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When You Feel Like Giving Up: How To Overcome

So have you ever gotten to that critical point in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ where you “ALMOST” felt like giving up? Where you were just OVERWHELMED TO TEARS with all the stuff for Christ that you have to do in your day to day spiritual walk (note: only Jesus himself knows the particulars?) Where you just felt so HOPELESS, WEAK, POWERLESS? Where you were almost certain that if you were to die today, Jesus would likely NOT (at this point, anyways) welcome you into the eternal heavenly kingdom, someday?

Folks, we’ve ALL been there at some point or another. We’ve all gone through our “dark valleys of spiritual anxiety” from time to time. In fact, our spiritual walk with Christ hasn’t ALWAYS been easy. But folks, realize THIS: our spiritual walk with Christ wasn’t MEANT to be “easy”. For if it were “easy”, then EVERYONE would do it. But BECAUSE it’s hard and not easy, ONLY the Lord’s select few will make it through all the “trials and testings” (and later on receive ETERNAL REWARDS for doing so!)

Many Christians here in the year 2018 and on, say that they are now under a HUGE dark cloud of SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION……..spiritual persecution that’s the WORST SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION OF THEIR VERY ***LIVES!*** In other words, many Christians feel like it’s the WORST spiritual persecution that they have EVER, EVER experienced in ALL OF THEIR EXISTENCE! Basically, every temptation that they “could” be tempted with, many Christians now say they’re being tempted with.

There’s this sense of “spiritual heaviness” over many Christians these days. But I know that it IS a work of darkness brought on by Satan himself and the “demonic realm”. It is an executed attack by which the enemy (Satan) is attempting to throw poison fiery (spiritual) darts at EVERY born-again Christian (myself included) from EVERY which direction! However, I trust in Jesus as Lord & Savior! I have started to learn how to pray in the spirit and it’s VERY empowering!

Therefore, WHENEVER you start to feel hopeless, stressed, depressed, discouraged, full of anxiety/fear, etc., there’s SEVERAL things you need to do:

1). Realize that it’s a SPIRIT you’re dealing with, A DEMONIC SPIRIT and NOT so much a “feeling” or “emotion”, in and of itself.

2). Realize that you have POWER & AUTHORITY over such “unclean spirits” in the name of Jesus Christ!

3). Don’t be afraid to EXERCISE your power & authority against ALL unclean spirits! Say & loudly declare: “I am cleansed by the blood of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. In the name of Jesus Christ, I REBUKE THEE!

4). Get rid of ALL demonic objects and/or “idols” in your home and car that might possibly be giving Satan/demons the “legal” spiritual right to “spiritually harass” you [Please Note that’s there’s a HUGE DIFFERENCE between spiritual “attack” and spiritual “harassment!”]

Spiritual harassment is defined as Spiritual PERSECUTION/TESTING. Such as, you lose your job, someone in your family dies, you get arrested for sharing the gospel, your bestfriend suddenly turns on you for no reason, etc. In other words, circumstances that are BEYOND your control! However, when you TRUST in Christ, you will have TOTAL CONTROL over the situation!

Spiritual attack, on the other hand, is an attack by Satan/demons in which you technically DO have control, at the onset. Let me explain. Whenever you WILLFULLY CHOOSE to have “idols” or “demonic objects” in your home (ouija boards, tarot cards, animal carvings/figurines, “Catholic statutes, etc.), that gives Satan/demons the “legal” spiritual right to “occupy your home/car” or wherever the demonic objects are.

And by HAVING the demonic objects in place (in your immediately vicinity, be it your car, home or workplace, etc), you are more or less GIVING Satan/demons LEGAL spiritual control of your “territory” and/or the LEGAL spiritual right to SPIRITUALLY ATTACK YOU! Because BEFORE you brought those things into your home, Satan/demons had no real power against you (the born-again Christian believer).

But AFTER you brought those cursed things into your home, you GAVE UP any initial power & authority you might’ve had over Satan and demons in the name of Jesus! That’s WHY you need to get rid of all those things! Get rid of all the demonic objects and IDOLS in your home, pray for Jesus to forgive you of having had such things in the first place and DON’T LOOK BACK! Because DEMONIC ATTACK is a REAL THING, FOLKS! In fact, I can provide SEVERAL examples:

You go into the bathroom and then your shower curtain rod falls suddenly and hits you on the back or head really, REALLY hard for NO REASON, or you see black shadows moving about your house or your radio or TV turns on all by itself or you feel something poking and prodding your feet or body at night when you’re trying to sleep or you have CONSTANT nightmares where demons are harassing you and controlling you, left, right and center, etc.etc.

Therefore, when one INITIALLY had control in the beginning (afterall, each person MAKES a choice to have said objects in their home/car/workplace to BEGIN with, do they not?), AS SOON AS they brought that demonic object into their car/home/workplace, that person GAVE OVER their control/their spiritual power and authority to the enemy (Satan/demons). Do you see where I’m going with this, folks?

Now…….that being said, what sorts of things classify as “demonic objects” and “idols”, you may ask? Let me list them:

  1. Tarot cards
  2. Ouija boards
  3. Incense
  4. Statues or carvings (doesn’t matter if they’re “Catholic” or not – a statue is a statue and a carving is a carving)
  5. Astrology materials
  6. Myths & Legends
  7. Occultic/New Age Artwork
  8. Dolls
  9. Black candles
  10. Anything that glorifies other “gods” other than Jesus Christ
  11. The Book of Mormon, the Qu’ran, The Talmud, etc.
  12. Music that doesn’t glorify Jesus Christ
  13. Movies that don’t glorify Jesus Christ
  14. Books that don’t glorify Jesus Christ
  15. Santa Claus and Easter bunny stuff
  16. Figurines
  17. Hallucinogenic drugs/drug materials
  18. Hard liquor
  19. Crystals
  20. Satanic video-games like World of Warcraft, etc.
  21. Posters of people, animals, places or things (Hint: even a “poster” of Jesus HIMSELF can be an “idol” according to the bible!)
  22. Abstract Artwork (especially with the Kundalini spiral, or “lightning” patterns, etc.)
  23. ETC.

Many Christians today, especially many Americans, let ALOT of ungodly things into their homes (ungodly movies, music, TV, video-games, etc.) and then turn around and wonder WHY the world, as well as their own emotional/psychological/spiritual well-being seems to be going to “HECK” in a hand-basket! Is it because 8 out of 10 homes are NOT keeping watch and NOT keeping “spiritual guard” over themselves, their homes and their families?

Why is it that many Christians today think they ONLY have to keep themselves on full spiritual guard while they’re at CHURCH? What about all the times when they’re NOT in church? Many Christians today report feeling depressed, disillusioned, hopeless, helpless, etc. But WHY is that, do you think? What part have WE, as born-again Christians (as a whole) played in this? Is it because we’re all (as a whole) unwittingly bringing things into our home that we shouldn’t, but yet, we’re so caught up in the things of this world (the lastest movie/TV shows/”technological gadgets”) that we’re not even SEEING spiritually clearly?

Many Christians haven’t read their bibles in a long time. And when they DO try to read it, they notice they feel extremely sleepy and can’t stay awake or something else comes up and distracts them. And many INTERNALIZE IT and blame THEMSELVES for it! But folks: it’s THE ENEMY that’s trying to make you NOT read your bibles! It’s THE ENEMY who wants YOU to feel stressed, depressed, hopeless, powerless, etc.! Just like it’s THE ENEMY who wants YOU to blame YOURSELF for HIS spiritual persecutions against you!

In fact, many Christians, if they were to investigate things further, and peel back all the spiritual layers (much like, peeling back layers of an onion), they’d discover that Satan and demons were the sole cause! They’d discover that Satan and demons were in fact themselves the original “driving force” that very first CONVINCED a person to buy that ungodly video-game or “idol” object to begin with! And then, when that object was brought into the home, Satan laughed with glee as he was then able to get a two-thronged spiritual control over the person!

Remember that last time you were about to do something really huge, something really miraculous for the Lord and Satan tried to stop you dead in your tracks or immediately distract you with something else? That wasn’t coincidence, folks! That was pure, outright, HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

But now I want to get into the very HEART of tonight’s message: ALL of the spiritual persecution and/or harassment you’ve experienced BEFORE will be NOTHING like the spiritual persecution and/or harassment that will come from Revelation 13:7:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations

So in other words, if YOU thought that the spiritual persecution and/or spiritual harassment you’ve suffered up until THIS point (8:00p.m. central standard time, USA, on 12/28/2018) was BAD, you haven’t seen NOTHING yet, folks!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! Because as “bad” as things are in the world and in society right now, things are going to get WORSE……..much, much worse! Now…..I know that’s kind’ve a buzzkill and probably not what most of you wanted to hear tonight but it’s the truth!

But lets unpack Revelation 13:7 a bit. What does the bible MEAN when it says power was “given him” to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS? And who are the “saints”, by the way, according to the bible? The bible, in several passages (Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Jude 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Colossians 1:26, Ephesians 2:19, etc.) declares that ALL born-again believers in Jesus are SAINTS!

Now………for the 2nd part of that passage…….What does it mean that power was “given him?” And furthermore, who’s the HIM that the bible is talking about? Answer: the HIM that they’re talking about is none other than THE ANTICHRIST and the reason that power is “given him” is because he HAS no power of his own volition! Whatever “limited power” he has is “green-lighted BORROWED POWER!” In other words, Satan’s “limited power” comes from power that he BORROWED from God the Heavenly Father! Because as we know, God the Heavenly Father is ALL POWERFUL & ALL KNOWING!

Folks, we’re getting really, really close to the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 13, I’m NOT EVEN KIDDING! We’ve got all the TECHNOLOGY in place, it’s just a question of WHEN that technology’s gonna be unleashed on all of mankind SIMULTANEOUSLY AT ONCE! And if you think you’ve ALREADY (as a born-again Christian) experienced the DIE-HARD SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION OF REVELATION 13:7, THINK AGAIN! Folks, we here in America haven’t even gotten CLOSE to the HIGH LEVELS of spiritual persecution that ALL born-again Christians in this country will soon face!

Christians in the Middle East and Asia are being rounded up, imprisoned, tortured and PUT TO DEATH for their faith in Christ! So let that be a preview to us ALL, here in America, and in Christianized Western nations! We in Westernized nations have this overall tendency to think it could NEVER, EVER happen to us………..the same horrible things that are now happening in the Middle East & Asia……….but folks, it’s ONLY a matter of time! Therefore, if you think any type of “persecution” you’re experiencing NOW is bad, JUST YOU WAIT!

Also as well: If you can’t handle what small-time persecutions you’re facing NOW, how will you EVER, EVER be able to handle all the LARGE-TIME PERSECUTIONS as the LITERAL TIME of Revelation 13:7 unfolds? It begs of question!

I KNOW it seems “scary” at the onset. Afterall, there’s always this fear of the unknown. But folks, you must NOT give up, not NOW, not EVER! Because remember: that’s just what Satan wants! Satan WANTS you to give up! Satan WANTS you to throw in the towel! Satan WANTS you to believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture so that when it doesn’t happen, you’ll lose faith and take The Mark of the Beast! (In fact, Matthew 24 indicates the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of a Pre-Tribulation rapture!) 

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

I don’t know why but the Lord Jesus himself has just now (at this very moment) lead me to the parable of the sower! This can be found in Matthew chapter 13, verses 1-23!!!

