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The “Seal of God” Vs. The “Mark of Satan” (Mark of the Beast, Part TWO):

In the bible, we read about TWO different “marks” or “seals”. One of them is the “sign” between God and his people……..[And this is talking about his “TRUE people“, NOT the people who PRETEND to be his people or the people who SAY they are his people but then turn around and do just the OPPOSITE of what God says!] And then there’s the “Mark of Satan”, which the bible calls in the book of Revelation “The Mark of the Beast”.

Both of these “marks” (God’s Mark and Satan’s Mark) are both DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT in scope and in principle but yet, they both got TWO things in common: 1). The “Promise” of Eternal Life and 2). WORSHIP!

But in order for us to get a more clearer understanding of just WHAT both of these “marks” ENTAIL, let us turn to the bible for the answer!

God’s “sign” or “seal” is mentioned in the following passages:

 

2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”

Revelation 9:4 “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads”

Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”

Ephesians 1:13-14In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promiseWhich is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed”

Isaiah 8:16 “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples”

Exodus 31:13-17Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is A SIGN (i.e. “SEAL”) between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: [i.e. “eternal death/condemnation”] for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. [Again, “cut off from among his people” sounds to ME like eternal death/condemnation for all those whom die in the sin of purposely profaning the 7th-day biblically-mandated Sabbath!] 

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a PERPETUAL COVENANT [i.e. ***PERMANENTLY BINDING!***]. It is A SIGN (i.e. “SEAL”) between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed”

2 Timothy 2:19 “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be A SIGN (i.e. SEAL) between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God”

2 Corinthians 1:22 “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”

Deuteronomy 6:8 “And thou shalt bind them for A SIGN [i.e. “SEAL”] upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes”

Deuteronomy 11:18 “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for A SIGN [i.e. “SEAL”] upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes”

Revelation 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads

Ezekiel 9:4 “And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set A MARK [ i.e. SEAL] upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof

Revelation 7:2-3And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having THE SEAL of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, ‘Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads‘”

Song of Solomon 8:6Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame”

Hebrews 10:16-17This is THE COVENANT [i.e. “SEAL”] that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, ‘I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write themAnd their sins and iniquities will I remember no more'”

Matthew 22:37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” [Note: That is considered part of THE SEAL of God!]

Acts 17:10-11And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so [Note: The Berean Christians being talked about in this verse are the real-life living example of Hebrews 10:16-17!]

Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the day of redemption

Revelation 22:4 “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads

Ezekiel 20:20 “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be A SIGN [i.e. SEAL] between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God”

Galatians 6:17 “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body THE MARKS of the Lord Jesus”

1 Peter 1:5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time

James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures

 

While Satan’s “Mark” (The Mark of the Beast) is mentioned in THESE following passages:

 

Revelation 13:4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”

Revelation 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”

Revelation 13:16-18And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”.

Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name”

Revelation 16:2 “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image”

So what can we “conclude” from all of this? In summary, we can conclude that THE SEAL OF GOD has to do with OBEYING HIS LAW (i.e. The Sabbath, loving thy neighbor as yourself, etc.) while THE MARK OF SATAN (i.e. MARK OF THE BEAST) has to do with DISOBEYING GOD’S LAW!

However, it goes SO MUCH MORE DEEPER THAN THAT! It’s not just OBEYING God’s Law that gets us “sealed” by him but also JOY and LOVE ***IN*** the obeying OF his law (as well as love of the LAW ITSELF) that gets us “sealed” by Him and For him! If that makes any sense? In other words, we must exhibit JOYFUL OBEDIENCE, obeying Jesus BECAUSE we LOVE him and LOVE doing what’s PLEASING to him, not JUST BECAUSE we feel “merely obligated” to obey him for a mere fear of hell!

In other words, an obedience that lacks joy is obedience that’s just going through the motions! And an obedience that’s just going through the motions is likened onto a faith that’s just going through the motions! And a faith that’s just going through the motions? Lets face it folks, it’s really not much of a faith AT ALL! How would WE feel, for example, if Jesus just gave us “the bare minimum?”

Would WE feel honored, treasured or loved at all, in that theoretical example? OFCOURSE NOT! We’d think to ourselves in that theoretical scenario: “Jesus, don’t you love me AT ALL? Why are YOU, who are claiming to love ME, giving ME the *bare minimum?* Aren’t I more deserving than this? Don’t I deserve more respect and consideration than this?”

So it goes with Jesus! When we give him the *bare minimum* of faith and/or obedience, we’re really not giving him much AT ALL (in spite of EVERYTHING that He’s done for us – and that’s NOT JUST his sacrifice for the forgiveness of mankind’s sins! He’s done FAR MORE for mankind – and each individual person  – than JUST THAT! Cause lets face it, folks……how many “miracles” have you seen, experienced or heard of in your life? TONS, I’m sure! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!)

