and that we measly little humans have the chance to live in Glory as they used to do so they are doing everything that they can to make sure that none of us get to live in Paradise with God. Friends, each of us really need to ask ourselves the question, if we were to die today or if Christ returned today and put an end to this world, who are we a disciple of. Everyone is either a Disciple of God, or we are a Disciple of the Devil, it really is an either or situation for each of us.

Our Faith

Our Faith

 

Faith, what a beautiful word, what a wonderful thing to have as part of our personal makeup. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that faith is the fruit of the Spirit. John 6:29 it is a work of God. Ephesians 2:8 says it is a gift from God. Then there is Hebrews 11:1-9 which lays out more simple truths about what faith in God is. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by faith the Elders won God’s approval. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the world’s were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: And by it he being dead yet speaks. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an Ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world. 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he would later receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out not knowing where he went. 11:9 By faith he journeyed in the land of promise, as in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

 

Faith, the same theme, the same thought, it is the very foundation of the make up of what helps make a person who and what they are down deep inside ourselves. Faith, it really does come down to this basic a question, do you, do I, do we really have faith, that there really is a God and that the Bible really is the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God! What is my point? The point is this, do we live our life with the love, and the fear of the Lord being the very foundation on which each of us stand as individuals? If not, why not? Why do we as a human fall short each day in our personal walk with Christ? Is it just the nature of the beast that we humans are weak and that by our nature we fail? Or, is it that our own faith is weak? It really does come down to this reality that we truly believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, or we don’t. If we really do believe that He is whom He says that He is, then why do we not even do the things He asks of us in our daily walk here upon His Earth?

 

You know, when we are walking with someone it helps if we move our feet. Can we truly walk with Christ if we refuse to even try to move our feet? If we have faith that He is, then we must believe Him. If we do not believe Him then we have no faith at all in Him! If we have faith that He is God, then why are we so weak about obeying His requests and His Commandments?

 

There will be a time for everyone of us that we all must face, the Judgement Seat of Christ. If our faith was weak or non-existent during our life, Jesus will know it. He knows how each of us think or believe on every issue of life. Have you ever wondered how that Jesus will know His own? How His own will know His voice? It is quite simple, those of us who live by faith in Jesus, knowing that He is the Christ of The Father Jehovah are a tabernacle, a dwelling place of His Holy Spirit, and yes of course, He knows His own voice. If the Holy Spirit is not within us then when He calls His followers to Him, those without His Spirit will be deaf to His call. When Jesus looks each one of us straight in our eyes (and He will), what then? Either we have faith or we don’t! Either The Lord’s Spirit lives within us, or He doesn’t.  Either we will live in paradise with Christ forever, or we won’t. Either we will burn in the pits of Hell forever because we had no faith in God, or we won’t. There are only two choices for each one of us. Either we have faith or we don’t. If we have faith, we will live our life like He asks us to. If we don’t have faith and live our life like He asks us to, then it is we ourselves who are condemning ourselves.

 

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

 

Well, that is quite a headline, one I never ever thought that I would write. Is it the truth though? All I can say to that is that I hope not. But, there are millions of people in this Country who say they are Christians but whom have never ever read a Bible. This does not shock me as I know for a fact that there are even Preachers who do not believe that the Bible is the ‘Holy Spirit Inspired Word Of God.’ So, even for many folks who do go to church regularly they have little faith if any about what the Bible is telling us all. So, if the Preachers aren’t teaching the Word of God to the people who are sitting in the Pews and the people aren’t studying the Scriptures regularly to find out if what their Preacher is saying matches up with what the Scriptures are saying there is no wonder that knowledge is lacking among the ‘Christian Base.’

 

Now the reason that I am writing this letter to you today. A Christian lady who has a Christian Blog recently decided to not read any material that I put forth on this blog is because I said that I hate Donald Trump. Technically I didn’t use the word hate, I said that “I loathe Him.” Really what I loathe is the person that he is, not his very Soul. I hate a lot of what he says and I do hate a lot of his actions as well. The young lady of which I speak of said the following about Mr. Trump and I quote “I believe that he is a very good man.” I have heard that from quite a few people since the Electoral College put him into Office and everyone of those folks have been white folks who consider themselves to be Christians.

