Are We All Equal And Even?

Are We All Equal And Even?

 

Good evening folks, as you can see I have decided to write to you on the subject matter of if we are all of equal value both in our own human eyes and in the eyes of our Creator. Let’s break the two words down separately for a moment, define them and see if they come back together in the end. I looked the words up in the Webster Dictionary and this is what it had to say. Equal: same in number, style, merit, fit or qualified, evenly balanced, one equal to another. Then for the word Even: uniform in quality, equal in amount, impartial, invites comparison.

 

I do hope that with age that we all do learn from the life that we have lived, good, bad and the ugliness of our societies we survive within. I know that our Lord said for us to “not put those of gray hair away, for in the gray hair on man lies the wisdom of the world.” I used to wonder for years how any of us humans could possibly think of ourselves as being superior or as subordinate to other people then at the age of 22 I had an eye opening reality slap me in the face and I was given the answer. At the age of 22 I left northern Illinois where I had lived for 12 years and moved back to the town I was born in which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. From the ages of 10-17 I attended our local Church of Christ but from 17-22 I have to admit that I didn’t attend very often. So, when I moved back to the home of my family roots I decided that I would start going back to Church at their local Church of Christ.

 

I attended this Church for three weeks when on one Sunday evening the Preacher turned in his 30 day notice of his quitting. He and his family were not local folks, in fact they were “Yankees”, they were from the state of Pennsylvania so quite honestly I was a bit surprised that he had even even been hired there as some of the folks in that region are still fighting the Civil War within their own minds. That Sunday evening after the Preacher had given his notice I met him at the door and told him that I had been thinking about making this the Church the place I was going to be a regular at so could he tell me what was troubling him so much that he decided to quit and leave the area. What the man told be both shocked me and woke me up at the same time. What he said was that it is the Church Leadership’s opinion here that the only people who have Souls, are white people. Seriously, that is what he said, I never ever stepped foot in that building again.

 

For years I had wondered how it was possible that some people throughout history to treat each other as horribly as we have. How was it possible for the atrocities of the slave trade of years ago and to this current date? How was it possible that the government of our Nation (USA) to have ever worked to eliminate a whole race of people like they did all throughout the 1800’s with the Native Americans. How could a government or a major ruling race say to another that “you are less than I am because you don’t have the same skin color as me or because your religion is somewhat different than what we believe.” How phony can a person or persons be? One of the thoughts that I have pondered throughout the years is just how does a person think they will be able to justify their ego’s and their hatreds when they step in front of the Judgement Seat of our Creator? How could it be possible for me to believe that it is okay with our Creator for me to treat people of a different skin color or from another country than I am as if they are less important than I am?

 

Friends, it took me a long time before I finally understood this reality, it took me a long time to “get it.” People treat other people as ‘sub-humans’ because that is what they believe inside themselves. This ‘truth’ is both sad and scary at the same time. This reality does also extend to financial class hatred of each other. Things like I hate you because you are richer than me or, I hate you because you have less than me. So many do try to puff their own selves up by squashing and demeaning all others. Truly, Demons do walk this Earth among us and they are as starving Lions looking for whom they may devour. The truth is that many people actually do believe that all other people are ‘less’ than they are. That at best, only a few other people are Equal to themselves. Many people of this egotistical world do not believe that others should be considered or treated as “Even” or allowed onto the playing field of life with themselves.

 

Jesus tells us plainly over and over again that God IS NOT a respecter of persons. He is telling us that one person is not better than another. Whether we are a King, a President or a person who cleans toilets for a living and lives under a bridge, we are all of equal importance to God our Creator. Salvation is given by God to all people of the Earth, to all Nations, to all Languages. Why is it that some of us humans seem to think that we can slander God’s human creations and demean them? How is it possible that we can think we will not be held accountable by our own Creator of these sins? Friends, it is all of us who are not “Equal, Even” or sufficient, not of our own abilities. It is only by the Mercy, Grace and Power of our Creator that any of us have ever drawn a single breath. Folks it is by our ‘works, our actions’ that we are known. If we hate our brother without a cause, we at our own Judgement will be looked upon by the Hosts of Heaven, God’s Angels and our Creator Himself as nothing more than a murderer.

 

Just think of this, if we humans would do this one thing, to love one another as Jesus has loved us, then most of the worlds ills would go away. Love, kindness, goodness, charity, and mercy, what an abstract thought in our society today. When a child comes forth out of the womb it is Equal, it is Even, it is the humans around the child that teaches them both truth and errors, love and hate.

