200 ex-LGBT men, women rally to show freedom they’ve found in following Jesus

Doug Mainwaring

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Ex-homosexual and ex-transgender men and women from around the country descended upon the Nation’s Capital this weekend for the Second Annual ‘Freedom March’ where they proclaimed the freedom they’ve found in abandoning homosexual and transgender practices.

“Look at this!  This is Amazing!  They say we don’t exist!” declared author and documentary producer M.J. Nixon, a March co-founder, as many gathered for a group picture.  About 200 participated this year—a threefold increase over last year.

 

Former transwoman Jeffrey McCall kicked off the rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument, explaining that nobody here was forced to change; “It was the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ that fell on all of us.”

One testimony after another from the racially diverse group of mostly millennials spoke about their personal conversion to Jesus and the freedom they have found from lives dominated by active homosexuality or gender dysphoria.

Our identity is not in our sexuality; it is in Jesus Christ

Angel Colon, who survived the Pulse Nightclub massacre Orlando, Florida where 49 died, told his harrowing conversion story which began that night three years ago.

“As I lay on the ground shot multiple times —couldn’t move— I said to the Lord, ‘I am not leaving this building dead tonight,’” recounted Colon.

“You promised me I have a purpose in life.  You promised my Mom that the baby inside of her womb was special and [You] had a purpose for his life,” he said. “I am not leaving here dead, Lord; I am leaving here alive and when I do, I am going to worship you for the rest of my life.”

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Colon has kept his promise to God, traveling the world preaching about the freedom he has found in Jesus Christ.

“That promise was not easy at all, but look at today,” said Colon.  “Look at all these overcomers here, celebrating that there is change in Jesus Christ.”

Colon explained that the true meaning of deliverance and freedom is being able to look at temptation in the eye and say, “I don’t want you, I want Jesus.”

“That’s how you know you are free,” he added.  “Our identity is not in our sexuality; it is in Jesus Christ.”

“It wasn’t a ‘gay to straight’ thing; It was a ‘lost to saved’ thing.”

A second Pulse Nightclub survivor, Luis Ruiz, said that like many of the people participating in the March the reason why he was there is ultimately because he had a “mother and a father that never compromised the Gospel.”

“They prayed and prayed and believed not in my situation, but in my destiny, my identity found in Christ Jesus.”

“It wasn’t a ‘gay to straight’ thing,” said Ruiz, “It was a ‘lost to saved’ thing.”

“We were all born into sin, baby,” continued Ruiz.  “Even though I might be tempted every day, I choose Jesus.”

“He’s the only man in my life,” he added.  “I chose ‘Him’ over ‘him.’”

“I thank God for this Freedom March.  I thank God for what he is doing in our nation’s capital.  As a combat veteran of fifteen years in the United States Army, today I go to war with you guys,” said Ruiz pointing to the crowd.

“This is a new day, baby,” he exclaimed.

After the rally, the group marched around the Washington Monument, across the Constitution Avenue to the Ellipse, and back, chanting, “The Lion of the God of Judah is roaring, he’s roaring, to set the captives free.”  (Click to Source)

Catastrophims God’s Judgment Strange Fire of the Gods and Goddesses Navigating the Cosmos

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Preparing for Eternity

Like it or not, we all been thrown into the deep end of the pool.  We enjoy the normalcy bias of our traditional understanding of the Holy Scripture.  On occasion the Lord beckons us to deeper truth; we recoil, as our understanding is challenged to our very core, even unto our spirit and soul.  I have never desired to venture into the realm of the under-belly of the beast for my fortress and delight is the brilliance of Abba Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  Nevertheless, throughout my life the Lord has commanded that I venture into unfamiliar and uncomfortable waters.

As a photojournalist and having engaged in archeology, I see my life right now as one would view an archeological site, lots of fragments, few answers, and way too many questions. In this season, God has begun to knit these pieces of a puzzle together. From what I can determine, people of faith, other religions, and agnostic, are also going through this process in great haste.

I have revisited God’s command to go forth twice in the last two years:  last year with transhumanism, and this year while preparing for the Seven Thunders series, I caught glimpses of gods and goddesses in the heavenlies, though framed in celestial garments.  I was perplexed and deeply troubled in light due to fact which I have previously mentioned that at the very last exercise I attended before my departure from my former employment, a woman a came up to me whispered into my ear, “I hear that you are a goddess.”  At that, I could not breathe, and everything went dark.  I had to escape outside for air. I knew the implications, and I knew the threat.  It was one reason, among others, that I left when I did.  But what does all this mean and how does it impact my spiritual walk?

The Gospel and Word of God are simple and straightforward, but the ways of our adversary is complex and convoluted. I could see the layers upon layers by which the enemy was operating, that which we face each day through our various trails and life struggles.  When my understanding of Scripture is challenged I always fall back to what I know, and that is biblical truth.  It was then that the light bulb illuminated that God also had His layers upon layers of understanding of biblical truth.

  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Hints
  • Allegories and Metaphors
  • Mystical
  • Cataclysm
  • Cycles

We cannot let ourselves we trapped in one set of understanding the Bible.  Scripture itself says:

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height.  Ephesians 3:18

Sophisticated or not, those of you who have experienced visions from the Almighty, know how difficult it is to put those visions into words in a context that others can somewhat understand.

If I was to envision life’s struggle right now, the perfect symbol would be the two-stranded DNA of our body.  There is the truth of God and then there is the nephilim perversion twisting around God’s truth. It is absolutely true that dealing with the nephilim, their spirit, and aliens muddies the waters, but we must venture forth to unravel evidence of previous civilizations and catastrophes of which there is both scientific and cultural evidence as well as biblical hints.

Faith Lesson:  Jesus, you know that it is difficult to grasp the fullness of who You are and the inner workings of the Holy Spirit in my life but I commit to you that I will be open to what You speak to me however wild or crazy it may sound, as long as it maintains alignment with Scripture. 

 Ancient Man

I intended to embed a You Tube here on a Paiute Indian talking about the sky ships, but in between the time I gathered the information and began writing this article, I received this notification:

Instead, I offer you this Paiute Indian legend about the flying craft.

Image:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

While this timeline goes back 10,000 years other timelines go back hundreds of thousands of years.  Will many of us are schooled in the 6,000 year earth-7,000 including the millennial reign, through our studies of Holy Scripture we should know that God is outside or time and space.  True, we have measurements for these things but they are man-made perceptions and may not be at all how God operates.  There are varying time scales in the Bible.

We have been conditioned to believe that ancient man was a primitive barbarian; a nomadic hunter-gatherer.  He certainly did not possess advanced technology for we are (as we are taught) superior in every way.  How is it that there are monumental edifices of supernatural magnitude around the world?  How is it that ancient man knew the distance and intricacies of the stars in the heavens?  How is it that our solar system was known to the ancients from Pluto heading into the sun as if from coming from a distance of outer space?  How could these ancient peoples know of a planetary war within our solar system that decimated a planet injured other planets, and rearranged our solar system?  Lastly, how and why is there evidence indicating highly sophisticated technologies that date back centuries in time?

Image:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey

What would you do if you could see harbinger’s of a cataclysm that would destroy your world?  Would you or where would you leave a record?  Would you Tweet?  Make a Facebook post?  Text your family?  If you used any of these despite our views of immortal digital footprints, in a true apocalyptic scenario your message would be lost because it is not durable.

Early man had the presence of mind because he had not yet lost the knowledge that cataclysm was cyclical to carve in stone messages to you and me of what was occurring in the heavenlies and its impact upon the earth. Why did these early men build massive stone structures using megalithic cyclopean architecture that would endure cataclysm even unto today, if only their foundations.  Why did these people seek refuge in both man-made and natural labyrinths underground?  And why are the powers-that-be fascinated and returning unto the maize of the underworld?

Image:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Faith Lesson:  The Bible says in Revelation and other prophecies that there will cataclysm on earth in the days to come.  If I was to put a message in a bottle, possibly for the remnant, what would I convey?  Does my trust in God allow for the pre-Adamic civilizations?  Why or why not?

Cosmic Catastrophe

Image:  Anthony L. Peratt

Say to yourself ten times, “I have nothing to be concerned about.”

We live in an electric universe.  Our bodies are electric.  What could possibly go awry?

Well…for brevity I will not describe the following and there are many more oops moments, but you will see clearly:

  • Acceleration of electrical discharges in cosmic plasma
  • Plasma pinches and instabilities
  • Birkeland Currents gone wild
  • Beam Bunch
  • Collisionless Thermoelectric Effect
  • Plasma Sheets
  • Exploding Double Layers (in atmosphere)
  • Auroras, solar flares, and quasars
  • Radiation of an accelerated electron in a magnetic field
  • Z Pinch (gotcha ya)
  • Decay of Wave Oscillation
  • Plasma Filaments
  • Leapfrogging particles against fields

To go into the physics would probably not be wise.  You probably should acquaint yourself with the Carrington Event of 1859.  That was a time when technology was minimal at best.

You know the weather saying, “Red skies in morning sailors, take warning,” meaning a storm is moving in.  There is much to do about the Blood Red Moons with minimal historical documentation that such predictions such as war are true.  However, if you see a Red Aurora, that is another story and you might want to exit to you nearest subterranean refuge.

It would probably be good to know your Z Pinch and Birekland Currents for they can bring trouble to the world.

As you will see below Anthony L. Peratt has documented the petroglyphs and hieroglyphs of ancient man that looks exactly like the cosmological simulations in the laboratory.

Pretty much the floods, snow, and polar vortex’s that you have or are experiencing right now is because our sun is impacting the weather on earth.  Soon we will have violent storms and food will vaporize from existence.  Depending upon the many variables anything could happen from losing our atmosphere to a new heaven and earth which is what the bible says will occur.

Remember these birds heads for later in this article

Images:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Images:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., RongoRongo of Easter Island

130 countries from around the world have these same figures.

Ben Davidson of Suspicious Observers has a succinct description of Catastrophism.  This is from this week- Fly on the Wall:

I might just say that it’s a very-very complex system that’s going on and by that I mean the evidence is muddled it’s a very target-rich environment.  I think that they’re possibly in an explanation for all the different theories and the diverse hypotheses that are out there, in that there are multiple events and potentially multiple cycles of things happening, some cycles, and some events might be small.  They might be local you know, planetary readings, into solar system wide events Passing through the heat of electromagnetic energy at a galactic level might be the big cycle. The ones that everybody’s looking at, so people listen to theories and different ideas about this.  I think you need to have sort of a diverse open mind to this.  While one person might be right, the other person too, you know the other person next to them might also be right, because there could be multiple events, multiple cycles, multiple theories all sort of working at this complex complex system.

One of the things we talk about a good bit in the catastrophe cycle is that there is this big one.  But probably on the half harmonics, the quarter harmonics, the eighth and sixteenth harmonics.  There are lesser extent events as well and those might be based on magnitude or they might be based on scaling down to just at a stellar level or just at a planet level or even at a more localized level.

Faith Lesson:  Catastrophism seems like such a huge topic.  Lord Jesus, what take away(s) are you personally speaking to me about this topic? 

How to Prepare for Catastrophism

I have had inquires on how to prepare for such catastrophism.  My reply has remained the same over decades.  What is coming upon the earth your only safety and security is in Jesus Christ.  The Lord has probably gently placed you in the location He wants you to be in for these days (unless He speaks to you otherwise).

After your spiritual house is in order begin to think preparations:

Realistically, not many of us are going to make it.  Throughout history it was absurd who made it and who did not.  One cannot predict, for it is up to Jesus Christ.

No matter what happens keep your humanity.  Be kind, generous, loving, and sing praise to God for His goodness.

Cross-train skills with those in your family and community.

Declutter your life.  Then streamline it for maximum efficiency.

I would however check out caves or subterranean options, if any are close by.

I am doing gardening in greenhouses but that is a stop gap for the winds will be getting over 350 mph, maybe significantly higher which would take down greenhouses and not well constructed buildings.

I would clear trees away from your home.  Learn how to be self-sufficient.

The government is not going to save you.

Always remember that the government will never let a good crisis go to waste.   They know this is coming.  They have been preparing.  Not for you but for themselves.

Be near a safe water system.

Know how to wildcraft for food and medicine.

