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IMPORTANT: The Torah Still Applies!!! (Part ONE)

Many people TODAY – both Christian AND non-Christian alike – take such a “liberal” view when it comes to God’s law in the Old Testament! They try telling themselves that they no longer have to follow the 10 commandments since “Jesus already payed for the law on the cross” and that The Old Testament “was for the Jews, ONLY!” But what does Jesus HIMSELF teach on the matter? Let us turn to the bible for the answer!

Many people don’t know this (and even I MYSELF didn’t know this until a couple years ago) but Jesus actually made SEVERAL appearances in the OLD TESTAMENT as a pre-incarnate. He was ALL THE FOLLOWING:

  • The “tree of life” in the Garden of Eden
  • The “pillar of cloud” by day and the “pillar of fire” by night that led Moses & the Israelites out of Egypt
  • The “mighty wind” that parted the Red Sea
  • The “burning bush not consumed” that spoke with Moses
  • The “foreign visitor” that talked to Abraham outside his tent as well as the “King of Salem” that BLESSED Abraham
  • The one that “fought with Jacob” all throughout the night
  • The “Son of Man” in the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar with Daniel’s 3 friends
  • The one who “closed the mouths of lions” in the Lion’s Den with Daniel
  • The “angel of the Lord” besides Joshua at the battle of Jericho
  • The “Hand on the Wall” writing a decree of “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin” against Belshazzar during Belshazzar’s “Babylonian-style” feast that used the golden & silver vessels from the TEMPLE in Jerusalem around 539B.C. or so?
  • Etc.?

Next, I’d like to examine SEVERAL bible passages concerning the ETERNAL NATURE OF JESUS/GOD:

Psalm 90:2

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Isaiah 40:28

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

Hebrews 13:18

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

1 Timothy 1:17

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 8:58

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.

2 Peter 3:8

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Titus 1:2

In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised BEFORE the ages began.

1 Corinthians 2:7

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

Hebrews 1:8

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Hebrews 1:2

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world;

Okay, now that we’ve established that God/Jesus is ETERNAL, what about his WORDS? His LAW? Are THEY eternal? Once again, let us examine the evidence:

Matthew 24:35

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words SHALL NOT pass away

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 FULFILL. 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

John 14:15

“If ye love me, keep my commandments

[*NOT TO MENTION THAT MATTHEW, CHAPTERS 5 TO 7, ALSO KNOWN AS THE “SERMON ON THE MOUNT” OR “THE OLIVIET DISCOURSE” EXPOUNDS ON THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND TALKS ABOUT THEIR ORIGINAL *INTENT!*]

In Matthew 24:35, Jesus is telling us that his WORDS will LAST FOREVER! In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus is telling us that he DID NOT come to destroy the law! And in John 14:15, Jesus is quoted as saying that IF we love him, to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS! Therefore, that certainly doesn’t SEEM in any way, shape or form that Jesus wants us to NEGLECT the 10 commandments (or their original “intent”) under ANY circumstances!!!!! But rather, he seemed to want us to OBEY them!

Acts 10: 34-35Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him”.

Ephesians 6:9 “And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him”

Romans 2:11 “For there is no respect of persons with God”

Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”

Acts 10:34, Ephesians 6:9, Romans 2:11, and Galatians 3:28 etc. all show us that Jesus is not a God of “partiality!” In other words, EVERYONE that believes in Him and OBEYS Him is EQUAL! And EVERYONE that sins against Him is JUDGED by Him for he is a FAIR and CONSISTENT God and a FAIR and CONSISTENT Judge! So in other words, there IS no such thing in Jesus’s eyes as “Jew” or “Gentile”, those are MAN-MADE CONSTRUCTS!!!!!!

So THAT being said, does it REALLY make any sense that God/Jesus would tell the Jewish people ONE thing/ONE set of commandments and then turn around and tell the Christians ANOTHER thing/ANOTHER set of commandments or NO commandments? OFCOURSE NOT! He’s NOT gonna tell one set of people: “No pork! It’s an abomination unto you!” and then turn around and tell ANOTHER set of people in the future that they COULD have pork….IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!!!!! Think about it. If ONE set of people could ever say to Him: “Hey! That’s not fair! How come THEY get this but WE don’t?”, then he wouldn’t be God as he is a FAIR and CONSISTENT judge AND law-giver! 

God/Jesus did NOT go to the Jews of Old Testament and tell them that THEY had to follow the 7th day Sabbath, the 7-8 Biblical Holidays and the BIBLICAL dietary laws and then turn around during the times of the New Testament and say to the Christians that they were free to do, celebrate and eat WHATEVER THEY WANTED! For if he did, A) He wouldn’t be God, and B) That wouldn’t be fair! And we KNOW from the scriptures that Jesus is a FAIR and CONSISTENT God and a FAIR and CONSISTENT JUDGE! Because if he wasn’t, he’d be a liar and JESUS CAN NOT LIE!

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Therefore, if Jesus Christ is ETERNAL, and DOES NOT CHANGE, and said HIMSELF that he DID NOT come to destroy the law, we can safely conclude that neither has Jesus’s LAW ever changed, either! In fact, the Sermon on the Mount (talked about in Matthew chapters 5-7 in the New Testament) seemed to ENHANCE the biblical law!

From my best spiritual understanding, we are saved by grace through faith PLUS obedience! (John 14:15, Matthew 7:21-23, etc.) For if you have obedience WITHOUT faith, the obedience is in vain! And if you have faith WITHOUT obedience onto the Lord’s commandments, that’s also vain, too! But if you have FAITH + OBEDIENCE, then you have been truly “born again” by the spirit of God/Jesus Christ through GRACE!

However, there are still those who claim that Jesus’s quote in Matthew 26:26-28 during the last supper about “making a new covenant” means that we no longer have to REPENT (that means to “make amends” for/pray for forgiveness OF) sin! But if we go to the King James version, we have the word TESTAMENT instead of COVENANT. Every version from NEW King James Version and on translates the word as COVENANT. And both the words have slightly different meanings! A “covenant” is like a “marriage contract” for instance. But a “testament” is something that lasts forever!

The Authorized King James Version and King James Version are the most closest bible translations, as it pertains to the Hebrew and the Greek. The NEW King James Version and on distort MANY, MANY words and phrases [http://www.av1611.org/nkjv.html] And in fact, THE APOCRYPHA wasn’t even taken out of the King James Bible until the late 1800’s or so! [https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Apocrypha-Books/]

[IMPORTANT: As a side note, I have found these GREAT publications of the KJV that also INCLUDE the Apocrypha:

https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Bible-James-Version-Apocrypha/dp/1480007889/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=KJV+bible+%2B+apocrypha&qid=1578787315&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Cepher-3rd-2018-Revision-C3R1/dp/0692998047/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+cepher&qid=1578787888&sr=8-1

Many Christians today seem to want to “pick the best bible version that WORKS FOR THEM, the “best church that WORKS for them“, the “best denomination that WORKS FOR THEM“. In other words, they seem to asking the question: “What works BEST for ME?”, instead of asking the fateful question: “What does GOD/Jesus WANT/EXPECT from ME and FOR me, as it pertains to obedience and worship?” In other words, they’re not asking the fateful question: “Where does GOD/JESUS want ME right now?” 

But regardless, even when a person is in/currently attending the INCORRECT church, reading the TAINTED bible version(s), and in the WRONG DENOMINATION(S), Jesus can still use that experience to TEACH a person (by means of the Holy Spirit) what IS and what IS NOT the true gospel (provided that person has a TRUE HEART to want to know what is of God and what is NOT of God!)

Note: Jesus did that with ME, with both the Catholic and Mormon churches in the past and he can most certainly do that with OTHERS, as well! In other words, he might sometimes purposely PLACE a person in the WRONG CHURCH in order to teach them what the TRUE CHURCH *is*, if that makes any sense? Let me elaborate. When I was a “baby Christian” (after I had started reading the gospel for myself ALL THE WAY THROUGH around the ages of 19-21 or so), I still had NO IDEA what alot of the gospel meant by the ages of 23 and on. So I was “easy fodder” for both the Catholic and Mormon churches to “deceive me” at that time.

However, AFTER I prayed to the Lord Jesus for SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING and SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT, I once again read the King James Bible straight through, cover to cover and then gained a “newfound understanding” about what IS and what is NOT the gospel. And it wasn’t until about the age of 30 or so that I FINALLY began to see just how EVIL and WRONG and INACCURATE the Roman Catholic Church and “institutionalized Christianity” REALLY IS! And sadly, it wasn’t until the age of about 33 or so that I gained the FULL KNOWLEDGE that I have now that the “Judeo-Christian” path is the ONLY fully CORRECT bible interpretation and way of life!

From the outside looking in, it seems “harsh” or “narrow-minded” to say (in retrospect): “This is the ONLY fully correct bible interpretation and way of life”. But it’s true. I have not been able to find ONE error in the Judeo-Christian path so far, NOT ONE! And I am a MOST DILIGENT seeker of God’s Word (Jesus) and God’s Written Word (The Bible). The several scriptures that I’ve shared with you are to PROVE that we still need to honor the BIBLICAL SABBATH (the 7th Day) and the BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (Passover, Tabernacles, First-fruits, etc.!)

Also….please remember: The Roman Catholic Church and today’s “institutionalized church” write them off as “Jewish holidays, ONLY”. But they are NOT “Jewish holidays” only, they are BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS. And not only that, but they weren’t only for Jewish people and “biblical times”, they were meant for ALL of the Lord’s people, for ALL time! (Note: Did you know for example that Jesus will STILL have people celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles etc. during the New Millennium? It’s true! Read your bibles!)

That now being said, there’s a couple verses that I want us to now take a closer look at….

Colossians 2:16-17

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ

Acts 10:28

“And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any MAN common or unclean

Matthew 15:16-20

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man”

Many Christians today want to interpret Peter’s vision of the animals on a sheet in Acts 10 as a sign that ALL FOOD IS CLEAN and OK to eat. HOWEVER…..Peter later understands the ANIMALS in the vision were used to represent PEOPLE (as in, different groups of PEOPLE). Therefore, that’s when Jesus showed Peter in a vision that ALL PEOPLE were meant to receive the gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ and NOT JUST the Jews!!!!!

And in Matthew 15:16-20, the Pharisees were asking Jesus why he and his 12 disciples did not “ritually wash” their hands before eating, so Jesus was explaining to them WHY He and his disciples DID NOT have to ritually wash their hands before eating! In other words, He was emphasizing to the Pharisees that THE WORDS that come out of a man are what DEFILES a man and not HIS UNWASHED HANDS! Jesus never said diet wasn’t important, He just emphasized that more emphasis is placed on the WORDS of man, rather than his “ritual practices” before eating.