(Theology/Poem) Walking With God

Walking With God

 

Fashion our walk with the Lord along our life’s highway

Understand it is the Lord that gives us breath each day

Nothing can harm our Soul if we walk holding His hand

When we pass from this life we shall enter His promised land

Unfurl the Flag of God for His love to all of us He freely gives

 

The Lord gave sight to the blind and His word calmed the raging sea

Tell all how He prayed in the garden for strength at the hill called Calgary

Let the world know of His love for us as the Cross He suffered and overcame

Armageddon awaits for those still living, on what side will we choose to be

When the Trumpet of God sounds, the Lord and His Angels we shall all see

 

The great day of the Lord is coming, Angels of Heaven singing of His glory

Friends, forever we shall shout and sing, the glory of our Lord God and King

To see a smile on the face of our Lord, there is no greater a thing to see

Let our voice ring out in song praising the God of all, the Father and His Son

Unfurl the flag of God’s salvation to us for our sins He washed away on Calgary

(Philosophy: Theology) Do Demons Really Exist?

(Philosophy: Theology) Do Demons Really Exist?

 

Demons, this is a nasty subject matter that I am writing to you about this evening but it is not a very long letter so I hope that you will stay with me for the few moments it will take to read through it. What is the first thing that you think of when you hear this word? My first thought is, evil, my second though is, dangerous. Most faiths (religions) that I have ever studied do believe in their existence but there are some who do not. Yet more religions that are under the ‘Christian Flag’ seem to believe that there is no such thing as a Demonic possession or even that there are such things as Angels or Demons. Hopefully you are of the knowledge and understanding that they are very real. I thank the Lord that there is a Spiritual world for without it there would be no Protector (the Holy Spirit) as well as no Angels of God or even us. For without our Creator, none of us would have ever existed. Unfortunately there are tens of thousands of ‘fallen Angels’ who followed Satan in His rebellion against God who are now on this planet with us humans. For them, Earth is the in between spot. They were in Heaven, they are here now and they have already been judged and condemned and are in route to Hell’s fire after the completion of Armageddon, and they all know this. So the reality is, they hate our guts, the very thought of us puny little humans getting to live in Paradise while they are condemned to the flames of Hell. For us humans the great side of this is that as long as we accept, follow and worship Jesus Christ, He gives to us of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit and if we are possessed by God’s Spirit then Satan or His Angels cannot take away our prize which is being with God for all eternity.

 

There is a bad side to all this Spiritual world though, if we reject Christ then we humans leave ourselves open to evil to move into our person, or house, tabernacle. You see, all humans are like a house in a sense, this is where we all live, within our selves, but we have an unlocked door that a Spirit can open and come into. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior then He has given to us of His Holy Spirit and no other Spirit can ever enter in as long as He is there. You see if Christ resides with us a Demon nor the Devil Himself is able to come in. For at the very presence of God the Demons tremble and quake. I am going to give you 10 Bible verses that I hope you will check out concerning this subject matter, they are as follows.

1.) Luke 10: 17-18—Demons are evil

2.) Luke 8: 29—They are powerful

3.) Mark 5: 8-9—They are numerous

4.) Matthew 10: 1—They are unclean

5.) Matthew 12: 24-30—They are under Satan

6.) Mark 1: 23-24—They have the ability to recognize Jesus Christ

7.) Matthew 8: 28-29—They have the ability to possess humans

8.) Acts 19: 13-16—They have the ability to overcome men

9.) Matthew 8: 29-33—Demonic possession of humans

10.) 1 Timothy 4: 1-4—Demons have the ability to deceive humans and to distort God’s Doctrine. This is so that they can deceive the world, including Christians. You see, they know the Scriptures better than any human who reads with a human non-spiritual mindset. This is one of the reasons that we are directed to study the Scriptures daily so that we will be able to recognize false teachers when we hear/see them. This is the best way to keep ourselves and our families safe from the powers of evil. But, if we humans do not love and trust God with all our heart, mind and Soul we open ourselves to the worlds temptations. We must walk our lives in the love, peace, faith and the power of the Lord and His Spirit to truly be safe. How we choose to live our own personal life does effect many of those around us. If we are evil we tend to treat people very badly, even our own families, spouses, children, grandchildren and our parents. If we are a person who is owned and possessed by the Spirit of God, those around us will notice, and we do make a difference on peoples lives whichever path we choose to follow.

 

The Demons have already been judged, they know that their destiny is Hell. Now they are after each of us and everyone that we love. Our only shield, our only hope is putting on the Armor of Christ for this is the only shield that the Demons nor the Devil Himself cannot penetrate. Friends, there is a fire burning in every neighborhood, including our own, at what point in time will we ever pay attention to it? If you saw a fire burning on your street would you sound an alarm? Would we go ourselves and try to help save those whose house is burning or, would we just turn the T.V. up louder so that we wouldn’t have to hear the screams? What is it going to take to get the people as a human race to wake up and to care? What if the fire is in the house next door to us, or even our own home, our own family, are we really ever going to care? Or, do we only care if we see our own personal room on fire, or, when we feel the heat burning our own skin, when will we wake up and recognize reality? When evil is personally slapping us around and setting us on fire, is it too late? If we have spent our life time turning our back on the only one who can save us, who else can save us? The answer is simply no one else can and no one else will. If you believe that the Bible is the Holy Spirit inspired Word Of God you will realize that there is but one Savior and that is Jesus Christ.