Therefore, the SEAL OF GOD has to do with OBEDIENCE! And like I said, not just ANY obedience but JOYFUL OBEDIENCE! Furthermore, if we obey God’s Law but at the same time, (secretly?) partially or fully “resent” God’s Law (in our “hearts”), then in the Lord’s eyes, we’re likely spiritually likened as the soul of an unbeliever! Why? Because the soul of the unbeliever ALSO “resents” God’s Law! Think about it, folks! Therefore, we must not only joyfully obey God’s Law but LOVE THE LAW ITSELF IN OUR MINDS, HEARTS, BODIES, SOULS AND SPIRITS!

Yet, lets face it. One can not joyfully obey God’s Law UNTIL one joyfully has LOVE OF GOD’S LAWS in one’s heart, soul and mind! We can’t just look at God’s Law as some sort of “long list of burdensome rules”. We have to look at God’s Law from the vantage point OF God’s great love for us!

In other words, God hates sin, not ONLY because it’s displeasing to him and causes us to be in danger of the judgement if we don’t repent, but also because of the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological damage that that “sin” or “those sins” DO to us, as well as those around us!

We can clearly know and see from the bible that Jesus has our “best interests” at heart when it comes to His Law! And so, when one is ABLE to see God’s love FOR us shine THROUGH his commandments? I believe that’s what the bible means in Hebrews 10:16-17 when God says: “…..I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them…….”

In other words, WHEN one loves God/Jesus AND his laws and obeying his laws in JOYFUL obedience BECAUSE they love Jesus? That, by clear definition, is one who has God’s Law “written in their minds” and “on their hearts” and is also one who is SEALED BY GOD! That is HOW and WHY one gets SEALED BY GOD!

On the OTHER hand, those who “drag their feet” when it comes to obedience are in spiritual danger of being possibly likened onto a soul that RESENTS GOD’S LAW! For if one “resents God’s law” (on ANY small level – usually by QUESTIONING GOD’S LAW), Satan & his demons usually have very little trouble getting that soul to eventually ABANDON GOD’S LAW and instead, EMBRACE FOREIGN “UNBIBLICAL/SATANIC” LAWS (i.e. The June 26, 2015 United State Supreme Court “gay marriage law”)

And bit by bit and little by little, the more Satan can get someone to QUESTION GOD’S LAW and to EMBRACE FOREIGN/UNBIBLICAL/SATANIC LAWS, the more CLOSER that person is to being OPENED TO THE IDEA of taking THE MARK OF THE BEAST/SATAN’S MARK! Many of us seem to be forgetting that THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS A *SECULAR MARK!* And by SECULAR, I mean POPULAR!

Matthew 7:13-14 declares: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY THERE BE WHICH GO IN THEREATBecause strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT

So in other words, the above passage in Matthew is telling us that MANY, MANY, MANY people will choose to DISREGARD JESUS AND HIS LAW and instead, decide to follow their “own law” (aka “Satan’s law!”) Yet, at the same time, the passage is ALSO telling us that VERY FEW PEOPLE will make it to “Eternal Paradise with Jesus”. VERY, VERY FEW!

This is also confirmed in Luke 12:32 by which Jesus says: “Fear not, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.

Jesus calls himself in the bible “the good shepherd”, while his people he calls “his sheep”. And the reason Jesus used those expressed terms is that back in ancient bible times, many people were shepherds, therefore, Jesus had to speak to them in terms they would easily understand. Nevertheless, given how much “knowledge” we have today in the modern world, it’s not hard for us to unpack Jesus’s “spiritual meaning” from those two terms – shepherd and sheep!

Because just like a good shepherd faithfully looks after his sheep, so does Jesus faithfully look after all those people who love/obey him! And just like a sheep will get “lost” if it strays from the shepherd, so also will WE get “eternally lost” (spiritually) if we permanently stray from Jesus! In fact, the bible describes Satan as the “wolf who scatters the flock!” Those “sheep”(i.e. God’s people) who “stray from the shepherd” (i.e. Jesus) WILL get “torn to pieces by the wolf” (i.e. Satan!)

But Satan is very, very “crafty!” He gots several devices up his sleeve by which to deceive the Lord’s people! One of the BIGGEST of these is “the love of MONEY!” Satan’s got SO many people ensnared by that that it’s not even funny! And in fact, it’s the “love of money” that will cause MANY to take “The MARK of the BEAST”. Because hey, those folks still want to be able to buy and sell, right? They still want to feed their children, family members, pets and get their 401K, etc. In other words, their love of money is more than their love of Jesus! HOW SAD! ;(

But basically, anyone who’s names are NOT written in the Lamb’s Book of Life WILL be deceived by the Antichrist (the one who INSTITUTES the “Mark of the Beast”). The Antichrist (talked about in SEVERAL posts on this site) is ofcourse, the “false Jesus” or “false Messiah” of the 21st century! The one world gov’t leader who will “appear to be the answer to all the world’s problems!” The one who “promotes peace” and performs FALSE MIRACLES such as “bring down fire from heaven” and that also “has a head wound and DIES from the head wound but then LIVES”, etc.!

