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The 7th-Day Sabbath (Saturday): A SIGN of God’s Covenant!

Many “Christian” churches today worship on Sunday, the FIRST day of the week! To many Christians, that is their “Sabbath!” But is that the CORRECT biblical Sabbath? Let us examine:

And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them MY sabbaths, TO BE A SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them” – [Ezekiel 20: 11-12]

I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow MY sabbaths; and THEY SHALL BE A SIGN between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God – [Ezekiel 20:1 9-20]

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it

– [Exodus 20:11]

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you” – [Exodus 31:13]

“Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generationsfor a PERPETUAL COVENANT” – [Exodus 31:16]

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” – [Genesis 2: 2-3]

Hhhmm……There seems to be a SEVERE inconsistency between what the BIBLE says and what “the church” says, regarding the “Biblical Sabbath”, so who’s right? To get a more clearer picture, lets examine some quotes about WHY “the church” worships on Sunday, the FIRST day of the week, instead of Saturday, the 7th day of the week, for some more clues:

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[Source: http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception-Sabbath_Sunday_Catholic_Church]

Cardinal James Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (Ayers Publishing, 1978): 108:

“But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify”.

The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957): 50:

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why Do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.

Chancellor Albert Smith for Cardinal of Baltimore Archdiocese, letter dated February 10, 1920:

“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath day created by God, which is Saturday. In keeping the Sunday, they are following a law of the Catholic Church”.

Stephen Keenan, Catholic—Doctrinal Catechism 3rd Edition: 174:

Question: Have you any other way of proving the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?

Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her, she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the 1st day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the 7th day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.

Our Sunday Visitor (February 5, 1950):

“Practically everything Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church… The Protestant mind does not seem to realize that in accepting the Bible and observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope“.

Catholic Priest T. Enright, CSSR, Kansas City, MO:

It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday, the 1st day of the week. And it not only compelled all to keep Sunday, but at the Council of Laodicea, AD 364, anathematized those who kept the Sabbath and urged all persons to labor on the 7th day under penalty of anathema.

Catholic Priest T. Enright, CSSR, lecture at Hartford, KS, Feb 18, 1884::

“I have repeatedly offered $1000 to any one who can furnish any proof from the Bible that Sunday is the day we are bound to keep…The Bible says, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy,” but the Catholic Church says, “No, keep the first day of the week,” and the whole world bows in obedience”.

Cardinal John Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (London: Basil Montague Pickering, 1878): 373::

The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons…are ALL of pagan origin and sanctified by their adoption into the Church.:

Catholic Record (September 1, 1923):

“The [catholic] Church is above the Bible, and this transference of the Sabbath observance is proof of that fact”.

Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae (The Reunion of Christendom), June 20, 1894:

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty”.

“Pope,” Ferraris’ Ecclesiastic Dictionary:

“The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God”. [Note: Vicar of God means “Son of God”, the same title that JESUS has!]

American Catholic Quarterly Review (January 1883):

“Sunday…is purely a creation of the Catholic Church”.

Catholic American Sentinel (June 1893):

“Sunday…It is a law of the Catholic Church alone…”

“The Question Box,” The Catholic Universe Bulletin (August 14, 1942): 4:

“The (Catholic) Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter, the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.”

NOTE: This change from Saturday to Sunday Sabbath was prophesied about in Daniel 7. The great reformer Philipp Melanchton knew this truth five centuries ago. He wrote this:

“…….They have changed God’s laws and turned them into their own traditions to be kept above God’s precepts”.

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Alright here folks, so what can we conclude from all this? Simple. 5 things:

1). The Roman Catholic Church CHANGED the biblical Sabbath from the 7th day of the week (Saturday) to Sunday (the 1st day of the week).

2). The Roman Catholic Church HAD NO BIBLICAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO!

3). Nearly ALL Protestant churches (except the 7th-day Adventists) have followed suit!

4). The 7th-Day Biblical Sabbath is on SATURDAY, not Sunday!

5). The 7th-Day Biblical Sabbath (Saturday) is A SIGN of God’s Covenant between God/Jesus and his people!

Reading through the bible (from Old to New Testaments), God/Jesus had many “signs” of his covenant between he and his people! One of the signs of his covenant was circumcision! Another sign was his biblical feasts and biblical precepts! But THE MOST important sign of the covenant between he and his people was KEEPING THE 7TH-DAY SABBATH (SATURDAY) HOLY!

So…..are all the Christians out there who are keeping the Sunday Sabbath BREAKING God’s Covenant? The simple answer is YES! (However, most of them are probably unaware of this fact and I pray that Jesus has mercy upon their souls! Afterall, I myself followed the 1st day Sabbath – Sunday – until I became “born again” and came to know better!)

But of all the Christians in the world, just THINK how many are “guilty” (rather they realize it or not) of BREAKING THE BIBLICAL SABBATH (which is Saturday!) That number would have to be in the MILLIONS, possibly BILLIONS! This is SCARY, folks! This is quite sobering!

Jesus says in Hosea 4: 6-7 [Old Testament, Book of Hosea, Chapter 4, Verses 6-7] “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame”. OUCH!

Therefore, Jesus is saying here that BECAUSE Christians (as a whole) have REJECTED his true Jewish gospel and forgotten the “Jewish laws” of God, that he will reject them AND their children and allow them to “spiritually perish”, ALL those who REJECT his biblical laws, his biblical Sabbath AND his biblical holidays and HAVE NO DESIRE to *learn them!* DOUBLE OUCH!

In other words, many people in today’s world claim to KNOW Christ but they don’t truly OBEY CHRIST! For to OBEY Christ actually means to FOLLOW Christ’s biblical commands!

Jesus says in Matthew 5: 17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”.

In other words, what Jesus is saying here is that the Old Testament laws (minus animal sacrifice, since Jesus eventually became the sacrifice HIMSELF for all of mankind) STILL APPLY! Hebrews 13:8 states “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”. So what does that mean in plain English, folks? It means that Jesus Christ DOES NOT CHANGE and that his biblical laws DO NOT CHANGE! 

Therefore, even today in 2018 & beyond, we must STILL follow in the 7th day BIBLICAL SABBATH (SATURDAY) and in the BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (such as Passover, Tabernacles, Pentecost, etc.) Now, there’s around 2.3 billion (plus or minus) Christians in the world, out of about 7.3 billion people on the planet. And the bible says that ALL of those 2.3 billion or so Christians must OBEY CHRIST’S JEWISH/BIBLICAL LAWS!

And so just how many Christians do you think are actually doing that, these days? How many Christians out there do you think are following the 7th day BIBLICAL Sabbath, are celebrating in the BIBLICAL holidays (Passover, Tabernacles, Pentecost, etc.) and are following the BIBLICAL laws (such as no eating pork, no wearing mixed fabrics, etc.?) Not very many, I can tell you that right now!

“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” – Mark 7:7

Many Christians these days are simply unaware of the fact that they’re profaning the BIBLICAL Sabbath by celebrating in the Sun-day/man-made (Catholic Church) Sabbath! And I pray that the Lord Jesus has mercy upon those folks and that He finds any number of ways to try to reach them with THE TRUTH before it’s too late!

Because MANY Christians, upon learning THE TRUTH about “the church’s” history will GLADLY follow the Lord’s commandments, once they really learn what the Lord’s commands REALLY ARE! Others sit on the fence awhile, comfortably clinging to their own “tradition”, figuring that eventually, they’ll stop their man-made traditions in order to fully follow Christ. And yet others aren’t really sure WHAT to think and waver between two opinions for far too long!

But in fact, in 1 Kings 18:21 it says: “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word”

The fact that the people “answered him not a word” says ALOT! It says that:

A). They didn’t truly know their God, the God of Israel (Jesus Christ Almighty)

B). They had given themselves over to demons/demonic spirits

C). They were full of “confusion”. 1 Corinthians 14:33 proclaims that “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints”.

In other words, the gospel of Jesus Christ (in and of itself) is NOT supposed to be “confusing”. However, all OTHER gospels and all OTHER religions contradict themselves. But Messianic Judaism/Jewish-roots Christianity is the ONLY religion on Earth that does NOT contradict itself! Reason being? It doesn’t have to! Everything is there in place, in neatly divined order and nothing’s out of place.

In other words, our God (the God of the bible) is NOT a God of Chaos but of NEATLY-DEFINED ORDER! From the laws of physics to the complexity of DNA, there is nothing out of place, no what ifs, everything is organized and in place! Everything is unique and has its very own special unique properties!

Another VERY INTERESTING fact from the Old Testament concerning The Sabbath is in Exodus 31:14 – “Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people”.

So in other words, the Lord God considers The 7th-Day Sabbath SO important that he proclaims that ANYONE who profaned it (back in Old Testament times) should be EXECUTED/PUT TO DEATH! OUCH! That’s pretty heavy, folks! Nevertheless, that truly tells us something, here: that tells us that if Jesus considered the profaning of the Sabbath to SUCH a degree in the Old Testament, that he most likely considers it JUST AS “weighty” in the New Testament & beyond! THIS IS SOBERING, FOLKS!

There are SO many Christians out there today that claim “it doesn’t matter on WHAT day you follow as The Sabbath, just AS LONG AS you follow ONE day a week FOR the Sabbath!” Wow! Such strong words! Jesus would likely be SPIRITUALLY APPALLED at those words! But lets start with the first three: “it doesn’t matter”. Well, we know from the bible that it DOES matter, it matters VERY, VERY MUCH! In fact, it mattered SO MUCH in the Old Testament that people were PUT TO DEATH for profaning it! So CLEARLY it DOES matter on WHICH day you follow as The Sabbath!

One interesting paradigm in the bible considers the two cases of Ishmael (Abraham’s son by his Egyptian slave woman, Hagar) and Isaac (his natural-born son by his wife, Sarah). Isaac is PART of the Covenant of God while Ishmael is NOT! Now why is that, do you think? Answer: Ishmael was born out of a time of “sin” (i.e. NOT waiting on God and acting prematurely IN PLACE OF GOD!)