 

God tells us all that the Devil is the father of all liars. So, think about our Leaders, are they liars? Who do you think is their God, who do you think rules them? It most certainly is not God! Friends, the greatest trick that the Devil has pulled on mankind is in convincing humans that He doesn’t exist. We are directed to use our God given talents to help others, this is not just concerning physical charity like giving food and clothing to the needy but we are suppose to help bring others to the Light that is God also. Folks, the Lord tells us that we as Christians (followers of Christ) must produce, Spiritually speaking. Now I have one last question for each of us, how close is the fire? Can we feel the heat, the evil around us? Do we have the Spiritual insight to see it, to understand it?

Philosophy: Caring And Charity

Philosophy: Caring And Charity

 

Caring, it can be such a deep, loving and kind thing. Just as a lack of caring can be a deeply hurt filled way to live. A caring person is usually a kind and loving Soul where a person who is uncaring about others seems to usually fall into one of two categories, very egotistical and or is a person who is down on the world, who doesn’t think anything of anyone, including their own selves. The Lord wishes all people to be good, kind and decent to one another. We are directed to treat all people of all tongues, races and beliefs as our brothers and our sisters. Remember, the golden rule does not  say “do unto others before they have a chance to do unto you.”

 

Charity is to give alms, it comes from within and is given freely. Just as caring is a natural concern for children, ones mate, other peoples lives, health and their needs. Caring and charity, people who are of these traits seem to be more positive, loving, kind and decent to each other. These people seem to have a love filled, light filled, quiet self assured ora about themselves. For if ones body is the dwelling place of God’s Holy Spirit then we should always be putting God first in our lives, would it not be reasonable that His Light will come out of us via our actions and words? I am not saying nor is it true that all people of the Earth are devout Christians just because they smile a lot and daily do good deeds. Nor is it really true that all people who say they are Christians really are. Many are just fooling themselves and their actions and words prove that God’s Light is not in them. There are some people of all religious faiths as well as some people who are of no faith system at all who are still good, honest and friendly people. A person, a community or a Nation can not have two masters. A person can pretend to care, they can even do some token charity work but our works do not make us good, it is the Spirit, the Light of God that makes us good, good works are a byproduct of that Light. Our works alone will not save us for without faith it is impossible to please God, no matter what good things we do. The people around us tend to know the truth about us, sometimes even better than we know ourselves. Also, most certainly God can see right through us and He will not be fooled or mocked by any of us.

 

Truly the harvest is ready, there are millions of people all over the globe who are looking for answers to a plefera of life’s challenges, truly the harvest is ready but the workers, the reapers are few. Throughout the New Testament we are told that we must produce. Any tree that produces no fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire, we are not allowed to hide our talents in the sand until our Master returns for if God is in us we will be filled with His love, caring and charity. As I said earlier, there are a lot of very good people in the world, people of every Nation, people who are not Christians who are daily looking for life’s meaning, we must work for Christ. There are many people who are kind, decent, charity filled, caring people that do not have the Light of God in them. These people will be counted among the lost if we the people that are around them do not show them God’s Light and God’s love. When this happens, at the Judgement Seat of Christ, Jesus will turn to the people who call themselves Christians who were these peoples family, friends, neighbors or members of the Churches in their towns for a reckoning. Might the Lord ask them/us why, why is this my child condemned? Why did you not warn them, why did you not care? Did you not know that their blood will be put upon your/our head?

 

In truth, when it comes to our faith are we sitting on our hands? Do we really care about our families, about anyone? The Lord knows all of our thoughts He already knows the answers to His questions about each and everyone of us. I have a few Scripture verses I would like you to consider before I close this letter to you this evening.

Matthew 10: 38-39—Jesus speaking. “He that takes not his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it and he that loses his life for My sake shall find it.”

1 Corinthians 15; 58—The Apostle Paul speaking. “Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5: 10—The Apostle Paul speaking. “For we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Matthew 7: 21—Jesus speaking. “Not everyone that says to Me Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of My Father which is in Heaven.”

1 Peter 4: 7-8— The Apostle Peter speaking. “But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

In closing, just think about it being the middle of the night and you notice that your neighbors house is on fire and you know their family is there sleeping. Would you do anything or just keep on watching your TV program and let them burn, after all, its not your house, not your family, why get involved? Within the Spiritual world we all have the same situation, we know that we have family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers who will be lost to Hell’s fire if the world was to end today, or if they were to die today, yet do we sit on our hands and let them burn? Caring, think about it!

