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Flesh vs. Spirit and the Covenants

September 16, 2017

There is a fine line between worshipping God in the flesh (via ritual and ceremony) and in spirit (in the Word and prayer).

John 4:23—“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”

John 4:24—“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

In his day John himself said that the hour COMETH and NOW IS when worshipping shall be done in truth and spirit.  So, if worship began to be of spirit and truth in Christ’s time, what form of worship was performed previously?

Hebrews 9:8—“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings[baptisms], and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”

The Old Testament ‘ordinances,’ ‘washings’ and ‘meats and drinks’ were imposed on mankind UNTIL the time of reformation. Some examples of these are…

Godly Ordinances:

Hebrews 9:1—“Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.”

2 Chron. 2:4—“Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.”

Exodus 30:10—“And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.”

Numbers 19:21—“And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.”

Secular (Worldly) Ordinances:

Colossians 2:20—“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not; (22) Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (23) Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”

Matthew 15:9—“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Mark 7:70—“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Titus 1:14—“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”

Colossians 2:8—“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

God sees to the heart (Ps. 44:21, 1 John 3:20) and not outside appearances.  Rituals and invocations of the flesh do not honor Him nor do they please Him now that His Son has been sacrificed for all sin. All these are now mere additions which insult God by suggesting that His sacrifice was not enough and more is needed.

Colossians 3:22—“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:”(This follows to servants of God as well…)

2 Corinthians 5:12—“For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.”

2 Corinthians 10:7—“Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.”

Job 35:13—“Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.”

Matthew 6:7—“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

Galatians 6:7—“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

The original, Old Covenant worship was based in the flesh, with fleshly purifications, washings and sacrifices, ordinances and statutes and represented carnal examples of spiritual truths, truths which would be expressed with greater clarity in the then future New Covenant and point to Christ.

Hebrews 10:1—“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”

Colossians 2:16—“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: (17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

Shadow vs Body.  Which is the more important, the reality or the illusion (or illustration)?  So then, just how does the Word suggest we worship Him?

PRAYER

Acts 2:42—“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

1 Timothy 2:1—“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;… (8) I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

Revelation 5:8—“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”

CONFESSION

Matthew 10:32—“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

James 5:16—“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

PRAISE

Hebrews 13:15—“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Romans 15:11—“And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.”

Hebrews 2:12—“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

READ THE WORD

John 15:3—“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”

Acts 6:4—“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Romans 10:17—“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

2 Corinthians 6:7—“By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,”

Are any other rituals/ceremonies prescribed by the Word of the New Covenant?  No.  Do visible ceremonies impress God?  No, the state of the heart, prayer, confession, praise and the Word of God are the sum total of prescribed signs of obedience and relationship which He respects and honors His sacrifice.  It is not in the ritual that His grace is conferred, it’s the intentions and position of the heart that matter. As Timothy put it:

1 Timothy 1:5—“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”

Now some might say, “but God’s ordinances and commandments are forever.” The question then stands: Does “forever” in Hebrew literally mean that something is “eternal”?

2 Chronicles 2:4—“Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.”

The word “forever” is olam in Hebrew. According to one Biblical Lexicon, olam means:

“long duration, antiquity, futurity: a. indefinite futurity , c. prep. for ever , always (= during the lifetime )slave for ever ;  serve for ever redemption at any time; ever pregnant (womb); of persecutors of Jeremiah; always at ease ;   may the king live always ; so of the pious;  I will sing for ever (as long as I live); other emotions and activities continuous through life. b. = continuous existence , (1) of things: the earth; other phr., heavens and contents, ruined cities, ruined lands or a witness for ever , in a book; (2) of nations: Babylon, of Judah; (3) families; the dynasty of Saul; house of Eli; (4) national relations: continual enmity ; of exclusion from; various relations;   perpetual reproach , of dynasty of David, families ;  of God’s covenant:  everlasting covenant ; covenant with Noah ; God remembers it; will not break it, e. of God’s laws; temple to bear God’s name; consecrated; its ceremonies; Levit. priesthood; Aaronic priesthood. f. of God’s promises: his word; promised dynasty of David; of holy land; given, inherited; dwelt in; other blessings; Jerus. to abide”  [BDB]

Forever can have a finite time limit, as the Scripture seems to suggest is the case with the Old Covenant conditions. Not only that, but God reserves the right to make changes as He deems necessary.