Now what other instance in the bible can we think of where a supposed one of God ACTED PREMATURELY in PLACE OF GOD? Answer: When King Saul went ahead and made the animal sacrifice WITHOUT waiting on the prophet Samuel to arrive! And look what happened to HIM! Abraham, on the other hand, had a true heart for God and was FORGIVEN of his sin of “pre-maturing” the will of God

After Abraham REPENTED of his sin of “pre-maturing the will of God” and decided to WAIT for the will of God, Isaac was born! Therefore, Isaac was born at a time when there was NO sin surrounding the time of his birth! That’s why Isaac got to be a part of God’s Covenant, but Ishmael did NOT! Furthermore, Ishmael MOCKED Isaac and was cast out (along with his mother, Hagar) from the home of Abraham! And this was a foreshadowing of all the people that will be loved but still THROWN OUT of the presense of God at the time of the End! Why? Because they MOCKED the divine providence of God! Make sense?

And the covenant being with Isaac…….? Isaac is a prototype of all of today’s Christians that don’t just BELIEVE in Almighty God but OBEY HIM…….JOYFULLY OBEY HIM! Therefore, Isaac was a foreshadowing of all of today’s Christians that WILL BE/ARE a part of God’s TRUE biblical covenant! And so WHAT, once again, is **THE SIGN** OF that covenant? Answer: It is the keeping of the 7-day Biblical Sabbath (SATURDAY!)

[[P.S.: On a side note, you just KNOW we’re living in the Last Days when even some of the Jews THEMSELVES are trying NOT to keep the Biblical Sabbath Laws!]] 

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Supreme-court-lays-down-the-law-on-Shabbat-businesses-508479

Therefore, we have a choice: We can CHOOSE to become the spiritual essence of either Ishmael (the “cast out” son) or of Isaac (the “blessed son”). We’re free to make the choice, but what we are NOT free from is the eternal consequence of said choice. So for example, IF we make the WRONG CHOICE (i.e. choose to become the spiritual essence of Ishmael, the “cast out” son), and DIE in that choice, we are NOT free from the eternal lake of fire that awaits us! But if we choose the RIGHT CHOICE (becoming the spiritual essence of Isaac, the BLESSED SON), then we ARE automatically spared from the eternal lake of fire. Make sense, folks?

It is my hope and prayer that you will decide to become an “Isaac” (a 7th-Day Sabbath & biblical feasts/laws keeper) rather than an “Ishmael” (a person that thinks they can mock the God of the bible – rather directly or indirectly – and live their own way and celebrate in their own man-made Sabbaths/laws/feasts). Amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As It Was In The Days of Noah”: Spiritual Probation is CLOSING!

And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” 

Luke 17:26-30

Okay, so what is that passage saying? It’s saying (in a nutshell) that WHEN Jesus Christ soon returns to the Earth a SECOND TIME, he will be coming with GREAT POWER AND GLORY!

HOWEVER……his 2nd arrival to the Earth (in FULLY glorified spiritual form, arriving in the clouds of heaven) will catch MANY, MANY people “off-guard”, ESPECIALLY “Christians!” People, at THAT time, will be MUCH too absorbed with social media, pop culture, their Twitter/Facebook feeds, materialism/love for money, partying, sexing it up outside marriage, to be too concerned with the “signs” of his soon return.

Revelation 1:7 records that their reaction will be like THIS when Jesus returns:

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”

So in other words, IN that instantaneous moment when Jesus returns to Earth from WITHIN the clouds of heaven, the folks (especially “Christians”) that were too busy checking their Facebook, updating their Twitter feed, being obsessed with materialism, pop culture, videogames, partying, sexing it up outside of marriage, etc. will instantaneously REALIZE how “wrong” they were to:

A) NOT be concerned with Jesus Christ and the bible

B) NOT be concerned with the “signs” of his soon return and

C) NOT be concerned with their eternal salvation!

They will then realize that it’s TOO LATE for them and THEIR SOULS WILL MOURN/WAIL!

Jesus FURTHER goes on to describe the “mindset” of ALL people who “took no importance in Him or his divine words in the bible”:

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” [Matthew 7:22]

And Jesus will RESPOND to them by saying, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. [Matthew 7:23] OUCH!

They will ALSO ask him the fateful question(s): Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? [Matthew 25:44]

But again, Jesus will respond with: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” [Matthew 25:45]

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However, lets us go back and briefly touch on the days of Noah. What happened during that time in history? What did those days consist of?

We read about Noah in Genesis 5:28-9:29 [Old Testament, book of Genesis, Chapter 5, Verse 28, all the way through Chapter 9, verse 29]. In Genesis 6:2-3, we read about the fallen angels interbreeding with human women, with their offspring being called “The Nephilim”. The Nephilim were large “giants” who had “superhuman strength”. 

Genesis 6:5-7 further goes on to describe the “fallen state of man”: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

However, in Genesis 6:8-10, it becomes apparent that Noah is “set apart” in the site of the Lord. He is a “beacon of righteousness” in an unrighteous world:

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LordThese are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth”

Genesis 6:11-13 FURTHER goes on to say:

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” 

Genesis 6:17 is the “official decree” for the “global flood” to destroy all flesh (except Noah and his family):

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”

The Lord further goes on to state to Noah in verse 18: “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee”

Translation? Noah and his family were the ONLY ONES that were “worthy enough” to escape God’s Wrath! 8 people TOTAL(And Note: They most recently found evidence of Noah’s Ark in Ankara, Turkey on top of Mount Ararat, as well as a city close by that was named “the city of 8 people” that is HIGHLY believed to be of that of Noah & his family!) 

We also find a parallel story of “redemption” with Lot, in Genesis, chapters 12-19. Lot was Abraham’s nephew. He lived with/near Abraham for SEVERAL years, until he finally moved to the “wicked city” of Sodom.

HOWEVER, because Abraham had prayed on BEHALF of his nephew Lot and because Abraham’s “righteousness” had obviously somewhat rubbed off on Lot, Lot had IMMEDIATELY invited the two angels to his house for a meal (when such “hospitality laws” were obviously forbidden in “wicked Sodom”), as the following verses in Genesis 19: 1-3 illustrate:

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat”.

However, as the chapter further goes on, the men of Sodom were “sodomites” (where the word “sodomy” comes from). And they somehow found out that 2 male “guests” were staying at Lot’s “house”. They came outside the house and said the following:

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them

Most biblical scholars believe that “we may know them” means “we may sodomize them/know them CARNALLY”.

Anyways, the chapter goes on to say that the angels blinded the men outside so that they could not find the doorknob to Lot’s house.

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

The next morning, the cities were DESTROYED:

“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” 

Translation? The Lord decided to spare Lot from the DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH!

Therefore, both Noah and Lots are “archetypes”/”foreshadowings” of the “righteous ones” being REMOVED from God’s Wrath, AHEAD OF TIME!

And true, there’s many OTHER examples in the bible of God sparing his servants from wrath, but those seem to be the MAIN TWO EXAMPLES.

Many people talk about how CRUEL it was for God to destroy the whole world during the GLOBAL FLOOD of Noah’s time. However, many folks are forgetting that these people had 120 YEARS to repent (including the 7 days up until the Ark was sealed shut by Almighty God). But repent….they did NOT! So that is NOT God’s fault, people! They mocked Noah (a messenger of all righteousness) until the very, very end!

“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.” [Genesis 7:16]

My impression from the bible is that RIGHT AFTER the Lord shut Noah in the Ark, it did NOT start raining until SEVEN DAYS AFTER!

“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth” [Genesis 7:10]

So just think about this for a moment. Luke 17:27 makes it ALL TOO CLEAR…..

“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all”

They were likely dancing, rejoicing, singing, shouting, mocking and “celebrating” up until the day that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT!

THE MOMENT that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT, no man, woman or child was able to get inside! Imagine…….

And then, 7 days later, the RAINS BEGAN! I’m sure there was probably LOTS and LOTS of people who then tried to bang on the door to the Ark to try to get in. But the thing is, Noah couldn’t have let those people in even if he had wanted to! That’s the thing! And I’m sure by THAT point in time, many people were starting to wake up and REALIZE they were wrong! But by THEN, it was TOO LATE! And so what Jesus is saying in Luke 17: 27-30 is like how it was in the “Days of Noah”, RIGHT BEFORE THE FLOOD!

In other words, the “days of Noah” were like a PROTOTYPE of how the days “near the End” would BE! Look at society and the world today! People are getting married and “being given in marriage”, etc. Most people today don’t have a care in the world! And they have NO IDEA of the SPIRITUAL STORM that soon awaits them (that spiritual storm being GOD’S WRATH!)

People that talk about the bible, Jesus, salvation, bible prophecy, the End Times are, in most people’s eyes, are “just crazy”. So it was during the times of Noah! People called him “crazy”, a “lunatic”, etc. And THEN look what happened! The flood came and took them all away, the bible says!

In fact, SPIRITUAL BATTLE LINES are now being drawn. Which side will God/Jesus peg you on? Will he place you in the “Ark” of HIS Salvation and HIS Righteousness, or will he CLOSE OFF His Salvation and His Righteousness completely FROM you? 

Here, THIS GUY explains it best:

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between True/Genuine Repentance Vs. “Face-Value” Repentance

Remember back in grade-school when one kid got into a fight with another kid and then the teacher later tried to make each kid say they were ‘sorry’ to one another, and how the two kids then scowled at each other and mockingly said ‘sorry’ in unison? (In other words, the two kids SAID they were “sorry” but they didn’t truly MEAN IT in their HEARTS?!)

Well, I really hate to admit this but I was actually ONE of those “kids” in the 4th grade! And at the time, I thought I was so “justified” in my actions……the girl had been bullying ME first, and so I bullied her right back, which eventually led to a one-time physical confrontation on the playground in which I shoved her to the ground. The teacher (perhaps in vain?) tried to make us both say we were “sorry” to one another afterwards, but ofcourse we weren’t, at the time!

This is a PRIME EXAMPLE of what I call “Face-Value” Repentance……..It is a SPOKEN/VERBAL repentance but NOT LITERAL!

If we turn through the pages of the bible, we see SEVERAL examples of “Face-Value Repentance”. Let us examine a few:

“And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer” – Exodus 9: 27-28

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.” – Exodus 10: 16-17

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthrightFor ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears” – Hebrews 12: 16-17

Now……what do ALL of these “Face-Value Repentances” have in common (including my very OWN during the time of 4th grade?) Answer: each and every individual in these cases KNOWS deep, deep down within their spirit that they’ve “done wrong in the name of the Lord” but….THEY WON’T ADMIT IT AND/OR THEY DON’T CARE!