As for Colossians 2:16-17, Jesus is telling US (the Messianic Jews/Judeo-Christians) to not let ANY Christian/NON-Christian/NON-Judeo-Christian/NON-Messianic Jew judge US (the Judeo-Christian/Messianic Jew) *FOR* following the BIBLICAL 7th Day Sabbath (Saturday), the 7 BIBLICAL holidays (Passover, Tabernacles, Pentecost, etc.) and the BIBLICAL dietary laws (NO PORK, SHELLFISH, ETC.) Make sense?

One does not have to go far to see all the “adversity” towards “Judeo-Christians/Messianic Jews” today. You’ll often hear things such as the following:

  • “We’re under a new covenant now, we no longer need to follow the Old Testament!”
  • “Well, those holidays are for Jews, only. What, you gonna convert to Judaism now or something?”
  • “But Peter was shown that ALL animals are clean for eating! I can eat pork and shellfish if I want to!”
  • “Uh! Quit telling me not to celebrate the Pagan Christian holidays! Who are YOU to judge ME? Tradition is tradition and so what! It doesn’t harm a person to follow Pagan Christian traditions! You’re splitting hairs on this, you’re such a Judaizer!” 
  • “Jesus has one set of laws for the Jews and one set of laws for the Christians. He judges each group by their OWN set of laws!”
  • “If you want to follow the “Jewish” laws and feasts, you should go to a synagogue!”
  • “You can’t be both “Jewish” AND Christian! You either need to be one or the other!”

Those are some of the most common arguments against “Messianic Judaism/Judeo-Christianity”. However, I’d like to examine a few more bible passages that explain how and why Jesus works on a “continuum”. He doesn’t start something without finishing it.

Philippians 1:6 states: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Here, the “day of Jesus Christ”, in my humble opinion, is talking about the 2nd arrival of Jesus upon the Earth in his holy, fully-glorified form. So in other words, the law and the work that was done in ancient Israel by Jesus Christ will be FULLY COMPLETED in the “New Israel”, if that makes any sense? Everything works on a “continuum” in the Kingdom of God. This is a passage that has a two-fold meaning.

On the one hand, it’s talking about the SPIRITUAL nation of Israel (as a WHOLE) ALL THROUGHOUT TIME and on another hand, it’s talking about each INDIVIDUAL person that comprises the SPIRITUAL NATION OF ISRAEL (if that makes any sense?) Because remember that not ALL physical Jews living in Israel at the time of Jesus embraced God’s Laws and God’s Messiah (Jesus).

Those ones were considered “children of Israel” in name ONLY but NOT in SPIRIT! (Remember the various Old Testament passages where it said “the children of Israel once again turned to idols/idolatry”, etc.?) And I want to be VERY CLEAR on this as well: a Jewish person themselves IS/WAS a part of the SPIRITUAL nation of Israel if and when they fully accept(ed) Jesus as Messiah and obeyed/obey his commands!

Now, let us examine a few more bible passages concerning the “continuation” of Jesus’s law:

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” – Matthew 24:35

Okay, so what can we gather from that? We know from several other scriptures (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1, Revelation 21:23) that the CURRENT heaven and Earth will BE DESTROYED and/or FOLDED UP LIKE A SCROLL, while a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH will be CREATED and BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH. However, the WORDS OF GOD shall EXIST FOREVER! Therefore, it stands to reason: if his WORDS last forever, then that must also mean that his LAW lasts the ENTIRE BIBLE (beginning to End) – minus the animal sacrifices from Old Testament as soon as Jesus came to Earth the first time! 

Matthew 5:17-18 has something to say about the matter: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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.”

Therefore we know that there’s still PLENTY of stuff to be fulfilled: The Mark of the Beast, The Antichrist, The War of Armageddon, The New Heaven and New Earth, The Great White Throne Judgement, etc.] So what that passage is saying is that UNTIL everything is fulfilled and I mean, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G., the BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS and BIBLICAL LAW **STILL APPLY!**

The only reason the biblical LAW will be done away with at the very END of Revelation 22 is because it will NO LONGER BE NEEDED for ALL who live in New Jerusalem at that time will be considered righteous, holy and untainted/WITHOUT SIN!

But a couple other passages that REALLY speak to my spirit concerning the matter are the following:

Please note that this first passage is said in FOUR different ways: Mark 7:7-9 and verse 13, respectively:

  • “HOWBEIT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN
  • “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do”.
  • And he said unto them, ‘Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition”
  • “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye”

Mark 7:7 IMMEDIATELY makes me think of all the “traditions” floating around today, that “the church” has taught over the years (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, LGBT infiltration of schools/churches, “the law has been done away with” movement, “church entertainment”, etc). And think about it for a minute. WHAT or WHO has created all those “traditions?” They most certainly didn’t come from Jesus or his RIGHTEOUS ANGELS!

Jesus and the disciples never ONCE celebrated Christmas or Easter! Jesus and his disciples never ONCE welcomed practicing sodomites into the synagogues or made services all about the music and “entertainment”, rather than the MESSAGE! If John the Baptist or Paul were walking around today, observing how FAR all the modern-day churches have STRAYED from Jesus and his gospel, they’d be one of two things: RIGHTEOUSLY ANGRY, CRYING BITTER, BITTER TEARS or BOTH!

But two of the things they’d likely be MOST TROUBLED ABOUT is Paganized, masonic churches meeting on Sunday, the FALSE man-made gospel, rather than the TRUE biblical gospel (Saturday, the 7th day) and OPEN SODOMITES in the church and the “embracing” of OPEN SODOMY! They’d probably quickly run outside to throw up, their righteous spirits would be SO disturbed by what they saw! Therefore, it stands to reason: if Jesus and his disciples would be “disturbed” or “confused” by what they saw going on in modern-day churches today, then should mankind BE doing those abominable things? It begs of question!

In Matthew 7:13-14, JESUS HIMSELF said the following: 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 thereat: Because STRAIGHT is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW there be that find it”.

 

This isn’t unlike another passage in Luke 16:15 which states: “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God“. 

So lets unpack these two bible passages a bit. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus is telling us that VERY FEW people find the STRAIGHT and NARROW gate (i.e. SPIRITUAL DOORWAY) which leads to LIFE! What is LIFE? It is JESUS HIMSELF! Jesus says in John 14:6:“…….I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME”. Put differently, Jesus is more or less telling us in that bible verse that he’s the ONLY way to Eternal Salvation/Eternal Life/Eternal Life with Him in “New Jerusalem” someday.

However, in telling us that the spiritual doorway/pathway to HIM and his ETERNAL TRUTH is NARROW, STRAIGHT and HARD TO FIND, He is ALSO telling us that the spiritual doorway/pathway to ETERNAL DESTRUCTION is VERY BROAD, WIDE, and VERY EASY to find! That’s why MOST PEOPLE will take THAT (i.e. the “easy”) way in life, instead of the STRAIGHT and NARROW way. Therefore, the NUMBER of people who will TRULY be saved by Jesus is very, very SMALL….a SMALL REMNANT:

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” – Luke 12:32

In other words, it is God the Heavenly’s Father GOOD PLEASURE to give the eternal kingdom of God to the SMALL REMNANT who TRULY believed in Jesus, obeyed him and called upon His name, instead of taking the more “popular” way in life! Meaning, they were willing to suffer persecution for Jesus’s name and for righteousness’s sake!

They were WILLING to suffer persecutions at home, in the workplace, abroad, online. They were WILLING to be mocked, laughed at, scorned, arrested on false “hate” charges, etc. They were WILLING to be imprisoned, killed, tortured and/or maimed for Jesus’s sake! They were WILLING to keep preaching the gospel in spite of low number of subscribers, low number of listeners and/or watchers and/or low number of congregants!

On the other hand, Jesus is letting us know right there in those passages that many, many, MANY people are on their way to hell/the lake of fire (even many whom call themselves “Christians”:

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” – 2 Timothy 3:5

(Note: does the above passage remind anyone of famous televangelist preachers and/or the Pope? Or the “holier than thou Christians” seen in many churches and Christian online communities today? I sure hope so!)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” – Matthew 7:21-23

In other words, just because you “call” yourself a Christian DOES NOT MEAN that you are truly born again per say, in JESUS’S EYES! Just “calling” yourself Christian or a believer in Jesus isn’t enough! You have to do the “talk” AND walk the “walk!” Meaning, you MUST obey Jesus’s commandments, and NOT just merely “believe” in him! Luke 21:36 states: “Watch therefore, and pray ALWAYS that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

And moseying on over to Luke 16:15, that passage is letting us know that what’s POPULAR among mankind in today’s world (i.e. think the “worship” of celebrities, vlogs, TicToc, Instagram, Facebook, LGBT “rights” and “propaganda”, “abortion”, “sodomy”, “pre-marital sex”, Youtube, videogames, “eating pork/shellfish/unkosher foods”, reality shows, secular movies/music/books, “socialistic ideals”, “trends”, etc.) is abomination in the sight of God. Jesus doesn’t like us worshiping celebrities etc. because it has the potential to damn our souls to eternal condemnation if we don’t REPENT (that means, to give up) such “worldly things” and “worldly behavior”. 

Therefore, whenever you see a “popular trend” among mankind, or see people just ranting and raving about how good this show is, how good these chips are, how good this movie is or how good that book is, you can almost be certain that that very “thing” is an abomination in the sight of God. However, interestingly enough, I DO NOT think the same criteria of Luke 16:15 applies to good CHRISTIAN things/music/materials. Because if something TRULY glorifies Jesus, why would Jesus NOT glory in it? Ya know? 

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Yet another passage I’d like to share is Isaiah 29:13 which states: “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: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid”

So here, we can see from this passage that many “Christians” and “Jews” and even many “Judeo-Christians” THEMSELVES, honor Jesus with their LIPS (going around saying “Praise God”, “Praise Jesus, etc.) but yet, their SPIRITUAL *HEART* is far FROM him!

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Matthew 6:21

Therefore, BECAUSE their spiritual HEART is far from him, he’s gonna CONFOUND (that means CONFUSE or LEAD ASTRAY/INTO CIRCLES) those who consider themselves “wise” or of whom others consider to be “wise” and he’s gonna HIDE the true gospel and TRUE biblical teachings from those who refuse or desire NOT to see them (i.e. mockers/scoffers, lukewarm Christians, the prideful/arrogant, the staunch atheists, the apathetic, etc.)