Basically, in summary, there are 4 different types of “reactions” in one’s heart to a person’s hearing the gospel of salvation:

  • Type 1 – This is a person who hears the gospel being spoken but does NOT understand it. Therefore, because he does NOT understand it, (and my own spiritual take on this has always been that this person likely doesn’t even HAVE a desire to understand it, in their hearts, to begin with), that which they heard is quickly stolen away by the enemy, which is Satan!
  • Type 2 – This person receives the gospel with joy but has no “deep root” of faith within themselves………for when persecution strikes, they give up because they “can’t handle it” and/or “don’t understand why they’re being persecuted”
  • Type 3 – This person hears the word (the gospel), but the cares and riches of this world (i.e. materialism and greed) “choke” the word and this person becomes “unfruitful”
  • Type 4 – This person hears the word (the gospel) AND understands it (AND obeys it and obeys it WITH JOY)…….Therefore, because of this, he/she BEARS MUCH FRUIT!

Folks, what type of person are YOU? For if you’re type 1, 2, or 3, it’s time to re-evaluate and ask the Lord Jesus for some spiritual understanding while spiritual understanding may still be found! We’ve probably all, at some point, been a type 2 or type 3 or combination thereof. But it’s what we DID with that experience that matters. Did we LEARN something from it? I know I did. I’ve learned that not all the money and things in the world will satisfy for ONLY Jesus Christ and having a close spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ will satisfy!

In my much younger day, I didn’t really understand what “spiritual persecution” was all about. I used to think it was just God being “mad” at me, I didn’t know any better. And it’s quite easy to become a type 3 without even trying. For we live in a world and a society where “consumerism” is EVERYWHERE! Have we seen the latest movies or TV shows? Have we read the latest books? Have we bought the most up-to-date “technology?” The list goes on. In fact, as time goes on, it’s going to be harder and harder and harder to BE a type 4! And I really think that’s the message that Jesus wanted me to tell you all tonight!

And when you “feel” like giving up, just KNOW that it’s Satan trying to spiritually knock you down and KEEP you down and out of the count………..just KNOW that Satan’s using his demons to wreck HAVOC upon you! Are YOU going to let Satan and his demons win? Or are you going to let JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY – KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS win? 

Whenever you GET to that critical point where you’re thinking: Man! I just can’t TAKE this anymore! This is just…..TOO MUCH! I CAN’T….EVEN…..“, DON’T GIVE UP! Keep a diary or journal. WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE FEELING!! And then PRAY to Jesus Christ about WHAT you wrote! It works! MARK MY WORDS! Journaling my spiritual struggles has helped me IMMENSELY! Because it allowed me to go back, read what I wrote (from the outside looking in) and then REALIZE what the “trigger” was that LED me to feel occasionally “discouraged” in the FIRST PLACE! 

And lastly, I say a prayer for you:

“Jesus, if there’s anyone out there today who’s struggling with feelings of fear, doubt, stress, depression, anxiety, discouragement, despondency, etc., I pray that you LIFT THEM UP IN SPIRIT and ENCOURAGE THEM and GIVE THEM THE BOLD FAITH LIKE A LION, THE WISDOM OF A SERPENT AND THE GENTLENESS OF A DOVE! I pray that you ENLIGHTEN them to all the “tactics” of the enemy and give them the tools by which to OVERCOME the enemy! Amen”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rise of Witchcraft in America

A SHORT & BRIEF U.S. HISTORY LESSON:

On July 4, 1776, the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed by what was then considered the “13 colonies” of America. For those of you who aren’t in the know, that was the time that America “severed” its ties with Great Britain. In other words, the 13 colonies of America declared itself INDEPENDENT from Great Britain.

All the rest of the land of what is now known as “The United States” was later added onto the “13 colonies“. And what originally started out as the “13 colonies of 1776” eventually, over time, became the “United States of America“. The very last state to join the union, Hawaii, became a U.S. state on August 21, 1959!

The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights (the two documents that are SUPPOSED to determine all the U.S. Laws & Bylaws) were both ratified (that means, “made official/active”) on June 21, 1788 and December 15, 1791 (respectively). And despite many people thinking that the Constitution means “freedom FROM religion”, it was actually supposed to be “freedom OF religion!” In fact, “religious liberty” was one of the KEY components of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights! Our founding fathers all believed in God and founded the very nation of America itself upon God and the bible!

But fast forward to the year 1996 or so. This was when I very first started noticing a “great cultural shift” happening……..a cultural shift AWAY from Jesus and the bible! And at first, it was very subtle……barely noticeable. [The movie called “The Craft” and the TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was released that year. Another interesting facet is that “prayer” was banned in many schools around this time, as well, though hardly anyone noticed].

And over time, as the years went on, it started to become more and more noticeable. Around the year 1997 or so, “gay pride parades” starting happening, en masse. Then in the year 1998, the movie called “Practical Magic” came out, as well as the very first Harry Potter book and the TV show called “Charmed!”]

Not to mention there was also this social campaign going on in the schools and in homes around that time where parents and teachers were told to “validate their children/students and tell them how great, wonderful, special and unique they were, while NOT focusing on their “weaknesses” – in other words, overplaying their strengths – in a desperate attempt to increase self-confidence/self-validation in young people. In other words, parents and teachers and therapists were told to “coddle the youth”.

And ya want to know what happened, folks? Those “extremely coddled” youth eventually grew up (as a whole) to be EXTREMELY NARCISSISTIC, have practically ZERO interest in Jesus, morals or the bible, have and/or display practically NO ACCOUNTABILITY, and whom think it’s ALL ABOUT *THEM!* Welcome to the “Age of Entitlement”, folks!

What’s even worse is that it branched off from the youth and then eventually reached the adults, as well (groups of people – as a whole – who feel like the world OWES them something – when the truth is, the world doesn’t owe them ANYTHING and THEY are the ones who truly owe Christ EVERYTHING for what he’s done for ALL OF MANKIND on the Cross!)

And the rise of witchcraft in America went hand in hand with that “coddling movement!” 1996 and 1998 were HUGE years for mass media witchcraft infiltration of the youth! In fact, the youth has ALWAYS been their prime target audience! Because if they could get to the youth, they knew they’d have the future and culture of the country in check!

Then on September 11, 2001, things in America just went HAYWIREspiritually. With Harry Potter, and witchcraft movies and TV shows already well underway, and with parents/teachers having been taught to “coddle the youth” and tell them how great, smart, special and wonderful they were, while downplaying their weaknesses, and NOT preaching to them about “sin” or the consequences of “wrong-doing”, the nation of America (specifically the youth of America – as a whole) then fell into a PAGAN/WICCAN TRANCE!

And BECAUSE the nation of America (as a whole) was so suddenly interested (all of a sudden) in “coddling the youth” and in “Witchcraft” and so NOT interested in Jesus and the bible, Jesus allowed the nation of America to BE ATTACKED! It was what I felt to be one of Jesus’s FINAL wake-up calls for people (specifically parents and/or pastors) that had been spiritually asleep! (Since then, there have been several more – the Pulse nightclub shooting for one, among other events, etc.)

And while some people turned to the churches after 9-11, it likely was NOT for the right reasons! Because this only lasted a few months before people stopped going to church, stopped reading their bibles, stopped praying and seeking God, etc.

Nevertheless, some parents became very angry about the Harry Potter book series and tried to have them banned from libraries! But it was to NO AVAIL! Why? Because the Spirit of Darkness was just TOO STRONG upon America! And sadly, those parents were partially to blame! Because instead of preaching the bible and the Word of the Lord to their children, they were too busy doing other things! They believed Satan’s “social engineering” lies that they needed to “coddle” their children, instead of PREACH and TEACH their children about the “wiles of the devil”, etc. So then was it any wonder then that the youth’s interest in witchcraft – at this point in time of American history – was just EXPLODING?

I remember the times of 1999 when you could walk into the average bookstore and the “New Age/Witchcraft” section was a very small one, say one bookshelf full. However, just a few years later, when you walked into the average bookstore (long before Amazon put most bookstores out of business and just 2 years or more after 9-11), the New Age/Witchcraft section just EXPLODED – with SEVERAL bookshelves then dedicated to it! And though it happened over the process of 2-3 years, to ME, it felt like it happened overnight!

And I admit this to my shame but I was 18-19 when the very first Harry Potter books came out. Everyone was making such a big “fuss” over them, especially parents. I knew that parents wanted these books “banned” from libraries and what have you. So I ordered my own set of Harry Potter books from Barnes & Noble.com just to see what all the “fuss” was about; to try to gather rather or not these parents should be as “upset” as they were. I also tried to “reason with myself” that it would be possible for me to read Harry Potter from a “Christian perspective”. BOY, WAS I DECEIVED!

I devoured the first 1-3 books in practically no time but by book 4, I was starting to get “bored stiff” of the repeating plot line and lost interest in the series! And PRAISE JESUS that he made me lose interest in the series – otherwise, things could’ve been ALOT worse! But ofcourse, even though my “heart” was not as into the series after book 4, the books themselves were STILL in my house!

And during that time in my life, I wasn’t yet aware (or aware at all) then WHEN I read part of the Harry Potter series, I had opened up a demonic doorway in my life! Not long after reading the Harry Potter books, I became temporarily interested in witchcraft & falsely believed (at the time) that I could supplement “white magic” with my Christianity! I even came across a New Age music group called “Enigma”, which had pictures of Aleister Crowley on its album cover art – though I’ll admit to my shame that I didn’t even KNOW who Aleister Crowley was at the time! BOY, WAS I DECEIVED!

Because once those “demons” GAINED the legal spiritual right to torment me (after my reading those books & after my unknowingly listening to that Satanic/Wiccan music), the “demons” were RELENTLESS in attacking me! They gained a DEMONIC STRONGHOLD over me! I went from Harry Potter to The Craft to Practical Magic to eventually thinking about enrolling in “Witchcraft School” sponsored by Yvonne Frost!

And folks, you want to know what happened during that time? I became ANGRY, DEPRESSED, VENGEFUL, ADDICTED TO LUST, ADDICTED TO “CURSING AT AND YELLING AT JESUS”, AN ALCOHOLIC, MEAN, UNFORGIVING, SELFISH, NARCISSISTIC, SUICIDAL! And that’s just the effects it had on ME, a known believer of Jesus! So just IMAGINE what it does to someone who is NOT a believer in Jesus and never WAS a believer of Jesus! It would practically DESTROY THEM!

Thankfully in my case, the Lord Jesus Christ sent me a VIOLENT (LITERAL) thunder & lightning storm of his fury that I LITERALLY thought was The End of The Earth one night & that FORCED ME TO REPENT of having tried to commit suicide several times within that time-frame of my life, etc.! Trust me, if you had seen the VIOLENT thunder & lightning storm that I did, you probably would’ve both pissed & shit yourself at the same time! What was terrifying to me about that “violent storm” were several factors:

  1. It had been THE MOST VIOLENT & ***LOUD*** thunder & lightning storm I had seen in ALL MY LIFE!
  2. It was just ONE huge neon pink lightning bolt coming out of a huge white ball of light – which told me: “Hey! This isn’t no ORDINARY storm, kid! This one’s JUST FOR YOU!”
  3. The more I thought to myself in my own sinful defiance: “Oh come on Lord, you TOO would be suicidal if YOU had experienced what I did, give me a break!”, the lighting bolt would go BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM! and get closer & closer to my bedroom window!
  4. The more I thought to myself: “Okay, okay, perhaps what I did WAS really bad and I shouldn’t of done it. I’m sorry. I don’t want to die, I just want the pain to end”, the lighting bolt would strike a bit less, less louder & move farther AWAY from my bedroom window!
  5. The next morning when I was excitedly, yet fearfully talking about “THE STORM” to my bestfriend, my next door neighbor goes: “Storm? WHAT STORM? If there was a storm last night, I’d of heard it, since I was up ALL NIGHT as I didn’t sleep much last night!” NOTE: THAT’S WHEN I **KNEW** IT WAS OF THE LORD ABOVE AND THAT “THE STORM” WAS JUST FOR *ME* AND THAT HE ALLOWED ME TO BE THE *ONLY ONE* WHO HEARD IT AND SAW IT! YIKES!!! [That was sometime during 2000-2001 and I’ve NEVER looked back – as far as “suicidal tendencies” or “alcohol addiction” goes, anyways!]