Any primitive skill you can learn now, learn it.

Rethink animals.  It is extremely difficult in this environment to care for animals, even if you lovingly care for them.

Get in shape.

Eat well.

Be prepared to migrate or shelter in place.

Glass Castles of Vitrification

Images:  Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.,  Vitrification

Around the world are legends about glass castles and glass cities. The sea of glass in Revelation and quite possibly the imagery of the New Jerusalem is glass-like.  Could a cataclysm of fire so intense hit the earth that a city was transformed into a city of glass?

Did you know that several catastrophes have hit the earth that had the heat and power to turn rock into a liquid and then back into rock and turn some rock and sand into glass?

Much of the earth and ancient structures show that their surfaces have been melted and then recongealed. This is true upon the moon and other planets as well. One dating reaches back in time to the back to the last Ice Age.  It seems as though vitrification came from a cosmic thunderbolt or Thunderbolt of the Gods visited upon earth from our dynamic electric universe.

Vitrified forts in Europe date back to the Iron Age, around 700 CE.  Although people have worked with vitrified materials since 8000 BCE, maybe earlier.

What could cause vitrification?  The heat needed could come from an asteroid, comet or bolide in a midair explosion in the atmosphere.  That could generate the heat and wide spread destruction.  This would be an event such as Tunguska.  Major lightning strikes can also vitrify especially rocks with silica or quartz forming glass.

There are many who believe that the Flood of Noah was the result of a solar-plasma outburst from the sun.  That does not mean God did not order the catastrophe only that He had tools such as the elements of creation to implement His Will.  God often uses instruments for His vengeance such as the Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians.

From the Greeks to the Native Americans, all tell of destruction by fire from the sky.  Not only could a plasma event burn all life on earth but would impact the stratosphere for years later allowing harmful UV rays to bombard any life that managed to survive for years.

Plasma is an electric discharge and has the power to alter genetically, mentally, and psychically life any life where the event discharged.  Currently, there is much research being conducted on the damage to living organisms from electromagnetic waves.

A minor discharge such as lightning could be a good thing.  After one intense lightning storm my peas grew 6 inches in one day because the atmosphere was providing them the right nutrients to grow quickly.

We live in a plasma universe and consequently a discharge can pervade galactic space, interstellar space, interplanetary space, and the space in environments of planets.  A cascade of circumstances is occurring from now until around 2050 that heralds the arrival of a major plasma event on earth.  In Emergency Management we always said, “It is not if, but when.”

Faith Lesson:  At the time of Noah was the Flood and prophecy says that the world will be destroyed by fire.  Fire is purifying for it takes the dross out of my life.  Jesus, if I have any strange fire in my life, please convict me of my sin so that I might not sin.  I do not want to be as Nadab and Abihu who were killed for offering strange fire to you.  I want you to be the only fire in my life. 

Auroras of Cataclysm

We need to begin to think outside of the box these days as the Lord speaks to us in His Word, in prayer, and what He may request each of us.  I was reading Forgotten Civilizations, by Robert. M. Schoch, Ph.D., and he has a chapter on the prophet Ezekiel’s vision and aurora’s.  This takes me back to the different layers to which I can interpret scripture.  One sentence from his excellent book, “Describing or depicting powerful auroral displays in anthropomorphic or zoomorphic terms as living creatures moving through the sky surrounded by or in the midst of fire and with rings or wheel is an iconography found in many ancient classical through Renaissance writers and authors.  Sometimes the imagery was described as warring armies or as strange mixed animal-human figures as described by Ezekiel that often include bird-like features, such as bird’s heads or wings.  During the 1859 Carrington Event the auroral display…was described as “painted with fire.”

For one who strives to think outside the box, this caught me off guard me.  I had never thought of the scriptural narrative in light of aurora’s or catastrophism other than particular verses stating such imagery.  It should not have surprised me as a story was handed down in our family from the time of the Civil War of an American Flag waving in the sky.  I learned many years later it was an aurora.  Numerous people have been seeing strange phenomena in the skies over the last several years:  dragons, serpents, phoenix’s.

Anthony L. Peratt has predicted and modeled various anthropomorphic bird-like and wheel-like forms that would be seen in the skies during major solar outbursts and associated plasma discharges.  They are also written in petroglyphs.

Image: Wikipedia

Last year I had taken a class on Passover and the Haggadah, a book that provides the order for the ceremonial meal, and I came across very unique artistry.  Recall, the whole Exodus was supercharged with the supernatural.  Here is this Haggadah (book) from Rhine, Germany, circa 1300 CE, relaying the story of the Exodus with bird-like humans. Thinking about the bird-like faces in the petroglyphs really makes me wonder if around this time a supernatural cosmic event took place.

Image: Wikipedia

It is called the Bird-Head Haggadah. Yes, here is another one of my many fragments.

This is not an isolated case, for the Rongorongo tablets of Easter Island, may possibly relay strange shapes in the skies that were associated with the catastrophes of the end of the last ice age.

Many fanciful myths of the Greeks and Romans might be actual accounts of events playing out in the heavens.  Gorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend argued in their 1969 book, Hamlet’s Mill, that classical ancient and European myth can be interpreted as recording the movements and events in the heavens including the subtle precession.

Many other biblical prophets’ visions can also be viewed through the lens of catastrophism and aurora’s.  Apocryphal books and even the cave art of Rouffignac in France resemble the folded curtain patterns of the aurora.

As we proceed through another supernatural time that is unlike ever known in history we should allow the Lord to talk to us and teach us through His vibrant creation which includes auroras.

Faith Lesson:  Lord Jesus, you speak to each of us in the language that we understand.  I praise you for Your creation and heavens.  I praise You that you will show me what I need in its due season.  I will listen and not be afraid. 

Ancient God and Goddess Astronauts

Viewer discretion is advised.  Advocates of pagan theories are steadfast in their beliefs.  They use implanted trigger words commonly used in mind control and propaganda, to influence you into their belief system.  Deception is at work.  This typically involves truth, half-truth, and blatant lies.  

If you have held that Ancient Astronaut theory at arms distance it is probably prudent to refresh your memory and maybe explore some of the intriguing information emerging from diverse sources including many biblical, scientific, archeological, geologic, and anthropological disciples.

For instance, what do you do with this?

From ancient Sumeria:  An unusual drawing on a cylinder seal suggests that passing Mars, an incoming spacecraft of the Nephilim, established constant communication with Mission Control on earth.  The central object in this ancient drawing simulates the symbol of the 12th planet the winged globe yet it looks different it is more mechanical, more manufactured, than natural.  Its wings look almost exactly like the solar panels with which American spacecraft are provided to convert the sun’s energy to electricity.  The two antennas cannot be mistaken.  The circular craft with its crown-like top and extended wings and antennas is located in the heavens between Mars the six pointed star and Earth. It’s moon on earth is a deity who extends his hand in greeting to an astronaut still out in the heavens near Mars the astronaut is shown wearing a helmet with a visor and a breastplate.  The lower part of his suit is like that of a fish man a requirement perhaps in case of an emergency splashdown in the ocean in one hand he holds an instrument the other hand reciprocates the greeting from earth.

Or this:

A very early Sumerian text assumed since its first publication in 1912 to be an ancient magical text very possibly records:

The loss of a spaceship and its fifty occupants it relates how Marduk arriving at era do rushed to his father eeeyah with some terrible news it has been created like a weapon it has charged forward like death the Anunnaki who are 50 it has smitten the flying bird.

Further accounts describe 7 and this 50.  Seven could represent the major planets in the solar system, the seven days of creation and recall the number 50 is the Year of Jubilee.

Faith Lesson:  Lord Jesus, I ask for wisdom from you on how I should respond to the question of ancient astronauts.  Not only for myself, but so that I may share your insights with others.

Fiery Stones the Shem Sky Ships

Viewer discretion is advised.  Advocates of pagan theories are steadfast in their beliefs.  They use implanted trigger words commonly used in mind control and propaganda, to influence you into their belief system.  Deception is at work.  This typically involves truth, half-truth, and blatant lies.  

Ancient texts have surfaced around the world describing fiery sky ships. We will examine some examples below but before we journey forth we need to have an understanding of the biblical word shem and also an image from a Jewish timeline.

The following is from Andrew Gabriel Roth a biblical scholar and linguist to whom I asked the question as to whether the word shem could mean a fiery rocket and here is his response:

Aramaic and Hebrew are from the same Semitic root languages that include Akkadian, Assyrian cuneiform, Proto-Siniatic and Phoenician, among others. As a result, their root and stem processes are extremely similar and they share a lot in common in terms of the meanings of those roots and stems. In other words, in this case, what applies to one applies equally to the others.

On that basis I must tell you I disagree with the claims on these videos. It seems these folks have confused two similar sounding roots with different meanings. SHEM means “name” while SHAM means “from over there”, which became “heaven” in Hebrew (shamayim) because it was clearly “from over there”.  Moshe’s son GERSHOM uses the same root, from GER (stranger) and SHAM (from over there) hence “I am stranger in a strange land (i.e. “from over there”).

So the answer to your question is a definite “no” because you cannot say with accuracy that the SHEM that means “name” also has “over there” as a secondary or equally possible meaning. It does not. What I think happened was simply a wrong assumption by these folks that because the similar spellings guarantee they will be listed adjacent to one another in say a dictionary like Strong’s that they must somehow be related to each other and they are, as far as I can tell, not.

Image by Celeste, Timeline of Events-not Kabbalah

We have addressed a few Hebrew words for mysteries remain.  I have taken many biblical courses and in one I received a Hebraic timeline spanning creation to the End.  This morning I prompted by the Holy Spirit to review my resources that include timelines.  To my utter amazement, right square in the middle of the timeline, is a rocket-ship at the time of the Judges.  This is not a case of the Mandela Effect because I clearly remembered it from my classes years ago, but there was not context that was applicable at the time, to me at least.

Here are some excerpts from Sumerian texts regarding the fiery sky ships:

The Mesopotamian texts refer to the inner enclosures of temples or to the heavenly journeys of the gods or even two instances where mortals ascended to the heavens.  Shem is a term by which one is remembered [name].  No scientific evidence is provided but it is claimed that the early texts that spoke of an object used in flying.

Supposedly, there is temple inscription extolling a ray [space] craft that could attain the heights of heaven whose name was rendered radiant as it reached the Zenith of heaven.

Sculptures depict the route by which the sky chamber, assumed the meaning of name, have been found that show a god inside a rocket shaped chamber as in this object of extreme antiquity now in the possession of the University Museum Philadelphia.  The celestial nature of the chamber is attested by the twelve globes decorating it many seals similarly depict a God and sometimes two within such oval divine chambers in most instances these gods within their sacred ovals were depicted as objects of veneration wishing to worship their gods.

People in various lands developed the custom of setting up imitations of the God within His divine sky chamber stone pillars shaped to emulate the oval vehicle.  Images of the gods were carved into the stone. It was only a matter of time before kings and rulers associated these pillars, called Stila, associated the ability to ascend to the heavenly abode began to carve their own images upon the Stila as a way of associating themselves with the eternal abode if they could not escape a physical oblivion, it was important that at least their name be forever.

Commemorative stone pillars was to simulate a fiery sky ship can further be gleaned from the term by which such stone Stila were known in antiquity the Sumerians called them Naru, stones that rise. The Acadians, Babylonians and Assyrians called them Naru, objects that give off light; the Amuro called them Neuros, fiery objects.  In Hebrew ner means a pillar that emits light and thus today’s candle.  In

the Indo-European tongues of the Hurons and the Hittites the Stila were called who Oishi,  Firebird of stone.

There are depictions of a sky chamber the god’s vehicle for ascending to the eternal abode in ancient Egypt.  In fact, the devout made pilgrimages to a special temple in Heliopolis to view and worship.  There have been a pyramidion-shaped object [similar to the triangle craft seen these days] in which the gods had arrived on earth. In times immemorial, Egyptian pharaohs on their deaths were subjected to a ceremony of opening of the mouth in which they were supposed to be transported to the divine abode of eternal life.

Ancient alien advocates claim that the name in many Mesopotamian texts should be read not his name but a sky vehicle opens the way to the understanding of the true meaning of many ancient tales including the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.  As we saw from Andrew, that we cannot definitively say this is absolutely truthful.