Yet, Revelation 14:11 makes it VERY, VERY clear that ALL whom take “The Mark of the Beast” in their right hands or their foreheads WILL be tormented FOR ALL OF ETERNITY: “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name”

The forehead represents THE MIND! Therefore, when one takes The Mark of the Beast in their forehead, they’re more or less agreeing to let Satan & the forces of darkness (The Antichrist, the False Prophet, etc.) have control of NOT ONLY their soul, but more importantly, THEIR MIND! That’s very, very creepy & sobering, folks! Because once a person takes The Mark of the Beast, their DNA (specifically, the DNA of THEIR BRAIN) will be PERMANENTLY ALTERED BEYOND RECOGNITION OR REPAIR!

What’s interesting to note however is that while the Seal of God can ONLY be placed on the Forehead of God’s loyal people by the angels, (which is ofcourse an “invisible seal”), The Mark of the Beast is a LITERAL, VISIBLE SEAL that can be placed on the right hand OR the forehead by the Antichrist authorities!

While the angels invisibly place God’s Seal on God’s loyal subjects, Satan forces his literal, visible mark upon all of mankind, if they want to be able to buy and sell! Notice the counterfeit, there? Satan loves to counterfeit the things of God! (On the other hand, Jesus and the angels are able to “see” the invisible seal of God on God’s loyal subjects, the seal just can’t be seen by non-saved subjects!)

However, God’s “seal” goes way, way deeper than the “seal” talked about in the book of Revelation! God’s “sign/seal” starts ALL THE WAY AT THE BEGINNING, IN GENESIS, THE VERY FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT!

In Genesis, we read about how God created the world in 6 days, then rested on and sanctified the 7th day (Saturday), which God called The Sabbath (which I’m sure is a Hebrew word for “Rest”, since God “rested” on that fateful day!) And later on in Exodus 31:13-17 in the Old Testament, we begin to see how the 7th-Day Sabbath (Saturday) is A SIGN of the covenant between God and his people!

In the bible, a “sign” is synonymous with the word “mark” or “seal”. I guess it could also be technically synonymous with the word “covenant” as well. Plus we also know that the God digs the number 7! Therefore, I surmise that The Seal of God will also likely have to do with the number 7 in some way, shape or form! (But again, that’s ONLY a spiritual theory on my part, don’t quote me on that, folks!) The Mark of the Beast, on the other hand, will have to do with the number 666 in some way, shape or form!

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SEAL OF GOD VS. MARK OF BEAST

It is probably fair to say that The Mark of the Beast STARTS in the mind, but isn’t fully received UNTIL the LITERAL taking OF it in the right hand or in the forehead! Remember, it’s NOT JUST Sunday worship folks, it HAS TO DO WITH BUYING AND SELLING!!! And remember as well, it’s NOT JUST about buying and selling but ABOUT WORSHIP!

So therefore in conclusion: BOTH SEALS/MARKS HAVE TO DO WITH WORSHIP! Yet, ONE Mark/Seal UPHOLDS God and his authority while ANOTHER Mark (Mark of the Beast) DENIES God’s authority and gives it over to Satan/The Antichrist! So remember that, folks! And what “Mark” you receive depends on WHAT GOD YOU WORSHIP! Remember, to worship self IS to worship Satan (in essence!) For one of Satan’s very FIRST lie to Eve in the Garden of Eden was that she “could become like God/a god!”

And so essentially, that’s all The Mark of the Beast REALLY, TRULY IS! Satan’s LIE to mankind that they, IF they take The Mark of the Beast, can “become like God/a god!” Only, unlike Eve, those who take the Mark of the Beast will NOT be forgiven by God, not in this life NOR in the one to come! However, those who are “sealed in the name of God” and thus, REFUSE to take The Mark of the Beast? The bible says that those ones shall be KILLED! 

But folks, HAVE FAITH! For Jesus in Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it

Translation? Those who try to do whatever in their power to prolong their Earthly life (while denying Jesus Christ) will lose their life ETERNALLY (i.e. in the lake of fire, the “2nd death”) while those who LOSE THEIR LIFE FOR CHRIST’S SAKE will GAIN ETERNAL LIFE (and thus, eternal rewards!) Make sense, people?