My Thoughts On The Abortion Issue Both Good, Bad And Sideways

My Thoughts On The Abortion Issue Both Good, Bad And Sideways

 

Abortion, a very divisive issue here in the U.S. and I would guess it to be so all over the globe. As a Christian I did spend sometime looking through the encyclopedic Index of my King James Bible trying to make sure of the things I write concerning God’s Word on this issue. The ultimate opinion on this subject matter is God’s, not so much mine or yours. But for good conversation on this difficult matter this isn’t going to be a strictly “the Bible says” type of letter to you this evening. By the way, the word abortion is not found anywhere within the King James version of the Bible. I can not say with certainty that the word abortion isn’t found in any of the other translations of Scripture as there are some versions that I have not read cover to cover as I have with the King James.

 

I guess I am going to tackle this subject in three formats, 1.) my personal thoughts on the matter as if there was no Biblical or Spiritual thought, knowledge or concern on the matter. 2.) The way our Nations Supreme Court has looked at it. 3.) What God has said about it, His view. I am neither a lawyer nor a judge nor do I wish to be so, lets see where this train of thought, study and prayer takes us on this subject matter.

1.) My personal thoughts. If I did not know what God’s Word says, nor had I ever heard of others opinions argued on the radio and TV, I believe the following would most likely be my thoughts on this matter. I believe there is nothing that can be considered joyous about an abortion. It would be something that a person would not want to have to do even in a case of rape or incest if there is anything even slightly decent about the person at all. I believe that by the end of the first trimester (3 months) should be long enough for a person to make up their own mind about doing it, or not. I believe that there is no excuse for Partial Birth abortions. If a pregnancy has gone far enough that the baby has any reasonable chance of being born alive instead of being aborted then aborting the child should be considered as first degree murder unless the mothers life is in serious trouble if she continues the pregnancy. My ‘no’ to abortion would have to also cover aborting any child that through our medical knowledge tells us will be in anyway ‘deformed’. If a child has active brainwaves and a heart beat, then it is a living Soul from God. To put an end to it life from that point on should have to be considered as first degree murder, at least that is my personal opinion on this matter. Maybe it is just my lack of knowledge but I do have a question. The news media often talks about how thousands of couples are on the waiting list to be able to adopt a child, especially a newborn baby. Why is it that the ‘Right To Life’ supporters can’t somehow work with the politicians to make the rules easier for people to adopt? This would/should end the need for the ‘black market’ baby industry. To me this seems like it should be a ‘hand in glove’ resolution, a perfect working relationship.

 

2.) The law of our Country concerning abortion, what the U.S. Supreme Court has stated as the law. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled in the “Roe verses Wade” decision that said abortion was to be legal in our Nation. Plus they have ruled many times since then on many different type of challenges in favor of “the woman’s right” to choose whether to give birth or to abort a child. I believe that Americas two most important documents are the Scriptures and the Constitution, in that order. It is plain and it is obvious to anyone who studies into this matter that the Constitution was written by men who considered themselves to be Christians. So they wrote it from a Christian view point. But they also wanted there to be a separation of Church and State. On the one side of the coin so that the State could not dictate to the Churches how they could worship as with England’s ‘Church of England’. On the other side of the coin they did not want a State Church being allowed to be giving orders to the Government on how they were allowed to govern. Nor were they in favor of one ‘Faith’ being in a position where all the people had to belong to one Faith.

 

3.) I am going to put down on paper a few Scriptures that I hope will help you think about what the Holy Spirit has to say on this matter. Jeremiah 1:5, God speaking to Jeremiah. “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a Prophet unto the nations.”

Luke 1: 15, this is from God in reference to John the Baptist, the last half of the verse. “and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mothers womb.”

Mark 10: 14 and 15, This is Jesus speaking to His Apostles. “Let the little children come unto Me and do not forbid them; for as such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God (the Holy Spirit) as a little child does, he shall not enter therein.”

Matthew 18: 6—Jesus speaking to His Disciples. “But whosoever shall offend (hurt) one of these little ones which believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” 18: 7 “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!”

I will finish this section with one last verse. 1 John 3: 15—The Apostle John speaking. “Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

Justice is higher than simply following the rules of man because the rules are often unjust, but if we put the rules of God first in our heart, they will save our Soul. Man kind can only kill our body, they can only condemn our Soul if we give it to them to destroy. So, consider, which Judge should we fear the most? For the Holy Spirit is the teacher and the counselor to the true followers of Christ.

Well, thats it, I hope you enjoyed the read, I hope that it was able to evoke some thoughts within your heart and Soul. I hope that you and your loved ones are able to have a great evening, God bless.