We see alot of that in the modern-day churches (and even modern-day Christian music industry, today). People substitute the word “God” for “Jesus” in alot of places, and try to make that “god” an all-encompassing god (i.e. claiming the God of the bible is the same as “Allah”, etc.) Well folks, the God of the bible is NOT in any way, shape or form the same god as “Allah” or any OTHER lower-case g god! The God of the bible is the ONLY true God! This is expressly spoken all throughout scripture! 

There’s also alot of people that “go to church” once a week, but then NEGLECT Jesus and his gospel the rest of the week. These are the people who “praise Jesus” in church but then revert back to their OWN lives the rest of the week! These are the people who say: “Sure, I believe in Jesus, he was a great moral teacher” or “Yeah, I believe in Jesus so I’ll automatically go to heaven just for believing in Jesus, ALONE”. Their LIPS praise Jesus but their HEARTS are far from Him! 

Let us examine Matthew 6:21 in a bit more detail: Where is your TREASURE? What are you MOST FOCUSED ON in life? What do you spend your MONEY on? (Most biblical scholars agree that your “treasure” is biblically and spiritually defined as what you most spend your MONEY on!)

In fact, there is SO much pressure in today’s society to “fit in” that people will buy things just to PROVE they have money and just to PROVE they’re not poor! And that’s where you get the concept of people “treasuring” material things/wealth MORE than they “treasure” Jesus/the gospel!

So in conclusion, in order to FULLY obey God/Jesus Christ, one must follow and obey the COMPLETE bible, not just HALF the bible! And to follow ALL the bible, we must have a true spiritual HEART for the bible! (Meaning, we must consider God’s Law above ALL other worldly things in our lives!) For HALF the bible is only HALF the truth! Please remember that Jesus is revealed IN the law and IN the biblical Sabbaths and IN the biblical feasts! Jesus is TRUTH! Only following HALF of the bible or HALF of the law is SPIRITUALLY HALF-HEARTED!

Think about it, folks! If we only obeyed the laws of the New Testament and not the Old, we’ve done ourselves a SERIOUS disservice! Same if we ONLY followed the laws of the Old Testament but not the New! We can’t just use the bible as a cafeteria line and pick which parts we want to follow and which parts not, it doesn’t work that way! Scripture determines scripture, FEELINGS don’t determine scripture! 

For more information and further resources, please prayerfully consider the following:

  1. “Pagan Christianity” by Frank Viola and George Barna, 2012 revised and updated edition
  2. Tomorrow’s World ministries in North Carolina, USA
  3. Parable of the Vineyard ministry on Youtube, etc.
  4. Transformation Church out of Tulsa, Oklahoma faith series on Youtube called “CRAZY FAITH” (Note: The Word “Crazy” is meant to mean EXCEPTIONAL FAITH, or Faith that’s had when it seems “crazy” to other people – i.e. Job’s faith when his wife and his friends doubted, etc.)
  5. Jonathan Cahn (I would recommend his books “The Harbinger”,”Paradigm” and “The Book of Mysteries”) 
  6. Trump/The Republican Party/The Pro-Life cause (Remember, a vote for ANY Democrat (as a whole) IS to vote (as a whole) for Abortion, Sodomy, Pedophilia, Bestiality, Tyranny and Socialism)
  7. Any KJV-bible resource that ALSO includes the Apocrypha 

Closing Prayer:

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Christian” Suicide DOES NOT lead to “Heaven!”

Okay folks, today we’re gonna talk about a topic that most people have dealt with, either directly or indirectly and that topic is “suicide”. Most recently, a pastor’s wife came out and PUBLICLY declared that his suicide “does not condemn him to hell“. Well, she’s COMPLETELY BIBLICALLY WRONG on that and so I’ve decided to write this post to clear up any confusion on the matter. Lets talk about what THE BIBLE actually has to say about “suicide”: 

“Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?” – [Jeremiah 7: 9-10]

In other words, is one gonna KILL THEMSELVES, then come and stand before Almighty God in God’s “holy house”, DURING God’s righteous Eternal Judgement and try to say that they are “OK” to commit the abomination of MURDER (murder of SELF) but are STILL (in THEIR mind, anyways) “worthy enough to enter into the Eternal Paradise of God?”) I think most of us KNOW what Almighty God would say to such a remark: “I NEVER KNEW YOU, DEPART FROM ME, YE WORKER OF INIQUITY!”

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? IF ANY MAN DEFILE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, HIM SHALL GOD DESTROY; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-18

In other words, OUR BODIES are the “temple of God” where the Holy Spirit of God resides! THUS, if we do ANYTHING to defile the temple, and I do mean ANYTHING, (and we don’t REPENT of that “sin” before dying or die DURING that sin of “defiling the temple”) the bible says that God will DESTROY that person! OUCH!

“For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law” – [James 2:11]

In other words, the 6th commandment, as well as the underlined part of James 2:11 says that we are “NOT to kill” (and that INCLUDES the “killing of SELF!”).

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, THAT THEY WHICH DO SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GODBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, LONGSUFFERING, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” – Galatians 5: 19-23

In other words, there’s a spiritual warfare going on inside our souls! The “works of the flesh” (eating, drinking, envying, idolatry, physical pleasure/lusts, placing our bodies and our so-called bodily needs “above God”, etc.) and the “fruit of the Spirit” (which is placing our bodies, hearts, souls and mind into SUBJECTION/SUBMISSION TO Christ & his gospel).

And ONE of the “fruits of the Spirit” is something known as LONGSUFFERING. Okay, now what’s “longsuffering?”, someone may ask. Longsuffering means (just as the word says) that you are “prepared to suffer for/in Christ for a LONG TIME, until you take your last NATURAL breath in this life!” Because truth be told, Jesus NEVER said that the spiritual walk with him would be “easy”.

Please remember how the world (as a whole) HATES CHRISTIANS, HATES JESUS and HATES THE BIBLE WITH SUCH A WRITHING UNGODLY PASSION! In fact, Jesus himself said in John 15: 20-22: “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 meIf I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” 

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my sonBut 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” – [Revelation 21: 7-8]

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” – [Matthew 24:13]

In other words, Jesus is telling us in those 3 different passages that we MUST endure persecution for HIS namesake! We MUST endure “until the end”. That means, that UNTIL we take our very last dying breath (by means of NATURAL death and NOT suicide, that is), that means we must ENDURE the hardships, the persecutions that COME with “being a born-again Christian in today’s world”. We MUST have/learn “spiritual endurance”. THAT is what it means to become the biblical essence of “longsuffering”.

Therefore, it stands to reason: If he that endures till the End is SAVED, then what happens to him that does NOT endure till the “natural end” of his life? Answer: He (that person) is NOT saved! Once again, Galatians 5:21 states “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God

It says it right there, plain and simple: Those who MURDER (even those who murder SELF) shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God! FOLKS, IT DOESN’T GET ANY MORE CLEARER THAN THAT!

[[But let me add a short disclaimer here: if one is forced to kill someone in self-defense or to save the life/lives of someone else, there is no condemnation for that person. However, if someone “purposely” murders someone (other than themselves), can they still be forgiven in the name of Jesus – i.e. think abortion, etc.? The answer: yes! If they TRULY repent OF that murder – in their heart & soul – before they take their last dying breath, and BEG Jesus for forgiveness, then yes, they could be forgiven by Jesus. However, Galatians 5:21 is talking about people who “purposely” murder (themselves and/or others) and DON’T REPENT!]] 

But let us keep going, for the sake of those who might try to “argue” with me on this one:

Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?” – [Ecclesiastes 7:17]

So in other words, “dying BEFORE our time” is to KILL ONESELF, is to “commit suicide”, in other words. AND PEOPLE SAY THAT SUICIDE ISN’T MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE! HA!

John 8:44 proclaims: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”

In other words, Satan “was a murderer from the beginning”. Therefore, anyone who “murders” (as in, murders on purpose and NOT in self-defense and/or commits suicide by the “killing” of one self), then that person is doing SATAN’S will, NOT Jesus’s will! Make sense, folks?

“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you” – [Acts 3:14]

Like it or not, AS SOON AS YOU DIE FROM KILLING YOURSELF, you’ve A: made yourself your “own god” and thus, consequently B: made SATAN your “god!” That’s WHY suicides can’t go to heaven!

“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?” – [Jeremiah 16:20]

This makes it pretty apparent that WHEN one decides to “extinguish their OWN life”, the life that Almighty God has GIVEN THEM, they, in essence, “become their own god”. But man is NOT God! Man was CREATED by God! Therefore, man has NO RIGHT to “become one’s own god” OR to CHANGE God’s times and laws!

This verse ALSO illustrates how mankind creates many “gods” in their life (money, fortune, fame, etc.) And when those “gods” (who are NOT true “gods”) don’t satisfy, one usually becomes “depressed”. Why? Because WHEN someone makes a “god” (money, fortune, music, fame, etc.), that ALLOWS the demonic spirits the “legal spiritual right” to ENTER into that person’s mind, heart, body and spirit!

And we KNOW from the bible that once demons DO gain a “demonic stronghold” or a “spiritual doorway” by which to enter into a person’s life, they’ll run amok with it! A person will usually get addicted to alcohol, drugs, porn, money, food, or any number of ungodly things once the “demonic spiritual doorway of IDOLATRY” has been opened! But see, that’s the problems, folks: Many people today don’t realize about all the “demonic influences” they’re letting into their life: music, movies, videogames which DEFY CHRIST!

Oftentimes, people that are depressed have somehow allowed IDOLATRY and/or WITCHCRAFT into their life and they don’t even know it! It doesn’t even have to be from ouija boards, tarot cards, fortune telling/horoscopes, gambling or the like. It can just be something as simple as: “Jesus, my needs are more important than YOUR needs, so just deal with it!” A spirit of DEFIANCE!

And once a person OPENS a spiritual doorway, it’s hard to close it, folks! Demons will run amok in a person’s life! If they can’t get a person to commit suicide, they’ll try to get a person addicted to something, instead! And if they can’t get a person addicted to something, they’ll try to get that person hooked on to something else ungodly! Why? So they (the demons) can STILL continue to have their “spiritual stronghold”, their “playground” in a person’s life/heart/mind/body/soul!

The truth is, pastor Stoecklein (if he truly committed suicide, that is) did NOT “endure till the end”. He took his own life! Oh, how my heart GRIEVES for his widow and their 3 children! I mean, it’s one thing if she wants to believe on her own that “Christian suicides” can go to heaven but it’s quite another thing to state PUBLICLY that “Christian suicides can go to heaven!” [JESUS, PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON THIS WOMAN! PLEASE SAVE HER FROM THE DEVIL’S LIES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE AND SHE OR ONE OF HER SONS TAKES THEIR OWN LIFE, BELIEVING THE LIE THAT “CHRISTIAN SUICIDES GO TO HEAVEN!]