Let us looks how this could change the meaning of the biblical text.  Remember, we want to receive truth of the biblical author’s intent from the Holy Spirit.

Advocates claim the biblical text is allegorical [it could be or not, as the bible does contain many allegories].  They say that this is how the peoples of antiquity would view the story if shem was sort of fiery space craft:

Tower of Babel deals with events that follow the repopulation of Earth after
the deluge when some of the people journeyed from the east and they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they settled there.  The land of Shinar is of course the land of Sumer, in the plain between the two

rivers in southern Mesopotamia and the people already knowledgeable concerning the art of brick making and high-rise construction for an urban civilization said, ” let us build us a city and a tower whose top shall reach the heavens and let us make a sham [name] lest we be scattered upon the face of the earth .”

This was not to God’s liking and the Lord came down to see the city in the tower which the children of Adam had erected and he said behold all are as one people with one language and this is just the beginning of their undertakings do shall no longer be impossible form them.  The Lord said to some colleagues [divine counsel or to His various characters that encompass One God] whom the Old Testament does not name come let us go down and there confound their language so that they may not understand each other’s speech.  The Lord scattered them from there upon the face of the whole earth and they ceased to build the city therefore was its name called Babel for there did the Lord mingle the Earth’s tongue.

Why did the ancient residents of Babel-Babylonia exert themselves to make a name?  Why was the name to be placed upon a tower whose top shall reach the heavens?  How could the making of a name counteract the effects of mankind’s scattering upon earth?  Why was the raising of a name deemed by God to be a feat after which anything which they shall scheme to do shall no longer be impossible for them?

This is one place such stories get murky for they say one should insert Skyborn vehicle rather than the name which then renders the text to read somewhat differently:

Concern of mankind that as the people spread upon earth they would lose contact with one another so they decided to build a Skyborn vehicle and to erect a launch tower for such a vehicle so that they too could like the goddess Ishtar, for example, and fly over all the peopled lands.

A portion of the Babylonian texts known as the epoch of creation relates that the first gateway of the gods was constructed in Babylon
by the gods themselves, the Anunnaki.  The rank-and-file gods were

ordered to construct the gateway of the gods let its brickwork be fashioned it’s name [as a stone monument] shall be in the designated place for two years the Anunnaki toiled applied the implement molded bricks until they raised high the top of each house of great gods and built the stage tower as high as high heaven.  Mankind to establish its own launch tower on a site originally used for the purpose by the gods for the name whose location name meant gateway of the gods.

Is there any other evidence collaborating the advocate’s interpretation of it the Babylonian?  Chaldean Priest Berossus of Bel in Babylon, who in the 3rd century BC, who worshipped Marduk’s star, Jupiter, and his sacred animals were horses, dogs, and especially the so-called dragon with forked tongue.  This ‘historian’ compiled a history of mankind reported that the first inhabitants of the land glorying in their own strength undertook to raise a tower whose top should reach the sky.  But that the tower was overturned by the gods and heavy winds [I believe a mighty wind of the Holy Spirit] and the gods introduced a diversity of tongues among men who till that time had all spoken the same language.  George Smith found in the writings of the Greek historians, a report, that in accordance with olden traditions the people who had escaped the deluge came to Shinar in Babylonia but were driven away from there by a diversity of tongues.

The historian Alexander Polyhistor, 1st century BC, and relayed by Stichen in the Twelfth Planet, who wrote that all men formerly spoke the same language then some undertook to erect a large and lofty Tower so that they might climb up to heaven but the chief God confounded their design by sending a whirlwind.  Each tribe was given a different language.

A Sumerian seal depicts a confrontation between armed gods apparently over the disputed construction by men of a staged tower a Sumerian Stila now on view in Paris in the Louvre may well depict the incident
reported in the book of Genesis.  It is circa 2300 BC by Ramzan King of
Akkad. It shows a large central figure is that of a deity and not of the human King for the person is wearing a helmet adorned with horns the identifying mark exclusive to the gods.  Furthermore, this
central figure does not appear to be the leader of the smaller-sized

humans but to be trampling upon them.  These humans in turn do not seem to be engaged in any warlike activities but to be marching toward and standing in adoration of the same large conical object on which the deity’s attention is also focused armed with a bow and Lance.  The deity seems to view the object menacingly rather than with adoration the conical object is shown reaching toward three celestial bodies if its size shape and purpose indicate that it was a shem [space craft]. Mankind could only ascend to the heavenly abode only upon the express wish of the gods and therein lie more tales of a sense to the heavens and even of spaceflights.

And then there is the story of Gilgamesh.  This is the ancient alien advocate account with very interesting imagery.  Not only could this describe alien aircraft but could also describe a cosmic cataclysm:

Once more Gilgamesh dozed off only to be awakened a third time he described the awesome occurrence to his friend the vision that I saw was wholly awesome, “the heavens shrieked the earth boomed daylight failed darkness came lightning slashed a flame shot up the clouds swelled it rained death.  Then the glow vanished the fire went out and all that had fallen had turned to ashes.  One needs little imagination to see in these few verses an ancient account of the witnessing of the launching of a rocket ship.  First, the tremendous thud as the rocket engines ignited the heavens shrieked accompanied by a marked shaking of the ground the earth boomed.  Clouds of smoke and dust enveloped the launching site daylight failed darkness came then the brilliance of the ignited engines showed through lightning flashed as the rocket ship began to climb skyward a flame shot up into the clouds.  Dust and debris swelled in all directions then as it began to fall down.  It rained death now the rocket ship was high in the air streaking heavenward the glow vanished the fire went out.  The rocket ship was gone from sight and the debris that had fallen had turned to ashes.

Awed by what he saw yet as determined as ever to reach his destination Gilgamesh once more appealed to shamash [light or sun] for protection and support overcoming a monstrous guard he reached the mountain where one could see shamash [sun] rise up to the vault of heaven he was now near his first objective the site where the stones are raised up.  But the entrance to the site apparently cut into the mountain was guarded by fierce guards.  Their terror is awesome.  Their glances death, their shimmering spotlight sweeps the mountains they watch over shamash [sun] and he ascends and descends.

A seal depiction showing Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu may well depict the intercession of a God with one of the robot-like guards who could sweep the area with spotlights and emit death rays.  The description brings to mind the statement in the book of Genesis that God placed the revolving sword at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to block its access to humans.  When Gilgamesh explained his partly divine origins the purpose of his trip about death and life the guards allowed him to go ahead proceeding along the route of shamash. Gilgamesh found himself in utter darkness seeing nothing ahead or behind he cried out in fright.  Traveling for many units of time distance or the ark of the heavens he was still engulfed by darkness.

Finally, it had grown bright when he attained the damaged and blurred text then has Gilgamesh arriving at a magnificent garden where the fruits and trees were carved of semi-precious stones…  It was there he had a discussion about immortality, his problem, to his disappointing answer man who’d not pitched him said cannot escape his mortal fate.  However, he offered Gilgamesh a way to postpone death revealing to him the location of the plant of youth.  Man becomes young in old age.  It was called Triumphant. Gilgamesh obtained the plant, but as fate would have it he foolishly lost it on his way back and returned to empty-handed.

Putting aside the literary and philosophical use of the epic tale the story of Gilgamesh interests us here primarily for its aerospace aspects the craft that Gilgamesh required in order to reach the abode of the gods was undoubtedly a rocketship the launching of one of which he had witnessed as he neared the landing place the rockets it would seem were located inside a mountain and the area was a well guarded risk zone.

No pictorial depiction of what Gilgamesh saw has so far come to light but a drawing found in the tomb of an Egyptian governor of a far land shows a rocket head above-ground in a place where date trees grow the shaft of the rocket is clearly stored underground in a man-made silo constructed of tubular segments and decorated with leopard skins very much in the manner of modern draftsman.  The ancient artist showed a cross-section of the underground silo the rocket contained a number of compartments.  The lower one shows two men surrounded by curving tubes above them there are three circular panels comparing the size of the rocket head.  The size of the two men inside the rocket and the people above the ground.  It evident that the rocket head equivalent to the Sumerian celestial chamber could easily hold one or two operators or passengers. Gilgamesh set his course the name literally meant land of the missiles.

It was the land where the shems were raised a land under the authority to shamash a place where one could see this God rise up to the vault of heavens and though the celestial counterpart of this.  As a member of the pantheon of twelve, was the Sun, we suggest that his name did not mean Sun but was an epithet describing his functions and responsibilities.  His Sumerian name Mootoo meant he who brilliantly goes in his derivative Akkadian name shemeshwas more explicit ashe means fire and shamash was the fiery rocket ships which they suppose he was commander of the space port of the gods.

Faith Lesson:  Lord Jesus, please assist me to gather my thoughts on aliens?  Are they demons Lord?  Are they merely creatures from another planet?  Are they evil my Lord?  Holy Spirit, please guide me on how I should respond to encounter a UFO.  I can see that there is evidence in both the Bible and history for inter-space travel.  Were we to travel to the stars or be content with our lot here on earth?  I have so many questions that only you can answer Lord Jesus. 

Luminaries as gods

If I was not a believer in Jesus Christ and I looked up into the heavens and particularly if it was during a time of catastrophism where surreal forces were swirling around me, I could see where someone might be inclined to offer deityship to these forces.  I am not advocating that, but I could see rebellious people doing such a thing.  God’s Word says all have heard His truth so there are no people who have no inclination about the One True God.  They possibly have not heard the Gospel story of salvation.  After the intense studies on ancient man and his sophisticated technologies and understandings of the workings of the cosmos, I do not see evidence that they were ‘innocents’ in their pagan cosmological worship.  Since the Garden, I see the same story, you are wither with God or the adversary Satan.  There is no gray, no matter how much people try to shade it in.

The contrast between the heathen and the scientists is in their spiritual and their intellectual standpoints. The intellectual contrast is a result of the spiritual. The heathen idea is that the orbs [can mean luminaries or spacecraft] of heaven are divine, or at least that each expresses a divinity. This does not in itself seem an unnatural idea when we consider the great benefits that come to us through the instrumentality of the sun and moon. It is the sun that morning by morning rolls back the darkness, and brings light and warmth and returning life to men; it is the sun that rouses the earth after her winter sleep and quickens vegetation. It is the moon that has power over the great world of waters, whose pulse beats in some kind of mysterious obedience to her will.  There are scientists today that infer that the sun has consciousness.  This talk is actually quite interesting gravitating towards pantheism and therefore what is happening around us today.

Mankind can easily relate to the members of the heavenly host as living, intelligent, with personal power.  Ancient man, and really unto today some men believe that shining orbs [speaking of the luminaries] are beings, or the manifestations of beings; exalted, mighty, immortal;—that they are gods. As gods they could not be viewed as things to be examined, dissected, or explore their  properties, influences, relations, and actions on each other.

If one takes the position that these luminaries are gods, there are many gods, not One God. And if there are many gods, there are many laws, not one law.

Thus scientific observations cannot be reconciled with polytheism, for scientific observations demand the assumption of one universal law. The wise king expressed this law thus:—”The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be.”

“All the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.”

The Bible teaches that the entire host of heaven and of earth were created things—merely “things,” not divinities—and not only that, but that the Creator was One God, not many gods; that there was but one law-giver; and that therefore there could be no conflict of laws. These first words of Genesis, then, may be called the charter of all the physical sciences.

Faith Lesson:  Jesus, Your Word says not to worship any luminaries, stars, or heavenly host.  I know that in the days to come I will see many things  that I have never see before, some may be awesome and some may be terrible help me to have the proper reverence for you and perspective with what my eyes might see.

Nephilim:  Harvesters of the Sky

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Within secret societies and mystery schools it is acknowledged that nephilim carried with them to earth certain trades such as metal-works. Whether the beings are from other galaxies, planets, or dimensions earth appears to a viewed as a ‘field to harvest’ whether that bounty includes precious metals, bovines, or human beings.

Last year news reports began to surface about mankind visiting planets and asteroids to exploit their raw materials tapping into untold wealth possibly trillions of dollars.  Start up asteroid mining companies are becoming to trend.