 

 

Book Of Revelation Chapter #11

Revelation Chapter #11

 

Here in chapter #11 we are going to be talking about the projected time frame from the closing of the Great Tribulation Period. In the first 14 verses of the 19 in this chapter we are still in the interlude between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet. Within the last 5 verses we will have a discussion about the 7th Trumpet. In the beginning of chapter #10 I wrote to you of the 3 Personalities that would be made known to us during this time frame. In chapter #10 we were informed of the ‘Mighty Angel’ who had the ‘Little Book’ in His hand. This is the Angel who had planted one foot in the Sea and the other on the Land. This ‘Mighty Angel’ then claimed all of Creation for their Creator. In these first 14 verses of chapter 11 we are informed of the “Two Witnesses”. Now folks, if you would please stay with me as I put a light onto these two Witnesses and upon this very important chapter.

 

Verse #1.) “And there was given to me (the Apostle John) a reed like unto a rod: and the Angel (the Mighty Angel from chapter 10) stood, saying, rise and measure the Temple of God and the Alter and them that worship therein.” “But the Court that is outside the Temple leave out and do not measure it. For it is given unto the Gentiles (non-Jews): They (Gentiles) shall tread under foot the Holy City for forty and two months.” “And I will give power unto My Two Witnesses and they shall Prophesy (Preach) one thousand and two hundred and sixty days (three and one half years, or 42 months) clothed in sackcloth.” “These are the two Olive Trees and the Two Candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth.” “And if any man will hurt them, fire will come forth out of their mouth and devour their enemies. If and man will try to hurt them,  they will in this manner be killed.” “These (two men) will have the power to shut Heaven so that it will not rain in the days of their Prophesy. And they will have the power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the Earth with all plagues, as often as they wish.” “And when they have finished their testimony, the Beast (Devil) that ascends out of the Bottomless Pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them.” “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city (Jerusalem) which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” “And the people of all the kindred’s and tongues and Nations shall see their dead bodies three and one half days and shall not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.” “And they that dwell upon the Earth shall rejoice over them (their dead bodies) and make merry and shall send gifts one to another; because these two Prophets had tormented them that dwell on the Earth.” “And after three and a half days the Spirit of Life from God shall enter into them and they shall stand upon their feet and great fear shall fall upon them that see them.” “And they shall hear a Great Voice from Heaven saying unto them (the two Witnesses) come up hither. And they shall ascend up to Heaven in a cloud and their enemies shall see them.” “And in the same hour there shall be a great earthquake and a tenth part of the city shall fall. And in the earthquake seven thousand men shall be slain. And the rest shall be frightened and they shall give glory to the God of Heaven.” “The Second Woe is past and behold the Third Woe shall come quickly.”

 

Verse 15.) “And the Seventh Angel sounded (His Trumpet) and there were great Voices in Heaven, saying, the Kingdom’s of this world are become the Kingdom’s of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever over them.” “And the four and twenty Elders which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshiped God.” “Saying, we give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which is and was and are to come. Because You have taken to Thee Thy great power and hast reigned.” “And the Nations were angry and thy (God’s) wrath is come. And the time of the dead that they should be judged. And that You (God) will give reward unto Your Servants the Prophets and to the Saints and to them that fear Thy Name, small and great and You will destroy them which destroy the Earth.” (Last verse #19) “And the Temple of God was opened in Heaven and there shall be seen in His Temple the Ark of His Testament. And there were lightnings and voices and thundering and an earthquake and great hail.”

 

Folks the Books of Enoch and the Book of Nicodemus, both of which were not Canonized, do give the information as to whom these Two Witnesses are. Think about it for a moment, who are the only two men within Scripture who were “Called Up” to God and did not die a physical death upon the Earth? Even our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) had to suffer a physical death. The answer is really quite simple, Enoch and Elijah! I write this now to all of you, friend of God and Foe, to all who love God and to all who hate Him and His Christ, consider your ways. For the breath of a man is but the blink of the eye and Christ’s Judgement Seat awaits everyone of us. The days of our time is short and eternity is being weighed in the balance for each of us, so friends, please, consider your ways!

 

 

The Book Of Revelation, Chapter #9

The Book Of Revelation, Chapter #9

 

As we begin the 9th chapter of Revelation let us remember the last verse of Chapter #8 and it’s warning to us humans. “And I beheld and heard an Angel flying in the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the Earth by reason of the other voices of the Trumpet of the 3 Angels, which are yet to sound.” As we read this 9th chapter where the 5th and 6th Trumpets are blown all true Christians should be on our knees in worship and in thanks to our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) that we will have been Raptured before these events. These woes that the Apostle John writes about covers the deepest and the most painful events of the Great Tribulation Period. These two Trumpets will be during the last 3 1/2 years of the 7 years of the Great Tribulation Period. This is the Seventh Week of the Prophesy of the Prophet Daniel. This will be the darkest days in the human history of time. (Please read Daniel 9: 24).