Okay, so now that we know THE TRUTH about “suicide”, BIBLICALLY SPEAKING, what does the bible say is THE KEY to overcoming the very “thought” or “temptation” of it, TO BEGIN WITH? Again, let turn to THE BIBLE and the WRITTEN WORD OF GOD for the answer:

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of ChristAnd having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilledDo ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s – 2 Corinthians 10: 5:-7

In other words, “suicidal thoughts” or “thoughts that go AGAINST Christ or AGAINST the bible/Christ’s biblical commands in ANY type of way is a “demonic thought”. The bible says that we have POWER AND AUTHORITY over demons! [Luke 10:17, Romans 16:20, Mark 6:7, etc.] Therefore, we must take ALL THOUGHTS “CAPTIVE”. That means, if we EVER have a thought that goes AGAINST Christ or against His Written Word (The Bible), then we need to HOLD THAT THOUGHT “SPIRITUALLY CAPTIVE”, IMMEDIATELY!

In other words, when we VERY FIRST have a depressive thought, we are to CAST OUT THAT DEMON IN JESUS’S NAME, IMMEDIATELY! We are to boldly and LOUDLY innerly declare: “BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, I COMMAND YOU TO LEAVE, YOU’VE GOT NO POWER!”

And that demon might try to come back (or send another demon(s) in its place) the next day, 7 days from now, 7 years from now, 17 years from now, etc. But WHEN it does, just CAST IT OUT IN THE NAME OF JESUS! Eventually, the “suicide/depression” demon(s) will give up and try to move on to somebody else! [But you can always pray in the name of Jesus that whatever person they NEXT try to inhabit will NOT be overcome by them, just for good measure!]

“For we walk by faith, NOT by sight” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Too many Christians these days are NOT walking by faith! They’re going by what FEELS good, what LOOKS good, what TASTES good, what SMELLS good, what SOUNDS good, what or whom SEEMS interesting! And by NOT walking by FAITH, they’re tripping themselves UP, folks! They’re setting themselves up for a rather UNGODLY FALL OF SUCH WICKED PROPORTIONS!

However, IF we walk by FAITH, instead of by sight, none of the world’s trappings or temptations will “overcome us!” Because walking BY FAITH and IN FAITH, we will simply KNOW that Jesus CAN and WILL give US the power over any and ALL temptations! Now, will we succumb to temptation from time to time?

Yes! Romans 3:23 tells us that nobody’s perfect and everyone’s gonna do a sin that they need to REPENT OF from time to time. But as long as live BY FAITH and in TOTAL SUBMISSION to Christ, the “temptations” and “wiles” of the devil will NOT permanently overtake us! We WILL be able to get back up, dust ourselves off and KEEP FIGHTING THE HOLY FIGHT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in our lives!

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” – [Philippians 4:7-9]

There in Paul’s letter/sermon to the Philippians, we are told that if we FULLY SUBMIT to Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ WILL be WITH US [so long as we cling to Him/His Written Word, the Bible].  In other words, WHEN you submit to Christ, you will feel PEACE in your spirit and you will simply KNOW that you’re following Christ’s will (which is the most greatest feeling in the world folks, believe me!) There will be no “restlessness of spirit” or the like. Because when you’re FULLY submitted to Christ, the “spirit of restlessness” can find no true root in you!

And lastly, here is Open Your Eyes People’s full 3-hour sermon on the matter:

And here’s the full article about the pastor’s wife and her declaration that “Andrew is not in hell for committing suicide”.

Pastor Andrew Stoecklein’s Widow Explains Why His Suicide Does Not Condemn Him to Hell

https://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-andrew-stoeckleins-widow-explains-why-his-suicide-does-not-condemn-him-to-hell-227356/

But again, this is just ONE pastor’s “suicide” in the U.S. most recently, within the last 7? years or so! There’s been several more! The question of WHY remains a mystery….

I mean, what in the Lord’s good name is going on, here? Are some or all of these pastors not truly “born again” the way they claim to the outside world and to their own families? Are they secretly struggling with some mortal sin in private (such as porn, homosexual behavior, drugs, etc.) and they think it would be so much better to take their own life than to admit to Jesus, their families, their congregations all their failures and short-comings?

Do they preach Jesus one day a week, then secretly forsake him the rest of the week and then at some point in their lives no longer feel “worthy” to lead? Is the “pressure” from being a pastor just too much for them? (In that case, why don’t they just step down?) Or worse yet, is it possible that some of these “suicides” weren’t even suicides to begin with but were actually some sort of foul-play/cold-blooded murder? We may never know, folks! Only God knows!

Nevertheless, I think Jesus is sending us ALL (as well as their congregations and their families) a HUGE wake-up call! And I think the wake up call is something like THIS: Christians -as a whole – are NOT as “born again” as they BELIEVE! They – as a whole – are LOST and are NOT truly focusing on Jesus and his gospel! In fact, they’re too focused on “worldly things” (Facebook, social media, Hollywood, “entertainment”, etc. in their heart, mind, body, soul and in their “home!”

And so BECAUSE they’re focused on “worldly things” in their mind, soul and “home”, demonic spirits are “spiritually ALLOWED” to WRECK HAVOC on them and “suicide” is oftentimes the RESULT of that? That’s the “jist” of the message that I’m getting from the Lord on that! 

A little unrepentant sin here, a little unrepentant sin THERE, and over time, it becomes A STRONGHOLD! Instead of turning to Jesus for salvation, some of these pastors waited until their unrepentant sin became SO BAD, that they were nearly powerless to overcome it! If they had just TRULY cried out to Jesus in their LAST DESPERATE HOUR OF NEED, Jesus would’ve heard them! He hears the prayers of ALL his faithful, no matter how “bad” that person had been, up until that point!

If they TRULY cry out to Jesus like they never have before, Jesus will save them! But, for whatever reason, these pastors didn’t! They did NOT cry out to Jesus in their “last hour”, thus, they GAVE UP! They did NOT “endure till the End” like Jesus commands us to do! How sad! These pastors are, sadly enough, setting a VERY poor example to others about what it means to “endure till the End!” 

Now true, them being “pastors” and all, I’m sure the demonic spirits were ON em’, attacking them morning, noon and night, night and day, 24/7, 365! But ya know what these pastors FAILED to realize? They failed to realize that THE REASON they were being attacked by these demonic spirits so viciously is BECAUSE they were preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ! Satan FEARED them! Satan feared what POWER they might hold and all the GOOD DEEDS they might further do for the kingdom of God! And for THAT very reason, SATAN WANTED THEM GONE! 

Now RIGHT THERE is where many “Christians” are getting theologically and spiritually tripped up! They think to themselves: “Now, wait a minute! I KNOW that Satan wanted my pastor’s soul real bad, BECAUSE my pastor was so effective for the kingdom of God!” But then they DECEIVE THEMSELVES when they say things like: “But I KNOW that God won’t let Satan take his soul, as my pastor’s already done SO MANY good deeds for the kingdom of God!”

But  yet, that poor Christian is overlooking ONE thing: By “killing oneself” and “becoming one’s own god”, one has taken Jesus’s power & authority AWAY from him and attempted to take it upon HIM/HERSELF……he/she’s given Satan THE GREEN LIGHT to take his/her soul away, after all those many years of “spiritually fighting Satan head-on!”

In fact, THE MOMENT they took their own life and succeeded, all their “faith” and “good works” was for NAUGHT! And I’m sure in SOME of those cases, their souls were standing there, watching the people who “found them” and at that exact moment, I think many of them realized they very likely were NOT going to heaven and were likely DESPERATELY asking Jesus for a chance to come back, but Jesus likely quoted to them some of the passages above in response! Why? Because they (a soul who believed in Jesus Christ) cried out to Jesus AFTER their last dying breath but NOT BEFORE! 

Plus lets think about this, folks! Lets get down to brass tax, here! What POINT is it to have “faith in Jesus” but then, to later GIVE UP ON JESUS AND TAKE ONE’S OWN LIFE, AS IF JESUS HAS NO POWER OR AUTHORITY TO HELP ONE OVERCOME THAT WHICH MADE THEM OFF THEMSELVES IN THE FIRST PLACE? Think about it, folks! 

I hope this post has both enlightened and informed those who are thinking about taking their own life……and has shown you, both theologically and rationally why suicide is NOT the answer! In fact, it’s a HELLISH ETERNAL SOLUTION FOR A *TEMPORARY PROBLEM!* Jesus created the universe and the heavens with just the mere sound of his voice: (i.e. “Let there be light!”) So do you REALLY think Jesus is gonna create the whole entire UNIVERSE from scratch, but then, scratch his head in confusion over how to help YOU overcome the thing(s) in life that are making YOU want to kill yourself? Think about that one for awhile, folks! (JESUS WILL HEAR YOUR PRAYERS! CRY OUT TO HIM *NOW* BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE FOR YOU!!!!!)

And to the families of the pastors, you have my MOST SEVERE CONDOLENCES! I know this time is definitely not easy for ANY of you and I pray that Jesus Christ will shine his heavenly strength upon you and all your loves ones at this time! I pray that Jesus will give you FAITH THAT ENDURES ALL THINGS, as well as inner healing, since you guys will most definitely need it at this time! I pray that all of you will CRY OUT TO JESUS IN YOUR DESPERATE TIME(S) OF NEED and that you WON’T EVER, EVER GIVE UP ON JESUS, FOR JESUS SURE AS “HECK” won’t give up on any of YOU, just so long as you NEVER permanently give up on JESUS! 

 

 

Is The Bible In YOUR Diet?

In a previous post entitled:  “Is Jesus in YOUR Diet?”, I talked about the importance of maintaining a healthy spiritual AND physical diet (while emphasizing the importance of a healthy physical diet). In THIS post, I’m gonna discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy SPIRITUAL diet!

“This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” – John 6:50-51

 

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” – Matthew 4:4

 

As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread [spiritual bread of Jesus Christ] shall live for ever” – John 6:57-58

 

“And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” – 1 Corinthians 10: 2-4

 

It’s very important that we spend time reading the WRITTEN Word of God (the bible!) For it is our spiritual nourishment! And without “time in the written word”, our spiritual walk with Christ begins to SUFFER! Why? Because we tend to think during those times & moments: “I don’t NEED to read the bible, I ALREADY know what’s in there!!!!!” and/or “What’s the POINT of reading the bible, I ALREADY know what the BASIC tenets of the faith are, so need I to know ANY MORE?” (OUCH!) 