They’re “pridefully arrogant” in their sins and even feel “JUSTIFIED” in their sins:

“And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord” – 1 Samuel 15:13 and….verse 20…..”And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses” – Exodus 1: 8-11

And these Old Testament characters are really no different than many “Christians” out there, TODAY. They “say” or “claim” they are sorry, but they are NOT “truly sorry” with tears, repentance and mourning.

What does truly “mourning” over one’s sin(s) mean? Let us turn back to the bible to find out!

Psalm 51 of King David declares:

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spiritThen will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”

So in other words, David was grieved of his sin, not ONLY by his OWN accord, but by the LORD’S ACCORD! In other words, he was grieved at his HEART! (In other words, he was grieved in his heart, knowing how, in his own sin, he had BROKEN the “heart” of God!)

This is the polar opposite of Esau, who only became sorry after he “got caught” by his father for selling his birthright to Jacob! And if you think about it, that’s really no different than today’s “celebrities” saying “sorry” in the news media for this or that. But one really has to wonder. Are they really, TRULY sorry or just “sorry they got caught?” If they had NEVER gotten caught, would they have still partaken of that “sin”?

However, when King David in the Old Testament said he was “sorry”, he TRULY meant it! That’s WHY the bible calls him “a man after God’s own heart”. In other words, King David was mourning the fact that he knew he had pierced God’s “heart” with his unrighteous SIN! And did King David try to cling to his sin, as though it were a secret beloved pet? No! Ofcourse not! He wanted his sin FAR REMOVED from him! Because he didn’t want to do anything that he knew, from that point on, that would break God’s heart! In fact, he cared more about God’s heart than his own, I’d bet to say!

TODAY’S men and women (specifically Christian men and women) are after their OWN “hearts!” They often think, what’s best for ME? How is this going to benefit ME? They ALSO oftentimes think, Yeah well, I don’t NEED to apologize for this or that because God ALREADY knows I’m sorry, for he knows all things! Or they ASSUME someone they NEED to apologize to ALREADY knows they’re “sorry”, when that personally can’t be further from the truth!

True, GENUINE repentance means to feel SO BAD about something, that you feel spiritually sickened to your stomach about it……..SO GRIEVED that you feel like metaphorically cutting out your insides with GREAT SHAME………SO GRIEVED…that you’d do almost anything to change it (whatever sin you’ve committed/been committing). In other words, it’s a TRUE change of heart.

On the other hand, face-value repentance is just putting on a “show”. For example: A person gets caught cheating on their spouse. And oh, how “sorry” they are, and oh how they promise “they’ll never do it again”. But these types of “apologies” only go so far. What will the cheat-ER do once the cheat-EE (the spouse being cheated on) becomes “too trusting” again? Are they really, TRULY sorry or only “sorry because they got caught”?

One thing that ALL people will have in common that get thrown into the lake of fire someday (Revelation 20:15) is either that they are NOT truly sorry for all their bad deeds they’ve done throughout their lifetime OR will try to “claim” (before God) they’re sorry (but aren’t TRULY sorry, only sorry they “got caught”). In other words, they’ll be the epitome of “face-value repentance”.

On the flipside, the very few people who DO make it into the Lamb’s Book of Life (God’s record book of all his FAITHFUL servants) will have what’s called GENUINE REPENTANCE. They will be sorry NOT ONLY for the hurt they’ve caused themselves and others but for the major hurt they’ve caused to GOD ALMIGHTY *HIMSELF!* They’ll be grieved at their very hearts over the “broken heart” of God over their sin(s)! 

Signs a person is TRULY sorry/repentant:

1). They realize just how “damaging” the sin(s) are to themselves and others and to Almighty God

2). They pray to the good Lord to remove the sin(s) from their life

3). They work about in ways in order TO banish the sin from their life (ex: an alcoholic will stop drinking, a drug addict will work to become clean, a person with severe anger issues will get some anger-management counseling, etc.)

Signs a person is NOT truly repentant/sorry:

1). They stop the behavior “once caught” but then quickly take back up the behavior again “when no-one’s looking”

2). They don’t see their “sin” AS sin or as “bad” of a sin as it SHOULD BE

3). They cry tears of pain, saying or claiming how sorry they are, but then immediately take back up the behavior once God/people around them have forgiven them for “said behavior”

I hope this will help you distinguish true, genuine repentance from “face-value repentance”. In other words, a person can APPEAR in the face to be “most grieved” over their “sin”, but the inside of their spirit may feel otherwise!

In other words, the inside of their SPIRITS may be saying, “ah, come on, it wasn’t/it’s not THAT bad!” while the outward expression on their face might say, Oh, please forgive me, O how sorry I AM!”

Looks can be deceiving. So be forewarned. If a person says they’re sorry, make sure they actually mean it. And if YOU yourself say you’re sorry to God and to others, make sure that YOU actually mean it! 

May this post serve as a lesson to us ALL (myself included). Amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between True/Genuine Faith Vs. “Going Through The Motions”

I once had a Christian friend say to me that she “didn’t really like going to church because she felt like she was just *going through the motions*!” And those words really got me, for some reason: *going through the motions*. I sat there and thought about it for awhile, trying to ponder what she meant by those words, exactly. And then it hit me! TRADITION. She’s tired of the same, dull, boring TRADITION that’s taking place in churches today. In fact, I can’t blame her. It was honestly why I myself LEFT “the church system” YEARS AGO!

People get dressed up in their Sunday best, pile into the church, sit in pews, and listen to the pastor drone on for about 35 minutes or so. The rest of the time is spent “singing” and “talking about church budgets”. There’s also the “offering plate”, “communion”, etc.

And I’m gonna be truthfully honest, here. The few times that I actually “attempted” to attend actual church services at the local Lutheran church years and years ago, (in order to feel more like an “authentic Christian”), I LIKED hearing about Jesus but I was bored stiff with the overall “sermons” and found myself looking around the church (at the stained-glass windows, at the church organ, at the side of the wall, at anything BUT the pulpit).

And I’d always ask myself, “Why am I so bored, here? Why does it always feel like the same old, same old?” In fact, I even felt GUILTY for “feeling bored” inside a church. I had thought to myself at the time, “Jesus must be really mad at me, NOW! How offended would he be if he found out I felt bored stiff during church sermons?”

In fact, once as a little kid, I even remember saying to my mom one time on the way home from school, “church is boring!” [I went to a Christian pre-school, even though my folks weren’t church-goers, which was weird. I guess my mom was more “Agnostic” back then, sending us there in a “just in case God’s true” scenario]. My mom asked me why. I said, “because all they say is (speaking in a monotone) “Jesus Christ is Lord”.

Now…..I didn’t make that statement to mock Jesus in ANY way, shape or form! What I was TRYING to draw attention to, on that particular day, is more or less that “pastors make Jesus boring“. But the Jesus I KNOW is NOT boring in ANY way, shape or form! The Jesus I KNOW parted the Red Sea, created ALL living things and has the ability to shake the Earth & the Waters with just the mere SOUND of his VOICE! And as I got older, those words I spoke when I was younger about “church is boring” really seemed to resonate deep within me and my soul!

But in fact, NOTHING about today’s “Modern-Day Christianity” is even biblical! It’s sad, folks but it’s true! Church “buildings” aren’t biblical, church “sermons” aren’t biblical, sitting in pews is not biblical, “offering plates” are not biblical, choirs are not “biblical”, the Sunday Sabbath IN AND OF ITSELF is not biblical, getting “dressed up” for “church” is not biblical, “going to church SERVICE” is not biblical, basically, NOTHING about Modern-Day Christianity is BIBLICAL!

Therefore, all of the people that find church “boring” (rather they realize it or not) are actually ON to something! Something deep, deep within their spirits must “sense” that something seems “amiss” in the “churches” today! For example, God created for 6 days, then rested on and CONSECRATED the 7th DAY! So why do “churches” today unbiblically meet on the FIRST day of the week (Sunday?) For Sunday was the very FIRST day of creation!

For another example, “The Church” celebrates New Year’s, Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. But tell me. What do Easter bunnies, painted eggs, Santa Claus, Reindeer, snowmen, confetti and Halloween costumes have to do with JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

“But Jesus was born on December 25”, some say. Really? Does it say that in the bible? What bible are these folks reading from? Because MY KJV bible doesn’t mention ANYTHING about it being “winter” when Jesus was born! [However, MY KJV bible DOES mention how we’re supposed to instead commemorate Jesus’s death/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven during what’s known as “The Lord’s Supper”!]  

And that’s just the “Protestant” way of things……..For if a person is CATHOLIC, it gets EVEN WORSE!

Catholics believe in “Purgatory” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Indulgences” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Praying to Saints” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Jesus had no brothers or sister” (BIBLE PROVES HE DID), “Virgin Mary was the ONLY being born by Virgin Birth” (NOT IN BIBLE – AND HOW DOES THAT EVEN COMPUTE, ANYWAYS? For they couldn’t BOTH be surely born by Virgin Birth…….because if so, that would make Mary God and she’s NOT GOD! Luke 1:46-47 PROVES THIS beyond all shadow of a doubt, people!)

But on to my next point………the “difference” between true, genuine faith and what I call “going-through-the-motions”/manufactured faith.

First, we’ll take a look at the example of King Saul in the Old Testament. At the very beginning, he was very humble, down to Earth, and had a STRONG faith in God Almighty! But as the chapters of 1 Samuel 12+ wear on, Saul starts to get arrogant, proud, disobedient and FEARFUL.

He starts out as THIS:

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel” – 1 Samuel 11:13

Comes to THIS:

“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” – 1 Samuel 28:7

And ends up like THIS:

And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it1 Chronicles 10:2-4

So what happened between 1 Samuel 12 and 1 Samuel 28?

The first thing that happened is that King Saul did NOT wait on the Lord’s prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord. The 2nd thing Saul did was REFUSE to kill all the Amalekites and their cattle/etc., whom the Lord SPECIFICALLY commanded to be WIPED OUT! 

So see……it all started out with what King Saul thought was a “minor thing” and then, over time, his sins became GREATER and GREATER and his faith became LESS AND LESS! In fact, it would probably be safe to say that King Saul’s “spiritual relationship” with the Lord during that time (from 1 Samuel 12 to 1 Samuel 28) became a thing of OBLIGATION, instead of LOVING OBEDIENCE! 