Africa plays a key role in the harvesting of resources.  While doing the series on the Ten Plagues: Tangible Darkness are the Shades of Death Upon our Land

The following are two paragraphs from that article regarding Africa:

As we gaze up at the heavens we see the darkness sprinkled with stars of light.  Ancient peoples believed stars influenced events of history.  Ash, Orion, and Pleiades God set in the chamber of the southern sky.  It is under these zodiac signs that mighty evildoers function.  Since God masters these constellations, He is able to exercise control over the wicked. The chambers of the south it is believed by many cultures to be where intense storms are kept.  It may be that these storms precede a time of darkness more dark and evil than the Plague of darkness.

Historical accounts refer to people who pass through the Mountains of Darkness of Africa can find no candle light or fire can continue.  Alexander the Great wanted to go to Africa but was advised not to venture to the Mountains of Darkness.  It was a place somewhere in the heart of Africa, a place of dark knowledge. Layered darkness phenomena similar to what happens deep inside underground caves or in the Mountains of Darkness, where neither light from the fire of a candle-light is sustained and no light that reached to the outer world.  It is the birthplace of the tempest according to ancient peoples.

For argument sake, whether alien, gods, or demon spirits seeking a habitable container what would you think the most important commodity is upon the face of the earth?  It is your Spirit that some call your Soul.  In the Spirit of Technology mankind is being examined to harvest his or her spirit/soul or some say Life Force. The Bible says the, “Life is in the blood.”  Therefore, many are seeking blood for purposes such as sacrifice and experimentation.  Your ethereal and elusive spirit/soul belongs exclusively to the One True God.  Whatever powers, forces, or entities that may be out there can never take or harvest your spirit from you when you are in Jesus Christ:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Is mankind walking in the same path of twisted perversion of the nephilim as they seek to exploit the wonders of creation for profit?

Faith Lesson:  Lord Jesus please help me in this day of trouble where everything from You is being exploited.  I pray, dear Lord, keep me from the evil tendency to exploit others but to treat each soul as You treat me with love, kindness, tenderness, and value.

Mathematical Buildings

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From ancient times man has built megalithic structures, holy buildings, and sites with mathematical precision.  David Flynn, in his book, Temple at the Center of Time, provides an excellent overview of mathematical building in easy to understand language that avoids the deer in the headlights glaze.

Image:  Randall Carlson

While I understood that Jerusalem was the center, I guess it came as a surprise just how pervasive mathematical buildings were dating back to megalithic sites built by unknown races or beings until fairly recently.  Mathematics is used in architecture and city design codes.  What I am talking about is where the structure encodes its longitude and latitude, even celestial coordinates into its size.  These measurements are so accurate that only with satellites can we marvel at their exactness.

Image:  Randall Carlson

Image:  Randall Carlson

Images:  Randall Carlson

Many times, the structure or city encodes celestial coordinates into the building size and shape such as with the Great Pyramids.  This is also true of Stonehenge.

Images:  Randall Carlson

Not only do the Pyramids and other structures line up with celestial coordinates, the earth and moon, but also with each other.  Oftentimes, they are perfectly situated upon ley lines, but not always.

Image:  Randall Carlson

The ancient Greeks also incorporated mathematical architecture and celestial coordination when constructing their buildings such as the Parthenon.  They are so precise that they even account for the shape of earth and take that into consideration their building plan.

Image:  Randall Carlson

This cathedral is a depiction of Judgment and the cyclical Catastrophe Time Clock, which typical is a period of 25,900 years known as the Great Year.  There are minor catastrophes impacting the earth in periods of 400, 1200, 2000, 6000, and 12,000 year periods.  There are structures and churches that even depict extinction clocks.

Images:  Randall Carlson

Glastonbury Abby, now in ruins, is a unique example of where legend, mystery, and mathematical design conjoin.  It is said that this Abby held the Holy Grail and the bodily remains of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere. Its layout holds secrets.  During archeological exploration it was determined that this Abby was laid out in alignment with a grid and that grid equals 666 feet.  666 design for a Christian Church?  How odd!  Not only that but it is on the same line as Stonehenge, and further, to the Great Pyramid. The person who discovered this was fired.

And then there is the Holy City, Jerusalem.  What is the mathematics attempting to tell us?

Images:  Randall Carlson

When I do a cursory look at the numbers, I see 144, in different forms showing up.  That also brings to my mind the 144,000 sealed of the Tribes of Israel from Revelation 7 and the 144,000 of Revelation 14 of the redeemed of the earth who had not been defiled, singing a new song that only they knew.  Different religions and cultures have their own views on who and what are the 144,000.   I was also intrigued by the ratio of the moon and earth and the size of the New Jerusalem but I do not know of any significance to those ratios as yet. The only concept that is very clear is that this number and its ratios unite time, space, and dimension like the three corded strand mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

It is thought that ancient structures built on precise meridians to tap into the Schumann resonance of the earth.  It appears as though many ancient structures vibrated with their own unique frequencies, much like a symphony between the earth and the structural edifices.

Were ancient peoples using an ancient canon of cosmology handed down to them the nephilim?  Was construction in this fashion God-given or instinctive ?  Design incorporates geometry and the squaring of the circle.

Faith Lesson:  Everything has purpose and everything has frequency.  I desire the frequency of Jesus Christ in my life that I might sing the Song of the Lamb with the heavenly choir.  Let me remember this when the going gets trough and rough.

 Which Came First the Gods or Cities?

Recently Inverse posted an intriguing article discussing society, and religion.  That people share a common belief in a supernatural being that encourages humans to get along and uniting strangers to build complex societies-which sound much like the Tower of Babel.

At this moment we are being groomed and prepared for alien disclosure.  A research letter, by a team led by Oxford University researchers show through historical analysis that demonstrated that moralizing gods usually arise after the birth of complex societies.  So the more complex our society becomes the more apt that it will fall into belief of a pantheon of gods.

The researchers examined data on 414 different societies from 30 different regions that existed over 10,000 years. They looked at social complexity and the influence of their gods on their behavior.  They found that people are unified by their religion but not necessarily the morality of that religion, meaning we do a poor job at applying our faith system.    Ideas of morality ideas may have been less important in the early days of a society and more important as time went on. The study went on to assume that as society grew they needed to insert moral codes of behavior according to Harvey Whitehouse, Ph.D., an anthropologist at the University of Oxford.

This study is one of many that lays the foundation not for the One True God but many gods, take your pick.

Faith Lesson:  Lord, I rebuke any philosophy that remotely states that there can be a creation without there first being the Creator.  This is a subtle lie from the enemy who is attempting to get me to buy into false doctrines.

Is Mankind an Alien Experiment?

I am embedding this You Tube because as you will clearly see it is not only devout Christians who are or will be struggling with Alien Disclosure but people from all walks of life. Linda presents some things that I agree with wholeheartedly, some things that I am not sure about, and lastly some things that I really disagree with.  That said, especially this year Jesus has used many experiences throughout my life and many Scripture studies along with some ideas that at the time, I was just not ready to embrace or had no need, until today.

It has been my custom, that unless something is blatantly outside of scriptural perimeters, that I tuck it under my hat for another day.

Faith Lesson:  I see Lord that others are struggling with these weighty issues.  Help me to the Light to those who need light.  Help me to provide helping hands to those in need.  Help me to share Your Word with those who need comfort and the truth on these things. 

Science Needs Proof:

Christianity Can Offer Truth

How can we believe in the narrative of the Bible if there is no ‘proof’?  I once attended an inter-faith dialogue on this topic.  One person inquired, ” How do we know Jesus ever lived?” and another asked, “How do we know Moses ever lived?”  It boils down to who you trust and in whom you have faith.

My answer is that the proof that I need is not steeped in the science of the events of the bible, but rather, the proof that the Christianity (our story, our traditions, our sense of purpose) have continued for two thousands, and looks back to the Holy as our foundational text.

We have examined many mysteries.  I believe deeply in science in order to understand many things to reveal curiosities that are in plain sight.  That said, our benchmark through these days of increasing knowledge and understanding should be that we cling tenaciously to our faith, walking with Jesus Christ until we have completed our course. Know with perfect certain my dear friends, that for those of you who have accepted the shed blood of Jesus Christ that you are in His hands for eternity.  Jesus Christ did not die for aliens, extra-terrestrials (ET’s), disembodied spirits, nephilim, or giants.  He created you uniquely in your mother’s womb and He laid down His life willingly to save you from sin so that you might have eternal life with the Father and Himself.   (Click to Source)

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2018: The Year In Review

2018

Greetings,

To the churches of God that are in the United States, Israel, the severed province of Judea and Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth; to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

2018 is past and 2019 lies ahead. In light of the fact that it has been given to us by God to see the next year here on earth and to further testify to the world of the grace we have received, I wanted to write to you all to remind you of what we’ve already seen and I also wanted to write to you straight from the heart on several topics that have burdened me deeply. The days are very, very few.

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2018 in Review

We lived this past year with heightened expectation given all that happened in 2017—especially the literal, astronomical fulfillment of Revelation 12:1–2 on September 23rd—and the fact that Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary in May. In retrospect, many significant prophetic events occurred showing that even more was destined to happen in the lead up to the Church’s departure. Here is a brief rundown from 2018:

January: 

Other countries follow suit to move their embassies to Jerusalem

42 Jews prayed and worshipped openly on the Temple Mount

Turkish forces finally enter Syria (now three of the five modern countries in Ezekiel 38 that come against Israel are in Syria) and this happened on a day of particular prophetic significance

The “Humanity Star” was launched

The Super-Blue-Blood Moon

February: 

Dow crashes 666 points and then three days later U.S. markets suffer their worst single day crash in U.S. history

Israel launches largest airstrikes in Syria since 1982

Billy Graham passes away at the age of 99 (many people have had dreams of the rapture happening not long after his passing)

The Sanhedrin begins minting Third Temple coins, which bear the image of Trump as a modern-day Cyrus

March: 

The Jewish State Bill finally passed a key Knesset committee vote

Aaronic priests carry out a Passover sacrifice at the foot of the Temple Mount

April: 

U.S. launches mass air strikes on Damascus following a chemical attack that left 78 dead

The Israeli flag flies on the Temple Mount for the first time in 50 years, and it was raised by Chinese Christians, signaling that the gospel has now gone around the world

Israel hosts a 70-hour long celebration of its 70th anniversary (on the Hebrew calendar) along a 70-mile long stretch of Israel’s coast, in what was likely the largest celebration in the country’s history

May: 

Iran launches missile attacks against Israel leading to two massive waves of airstrikes in retaliation

The U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s reestablishment as thousands storm the Gaza border

June: 

President Erdogan of Turkey becomes dictator

Anthony Kennedy retires from SCOTUS (the deciding vote on social issues)

July: 

The Jewish State Bill becomes permanent law, signaling the restoration of Israel’s covenanted identity

The world witnesses the longest blood moon of the 21st century

August: 

A plausible explanation for the next piece of the Revelation 12 Sign revealed

September: 

Russia announces move of S-300 batteries to Damascus

October: 

A very literal astronomical fulfillment of Revelation 12:3–4 occurs

Conservative evangelical Bolsonaro wins election in Brazil promising to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem

November: 

Prosperity “prophets” proven wrong as Democrats sweep to power in Congress in historic U.S. midterms

Emmanuel Macron’s 10-nation military alliance in Europe goes online

December: 

The Yellow-Vest Movement explodes in Europe as Macron goes into hiding

Aaronic priests, in conjunction with the Sanhedrin, dedicate the main Third Temple altar and offer the daily oblation upon it (per Exodus 29), but the altar and menorah fires kept mysteriously going out!

Finally, Trump announces a sudden and unexpected removal of all U.S. forces from Syria, leaving Russia, Turkey, and Iran; not only does this leave three of the five bad actors in Ezekiel 38 to their own devices, but can you see any prophetic hint in this news? You know, like a “trump” signaling a sudden and unexpected removal of the good guys from the battlefield, leaving Israel’s enemies free to attack?