Around the year 2003 or so, U.S. national interest in witchcraft/New Age philosophies & music just INCREASED BY LEAPS & BOUNDS! What’s interesting to note is that in the Old Testament, we are of told of Isaac’s travails in Haran. We are told his sheep and his cattle “increased by leaps and bounds”. And THAT type of “increased by leaps and bounds” is what’s considered a RIGHTEOUS INCREASE!

However, the increase of Witchcraft/Satanism by leaps and bounds (around the year 2003 or so) is what’s known as an UNRIGHTEOUS INCREASE! Do you see what the Devil’s trying to do, folks? He’s trying to MOCK THE THINGS OF GOD, EVERY WHICH WAY HE CAN! Whatever God does, and whatever is “righteous”, Satan must have an UNRIGHTEOUS COUNTERFEIT!

Interestingly enough, in the years 2005-2012, The “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins caused a “slight resurgence” of interest in Jesus Christ, bible prophecy and the bible……if, only for a little while. And while the Left Behind series has likely sold NOWHERE near the number of books and movies that the Harry Potter “Franchise” has, atleast it got people “somewhat” interested in bible prophecy again. However, the sad thing about the series is that:

A). A “pre-trib rapture” is very likely NOT biblical! Let me elaborate on that a bit. HARPAZÕ, from what my best biblical understanding, is a Greek word that means “Catching UP”. And “Falling Away” ofcourse, means Falling DOWN; dying SPIRITUALLY! There’s MANY false preachers today (that are readers of the Left Behind series) that teach that “The Great Falling Away” means THE RAPTURE but what it REALLY, TRULY MEANS is “The Great Falling Away FROM THE FAITH!”

B). It’s NOT possible (atleast for a human being anyways – but perhaps a “righteous angel working undercover in human disguise” could) to “secretly work for the Antichrist” (undercover as a *double agent*) and get away with it! For the Antichrist will demand WORSHIP FROM ***ALL!*** 1 Corinthians 10:21 even says: “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils”.

C). From my best biblical understanding, the “tribulation saints” are those who die BEFORE (what I’ve now come to believe will be) the Mid-Tribulation Rapture, NOT AFTER! 

Another interesting thing is that many of the Left Behind books were rumored to have been released on “High Satanic holidays”. The authors tried to explain it away by claiming that they specifically did that to try to “thwart Satan’s power”. But again, why not just release them on the 7th day BIBLICAL Sabbath (Saturday) or on BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (such as Passover, Tabernacles, etc?) It stands to reason!

https://libertytothecaptives.net/tim_lahaye.html

After doing more research into the matter, and peeling back the layers of the “spiritual onion” that is known as “The Left Behind Franchise”, I became very troubled in my spirit! For I started to feel, personally, like there was just as much “Witchcraft” IN the Left Behind series as there was in the Harry Potter series!

Not only does the bible NOT speak of a “secret rapture” [Revelation 1:3-7 says that ALL eyes shall see him in the clouds of heaven, EVEN THOSE who reject him] but Christians can NOT sit at the table of God AND the table of demons at the same time and get away with it! For NO man can “love two masters”. Also as well: The Christian writer of the above linked website claim that the Tim LaHaye site used to have “New Age”/masonic music on the site but has now removed it after “Christian backlash”. Interesting……….

As for the character Buck Williams [“Buck” – a male deer with TWO HORNS, anyone?] who “secretly” works for the Antichrist without the Antichrist knowing? Well, we know that Satan is NOT all powerful and all knowing like God/Jesus is. However, my best spiritual guess is that it’d probably be very unlikely for someone to try to “secretly” appear to be in Satan’s camp when they weren’t. [Note: It’s far more easier for a Satanist to “pretend” to be a Christian than it is for a Christian to “pretend” to be a Satanist]

That would be very, very hard (if not impossible) for any true Christian to pull off! And why would any Christian want to? Unless the Lord Jesus himself SPECIFICALLY commanded one of his own righteous angels or a very righteous human to do so, the chance that a Christian could do such a thing (without the Lord Jesus’s so-called backing AND get away from it, as far as the Antichrist is concerned) is very likely ZERO!

But those things aside, let us now focus on the period from 2012-2018. This is when Witchcraft and the study of Witchcraft came to a “fever pitch!” It had become – and still is, even – the “in thing”, the “popular thing”. There’s even this dark spiritual attitude like: “Hey, live and let live, everybody’s doing it, so might as well!”

In 2012, you had what’s known as “The Mayan Prophecy”. Basically, it was the 2012 version of Y2K! And, knock on wood, the world is still here……..for NOW, anyways! But people became SO obsessed with the December 21, 2012 date for “The End of the Mayan calendar”, d-uh d-uh d-uh…..And……..nothing happened! Matthew 23:36 says the following: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only“.

In the year 2018, we’ve seen COUNTLESS numbers of godless movies, books, music, videogames, magazines, newspaper and TV shows DEDICATED to the cause of Satanism/Witchcraft. It’s on every street corner, in every neighborhood, every county, every country of the world! It’s even in many of today’s “churches”.

In fact, it’s practically EVERYWHERE! (“Wizard of Oz”, “Halloween” and/or “Oz Fest”, anyone?) And Christians, I really hate to say this but it needs to be said: we have only ourselves to blame! Because instead of reading the bible and falling on our knees in submission to our creator (God/Jesus Almighty), and REPENTING of our sins and going to every which corners of the Earth to preach the gospel, we’ve instead (as a whole) become slowly enamored (over time) with the things of this world! And now we’re all DEARLY PAYING THE PRICE FOR OUR PASSIVENESS!

Let me put this in a different way: THE REASON that Witchcraft/Satanism has seen such a SURGE and SHEER RISE in numbers IS BECAUSE we Christians (as a whole) have FALLEN AWAY FROM THE ONE TRUE GOD (THE GOD OF THE BIBLE/JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY!) Because lets face it. The RISE of evil in today’s society WOULD NOT have been possible to the TOTAL EXTENT that is today without the “unknowing help” from “wayward/falling away/lukewarm Christians!” IT’S THE TRUTH!

True, evil would’ve still happened, since the bible SAYS it would happen. But NOT to the GREAT EXTENT that it now has, if more Christians had fallen on their knees and faces and TRULY saught the Lord, while the Lord Jesus could still be found! Because lets face it, folks: Every single ONE lukewarm Christian just adds ONE MORE spiritual advantage to Satan’s Great Army of Darkness! SAD BUT TRUE!

And we tend to think of a witch or a Satanist as some old lady with long white hair and warts on her nose or a young guy wearing a pentagram with a black hoodie! But folks……..today’s “witches”, “warlocks” and “Satanists” could be and/or look like the guy or girl next door! They could be the 8 year old kid that lives across the street………the “20 year old war widow”………the young guy nurse that works at a hospital…….the innocent “nerdy looking guy with glasses”……….the innocent yet nerdy looking female librarian…..your doctor or dentist…….the average cashier at Walmart……or the old man walking along with a cane who claims he’s a WWII vet……..Some “witches” probably even train their 4-5 year old children to “cast spells”, I’m serious, folks!

That’s why we must remain SOBER and remain SPIRITUALLY VIGILANT! 1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. But see folks, that’s just the thing. Many Christians today are NOT remaining sober and “spiritually vigilant” and that’s WHY Satan and his “cronies” (both demonic and human) have been able to be SO successful in infiltrating political parties (the Democrat party), The Mass Media, Society, etc. 

Therefore, in conclusion, 1996, 1998, 2000-2001, and June 26. 2015 have marked some of the GREATEST **SHIFTS** from Light to Darkness! But this I DO know: God’s Wrath has been on America for a VERY LONG TIME! The June 26, 2015 S.C.O.T.U.S. decision sealed the deal on His Wrath! And so every abominable thing that’s happened since then? I have a strong feeling that Jesus is showing us a “preview” of just what a world and society WITHOUT HIM would be like! In other words, he’s showing us a “preview” of just how MORALLY DEPRAVED things will become! Those who don’t put their faith, love, trust & obedience into Jesus will be WITHOUT A PRAYER – in this life AND the next one!

And remember, just because Trump is president and “seems” to be following up on most of his promises for “pro-life” and “religious liberty” – atleast at THIS point in time, anyways – doesn’t necessarily mean anything! For the Antichrist comes to DECEIVE MANY! And he does this by what, folks? APPEARING AS A “GOD-SEND”, AN ANGEL OF LIGHT! HA!

Nevertheless, VOTE REPUBLICAN during the November 6, 2018 U.S. Mid-term Elections as we MUST (as Christians) try to hold onto WHATEVER Pro-Life and Religious Liberty victories we can GET/MAINTAIN, WHILE we still can! SATAN IS NOW THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IT’S TRUE!

Another thing I need to touch on real quick is “demonic doorways”. Witchcraft is just one of MANY “demonic doorways” that people unknowingly allow into their homes. However, that being said, there’s many DEMONIC OBJECTS in general that people unknowingly bring into their homes that OPEN UP DEMONIC DOORWAYS IN OUR LIVES and that give DEMONIC SPIRITS THE *LEGAL* SPIRITUAL RIGHT TO WRECK HAVOC ON OUR LIVES!

For more information, please read my following post: https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/things-in-your-home-that-attract-demonsdemon-spirits/

Plus I won’t even mention the **NATIONAL CALLS** by “Witches” to CAST A SPELL ON TRUMP, etc:

Modern-Day Witches Plan Ritual To Hex Brett Kavanaugh

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/witches-ritual-hex-brett-kavanaugh_us_5bc0efaae4b0bd9ed559feff

Each month, thousands of witches cast a spell against Donald Trump

https://www.vox.com/2017/6/20/15830312/magicresistance-restance-witches-magic-spell-to-bind-donald-trump-mememagic

In U.S. History classes, my classmates and I were taught that witches “didn’t really exist” and that the Salem Witch Trails were just “drama” (women being falsely accused of being witches by people that didn’t like them, etc.) However, there’s a TV show out on Netflix now called “Salem” that presents the Salem Witch Trials in a DIFFERENT light…….such as there WERE such things as “witches” but that the “covens” worked IN SECRET! And then, when one member of a coven got pissed off at another older adult member of the coven, they would then so-called threaten to “tattle” on that member OR falsely accuse a TRUE CHRISTIAN of what they THEMSELVES were doing in secret!

And now that I truly think about it, I think the show “Salem” not only likely ACCURATELY portrays what REALLY happened during the Salem Witch Trials but also that it displays REAL WITCHCRAFT and “rituals” in it! (I’ll admit I watched part of Season 1 for “Educational Purposes, ONLY” to try to gain a more clearer understanding of how Wiccans work “behind the scenes” so I would have a much better knowledge of how to “spiritually thwart them, in the name of Christ!”

Ofcourse, one must be careful, the show makes fun of Christians and pastors and show pastors as “weak, angry, lukewarm, incompetent and sinful” (which unfortunately, many of them today – as a whole, ARE!) However, the show is also good at accurately portraying just how FAR Satan will go to use his “witches” to attack the faithful of God! It shows how Satan comes in with “stealth” and slowly but gradually gets us to “get mad at God/Jesus” and also how “unrepentant sin begets more sin”.