Matthew 6:19-21 says, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

Hopefully, you now have a more clearer picture about what the Seal (“Mark”) of God is and what The Mark of the Beast is and also what the similarities and differences are between the two! They’re BOTH about WORSHIP but only ONE of them leads to ETERNAL LIFE! Yet, BOTH of them PROMISE you “ETERNAL LIFE” but only ONE of them actually GIVES you ETERNAL LIFE, THE SEAL OF GOD, OFCOURSE! 

Don’t believe the Devil’s lies, folks! Don’t believe Satan’s lie or your friend’s lie that if you take The Mark of the Beast, you’ll receive “eternal life!” Because the ONLY type of Eternal Life that SATAN offers is ETERNAL SUFFERING IN THE LAKE OF FIRE! And trust me folks, that ain’t no LIFE AT ALL! On the other hand, JESUS CHRIST OFFERS LIFE ETERNAL! 

So you just got to ask yourself the following critical question: “Do I forgo money/temporal pleasure NOW, get myself eventually KILLED, then GAIN eternal life (and eternal rewards) LATER by REFUSING to take The Mark of the Beast when it soon comes upon the world or do I prematurely take The Mark of the Beast NOW in order to feed me, my children and family and SUFFER IN THE ETERNAL FLAMES OF THE LAKE OF FIRE, LATER?” 

I pray and hope that you will choose to DIE FOR CHRIST and GAIN eternal rewards {“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” – Matthew 24:13}, rather than to DENY CHRIST and ETERNALLY SUFFER IN THE FLAMES OF TORMENT!!!!!!!

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Be DOERS Of The Word And NOT Just Hearers, ONLY!

Believe me, this goes just as much for ME as for ANYONE, here!

We can know every word of scripture there is to know………but if we don’t DIRECTLY APPLY what we know about the Word of God to our LIVES, then the Word of God has NO true *root* in us; in our mind, heart, body or SOUL!

James 1: 19-25 in the New Testament states: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” 

In other words, James 1:19-25’s telling us not just to READ about the Word of God but to APPLY the Word of God DIRECTLY to our lives!

The Written Word of God (The Bible) tells us to do MANY things! For example, we are to:

  • Help those less fortunate than us. When you pass by a homeless person (rather or not they have a sign asking for money/food), do you actively GIVE them a meal or money for some food, for instance?
  • Preach the gospel of Salvation/Jesus Christ to others. Are you actively telling others about Jesus Christ/Almighty Yeshua and how he’s the ONLY way to Salvation, in some way, shape or form? Be it a blog, ministry, Youtube videos, in person testimony, etc.? 
  • Forgive those who’ve hurt us. Have you forgiven all the people who’ve hurt you? If not, have you PRAYED to be ABLE to forgive them? The bible says that if WE don’t forgive OTHERS for things they’ve done against US, that the Lord also won’t forgive OUR “sins/trespasses” against HIM/ALMIGHTY GOD!
  • Get full-water immersion baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. As soon as we truly BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and his gospel, we should desire to get full-water-immersion baptized in his name and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! 
  • Have no idols or graven images! Have you gotten rid of that Buddha or Krishna statue? That golden “trophy”? The dream catcher? Carved images? Hung paintings of this or that on the wall? Statues (EVEN IF and *ESPECIALLY IF* they’re *Catholic saints/DEMONS*?) Images of dragons, Darth Vader, Harry Potter characters, etc? 
  • Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ AND his words! Have you TRULY trusted Jesus Christ with your LIFE? Would you TRULY trust Jesus Christ to get you through THE MOST difficult situations in your life such as witnessing to homosexuals, knowing exactly what to do if and when someone points a gun at your head, etc.? And do you trust that the bible is 100% sure and that everything will come to pass as the Lord SAYS it will come to pass?
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves. Have you hated anyone recently? If so, you haven’t been truly applying the written Word of God to your life! 
  • ETC. ETC., YOU GET THE POINT!

And then, Matthew 25: 14-3o, we get the Parable of the Faith Servant Vs. Disobedient Servant and it goes like THIS:

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 

Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. 

In this case, “talents” is referring to ancient biblical “gold or silver coins” (as far as I know). But in MY opinion, it can also have double-meaning. In TODAY’S terms, the “talents” COULD be money in SOME cases, but in many others, it can also mean “talents” and “abilities” (IN GENERAL).

The bible says in Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey“.

So in other words, in the parable, each man was given talents, according to his “ability”. What does “ability” mean in this case? Does it mean workmanship ability in the temporal working world? Or is it talking about workmanship ability in the SPIRITUAL world? Or could it be a combination of BOTH? The bible doesn’t really specify. But there’s no doubt in my mind that if Jesus were to speak this parable to the modern day world of 2015, that he’d be referring to BOTH.

Romans 12: 6-8 states: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness”. 