That’s why many people sitting in church pews today feel like they’re “just going through the motions”, because THEY ARE! They’re not truly challenged in their lives to keep the faith and to LOVINGLY obey the Lord and his Written Word! Instead, they’re “spoon-fed” a watered-down/feel-good/cheery message about the bible that doesn’t talk about hell, eternal condemnation, the book of Revelation, bible prophecy, REPENTANCE of sin and/or “getting right with the Lord”. In fact, most church “services” today rarely talk about Jesus AT ALL! It’s more of a “be a good person and that’s good enough” for God type of WATERED-DOWN BLASPHEMOUS MESSAGE! ;(

HOWEVER……an example in the Old Testament of a man who DID have complete and total faith in the Lord is ABRAHAM. Genesis, Chapter 22 in the Old Testament tells us the story of how God TESTED Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his own son, Isaac.

Originally, (BEFORE Genesis 22), Abram (BEFORE God changed his name to “Abraham”) and Sarai (BEFORE God changed her name to “Sarah”) weren’t able to have children due to Sarai being “barren” in her old age. Therefore, it was Sarai’s idea for Abram to marry her handmaiden, Hagar, an Egyptian, which Abram did…..and THAT son’s name was Ishmael. However, Abram was still sad he had no true “genetic heir” and cried out to God in prayer about it. So God opened up Sarai’s womb and him and Sarah had Isaac, the “miracle child” promised by God.

However, in Genesis, chapter 22, Isaac is now a teenager (the bible implies) and God is now worried that Abraham loves Isaac more than he loves HIM (Almighty God). So God decides to test Abraham’s loving, faithful obedience by asking him to sacrifice his “promised son” Isaac!

However, in the biblical narrative, we KNOW that Abraham probably doesn’t like what he has to do, but also that he has FAITH. Because when he and Isaac get to the bottom of Mount Moriah, Genesis 22:5 states, “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”. 

Just think of what type of FAITH Abraham have to have had! For it would’ve taken him TOTAL FAITH to do what he did. [And please remember that the near-sacrifice Isaac is a prototype/foreshadowing for what would someday become God’s sacrifice of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua, for all of mankind! As Abraham didn’t hold back his only son from God, God did not hold back his only son from US!]

However, Genesis 22:10-12 further goes on to state: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me!” 

Further on, we read in Genesis 22: 13-18 how the Lord decided to BLESS ABRAHAM, as a RESULT of his loving obedience and his faith:

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. 

So from these two biblical examples, we can learn what having true, GENUINE FAITH is, and what having “lukewarm/going-through-the-motions” faith is. 

True/GENUINE Faith: Knowing that Yeshua/Jesus Christ has your back, no matter what

Lukewarm/going-though-the-motions: “Maybe Jesus will save me someday on the day of Judgement, maybe he won’t”

See the difference here, folks? Many folks ask the fateful question, “Why has God/Jesus forsaken me?” But ya know what, people? It’s US who forsake HIM! 

How? Simple. We don’t have “time” to read our bibles or pray but we DO have time to watch Netflix, text our bestfriend, listen to the radio, etc. We don’t have “time” to donate to the needy because we’re too wrapped up in our OWN lives and “financial woes”. We don’t have “time” to repent of our sins because we got to clean the house, go to work, pay our bills, hang out with our friends, read our favorite novel, pick up the kids from soccer practice, you get the idea……….

So I leave you with THIS: What type of “faith” do you have? Do YOU have the type of faith, where, you knew if you died today, that you’d go to spend eternity with Jesus? Or do you have the type of “faith” where you’re not sure? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that not even a person pointing a gun at your head and/or threatening to behead you will make you DENY your faith in Jesus Christ? Or would you “squirm” at the first hint of a threat on your LIFE? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that you share your faith in Jesus with others? Or do you tend to “cower” about your faith in Jesus towards others and try to “bury Jesus” in your life by not letting the name of Jesus be well-known in your life to others?

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” – Hebrews 11:6

What type of faith do YOU have? For IF you don’t have a strong, GENUINE type faith, TODAY is the day to pray to GET that type of faith! Pray the following prayer with me:

“Almighty Yeshua/Lord Jesus, my faith has NOT been where it needs to be, lately. I’ve had a lukewarm faith. But please, bit by bit and little by little, please REMOVE my lukewarm faith and replace it with UNBREAKABLE FAITH IN YOU, EVEN IN THE FACE OF DEATH/TORCHURE SOMEDAY. Please give me a faith and trust in you that’s SO STRONG, that NOTHING or NO-ONE can break it! Thank-you, Lord. Amen”

And pray that prayer with all your HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND STRENGTH and MEAN that prayer with ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL! TRUST IN THE LORD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYER FOR UNBREAKABLE FAITH AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU! 😉

GREAT AND MIGHTY IS OUR LORD & GOD! HE PARTED THE RED SEA, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, AND HE SPOKE THE VERY UNIVERSE INTO EXISTENCE WITH JUST THE MERE SOUND OF HIS VOICE! GREAT, MIGHTY AND POWERFUL IS HIS NAME! THE NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES! 😉  

 

 

 

“I’ve Become A Christian: Now What?” Part Two

I’ve noticed some modern-day persecution of Christians on Youtube, for example. Whenever a video receives almost nothing but “glowing messages” in the comments section, that usually means that there’s some minor error that’s wrong in the video that most people haven’t picked up on. However, when there’s nothing BUT truth in a video, oftentimes there will TONS of messages of hate and severe persecution underneath the video that can NOT be backed up by the bible. If the comments underneath a video can be backed up with the bible, then it’s likely to be humble correction on the part of the commenter.

However, if what a commenter says can NOT be backed up with the bible, that’s usually the mark of a true demonic attack on the video poster themselves. But persecution doesn’t just happen on Youtube. It happens in news articles, in public and even in the home or workplace as well. For example, I work in a place where, the most part, people don’t love God. Anyone that goes to church or believes in Jesus is seen as “uncool” and there’s ALOT of pressure for people to go out and drink, party, have casual sex relationships and smoke hash.

And if you DON’T do any of those things, the coworkers act nice to you in person and then talk about what a “spiritual hypocrite/religious bigot/goody-two-shoes” you are behind your back. And any attempts to tell them about Jesus (on your part) is somehow seen as “HATE”. Not to mention that upper management hints at you with this look of “better keep your religion out of it or you’ll likely lose your job, here!” In fact, our latest employee handbook says that no necklace jewelry is to be worn other than a medical one. So it would seem they don’t want people wearing cross necklaces for fear of offending all the atheists/etc. out there.

James 4:4 says: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. And I’m gonna be brutally honest with you, here. It is NOT easy to live a life set apart from the world. People will laugh at you, make fun of you, argue with you, make you feel guilty and like you’re some sort of “religious bigot”, exclude you from group outings, PRESSURE YOU TO BECOME MORE LIKE THEM — FULL OF DARKNESS — etc. all because you believe in Jesus Christ and following his commands in the bible.

People that are “friends” with the world are “worldly”, meaning they chase after ungodly pursuits such as lust, pride, greed, arrogance, envy, money/materialism, humanism, intellectualism without God, fame, etc. And in so doing, they become “enemies” of God, since God outlaws these practices and pursuits in the bible. However, those who pursue RIGHTEOUS pursuits such as chasity before/outside marriage, humbleness, giving to others less fortunate than them/putting other’s needs before their own, intellectualism WITH God, the disinterest in money/materialism, etc. are considered “friends” of God but “enemies” of the world and its “wordly pursuits”.

But one of the most IRONIC times that Satan uses to attack Christians is when they are at a HIGH point in their lives. Because lets face it, when everything’s going well in our lives, we tend to think our success is of our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus Christ’s accord. For example, maybe a missionary has successfully converted 70 people in one week in like, Guatemala or somewhere. And at the end of week, that Christian missionary starts to become full of themselves, saying to themselves from within: “wow, my missionary skills are TOTALLY AWESOME, I’m INDESTRUCTIBLE!”, totally forgetting the facts that it was the Lord who put him/her there in that country to begin with, the Lord who brought those spiritually hungry souls before him/her and the Lord himself who worked in the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of those saved/converted people.

Or perhaps a Christian on WordPress or Youtube suddenly gains many subscribers and starts letting it go to their heads, instead of gracefully, fearfully and humbly thanking the Lord Jesus for opening up those peoples’ minds, hearts, bodies and spirits to his wonderful Eternal Truth (the truth of Salvation in him and him, ALONE!). When we have everything we need, we tend to forget God and his hand in things and that’s when Satan swoops in on us and thinks to himself “haha! NOW is my moment, during their most vulnerable time of weakness!” But when we DON”T have everything we need and are STRUGGLING, that’s when we REALLY start to get down on our knees to cry out to Jesus Christ, am I right?

Satan knows he doesn’t have a very good chance of trying to get us while we’re struggling (he KNOWS many of us will cry out to Jesus Christ in prayer during those times) but he knows just how truly VULNERABLE we are during times of “great accomplishment” in our lives. Hebrews 11:6 states: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. In other words, we must believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is (the Son of God), and also that he rewards those who diligently seek him; not just halfway or partially seek him but DILIGENTLY seek him. Simply put, we must have FAITH.

Revelation 21:8 says : “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. In other words, those who FEAR they’re not truly saved by Jesus Christ and those who do NOT believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is or that he even exists, shall be eternally condemned in the lake of fire. And so once you become a fully-submerged baptized person in the name of Jesus Christ and become a bible-believing and bible-APPLYING Christian, you must CONTINUE being a bible-believing, bible-APPLYING Christian. You can’t just give up at the first sight of spiritual onslaught.

The degree to what Satan tempts you is ALSO a good sign of where you currently are, with the Lord. If Satan tries to tempt you ALOT, then you KNOW you’re in good with the Lord. But if he only tempts you from to time, then you need to re-examine your spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and find out if there’s something holding you back from a true spiritual relationship with him. Because lets face it, Satan doesn’t really have to tempt someone that much who’s already is or who’s become a “wayward Christian” of sorts. Think about it, folks!

I pray that all who read this will be saved in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and will stay saved for all eternity. Amen.