In hindsight, I actually think that a Christian could learn ALOT about the enemy (Satan/demons/witches) from that TV show and HOW they operate behind the scenes. But one must be VERY careful and PRAY in the name of Jesus before watching each episode. Otherwise, Satan could no doubt USE such a show to reel a Christian INTO the realm of “witchcraft/wicca” and trust me folks, that’s NOT where you’d want to be! The Old Testament more or less had a DEATH PENALTY for witches, since that’s how SERIOUS the sin of Witchcraft was, back in ancient biblical times! So if you can just IMAGINE how ANGRY Jesus must be over what goes on in today’s world in the name of “Witchcraft”, NOW?

One very, very last thing I wanted to mention real quick is that there’s a Satanic sect WITHIN the Roman Catholic Church called “Santeria”. That’s a Spanish word for “saints”. Basically, people gather around statues of “Catholic saints” (which are actually demons) and WORSHIP THE DEVIL! Though in THEIR minds, they falsely THINK (unless they know better and are much, much deeper into the religion) that they are worshiping God! (Creepy, isn’t it, folks?) 

But my last concluding statement, in retrospect, is THIS: Witches have ONLY been able to expand in sheer numbers DUE to the lukewarmness of many Christians. And AS LONG AS Christians put their faith, trust, love and OBEDIENCE into Jesus Christ and NONE OTHER, Satanists/Witches won’t be able to touch them! 

For more information on how to DEFEAT Satan/Witches, please read the following 5 books, as they will give you INCREDIBLE BIBLICAL WISDOM & INSIGHT:

1). “Out of the Devil’s Cauldron” by John Ramirez

2). “Unmasking the Devil: Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy” by John Ramirez

3). “Armed and Dangerous: The Ultimate Battle Plan for Targeting and Defeating the Enemy” by John Ramirez

4). “What Witches Don’t Want Christians to Know” -Expanded Edition Paperback – published July 21, 2014 – by Mary Lou Lake

5). “The Screwtape Letters + Screwtape Proposes A Toast” by C.S. Lewis 

And last but not least, I’ll end here with a PRAYER for all of you dear, dear readers here, rather a regular subscriber or a “guest reader”:

Abba/Heavenly Father, if any one reader of this blog (rather a subscriber or a “guest reader” is involved with Witchcraft in any type of way – even if it’s something as simple as lottery tickets/gambling or horoscopes – I pray that you BREAK THE HOLD that Witchcraft has over them, thus making them lost interest in it, altogether and also that you show them YOUR biblical TRUTH on the matter……that Witchcraft is AN ABOMINATION in your site! And for all those readers (rather subscribers or “guest readers”) who’ve been a VICTIM of Witchcraft in their lives, I pray that you BREAK THE POWER OF DARKNESS IN THEIR LIVES and help them to GAIN VICTORY over Satan and their spiritual enemies! I pray that you BREAK **ALL** DEMONIC STRONGHOLDS in their lives – rather participants/victims of Witchcraft or by unknowingly having “idols” or “demonic objects” in their homes – and that you PLACE YOUR HEDGE OF DIVINE PROTECTION OVER THEM, AS YOU GUIDE THEM CLOSER TO **YOUR ETERNAL TRUTH** THAT CAN **ONLY** BE FOUND IN YOU AND YOU, ALONE! I say this in Jesus’s name, AMEN!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark of the Beast PRE-CONDITIONING (Mark of the Beast, Part THREE):

Foreshadowing – a warning or indication of (a future event). So, for example, many episodes of the American TV cartoon called “The Simpsons” portrayed events that hadn’t YET happened but happened many years later (e.g. the 9/11 attacks, etc.)

Therefore, what a “foreshadow” is, is a foretelling of things to com Pre-conditioning, on the other hand, is a condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done. Therefore, the “pre-conditioning” of the masses FOR the “Mark of the Beast” just simply means getting people to accept the “concept” OF “The Mark” BEFORE the actual process of The Mark being globally instituted happens! Make sense? 

Here is just a quick “preview” of what the Mark of the Beast will BE like, folks……what’s happening in China right now – in September of 2018:

And in Revelation 13 [New Testament, book of Revelation, Chapter 13], we start to see a more clearer picture of the End Times global world leader who will demand worship from ALL of the Earth’s inhabitants (even Christians!) He will require every man, woman and child to get a “Mark” in their right hand or their foreheads in order to be able to buy or sell. And whomever does NOT have this “Mark” will NOT be able to buy or sell and WILL (immediately, or eventually) be KILLED for refusing “The Mark!”

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

He will ALSO have the ability to perform FALSE MIRACLES, such as bring down fire from heaven in the site of men!

Revelation 13: 13-15 says: And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed”. 

Therefore, the world’s soon gonna have a one world government leader who “appears to be the answer to all of the Earth’s problems”. He’ll perform “false miracles” like bring fire down from heaven in the site of men, and look/talk/act SO compelling, that he’ll deceive MANY – even many of those who call themselves “Christian!”

And HOW will he be able to do this, you might ask? Answer: He’ll be indwelt with the power of Satan! And there’ll be ONE way and only way ONLY to NOT be deceived by the one world government leader, the “Anti-Christ” and that’s THIS: Have your name recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life! “What’s the Lamb’s Book of Life?”, some might be wondering. Answer: It is Jesus’s “record book”, if you will, of all his FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS! Therefore, YOU must have YOUR name recorded in Jesus’s Book of Life in order to A) receive eternal salvation and B) NOT be deceived by the Antichrist!

“So how is one able to do THAT?”, some may wonder. And the answer is simple: CALL UPON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE, REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND *OBEY* CHRIST IN YOUR DAY TO DAY *LIVES!* It sounds easy. But it’s really not. It takes SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE!!!!

Parents: Imagine your lives before children, before parental responsibilities. Things were so much easier then, huh? But then children came into the picture and things became harder, am I right? So it is with following Jesus. Following Jesus is NOT for the faint of heart! It takes DISCIPLINE! It takes SHEER DETERMINATION! It takes TOTAL AND COMPLETE *FAITH!* And the REASON it takes disciple is BECAUSE of HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE!

For when you TRULY follow Christ, YOU will experience “persecution” in some way, shape or form! And folks, if you can’t handle a little persecution as a Christian NOW, how will you EVER be able to handle it LATER, when the persecution hits a FEVER PITCH, when Christians are rounded up, arrested and KILLED for refusing to take The Mark of the Beast? It begs of question!

Many Christians of today think that The Mark of the Beast is FAR, FAR AWAY into the future and/or that we’ll be raptured out of here BEFORE The Mark of the Beast takes place. However, NEITHER of those scenarios is the case, according to the bible! Jesus said in Matthew 24:34 “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled”. In other words, in Matthew chapter of the New Testament, the disciples of Jesus come to Jesus privately and ask him what the signs of the end times are. And Jesus tells them all of the signs of “the last generation”.

In other words, Jesus is saying there that THE GENERATION that sees those things come to pass (SIMULTANEOUSLY) will NOT pass away until all things are fulfilled. Well, guess what, folks, WE are that “last generation” of Matthew 24: 4-51. How? I can prove it to you:

  • There HAVE been MANY “false Christs” (such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, etc.)
  • There HAVE been MANY wars and “rumors of wars”
  • Nations & Kingdoms ARE starting to rise up against one another
  • There HAVE BEEN/ARE famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places
  • Many Christian people (in Africa & Middle East, etc.) ARE/HAVE BEEN imprisoned/tortured/killed for the name of Christ
  • Christians ARE hated in EVERY nation on Earth
  • Many people ARE “offended” at a great many things and HATE one another
  • False “prophets” ARE arising and ARE deceiving many
  • Sin IS abounding and love IS growing cold in today’s world
  • The gospel of the kingdom (of Jesus) IS being preached in all the world

In fact, Matthew 24:14 proclaims the following: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come

So, as far as I can see, we’re STILL living out the FIRST part of Matthew 24:14, the 2nd part of Matthew 24:14 hasn’t happened, yet! Just like Revelation 13:16 hasn’t happened YET……..Though it soon WILL!

In today’s world, there are MANY precursors (“previews”) to “Mark of the Beast“:

1). Students in Texas told they can’t enter cafeteria, use the library, and/or participate in “school functions” UNLESS they carry around a “GPS-enabled” ID card

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/texas-school-district-rep_n_1949415.html

Down below: (Anita Fuentes of Open Your Eyes People Ministries discusses the above news story IN GREAT DETAIL, as well as talks about the BIBLICAL IMPLICATIONS of such a news story and what it means for the present time and near future time!) 

2). Domino’s offered Russians a lifetime of pizza if they got tattoos of the company’s logo — and then it had to end the offer because too many people got inked

https://www.businessinsider.com/dominos-free-pizza-russia-tattoos-promo-ends-early-2018-9

3). Companies start implanting microchips into workers’ bodies

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-microchip-employees-20170403-story.html

4). Gene-editing method revives hopes for transplanting pig organs into people

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/10/gene-editing-method-revives-hopes-transplanting-pig-organs-people

5). The big chip card switch: living with EMV

https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/emv-chip-cards-one-year-later-consumer.php

6). A Genetic Revolution – New gene-editing technologies pioneered by East Bay laboratories bring hope to patients with incurable diseases

http://www.diablomag.com/March-2018/A-Genetic-Revolution/

Diablo Magazine! Ha! Diablo is the Spanish word for DEVIL! Go figure! And OFCOURSE “Devil Magazine”‘s gonna have a “favorable view” to DNA-Editing, since DNA-Editing is what Satan planned ALL ALONG!

7). Intro to Mobile Payments

https://squareup.com/guides/mobile-payments

8). Monster Energy drinks are from Satan – Daily Mail

9). The over-riding temptation to buy/own/use an Amazon Alexa, etc. (in and of ITSELF), as well as THE EXPLOSION of “Alexa” and “Alexa related products” in just about EACH and EVERY U.S. home! [As well as homes across the world, probably!] As in, it’s become MORE increasing aware that if YOU don’t have/own/use an “Alexa” of some sort, YOU are NOT considered a part of “modern technological society”. People in fact are REFUSING to see how Amazon Alexa is A) tied in to artificial technology (i.e. Antichrist technology) and how B) the Gov’t will USE Alexa to “track and record” its citizens! TRUE! It will also somehow (in MY opinion, anyways) be TIED INTO the “Mark of the Beast”, as in “interact WITH The Mark”.

10). Students in Denmark were instructed by their teacher to PUT A MICROCHIP into a STARFISH – WITHOUT the Starfish’s consent ofcourse (and the Starfish RESISTED – because the Starfish is SMART! However, humans are NOT Starfish! Therefore, those that take the Mark simply won’t HAVE the ability to “remove the microchip from their bodies!”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=Asry6QJR4hA

11). “Micro-chipping your PETS“…..It won’t be long before they start micro-chipping PEOPLE…..they’ve already done that in offices in Sweden…….

12). ETC.

And folks, that does NOT even include all the famous authors, celebrities, Youtubers, etc. that are touting “666” clothing and hand signs! But we’re HERE, folks! We’re HERE, already! Mark of the Beast is JUST AROUND THE CORNER! We’re already seeing all the 7+ “pre-conditionings” for it!

Why does Satan have to PRECONDITION THE MASSES for something? Answer: Because MOST human beings (on a base level) are ADVERSE to his Satanic “policies” and Satanic “agendas”. That’s why they have to be “warmed UP” to them! That’s why they have to be “pre-conditioned” TO them! Basically, Satan wants humans to become SO desensitized to “sin” and to “blasphemy”, that it “doesn’t even bother us anymore!” Because when it “doesn’t even bother us anymore”, we’ll stop caring so much about righteousness and when Christians (as a whole) stop caring so much about righteousness, SIN REIGNS! UNRIGHTEOUSNESS REIGNS! SATAN REIGNS!