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Theoretical Timelines in Light of the Revelation 12 Sign

With 2018 behind us it feels like we’re entering the red zone, a period of roughly 2.5 years within which our Blessed Hope may come if all things are to be fulfilled (including Christ’s second coming) by Israel’s 80th birthday (2028; see Ps. 90:10). That may be far more than speculative conjecture if a solid biblical case can be made that the fig tree, is, in fact, a symbol of national Israel as I argue here. We should also keep in mind that there is scant biblical evidence one way or the other if a gap in time occurs between the rapture and the onset of Daniel’s 70th Week. We should always live with the expectation and understanding that the Tribulation is “Christmas” and the rapture is “Thanksgiving”. Since we’re already seeing so many Christmas decorations pointing to the nearness of the Tribulation, how much closer must we be to Thanksgiving?

There are now only six Tribulation timelines that make any sense to me in light of dispensationalism, the Revelation 12 Sign, the reestablishment of Israel, and all the myriad of signs we’ve seen in the past several years. And since I know God’s word is literal truth, there’s little doubt in my mind that all this longing and expectation and all these God-given signs are proof-positive that we will see Christ with our own eyes very soon. These are the last several years. You will see it. Your children will see it. The apostles and earliest Christians longed to see these days and we are the ones to see it. As we wait these final days, weeks, and months, I’m reminded that Peter, Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy and Titus, James and John, Lydia, Mary, Martha, and many others have waited a far longer time.

And in terms of prophetic years of 360-days each (a counting of time used in Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation) all of these timelines occur more than 2,000 years after the beginning of the Church Age circa 33 AD.

Here are what I consider to be the final timelines with a few reasons given for each. These are separated into “red zone” and “terminal zone”. We are now in the red zone and I believe the rapture will happen in this zone. That being said, if my understanding of “all these things fulfilled” or the length of a generation is off, then I would fully expect the rapture to occur in the terminal zone and no later.

RED ZONE 

2019–2026

  • The Revelation 12 Sign was a two-year warning (about the length of time of the Bethlehem Star events in 3–2 BC).
  • There is little or no gap between the rapture and the 70th Week.
  • The Trump-Kushner peace plan is intricately connected with the final confirmation of the covenant in Daniel 9:27 (which must be strengthened for seven years after we’re gone).
  • Revelation 12:1–2 in 2017; Revelation 12:3–4 in 2018; Revelation 12:5 in 2019? One year between each?
  • The culmination of the Revelation 12:3–4 Sign in 2018 marked the roughly one-year warning rather than the Sign of the Woman.

2020–2027

  • A very nice and even range on the Gregorian calendar used by virtually all Gentiles.
  • Christ’s return would be in the 80th year of the Mandate on Palestine.

2021–2028

  • A possible seven years of plenty and seven years of famine template with 2014 marking the beginning phase (the first Blood Moon and global reemergence from the Great Recession).
  • The Revelation 12 Sign thus occurs in the middle of the seven years of plenty and the heavenly signs occur roughly 3.5 years before their actual fulfillment.
  • Christ returns in Israel’s 80th year, which might also be exactly 2,000 years from Christ’s declaration of Jubilee at the beginning of His ministry circa 28 AD.
  • 2028 is the last possible year for “all things” to be fulfilled within one biblically-defined generation of the fig tree branch becoming tender (the reemergence of national Israel).

TERMINAL ZONE 

2023–2030 

  • All of the events in Revelation 12 and the labor pains described in the Olivet Discourse would be fulfilled within 80 years of Israel’s reestablishment, but not the second coming.
  • The Tribulation would begin around Israel’s 75th anniversary, an “average” generation between 70 and 80 years, and the age at which Abraham was when he departed from Haran to Canaan.
  • While I don’t personally find the evidence compelling, some have argued that 30 AD was a plausible year for the crucifixion, thus 2030 would be exactly 2,000 solar years later.

2024–2031

  • The second seven years of plenty and seven years of famine template. 2017 and the Revelation 12Sign would have then demarcated the beginning of the seven years of plenty and served as a seven year warning.
  • The Great American Eclipse: Part II, which traverses the entire country again from the opposite angle. The two historic eclipses across the head Gentile nation highlight both the seven years of plenty, but also the subsequent judgment on all nations.
  • Trump/Pence (“Trumpets”) was inaugurated in January 2017, who brings God-given reprieve to the Church and world economy for a time (thus another reason 2017 could have been the beginning of seven years of plenty).
  • 31 AD is seen by some as the date of the crucifixion.

2025/26–2032/33 “The Terminal Timeline” 

  • The last possible range in my view (now only six or seven years away!)
  • 32 and 33 AD were the likeliest years of the crucifixion (33 if you favor a Friday crucifixion or 32 a Wednesday or Thursday). Thus one of those years will likely be the true 2,000 year delineator of the Church Age.
  • It will begin when Israel is 77 or 78 years old (within a biblical generation) and conclude when Israel is 84 or 85.
  • The Revelation 12 Sign may have been a seven-year warning of the rapture if there is a one or two year gap between the rapture and the Tribulation; or perhaps a more general mega-sign that the Day of the LORD is at hand and we’re truly living in the final few years.

 

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Rightly Dividing (Again)

I wanted to do a full follow-up on Stephanie’s excellent article on “Rightly Dividing,” but as the time came to write it I instead felt a different conviction: not just to argue a side, but to discuss the Christian community’s need to exemplify brotherly love and faithful devotion.

Is this topic important? Yes, if the gospel itself is called into question, but No, if all sides can properly define the gospel. For the most part (outside of the Hebrew Roots Movement within the prophecy community) both sides seem to be in agreement:

1. Christ died for our sins.

2. He rose again.

3. If we have genuine faith in Him, even without works, we will be saved.

We need, above all else, to love one another and extend fellowship even when views don’t perfectly align.  If we can’t do that then what good is our faith?  How will the world know who we are?

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

No one is converted by wise words, perfect doctrine, or persuasive speech.  People are moved to faith when they see Christians living lovingly and authentically, testifying openly of their brokenness, and pursuing the lost with humility.

But on the topic at hand, I do want to express a few thoughts and concerns I have with some of those who have sided with Mid- or Post-Acts dispensationalism with militancy against their brothers and sisters in Christ who disagree:

1. Both sides desire to “rightly divide,” which is why labels can do more harm than good. It isn’t that those who disagree with E.W. Bullinger’s unique views on dispensationalism want to muddy the waters and not rightly divide. Rather, we believe he wrongly divided in some particular ways, so we believe “rightly dividing” necessarily leads to traditional or classical dispensationalism. And a key division we make that differs from ultra-dispensationalism is that the Church began on Pentecost, not Mid- or Post-Acts.

2. Works were never the basis for salvation in a previous dispensation nor will they be the basis in the future. This is a major point I want to raise. You can argue both ways until you are blue in the face, but sola fide is a central theme found in Genesis all the way through Revelation. From Abraham whose faith was counted as righteousness, to David who broke the Law and did not pay its due penalty (death)—the multiple death-deserving lawbreaker whom God established an everlasting covenant with!; from righteous Abel who brought an acceptable blood sacrifice, to the High Priest Joshua whom God clothed in His own righteousness in Zechariah 3; and from the prostitute Rahab and the Gentile Namaan to the Prophet Habakkuk whose declaration “the just shall live by his faith” formed the very basis of Paul’s explanation of salvation through faith alone in Romans.

Why was the Law given and why the focus on works in the Old Testament and the gospels? Here is the answer:

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

 

  • The Law only speaks to those under it.  It is holy and good and true, but we are not under it (Rom. 3:316:14).
  • It makes the whole world accountable to God, because its stringent requirements are such that not even one person will be declared righteous by obeying it.
  • The Law makes us conscious of our sin.

To say that works are the basis of salvation in a previous dispensation or in a future dispensation is in effect to state that only Church Age Christians will be saved, because the Bible is repeatedly and emphatically clear that no one has or ever will be justified by works.  All are fallen.  None are good.  No one does right.  No one seeks God.

To say that those in the Old Testament (or those in the Tribulation or in the Millennial Kingdom) will be saved by works is to say that their situation is entirely, completely, unalterably hopeless.  It’s shutting the door of salvation in their face.  No!  Salvation has only ever been on the basis of grace via the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son.  See the gospel in Genesis 3–4 and Isaiah 53 in particular.

The gospel was declared to Adam and Eve beforehand in Genesis 3:15–16.  A blood sacrifice—the first death in creation—provided a sufficient covering for our first parents (Gen. 3:21).  This was the declaration of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Why does Christ appear as a Lamb-as-if-slain in Revelation?  Because He was the Lamb slain in Genesis.  And in Genesis Adam and Eve lost their access to the Tree of Life, but in Revelation 22 we regain it.  And right in the middle of this Genesis to Revelation story is the incarnate Christ on the cross, who bore all of our sins in His body on the tree (1 Pt. 2:24; there’s a little Peter for you, fyi!).

I’m saved because Christ died and rose again.

You’re saved because Christ died and rose again.

And Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Rahab and Namaan; King Darius and King Nebuchadnezzar; all of these, if any, will be saved only because Christ died and rose again.

Again, why was the Law given?

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

After the Fall in the Garden, no one would seek God.  No one would listen.  Everyone turned to his own way and in the end, our ways can only ever lead to death.  So the Law was given to condemn us.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  It finally made us realize that we are each accountable to God for our thoughts and behaviors and if we approach Him with labor He will accept nothing less than perfection.  It finally made us see that we need Him and this life and what our eyes see are not all there is.  We must turn back, repent (metanoia; which means to change your mindconvert), and place our faith in Him.  And only then can imperfect creatures such as we are become acceptable to a perfect God.

So regarding the Law: believe it, obey it, teach it.  It’s true.  But do not, under any circumstances, look to it as the path to salvation.  That’s not what it is and that’s not why it was given.

Side note: I’ve touched on this many times before, but for those who argue that Acts 2 was not the initiation of the Church because of Peter’s call to repentance, I would say that you misunderstand what repentance is.  The biblical word behind “repent” is contextual-based and has nothing to do with turning from sin or stopping sin.  God can repent (as the LXX Old Testament repeatedly shows us!).  Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.  To repent is simply to change your mind.  In other words, convert from unbelief to belief.  And when you repent unto Christ your sins are forgiven.  See here.

3. One of the consequences of Bullingerism for some is that it closes their eyes to the fact that the Old Testament is Messianic in nature (i.e. Christ-centric) and even prophetic of Christ’s body, the Church, in places.  It also closes us off from many of the key points Christ made in the gospels and the lessons of grace in the synoptics and John.

Part of the problem is in how some ultra-dispensationalists understand musterion, that is, the mysteries of God.  For Paul declares both the gospel and the rapture to be newly-revealed mysteries, but that does not mean they were absent from God’s word only until Paul wrote his epistles.  To the contrary, a musterion is a secret, mystic, or hidden thing, akin to something from a vision that is fleshed out or fully revealed later—to first century ears, “secret knowledge” that those with special spiritual insight could grasp.  Paul shows that mysteries first described in the Scriptures he used (i.e. the Old Testament) were now fully revealed in Christ.

For instance, you may have heard that because 1 Corinthians 15 reveals the rapture as a mystery, that it must necessarily have never been written about before.  That means no rapture in Isaiah 26 or 66 or Zephaniah 2.  No rapture anywhere in the gospels, etc.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Paul used the word musterion 21 times in his epistles and many of these usages refer to Christ, the gospel, salvation for the Gentiles, etc.  Each of these things were clearly referred to in the Old Testament.  The prophecies were clear.  Yet without the Holy Spirit to illuminate hearts and minds, men and women could never see the forest for the trees.

The Ethiopian eunuch was a perfect example.  He was reading Isaiah 53 for crying out loud, but it was a total mystery to him.  That is until Holy Spirit-indwelt Philip shows up to tell him what just went down in Jerusalem: “The Man you’re reading about there in Isaiah, yeah, well, He just died and rose again not too long ago and I know a bunch of His buddies.  That’s what Isaiah was talking about.”

Yes, Christ and the gospel and the Church and the rapture were all mysteries at the onset of the Church Age, but they were mysteries previously described.  The prophets spoke of them.  But now that Christ has sent the Holy Spirit, these mysteries are fully revealed and we can understand them and more readily see in the Old Testament (and the gospels) where God was speaking about them.

I highly recommend this article on the topic of Jesus’ message of sola fide found in the gospels, especially under the subsection “The Gospel According To Jesus.”