Truth be told, we ALL have different talents & abilities. And it’s how we USE those talents and abilities to further the kingdom of God on Earth that matters and that’ll also show WHERE we’ll stand with God/Jesus Christ on the fateful Day of Judgement!

For example, are you good at writing? Start a blog, write a book, produce Facebook notes about Jesus/Salvation, etc. Are you good at photography? Use photography to GLORIFY God’s creation! Are you a good public speaker? Get involved in politics or podcasting/radio or another public forum, in order to glorify the God of the bible! Do you have the power of persuasion? Perhaps street preaching might be good for you.

Are you good at learning and/or speaking foreign languages? Perhaps a missionary trip’s in store for you. Are you good at mathematics? Perhaps the Lord God wants you to use your mathematical abilities to talk about the MATHEMATICAL IMPOSSIBILITY of anything other than Jesus Christ BEING the fulfilled Messiah of Mankind [as over 330+ Old Testament Messianic prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Testament…….the statistical chances that even ONE man could simultaneously fulfill even just 48 of these, is ASTRONOMICAL BEYOND COMPARE!] 

Are you artistically gifted? You could use your art to GLORIFY God by illustrating Christian books or stories, creating beautiful Christian bible verse cards or creating 3D animated Christian-themed movies or videogames, etc. Are you gifted at singing? You could use your good singing voice to GLORIFY God and to USE your beautiful God-given voice to motivate others to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth! You get the picture……..

But basically, we are use our “spiritual gifts” and “talents” in order to bring HIM glory and in order to FURTHER the Kingdom of God on Earth! And remember that the Kingdom of God on Earth lives WITHIN us! We are to be the EMBODIMENT of that Kingdom! 

Because remember, church is not a place we “go to”, for we “ARE” the church! We, the body/assembly of believers are “the church”! Therefore, we are not “to GO to church”, we are to BE “the church!”

That’s essentially what it means to be a DOER of the written word of God (the  bible) and not just a HEARER, ONLY! 

I hope and pray that ALL who read this will become DOERS of the written Word of God (the bible) and not just hearers, only! Amen. 

 

 

Unanswered Prayers: “Does the Lord have it out for me?”

Many of us have prayed for certain things in our lives. And prayed and prayed and prayed for that person/those things/that one thing, until we felt as though we could pray for it/them/that person no longer.

“Did the Lord even HEAR my prayer? Does he EVEN CARE?”, many of us have wondered.

And the truth is, sometimes the answer we receive back from the Lord is not exactly the answer we’d like to hear.

And at first, we might feel despondent, hurt, angry and betrayed. But we humans ALL have to remember something and that’s THIS: The Lord knows what’s best for us!

Okay ladies: think back to the time of the 7th or 8th grade, high-school or even college. Chances are, there was likely this “one guy” you PRAYED for to be yours, night and day, day and night. And chances are, that “guy” eventually moved on to someone else and left you feeling “crushed”.

And guys: lets face it. Most of you probably had that “one girl” in your life that you had always held up on a pedestal, considered to be your “dream girl” and that you wanted to possibly have babies with someday. And like most guys, when you didn’t make a move on her (because you were intimidated by her beauty) or she was just too shy/nervous around you, period or the Lord just decided he had other plans for her life, that probably left you feeling “devastated” and as though your very heart were bleeding to the ground!

And then you began to feel like the Lord Jesus had it out for you, that he was somehow punishing you for something, since he wouldn’t give you even just ONE chance with this “dream person” you wanted so bad, am I right?

And then, more than likely, you began to silently beat yourself up over it as in, “IF ONLY I hadn’t been so shy and scared to give this nice guy a chance” (women) or “if only I had developed a pair and asked her out and/or asked her to hang out as friends at first so she wouldn’t be so shy around me” (guys). And you began to OBSESS over it, over and over again, asking yourself (as well as the Lord above): “What could I have said or done differently to change the outcome of events? Does this person hate me or something? Is there something wrong with me? And/or what is so and so (people that are already engaged/married to/dating their “dream person”) doing right that I myself am doing so wrong?”

Or perhaps you or someone else you know has some sort of physical ailment/disease that you WISH SO DESPERATELY that the Lord Jesus would CURE! And then, when that ailment/disease DOESN’T get cured, you start to get so angry and despondent against the Lord, wondering if the Lord Jesus CARES AT ALL about you! You began to think thoughts like: “yeah well, if the Lord actually CARED about me, he wouldn’t let this thing happen and he’d cure it outright!”

But we all got to remember something, here and that’s this: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Okay ladies, so maybe that cute guy from High-School, college or middle school DIDN’T notice you. And while it might’ve hurt like HECK at the time, guess what! It ONLY means that the good Lord above has or had a MUCH BETTER GUY in store for you!