“I’ve Become a Christian: Now What?” Part One

When one decides to become a Christian and gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (FULLY submerged baptism, not sprinkling), one will receive the free gifts of Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Everlasting Life. And along with this comes the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth that will tell you “this is of God” or “this is NOT of God”, in other words, the gift of Spiritual Discernment.

However, the MOMENT you become fully-submerged baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons will IMMEDIATELY set you apart and put you on their “SPIRITUAL HITLIST” of people to spiritually attack. Because quite technically, becoming a fully-submerged baptized Christian in the name of Jesus Christ makes YOU, the Christian believer, one of Satan’s BIGGEST threats in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE (next to the Lord Jesus Christ & the Lord’s angels, themselves!) Basically, the more people turn to Jesus Christ and AWAY from the throes of Satan, the less souls that Satan will be able to steal away from Jesus Christ Almighty!

“But how exactly does Satan try to steal away a soul from Jesus Christ?”, one might ask. Well, the answer is simple: subtlety. He’s not gonna come out with the full-blazing spiritual guns, sort’ve speak, and loudly proclaim to you: “hi, I’m Satan and I’m here to try to steal your soul away! mmuhhahahhaha” No, he’s gonna be far more subtle than that. He starts out small, then works up big. For example, maybe the first thing he’ll do is use non-believing friends, family and coworkers to try to make you feel “ashamed” or “guilty” of your faith in Jesus Christ and/or to make you feel like a “religious bigot” of sorts. And then, he slowly branches out from there in his attacks.

He will then use non-believers around you to “tempt you” in doing things that go against the bible. Things like “go ahead and keep the extra change, it’s ONLY 2 quarters, nobody’s gonna care or notice”, “go ahead, get a soda refill without paying for it, nobody’s gonna care or notice” or “the bible never condemns drinking, ya know? So what’s the harm in it?” or “the bible doesn’t really prohibit pre-marital sex, sex is a gift from God, so it’s REALLY not gonna hurt ya to partake of it before marriage” or perhaps “it said that God gave us every single plant so there’s really no harm in smoking hash/marijuana/grass/mary jane”.

Well, we know first-hand that people have actually died from the synthetic “hash/marijuana” being marketed to people today as the following articles demonstrate:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/06/health/synthetic-marijuana-denver/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/02/marijuana-pot-edible-death-colorado-denver/7220685/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/man-bites-dog-eats-dog-high-spice/story?id=16660512

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/05/tainted-spice-linked-to-kidney-failure-outbreak/

So yes, there is REAL HARM in it, not only physical and mental harm, but spiritual harm as well, MARK MY WORDS!

But going back to the topic at hand, spiritual warfare. If you attempt to save yourself for marriage, Satan will no doubt try to tempt you with lust, pornography, and the like. And he will MOST SPECIFICALLY use a non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to do that. And if THAT doesn’t work, Satan will try a slightly different approach. He will get the non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to put pressure on you. “Oh what, you don’t love me? Is that it? Are you cheating on me or what? Yeah well, EVERYBODY’S doing it and you’re gonna have trouble finding someone who isn’t!” to try to SHAME you into pre-marital sex.

And if and when you DO ever cave to the temptation of pre-marital sex, Satan will use the “guilt” and “shame” you feel over it to EVEN FURTHER drag you down (spiritually speaking). Satan will try like heck to get you to believe the LIE of “well, I’ve already done it once, I might as well keep doing it since Jesus Christ is too ashamed of me, now!” And then, once Satan has you hating yourself, he gots you right where he wants you and you are “fair game” to him, spiritually speaking.

Some people think “once marked in the name of God, always marked in the name of God” but that’s just not true! For when Christians become luke-warm or REPEATEDLY cave to Satan’s temptations (such as “go ahead and have pre-marital sex on a continual basis, God’s not gonna care”, “Jesus doesn’t care if you continually party, he partied himself at the wedding at Canaan”, “go ahead and continually smoke hash with the coworkers, it’s alright”), the mark of God on them/the burning fire in their hearts FOR the Lord (brought on by full immersion baptism) will start to “fade/die out” over time until one day, it’s hardly ignited in their hearts at all and then, if the person STAYS on the path of darkness, the flame in their hearts FOR God might just disappear altogether. And the only way for them to RE-IGNITE that flame in their hearts FOR the Lord Jesus Christ is to once again, read God’s Word/the bible, REPENT of all sins and RE-APPLY the bible to their lives!

“But why is baptism even NEEDED in the first place?”, one might ask and the simple answer is this: baptism (the “ceremonial washing away of sins” is not only done TO Jesus Christ himself in the river Jordan in the New Testament by John the Baptist) but the bible has about 12+ passages that command baptism and they are as follows:

1. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

2. Mark 1:5 “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins”

3. Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,”

4. Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

5. Matthew 3:6 “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”

 6. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized is saved but he who does not believe is condemned”

 7. Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and every one of you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”

 8. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born of water and spirit [baptized], one cannot enter the Kingdom of God [heaven]“

 9. Acts 10:48 “With that, he commanded them to baptized in the name of Christ

10. Acts 22:16 “And now, why are you delaying? Rise and get baptized and wash your sins away by calling upon his name”

11. Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead

12. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”

13. Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism

14. 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

[[**And for those who think or worry that babies go to hell if they’re not baptized, John 15:22 says: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin“. In other words, babies are pardoned. Except in the cases of the Old Testament where a whole entire city was wiped out, the decree of Herod, and the decree of the Lord against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, all babies are pardoned. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven“. ]]

Even though Satan STILL tempts those who are “already his” (spiritually speaking) — (this is evidenced for example when famous people spiral further & further out of control due to Satan FURTHER tempting them to go even FURTHER and FURTHER down the path of darkness such as “go ahead, join the million dollar club”, “open up a new nightclub”, “go ahead and do some Hollywood drug using/dealing on the side, it’s not gonna kill you” and the like) — he’s actually far more interested in the “saints of God” (that is to say, TRUE biblical-roots Christians who not only have the testimony of the Word of God/the Holy Bible written on their hearts, but actually go out and APPLY it to their lives). Why? Because THOSE people are the true “threats” to him. But basically, his goal is to tempt ALL. He wants to keep those already under his spell IN his spiritual grip and he wants to try to get those who are OUT of his control (true Christians) INTO his control, if that makes any sense.

Jesus said in John 15: 18-23 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also

Matthew 16: 24-26 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

John 16:23 says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

So in other words, Jesus Christ NEVER promised that being a true Christian would be “easy”. In fact, he suggested it would be anything BUT easy in today’s evil, evil world. However, in John 16:23, he reminds us not to worry about the trials and tribulation we will have in this world because he’s ALREADY overcome the world.

Matthew 5:10 states: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven“. Verses 11-12 go on to say: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

So in other words, when you TRULY live for Jesus Christ, people are gonna take notice and some are gonna severely persecute you for it. However, when this happens, Jesus Christ says to be glad since your rewards in heaven will be great whenever this happens. And the REASON why we are persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ is because he (Jesus) wants to TEST our faith and teach us how to have STRONG FAITH, even in the face of Adversity! Think back to Abraham in the Old Testament. The Lord wanted to test Abraham and his faith to see if he (Abraham) valued the Lord above, first and foremost before everything else in his life. And thankfully, Abraham passed the test. We also read about a guy named Job (pronounced Yob) in the Old Testament who also had HIS faith put to the test. And once again, he ALSO thankfully passed the testing of his faith. But there are some out there who when their faith is tested, fall.

Matthew 7: 24-27 states: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”. In other words, how strong is our faith and trust in the Lord? Will we bow out and give up at the FIRST sign of persecution or will we hold strong, even IN SPITE of major adversity, like Abraham and Job did in the Old Testament?

 

Jesus Christ: The One and ONLY True Jewish Messiah!

There seems to be three separate groups of Jews/Jewish people today. There are those who accept that Jesus Christ was the only true Jewish Messiah, those that do NOT accept Jesus Christ as their true Jewish Messiah and yet others who have no opinion on the matter and/or aren’t sure rather or not Jesus Christ was the one and only true Jewish Messiah.

The Old Testament has around 333+ prophecies about the coming “Jewish Messiah”. And during the time of the New Testament, Jesus Christ fulfilled ALL of them. They are as follows:

