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Faith & Free Will: The Sheep Vs. The Goats

It’s been awhile since my last post on here and for that, I apologize. But I just had a dream yesterday and last night/early this morning that I think can be important indicators relating to the upcoming eternal judgement/placement by Jesus Christ that I wanted to share with all of you.

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Dream # 1:

I was about to head off on a trip in a gray? mid-sized minivan. The driver of the van was what looked like a 40-year old Asian man dressed in white with black hair and glasses. There was also another girl/young woman coming up behind me, getting ready to go on a trip somewhere, too. As I got up to the minivan, the Asian man (dressed in white, btw) gingerly took my bag/purse/whatever I had in my hand, and placed me and buckled me in on the right hand side in the minivan in the middle section of the van.

But as soon as I heard the other girl coming, I thought to myself “I want to sit behind the Asian man, I’d rather sit there right behind him on the left side of the van, then the right side”. As the girl/young woman came closer to the minivan with the open door, she said “I thought I was supposed to sit on the left, but I guess I’ll have to sit on the right hand side, now” and hesitantly got into the minivan on the right hand side and slowly buckled herself in.

And at SOME point in the dream between me being “placed” in the right hand seat and then UNBUCKLING myself and moving over to the left hand seat, the Asian man dressed in white stated to me: “You were originally meant to be placed in the right hand seat, that’s WHY I specifically placed you there. And I know you think the left-hand side’s better for whatever reason but the next time I place you in the right hand seat, PLEASE STAY THERE and stay seated and buckled in there, since that’s where you’re supposed to be and where I want and need you to be” or something along those lines.

And that’s INTERESTING, considering that in the book of Revelation, during the time of what’s known as God’s Judgement, he places the sheep on the right and the goats on the left. The sheep are the saints of God/Jesus Christ while the goats on the left represent those who’ve rejected God/Jesus Christ. The “minivan” represents “the great spiritual harvest” at the times of the End, the minivan being “gray” represents the “gray hazy crossroads” in one’s lives where they actually CHOOSE if they’re going to live for Jesus Christ or not and the Asian man dressed in white, I believe, represents Jesus Christ, symbolically speaking. And the “trip” represented “being placed for eternity”.

But looking around today at some of today’s headlines, I KNOW the harvest is ripe and the days are short. So please. I beg of you. If you’re not 100% right with Jesus Christ right now or you’ve unwittingly abandoned Christ in your life (for whatever reason), then please come back to a saving knowledge & relationship with Jesus Christ before it’s too late and your fate is “sealed” for eternity!!! Because once Jesus Christ TRULY arrives on the scene and places you on the right or the left during his great judgement, there will be NO 2nd chances, NO going back! Those poor folks that are sent to eternal condemnation weren’t placed there but simply CHOSE to go there, so remember that.

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Dream # 2:

I was in what looked like a furniture or Serta mattress type store with lots and lots of windows out front. Me and a few other people were sitting near the front of the store in a wide-open space on the couch or something at what felt like 1pm or so in the afternoon. We were just sitting there relaxing, enjoying the beautiful green scenery of the trees and leaves of the trees right outside the store.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, this guy with a long beard and sunglasses in military camouflage and black vest and combat boots comes pulling up in front of the store, quickly hops out of his vehicle and bends down on one knee and immediately cranks back the lever on a high-powered assault rifle/machine gun with the barrel pointed towards ME. And there was no doubt in my mind in the dream that this guy was going to kill me if I didn’t make a break for it and quickly. So I looked behind me and quickly scrambled for cover and ducked down behind what turned out to be goalie netting (with holes about 1/4th of a dime or so). Some other people there quickly followed my example and did the same.