 

Let us now study the events of the 5th and 6th Trumpets within this 21 verses of this chapter. Hopefully for all those who prayerfully read these verses the Holy Spirit of God will open many eyes to its understanding. 1.) “And a Fifth Angel sounded and I saw a Star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: And unto Him was given the Key of the Bottomless Pit.” “And He opened the Bottomless Pit, as the smoke of a large furnace; and the Sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the Pit.” “And there came out of the smoke Locusts upon the Earth: and unto them was given power, as the Scorpions of the Earth have power.” “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but to only hurt those men which do not have the Seal of God in their foreheads.” “And it was given to the Locust that they should not kill the men, but that the men should be tormented by their stings for 5 months. And their torment would be like unto the torment of a Scorpion when he strikes a man.” “In those days men shall seek death and shall not find it. They shall desire to die but death shall flee from them.” “The shapes of the Locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle. And on their heads were Crowns like unto gold and their faces were as the faces of men.” “They had hair like unto the hair of women and their teeth were as the teeth of Lions.” “And they had breastplates as it were the breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of Chariots of horses running in battle.” “They had tails like unto Scorpions and there were stings in their tails and their power was to hurt men for 5 months.” “They have a King over them, which is the Angel of the Bottomless Pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon. But in the Greek tongue His name is Apollyon (which means, a destroyer).

 

“One woe is past, but behold, there comes 2 more woes hereafter.” 13.) “And the 6th Angel sounded and I heard a voice from the 4 Horns of the Golden Alter which is before God.” “Saying to the 6th Angel which had the Trumpet, loose the 4 Angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” “And the 4 Angels were freed which were prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year for they were to slay 1/3 of all mankind.” “And the number of the Army of the Horsemen were two hundred thousand thousands: and I heard the number of them.” “And thus I saw the Horses in the vision and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire and of Jacinth and brimstone: and the heads of the Horses were as the heads of Lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.” “By these there was 1/3 of all men killed, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” “For their power was in their mouth’s and in their tails: for their tails were like unto Serpents and they had heads and with them they do hurt men.” “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. In that they should not worship Devils or idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.” 21.) “Neither did they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

 

The meaning of “the Star” in verse one is very simple, without a doubt this is Satan. A physical Star can ‘do’ nothing. This verse makes it plain that ‘this Star’ has a “Being” to Him. If you would, please refer to the Apostle John’s writing in the Book of 2 Corinthians 11: 14, or the Gospel of Luke in 10: 18. They will give you further understanding to the fact that this “Star” is the Devil Himself. If you would, please also checkout the Old Testament Prophet Isiah when he wrote what is found in chapter 14 verse 12. “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which has weakened the nations!”

 

In verse #2, the Pit of which the Devi opened up is Hell. In verse 3 these “Locusts” are like unto something that the face of the Earth has never seen. These Locusts will do the exact opposite of the Locusts that we humans are used to seeing throughout our history. These Locusts will not harm/eat any of the plants and trees but they will bring great harm and pain to the human race where the Locusts that we are used to experiencing do no such a thing. If you are wondering about the meaning of verse #4 please reference the first Book of the Bible, Genesis in chapter 4 verse 15. This passage may give you a little more insight. When we reach verse 13 we come to the 6th Trumpet. The 6th Angel blows His Trumpet then he is commanded by Jesus (Yeshua) to let loose the 4 evil Angels who were imprisoned in the river Euphrates. Jesus has now removed the 7th Seal which led to  the Trumpets which will lead into the 7 Personalities, then the 7 Bowls of wrath. So many of mankind’s sins have generated from this area of the world which is modern day Iraq that the ground is soaked in innocent peoples blood. By the way, in modern day Iraq is where the Tower of Babel is also located and this area that leads to the final attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel through Masada which will lead to Armageddon, the final battle.

 

Friends, in this time of the Great Tribulation 1/3 of all of mankind will be killed. On the planet today there are over 7 billion people so we are talking about approximately 2 and 1/2 billion deaths from this one event. Folks, these are times of many horrors like the Earth has never seen before. Though previous Trumpets we had already seen 1/4 of the worlds population dying and now 1/3 more. If you add 1/4 plus 1/3 that equals 7/12 or more that half of the worlds population, probably somewhere close to 4 billion people dying. Folks, a true Hell on Earth awaits for the people who reject their own Savior Jesus Christ. In verses 20 & 21 we are told that the rest of the human race that survives these horrors will still refuse to repent to God for their sins. How sad of a time this Great Tribulation period will be, I wish it upon no one and there is no reason for anyone to have to experience this horror. We are all given an out, a pass, to this time period. We can miss it simply by living a life of love for each other and trying our best to follow after our Savior Jesus Christ in our daily lives. Faith and love, or a living Hell, it seems like a simple choice yet so many refuse God’s love, so sad.