4. Another major issue with Bullingerism is that it inevitably leads to a two-gospel view, in which the gospel to the Jews (“the gospel of the Kingdom”) was a different path to salvation than the gospel of salvation or “the gospel of grace” that we know today.  I could write a whole article on this issue alone, but Stephanie addressed it well.  I simply want to point out that sometimes we attach meaning to a word that isn’t there.  “Gospel,” which comes from the Greek euangélion, is derived from Old English, and a more accurate modern translation would be akin to “good message” or “good news.”  It is a generic term that can apply to many things, so there is no basis to assume that every “gospel” in Scripture is a different path to salvation.  Far be it from God.  Our gracious God never changes.

If I told you I had good news to share with you, would you automatically assume I was about to tell you how to make it to Heaven?  If not, why do many people assume a first century Greek-speaking audience would be any different?  The Bible mentions many “gospels” and only one of those gospels pertains to salvation: thegospel.  The good news of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection.

It was gospel when Moses delivered a message to the Israelites that God had heard their cry.  It was gospel when King Hezekiah heard that God would deliver Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib.  It was gospel when the sick were told the Son of David was healing their countrymen in Galilee.  And it is gospel that God’s Kingdom is to be imminently established on earth.  Glory to God!  But none of those gospels are the gospel—the good news of eternal salvation for sinners made possible by Christ’s atoning death and resurrection.

The good news of the Kingdom isn’t a different path to salvation.  It’s simply the good news that God’s Kingdom is coming to earth.  But the good news of salvation is that God is saving sinners from their sins through faith in Yeshua.  And this gospel of salvation that Paul preached, though it was prophesied in the Old Testament, was concealed for ages.  Yet though it was concealed, God’s saving power through it applies to every believer in every age.  The good news is for us Gentiles, but also for the Jews.  There is no distinction.

5. Dispensationalism is true in the sense that God has operated in different administrative capacities in different eons and His focuses have changed (from our perspective) from age to age.  It is also true in the sense that the Church—which is composed of Jews and Gentiles (even today), not just Gentiles—has not and will not replace ethnic and national Israel.  But dispensationalism goes too far (and becomes what some call ultra- or hyper-dispensationalism) when it begins to teach that the underlying basis of salvation (Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection) changes with each age or that the Church is an exclusively Gentile entity.  Scripture is properly divided/handled in terms of dispensationalism when we recognize it is a theory that helps us understand God’s seemingly different motives and administrative focuses from one age to the next; but Scripture is wrongly divided when dispensationalism teaches that God Himself changes from one age to the next.  God never changes.  And that’s great news for everyone from Adam on.  Yahweh Himself is salvation!  Trust in Him and you can be saved!

Furthermore, dispensationalism is also true in that it teaches that the Church is a unique entity that will serve a unique eternal purpose.  It will be the first group of those who partake of the first resurrection to experience total redemption.  Jeff has an excellent series on this called Church of the Firstborn (read Part IPart II, and Part III).

6. We all (myself included) need to be weary of intellectual legalism.  For all of my writing on the gospel and opposition to works-righteousness (behavior legalism, if you will), God has humbled me in regard to the gospel.

We all know exactly what the gospel is according to 1 Corinthians 15:

Christ died
For our sins
Was buried
Rose again
Appeared to many

The gospel is the gospel.  It happened.  And it’s the actual means through which God saves (regardless of the dispensation).  But there can be a sense in which, because of the full revelation of the gospel to the Church, we pride ourselves in our knowledge and ability to perfectly recite it.  And then we demand of others the same.  Sometimes we even add demands to it: A formal declaration of allegiance to sola fide, OSAS, TULIP, etc.  Each of those teachings are true (though I might differ slightly with the ‘L’ in TULIP), but to demand of others a perfect belief in everything pertaining to the gospel is to miss the point—the gospel is about what God has already done, not what we need to do.  God has been saving men and women through faith via Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection long before Luther and Calvin and will continue long after their works are forgotten.

Biblical faith is something of substance and conviction.  It’s in the heart as much as the mind.  It isn’t just something recited or memorized, but is rather something deeply believed that changes your outlook and values.  If you have that convicting faith, then even without any works you will be saved.  And there will be some like that (1 Cor. 3Rom. 4:5).  But a convicting faith normatively shows some form of evidence, however paltry or hidden, thus James 2.

Let’s never forget the simplicity of the gospel.  It’s so simple a toddler can understand and believe it (my three year old son does!), yet so profound that it confounds the wisdom of those who are wise in their own eyes.  And this most simple of truths, that God loves us and has saved us, is a saving message to all who truly believe.

And this then is a segway into my final point…

7. While salvation has always been and will always be because of what our Lord Jesus did on the cross, we need to realize that some of the dispensational mechanics do change:

  • The Church is uniquely gifted with the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit via the invisible spiritual baptism we undergo when we believe.
  • This gift was not given before Pentecost in the previous eons and doesn’t appear to be given during the Tribulation.
  • For this reason, Tribulation Saints will only be saved by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14), but their faith in His blood cannot be maintained by the indwelling Spirit.  Their faith must endure.  This is why two apparent works are added to faith in Revelation for those living through the Tribulation: 1. you must not worship the beast or its image, or 2. take its mark.  Will the mark of the beast be a form of mind control or DNA alteration that prevents faith?  Who knows, but one thing is clear, no one who takes the mark will repent (Rev. 9:2016:911), which is why the principle of sola fide is not broken here.  Those who take the mark or worship the beast will not have faith (and if they think they do it certainly will not be the kind of convictional faith that saves).
  • In previous dispensations when the gospel wasn’t yet fully revealed, God demanded genuine faith in Him, but not a perfect articulation of what the Church now understands.  What saves was still very much what Christ did on the cross, but faith in that cross could not yet be realized.  So circumstances changed (Abraham believed in God’s promise of offspring – Gen. 15:6; Job believed God would send a redeemer for him – Job 19:25–27; Rahab believed in the God of Israel – Josh. 2:8–11; David believed in God’s forgiveness of sins – Ps. 32).  Thus those in the Old Testament with genuine faith were ultimately saved regardless of their trespasses of the Law, but all of those with unbelief were cut off and their sins were counted.

What then of those judged by deeds in Revelation 21?  This is the whole point.  Don’t be judged by deeds because your ways only lead to death.  If it were even possible, you could only pass that final judgment without faith if you kept all of God’s laws perfectly and perpetually.  Aside from our Lord Jesus Christ, exactly zero people qualify.  The first resurrection is good and the second, bad.  The first is unto life and the second unto death.  The first occurs before the second, obviously, but happens in stages (Christ, then the Church, then Old Testament and Tribulation Saints, and then, presumably Millennial Saints at some point during the Millennial Kingdom; see here).

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Imminence

This topic continues to come up and I’m sure it will until the very end.  Can we know the day of the rapture or is it completely unknowable?  More importantly, is Christ’s appearing truly imminent?

I don’t have much to say on this that hasn’t already been said, but I will say this: I’ve seen extensive, systematic studies on this topic and the truth is that Scripture seems to support both sides.  There is a tension for a reason.  Why?  Perhaps because God, in His foreknowledge, knew that for 1,900+ years of the Church Age, generations of Christians would not live to see the rapture.  Yet the rapture is always imminent in a certain sense to every Christian, because even those who died in the first century were gathered to the LORD immediately—that is, their souls (perhaps in a similar fashion to the souls of the 5th Seal Martyrs who are gathered under the heavenly altar).  Thus the rapture is imminent to all of us.  The distance between us and Christ is only ever as long as our life in these fleshly bodies.  Scripture routinely speaks about the nearness of Christ’s parousia and our being gathered to Him.  We are to eagerly anticipate this quickly approaching, but mysterious day.

But there is another theme in Scripture that is equally present: we are to watch and know the times.  How much can we know?  Well, we can see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:25); we will not be caught by surprise, because it will not be like a thief in the night to us (1 Thess. 5:1–4); and we are advised not to be like the one who does not know the day or hour (Mt. 24:48–51; Rev. 3:3).

Three things are clear: 1. No one has yet been able to pinpoint the dates of the rapture or second coming (as far as I know), 2. Those dates are fast approaching in our generation, even within the next several years, and 3. Those who hold to the doctrine of imminency as if it means Christ will literally come at a completely random/unknown time are mistaken.

Let me explain that third point a bit more.  I do not have a problem with the doctrine of imminency if it is properly reconciled with other Scriptures.  Certainly Christ’s coming is imminent for all Christians in every generation from a human and earthly perspective.  But that’s as far as the doctrine can go in terms of biblical support.

Some proponents take the doctrine further saying Jesus still doesn’t know and that literally nothing else needs to happen between now and the rapture.  Both of those beliefs are plainly false.  Our glorified Savior most certainly knows now and He also knows exactly what events will transpire on earth between now and our being gathered to Him.  Here are two sorts of things that must happen between now and the rapture:

1. Anyone who was predestined to be part of the Body of Christ must come to a saving knowledge of the truth.

2. Any geopolitical, economic, religious, or societal changes necessary to bring about post-rapture conditions on earth as described in biblical prophecy must happen.  In other words, the stage must be set.  And this has been a big focus of Unsealed, to trumpet these things as they happen.  100 years ago, who would have foreseen the Revelation 12 Sign, RFID, the war in Syria, the Jewish State Law, or the dedication of the Third Temple altar?  Yet all of these things were destined to happen before Christ takes us home.

Further reading on this topic: 

The LORD is Punctual

No One Knows the Day or Hour

The Day of the LORD

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Mt. Sinai
This is something that I was already distantly aware of, but a documentary was recently shared with me that seals the deal and I would strongly encourage you to watch it and share it with your friends.  This discovery is to me as exciting as Rick Larson’s Bethlehem Star in 2007 or the Revelation 12 Sign’s discovery in 2008–2011.  Jabal Maqla in Saudi Arabia seems undoubtedly to be the true Mt. Sinai.  After all, Paul himself said it was in Arabia (Gal. 4:25).  You can learn more here or watch the video below:

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Concluding Thoughts

You are all dearly loved and in my thoughts and prayers. Please be in constant prayer with me for the building up of the Church into perfect maturity.  2019 is going to be an even more wild ride—hopefully a ride up to Heaven in a chariot of fire!  We’re only getting closer day by day and God is working His works marvelously. (Click to Source)

 

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The Everlasting Gospel: The Mystery Of The Bread Of Life

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joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved.
For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the “how” didn’t work, or in case we didn’t do it right. 😦 But it is meant to be joyful. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved! Jesus, our God and Savior! Our Deliverer! Yeshua the Messiah!
“There is born to you this day….”
For those sitting in the region of the shadow of death (Heb. 10:1Matt. 4:16Luke 1:79), could there be any greater news than that light and life have come? Good news, people! Your light has come! (Is. 52:72 Cor. 4:3-4)

Sadly, the joy did not last for the house of Israel. The Apostle John tells us what happened: He came unto His brethren, but they despised and rejected Him: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:11-12; see also John 5:18) Ultimately they killed him, not knowing this was the plan all along (1 Cor. 2:7-8) so He would rise from the dead and become the perfect sacrifice and the perfect priest (Heb. 7:22-25).

The rejection and the redemption of the Messiah is hidden in prophetic shadow in one of my favorite typologies of Christ: Joseph. His brothers also despised him. They were jealous of their father’s love for his son, who was born to Rachel following many years of barrenness. They mocked his dreams (Genesis 37:18-28) and plotted to kill him, but rather sold him as a slave until the appointed time.

Until the 7 years of famine.

“And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” (Gen. 41:54-55)

“Then they made the present ready for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they heard that they would eat bread there.” (Gen. 43:25)

“Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, “Serve the bread.” (Gen. 43:30-31)

We see that, eventually, the famine grew worse: 

“Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.” (Gen. 47:13)

And the famine grew worse after that:

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matt. 4:4)

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, But shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

The Revelation
The hunger for bread brought Joseph’s brothers to him. They did not know him, of course. They had sold him into slavery at seventeen years old (Gen. 37:2), and now, many years later, presumed him to be dead. They did not recognize this man, a powerful ruler in Egypt who had married a Gentile bride before the famine came. In a seven-year time of distress and famine, the only man who could save them was their own flesh and blood.
But he knew them. Listen to the longing in his heart to be known!

“Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself knownto his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. [H6413, peletah: “an escape.”] So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:1-8)

When I realized the astonishing prophetic nature of this story, these words left me in belly sobs and messy tears.

“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.”

And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (Gen. 50:15-21)


It is salvation by G R A C E.

The brothers of a dreamer named Joseph came to Egypt to be saved by bread. Thousands of years later, by the hand of a dreamer named Joseph, bread came from Egypt to save.
 

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matt. 2:13-14)

 

The Bread of Life

Jesus explained this mystery to the Rabbis of Israel in John 6:26-58. Here He is laying the foundation for salvation that is found not through the laboring that perishes, which are the continual works and sacrifices for righteousness (perfection), but through Him alone.

I know this is long, but please take the time to read the following several passages. They are profound and powerful and will help bring understanding for what is to come:

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:26-58)

Notice that the Jews glorified and admired the mystical bread in the wilderness. It did nothing to bring eternal life, yet Jesus, the Living Bread From Heaven, stood before them in the flesh, offering eternal life

But they wanted a sign. They continued in unbelief and mockery. They complained about Him, murmured among themselves, and quarreled over the message. How quickly they forgot that their fathers did the same, even about that miraculous manna!

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”

So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:4-9)

To this day I cannot hold back my adoration for God and His wisdom in giving us all things, including salvation and Scripture! For even here in the wilderness, with fiery serpents and complaining wanderers, we are given so much if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Look at this:

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:1-17)


As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of Man must be lifted up. 

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

They looked.
We believe.

(AS…) Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness.

  • The people looked at it and lived.
  • The people did not look at it, then say a special prayer.*
  • The people did not look at it and apply poultices to the serpent bites.
  • They did not look at it and offer burnt offerings or sacrifices.
  • They looked and lived.

(EVEN SO…) Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again.

  • We believe He did this and receive eternal life.
  • We do not believe and say a special prayer.*
  • We do not believe and keep the laws of Moses.
  • We do not believe and offer burnt offerings or sacrifices.
  • We believe and live.

*Prayer may accompany salvation, and confession of faith (2 Cor. 4:13), but these things do not of themselves save. It is the heart that matters. “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Matt. 15:8)

This message is important to truly understand because it is the everlasting gospel, which tells us who God is and how we can be saved. And it offers pristine clarity for some of the more difficult passages in the Bible, which must be understood in context.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Cor. 1:21

Salvation, the free gift of eternal life, is clearly laid out in Scripture as a gift that comes by grace through faith (belief) that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again the third day. Our works, which include how we live as believers and how we serve the Lord, are part of our lifelong journey with the Lord.

(See Romans 4:4Rom. 11:5-7Eph. 2:8-9, et. al.)

All passages of Scripture must be understood and interpreted in the light of the gospel. If there seems to be a contradiction, that just means full understanding has not been reached yet, or the passages are not being read in the proper context. This is an invitation to go deeper and pray constantly for wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit.

The pleasure of the Lord

Isaiah 53 tells us a mystery:

“It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lordshall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.”

It pleased the Lord? Pleasure!?

The book of Hebrews magnificently unveils this mystery!

“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’ ”

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:1-10)

“He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.”
“It is finished.” (From John 19:30)

The pleasure of the Lord: one perfect sacrifice that once, for all, takes away sins and makes those who approach perfect.

What is pleasure to the Lord: faith. (Heb. 11:5-6)

What is not pleasure to the Lord: Unbelief.

“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb. 10:38-39)

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do [go on to perfection] if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (Heb. 6:1-6)

“If they fall away.” Interestingly, this word (G3895) is similar to, but does not translate the same as, apostasiain the Greek. It is is used only once in the Bible. It describes falling away as falling back, as in returning to the old ways of seeking forgiveness and atonement for sin. This is why the writer urges them in Hebrews 10:20 to approach boldly, in a new and living way, through the veil of His flesh. Not the old way of burnt offerings and sacrifice of bulls and goats, with scarlet wool and ashes or hyssop.

But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

Remember? God did not desire this; He had no pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices. But He did have pleasure in one perfect sacrifice that took away sin forever. He had pleasure in the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

Saints of the Lord in grace, this is not about you. This is not about me. It is written to testify and bear witness to the Hebrews, who were introduced to the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus, and warn them to not draw back to the old sacrificial system of atonement.

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We are living in a day and time where this message is as relevant as it was almost two thousand years ago. On Monday, December 10, 2018, the last day of Hanukkah, Israel dedicated the third temple altar. A sheep was slaughtered and a portion burned on the altar. This altar, and the third temple, are in satanic opposition to the once-for-all sacrifice of our beloved Lamb of God. This is exactly what the writer of Hebrews warns against. He writes, clearly, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” There was ONE perfect sacrifice; it happened around 33AD when Yeshua was crucified for you. No other sacrifice or offering will be accepted. If you reject that, there are no more sacrifices or offerings you can bring that will atone for your sin. (See Heb. 10:11-18)

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (Heb. 10:29)

“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24

The entire context of this passage is for those whose souls, just like in the wilderness with Moses, “loathed this worthless bread.”

Remember what the Lord did when the people complained? Hundreds of years after Moses, the prophet Jeremiah declared, “For behold, I will send serpents among you, vipers which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 8:17) God does not overlook the rejection of His Son, the living bread of God who gives life to the world. The day of His vengeance is coming.

Soon, we don’t know when, but soon, once the Church has departed from the earth to be with the Lord, an angel will come with a message. It will be different than when the shepherds were feeding their flock by night and the glory of the Lord shone around. This time, the angel does not say, “Don’t be afraid.” He tells them to be afraid. He says, “Fear God.” He reveals who God is: “Worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Another angel tells how to be saved:

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Rev. 14:6-13)

Today we live during the astonishing age of grace, where we can become a child of God through believing from the heart that Jesus paid the debt for our sins through His death on the cross. It has never been, and never will be, as free and simple as it is now. “Take, eat,” Jesus says. He stands before you, the Living Bread from Heaven, offering eternal life.

One bread. One body.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt. 26:26-28)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. (1 Cor. 10:16-17)

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)


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The Lawless Law-Keepers

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Something eternally significant happened about 2,000 years ago.  Few people acknowledge it.  Even most of those who do acknowledge it with their lips, corrupt the truth and malign what happened by what they teach and how they live…

Christthe Messiahthe Son of God paid the penalty for all human sin and then rose again.

The LORD Jesus Christ fulfilled the mission of the long-awaited Redeemer who had been purposed from before the creation of the world (1 Pt. 1:202 Tim. 1:9Rev. 13:8), promised to Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:15–16), prophesied of by Moses (Deut. 18:18Acts 3:22), desired by Job (Job 19:25), and proclaimed by King David (Ps. 2:1–1216:9–1122:1–31).  He became the atoning sacrifice for all who have ever walked the earth—the propitiation for everyone with genuine faith in YHWH.  It was of this eternal Redeemer that the Prophet Isaiah spoke thus, some 700 years before He came:

Who has believed our message [THE GOSPEL]
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished. [THE ATONEMENT]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death, [THE TOMB OF JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA]
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth. [HE WAS A SINLESS SACRIFICE]

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied; [THE RESURRECTION]
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great[GLORIFICATION]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

– Isaiah 53

Since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, three things have stood against humanity, bringing death to all of us: 1. Sin (evil, ungodly conduct), 2. Iniquity (evil thoughts and desires), and 3. Transgressions (breaking faith with the LORD).  The LORD Jesus Christ took all three to the Cross.  Every problem we have is answered by His death and resurrection.

And what’s more, He is the only answer (Jn. 3:1814:6Acts 4:12) because there is no other sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:26–31) and all of us are totallycompletely, and hopelessly lost in our depravity without God.

May the self-righteous among you learn the Word of the LORD:

The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

…They are corrupt; their acts are vile. There is no one who does good.

Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

No one is good—except God alone.

As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.’

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

The Roman Catholic Church (and many legalistic Protestants) teach that mortal sin causes one to fall from grace.  To the contrary, the Scriptures say trying to be justified by something other than Christ and Him crucified is what really causes one to fall from grace:

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

But the Law is good and from God.  Isn’t this message of “easy believism” denigrating the Law?  No, we are upholding the Law in its fullness (Rom. 3:31).  But how?  Because we believe in God’s Law whereas the legalists and hypocrites do not.  In their pride they think that somehow they will please God by keeping the Law, but not one of them has ever kept the Law.  This is what the Scriptures say about keeping the Law:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole Law.

Despite how they flatter God with their words, the legalists belittle, malign, and denigrate God’s Law.  God’s Law is perfect and so holy as to be unobtainable.  Yet they think they can obtain what only Christ could.  They think they can please God with their flesh or maintain their salvation by their futile efforts.  They exalt their own righteousness after they tear down the Law.

Here’s an example: You’ve probably heard many Pharisees whip out these words of Jesus when confronted with the Gospel:

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.  And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

“Yes, I believe in the Gospel, but if you want to be saved you must fight and struggle against sin.”  “You don’t have to gouge out your eyes, but you better take sin very seriously.  Don’t get caught red-handed.”

No.  Jesus’ words are clear.  He took the impossible-to-completely-keep 600+ laws in the Torah and raised the bar even higher.  He meant what He said.  If you want to avoid hellfire by keeping the Law then you better gouge out your eyes and cut off your hands.  Jesus wasn’t being facetious.

Do you see?  The legalists claim to be taking the Law seriously, but they actually reduce Jesus’ words so that they, in their self-righteousness, can uphold themselves while condemning you.

Likewise, many legalists think they are more right with God because they use Hebrew names only, keep the Sabbath, or avoid pork—or attend Church regularly, read the Bible daily, and avoid alcohol.  They are not any better off.  They’re in the same dangerous place every pagan is.  Their hearts are uncircumcised.  Not because they do good and obey the Law, but because they do it for the wrong reason.  They do it to justify themselves whereas it is God alone who justifies.  Salvation belongs entirely to the LORD and we have no part in it except to believe (Ex. 14:14Ps. 3:862:1Jn. 6:28–29).

Jesus repeatedly raised the Law’s bar:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Legalists break these commandments of Jesus all the time and couldn’t even confess to God all of the times they’ve sinned even if they tried.  Again, Jesus wasn’t being facetious.  He was restoring the Law to its proper, glorious, high and lofty place.  Like the Pharisees, they lower the Law’s standard until they think they can meet it, all the while condemning others, but they don’t even meet their own standard (Mt. 23:1–15Jn. 7:19).

Instead of listening to the “Law Preachers,” listen to the Apostles.  They believed Jesus’ words about gouging out eyes and cutting off hands, but notice that not one of them obeyed that commandment.  Not Peter, not Paul, not James.  None of them.  Why?

…Because after Christ’s death and resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, they realized that the purpose of the Law, which was made for man (Mk. 2:27), was to lead us to grace (Rom. 10:4Gal. 3:24–25).

So the legalists who proclaim that the Law has not been done away with our correct.  The Law still stands, but Jesus fulfilled it Himself, so that we, who cannot keep the Law, can have another means of justification before God—the atoning death and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ.

At the very first Church-wide council, the Apostles made it abundantly clear:

Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: ‘Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.’  This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them.  So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.  The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad.  When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, ‘The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.’

The apostles and elders met to consider this question.  After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: ‘Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.  God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.  He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.’

I know I have harped on the legalists in our midst very hard, but they need to repent and believe the Gospelwhile there is still time, so that they too can receive the Holy Spirit and be saved.  I don’t think every legalist is unsaved—some genuinely believe the Gospel and have the Holy Spirit, but are confused about how to rightly divide certain passages of Scripture.  On the other hand, many have never truly understood the message and haven’t personally trusted in Christ for salvation.  The right time to believe is now.  Today is the day of salvation.  Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.

Despite the precarious theological position of the legalists, they do bring up an important point: how can those who claim to believe in God’s grace live like unsaved pagans?

There are some who are saved who do live like pagans (1 Cor. 3:11–155:1–5), but most of those who claim to be saved yet live lawlessly actually live lawlessly because they don’t understand the Gospel.  They claim to be Christians, but believe in universalism or that Christ is not the only way.  Or they do not regard their sin as something that needs to be atoned for (e.g. churches that promote the LGBT lifestyle).