  1. Genesis 3:15…………seed of a woman (virgin birth)……..Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-23
  2. Genesis 3:15………….He will bruise Satan’s head…………Hebrews 2:14-18
  3. Genesis 5:24………..The bodily ascension to Heaven illustrated……Mark 16:19
  4. Genesis 9:26-27…..The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem…Luke 3:36
  5. Genesis 12:3……….As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations……Acts 3: 25-26
  6. Genesis 12:7……….The Promise made to Abraham’s seed………Galatians 3:16-18
  7. Genesis 14:18………A priest after Melchizedek………Hebrews 6:20, Hebrews 7:15-17
  8. Genesis 14:18………A King also………..Hebrews 7:2, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14 & 19:16
  9. Genesis 14:19……….The Last Supper foreshadowed……Matthew 26:26-29
  10. Genesis 17:19…………The Seed of Isaac…………Romans 9:7
  11. Genesis 21:12…………Isaac’s Seed………………..Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18
  12. Genesis 22:8………….The Lamb of God promises………John 1:29
  13. Genesis 22:18……….As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations…….Galatians 3:29
  14. Genesis 26:2-5……….The Seed of Isaac promised as The Redeemer…….Hebrews 11:17-18
  15. Genesis 49:10…………The Time of His coming………Luke 2:1-7, Galatians 4:4-7
  16. Genesis 49:10…………The Seed of Judah………..Luke 3:33
  17. Genesis 49:10…………Called Shiloh or One-Sent……….John 17:3
  18. Genesis 49:10…………To come before Judah lost identity……..John 11:47-53
  19. Genesis 49:10…………To Him shall the obedience of the people be………John 10:16
  20. Exodus 3:13-14……….The Great “I Am”……….John 4:26, *John 8:58*
  21. Exodus 12:5……………A Lamb without blemish………..1 Peter 1:19
  22. Exodus 12:13………….The Blood of the Lamb saves God’s Wrath………..Romans 5:8-9
  23. Exodus 12:21-27………Christ is our Passover……..1 Corinthians 5:7
  24. Exodus 12:46/Psalms 34:20…Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken…John 19:31-36
  25. Exodus 13:2…………….Blessing to first born son…………..Luke 2:23?
  26. Exodus 15:2…………….His exaltation predicted as Yeshua…….Acts 7:55-56
  27. Exodus 15:11……………His character, Holiness………..Luke 1:35, Acts 4:27, 1 Peter 1:16
  28. Exodus 17:6……………..The Spiritual Rock of Israel……….1 Corinthians 10:4
  29. Exodus 33:19……………His character, Merciful………Luke 1:72
  30. Leviticus 14:11………….The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood…….Luke 5:12-14, Acts 6:7
  31. Leviticus 16:15-18……..Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all-death……..Hebrews 9:7-15
  32. Leviticus 16: 27-28……Suffering Outside the Camp…..Matthew 27:33, Hebrews 13:11-12
  33. Leviticus 17:11………….The blood – the life of the flesh………Matthew 16:28, Mark 10:45
  34. Leviticus 17:11……It is the blood that makes atonement…..1 John 3:14-18, Ephesians 1:7
  35. Leviticus 23:37………The Drink Offering: “If any man thirst”………….John 7:37
  36. Numbers 9:12……………….Not a bone of Him broken…………John 19:31-36
  37. Numbers 21:9………….The Serpent on a Pole: Christ lifted up………John 3:14-18
  38. Numbers 24:8/Hosea 11:1…………Flight From Egypt………..Matthew 2:15
  39. Numbers 24:17/Job 19:26:27……”I shall see him but not now”….Galatians 4:2 & 4:4
  40. Numbers 24:17-19….A Star out of Jacob….Matthew 2:2, Luke 1:33/78, Revelation 22:16
  41. Deuteronomy 18:15………..”This is of a truth that prophet”………..John 6:14
  42. Deuteronomy 18:15-16……”Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me”….John 5:45-47
  43. Deuteronomy 18:18…….Sent by the Father to speak his Word……..John 8:29-32
  44. Deuteronomy 18:19…….Whoever will not hear must bear his sin…….John 9:41 & 15:22
  45. Deuteronomy 18:18……As a Prophet….John 6:14 & 7:40, Acts 3:22-23, Matthew 21:11
  46. Deuteronomy 21:23…….Cursed is He that hangs on a tree…….Galatians 3:13
  47. Job 19:25…..Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us….Ephesians 1:3-7, Matthew 1:21-22
  48. 1 Samuel 2:10…..Shall be an anointed King to the Lord……..Matthew 28:19, John 12:15
  49. 2 Samuel 7:12-13……………..David’s Seed…………………Matthew 1:1
  50. 2 Samuel 14a…………………..The Son of God……………..Luke 1:32
  51. 2 Samuel 7:16……..David’s house established forever……….Luke 3:31, Revelation 22:16
  52. 2 Samuel 23: 2-4……….would be the “Rock………..1 Corinthians 10:4
  53. 2 Samuel 23: 2-4……….would be as “the light of the morning”…..Revelation 22:16
  54. 2 Kings 2:11……..the bodily ascension to heaven illustrated……….Luke 24:51
  55. 1 Chronicles 17:11……..the Seed of David………..Matthew 1:1, Matthew 9:27
  56. 1 Chronicles 17:12-13…….To reign on David’s throne forever……Luke 1:32-33
  57. 1 Chronicles 17:13…”I shall be his Father, & He shall be my Son”…..Hebrews 1:5
  58. Job 19: 23-27………….The Resurrection predicted………….John 5:24-29
  59. Psalms 2:1-3………….The enmity of Kings foreordained……….Acts 4:25-28
  60. Psalms 2:2……………To own the title, Anointed (Christ)…………Acts 2:36
  61. Psalms 2:6…………His character, Holiness…………….John 8:42, Revelation 3:7
  62. Psalms 2:6………….To own the title King……………….Matthew 2:2
  63. Psalms 2:7………….Declared the Beloved Son………..Matthew 3:17
  64. Psalms 2:7-8……….The Crucifixion & Resurrection intimated…..Acts 13:29-33
  65. Psalms 2:12…………Life comes through faith in Him………..John 20:31
  66. Psalms 8:2………….The mouth of babes perfect his praise……..Matthew 21:16
  67. Psalms 8:5-6…….His humiliation & Exaltation…..Luke 23:35-36, Luke 24:51
  68. Psalms 16:10……………….Was not to see corruption……………………Acts 2:31
  69. Psalms 16:9-11……………..Was to arise from the dead…………………John 20:9
  70. Psalms 17:15………………….The Resurrection Predicted………………Luke 24:6-7
  71. Psalms 22:1…………….Forsaken because of sins of others………..2 Corinthians 5:21
  72. Psalms 22:1……Words spoken from Calvary……”My God….”……….Mark 15:34
  73. Psalms 22:2………………..Darkness upon Calvary……………………..Matthew 27:45
  74. Psalms 22:7………..They ridicule and shake their heads……….Matthew 27:39
  75. Psalms 22:22-31………………Born the Savior…………………………….Luke 2:7
  76. Psalms 22:14……………Died of a broken (ruptured) heart………….John 19:34
  77. Psalms 22:14-17……………..Suffered agony on Calvary…………..Matthew 27:45
  78. Psalms 22:15………………..He Thirsted…………..John 19:28
  79. Psalms 22:16……….They pierced His hands and feet……..John 19:18
  80. Psalms 22:17-18………Stripped him before the stares of men………Luke 23: 34
  81. Psalms 22:18………….They parted His garments & cast lots………..John 19:23-24
  82. Psalms 22:21-22…….He committed Himself to God…………Luke 23:46
  83. Genesis 3:15…….Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel………Luke 23:44-46
  84. Psalms 22:22……….His Resurrection Declared………..John 20:17
  85. Psalms 22:27……….He shall be the Governor of the Nations………Colossians 1:16-18
  86. Psalms 31:5………….”It Is Finished”……………John 19:30
  87. Psalms 23:1………….”I am the Good Shepherd”……………John 10:11
  88. Psalms 24:3…………..His exaltation predicted……………Acts 1:11, Philippians 2 :9-11
  89. Psalms 27:12…….Accused by False Witnesses…….Matthew 26: 60-61, Mark 14:57-58
  90. Psalms 30:3……..His Resurrection predicted………Acts 2:32
  91. Psalms 31:5………”Into thy hands I commit my spirit”…………Luke 23:46
  92. Psalms 31:11……..His disciples fled from him……..Mark 14:50
  93. Psalms 31:3………They took counsel to put him to death………John 11:53
  94. Psalms 31:14-15/Psalms 22:18…”He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him…Matt. 27:43
  95. Psalms 35:11………False Witnesses rose up against Him……………Matthew 26:59
  96. Psalms 35:19………….He was hated without a Cause…………John 15:25
  97. Psalms 38:11………….His friends stood afar off………………..Luke 23:49
  98. Psalms 40:2-5………..The joy of his Resurrection predicted………..John 20:20
  99. Psalms 40:6-8………..His delight – the Will of the Father……………John 4:34
  100. Psalms 40:9…………..He was to preach Righteousness in Israel…..Matthew 4:17
  101. Psalms 40:14………….Confronted by Adversaries in the Garden…….John 18:1-5 & 7-13
  102. Psalms 41:9/55:12-14……………Betrayed by a familiar friend……………..John 13:18
  103. Psalms 45:2…………..Words of Grace come from his lips……..Luke 4:22
  104. Psalms 45:6…………..To own the title God or Elohim…………..Hebrews 1:8
  105. Psalms 45:7…….A special anointing by the Holy Spirit…..Matthew 3:16, Hebrews 1:9
  106. Psalms 45:7-8………..Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)………..Luke 2:11
  107. Psalms 49:15…….His Resurrection……Acts 2:27, Acts 13:36, Mark 16:6
  108. Psalms 55:15……Death of the Betrayer…….Matthew 27:3-5, Acts 1:16-19
  109. Psalms 69:18-19……………………To give gifts to men……………Ephesians 4:7-8
  110. Psalms 68:18……………Ascended into Heaven………………Luke 24:51
  111. Psalms 69:4………………Hated without a Cause……………..John 15:25
  112. Psalms 69:8……………..A stranger to own brethren………..Luke 8:20-21
  113. Psalms 69:9………….Zealous for the Lord’s House………….John 2:17
  114. Psalms 69:14-20…Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion…..Matthew 26:36-46
  115. Psalms 69:20……”My soul is exceedingly sorrowful”……………Matthew 26:38
  116. Psalms 69:21…………..Given vinegar in thirst………………Matthew 27:34
  117. Psalms 69:26………….The Savior given & Smited by God…….John 17:4 & 18:11
  118. Psalms 72:10-11……….Great persons were to visit Him……….Matthew 2:1-11