 

(Philosophy Poem) Stairway To Heaven And To Hell

Stairway To Heaven And To Hell

 

Were we ever really born, from where did we come

Where is it that we truly began, or have we yet begun

The body we know, it is but flesh and bone and blood

But, what are we really, is this shell all that we are

Can the human mind possibly hold our beginnings

 

The Seed and the Egg, science has shown, becomes one

Yet when does the mind start and our memories begin

Is A Soul assigned to us like a Professor to an assignment

Did our Soul, before us have its own life and conscience

Does our Soul remember a life before we ever began

 

Was our Soul enjoying the presence of God The Father before us

Does our Soul return again from where it came as our time ends

The body lays in rest until the sounding of Christ’s Holy Trumpet

While we sleep does the Soul go to rest behind God’s Pearly Gates

Or, does It, do we, slide past Hades straight into the core of Hell’s Pit

We reside on the Middle Plain, which way we go, is how we live it

Revelation Chapter #4

Revelation Chapter #4

To me chapters #4 and 5 I find quite interesting and I hope that you will feel the same about them. Chapter #4 is a rather short one though having only 11 verses in it. This is the beginning of where the Church goes up to Heaven at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  Chapters 6-18 covers the Great Tribulation in quite a bit of detail. Chapter 19 is about the ending of the Tribulation. Chapter 20 covers the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the Earth while the Devil and His Angels (Demons) are locked away in Hell. Then the final two chapters of Revelation covers the rest of eternity. I hope that you will find this letter to you this evening to be of value to your understanding of the material.

 

There are three breakdowns within this chapter that I would like to talk with you about. This chapter starts with what many Theologians refer to as the ‘program of Christ,’ starting here with a scene in Heaven. In verses 1-3 is the material of the Throne of God. Verses 4-5 the subject matter is the 24 Elders then finally verses 6-11 discusses the four Living Creatures that surround the Throne of God. Lets now read these 11 verses then we can break them down for a better understanding. Remember, this Book was written by the Apostle John and he speaks of the things that he was shown and heard. “After this I looked and beheld a door open in Heaven. And the first Voice which I heard was as if it were a trumpet talking with me, which said, come up here and I will show you things which will be in the future.” “Then immediately I was in the Spirit and beheld a Throne which was set in Heaven and One sat on the Throne.” “He that sat on the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone. And there was a rainbow round about the Throne, the color was like looking unto an Emerald.” “Round about the Throne were four and twenty Seats. Upon the Seats I saw 24 Elders sitting. They were clothed in White Raiment and upon their heads were Crowns of Gold.” “Then out of the Throne proceeded lightnings and thundering and voices. There were 7 Lamps of Fire burning before the Throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God.” (The 7 Arch Angels) “Before the Throne there was a Sea of Glass which was like unto Crystal. In the midst of the Throne and round about the Throne were 4 Beasts full of eyes in front and behind.” “The first Beast was like a Lion, the second Beast was like a Calf. The third Beast had the face of a man. The fourth Beast was like a flying Eagle.” “Each of the 4 Beasts had 6 wings about Him. Each of them were full of eyes within and they did not rest day or night. And they were saying holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, which is , and is to come.” ” And then the Beast gave glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the Throne, who lives for ever and ever.” “And the 24 Elders fell down before Him that sat on the Throne and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever, and they cast down their Crowns before the Throne.” “Saying Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.”

 

Well friends that is it for the 11 verses of this chapter so now it is time to do a little bit more explaining to help in understanding.  Think back to chapter #1 what John saw and how things happened to him. After the Lord had given John His message to the 7 Churches in Asia Minor do you remember how that Voice sounded like a Trumpet? Next think of the sight that John was shown, not just a stairway to Heaven but an open door to Heaven itself. Notice that John was then called up to Heaven ‘in the Spirit.’ This is because there is no flesh in Heaven. God the Father the Son, the Holy Spirit and all of the Angels are Spirits, not flesh. Do you remember how verse one starts off with “after this”? “After this” in the Greek language in which the Book of Revelation was written, ‘after this’ is “meta tauta”. The definition is “after these things.” It is used two times here, at the beginning of the verse and at the end of it. The Meta tauta that John was referring to is The Rapture. The Rapture is when Christ comes back to Earth with His Angels. At that time the dead in Christ will rise first then those who are still alive who were faithful to Him will depart this Earth in the twinkling (blink) of an eye and will go up into the clouds to be with Christ forever more. (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). The word Rapture is not something that you will find in the English Bible but in the original Greek in which it was written the word “harpazo” is used. When this word is used in the Greek it means “to be caught up, rapture, or snatched up.”