For some, it can be kind’ve depressing to read about all the wars & battles in the Old Testament (“why so many deaths?”) and/or to read about what happened to Jesus during his consequent “arrest”, “trial” and “execution”. However, it’s important for us these days to READ about all those things and REMEMBER them and remember how GOOD (loving but firm) God is!

The Israelites winning the Old Testament battles were precursors to YOU AND ME (Christians/Messianic Jews/The Lord’s people) winning spiritual battles TODAY against the enemy! And all that stuff that happened to Jesus in the New Testament was PROPHESIED in the Old Testament!

And all those things HAD to happen, in order for Jesus to SHOW US that he is who HE says HE is, and that the written word – the bible – is itself what IT says IT is – the 100% complete written testimony of the Word of God [The Word of God ofcourse being Jesus Christ Almighty/HIMSELF!]

If your bible’s been collecting dust on the bookshelf, NOW’S the time to take it back out, dust it off & began re-reading it! If you’re not sure where to start, the Gospel of John is a good place or the Book of Acts. And if you prefer the Old Testament over the New, you can always start with Genesis, from the VERY beginning! And if you live in a country where bibles are forbidden or hard to come by, you can always PRAY that Jesus will show you dreams & visions about what the bible talks about! 

 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” – Matthew 7: 7-8

 

I’m gonna tell you guys my own personal experience about what happened to me during all the times in my life when I did NOT read the bible every single day and the long-lasting effects it had on me.

One of the VERY first things I’ve noticed is that it starts out SO SMALL. I’d go to read one or two chapters and would suddenly feel very, very sleepy and couldn’t keep my eyes open. And then, the next day, I’d try to re-read that same passage and would AGAIN start to feel really, really sleepy. “What is the DEAL?”, I thought. “This is much too much to be coincidence! WHAT is going on, here?”

And I kept feeling this IMMENSE sense of guilt; thinking that the problem was ME! In other words, I kept internalizing it, thinking it must be MY fault if “I” kept feeling really, really sleepy while picking up the bible and reading it. And yet, when was the last time I had felt really, really sleepy while reading one of my favorite novels or the like? (Busted!)

So then, I went through this mental checklist of sorts: Am I bored by what I read? No. Did I get enough sleep last night? Probably not. Am I trying to read TOO MUCH of the bible at a time? Maybe”. And yet, NONE of those answers seemed to answer my question 100% satisfactorily as to WHY it kept happening…….

I felt tired, depressed, lethargic, moody. I became more “worldly”, and more concerned with the latest movies, books and TV shows, rather that on what Jesus and scripture said. Ah yes, Jesus……..the only begotten Son of God who died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins?

The one who saved me during my N.D.E. around 23 months or age or so and beyond? Sadly, he seemed to be the furthest thing from my mind as I dwelved into the “haven’t read the bible in a quite a long time” club! And then there was the “guilt factor”: “well, I haven’t read the bible in so long, how could Jesus ever forgive me?”

But yet, that’s when I realized something: when we don’t feel like reading the bible (for WHATEVER REASON), there is some HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE going on by Satan and his demons. But yet, Satan is good at getting us to turn it AGAINST OURSELVES by BLAMING OURSELVES for it, INSTEAD of blaming HIM/his demons for it, where all the blame should rightfully be! For if HE and his demons hadn’t first tempted us AWAY from reading the bible, then we would’ve (theoretically) been able to actually READ the bible without any problems!

Another reason we know it’s HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE is because of modern-day news stories like THIS

1). School told they can’t have “bible class”:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-public-school-bible-class-court-20170423-story.html

2). Teacher says student can’t read bible during “free reading time”:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/05/teacher-tells-student-cant-read-bible-in-my-classroom.html

3). Group wants bible removed from POW/MIA Display, despite YEARS of tradition:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/07/advocacy-group-pushes-remove-bible-pow-mia-display.html

And folks, that’s just a small sample. There’s many, many stories about “removing bibles” or “bible classes” that I don’t have time to get into, right now. Therefore folks, it stands to reason: if there’s such STRONG drive to REMOVE BIBLES from school and public military displays, what makes anyone think that there’s also not a spiritual war happening in your VERY HEART over the bible and its precious contents?

When’s the last time you read ANY part of your bible? Be honest with yourself. It’s probably been awhile, hasn’t it? (And if you live in a country where a bible is not freely available, my heart goes out to you! I pray in the name of Jesus that you will somehow get access to the holy scriptures somehow!) And for those of you who LIVE in a country where a bible is freely available, WHAT ARE  YOU WAITING FOR? 

Folks, mark my words, the bible will someday be officially “outlawed”. There’ll likely come a time in Westernized nations where owning a bible is ILLEGAL……Yup, that’s right. ILLEGAL! (Especially in the New World/One World Gov’t system they’re trying so hard to set up right now!)

So READ your bibles front to back from Genesis to Revelation while you still can! Because you NEVER, EVER know when that “right” will be taken away from you! I’m DEAD SERIOUS on this, folks! Furthermore, if you KNOW what’s in the scriptures and what isn’t, you’re FAR less likely to be DECEIVED by Satan and his “workers” (both demonic and human). 

Many Christians today have time for Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, going to the movies, dinner with friends, Redbox movies, sports games, reading their favorite novels, etc., but yet, they DON’T seem to have the time to read the bible! They tell themselves that it’s too laborious, that it’s too much work, that they just don’t have the time to!” Well folks, what if Jesus were to be standing before one of those folks (myself included) and he told them someday that while he’d “like” to let them into “New Jerusalem”, he “just didn’t have the time to?” OUCH! 

In order for Jesus Christ to someday confess our name before the Heavenly Father and the angels, we must KNOW him personally; we must have a spiritual relationship with him. And the very BEGINNING of the foundation of that relationship comes by FAITH.

And according to Romans 10:17 in the New Testament: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God“. In other words, we must READ (& FULLY ABSORB) the written word of God in order to HEAR IT IN OUR MINDS, HEARTS & SPIRITS! 

Sure, we could ALWAYS theoretically have faith in Jesus due to Daniel’s 3 Friends in the Lions Den or Moses parting the Red Sea, etc. But there’s just something about READING about it in print that ENHANCES the experience, as IF we were really there at the time of the great happenings of the bible!

Seeing it in movie form or listening to it on audio-book actually DETRACTS from the experience in a way since those two platforms make it an unemotional, INDIRECT experience. But reading it OURSELVES? That MAKES it a personal, emotional and DIRECT experience, almost as if reading somebody’s personal diary or autobiography of all the events that took place! Now think about this for moment: What makes reading someone’s diary or autobiography more PERSONAL to you? If someone ELSE reads it to you or IF you read it YOURSELF? Think about it, folks! 

Many Christians today based their “bible theology” on FEELINGS & EMOTIONS – what they FEEL to be true or SHOULD be true – other than what’s FACT! And that’s truly sad! For if these folks would read their bibles more often, they’d come to realize just how WRONG they are/were in their “assumptions!”

Imagine if YOU wrote YOUR own autobiography, only to have one your “proclaimed fans” come forth later and say: “No, this is NOT what they mean here……they in fact mean THIS” as IF that person knew you and/or knew your “thoughts”, personally! Wouldn’t you be so offended by that? I know “I” would!!!!!! So it is with God and his holy, written word. It’s “written in stone”, it doesn’t NEED to be interpreted or re-interpreted, as it were. Let the bible speak for itself! 

But going back to the Romans 10:17 passage once more: “”So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God“.

Some of you may be wondering what “hearing by the word of God” means. Well, Jesus Christ himself IS the Word of God. John 1:1-2 in the New Testament confirms this. Therefore, “hearing BY the word of God” simply means to hear it BY means of Jesus. And to hear it BY Jesus (NOWADAYS) means to hear Jesus speak through the WRITTEN WORD OF GOD (THE BIBLE!) Capeche? (Note: if you’re lucky enough, you can usually find a King James Bible/KJV bible with words of Jesus IN RED!)

So, for example, if you read the Book of Matthew, Chapters 5-7 in the New Testament (known as Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount”), it’s not hard to “spiritually hear” Jesus’s voice in that sermon, as though you were one of the actual witnesses that were there that day. You can read Jesus’s words in those chapters and just KNOW without a doubt what Jesus was trying to say (and also what he was NOT trying to say!) 

And the book of John tells us exactly who Jesus is and where he came from, no questions asked. Genesis tells us how everything in the universe was made (more or less). In fact, each book of the bible has a “story” behind it. An interesting “tidbit” of God’s autobiography to the world; THE MOST amazing autobiography (and love letter) ever written in ALL of existence to ALL of mankind – those who choose to adhere to its contents, that is! Each “book” serves as a “chapter” of the Almighty’s “autobiography”. Question is, do WE as Christians fully accept it? “I” do! 

I don’t believe as a Judeo-Christian that I can just pick and choose which parts of the bible I believe and want to read and what parts not. What’s the point in that? Because the bible (philosophically speaking) is either ALL TRUE or it’s not, right folks? Yet I submit to you today that EVERY SINGLE WORD of the bible is true! EVERY. SINGLE. WORD! [Note: Don’t get me started though on how the words “alone” and “Easter” were improperly added – more about that in a different post]. 

2 Timothy 3: 16-17All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousnessThat the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.

In other words, lets say I’ve read the bible front to back (from Genesis to Revelation) a TON of times. But yet, I haven’t read it in a while. Especially the Sermon on the Mount. And lets say I’m holding a slight grudge against someone. Therefore, 2 Timothy 3:16 informs us that NOT ONLY is all scripture given by inspiration of God but that it’s our “golden measuring stick” of righteousness! 

Therefore, only by SCRIPTURE am I (the so-called Christian holding a grudge) able to see the “sin” of my grudge and the “proper” way to deal with it. Make sense, folks? That’s WHY it’s ever-so-important that we read our bibles (even if it’s only a couple chapters at a time) on a continual basis so that WE can know what “sin(s)” we must repent of and the proper, spiritual way to act when we’re living out our lives FOR CHRIST! 

Some Christians have plenty of TIME to read the bible but they get BORED of reading the bible. That, my friend, is yet ANOTHER type of DEMONIC ATTACK happening against that person whenever that happens! Or have you ever read a certain passage and a voice within your mind started to say: “Blah, blah, blah, I already know how this one’s gonna end?” YET ANOTHER type of demonic attack! There’s SO MANY TYPES of demonic attacks against us that Satan uses that most of the time, we’re not even FULLY AWARE of it! 