  119. Psalms 72:16……………The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground…………..John 12:24
  120. Psalms 72:17…….His name, Yeshua, will produce (spiritual) offspring……John 1:12-13
  121. Psalms 72:17……….All nations shall be blessed because of Him…………Acts 2:11 & 2:41
  122. Psalms 78:2………………….He would teach in parables……………….Matthew 13:34-35
  123. Psalms 78:2b………..To speak the Wisdom of God with Authority………Matthew 7:29
  124. Psalms 88:8……..They stood afar off and watched………..Luke 23:49
  125. Psalms 89:26…….Messiah will call God his Father………….Matthew 11:27
  126. Psalms 89:27………Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings…….Luke 1:30-33
  127. Psalms 89:36-37…..David’s Seed, Throne, Kingdom Endures Forever…..Luke 1:32-33
  128. Psalms 89:37……………His Character – Faithfulness………….Revelation 1:5
  129. Psalms 90:2/Micah 5:2c………….He is from Everlasting……………John 1:1-2, John 8:58
  130. Psalms 91: 11-13………..Jesus’s Messianic identity used to tempt him……..Luke 4:10-11
  131. Psalms 97:9………..His exaltation foretold……….Acts 1:11, Ephesians 1:20-23
  132. Psalms 100:5………..His character – Goodness…………..Matthew 19:16-17
  133. Psalms 102:1-11………..The Suffering & Reproach of Calvary………..John 21:16-30
  134. Psalms 102:16…..The Son of Man comes in Glory….Luke 21:27, Revelation 1:7 & 19:11
  135. Psalms 102:25-28……….Messiah is the Pre-existing Son…………Hebrews 1:10-12
  136. Psalms 109:4…………..Prays for his enemies………………Luke 23:34
  137. Psalms 109:7-8………Another to succeed Judas………….Acts 1:16-20
  138. Psalms 109:25………..Ridiculed………….Matthew 27:39
  139. Psalms 110:1…………..Son of David………Matthew 22:42
  140. Psalms 110:1……..To Ascend to the Right-Hand Throne of the Father……..Mark 16:19
  141. Psalms 110:1……….David’s Son Called Lord………..Matthew 22:44-46
  142. Psalms 110:4………A priest after Melchizedek’s order………Hebrews 6:20
  143. Psalms 112:4………His Character – Compassionate, Gracious, etc………Matthew 9:36
  144. Psalms 118:17-21….Messiah’s Resurrection Assured…Luke 24:5-7, 1 Corinthians 15:20
  145. Psalms 118:22-23…….The rejected Stone is the Head of the Corner………Matthew 21:42-43
  146. Psalms 118:26a………..The Blessed One presented to Israel…………Matthew 21:9
  147. Psalms 118:26b………..To come while Temple standing………..Matthew 21:12-15
  148. Psalms 132:11…………..The Seed of David (the fruit of his Body)………..Luke 1:32
  149. Psalms 138:4-6………..The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes Kings…….Matthew 2:2-6
  150. Psalms 147:3-6………..The earthly ministry of Christ described…………..Luke 4:18
  151. Psalms 104:30…………He will send the Spirit of God……………..John 16:7
  152. Proverbs 8:22-23……..The Messiah would be from Everlasting………..John 17:5
  153. Proverbs 30:4…Declared to be the Son of God…Romans 1:3-4, Romans 10:6-9, 2 Peter 1:17
  154. Song of Solomon 5:16…….The Altogether Lovely One……….John 1:17, 1:29 and 1:36
  155. Isaiah 2:2-4………Repentance for the Nations…………Luke 24:47
  156. Isaiah 4:2-4………Messiah reigning………Revelation 20:4
  157. Isaiah 5:1-10 (& beyond)….Son of God’s Vineyard: Judgement Parable….Matthew 20:1-16
  158. Isaiah 6:1-4……….Isaiah saw a vision of Messiah’s glory……..John 12:40-41
  159. Isaiah 6:9-10………Parables fall on deaf ears……….Matthew 13:13-15, Acts 28:23-29
  160. Isaiah 7:14b……….To be born of a Virgin………Luke 1:35
  161. Isaiah 7:14c……….To be named Immanuel – God with us……….Matthew 1:18-23
  162. Isaiah 8:8………….called Immanuel…………Matthew 1:23
  163. Isaiah 8:14-15……….A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense………1 Peter 2:8
  164. Isaiah 9:1-2………….His ministry to begin in Galilee………..Matthew 4:12-17
  165. Isaiah 9:6…………….A child born – Humanity………..Luke 1:31
  166. Isaiah 9:6………A Son-given Deity…..Luke 1:32, John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16
  167. Isaiah 9:6………Declared to be the Son of God with power………..Romans 1:3-4
  168. Isaiah 9:6………The Wonderful One, Peleh……..Matthew 17:5, Revelation 21:4
  169. Isaiah 9:6……..The Great & Mighty Counselor, Yaatz…….Matthew 13:54
  170. Isaiah 9:6……..The Mighty God, El Gibor……….Matthew 11:20, Revelation 1:8
  171. Isaiah 9:6……..The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth……John 8:58
  172. Isaiah 9:6………The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom……….John 16:33
  173. Isaiah 9:7…………….To establish an Everlasting Kingdom……..Luke 1:32-33
  174. Isaiah 9:7/Zechariah 9:9c……….His Character – Just……….John 5:30
  175. Isaiah 9:7…….No End to His Government, Throne, and Peace….Luke 1:32-33
  176. Isaiah 11:1…….Called a Nazarene – The Branch, Netzer………Matthew 2:23
  177. Isaiah 11:1…….A rod out of Jesse, Son of Jesse………..Luke 3:32
  178. Isaiah 11:2…….The Anointed One by the Spirit………Matthew 3:16-17
  179. Isaiah 11:2…….His Character – Wisdom, Understanding, Etc………..John 4:7-26
  180. Isaiah 11:4-5…..His Character, Truth……..John 14:6 and John 14:16-17
  181. Isaiah 11:10…….the Gentiles seek Him……John 12: 18-21
  182. Isaiah 12:2……..Called Jesus (Yeshua) – Salvation…….Matthew 1:21
  183. Isaiah 16:4-5……Reigning in Mercy……..Luke 1:31-33
  184. Isaiah 22:21-25……Nail/Peg in a Sure Place……Revelation 3:7
  185. Isaiah 25:8…………The Resurrection predicted……….1 Corinthians 15:54-55
  186. Isaiah 26:19……….His power of Resurrection predicted………John 11:43-44
  187. Isaiah 28:16……..The Messiah is the previous corner stone………Acts 4:11-12
  188. Isaiah 29:13…..Foretold hypocritical obedience to His Word….Matthew 15:7-9
  189. Isaiah 29:14…….The Wise are Perplexed by His Word…..1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  190. Isaiah 32:2………A Refuse – Yeshua shall be a hiding place……..Matthew 23:37
  191. Isaiah 33:5………Son of the Highest………Luke 1:32, 1 Timothy 1:17 & 6:15
  192. Isaiah 35:4………He will come and Save You……….Matthew 1:21
  193. Isaiah 35:46………To have a Ministry of MIRACLES……Matthew 11:4-6
  194. Isaiah 40:3-4…….Preceded by a forerunner………..John 1:23
  195. Isaiah 40:9……….”Behold Your God”……..John 1:36, John 19:14
  196. Isaiah 40:11……A Compassionate Shepherd/Life giver……..John 10:10-18
  197. Isaiah 42:1-4…The Servant, a Faithful/Patient Redeemer….Matthew 12:18-21
  198. Isaiah 42:2……..Meek and Lowly……….Matthew 11:28-30
  199. Isaiah 42:6-7……Brings hope for the hopeless………Romans 5:2-5, 1 Peter 1:3
  200. Isaiah 42:4..The nations shall wait on his Teachings..Rev. 20:3-4, Rev. 21:22-26
  201. Isaiah 42:6/49:6….The Light (Salvation) of the Gentiles…Luke 2:32, Acts 13:47
  202. Isaiah 42:1-6…….His is a Worldwide Compassion………Matthew 28:19-20
  203. Isaiah 42:7…….Blind Eyes Are Opened……….John 9:25-38
  204. Isaiah 42:13-25…….Messiah’s actions at His Second Coming……Rev., chaps 1-22
  205. Isaiah 43:11…………He is the ONLY Savior……..Acts 4:12
  206. Isaiah 44:3………..He will send the Spirit of God………John 16:7 and John 16:13
  207. Isaiah 45:23-25….He will be the Judge…John 5:22, Romans 14:11-12, John 16:8
  208. Isaiah 48:12………..The First and The Last……….Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17
  209. Isaiah 48:17……….He came as a Teacher……..John 3:2
  210. Isaiah 49:1………Called from the Womb – His Humanity……….Matthew 1:18
  211. Isaiah 49:5……….A Servant from the womb……Luke 1:31, Philippians 2:7-8
  212. Isaiah 49:6……….He is Salvation for Israel…….Luke 2:29-32
  213. Isaiah 49:6……….He is Salvation unto the ends of the Earth…….Acts 15:7-19
  214. Isaiah 49:7……….He is despised of the Nation (of Israel?)………..John 8:48-59
  215. Isaiah 50:3……..Heaven clothed in Black at His humiliation…..Luke 23:44-45
  216. Isaiah 50:4……..He is a learned counselor for the weary…….Matthew 11:28-30
  217. Isaiah 50:5………The Servant willingly bound to Obedience…….Matthew 26:39
  218. Isaiah 50:6a………”I gave my back to the smiters”………Matthew 27:26
  219. Isaiah 50:6b………He was smited on the cheeks……..Matthew 26:67
  220. Isaiah 50:6c………..He was spat upon…………..Matthew 27:30
  221. Isaiah 52:4-5….Suffered vicariously….Mark 15:3-4, 27-28, Luke 23:1-25, 32-34
  222. Isaiah 52:7……………..To publish good tidings of peace…………….Luke 2:10-11
  223. Isaiah 52:13………….The Servant exalted………..Acts 1:8-11, Ephesians 1:19-23
  224. Isaiah 52:13…………..Behold, My Servant………..Matthew 17:5, Philippians 2:5-8
  225. Isaiah 52:14….The Servant shockingly abused…Luke 18:31-34, Matthew 26:67-68
  226. Isaiah 52:15….Nations startled by the Servant’s Message……..Romans 15:18-21
  227. Isaiah 52:15……..His blood shed to make atonement for ALL……Revelation 1:5
  228. Isaiah 53:1……….His people would not believe Him…….John 12:37-38
  229. Isaiah 53:2a……..He would grow up in a poor family……….Luke 2:7
  230. Isaiah 53:2b……..Appearance of an ordinary man……Philippians 2:7-8
  231. Isaiah 53:3a……..Despised……..Luke 4:28-30
  232. Isaiah 53:3b……..Rejected………Matthew 27: 11-26
  233. Isaiah 53:3c………Great sorrow and grief……..Luke 19:41-44
  234. Isaiah 53:3d…..Men hide from being associated with Him…Mark 14:50, Matt.26:56
  235. Isaiah 53:4a……He would have a healing ministry…….Luke 6:17-19
  236. Isaiah 53:4b……He would bear the sins of the world……….1 Peter 2:24
  237. Isaiah 53:4c…….Thought to be cursed by God………Matthew 27:41-43
  238. Isaiah 53:5a……..Bears penalty for mankind’s sins…….John 11:50