I’m honestly scared for humanity (especially Christians!) Many Christians today are just in the dark and have NO IDEA of the “hell” that awaits them in today’s world! Things are going to get BAD! Really, really bad! Right before Jesus Christ returns, it’s LITERALLY going to be “Hell on Earth!” (Sorry for my words there but that’s the ONLY way I can think of to describe it). The bible says that love is gonna wax COLD (meaning, people are gonna hate and BETRAY one another for NO REASON!) Meaning, many family members, friends and coworkers will be DIVIDED amongst themselves, concerning the Mark of the Beast. Some will TAKE the Mark, while others WON’T! And the ones that have or DO take “The Mark” will HIGHLY TRY TO COERCE/PRESSURE the ones who haven’t taken the Mark TO take the Mark! Arguments such as:

  • “Oh, come on, just take The Mark. It’s not gonna kill you. I’m sure God won’t send you to eternal hell/the lake of fire for needing to feed yourself/your family!”
  • “Oh, come on, it’s not that bad. Besides, my health has improved by leaps and bounds and I look better than I have in 30 years!”
  • “Oh, come on, what are you waiting for? God knows you need to eat!”
  • Gosh! What’s your @!#$$% problem? Are you REALLY that paranoid over a new economic system? You’re retarded! I feel sorry for you! What an IDIOT!”
  • “You better take the Mark……..or else they’re going to KILL YOU! You don’t want to be KILLED, do you?”
  • “They’re honestly going to kill me/us/them IF you don’t take The Mark! You wouldn’t want ME/them/us to be KILLED, would you?” 
  • “Now, I know what you’re thinking…….so and so is the Antichrist, right? Only, he’s not the Anti-Christ! He just wants to make the world a better place. What’s so wrong about THAT? Why do you hate “the leader” so much? Don’t you KNOW that “the leader” cares GREATLY for you? That “I” care greatly for you? I just don’t want to see you suffer!”
  • “Jesus is an @@#$ and a liar! Why has Jesus made YOU suffer so much if he “cares so greatly FOR you?” I can’t BELIEVE you’re actually following what a 2,000 year old Jewish rabbi says!”
  • “Ya know……nobody cares about Jesus or the bible anymore. You’re irrelevant! ONLY by taking The Mark will you ever gain stature or being taken seriously in today’s world!”  
  • “Geesh! I can’t believe you’re THAT worked up over the Mark. It’s JUST a Mark to be able to buy or sell, nothing more. What are YOU so afraid of?”
  • “I’m going to turn you in if you don’t get The Mark. I REFUSE to be an enemy of the state. YOU on the other hand…..?”
  • “I’m not harboring a fugitive of the state. So you better get The Mark OR ELSE!”
  • “If you don’t take The Mark, we’re through!”
  • “If you don’t take The Mark, I’m gonna torchure/kill you/your family/your children/your pets/etc.”
  • “You won’t get your latest paycheck/bank deposit/driver’s license/passport, etc. until you take The Mark”
  • ETC. 

And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the IMMENSE PRESSURE that many people will feel (even Christians) to take the Mark in order to feed themselves/their families/their pets and/or their friends. But folks: We’ve got to start training ourselves NOW…..training ourselves to RESIST TEMPTATION!

Cause like I said, evangelist Anita Fuentes brought up a VERY good point in one of her most recent bible sermonettes when she said: “Folks…..if you can’t resist something as simple as a chocolate bar NOW, what makes you think you’ll be able to resist The Mark of the Beast later?” And she’s right, it’s the ULTIMATE temptation of temptations, the FINAL TEMPTATION of mankind! 

So, for example, WHEN you’re at the grocery store and you see that chocolate bar or that donut or whatever else looks good and/or you drive by the latest fast food joint, seeing an advertised picture in the window of the place and it looks SO good and SO delicious and your body and your brain is just SCREAMING to have that chocolate bar and/or delicious, fattening product…..Learn through the spiritual disciple of Christ to PUT DOWN THAT CHOCOLATE BAR ETC. AND NOT BUY IT and/or to DRIVE BY THAT FAST FOOD PLACE AND NOT GO THERE! And believe me folks, it takes SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE! I myself even am currently in the process of trying to train myself to DEFY TEMPTATIONS at the grocery stores and in fast food places!

WOW….Just right now, at this VERY moment when I’m writing this out, the Lord has revealed something onto me. And that’s THIS: the “irresistible urge” to buy fattening products is INDEED in and of itself a “precursor” to the ULTIMATE TEMPTATION that people will feel to take the Mark of the Beast WHEN the Mark of the Beast comes about! WOW! That’s CHILLING! I feel convicted, even!

For I must admit, I am one of those people who have struggled with occasional temptations of fattening food and fast food! And sometimes, the temptations to buy those things are just UNBEARABLE! (It’s probably actually somewhat similar to what an alcoholic feels when they can’t get their alcohol, etc.) My body is just SCREAMING for fattening food! So sometimes I feel overpowered BY these temptations and go ahead and buy the food “just to shut my brain up”, already!  

But then, after consuming it, I don’t ever feel better folks, I feel WORSE! And EVEN MORE hungry than I did before! They say that sugar addiction is 10 times worse than being addicted to cocaine! (And I’ve never personally been addicted to cocaine, but I imagine it’s pretty addicting). So I guess that’s essentially the “point” that Anita was trying to make…..

For if sugar has become “the god of their lives”, then it won’t be long before the Antichrist ALSO becomes the “god of their lives”. Because ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING that takes us AWAY from Jesus Christ, (including addiction to sugar/fattening foods) can easily become “our god” and ANY “god” before Christ is a “precursor” to the Antichrist!

I know that I’ve written many, many posts on this subject and apologize for writing so many, but I REALLY need people to get this! That’s WHY I write so many posts on this subject and repeat my warnings, over and over and over again! Because I want to make 100% sure that YOU know the truth of the bible and that YOU, my dear readers, do NOT cave to ANY LIE brought about by Satan, demons or the world! I want to make sure that YOU are prepared to endure in the Last Days! I want to make sure that YOUR name will be recorded in the Lamb’s (Jesus’s) Book of Life! I want to make sure that YOU endure till the End!

And last but not least, HERE is a video that’ll hopefully PREPARE YOU to RESIST the Mark of the Beast and well as all of its “temptations”: {P.S.: DON’T FORGET TO ALSO PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS FOR THE STRENGTH & WILL TO CARRY THROUGH THE TRIBULATION *WITHOUT THE MARK* – NO MATTER WHAT! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!} 

 

 

The Workplace Is A Spiritual Battlefield!

Work. It’s where a good majority of Americans spend the majority of their time. And each individual workplace has a “culture” (both corporately and individually). And nine times out of 10, that particular “culture” is NOT conducive in any way towards Christianity/Jesus/the bible! Let me number the ways!

Out of any given “secular” workplace (and I’m excluding the Christian workplaces, here), only about 5% of employees or less are likely “Christian” in any way, shape or form. And OF that 5% or less that are Christian, only about 1-2% would qualify as “true Christians”. Therefore, the odds are HIGHLY STACKED against any one person who truly desires to live the Lord’s way! 

In fact, several things happen in the workplace that go AGAINST the bible:

1). People like to “gossip” about one another. And if you don’t participate in the “workplace gossip”, people look down on you as though you’re some type of “holier than though Christian.”

2). Christians (as a whole) aren’t allowed to talk about their Christian faith in the workplace. And if they do, they’ll likely be reprimanded in some way, shape or form. Yet, coworkers who are NOT Christian are likely pretty much allowed to mock Christianity to the hilt and NOT get reprimanded for it in any type of way. 

3). Many workplaces are now starting to embrace “liberal theology” with “gender-neutral bathrooms” and the like. If a Christian employee tries to protest, they’re oftentimes fired or formally written up due to “being discriminatory” towards “gender-neutral people”, or at the very least, laughed at and ignored.

4). Non-Christian coworkers (as a whole) are CONSTANTLY keeping secret (even unconscious) tabs on “Christian coworkers” just waiting for them to “slip up”, somehow & just waiting to see how THOSE Christian coworkers live up to the bible’s standards AND to workplace scrutiny (it’s TRUE!) They’re particularly mindful of things such as if a Christian coworker is ever “late” to work, if they take too long for their lunch break or 15min break, OR if they cuss or use strong language when irritated or angry. 

5). Non-Christian coworkers (as a whole) will oftentimes try to “tempt” Christian coworkers into behaving or thinking badly OR will “gloat” about their non-Christian faith in an attempt to “silence” the Christian or “shame them”.

6). Satan himself will oftentimes use CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS/PATIENTS/RENTERS etc. (whatever the symbiotic role is) to get on our nerves, make us irritated & angry, tempt us to gossip about them to coworkers, tempt us TO act out in anger against them, etc.

7). Satan himself (and his demonic spirits working under him) will oftentimes tempt us to do “dishonest practices” (ex: a doctor/lawyer overcharging the patient/client, a person putting down on the time clock sheet that they were on time to work even if they weren’t, a person lying on temp logs if the temperature wasn’t hot enough/were forgotten if working in food service, putting all the trash/crumbs in a room underneath the bed and/or not changing the sheets if a housekeeper, you get the idea……..)

8). There is this IMMENSE PRESSURE (even for those who ARE born again Christians) to “fit in” by going to parties/workplace functions, by watching the latest movies/TV shows, by listening to the latest music, by trying some of the latest drugs/alcohol to hit the market, etc. Most people don’t want to be seen as a complete “square”, right? It’s human nature to want to be “liked” and Satan uses that against us in the workplace, EXCEEDINGLY! 

9). All OTHER faiths are promoted and it’s HIGHLY DISCOURAGING to the Christian. This puts SO MUCH pressure on the Christian (in the workplace setting) to NOT talk about their Christian faith at all.

10). Even amidst all clamour & opposition, those born-again Christians who DO actively choose to the cling to the bible’s principles are oftentimes mocked & ridiculed to SCORN by many of those in the workplace who do NOT share their love of Christ & of righteousness! 

11). When nearly 95% or more of people in the workplace DON’T love or worship Jesus, it becomes really, really, really hard to try to continue to live by the bible’s precepts. Cause like it or not, non-Christian type of behavior DOES seem to rub off on Christian people after awhile. Need proof? Look no further than the case of “Lot”, Abraham’s nephew in the book of Genesis or also how the Hebrew Israelites starting behaving after their “captivity in Babylon”. Our “social & work environment” affects us folks, rather we like it or not! 

12). If ever a born-again Christian DOES try to talk about their faith with a coworker or starts silently praying for one of them, it’s almost like Satan & the dark side pick up on the fact IMMEDIATELY and IMMEDIATELY tries to make grounds to thwart it! Example: a customer will walk up (in food service or retail), a manager will swing by and “distract” by asking for/saying such n’ such, that particular coworker will suddenly seem to go “stark raving mad” (because remember it’s the demonic spirit that’s living INSIDE of them that’s ENRAGED at the gospel), etc. 

13). Satan will oftentimes utilize “temptations of the flesh” to get a born-again Christian in the workplace to fall. And sadly, he’s oftentimes very, very successful at it! 

14). Satan will also use his “followers” to try to “tempt others away from the faith, COMPLETELY” (oftentimes using the tactics called “the emotional response” – as in – “hey, aren’t transgender people, people TOO? Shouldn’t they have “rights”, just like everyone else?” and so-called “rational reasoning” – as in – “So…..ask yourself this…..does it REALLY seem rational that Eve came across a TALKING SNAKE in the Garden of Eden? Come on now, lets get REAL, here!” while ALSO simultaneously repeating the lies of Evolution over and over again in an attempt to make a Christian lose their faith in Creationism/Genesis. 