In fact, not sure if this’ll help anyone out there or not, but here’s all the types of “demonic attacks” (by means of “distractions”) that have happened to me most times I’ve tried sitting down and reading the bible:

1). Thoughts about food/eating would pop into my head

2). I’d see an advertisement for something “cool-looking” at the bottom of the web page I was looking at for this blog (as in, end times news headlines)

3). I would start to sometimes feel really, really sleepy or suddenly get a “throbbing headache” out of nowhere

4). I would get chronically indecisive about WHAT part of the bible I wanted to read, which would then make me give up after awhile

5). Somebody would text me or call me on the phone just AS I was getting started on reading a chapter of the bible

6). I’d suddenly worry about my finances (for no conceivable reason) and would frantically log on to my laptop to check my bank statement

7). I’d get tempted to read a novel, instead OR to log online to check my work schedule

8). ETC.

Conclusion? Distractions are SPIRITUALLY DEADLY! Satan has no doubt tried to put as many “distractions” into our paths as human possibly in order to keep us from reading the written word of God (the bible).

But ya know what, folks? The Book of Revelation even offers a SPECIFIC BLESSING to those who read it:

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” – [Revelation 1:3]

But again, I DON’T think that just stands for the Book of Revelation only but for the ENTIRE BIBLE ITSELF! I believe that there is a SPECIFIC BLESSING for each and every Christian when they not only READ the bible but fully absorb its contents into their HEARTS, SOULS, MINDS & SPIRITS!

In fact, Romans 8:13 suggests that we must STARVE the flesh in order to FEED the spirit:

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.

Okay, so what does that even MEAN, some may ask? What does it mean to “feed the spirit?” Just like what does it mean to “starve the flesh?” 

It means that we must put JESUS FIRST in our lives, even BEFORE our need of food, etc. Now, does that mean we should STARVE OURSELVES and stop eating food, altogether? Ofcourse not! It only means that from time to time, we should fast!

To “fast” means to go for a short period WITHOUT food. And during that time, we’re supposed to do nothing BUT pray & read God’s written word (the bible). This time can be anywhere from 6-24 hours, depending on one’s personal preference. Back in ancient biblical times, this is HOW the Prophets of Old obtained “visions”, “wisdom” or “answered prayers” from the Lord! By withholding physical “pleasures” such as food and showing God that God was FIRST in their lives! 

But it’s amazing JUST HOW FAST a person can “stray” from God/Jesus just by not reading their bible in awhile or just happening to be around people that don’t love or honor God! That’s why reading our bibles (and OFTEN) is how we stay CLOSE to Jesus, stay IN THE SPIRITUAL KNOW, become ON-GUARD against any and all SPIRITUAL ATTACKS, etc.! The bible is our MANUAL, our own “instruction book” of righteousness……even part of OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPON AGAINST THE ENEMY – SATAN! (The Bible is FOOD FOR VERY *SOULS!*) 

TRUST ME FOLKS, what the Devil fears THE MOST is you reading your bible – AND PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE! So remember that, folks! Get to reading your bibles again, PUT IT INTO ACTUAL PRACTICE IN YOUR LIVES and spiritually PUNCH Satan where it hurts! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apocrypha: God’s Written Word Or “Catholic Doctrine?”

As a preacher/teacher of God’s Written Word (The Bible), it’s very, very hard for me to admit when I am wrong or when I’ve made a mistake as it pertains TO God’s Written Word. However, it is with much humbled grief that I ask for the readers’ forgiveness (as well as the Lord Jesus’s forgiveness) for my mistake.

Note: In my postings entitled: “Satan’s Bride: The Roman Catholic Church”, I previously thought (like many Protestant-leaning souls out there) that the Apocrypha was UNBIBLICAL and ADDED *CATHOLIC DOCTRINE*. However, it has most recently come to my attention that that is NOT the case. I have since replaced the graphic showing the Apocrypha on that particular page/post to a graphic showing the Catheism” (which clearly is NOT biblical, since we’re not supposed to “WAIT” to get Salvation in Christ!!!!)

But anyways, on with the story……So I was most recently doing some research on how they decided what all books of the bible to put in or not put in, when I came across a piece of information which said that the Apocrypha WAS INCLUDED in the ORIGINAL 1611 KJV BIBLE! [WOW! THAT JUST COMPLETELY BLEW ME AWAY!]

Not to mention that the Apocrypha was ALSO included among several fragments found in the DEAD SEA SCROLLS! (I never knew that, either!) And AS I began to dig further and further, it seems like the general consensus was that these books were REMOVED from the KJV bible around the time of the 1800’s! That really blew my mind as well! Because anyone that knows American spiritual history also knows that that’s around the same time that “Christmas” very first started being observed in America! (NOTICE THE CONNECTION?)

But yet, here’s where things get sort’ve confusing…….We know from history that the Catholic Church “created Christmas out of THIN AIR” (based on the former Pagan holiday, Saturnalia and also on the deeds of the “Catholic bishop” named “Nicolaus”). However, most Catholic Churches have KEPT the Apocrypha in their bibles, minus a few books. However, most Protestants have DONE AWAY WITH the Apocrypha and have written it off as Catholic, ONLY!” (This is strange, to say the least….?) 

However, one thing is CERTAIN: early Christians must’ve considered these books VERY IMPORTANT, in order to include them in the bible! So WHY then were they REMOVED from the bible? Why, indeed!? Some think there’s a “conspiracy” of sorts, that these books contained “sacred information” that the inner “Jewish world” didn’t want outsiders to know! But it must go much deeper than that……..?

But now there’s this whole big controversy about WHAT books should be included in the Apocrypha and RATHER or not the Apocrypha should be considered “inspired scripture” or not. That immediately caught my attention. Because if something is gonna have THAT MUCH against it/opposed to it, there must be something TO it, right? (Or so my “spiritual mind” says to myself, anyways……)

In fact, did you know that there’s 1-2 movies out there with the NAME “Apocrypha” that DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE BIBLICAL APOCRYPHA **AT ALL?** That just proves my point of how SATAN DECEIVES! Because NOW, when MOST people hear the word “Apocrypha”, they won’t even likely think of things from the bible or of THE bible but will instead be thinking about a “vampire” movie, etc. of the same name! OUCH! 

But anyways, many have been asking this very question FOR YEARS: So how are we to know what happened during the times between the Old and New Testament? Why such the big gap in human history? Well, quite frankly, there IS a complete “history” of the time between the Old and New Testaments and that IS the events talked about in the Apocrypha!

Therefore, the WHOLE WRITTEN TRUTH of God has been with us ALL ALONG, it’s just that most people had NO IDEA, until now. But several people in these last days are just now starting to WAKE UP to that fact (as evidenced by the sheer NUMBER of Amazon reviews of KJV WITH APOCRYPHA bibles and so, as a born-again believer, that makes me really, really hopeful!) 

Anyhow, it was only after much “research” that I discovered that these books were not “Catholic doctrine” in any way, shape or form but were rather, EARLY CHURCH DOCTRINE! That really gets me and makes me take pause. Because obviously the EARLY CHRISTIANS/MESSIANIC JEWS would NOT have included it among their “doctrines” if it weren’t important, right?

So I did a google search. I thought: if these books were purposely removed from the bible, I’ve GOT to find out WHY, specifically, and find out WHAT on God’s green Earth was so threatening about them, to begin with!By the way, did you know that Apocrypha means HIDDEN? What do THEY (the ones that REMOVED the Apocrypha) have to HIDE? It certainly begs of question, here!  

Well, I’ve read portions of the Apocrypha books so far. And I can tell ya right now that they only seem to CONFIRM the bible (Old to New Testament), CONFIRM Jesus Christ’s divinity/Messiahship, and EXPOUND on the bible! “Wow”, I thought to myself, “could THAT maybe be why the *Rabbinical/Orthodox* Jews wanted to DO AWAY with the Apocrypha? Because they didn’t like all the passages pointing to Jesus as their Messiah?”

Well, to answer that question (and more), I went on over to Amazon and purchased the following (because like many others out there who are just now discovering the complete 100% written truth of God, I WANT and NEED to be able to read God’s COMPLETE Written Truth, from COVER TO COVER): 

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https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Bible-James-Version-Apocrypha/dp/1480007889/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480800135&sr=8-1&keywords=kjv+with+apocrypha

The list of the Apocrypha books are as follows: 

  • Esdras 1
  • Esdras 2
  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • The rest of the book of Esther
  • The Wisdom of Solomon
  • Ecclesiasticus 
  • Baruch
  • The Epistle (Letter) of Jeremiah
  • The rest of the book of Daniel (including Susanna, The Song of the Three Children, Bel and the Dragon)
  • Maccabees 1
  • Mabbabees 2

{Note: Now, there’s some MORE books that are mentioned in either the Old or New Testament that are NOT included on this list here from Derek A. Shaver’s KJV with Apocrypha (for whatever reason?) and one of them is “The Book of Jasher”, etc. And in fact, I’ve ALWAYS and forever wondered WHY the bible (especially the Old Testament) talks about OTHER books (such AS “The Book of Jasher”) that are NOT included in today’s Protestant KJV bible!

Why even mention those books in the OTHER testament books if they had no meaning or value, right? But whatever the reason, I’ve decided to read the book of Jasher, etc. separately, in order to get a true feel for why the book of Jasher, etc. was mentioned in the {Old Testament?} in the first place!

And not to further confuse any of ya’ll, but there’s ALSO something called THE PSEUDEPIGRAPHA or what some call “false writings” since they were SO-CALLED written by others than whom the “writings” were originally attributed to or something like that. But as I READ some of these Pseudepigrapha writings (especially, the book of Enoch 1 and the 1st and 2nd book of Adam and Eve), I can’t help but wonder if some of these books were ALSO written by Moses and possibly even “inspired” since, just like the Apocrypha, they seem to be not only CONFIRMING the bible (Old and New Testaments) but also EXPOUNDING on it! [Although I don’t agree with ALL of the “lost scriptures”. For example, I DO NOT agree with any of the Gnostic Gospels such as the Gospel of Thomas, Mary or Judas!] 

Plus, in an odd sense, if any of those writings WERE inspired by God TO Moses, then it makes PERFECT SENSE that the Devil, the enemy of mankind, would try to do WHATEVER he could to try to discredit and disqualify them and then change what we already HAVE as our “bible”, so that people were further and further DECEIVED and taken AWAY from the COMPLETE truth of the Everlasting God of Heaven, Earth and the Universe! 

the-pseudepigrapha

It’s kind’ve funny though how the COMPLETE written truth of God is in many ways, like a sacred “scavenger hunt”. For you have to search for God’s written truth through MANY, MANY different layers, like peeling back an onion of sorts. In other words, you have to do some SERIOUS DIGGING to get to the COMPLETE PEARL of God’s COMPLETE written truth.