And besides, if you were to now re-examine that old crush of yours today, chances are, he’s the type of guy you wouldn’t even want to be with these days, anyhow! So remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was just saving you from a potential “wrong-for-you” type of guy!

Think of any “nice guys” you’ve run into, lately. A male friend who’s been your shoulder to cry on whenever a guy’s been a jerk to you, a nice nerdy guy that’s most recently admitted his feelings for you. This “unconventional nice guy” may just be THE GUY that the Lord has in store for you, ladies! So give that poor sweet guy a chance! You’ll most likely be glad you did! 😉

And guys: if that “dream girl” never noticed you, that can only mean one or two things: either the good Lord has or had a MUCH BETTER woman in store for you, or you blew your chance with the girl by not manning up and asking her out.

But beware: Sometimes when a girl is shy, she might SAY that you’re not her type BECAUSE she’s super super nervous around you. So ask that girl out TWICE. If she says no the 2nd time in a row, then I think the good Lord has given you your answer on her.

And ladies, if a guy rejects you or tells you the classic line: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now”, take him at his word and move on. I haven’t personally heard of ANY guy on the Earth that’ll reject a woman he really likes (unless he’s a prideful jerk of sorts, and if THAT’S the case, you wouldn’t want the guy anyways, trust me on this!)

And no, it might not be the answer you want to hear but know this: the good Lord DOES have a woman in store for you (guys) or a man in store for you (ladies). You just have to recognize that person when you see them. It could be that cute person next to you in the line at Starbucks, it could be that female friend (guys) or that male friend (ladies) who’s had a thing for you for YEARS! Basically, he/she could be right underneath your nose and you won’t even know it unless you “let go” of the “idea” of the “dream girl” (guys) or “dream guy” (ladies).

And for all the people out there who prayed to have their own or someone else’s physical disease/ailment healed and the Lord Jesus didn’t seem to answer, it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Jesus Christ cares more about you than you EVEN realize! He loves all of his creation and wants what’s best for it! But when the human creation acts up and thinks they “don’t need God and/or redemption”, he has NO CHOICE but to pull back a little from their lives and let them hit rock bottom before they realize their NEED for a Saviour!

Sometimes when the Lord Jesus gives us or someone around us a physical disease/ailment or financial disaster, or some sort of other “life crises”, he does that IN HIS OWN MERCY in order to HUMBLE US and to draw us back closer to HIM! Because lets face it, when we have everything we need, that’s the time in our lives when we think we don’t NEED God! BUT….when something bad happens to us or someone around us, THAT is when we start crying to God and praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, am I right?

So maybe you didn’t get that job or promotion you so desperately wanted. So what. It’s not the end of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ actually has a MUCH BETTER option waiting for you, if you would just wait on him and trust in HIM and HIM, ALONE!

Going back to the “old school crush”, ladies: maybe the Lord Jesus Christ knew way ahead of time that that particular guy was going to turn into a hateful, spiteful, drunken, violent drug addict someday and he didn’t want you going through the pain of dealing with that. Or perhaps he’s currently married with 3-5 kids and has completely OPPOSING viewpoints from you when it comes to politics, religion, foreign policy, etc.

Basically, there was a REASON the Lord knew ahead of time that the guy wasn’t right for you. And so essentially the Lord Jesus was (in the long run) just trying to save you from ending up with the wrong guy someday. While you might’ve been mad about it at the time (the guy rejecting you or going for some other chic who was outgoing), chances are, you likely realize now, looking back, that it was never meant to be between you and Mr. Hot Stuff.

And guys: maybe the Lord Jesus knew that your “dream girl” was gonna be full of emotional baggage/trauma/severe depression/health problems and was just trying to save you from that. Or perhaps it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t want you to be with your “dream girl”, perhaps the Lord Jesus wants to heal her pain/trauma/depression FIRST, and THEN later have her be with you when she’s in a more better state of mind.

As for relationships that didn’t work out (men and ladies?) I guess that’s just the Lord’s way of giving us a sort’ve “test run” and preparing us someday for what will eventually become *THE RELATIONSHIP/MARRIAGE* someday when we DO meet the right person! Because you have to admit it: good relationships and good communication skills are learned by EXPERIENCE! 😉

But going back to the main topic at hand, here: when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about something and the prayer is truly genuine, Jesus Christ IS going to give an answer (even IF the answer is no answer).

And the answer we get back from the Lord on a certain prayer is gonna be one of 8 things:

  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. MAYBE
  4. NOT RIGHT NOW
  5. I’LL THINK ABOUT IT/WE’LL SEE
  6. IF YOU EARN IT/WHAT WILL YOU BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE IN YOUR LIFE IF I DO THIS FOR YOU?
  7. IF X,Y, AND Z HAPPEN FIRST
  8. I DON’T KNOW/NO COMMENT/CAN’T GIVE A SUFFICIENT ANSWER RIGHT NOW

And sometimes, the Lord Jesus can later change his mind on his answer, depending on the extenuating circumstances. But for the most part, his answer is solid and we must learn to live with whatever answer he gives us.