15). Some non-Christians have even taken to “threats” and “intimidation” of their Christian coworkers (no joke!) In fact, there’s likely been many, many cases of “workplace-related witchcraft” going on against every single, true born-again “Christian”. That’s what they do in workplaces these days, folks. They comb over your social media. They try to figure out your “personal view on things”. They try to figure out your last name, where you live, what types of foods you eat, what types of TV programs you watch, etc. They single you out. And once you’re “singled out” by them, look out. Things could quickly get very ugly, spiritually speaking! Especially if you’re not TRULY grounded in your faith in Jesus! 

16). “Transgender/homosexual/non-binary” employees serve TWO purposes and two purposes, ONLY: A) To try to FORCE workplaces into accepting “gender ideology” and also B) To try to FORCE OUT any promotion of Christianity or a Christian coworker’s right to preach the gospel (ESPECIALLY the part of the gospel that says that homosexuality/transgenderism is a sin)

17). Most workplaces do NOT allow a Christian worker to openly pray or “openly” wear a cross necklace around their neck, etc. Yet, many workplaces now accept a man “wearing lipstick” or a woman dressed as a man or even a person with multiple piercings, oddly colored hair & tattoos all over their body. 

18). Many workplaces do not allow bibles (even during lunch breaks or 15min breaks) because it can “incite violence/complaints/protests” on the part of non-believers. 

19). Complaints of workplace harassment made by Christians (rather verbal, physical, emotional and/or sexual) are oftentimes ignored & swept under the rug, as though they “never happened”. 

20). Christians are oftentimes fired or severely reprimanded for “paying for a customer’s meal”, “offering free lawyer/doctor/medical services to those in need”, etc.

21). VERY, VERY RARELY does a workplace let a Christian/Messianic Jew off for the “biblical Sabbath” every week OR for “biblical holidays” and if they DO, it does NOT come without “consequence”. The Christian/M.J. will oftentimes be “punished” for it somehow, in the workplace. Why? Because Satan and his demons are ANGRY at the Christian for trying to live their lives totally around Christ! The demons CAN’T STAND IT! Satan CAN’T STAND IT! They’re ANGRY with any true Christians because they know their time is short!

(In fact, Satan and his demons will even try to DIRECTLY attack Christians at work, even coming THROUGH or speaking THROUGH their coworkers! The ONLY way to defeat a demon is in the mighty name of Jesus! Remember that!) 

Folks, this is the world we’re living in, today. First, the battlefield starts in the mind. And then, it comes to the home. And thirdly, at work. But out of these three, the spiritual battlefield that rages on in the workplace is THE STRONGEST of these three battles. Why? Because it has the MOST IMPACT. It is basically “temptations GALORE”……

Temptations are MUCH EASIER to beat at the home than in the workplace, am I right? Especially if a bible or a poster of the 10 commandments is close by. And temptations that begin in the mind can more easily be defeated by praying in the name of Jesus. But temptations in the workplace are MUCH, MUCH HARDER to overcome since a Christian must CONSTANTLY stay focused on work and “the current task at hand”. It’s very, very hard for a Christian to mentally concentrate enough TO pray in the workplace setting, am I right? 

Some Christians go INTO the workplace every day DETERMINED to try to share their faith,etc. and then, one hour later after arriving at work, are EMBITTERED, ANGRY, RESENTFUL, STRESSED, etc. So what happened? What happened between the time they left their house/apartment that morning, to an hour after arriving at work? Answer: Temptation happened! For NEVER is the temptation to get frustrated/angry and/or to “gossip” stronger than in the WORKPLACE of all places, am I right? 

The workplace is a NESTING GROUND for Satan & his demons, folks, it really IS! And sadly, ALOT of Christians don’t see that! They see it as some sort of “persecution” but many of them are “spiritually asleep” and do NOT see the “workplace” for what it REALLY, TRULY IS: a SPIRITUAL BATTLEFIELD! 

Satan & his demons are out for blood, folks! Spiritual blood! And the less informed a Christian is, in the work setting, the more hold he has on them! Does that scare you, folks? It SHOULD! 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12 

Spiritual warfare is something that Christians RARELY talk about today and it’s just RAGING in the workplaces and in the churches today! RRRAAAGGGGIIINNNNNGGGGG! How do more people not see this fact? In fact, the ONLY REASON that churches AND workplaces today are now catering to the RADICAL LGBT ACTIVISTS?

It is BECAUSE many of the Christians in churches and workplaces today are NOT and WERE NOT already actively engaging in SPIRITUAL BATTLE! And BECAUSE they don’t have their “spiritual shields” on and their “spiritual swords” at the ready, BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING! BAD *SPIRITUAL* THINGS! Because BELIEVE ME, any workplace/church, and I do mean *ANY* WORKPLACE/CHURCH (no matter WHAT type of workplace/church it is) that PROMOTES OR ACCEPTS *ANY* type of ungodly theology (be it gender ideology or what have ya), is now considered a CURSED WORKPLACE (AND/OR CHURCH) in the eyes of God, like it or not!

Just because a huge bolt of lightning didn’t take out the workplace or church yet doesn’t mean anything. For the Lord is likely holding back his Wrath ON those workplaces for the sake of the “few spiritually pure” that work there. And how much longer those “pure’ workers will continue to work there is both up to them and up to Jesus. 

Because my guess is once those few “pure” workers are gone, those particular “LGBT-affirming” workplaces will be toast, one way or another. In fact, I wonder what the long-term future will be for all LGBT-affirming workplaces. It will be interesting to watch, in the near future. SO MANY businesses are “going under” these days and I’m beginning to wonder if ONE of the reasons SO MANY businesses are going under IS due to God’s Wrath? Just a thought? 

 

 

 

Dealing With Frustration/Fear/Discouragement

Frustration. Fear. Anger. Discouragement. It’s something we’ve ALL felt in our lives, from time to time. And looking through the pages of Holy Writ (Old AND New Testaments but ESPECIALLY the Old Testament), one might come to falsely believe that the Old Testament kings/prophets never had their fair share of anger/fear/frustration/disappointment. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

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! They FEARED, they WEEPED, they felt HIGHLY DISCOURAGED at times, like I said! However, nearly ALL of them (with the exception of King Saul & a few others) repented and came back to the Lord! This is evidence of how the Lord “restored” each of them:

David: Psalm 71 and 72 seem to answer Psalms 69 and 70

Jeremiah: Jeremiah 15: 19-21 was God’s response TO Jeremiah, concerning Jeremiah’s “discouragement”

Elijah: 1 Kings 19: 9-18 is the Lord’s “response” TO Elijah’s “fear”/”discouragement”

But if that STILL don’t help you, then let me tell you of my OWN experiences with fear/anger/discouragement:

1). I’m the only Messianic Jewish-Christian in my family and they all think I’m “crazy” for believing in Jesus Christ and “the bible”, etc.

2). I’m one of the only “open believers” at my workplace (a place where many like to “mock Christ” and “mock the bible”, because they think it’s so much FUN/ENTERTAINING/EMPOWERING to do so!)

3). While all of my old High-School and college friends are now pretty much all married with kids, there’s a very good chance that marriage & kids is not in the cards for ME, as far as THE LORD’S WILL seems to go (thus, making ME feel like a sort’ve “modern-day Jeremiah”)

4). Just like Jeremiah in the OT times, it seems the more I try to preach the gospel of Christ, the more people DON’T listen to me, which is HIGHLY DISCOURAGING, to say the least!

5). People in my family, my workplace/etc. make ME feel like the “bad guy” for not believing in “gay marriage”, “abortion”, “gay rights”, etc.

6). I have a couple of “Christian” friends who find absolutely nothing wrong with abortion, gay marriage and Catholic Church “theology” and of whom seem to think I’m such an “awful person” for trying to say that women shouldn’t have abortions for any reason, and that gay marriage and the Catholic Church are NOT of God!

7). I more or less feel like I’m being forced to celebrate “Dec25th” against my will (just to keep the peace in the family), even though I know in my heart and soul what a GODLESS, DISGUSTING holiday December 25th is! My “Christian” friends think I’m the Devil for even doing so much as “suggesting” that “Dec25th” has MAJOR PAGAN ORIGINS and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST! But in fact, THE WORLD makes me feel like such a “you-know-what” for NOT wanting to celebrate it!

But what is the crime, there? Just because EVERYONE does something doesn’t make it “right”, biblically-speaking! If the world worshiped Baal, would THAT make it “right”, biblically speaking? Anyways, I hate myself for being complacent on this one and for not putting my foot down. Not to mention I’m also probably being a a bit “hypocritical” here as well, as in previous posts, I stated that Christians celebrating “Dec.25th”, KNOWING its true connotations were in possible danger of judgement. 

8). Related to #3 above, any time I even “try” to date someone who’s even “remotely” Christian, it NEVER WORKS OUT. EVER. And when I inquired to the Lord about it, the Lord’s response more or less seemed to be: I don’t call EVERYONE to date/get married, ya know? (Hinting that my heavenly “calling” IS to be likened unto a “modern-day Jeremiah”?)

9). A couple of sins I struggle with (hoarding and/or food addiction) are SO HARD to overcome. I go through periods of time where I can “seem” to overcome it for awhile. But then…..I oftentimes seem to subtly go right back to it (nevermind the fact that I’ve tried to pray and cry out to the Lord about it LOTS of times……maybe I just need more faith?)

10). I try to find time each and every single day to “spend time with the Lord” and/or to “read his written word”. But it seems like every single time I try to open up the bible, I get sleepy…….really, really sleepy……or I become SO afraid of accidentally getting a WRONG interpretation from the bible that I’m almost too afraid to read it, sometimes (I know how ridiculous that must sound to some!) 

11). No matter HOW HARD I try to keep my patience at ALL times and in ALL situations, there’s things in my family and ESPECIALLY at my workplace that test my patience TO THE HILT! Working with the general “public” on any given day’s gonna come with customer “complaints”, naturally. And oftentimes, it’s complaints that either I can’t do anything about (as I don’t make the rules there) OR that I consider not even “complainable”.  

For example, if I try to bag a customer’s food in a special way where the hot stuff isn’t touching the cold stuff or if I want to wrap up some small tubs of sauces in a small bag WITHIN the plastic bag so the sauce doesn’t move around in the plastic sack and spill everywhere, it seems like 8 times out of 10, the customer will either COMPLAIN or give me this STRANGE LOOK like “ugh, you’re being WAY TOO nice to me, you’re WAY over-doing it, ugh!” And it REALLY tests my patience, sometimes! Here I am, trying to provide EXEMPLARY customer service TO the customer, and yet, there they are, complaining about EVERY. SINGLE. LITTLE. THING! It’s NUTS! In fact, this is often what I have to deal with on a daily basis!

I kid you not. I’ve had days where ONE customer complained about 5 or more small little things, one right after another, boom, boom, boom! And then, they’d have the gall to complain to ME if MY face looked even just a “little” minorly frustrated at the end of their “spiel”. Or I’ll have customers that won’t complain but they’ll wait until I have everything all bagged up for them, with a long line behind them and then, they’ll ADD things to their “order”. AGGRAVATING! But I have to try to remember to have the PATIENCE OF CHRIST! That’s not always easy in my line of work, folks! In fact, I’ve even had customers complain that I’m TOO nice at times. Well, in MY opinion, being “too nice” is FAR much better than being “rude”, am I right?