  239. Isaiah 53:5b….His Sacrifice = peace between God & Man……..Colossians 1:20
  240. Isaiah 53:5……….His back would be whipped…………..Matthew 27:26
  241. Isaiah 53:6a/11d….Bore sin for all mankind…Galatians 1:4, Hebrews 9:28
  242. Isaiah 53:6b……God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind………1 John 4:10
  243. Isaiah 53:7a………Oppressed and Afflicted……….Matthew 27:27-31
  244. Isaiah 53:7b………Silent before his Accusers……….Matthew 27:12-14
  245. Isaiah 53:7c……….Sacrificial Lamb of God………..John 1:29
  246. Isaiah 53:8a………Confined and Persecuted……….Matthew 26:57 & 59-68
  247. Isaiah 53:8b………He would be judged………..John 18:13-22
  248. Isaiah 53:8c/Daniel 9:26a………Killed………….Matthew 27:35, Matthew 27:35
  249. Isaiah 53:8d……..Dies for the Sins of the World………1 John 2:2
  250. Isaiah 53:9a………Buried in a rich man’s grave………..Matthew 27:57-60
  251. Isaiah 53:9b………Innocent and had done no violence……….Mark 15:3
  252. Isaiah 53:9c………No deceit from his lips………..John 18:38, John 14:6
  253. Isaiah 53:10a……..God’s will that he die for mankind……..John 18:11
  254. Isaiah 53:10b/11-12……..An offering for Sin………Matthew 20:28
  255. Isaiah 53:10c……..Would be resurrected & live forevermore…………John 11:25
  256. Isaiah 53:10d……….He would prosper……..John 17:1-5
  257. Isaiah 53:10-11….God fully satisfied with His Suffering……1 John 4:10, Matt.3:17
  258. Isaiah 53:11b/Micah 5:2b…..God’s servant…..Romans 5:18-19, John 15:10
  259. Isaiah 53:11c……..He would justify Man before God………Romans 5:8-11
  260. Isaiah 53:12a……..Exalted by God because of his Sacrifice…….Matthew 28:18
  261. Isaiah 53:12b…Lays down life for mankind….Luke 23:46, Rom.5:10, Matt.20:28
  262. Isaiah 53:12c……Grouped with criminals……….Luke 23:32
  263. Isaiah 53:12d……Bore the sins of the world……..2 Corinthians 5:21
  264. Isaiah 53:12e/59:15-16….Intercessor between God and man….Luke 23:34, Matt.10:32
  265. Isaiah 55:1……….”He who thirsts, let him come to Me”………John 7:37
  266. Psalm 16:9-11…………….Resurrected by God……………Acts 13:34
  267. Isaiah 55:4……………..A Witness…………………John 18:37
  268. Isaiah 55:5…………Foreign Nations come to God……….Revelations 7:9
  269. Isaiah 59:15-16a…….He would come to provide Salvation……John 6:40
  270. Isaiah 59:20……..He would come to Zion as their Redeemer………Luke 2:38
  271. Isaiah 60:1-3………Nations walk in the Light……….Luke 2:32
  272. Isaiah 61:1-2……..The Spirit of God upon Him……….Matthew 3:16-17
  273. Isaiah 61:1-3……The Messiah would preach the Good News……Luke 4:17-21, Matt.11:5
  274. Isaiah 61:1-4……Provides freedom from bondage of sin/death….John 8:31-32 & 34-36
  275. Isaiah 61:1-2……Proclaims a period of grace…….Revelation 20:1-3, Revelation 21 & 22
  276. Isaiah 62:1-2……Called by a New Name…..Revelation 3:12
  277. Zechariah 9:9……”Thy King Cometh”, Entered Jerusalem on Donkey….Matthew 21:6-11
  278. Isaiah 63″1-3…….A Vesture dipped in Blood………Revelation 19:13
  279. Isaiah 63:8-9……..Afflicted with the afflicted……..Matthew 25:34-40
  280. Isaiah 65:9…………The elect shall inherit……Romans 11:5-7, Revelation 21:7
  281. Isaiah 65:17-25…Creation of a New Heavens and New Earth…..2 Peter 3:13, Rev. 21:1
  282. Isaiah 66:18-19/Isaiah 61:11….All Nations come to God……Philippians 2:10-11, Matt.25:32
  283. Jeremiah 23:5-6a/33:14-16, Ezekiel 17:22-24…….Descendant of David…….Luke 3:23-31
  284. Jeremiah 23:5-6b/Zechariah 11:10-11b…The Messiah would be God…John 13:13, John 12:45
  285. Jeremiah 23:5-6c……..The Messiah would be both God and Man……1 Timothy 3:16
  286. Jeremiah 30:9………….Born a King……….John 18:37, Revelation 1:5
  287. Jeremiah 31:5…………..Massacre of infants……….Matthew 2:16-18
  288. Jeremiah 31:22…………Born of a Virgin……….Matthew 1:18-20
  289. Jeremiah 31:31………….The Messiah would be the New Covenant…….Matthew 26:28
  290. Jeremiah 33:14-16/Ezekiel 34:23-24…….King David’s descendant……..Matthew 1:1
  291. Ezekiel 21:26-27………..The humble exalted………Luke 1:52
  292. Daniel 2:34-35………Stone cut without hands……….Acts 4:10-12
  293. Daniel 2:44-45…His Kingdom Triumphant…Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Rev.11:15
  294. Daniel 7:13-14a………..He would ascend into Heaven……….Acts 1:9-11
  295. Daniel 7:13-14b……….Highly Exalted……….Ephesians 1:20-23
  296. Daniel 7:13-14c……His dominion would be Everlasting……….Luke 1:31-33
  297. Daniel 7:27……..Kingdom for the Saints……..Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Rev.11:15
  298. Daniel 9:24a……..To make an end to sins……….Galatians 1:3-5
  299. Daniel 9:24b………He would be holy………Luke 1:35
  300. Daniel 9:25….Announced to his people 483 years to the exact day, after the degree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem……John 12:12-15
  301. Daniel 9:26b……..Died for the sins of the world……….Hebrews 2:9
  302. Daniel 9:26-27………Killed before the destruction of the Temple…….Matthew 27:50-51
  303. Daniel 10:5-6……….Messiah in a glorified state……….Revelation 1:13-17
  304. Hosea 3:5……………ISRAEL RESTORED……..Romans 11:25-27
  305. Hosea 13:14………He would defeat Death……..1 Corinthians 15:55-57
  306. Joel 2:28-32……..Promise of the Spirit………Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13
  307. Joel 2:32……..Offers the gift of Salvation to all mankind…….Romans 10:12-13
  308. Micah 2:12-13………ISRAEL REGATHERED………John 10:14 and 26-27
  309. Micah 4:1-8……The Kingdom Established – place of Birth Bethlehem….Luke 1:33, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4/10-11
  310. Micah 5:2a………Born in Bethlehem…….Matthew 2:1-2
  311. Haggai 2:6-9……He would visit the Second Temple……Luke 2:27-33
  312. Haggai 2:23……..Descendant of Zerubabbel………Luke 3:23-27
  313. Amos 8:9……The Sun Darkened……Matthew 24:29, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12
  314. Amos 9:11-12……Restoration of the Tabernacle……Hebrews 8:2, Rev.7:9-17
  315. Habbakkuk 2:14…….Earth filled with knowledge of the glory of God…Romans 11:26, Rev.21:23-26
  316. Zechariah 2:10-13…….The Lamb on the Throne……Revelation 5:13, Revelation 21:22-27
  317. Zechariah 3:8……Servant of God the Heavenly Father……..John 17:4
  318. Zechariah 6:12-13………Priest and King………Hebrews 8:1
  319. Zechariah 9:9a……Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem……Matthew 21:7-11
  320. Zechariah 9:9b……..Beheld as King…….John 12:12-15
  321. Zechariah 9:9d……..The Messiah would bring Salvation……Luke 19:10
  322. Zechariah 9:9e………The Messiah would be humble……..Matthew 11:29
  323. Zechariah 10:4………The cornerstone………Ephesians 2:20
  324. Zechariah 11:4-6b…..At His coming, Israel has unfit leaders…..Matthew 23:1-4+
  325. Zechariah 11:4-6b/11:10……Rejection causes God to remove his protection….Luke 19:41-44
  326. Zechariah 11:4-6c…….Rejected in favor of another King…….John 19:13-15
  327. Zechariah 11:7…………Ministry to “poor”/the believing Remnant……Matthew 9:35-36
  328. Zechariah 11:8a……….Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them……Matthew 23:33
  329. Zechariah 11:8b……….Despised……….Matthew 27:20
  330. Zechariah 11:9…………Stops ministering to those who reject Him……Matthew 13:10-11
  331. Zechariah 12:10a……..His body would be pierced……….John 19:34-37
  332. Zechariah 13:7………..God in the Flesh………John 14:9-11
  333. Zechariah 13:7d…..Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him….Matthew 26:31-56
  334. Malachi 3:1a………Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah…….Matthew 11:10
  335. Malachi 3:1b……..Sudden appearance at The Temple…….Mark 11:15-16
  336. Malachi 3:1c………Messenger of the New Covenant……Luke 4:43-44
  337. Malachi 3:3……….Ours sins are purged……Luke 1:78, John 1:9/2:46, 2 Peter 1:19, Rev.2:28
  338. Malachi 4:5……….Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah……..Matthew 3:1-2
  339. Malachi 4:6……….Forerunner would turn many to righteousness…..Luke 1:16-17

Plus there might even be more than aren’t mentioned, here. Nevertheless, if that’s not enough to convince you, then I don’t know what is! Also: Think about how there is such “vile hatred” for Jesus Christ among the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, whom places the “MAN-MADE TALMUD” OVER the bible and Old Testament! WHY is that, do you think? Do you think that’s all just coincidence? Jesus Christ was NOT kidding when he called the Sadducees and Pharisees “children of your father, the Devil”. In fact, Jesus Christ even takes it a step further when he’s quoted in John’s vision as saying in Revelation 2:9 the following:

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

I’ve always interpreted that passage to mean that Jesus is saying he “knows” of their evil works, and their “tribulation” DUE to those evil works (as punishment) but they are rich (MONETARILY), just like he also knows the “blasphemy” of those which claim they are BIBLICAL JEWS but are instead, the “congregation/synagogue” of Satan/Satan worshipers in disguise. Just think of all the Jewish people you know today that OPENLY worship the Devil (Lady Gaga is one of them, for instance). And why do you think this IS, people? Do you think that’s all just coincidence? Because according to the BIBLICAL Jesus Christ himself in John’s vision, IT IS OF NO COINCIDENCE! OPEN YOUR EYES, PEOPLE!!!