Remember that what originally appears to be a downfall in our lives may later turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: I was always the “shy girl” that never really seemed to fit in with the “cool crowd” back in middle school and high school. But now, looking back, I feel FOREVER BLESSED that the Lord Jesus made me shy since it’s kept me out of trouble! Since I was never invited to any “parties”, I never got into the drug scene, smoking, sexual promiscuity or that sort’ve thing. In fact, it has helped me to remain more “pure” for my future husband someday! 🙂

And yes, at the time, it really hurt, not really fitting in with all the other “cool kids” and being made fun of and laughed at all the time for being so “shy” and “innocent” but looking back, I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! 🙂 And I will be ETERNALLY grateful that he actually SPARED me from all from the “spiritual destruction” that goes on during “parties”, etc.

{{And true, I’m not perfect at all. Just like the rest of YOU on here (dear readers of this blog), I HAVE made some mistakes in life and have sinned from time to time in my life just like the rest of you. However, I can be rest assured in the fact that WITH the Lord Jesus Christ, anything is possible and that I’m more than capable of overcoming any and all sin(s) in my life. Hint: The easiest way to overcome greed is to donate to others less fortunate than us!}}

But getting back on the subject of unanswered prayers: there’s even an old country song with the lyrics: “sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, just because he don’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care” and I think that pretty much says it all.

You can listen to the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl_a3Cu4OQ

The answer we hear back from the Lord may not always be the answer we want to hear but it is an “answer”, nonetheless. And lets face it, sometimes no answer IS the answer. But in MY humble experience, no answer usually means “no” on the Lord’s part. We can beg and beg and beg the Lord for things/people. But in the end, only the Lord himself knows if that thing/those things/those people are actually right for us or not.

We draw from our own limited human (mostly sinful) understanding but the Lord Jesus Christ draws from his own spiritual understanding. We HAVE to remember that he’s already well-versed in space and time. He knows everything that’s already happened in our lives, what’s going on in our lives right NOW, and what WILL happen in our lives. And he knows way, way ahead of time what person/thing/things are going to be good for us and which ones aren’t. We just need to TRUST HIM!

Sometimes trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is hard. We look at those around us and think they have it made. But we have to remember: another person’s “success” has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are your own unique/distinct individual in the name of the Lord! And if anything, another person’s “success” should give you HOPE! Cause think about it: if it could happen for THEM, it could someday happen for YOU, am I right? 😉

You might think or feel that the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t care about you sometimes (especially when it seems the Lord Jesus is already “too seemingly” busy providing for/blessing EVERYONE ELSE and not YOU!) But let me tell you something: He cares about you more than anything in the world! And he wants to have a true/deep spiritual relationship with you! But he can’t do that if you won’t let Him!

Ever had one of those days where you felt like the Lord Jesus Christ had forgotten about you, down here on this Earth? I’ve had one of those days most recently (in all honesty). And this is the first song that came on the car radio (and I got my answer); when I very first heard the introduction to the song, I knew I had heard the song once before at work when I was feeling “sad”, so I turned it up so I could hear it a bit better and here’s the answer I got from the Lord and trust me, I was in sentimental tears in SECONDS! lol 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAyfcO-X3k

Please note, however: while you may get the “impression” that the Lord above approves of all “pre-recorded music” and finds it “pleasing to His site”, let me assure of you of ONE thing: in all honestly, the good Lord’s not really much of a fan of “pre-recorded music” in and of itself! Why? Because to HIM, it’s fake, it’s too commercialized, it’s generic, and it’s not straight from the soul. Secondly, oftentimes, it doesn’t praise HIM, the Lord of all creation, the Lord who gave each and every single one of us LIFE! However, he can USE that same “pre-recorded music” from time to time to REACH PEOPLE with HIS holy, divine messages, as was the case with ME several times!

The Lord above (like it or not) knows us inside and out. He created each and every single one of us in our mother’s wombs. He likely knows our every single DNA cell BY NAME! (For if he knows every cosmic STAR by name, doesn’t it also stand to reason that He likely knows every single individual CELL by name, too?) And he also knows our personalities and our habits. He knows us human creatures can be quite stubborn at times!

He knows we want what we want when we want it (it’s human nature). Just like he knows that we human creatures sometimes “stubbornly” insist on listening to the car radio while driving to work (ahem….guilty, here) and when his “messages” don’t get through by OTHER means, (a Christian documentary, bible passages, messages said through a friend, a dream, etc.), he sometimes USES our own “devices” in order TO reach us with HIS holy, divine messages!