What IS it about human nature, that the MORE someone gives to us, the LESS AND LESS we appreciate it? Now I sort’ve know how Jesus Christ must’ve felt on the cross. And even before and after. During the times of the ancient Israelites, The Lord did A TON of stuff for the Israelites: He brought them out of Egypt, he parted the Red Sea for them, he gave them manna to eat from heaven, he miraculously brought forth water from rocks/desert, he oftentimes helped them defeat their enemies and blessed their crops, etc. etc. But it seemed like no matter HOW MUCH he did for ancient Israel, the Israelites STILL turned on Him and were UNGRATEFUL to Him! In fact, it seemed that THE MORE He DID for ancient Israel, the more and MORE they hated Him and turned on Him! HOW SAD! 😦

Honestly, there’ve been days at work when I’ve felt like: “Ok, if the customers want to complain, LET THEM, I’m sick and tired of trying to provide them exemplary service if they’re just going to walk all over me like that!” But ya want to know what the Lord taught me on those days?Treat ALL customers the way the RUDE customers treat YOU, guess what? YOU are then NO BETTER THAN THEY ARE!” Ouch! A hard lesson learned, but learned, nonethess!

Oftentimes, WHEN we are feeling discouraged, it’s because we’re spiritually lacking in something! Do we lack faith? Obedience? Patience? What IS it that we lack, first of all? And secondly, how do we overcome whatever’s LACKING? Answer: Through the Almighty Power & Glory of our Lord, Yeshua Hama’shiach (Jesus Christ Almighty!) His ways are NOT our ways and His divine understanding is NOT our human understanding! Our human nature is to want to get even with those who discourage us! But it’s Jesus’s nature to HUMBLE US!

lt’s not all bunnies and rainbows, folks! There’s going to be times in our lives when we feel MAJORLY DISCOURAGED and feel like throwing in the towel! But we MUST remember:

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

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” [Psalms 34: 17-19]

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” [Isaiah 41:10]

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” [John 16:33]

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” [Psalms 55:22]

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” [Jeremiah 29:11]

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” [Matthew 11:28]

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” [Galatians 6:9]

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” [Lamentations 3: 22-24]

And if that STILL doesn’t encourage you or provide hope, then think of it THIS WAY: Satan and his demons are THE ONES who are making you FEEL the way you do right now! And it’s their JOB to make you feel that way! HOWEVER, Revelation 20 and Matthew 25 state that they’ve ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED! They are nothing more than DEFEATED FOES:

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41]

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” [Revelation 20:10]

So just remember THIS, folks……When Satan and his demons get you down, just remind Satan of his future! (Revelation 20:10)

So……in conclusion? ANGER NOT, FEAR NOT, BE DISCOURAGED NOT! Why? Because God/Jesus Christ is IN CONTROL! And may you and I never, EVER forget that folks, for the rest of our existence! Amen! 😉

 

“FOR WHEN THEY SAY PEACE AND SAFETY”….[Donald J. Trump: America’s Last Stand, PART TWO]

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

There’s one thing that I need to make EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR…….JUST BECAUSE Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence are the President-Elect and Vice-President Elect does NOT mean that we’re not STILL living in the End Times!

Let me repeat: Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence (as good as they may “seem” on the Pro-Life surface) will NOT “cancel out the End Times”, as many Christians now popularly believe.

Folks, we’re still living in some of THE MOST TURBULENT TIMES IN HUMAN HISTORY! In fact, many of OUR sins/national sins, here in the year 2016 and on, would make Sodom & Gomorrah BLUSH! Do you REALLY think the Lord’s gonna pull back his Wrath that’s already BEEN upon this nation FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, and cancel it out completely and decide to PROSPER this nation, INSTEAD?

While I’m sure there was probably a couple of times in the bible when the Lord was “planning” to execute his Wrath on an entire city or nation, but then held back for a bit when the MAJORITY of that city/nation or a prophet of that nation cried out to HIM (for example, the city of Nineveh who IMMEDIATELY repented at the word of the prophet Jonah and also Moses, who interceded for the entire nation of Israel on top of Mount Sinai), 99% of the time, the Lord did NOT “cancel out or delay his Wrath”.

While 2 Chronicles 7:14 says the following: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”, do you REALLY think that ENOUGH CHRISTIANS HAVE REPENTED AND SOUGHT TO **TRULY** HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND SEEK THE LORD’S FACE, WHILE HE MAY STILL BE SPIRITUALLY FOUND?

Cause the truth is, today, in the year 2016, most of us are (quite sadly) too busy on our ipads, iphones, social media, and the like. We don’t really have TIME to pray and/or read the bible (as a whole) but we have TIME to do plenty of OTHER things (go out to eat, go to the movies, sleep, spend time with our families, read a novel for leisure, travel to see a friend, etc.), am I right?

In fact, when’s the last time YOU fasted? The BIBLICAL WAY? Washed your face, anointed your forehead with olive oil, FASTED (that means, to have NO FOOD for a period of time — anywhere from 6 hours to 3 days, depending on the “health abilities” and “Lord’s specific will” of a person — though water/etc. is allowed), DIDN’T TELL A SOUL and PRAYED FOR UNDERSTANDING/BIBLICAL INSIGHT from the Lord?

Heck, when’s the last time “I” myself did that, even? Up until most recently, it had been awhile (for me). And only this most RECENT time did I ever attempt to try to do it the “biblical way”. And once more, I even “failed” in the NOT TELLING A SOUL part, since I “accidentally” told a coworker that I was attempting to do a biblical fast and how “hard” it was and how “tempted” I was to start eating things, especially when a migraine head-ache set in, halfway through………

And then I started getting really sick from not eating and felt as though I had to “break my fast” and eat something, so that I wouldn’t faint or pass out. BUT DOES JESUS CHRIST ACCEPT *EXCUSES* WHEN IT COMES TO BREAKING A FAST? I doubt it. Which is why I’ll have to try even harder NEXT TIME……..sigh………….In fact, many others out there also face the same “temptations” to “break their fast” and probably say a prayer along the lines of, “Lord, please give me the strength” and then dive into a thing of nachos/etc. when they feel as though their “growling/sore tummy” can’t take it any longer!

But that’s my whole entire POINT, here……For if I myself have been “slack” on prayer and fasting lately (the “biblical way”), just think of how many OTHER “Christians” and “Messianic Jews” have been. And then, further out from there, just think of how SLACK we’ve been on “prayer & fasting” (the BIBLICAL WAY), AS A NATION. Do we see where I’m going with this, folks?

People today (as a whole) are SO BLIND (SPIRITUALLY!) They can name you the latest movies, celebrities, news articles or videogames, etc., but yet, they oftentimes can’t tell you the name of Abraham’s nephew, what biblical prophet Nimrod was related to, the difference between OT Saul and NT Saul, the difference between OT Joseph and NT Joseph, if John the Baptist was an OT or NT biblical prophet, etc. or even name off HALF of the list of 10 commandments….

And that’s my point. We (as a whole) don’t have TIME for Jesus but we have TIME for OTHER “hobbies” and “activities”, am I right? In other words, we’ve become likened onto (as a whole) a BIBLICALLY ILLITERATE NATION! And our spiritual states, PERSONALLY? Imagine what the COLLECTIVE SPIRITUAL STATE IS of this country……NATIONALLY!

To be frank, we’re not in a “good spot”, folks (spiritually speaking). NOT BY A LONG SHOT! We (as a nation — and even as a collective GLOBAL WORLD) are in what the archangel Michael once called to me during a near-suicide experience “THE RED ZONE”. That simply means our collective HEART is as far from God/Jesus Christ as can possibly be!

And as the years and “collective social culture” wears on, our collective HEART’s becoming EVEN FURTHER drawn away from Him! We’re in a scary place, folks (spiritually speaking). People need to WAKE UP from their spiritual slumber before it’s too late!

We (as a nation — and even as a world) have BEEN ASLEEP (spiritually speaking). We’ve been FAR too busy chasing after “human social ideals” and “politically correct/PC Culture”, than chasing after Jesus! And believe me, this nation (and this world) is soon gonna pay the price!

When Jesus ADMONISHED his disciples for “falling asleep” in the Garden of Gethsemane while he prayed, that was a CLEAR foreshadowing of all the Lord’s people (as individuals AND as a collective whole) that would be spiritually “falling asleep” during the END TIMES!

“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” – Luke 12:45-46

“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” – Matthew 24: 48-51

And UNLIKE the ancient biblical times when the disciples still had so-called time to repent, we do NOT have that sort of “collective time”, folks! Tomorrow is NEVER GUARANTEED! (Heck, even 5 minutes of your life from now is NEVER GUARANTEED!) Therefore, REPENT, and SPIRITUALLY WAKE UP YOUR SINFUL, DEAD, SLEEPING SOUL, for the ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD/JESUS CHRIST WILL SOON BE AT HAND!

And ya want to know what? For MOST people, Jesus’s 2nd arrival upon Earth will come AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT! (In other words, when they VERY, VERY LEAST EXPECT IT):

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” – Revelation 16:15

Matthew 24:36 – “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only

Revelation 3:3 – “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee”

Matthew 24:44  “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”

But about the most troubling thing YET is how many “Christians” and even some “Messianic Jews” or “Jewish-leaning Christians” out there are now debating amongst themselves if Trump could be the “Modern-Day King Cyrus”. But like I said in my previous post on Trump, rather he is or isn’t is BESIDES the point! The POINT folks, is that we’re STILL living in the End Times and need to spiritually PREPARE ourselves for what lays ahead, in the course of global human history!

Also: Try to think about it THIS WAY: People say that Satan and his demons never say anything of “truth”. But that’s not true. They’ll speak “little snippets” of truth or do some “good things” here and there, in order to DECEIVE PEOPLE! For example, The Roman Catholic Church does some EXCEPTIONAL Pro-Life campaigning and protests (if I don’t say so myself)….However, its overall Catholic “theology” (infant baptism, bowing down to idols and images/etc.) is leading many naive/unfortunate souls TO HELL! Do you see how the Devil works, folks? How he inserts just a “small” bit of truth and mixes it up in a BAG OF LIES, in order to DECEIVE PEOPLE?

And to me, it would rather seem that he’s working behind the scenes of both the Pro-Abortion lobby AND in the seemingly “Pro-Life” new gov’t about to take shape. Why? Because if he can successfully deceive Christians into thinking/saying: See? We won! We have a Pro-Life majority now in Gov’t”, that he can ALSO successfully deceive them into thinking that Trump’s a “Modern-Day Cyrus“.

And if Roe V. Wade ever gets overturned? WATCH OUT…….for I believe that’ll be the PRIME VEHICLE that Satan will choose to DECEIVE THE MASSES! Now, don’t get me wrong. Over-turning Roe V. Wade would be a GREAT VICTORY for the Lord Jesus Christ, his people and the hosts of heaven! But it can also lead to potential dangers of deception…

The bible speaks of the End Times in Israel……how…..when they “think” they are “safe and secure” and have “brokered peace”, that they’ll become TOO TRUSTING and LET THEIR GUARD DOWN! And folks…….that’s EXACTLY what’s gonna happen with many Christians/Messianic Jews when THEY let their guards down because: Hey, Planned Parenthood got defunded! Roe v. Wade got over-turned!”

Do you see where I’m going with this, folks? And I’m not saying 100% those 2 things will happen, but IF/WHEN they do, or when OTHER similar like things occur, I know in my heart and soul that Christians/Messianic Jews are gonna be letting their guards down, just because they “think” they’ve won! And that’s EXACTLY what I mean…..we’re in a VERY dangerous, vulnerable spot, folks! WE HAVE TO BE ON OUR BEST SPIRITUAL GUARD, AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

Down below, Evangelist Anita Fuentes of EMOAF Ministries discusses and explains how “Judgement is Not Postponed”. She explains some things on this topic better than I do, which is why I decided to post her video down below. 

MUSIC: A WAR FOR YOUR SOUL!

Have you ever wondered why songs (in general) have a long “introduction” before the lyrics come about? Or also why a certain song and/or songs get stuck in your head all the time? Do you think this is all just mere COINCIDENCE?