 

Don’t get me wrong I loathe the person that Hillary Clinton chooses to be also and I am neither a Democrat or a Republican. I only thought that Hillary was an habitual liar until Donald Trump started talking and Tweeting BECAUSE THIS MAN is in a category all by himself when it comes to lying. Before the Vote back in 2016 I felt that the only two real choices that we the people really were given was to vote for one of the two habitual liars, Hillary or Donald. But, I also said that the main difference in them was that one was a very smart habitual liar (Hillary) and the other was a habitual liar that was a total idiot (Donald) and wondered which one would be the worst for our Country. I guess that would still be up for debate unless somehow Hillary ever becomes a President. (Hopefully that will never happen).

 

Now lets talk about Mr. Trump for a moment as he is the subject matter behind the title of this letter. Often the media uses the term ‘Trumps Base’. What they are referring to are the lower educated white Christians, especially here in the south-eastern states. This view point is from an ‘independent’s’ view, neither Republican nor Democratic. To say or believe that Mr. Trump is not a racists person is beyond unbelievable and reaches into the realm idiotic. But on this subject I will say that this is just my opinion and is not a ‘Scriptural’ indictment of the man. But now lets talk about Mr. Trump being a habitual liar, the worse that I have ever seen, even worse than my biological dad which I hadn’t thought was possible.  My question to the ‘Christian’ people who seem to adore Mr. Trump is, since Jesus says that Satan is the Father of all Liars then how can a Christian fall in behind Mr. Trump’s wagon of lies and Spiritual crimes? I know that some folks have come back with answers like “well I’m not voting for Hillary, or for any other Democrat.” Okay, but now that you have to be fully aware of what a total liar Mr. Trump is how come you haven’t decided to impeach him and find another Republican to root for? Have you decided that Mr. Trump is the Republican Party? To follow after an habitual liar is in fact to fall inline behind the Devil Himself. What I am saying is that ‘we the people’ must hold these politicians accountable for their words and their actions, not matter what political party they hang their hat onto.  If we are to weak to do so then we deserve to lose all of our freedoms and then later our Soul’s also and that reality folks, is indeed what will happen.

(Philosophy Poem) Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

 

Perverse thoughts separates all people from their God

God’s words expose both the words and ways of the foolish

Wisdom will not enter into a Soul that is by their words deceitful

The Spirit of the Lord will not abide with one with an evil mouth

He will leave the foolish thoughts with evil body and Soul behind

 

God is witness of the innermost feelings and thoughts of the Soul

The Spirit tests their hearts and hears the words of their minds

Those who utter unrighteous things will not escape punishment

Keep your tongue and your heart far from the thoughts of evil

For a Leader who lies with their mouth has a Demon for a Soul

 

The ungodly by their words and ways do summon their own death

They have pinned a Will with Hades to bring many with them to the Pit

The Foolish think that at death their Spirit dissolves into the empty air

Only the Foolish take their fill of riches and steal from the poor and Widows

Even the sight of a Righteous Person is a burden to the Soul of the Evil

They who follow Lying Tongues do walk themselves into the Belly of Hell

 

(I got the idea for this poem from the Apocrypha Book of The Wisdom Of Solomon in the first two chapters)

This is also a salute to Donald Trump.

 

 

Biblical War Revealed on 2,800-Year-Old Stone Altar

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF LIVE SCIENCE)

 

Biblical War Revealed on 2,800-Year-Old Stone Altar

an inscription found in ataroth

This 2,800 year-old cylindrical stone altar was recently discovered in a sanctuary within the ancient city of Ataroth in Jordan. It has two inscriptions inscribed on it. The inscriptions appear to refer to events that happened during a biblical war.
(Image: © Photo courtesy Adam Bean)

A 2,800-year-old inscribed stone altar, found within a Moabite sanctuary in the ancient city of Ataroth in Jordan, may shed light on an ancient biblical war.

The altar bears two inscriptions. The words are in the Moabite language and script, while the numerals in the inscriptions are in Hieratic (an Egyptian writing system). The altar appears to date to a time after Mesha, king of Moab, successfully rebelled against the Kingdom of Israel and conquered Ataroth (sometimes spelled Atarot), a city that the Kingdom of Israel had controlled. By this time, Israel had broke in two with a northern kingdom that retained the name Israel and a southern kingdom called Judah.