You see, there are two sides of the unbelieving coin.  Two lanes on the broad road to Gehenna.  One side is populated by legalists who trust in themselves.  They are thieves and robbers who try to sneak into Heaven rather than going through the gate, which is Christ (Jn. 10:1).  The other side is filled with atheists and the grace-twisting lawless, alike.  Unbelievers from the lawless side of the road reject the truth of the resurrection, but many from both sides of the road, who claim to be religious and even “Christian,” reject the Gospel by rejecting the atoning aspect of it.  They claim to believe Jesus died and rose again, but they don’t understand or believe that His death is their only propitiation.

In truth, the lawless and legalists, alike, are really both lawless.  Legalism is just faux-religion.  Neither group acknowledges God’s standard.  While I love to proclaim the truth of God’s prophetic word, it is this message that I believe is the highest purpose of the ministry that God has given me, to call out satan’s deceit through both groups and thus magnify the Gospel and glorify Christ.

Salvation has always been by grace alone through faith alone in YHWH (Gen. 15:6Hab. 2:4Heb 3:7–4:11).  Many, like David and Job, looked forward in hope, longing for the Redeemer to come.  They were saved by faith.  In the Old Testament we see numerous examples of law-breakers killed for a single violation of the Law.  For example, in Numbers 15:32–36 a man is executed for merely gathering sticks on the Sabbath.  Yet King David broke the Law on numerous occasions (2 Sam. 11–12Mt. 12:3–4) and said of himself that his sins were as numerous as the hairs on his head (Ps. 40:12–13), but he was not killed.  He was saved because of his faith in the grace of God (Ps. 32:1–2).

Yet we, in this age of grace, look back and in faith remember the Redeemer who has already come, and in faith “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14).  We await the appearance of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is soon to be revealed from Heaven, who will change our lowly bodies and take us with Him to His Father’s house.  (Click to Source)

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Further Reading:

THE GOSPEL: PART 1

THE GOSPEL: PART 2

THE GOSPEL: PART 3

THE GOSPEL: PART 4

THE GOSPEL: PART 5

WHICH JESUS DO YOU FOLLOW?

WHAT IS REPENTANCE?

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

WHY IS THE CHURCH DIVIDED?

ATONEMENT: THE DIVIDING LINE

CREATED FOR GOOD WORKS

THE TIGHTROPE OF FAITH

A CLOSER LOOK AT GENESIS 3-4

STAY ON THE NARROW WAY

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Acts 2:38 – April 3, 2018

Acts 2:1-47

 And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,

When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.

And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.

And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit [a]kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].

Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven.

And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together and they were astonished and bewildered, because each one heard them [the apostles] speaking in his own [particular] dialect.

And they were beside themselves with amazement, saying, Are not all these who are talking Galileans?

Then how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own (particular) dialect to which we were born?

Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and [the province of] Asia,

10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and the transient residents from Rome, both Jews and the proselytes [to Judaism from other religions],

11 Cretans and Arabians too—we all hear them speaking in our own native tongues [and telling of] the mighty works of God!

12 And all were beside themselves with amazement and were puzzled and bewildered, saying one to another, What can this mean?

13 But others made a joke of it and derisively said, They are simply drunk and full of sweet [intoxicating] wine.

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: You Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be [explained] to you so that you will know and understand; listen closely to what I have to say.

15 For these men are not drunk, as you imagine, for it is [only] the third hour (about 9:00 a.m.) of the day;

16 But [instead] this is [the beginning of] what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [[b]telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions ([c]divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [[d]divinely suggested] dreams.

18 Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [[e]telling forth the divine counsels and [f]predicting future events pertaining especially to God’s kingdom].

19 And I will show wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and smoking vapor;

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the obvious day of the Lord comes—that great and notable andconspicuous and renowned [day].

21 And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [[g]invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord—Christ] shall be saved.

22 You men of Israel, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man accredited and pointed out and shown forth and commended andattested to you by God by the mighty works and [the power of performing] wonders and signs which God worked through Him [right] in your midst, as you yourselves know—

23 This Jesus, when delivered up according to the definite and fixed purpose and settled plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified andput out of the way [killing Him] by the hands of lawless and wicked men.

24 [But] God raised Him up, liberating Him from the pangs of death, seeing that it was not possible for Him to continue to be controlled orretained by it.

25 For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown orcast down [from my secure and happy state].

26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection].

27 For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].

28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.

29 Brethren, it is permitted me to tell you confidently and with freedom concerning the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

30 Being however a prophet, and knowing that God had sealed to him with an oath that He would set one of his descendants on his throne,

31 He, foreseeing this, spoke [by foreknowledge] of the resurrection of the Christ (the Messiah) that He was not deserted [in death] and left in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor did His body know decay orsee destruction.

32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all we [His disciples] are witnesses.

33 Being therefore lifted high by and to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father [h]the promised [blessing which is the] Holy Spirit, He has made this outpouring which you yourselves both see and hear.

34 For David did not ascend into the heavens; yet he himself says, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand and share My throne

35 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.

36 Therefore let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt andacknowledge assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (the Messiah)—this Jesus Whom you crucified.

37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?

38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.

40 And [Peter] [i]solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much more continuous speaking andwarned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.

41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.

42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.

43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).

44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;

45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.

46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity andgenerous hearts,

47 Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death]. (Acts 2:38Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

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Footnotes:

  1. Acts 2:4 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.
  2. Acts 2:17 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  3. Acts 2:17 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  4. Acts 2:17 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  5. Acts 2:18 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.
  6. Acts 2:18 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  7. Acts 2:21 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  8. Acts 2:33 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  9. Acts 2:40 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies: The preposition dia gives this force.

Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Acts 1:8 – April 2, 2018

Acts 1:1-26

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 In the former account [which I prepared], O Theophilus, I made [a continuous report] dealing with all the things which Jesus began to do and to teach

Until the day when He ascended, after He through the Holy Spirit had instructed and commanded the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.

To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.

And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak.

For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with ([a]placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit.

So when they were assembled, they asked Him, Lord, is this the time when You will reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel?

He said to them, It is not for you to become acquainted with and know [b]what time brings [the things and events of time and their definite periods] or fixed [c]years and seasons (their critical niche in time), which the Father has appointed (fixed and reserved) by His own choice andauthority and personal power.

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight.

10 And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them,

11 Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.

12 Then [the disciples] went back to Jerusalem from the hill called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, [only] a Sabbath day’s journey (three-quarters of a mile) away.

13 And when they had entered [the city], they mounted [the stairs] to the upper room where they were [[d]indefinitely] staying—Peter and John and James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas [son] of James.

14 All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer, [waiting together] with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

15 Now on one of those days Peter arose among the brethren, the whole number of whom gathered together was about a hundred and twenty.

16 Brethren, he said, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit foretold by the lips of David, about Judas who acted as guide to those who arrested Jesus.

17 For he was counted among us and received [by divine allotment] his portion in this ministry.

18 Now this man obtained a piece of land with the [money paid him as a] reward for his treachery and wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle [of his body] and all his intestines poured forth.

19 And all the residents of Jerusalem became acquainted with the facts, so that they called the piece of land in their own dialect—Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.

20 For in the book of Psalms it is written, Let his place of residence become deserted and gloomy, and let there be no one to live in it; and [again], Let another take his position or overseership.

21 So one of the [other] men who have accompanied us [apostles] during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22 From the baptism of John at the outset until the day when He was taken up from among us—one of these men must join with us and become a witness to testify to His resurrection.

23 And they accordingly proposed (nominated) two men, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

24 And they prayed and said, You, Lord, Who know all hearts ([e]their thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, purposes, and endeavors), indicate to us which one of these two You have chosen

25 To take the place in this ministry and receive the position of an apostle, from which Judas fell away and went astray to go [where he belonged] to his own [proper] place.

26 And they drew lots [between the two], and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to and counted with the eleven apostles (special messengers). (Acts 1:1-26Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 1:5 Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies in the Greek New Testament.
  2. Acts 1:7 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.
  3. Acts 1:7 Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.
  4. Acts 1:13 James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament.
  5. Acts 1:24 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 12:13 – April 1, 2018

John 12:1-50

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So six days before the Passover Feast, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had died and whom He had raised from the dead.

So they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those at the table with Him.

Mary took a pound of ointment of pure liquid nard [a rare perfume] that was very expensive, and she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But Judas Iscariot, the one of His disciples who was about to betray Him, said,

Why was this perfume not sold for 300 denarii [a year’s wages for an ordinary workman] and that [money] given to the poor (the destitute)?

Now he did not say this because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief; and having the bag (the money box, the purse of the Twelve), he took for himself what was put into it [pilfering the collections].

But Jesus said, Let her alone. It was [intended] that she should keep it for the time of My preparation for burial. [She has kept it that she might have it for the time of My [a]embalming.]

You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.

Now a great crowd of the Jews heard that He was at Bethany, and they came there, not only because of Jesus but that they also might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

10 So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also,

11 Because on account of him many of the Jews were going away [were withdrawing from and leaving the Judeans] and believing in andadhering to Jesus.

12 The next day a vast crowd of those who had come to the Passover Feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.

13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. And as they went, they kept shouting, Hosanna! Blessed is He and praise to Him Who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!

14 And Jesus, having found a young donkey, rode upon it, [just] as it is written in the Scriptures,

15 Do not fear, O Daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!

16 His disciples did not understand and could not comprehend the meaning of these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified andexalted, they remembered that these things had been written about Him and had been done to Him.

17 The group that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from among the dead kept telling it [bearing witness] to others.

18 It was for this reason that the crowd went out to meet Him, because they had heard that He had performed this sign (proof, miracle).

19 Then the Pharisees said among themselves, You see how futile your efforts are and how you accomplish nothing. See! The whole world is running after Him!

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the Feast were some Greeks.

21 These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they made this request, Sir, we desire to see Jesus.

22 Philip came and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip together [went] and told Jesus.

23 And Jesus answered them, The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted.

24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.

25 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]

26 If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [[b]to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

27 Now My soul is troubled and distressed, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]? But it was for this very purpose that I have come to this hour [that I might undergo it].

28 [Rather, I will say,] Father, glorify (honor and extol) Your [own] name! Then there came a voice out of heaven saying, I have already glorified it, and I will glorify it again.

29 The crowd of bystanders heard the sound and said that it had thundered; others said, An angel has spoken to Him!

30 Jesus answered, This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sake.

31 Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on [sentence is now being passed on this world]. Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).

32 And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself.

33 He said this to signify in what manner He would die.

34 At this the people answered Him, We have learned from the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; how then can You say, The Son of Man must be lifted up [on the cross]? Who is this Son of Man?

35 So Jesus said to them, You will have the Light only a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light [keep on living by it], so that darkness may not overtake and overcome you. He who walks about in the dark does not know where he goes [he is drifting].

36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light. Jesus said these things, and then He went away and hid Himself from them [was lost to their view].

37 Even though He had done so many miracles before them (right before their eyes), yet they still did not trust in Him and failed to believe in Him—

38 So that what Isaiah the prophet said was fulfilled: Lord, who has believed our report and our message? And to whom has the arm (the power) of the Lord been shown (unveiled and revealed)?

39 Therefore they could not believe [they were unable to believe]. For Isaiah has also said,

40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened and benumbed their [callous, degenerated] hearts [He has made their minds dull], to keep them from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their hearts and minds and repenting and turning to Me to heal them.

41 Isaiah said this because he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

42 And yet [in spite of all this] many even of the leading men (the authorities and the nobles) believed and trusted in Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that [if they should acknowledge Him] they would be expelled from the synagogue;

43 For they loved the approval and the praise and the glory that come from men [instead of and] more than the glory that comes from God. [They valued their credit with men more than their credit with God.]

44 But Jesus loudly declared, The one who believes in Me does not [only] believe in and trust in and rely on Me, but [in believing in Me he believes] in Him Who sent Me.

45 And whoever sees Me sees Him Who sent Me.

46 I have come as a Light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me [whoever cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] may not continue to live in darkness.

47 If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world.

48 Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day.

49 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell.

50 And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions. (John 12:1-50Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Footnotes:

  1. John 12:7 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  2. John 12:26 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

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