I’m seriously spiritually lamenting (now that I’m “in the know”) about just how many people have NO IDEA that 14-15 extra books were EXCLUDED from the bible in the 1800s! Probably MILLIONS upon MILLONS….People just take their “Protestant KJV” for granted, not EVER thinking (as a whole) that maybe there’s more to it than JUST the Old and New Testaments. Because OFCOURSE Almighty God would want us to know the COMPLETE HISTORY from beginning to end, and NOT just a “part” of it, right?

Although I have to admit, I’m STILL in complete and utter shock over this! As I read through my KJV + Apocrypha bible by Derek A. Shaver, I pray that it will enlighten my heart and my SOUL to God’s Written Word like NEVER BEFORE and that I will never, EVER stray from Jesus’s COMPLETE written word for ALL ETERNITY! I feel SO lucky and BLESSED beyond belief that I have FINALLY come to know THE TRUTH about the Apocrypha! And now, you, my beloved readers, know the truth as well! And the truth shall set you free! 😉

P.S.: The REASON I recommend the Derek A. Shaver version is because it has original Gothic headings and subheadings and updated spelling WITHOUT changing the “concept” of the words from the original 1611 KJV. And even though MUCH DEBATE still rages about rather or not these 14-15 books are “inspired” or not, they’re differently worth a read, rather as PART of the bible or as a separate “reference section”. Heck, even Martin Luther HIMSELF said they were “beneficial reading”.

I hope and pray that this post has FURTHER encouraged and enlightened you to search out and read God’s COMPLETE written word, before it’s too late and taken out of print again! Thanks and have a blessed, wonderful day in the name of the Lord! Amen. 

When Sin OVERWHELMS You……

DEALING with the deep, dark cloud of spiritual darkness/oppression when feeling OVERCOME BY SIN can leave a person with:

  • Depression
  • FEAR
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • A diminished sense of self-worth
  • A lack of faith
  • A sense of hopelessness, as in, “I am without hope” and “I just can’t seem to do ANYTHING right”
  • Pessimistic thoughts about their life and/or the future
  • Trouble sleeping at night
  • Increased appetite or lack of it
  • Chronic abdominal, back and/or stomach pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Feeling tired/restless/physically exhausted all the time
  • Anger and/or Resentment
  • A lack of motivation
  • STRESS
  • Feelings of hatred/judgement towards others and/or Jesus Christ HIMSELF
  • Severe jealousy and/or sense of “entitlement”
  • Feelings of UNWORTHINESS and/or feelings of being UNWORTHY FOR FORGIVENESS BY YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST
  • ETC.

Consequently, when sin begins to OVERWHELM US, it’s usually a sign of an underlying spiritual problem:

  • Are we (secretly) mad at Yeshua/Jesus, about something or someone in our lives?
  • Are we jealous of what someone else has?
  • Have we not forgiven someone who’s hurt us in some way, shape or form?
  • Are we blaming Jesus/Yeshua for all the problems in our life?
  • Are we overcome by depression, fear, anxiety, hate and/or despair over the soon-failing economy/the aggressive trans/LGBT/abortion Agenda, etc?
  • Have we become “complacent” in our fight against abortion/the abortion “agenda”?
  • Do we harbor hatred/resentment towards any one person or any group of people (for ANY reason?)
  • Do we fear spreading Jesus’s gospel, for fear of what others might think of us?
  • Have we gotten to the point where we just HATE people (in general), due to what “mankind” has become recently?
  • Have we become SO addicted to something (be it food, drugs, sex, alcohol) that we don’t know how to stop and are BLAMING JESUS for it?
  • Do we ever (secretly) think to ourselves thoughts such as: “There’s no way in HECK Jesus would let ME into the city of New Jerusalem someday, my sins are just MUCH too great” and/or “There’s no way in HECK the Lord’s prophets suffered the same fears/anxieties/turmoils that WE do, TODAY“, etc.?
  • Have we just plain flat-out lost hope and given up on life (in general?)

You might think that NO Old OR New Testament prophets ever struggled with the above emotions but you’re wrong! King David was known (at times) to be in GREAT DESPAIR (over his sins!) This is evidenced in Psalm 69:

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my GodThey that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69: 1-4)

And then there was also Jeremiah (also known as “The Weeping Prophet”):

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed” (Lamentations 1:16)

Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me” (Lamentations 1:20-21)

And let us also not forget Elijah, who FLED FOR HIS LIFE!

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” (1 Kings 19: 1-4)

Therefore, David DESPAIRED, Jeremiah WEEPED and Elijah FEARED! They were all HUMAN, just like you and me! And truth be told, NONE of the Lord’s Old/New Testament prophets and/or Old Testament Kings were perfect, for even THEY made mistakes! However, nearly ALL of them (with the exception of King Saul & a few others) repented and came back to the Lord!

In fact, the bible calls David “a man after God’s own heart”. What does that MEAN in plain English, some might ask? It means that David was in despair, not just because of the “hurt” that his sin caused to others as well as himself but also because of the “hurt” he knew he had caused to GOD’S VERY OWN HEART!

Many of us, when we sin, are sorry for our sin afterwards, because of the hurt that it caused US. But not many people are upset over their sin due to the hurt it has caused GOD HIMSELF! Just think of how our hearts are “troubled” the MOMENT we see, for example, our small child or young niece/nephew SEVERELY MISBEHAVING in a busy restaurant, for example. Why are our hearts troubled? Because our “child” is disobeying us. So it is with God. His heart is GREATLY GRIEVED/TROUBLED whenever we “sin”.

And in alot of ways, sin is like a plumbing system. Ignore a little here and there, and soon it becomes a BIG PROBLEM. And ignore a BIG PROBLEM for too long and soon it becomes a VERY BIG PROBLEM and so on and so forth. And just like a plumbing system requires “regular maintenance” to maintain its vitality, so does God require “regular spiritual check-ups” to maintain our SPIRITUAL VITALITY [in this case, the “regular spiritual check-ups” being repentance for sin, prayer, praise & giving thanks]. 

Yet, it’s easy to fall into a sense of hopelessness every once in awhile. You struggle with ONE sin (addiction to food, etc.). And then, if you don’t get a handle on it soon in the name of the Lord, you then quickly develop ANOTHER perpetual sin (addiction to alcohol, etc.) and so on and so forth. And until you get this thing in check, it’s gonna keep going and going (just like the Energizer Bunny – for those who’ve ever seen that commercial, that is). And the more “sin” piles up on your “soul plate”, the harder and harder it’s gonna be to overcome it all! (Believe me, I’ve been there before, folks! I KNOW how it is!)

And it’s SO easy to feel hopeless about something. Yet, it’s SO difficult to have FAITH when it comes to certain sins and situations. But the first step to OVERCOMING SIN is to RECOGNIZE SIN. Sometimes, a person doesn’t even REALIZE that something’s a sin, until the Holy Spirit convicts them of that “sin”.

And then after you RECOGNIZE the sin or sins, CRY OUT TO ALMIGHTY YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST ABOUT THEM! TELL him how much you’re struggling with said sin/sins. TELL him how BADLY you want to overcome them! TELL him how little faith you have and PRAY for more faith! He will ANSWER you and he will HEAR you, MARK MY WORDS! And then REPENT of that sin/those sins. I know it’s hard and that it sometimes doesn’t happen overnight. I know and realize that it’s a PROCESS. But still. If you want to overcome a sin or sins, you MUST try to give it all to God!

Just pray the following prayer:

“Lord, I’m overwhelmed by SIN in my life! I feel hopeless and helpless. I feel like it’s a pointless battle. I’m not even sure if I’ll even be ABLE to overcome these sins on my own. Please help me, O Lord! Please cleanse my mind, heart, body and spirit! Please help me overcome my sin(s) at any and all costs! Please give me FULL faith in YOU and IN your ability to deliver me from said sin(s). Please teach me the biblical alternatives TO my sin(s), while also taking AWAY the sin’s(s) appeal, so that the sin(s) in question WILL NO LONGER BE APPEALING TO ME! I thank you Lord, for helping me overcome this! You are my only hope in the universe and I trust you to deliver me out of “said sin’s” hands! I say this in Almighty Yeshua’s/Jesus’s name! Amen”.

And don’t just PRAY that prayer. BELIEVE IT. Keep praying that prayer as many times as you have to until you can get to the point where you FULLY believe it, having 100% faith that it’ll come to pass and BELIEVE ME, folks, the Lord will help you overcome that sin! But you have to WANT deliverance from that sin…REALLY, TRULY want it! Because remember that Jesus won’t answer “half-hearted” prayers. He ONLY answers prayers that are spoken with 100% humility & faith! 

And just know THIS: Whatever it is you’re struggling with, and whatever it is you’re going through, YOU’RE NOT ALONE, plus there’s nothing too big that Jesus can’t handle! You might think or FEEL you’re “without hope” but as long as you got breath in your lungs, there’s hope!

And if there’s SEVERAL sins you’re struggling with all at once, write them down! Make a list! Also make a list about ways you can overcome those sins! Then make a personal prayer about each one on your list! And remember what was spoken of in Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Translation? We can NOT overcome our “sin” on our OWN or by our OWN merit, BUT…..with God’s help, WE CAN…….for, in his great heavenly name, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! 😉 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

QUIZ: How well do you know the Bible?

1). What’s the difference between Old Testament Joseph & New Testament Joseph?

A). There was only ONE Joseph, the Earthly father of Jesus Christ 
B). One was a carpenter, while the other was a shepherd
C). One was King of Israel, while the other was a shepherd
D). Both of them were interpreters of dreams
E). Both of them had what they initially thought was an “unfaithful fiance”
F). Both of them were born in Egypt
 

2). Which two biblical characters were interpreters of dreams?

A). Moses and Noah
B). Samson and David
C). Joseph and Daniel
D). Peter and Saul (Paul)
E). Abraham and Moses
 
3). Which disciple of Jesus had previously been a tax collector?
 
A). John
B). Peter
C). Matthew
D). Luke
E). James
 
4). Which biblical character had an unfaithful wife?
 