The Hebrew Bible mentions the rebellion, saying that before Mesha rebelled, Moab had to give Israel a yearly tribute of thousands of lambs and a vast amount of ram wool. The rebellion is also described in the so-called Mesha stele discovered in 1868 in Dhiban, Jordan, which claims that Mesha conquered Ataroth and killed many of the city’s inhabitants.

Related: Biblical Battles: 12 Ancient Wars Lifted from the Bible

The altar was discovered while the sanctuary was being excavated, in 2010. The altar and sanctuary were recently described in the journal Levant.

One of the two inscriptions written on the altar appears to describe bronze that was plundered after the capture of Ataroth. “One might speculate that quantities of bronze looted from the conquered city of [Ataroth] at some later date were presented as an offering at the shrine and recorded on this altar,” the researchers wrote in the journal article.

The second inscription on the altar is fragmentary and harder to understand. Part of it appears to say (in translation) that “4,000 foreign men were scattered and abandoned in great number,” while another part of the inscription mentions “the desolate city.”

“Much remains unclear about this inscription,” the researchers wrote, noting that this inscription may discuss events that occurred during Mesha’s rebellion against Israel and capture of Ataroth.

Fragrant substances like incense, aromatic woods and oils would have been burned on the altar, said lead author Adam Bean, a doctoral student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Biblical clues

The inscribed altar provides confirmation that the Moabites succeeded in taking over Ataroth, said study co-author Christopher Rollston, a professor of northwest Semitic languages and literatures at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The altar also shows that, 2,800 years ago, the Moabites had skilled scribes who used their own script. The inscriptions on the altar “are the earliest evidence we have so far for a distinctive Moabite script,” Rollston told Live Science, noting that the inscription discovered in 1868 used the Hebrew script to write the Moabite language.

“We often talk about the sophistication of the scribal education of ancient Israel, and rightfully so, [but the inscriptions on the altar show] that ancient Moab had some gifted scribes as well,” Rollston said.

Today, Ataroth is called Khirbat Ataruz. Excavations at the site are led by Chang-Ho Ji, who is dean of education at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

Originally published on Live Science.

Palestine: Abbas Thinks Everyone Is An Idiot And A Fool

Palestine: Abbas Thinks Everyone Is An Idiot And A Fool

 

I have to admit that this letter I am writing to you tonight is one based within a little bit of upset-ness. Earlier today I reblogged an article from the Saudi Newspaper Asharq al-Awsat about comments from the Palestinian President Abbas and the stupidity of his comments is causing me to write this article to you tonight. For it is my belief that Mr. Abbas thinks that everyone who might hear or read his words are idiots and or fools. Mr. Abbas said and I quote “Palestine is for Canaanites and outsiders must leave.” I realize that there are a lot of people who don’t know what a Canaanite even is as people who aren’t familiar with the first few books of the Old Testament would probably have never had any reason to care or know about those folks from so long ago. The exception may be some of the people who live in the Middle-East now, mainly the Palestinians and the Israelite’s. Mr. Abbas’s comment also shows very plainly that he and the Palestinians have no intention of ever allowing there to be any such thing as a Nation of Israel. Giving land for piece is pure stupidity as all they will ever do is to keep attacking anyone who is not Islamic believers. This is exactly what happened when Israel turned over the West Bank and Gaza to them, the Palestinians simply used this land as a new base to continue their attacks on the people and Nation of Israel. There will never be a true peace between the two ever because Islamic believers will never ever let it be so.