And then, without warning, the guy shot off his machine gun (and although the “sound” of all the bullets going off was extremely loud, there was NO sound of shattering/breaking glass or anything…..EVEN THOUGH the glass was clearly shattered AS the bullets were penetrating it through……weird?) and THOUSANDS of bullets were stopped by the netting! And though the “tips” of the bullets slightly came through the netting about 1/2-1/4 of an inch INWARD (with the BACKS of the bullets facing towards US and the FRONT of the bullet tips pointing towards “the gunner”), and the “net” didn’t really sway back at all, as it normally would, as it was strong and durable and only swayed back only about 1/2-3 inches, if that; NONE of the bullets were able to touch me or the 2-3 other people there that had scrambled for cover with me. On the other hand, some of the other people that did NOT scramble for cover (and I’m pretty sure they could see the gunner too, but maybe not?) were “hit” by some of the bullets and I could hear their “moans” as they went down.

But in my interpretation of the dream, the “gunner” was the devil, me and the people who hid for cover were the saints of God/Jesus Christ, the people who REFUSED to duck for cover were those who either didn’t see the devil coming or didn’t care and thus, got “taken out” by him, and the “netting” represented me and the others’ faith that Jesus Christ would SAVE US from the “onslaught” brought on by the devil, the “gunner”.

Which brings to my mind a very important bible passage, concerning faith.

Matthew 17:20 says: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you“.

Matthew 13:31-32 states:Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof”.

Here is an image of a Mustard seed. It’s similar to Quinoa seed, as far as size goes:

MUSTARD SEED

And though I don’t proclaim to know for 100% sure if this is a mustard tree/bush or not, (not ALL online pics are identified properly……I saw plenty of OLIVE trees labeled as mustard trees, for instance), here is a picture of what a mustard bush and mustard tree MAY look like:

 

MUSTARD BUSH

Mustard bush

MUSTARD TREE2

Mustard tree (Salvadora persica)

As apparent in my dream, Jesus showed me that even a SMALL amount of faith is better than no faith and that even a SMALL amount of faith can turn out to be (as was my case in the dream) LIFE SAVING! 😉

“So”….some of you may wonder….”what is a person to do when they HAVE no faith?” Well, the simple answer is this: PRAY TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR FAITH! 😉 It’s so simple that it’s often overlooked. And think about it. We put the keys into the ignition (if we have/drive a vehicle) and TRUST that our car/vehicle will start every single day, don’t we? We push the power button on the remote for our TV’s, having the FAITH that it will turn off. We dial or text numbers on our cell phone everyday trusting (for the most part) that it will go to/dial the proper number we mean to text/dial. We turn off/on our computers, having the FAITH that it will turn on/off. We put the keys into our doors everyday having the FAITH that it will unlock the house/apartment we live in.

So why can we not take the principle of faith we have in NON-LIVING OBJECTS and instead, have that type of faith when it comes to Jesus Christ, the one and true living/everlasting God? 😉

If you pray for faith and STILL struggle, try this: study up on Astronomy, Nature, and/or Biology/Microbiology/Genetics/Physics/Chemistry/etc. IN GREAT DETAIL (you can even use a beginner’s guide or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To…..” series [[yes, that’s the ACTUAL name of the book series and no, I’m not personally calling anyone here an idiot, just so you know]] if you’re not scientifically inclined) and/or think about all the good miracles God/Jesus performed in the bible or what he’s done for you in your life so far.

And AS  you look more closely and way more in depth into HOW God created things and WHY (trust me, there’s a specific reason WHY he created things they way he did and/or WHY he performed the miracles in the bible/your life he did), you will find that faith starts to come naturally. When one studies the total COMPLEXITY of DNA/RNA/etc., for example, and all its neatly defined properties and behaviors, it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE not to come to the conclusion that it was all made by intelligent design! 

“Lord Jesus, I kindly and humbly ask thee that any person that LACKS a faith in you will GAIN a true faith in you and that any person that has a WEAK faith in you or WEAK spiritual relationship with you, will GAIN a true spiritual relationship with you from here on out. And please bless them & keep them for eternity. Amen”.

 

 

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]