 

Now lets explain verse #2 and John’s words. “And I beheld a Throne that was set in Heaven and One sitting on the Throne.” In the Book of  Psalms 11:4 it is written”The Lord is in His Holy Temple, the Lord’s Throne in Heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try the children of men.” In Psalms 110:1 it is written “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou down at My Right Hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” This Throne of which John speaks is the Throne of God The Father and it is The Lord Jesus His Son who sits at The Fathers Right Hand.

 

In verse #3 John said “and He that sat upon the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone and there was a rainbow round about The Throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” Our attention is directed to “He who is upon The Throne.” What John was seeing is believed to be the Triune (Trinity) God. The Three Persons which are the Trinity of God. The oneness of God are distinguished or ‘shown’ to us in the following Scriptures. In verses 2 and 5 shows shows us God The Holy Spirit. In verse #3 God The Father. In chapter 5 verse #5 is God The Son. What we are being shown here by John is the Trinity upon the Throne. John was not able to distinguish the Form of a person only the magnificent brilliance and brightness that was like unto light upon precious stones. Just for information’s sake, the Greek word for rainbow is ‘iris’ which means ‘halo’.

 

Verse #4 is where John spoke to us of the 24 Elders that sat around God’s Throne. In Greek the word Elder is Presbuteros, this word when translated into English is Presbyterian. It is the Elders who are responsible for the leaders and the overseers of Christ’s Church. The leadership of every congregation of The Lord’s Church are given a very serious requirement, to keep the Bride of Christ (The Church) pure for the return (Second Advent/coming) of the Groom/Christ. When a congregation errs and falls away from the teachings of Christ it is the duty of the leadership to correct the way of ‘the flock’. If they do not do so the blood of the lost will be laid upon those leaders who failed at their main job that they had been given. Here are just a few Scriptures you might wish to look up to help you understand. Titus 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:3, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12 and I Peter 5:4.

 

When you get to verse #5 you read about lightning and thunder and voices coming from the Throne of God. If you have ever lived in what we here in the U.S. refer to as Tornado Alley you should be very well familiar with these signs of a bad storm getting ready to descend upon you. With much thundering and lightning (and I personally have been hit by that and it hurts, a lot) you know you need to take shelter or you could die in the storm. Do you see the correlation? All people of the Earth need to seek the shelter of The Lord Jesus Christ, as quickly as possible as there is a storm coming that no one can survive. The wrath of God is coming for all who have rejected The Lamb of God The Father, His Son, Jesus Christ. The Great Tribulation is coming to God’s Footstool, the Earth whether we want it to or not. When we each (and we will) stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ we will all stand or fall according to our faith and our love for Jesus Christ. The deeds that we have done will help prove the purity of our heart whether they were good or evil.

 

Now, lets get to verses 6-11. First lets discuss the 4 Living Creatures first mentioned in Revelation 4:6. But first lets touch on the “Sea of Glass” that is before the Throne of God. In the Book of Matthew 5:8 and Hebrews 12:14 you will see that the Sea represents the Righteousness and Holiness of God. The emphasis at this time is no longer on mercy, it is on judgement. This peaceful beautiful Sea represents the place of rest to which the Lord’s Church has come. After the Rapture the Lord’s Bride, The Church is no longer the victim of the rages and the storms that this world has to offer.

 

The four Beasts in verse 6 are four living creatures. The Greek word used here is Zoa, the English translation is Zoo. Yet the emphasis here is not upon the bestial but on the fact that they are living creatures. If you would please read Isaiah 6:2-3 and Ezekiel 1:5-10 and 10:20. As you can now see, these Creatures do sound a bit familiar, don’t they? In the Gospel of John he communicated to us the Deity of Jesus The Christ who is above all living things. If you will notice the 4 Creatures also represent the animal world. The Lion represents the worlds beasts. The Calf (Ox) represents the domesticated beasts. The Eagle represents the King of Birds. The Man is the head of all creation and the Lord is the Head of all of them.

 

There are two passages I will close with this evening from this Book that I hope you will consider. First is found at 1:8 where The Lord say plainly “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, Saith The Lord, which is , and which was and which is to come, The All Mighty.” The last passage is Rev 4:11 “You are worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.” You see my friends, the world was created by God, for God, and it is His to do with as He wishes. But, God is fair, God is truthful, He can not lie. It is by His grace and love that He set forth a guidebook for all of His children to live by, it is called The Bible. The Lord gave all of mankind a free will. The Lord is a jealous God who wants to be loved and worshiped. But, He wants us to do these things of our won free will, because we want to, not because we have to.

 

If we love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and live our lives the way He asks us to do then we do not have to fear the trials of this world. We need not fear a man who can only kill the body but we should fear the Devil who can kill both the body and the Soul, if we let Him. If we hold fast to the love and the promises of God the Evil One can not harm us and eternity with the Lord our God awaits each and everyone of us.

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.