 

Mr. Abbas now says that they, the Palestinians are modern day Canaanites and that only they have the right to live in the land of Canaan, or modern day Palestine. He is using this ideology for the purpose of saying that the Palestinian people’s linage goes back before the Hebrew (Israeli) peoples claim to the land when through God’s power He brought them out of the land of Egypt with Moses at the helm. This is because their claim to the land from the time of Mohammed in the seventh century when Islamic raiders took over the whole Middle-East does not go back before the time of the Nation of Israel. In the past the Islamic believers simply have said that there never was a Nation of Israel, disallowing all of Israels people from having been there before Islam was born. They have stated this theology ignoring all written and physical evidence of what they were saying was a total lie. So, now it appears that Mr. Abbas is trying another angle, but, for anyone to believe what he is saying now they would have to be ignorant (un-knowledgeable) of the Old Testament writings. One can easily say that the Islamic people don’t believe in the teachings of the Bible anyway so what would that matter. Good point except that they do honor Abraham and Moses as being Prophets of God. They believe parts but then disavow other teachings all around them. What Mr. Abbas is hoping for is that you, I, and everyone else of the planet is either an idiot and or a fool. In truth everyone that is alive today is an idiot meaning un-knowledgeable about somethings and or many things. Being an idiot on a subject matter is a whole lot different than being stupid, meaning that you are just mentally unable to learn. I looked up the meaning of stupid at Dictionary.com and for the word Fool it says: A person who lacks judgement or sense. And: a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing to act silly. When I looked up the definition in the Bible it says: Those who misuse wisdom. And foolishness: A disregard of final issues. In other words, they don’t actually care what the truth is, thus showing themselves to be foolish or a fool.

 

I am going to give you a little bit of Biblical input to help you build your knowledge on the matter of the Canaanites and of the Hebrew people, God’s chosen people, the Israelite’s. I am not going to get into copying down ever word written in each paragraph but I will give you a very good detailed base in which you can then easily look up each paragraph that I list to help you understand. I believe that the information that I am going to give you straight from Scripture will open your eyes to the understanding as to why, even if the modern day Islamic believers or Palestinians claim to be of the bloodline of the Canaanites that they are not the ones to be the legal residents of the land of Israel, Palestine. Mr. Abbas knows this, he is just hoping that you and I are all idiots who can be easily fooled.

 

Starting with the first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis.  Chapter 12 verses 6 and 7. Written as 12: 6-7. (1) This is when Abram (later named Abraham) was sent into Canaan, the land was occupied by the Canaanites. (2) God said to Abram “unto your seed I will give this land.”

10: 19 God describes the borders of Palestine in which the 7 Nations of the Canaanites lived. This would be the future borders of the land of Israel once they came up out of Egypt with Moses. Current day Israel is but a small sliver of the land that belongs to the Biblical Nation of Israel.

Genesis 15: 18-21 God tells Abram that He will give the land (what is considered to be Palestine) to his seed and God will DRIVE OUT THE NATIONS THAT ARE NOT HIS SEED, INCLUDING THE CANAANITES!

Exodus 3: 6-8 God talked to Moses at the Burning Bush. There God refers to the Hebrews (Israelite’s) who were slaves in Egypt as “His people” telling Moses that He will bring them to the land of Canaan and plant them there.

Deuteronomy 7: 1-2 In verse one God told Moses for “the People to go and possess the land” from those who current inhabited it. (2) “God will deliver them (the inhabits) to you and you shall smite (kill) them and utterly destroy them, you shall make no agreement with them, nor show mercy to them.”

7: 6 God speaking: “For you (Hebrews) are a Holy People to Himself above all people who are upon the face of the Earth.”

7: 16 God Speaking to Moses about the Canaanites “destroy them, show no pity.”

There are three people who are called the “Fathers of Israel” they are Abraham (Abram), Isaac his son and Jacob, his son. God changed Jacobs name to Israel and the 12 Tribes of Israel are named after the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel. The following passages are where God gave promises to each of them.

Abraham Genesis 12: 1-3

Isaac Genesis 26: 2-3

Jacob Genesis 28: 10-13

Israel Exodus 3: 8

 

Joseph while in captivity in Egypt in Genesis 40: 15 Referring to his homeland (Palestine) as “the land of the Hebrews.” This was several hundred years before the birth of Moses.

Exodus 15: 14-17 Palestine: all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. (17) Canaan is Israel’s inheritance.

Hebrews 11: 9 (New Testament) The Apostle Paul speaking of Abraham “by faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.”

 

For President Abbas to say that his people (of the PA, Palestinian Authority) are the descendants of the Canaanites thus being Canaanites themselves, thus the rightful owner of the land of Palestine either he is an ignorant and or stupid fool in this regard or he simply believes that you/we are.