Songs (by nature) are/were DESIGNED (by the spirit world) to put the listener into a VERY, VERY DEEP “trance-like meditative state”. The question is, does it put them into a GOOD trance (where they are motivated to worship the Lord Jesus, in spirit and in truth) or does it put them in a BAD trance (where it encourages a person to say/think/do things that go AGAINST the bible?)

I’ve honestly had songs (and/or parts of songs) that were stuck in my head for HOURS, DAYS, and WEEKS! And I kept having to ask myself WHY! And then, when I finally succeeded in getting THAT particular song unstuck out of my head, YET ANOTHER song would get stuck in my head for DAYS on end!

Or worse yet, I sometimes get the case of what I call “SONG FEVER”, where I have to listen to a song over and over and over again…….and if I DON’T listen to the current song on repeat, my mind starts to go stir-crazy! “What is this?”, I aggravatingly think to myself. “This is madness! What the hey!” And I used to think it was just mere “coincidence”. Little did I know it is actually HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE that I was/am experiencing! (A warfare of THE MIND!)

Take tribal African voodoo, for instance. Many “pop songs” are today BASED on voodoo (yes, voodoo!). Lets look through a few examples, here…..

1). “Sympathy for the Devil” by Rolling Stones, 1968

Note: If you slow it down and listen to the beginning, it’s CLEARLY voodoo beats being played in the song, followed by what sounds like “monkey/jungle calls”. The “monkey calls” are probably some hidden thing to “summon demons/demon spirits” and/or to display the “theory of Evolution”, somehow.

And here’s another VERY popular song from the 80’s which has DEFINITE voodoo in it, from start to finish (it even has “Satanic growls” in it!)

2). “Gloria Estefan – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” – 1987

There’s also THIS song (which clearly has voodoo beats in the background, as well, starting at 0:40 and again at 0:55):

3). “Come & Get It” by Selena Gomez, 2013 or so

In fact, nearly ALL “popular songs” of today have what’s called “Syncopation”. Now………“What’s syncopation?”, some may ask. Answer: it is basically a “disturbance” or “interruption” of the REGULAR, natural flow of rhythm. In other words, it takes “natural rhythm” and makes it UN-NATURAL rhythm (in other words, rhythm’s that off-beat).

Here, Christian Berdahl explains it in a little more detail:

So basically, whenever you get a song stuck in your head, 9 times out of 10, it’s because Satan and demons are behind it! Remember, Satan is BEHIND the “Music & Entertainment Industry”, today! Even most of today’s “CHRISTIAN MUSIC” today is “suspect”. Why? Because it honestly sounds no different than “contemporary” music!

Why? Because it ALSO (as a whole today) uses “Syncopation”, just like all of today’s “worldly music” does. Don’t believe me? Do an experiment. Flip through all the car radio stations. Then go to the Christian music station. Notice anything different? My guess is no. If you didn’t know AHEAD of time that it WAS the Christian station, would you have mistaken it for a “secular” radio station? Be honest with yourself!

Satan is “implied” in the bible to have been “full of music” (BEFORE “the fall from heaven”). Therefore, Satan knows music like his back hand. He knows it inside and out. And so it’s really no wonder THAT he uses “music” as one of his primary weapons to “deceive the masses”.

Okay, now I want you to conduct another “experiment”. Listen to your “favorite song”. How does the song make you FEEL? Does it humble you before the Lord Jesus Christ and make you want to worship him? Or does it make you think of OTHER things, besides Jesus and the bible? Be COMPLETELY honest with yourselves!

And if it’s CHRISTIAN music you’re listening to, does it REALLY encourage you to worship Jesus, in spirit and in truth? Or do all the back-beats, etc. DISTRACT YOU from doing so and make you more focused on the beat, rather than on the message? Be honest with yourself!

Many think that ALL “Christian music” is just fine and dandy. But only most recently have folks come to realize that EVEN “Christian music” is suspect these days (sadly enough). So don’t fool yourselves! Just because a piece of Christian music has the label “Christian” on it does NOT make it “truly Christian”!

For example, many “Christian” female vocalists sing all “sensual”, as though they’re singing to a LOVER, instead of Jesus Christ! (I’m sorry, but it’s true!) And with all the drum beats, back-beats, break-beats, clap-beats, I’d never know most of these songs were a supposedly “Christian” song!

Examples?

1). “Lauren Daigle – First” (This is sung the way a woman would sing to a lover!)

2). “TobyMac – Feel It” (This is sung as though the goal is to be like Bruno Mars!)

ETC….

But then again, what is a TRUE “Christian song”, by definition? Answer: It is one that completely clears the mind (in a GOOD sense), has NO “syncopation” or “background beats/distractions” and ENCOURAGES the Christian listener to worship Jesus (in spirit and in truth):

“Let Them See You” by JJ Weeks Band

Notice the difference there, folks? But again, I’m not personally judging or bashing the two above Christian artists (only Jesus knows their hearts), I’m just saying that the “syncopated-type music” and the *sultry*-sounding lyrics distracts from THE ACTUAL MESSAGE OF SALVATION!

There’s even this whole movement among the Christians today that we (as a whole), must become more “wordly” in our music and in our messages in order to “draw in more people from the world/those that are unsaved”.

HOWEVER, WHEN Christians or “the church” become more “worldly” in their “music” or in their “doings”, they’re actually doing themselves a SERIOUS disservice, as it’s showing the “worldly/unsaved people of the world” the message that: “Hey, Christians are just as worldly as WE are, so I guess there’s no real need to change and repent of our sins!

Even “country music” is not immune from Satan’s grip!

But in fact, let me take this one step further. A popular music artist (who openly worships Satan) has come out and admitted that each of her performances is “a sermon”. Interesting. Therefore, if we can apply her words to ALL secular music these days, and ALL secular music is “individual sermons”, then it most certainly sheds light on the fact that SATAN DESIGNED MUSIC AS ***SPIRITUAL WARFARE!***

Now that’s a tough message for most Christians to grasp (especially those born in the 80s and 90s!) They like their Def Leppard, Bruce Springstein, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Madonna, REO Speedwagon, Mister Mister, Poison, TLC, Metallica, Motley Crue, etc. But rarely do they ever look at all the symbolism (and “spiritual agendas”) BEHIND the music!

Most people might thinking that listening to music is an “innocent thing”. But believe me folks, most music was designed by Satan & his demons for ***HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE!!!!!!!***!!! And not only that, but did you know that nearly ALL music artists sell their souls to the Devil for money, fortune & fame? (It’s true!) Don’t believe me? Watch the following “rocumentary”, as it WILL open up your eyes as to what’s REALLY going on behind the scenes of the music industry & L.A./Hollywood!

Here is parts 1 through 5 on Youtube:

In order to see the whole entire series, please go to: https://www.goodfight.org/product/they-sold-their-souls-for-rock-n-roll-10-hr/

Now…..am I saying that ALL music is bad? No, ofcourse not. Music has been shown in studies to improve mood, sleep quality, memory, brain activity, etc. However, one should be more mindful from now on about just WHAT type of music they listen to. Because remember that music was designed by Satan for HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE! Remember that Satan USES music to “deceive the masses!” Plus remember that Satan uses music to try to take you AWAY from God/Jesus Christ!

But one of the BEST ways to “test” a song is to critically examine the LYRICS! (Please also remember that many popular songs of today have lyrics with “hidden meanings!”) Critically examine the lyrics and then ask yourself if it’s something you should be listening to or not. But again, don’t just look at the lyrics, examine the BEAT of the song, as well.

Example: If it’s a “Christian song” but has a “hip hop/break-beat” (and music video) that’s set up like a Bruno Mars song, then that should tell you something right there. Or if it’s a “Christian song” but you’re more focused on the “beat” or “the drums” or the “artist/sultry voice” than the “message”, then Houston, we’ve got a problem!

After watching both documentaries (both Christian Berdahl’s “The Distraction Dilemna” and “They Sold Their Souls For Rock N’ Roll”), my spiritual eyes were thoroughly opened and so NOW, when I flip through the radio stations and I hear songs that Satan originally intended to deceive people with, I am now armed with the spiritual knowledge of what the “true meanings” of those songs are and I am no longer deceived BY them! And trust me, it’s nothing short of a spiritually liberating feeling in Christ!

So……what types of music SHOULD a true born-again Christian be listening to, you may ask? Well, here’s my personal, spiritual recommendations:

1). Christian music that uplifts your spirit and ENCOURAGES you to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth (In other words, music that has you TRULY focused on the gospel/Jesus and NOT on the voice, the beat or the “rhythm”)

2). Romantic love songs that do NOT glorify fornication or anything else that’s unbiblical

3). Classical or uplifting instrumentals

I myself for years & years had been a long-time fan of Trance/Electronic, etc. music. But after critically examining the fact that if you slow it down, it sounds like a slow, repetitive voodoo beat highly spiritually disturbs me!

In fact, I even said a troubled-in-my-heart prayer to Jesus about it: Jesus, does it displease you that I occasionally listen to Trance/Electronic music, etc? and the answer I seemed to get back from him is THIS: “Does it encourage you to worship me at all? Or does it distract you & make you think of OTHER things, besides ME?”

Okay folks, I felt CONVICTED! And ever since then, I’ve severely limited my Trance/etc. listening! Because NOW, any time I listen to Trance etc. music, I can FEEL Jesus’s spiritual gaze upon me as if to say, “Feeling distracted, are we?” and I just can’t enjoy that type of music anymore! It just feels…….wrong!

Now……we’ve all heard that LUST can be a temptation or that TV/video games/food/drink can be a temptation. But can MUSIC also be a temptation? Answer: ABSOLUTELY! For after being “spiritually convicted” not to listen to Trance, etc. music anymore, I can’t tell ya HOW many times I’ve been “tempted” to listen to it! (And yes, sometimes I’ve given IN to the temptation to listen to it and then felt guilty & ashamed, afterwards!) 

Like, I really have to fight the urge to NOT listen to it, sometimes! It used to come as a natural habit to me…….Turn on the computer, hit the playlist, and give it a whirl! Believe me, it takes ALOT of spiritual discipline to NOT listen to our favorite music that actually spiritually DISTRACTS US and takes us AWAY from the gospel/Jesus Christ! I had to learn that the hard way!

Non-fornicating love songs, classical or uplifting instrumentals might not “seem” like they fully glorify Jesus. However……non-fornicating love songs can remind us of Jesus’s love for his church, while classical or uplifting instrumentals can remind us of the beauty of God’s creation, especially of “musical scales” in general. Many people don’t realize this but “music” is actually composed of mathematical algorithms! And our God (the God of the bible) is no doubt a “mathematical God!”

But that aside, did you know that they did a study on “plant growth” vs. “music”. And not surprisingly enough, when “plants” listened to classical music, they THRIVED! But yet, when plants listened to “death metal”, they withered up and DIED! (And if I remember correctly, BOTH types of music were played at the exact same volume, in the study!)

Therefore, it stands to reason: if “plants” (which are “living”) thrive on classical music, why wouldn’t WE? Studies have shown, for example, that listening to classical music before a test can increase test scores! (It would be interesting to see how plants responded to the JJ Weeks Band or non-fornicating love songs!)

But again, I digress. The moral of the story here is that MUSIC AFFECTS OUR SOULS – either for the positive or the negative. Therefore, it’s up to us to try to only listen to music that UPLIFTS our minds, hearts, bodies & spirits IN Jesus and that does NOT distract us from the gospel in any way, shape or form! I hope this post has given you something to think about, when it comes to music! What you listen to really DOES affect you SPIRITUALLY – rather you realize it or not! So choose wisely! Amen.