So essentially, it’s not the pre-recorded music he approves of in and of itself but the MESSAGES behind some of the music lyrics that he approves of and can use to communicate to people. He’s quite honestly used music to communicate his holy, divine messages to me more than once. Now, I know some stubborn soul(s) out there is/are going to see this post and say to his/herself: “hey, I heard a song about such and such sin today, that MUST mean the Lord approves of this!”

But the reality is, WHEN a certain song comes on the radio (and the Lord’s trying to communicate a holy, divine message to you), you will simply KNOW it, there will simply be NO DOUBT in your mind! And the message of the song will most definitely line up with the bible and ALL scripture! The song that the Lord used to communicate with me that day is scriptural……Hebrews 13:15 “ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee is what came to my mind immediately afterwards.

And take THIS SONG, for instance. “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics. Even as a small child back in 1987-1988, I KNEW there was something *quite unique* about this song, though I couldn’t quite figure out at the time what it was. It was only most recently that I FINALLY figured out what the *significance* about this song IS/WAS! For more info., please read the following post that breaks apart the lyrics of this song and talks about the BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE of them!

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/song-from-the-80s-hints-at-future-wwiii/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Jesus Christ & Salvation.

While some might write the fact off as “mere coincidence”, it’s still amazing that not even ONE person in the whole entire world since the time of Christ (that I’m aware of, anyways) has ever referred to Jesus as “the late Jesus Christ” and/or “the late, great Jesus Christ”. Wow….On the other hand, several atheists etc have mocked his name in the last few centuries or so.

But think about it. Why hate or mock or fear something that “doesn’t exist”? That would be the same as me going on a constant rant about the “flying sphagetti monster”. No archaeological evidence, historical evidence/eyewitness accounts, miracles, near-death experiences, actual documented demonic possession (according to psychiatrists, even), dreams/visions, fulfilled bible prophecy concerning the nation of Israel and Jesus, etc can be tied to the NON-EXISTENT “flying spaghetti monster” but yet, all those things can be tied back to Jesus Christ.

So personally, I think those people KNOW Jesus Christ exists, they just don’t want to admit it, since it would force them to acknowledge that heaven and hell and the afterlife exist and that God’s Judgment exists, which would then therefore force them to have to change their lives around, in order to receive forgiveness for their sins, etc.

Some of those self-proclaimed Atheists/Agnostics “hesitantly” admit that Jesus Christ is real, and say things like “well, a *loving* God won’t send someone to hell”. Well, again, not true…..Those poor folks haven’t read John 14:6 in which Jesus Christ said “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No-one comes to the Father except by Me”.

Or how about Matthew 7:13-14 which statesEnter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”. 

Plus, lets not forget the passages in Revelation 20:12 & 20:15 in the New Testament! God gives some VERY dire warnings about all those who don’t put their faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ! So in short, ALL those who don’t put their faith, trust & love into Jesus Christ before they die will be cast into HELL and/or ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. For ETERNITY. And in hell and/or eternal condemnation, there are NO 2nd chances. NO. WAY. OUT. FOREVER. 

But the sad reality is that many “Christians” will end up eternally condemned, someday! (Yes. You heard me right. CHRISTIANS). “Why is that?”, you may wonder. And the number one reason is because today’s “Jesus” worshiped in the modern-day Christian churches is a NON-BIBLICAL/PAGAN ONE! In fact, I’ll even take it a step further, here. Today’s “Jesus” worshiped in the Christian churches is a COMPLETE MOCKERY of the true, BIBLICAL Jesus Christ in the bible!

For example:

Today’s modern “Jesus” worshiped in churches: 

  • is worshiped on SUNDAY, venerable worship day of the SUN
  • doesn’t have anything to do with the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.)
  • is celebrated with “Paganized holidays” such as Christmas & Easter
  • seems to have no true “Jewish descent”

The true, BIBLICAL Jesus:

  • was known by his disciples and followers as God in the flesh, the one and only true Messiah
  • celebrated IN and was the EMBODIMENT of the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.)
  • came from a strong line of “Jewish descent” of King David from his mother’s side
  • was and is worshiped on the true, biblical 7th-day Sabbath, SATURDAY! (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, remember that a Jewish day begins at sundown the night before!) 

And Jesus had SEVERAL things to say about people who worshiped him in vain! Including but not limited to:

“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from meMatthew 15:7-9

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men” – Isaiah 29:13

The truth is that only a select “few” will receive Eternal Salvation by Jesus Christ Almighty. Because like Matthew 7:13-14 states, the path to life is NARROW. 

I’ve created this Youtube video in an attempt to produce a “visual study” of just what the passage in Matthew 7:13-14 really means! (And true, I wanted to include much more, but I could only fit so much in for a 20 minute video). 

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]