A). Moses
B). David
C). Hosea
D). Joseph
E). Malachi
 
5). Hate is equal to “murder” in one’s heart, according to Jesus Christ
 
A). False
B). True
 
6). Premarital sex is not a sin
 
A). False
B). True
 
7). If we want to be forgiven of OUR sins, we must forgive OTHERS of THEIR sins against US
 
A). True
B). False
 
8). Being a “good person” alone (without faith + obedience to Jesus Christ) will get a person into God’s Eternal Kingdom, someday
 
A). True
B). False
 
9). All “religions” lead into ONE
 
A). False
B). True
 
10). Apart from Faith, NOTHING pleases the Lord Jesus Christ/Yeshua
 
A). False
B). True
 
11). Only people like Stalin/Hitler/etc. go to Hell/Eternal Condemnation
 
A). True
B). False
 
12). Jesus Christ would NEVER, EVER send a “Christian” or “someone that merely believes in Jesus” to Hell/Eternal Condemnation
 
A). False
B). True 
 
13). A Judeo-Christian Is Saved by Works and NOT by “Grace Through Faith + Obedience”
 
A). True
B). False
 
14). We are no longer required to celebrate the 7th day biblical Sabbath (Saturday) or in the biblical holidays of Passover, Trumpets, Tabernacles, etc.
 
A). False
B). True
 
15). Which biblical wife cut off the hair of her husband?
 
A). Hannah
B). Hagar
C). Sarah
D). Ruth
E). Esther
F). Delilah
G). Mary
 
16). Which biblical character saw God in a burning bush?
 
A). Daniel
B). Moses
C). Abraham
D). Joseph
E). Noah
 
17). “The Church” is a building and NOT the body/assembly of believers themselves
 
A). True
B). False 
C). The bible doesn’t specify 
 
18). The Book of Revelation at the very end of the New Testament is not literal, only metaphorical
A). True
B). False 
C). The bible doesn’t specify 
 
19). Today’s “Christianity” is a false, Paganized version that the Lord Jesus Christ considers AN ABOMINATION
 
A). True
B). False
C). The bible doesn’t specify
D). I don’t know 
 
20). What’s the difference between Old Testament Saul and New Testament Saul?
A). One was a prophet, the other was a shepherd
B). One was a prophet, the other was a King of Israel
C). One was the King of Israel’s servant, the other was a carpenter by trade
D). One lived in Judah, the other lived in Northern Israel
E ). One was a King of Israel, the other was originally a “persecutor” of “Christians”
 
21). The Roman Catholic Church (along with the help of Roman Emperor Constantine), spread/started a false/Pagan/blasphemous version of Christianity that’s focused on:
  • False/Paganized holidays that have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ, biblically speaking, and that the Lord Jesus Christ actually considers AN ABOMINATION
  • Monetary greed (church leaders/pastors/etc. saying, “give us donations, LOTS of donations”)
  • Babylonian Sun-worship repackaged (Sun-day, instead of the biblical 7th day, which is Saturday)
  • Works, instead of obedience & faith in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ, ALONE
  • False, unbiblical ideas such as “Once Saved, Always Saved”, “Purgatory”, “All religions lead into one”, etc. 
A). True
B). False
C). The bible doesn’t specify
D). I don’t know
 
22). Was Jesus Christ born before, during or after the times of Moses and Noah?
A). During the times of Moses & Noah
B). After the times of Moses & Noah
C). Before the times of Moses & Noah
 
23). Which married biblical couple was specifically blessed by God in the Old Testament?
A). Mary & Joseph
B). Elizabeth & Zechariah
C). Abraham & Sarah
D). Adam & Eve
 
24). How many rivers were originally in the Garden of Eden in Genesis?
A). Two
B). Seven
C). Ten
D). Four
 
25). How many disciples did Jesus have? 
A). Ten
B). Thirteen
C). Twelve
D). Seven
 
26). Jesus Christ/Yeshua is the ONLY way to Salvation
A). False
B). True
C). The bible doesn’t really specify
 
27). Homosexuality/Transgenderism is not condemned in the bible
A). True
B). False
C). The bible doesn’t specify
 
28). The bible defines marriage as between one biologically-born man and one biologically-born woman
A). False
B). The bible doesn’t say
C). True 
 
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ANSWER KEY:
 
1). B – One was a carpenter (New Testament Joseph) while the other was a shepherd (Old Testament Joseph)
 
2). C – Joseph (Old Testament Joseph, that is) and Daniel (Old Testament prophet)
 
3). C – Matthew
 
4). C- Hosea (his wife was Gomer in the Old Testament, in the book of Hosea)
 
5). B – True – [Sermon on the Mount/Oliviet Discourse in New Testament, Matthew, chapters 5-7]
 
6). A – False – [1 Corinthians 7:9 in the New Testament states, “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn”]
 
7). A – True – (Jesus Christ declares in Matthew 6:15 in the New Testament, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”)
 
8). B – False – (Mark 10:18 in New Testament states, “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God”, while Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not”)
 
9). A – False – (Jesus Christ says in John 14:6 in the New Testament, “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Light, No-One Comes To The Father [The Lord In Heaven] But By Me”).
 
10). B – True – (Hebrews 11:16 in New Testament 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”)
 
11). B – False – (Matthew 7:21-23 in the New Testament boldly declares, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity)
 
12). A – False – (All of these “sects/denominations” follow a FALSE/SATANIC/BLASPHEMOUS from of so-called “Christianity” that will take a person straight to HELL/ETERNAL CONDEMNATION, unless they REPENT way, way BEFORE the “Day of Judgement” of Jesus Christ Almighty! And the Day of Judgement will be here before ya know it! We’re living in the LAST DAYS, people! WAKE UP!)
 
13).  B – False – (The BLASPHEMOUS “Salvation by Works” model was brought about by the Roman Catholic Church and pretty much ALL Protestant churches followed!)
 
14). A – False – (Not ONLY did Jesus Christ make it very clear that we’re STILL supposed to celebrate HIS biblical Sabbath, the 7th day of the week — Saturday — and HIS biblical feasts in Matthew 5:17-18 in the New Testament, but Paul ALSO acknowledged this in Colossians 2:16-17 when he stated: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ!“.
 
In other words, Paul is more or less saying right there, “Don’t let the non-believers or the PAGANIZED CHRISTIANS judge YOU, the JUDEO-Christian, when it comes to YOU still celebrating in the LORD’S BIBLICAL 7th Day Sabbaths (Saturday) AND the Lord’s BIBLICAL feasts (Tabernacles, Passover, etc.) and in following the LORD’S BIBLICAL FOOD LAWS (no pork, etc.)” Why? Because the biblical feasts and the biblical Sabbath were both a foreshadowing of Christ (in the Old Testament) AND fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament & beyond! Make sense, people?)
 
15). F – Delilah (the Persian), in the Old Testament, cut off the hair of her husband Samson, for “his long hair was his strength”
 
16). B – Moses – [In the Old Testament, he saw the Burning Bush that was not consumed on Mount Horeb]
 
17). B – False – [Ephesians 2:19-22 in the New Testament says, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit”]]
 

18). B – False – {If the book of Revelation were only metaphorical, that would say that Jesus Christ was a complete liar, that the Devil and Evil didn’t exist in this world, and that all of fulfilled bible prophecy was just “mere coincidence”. And for those people out there that believe that Revelation happened ALREADY, if THAT were true, all of mankind would’ve been “Eternally Judged” by Jesus Christ, already! Think about it, folks!}

19). A – True – (Today’s “Christianity” is based off Roman Catholicism and Roman Catholicism is based off Babylonian “Sun worship” and “Pagan precepts” — Research the TRUE HISTORY of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church if you don’t believe me!!!!!) 

20). E – Old Testament Saul was a King of Israel during the times of the Old Testament, whom was later replaced by King David! New Testament Saul was originally a “persecutor” of “Christians/Judeo-Christians” who later experienced a supernatural experience and thus, became a “Judeo-Christian convert” and is thought to have written most of the New Testament!

21). A – TRUE – (Today’s “Christianity” sprung forth out of Roman Catholicism and Roman Catholicism sprung forth out of Babylonian PAGANISM! Need I say anything more, folks? DO THE RESEARCH WHILE YOU STILL CAN! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, PEOPLE! We never know when we’re gonna die! Don’t DIE in the sins of  a FALSE/PAGAN/SATANIC “church model”. Learn about the TRUE “Jewish” Jesus Christ while you still can! MARK MY WORDS!)

22). B – Moses & Noah were both in the Old Testament, while Jesus Christ’s birth was described in the New Testament

23). C – Abraham & Sarah were supernaturally blessed by God through their miracle son, Isaac, whom God made an everlasting covenant with, saying to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

24). D – Four – Gihon, Pishon, Tigris, & Euphrates

25). C – Twelve – Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Nathaniel, Matthew, James, Simon, Jude, Judas

26). B – True – Acts 4:12 in New Testament states, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved

27). B – False – 27+ passages do so!

OLD TESTAMENT

Condemnation of Homosexuality:  

  • Leviticus 5:3
  • Leviticus 18:22 and 24-30
  • Leviticus 20:13
  • Genesis 9: 20-24
  • Genesis 19: 4-13 (key verse **Genesis 19:5**)
  • Judges 19: 22-24
  • 1 Kings 14:22-24
  • 1 Kings 15:11-13
  • 1 Kings 22:46
  • 2 Kings 23: 4-7 (key verse **2 Kings 23:7**)
  • Ezekiel 16:50
  • Daniel 11:37

Condemnation of Transgenderism/Cross-Dressing:

  • Deuteronomy 22:5 (OLD Testament) 
  • Genesis 1:27 (OLD Testament)
  • Deuteronomy 23:17 (OLD Testament)
  • Psalms 139: 13-14 (OLD Testament)
  • Romans 1: 24-27 (NEW Testament)
  • 1 Corinthians 6: 8-10 (NEW Testament)

NEW TESTAMENT: Condemnation of Homosexuality

  • Romans 1: 18-32
  • 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11
  • 1 Timothy 1: 8-11
  • Jude 1: 4, 7 & 19
  • Matthew 19: 1-8
  • Galatians 5:19
  • Ephesians 5: 3-7
  • Colossians 3: 5-7
  • Titus 1:16
  • Revelation 21:27

28). C – True – For if one or both marriage partners were of the SAME gender or had undergone a “transition” or sex change, the Lord would define that as SODOMY/UN-NATURAL/UNBIBLICAL/AN ABOMINATION since it would be a “mocking” of HIS “natural design” of males and females and “natural procreation”.

In fact, Jesus Christ himself addressed this very topic in Matthew 19:4-6 when he stated, And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and femaleAnd said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder

Okay, that being said, how did you all do? 😉 I hope this Quiz has not only enlightened you but ENCOURAGED you to read your KJV bibles AND to do the research on the TRUE history of the Roman Catholic Church/Christianity/”Pagan Christian holidays” while there’s still time!

Thanks and may you all have a blessed, wonderful day in the name of the Lord! 😉