Hebrews 7:18—“For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. (19)  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”

Jeremiah 31:31—“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: (32)  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake…”

At the first Passover, they were to eat the meal in their own homes, but once the sanctuary in Jerusalem was built, that changed and they were required to eat it there. Also, in the beginning God “visited the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Ex. 34:7) Yet, in Deuteronomy 24:16 God said: “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” One last proof of inter-Biblical change: the Law initially encompassed just the writings of Moses and the tables of stone. Later, in Christ’s time, it encompassed the writings of the prophets as well. These are just a very few of the changes that took place during Old Testament times alone. Sufficient to prove that change can and does occur in the Scriptures, and that new things begin as old things end.

Hebrews 8:6—“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, (7)  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”

2 Corinthians 3:11—“For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.”

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End-Times Chronology of Events

September 16, 2017

First off, many believe the Gospel accounts were written only for the Jews. The truth is, Christ made a differentiation between His disciples and the “Jews” –  He spoke to the “Jews” only in parables according to the Scriptures:

Matthew 13:10-13—“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? (11) He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (12) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. (13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mark 14:10-11—“And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. (11) And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:“

Matthew 13:34-35—“All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: (35) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

Mark 4:1-2—“And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. (2) And he taught them many things by parables…”

Luke 8:9-10—“And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? (10) And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”

 

Second, He gave specific information related to the chronology of the end-times to His disciples, which would later become His apostles (and whom would hold the first place in His Church) …

Matthew 24:3-31 – “And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be [destruction of the temple]? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

Mark 13:3 – “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, (4) Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?”

1 Cor. 12:28 – “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

 

Third, they asked about His return and the end of day’s events.  If they were expecting to be raptured beforehand, why would they even ask such things?  They wouldn’t expect to be present to witness the events anyway… Thus, the events recorded in passages such as Matthew 24 give us the series of events that must happen in the end of days, before and through His coming and His gathering together of His people.

 

Matthew 24: (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Luke 21:8—“And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ’; and ‘the time draweth near’: go ye not therefore after them.”

Mark 13:5-6—“And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: (6) For many shall come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ’; and shall deceive many.”

Colossians 2:8—“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Colossians 2:18—“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

 

Matthew 24: (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:7-8—“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. (8) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”

Luke 21:9-10—“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. (10) Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (11) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

 

Matthew 24: (9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Mark 13:13—“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Luke 21:17—“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”

Matthew 10:22—“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

John 15:18-19–“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

1 John 3:13—“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”

 

Matthew 24: (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Mark 13:12—“Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.”

Luke 21:16—“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.”

Matthew 13:21—“Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

Mark 4:17—“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”

 

Matthew 24: (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mark 13:22—“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”

Matthew 7:15—“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Matthew 24:24—“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

2 Peter 2:1-3—“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

1 John 4:1—“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

 

Matthew 24: (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

1 Timothy 4:1—“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”

1 Timothy 3:1 – “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3)  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

 

Matthew 24: (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mark 13:13  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 10:22—“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  But he who endures to the end will be saved.

2 Timothy 2:10—“Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (11)  For this is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.”

 

Matthew 24: (14) 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. (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Mark 13:14—“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:”

Revelation 12:13—“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. (14) And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”

Daniel 11:31—“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate

11:36  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.”

 

Matthew 24: (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since thebeginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Mark 13:19—“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. (20) And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”

Revelation 12:12—“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

 

Matthew 24: (23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Mark 13:21—“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it.”

Luke 17:23—“And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’  Do not go after them or follow them.”

Luke 21:8—“And He said to them, Take heed that you not be deceived.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time has drawn near.’  Therefore, do not go after them.”

 

Matthew 24: (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mark 13:24—“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; (25)  the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. (26)  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and great glory. (27)  And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

Luke 17:24—“For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.”

Revelation 1:7 – “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

 

Matthew 24: (28) For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Luke 17:34—“I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. (37) And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles (i.e. vultures) be gathered together.”

Rev 19:17—“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; (18) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.”

 

Matthew 24: (29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mark 13:24—“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; (25) the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Acts 2:19  “and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; (20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”

Zephaniah 1:14—“The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly.  The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. (15) That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, (16) A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.”

Amos 5:20—“Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?”

 

Matthew 24: (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mark 13:24—“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; (25) the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. (26) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and great glory.”

Mark 14:62—“Jesus said, “I am.  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Luke 21:25—“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (26) men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (27) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Acts 1:10—“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; (11) who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

2 Thessalonians 1:7—“and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, (8) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Matthew 24: (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Mark 13:24—“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; (25) the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. (26) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and great glory. (27) And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

Ephesians 1:10—“that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him.”

Psalm 47:5—“God has gone up with a shout, The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.”

Thessalonians 4:13—“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. (15) For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. (16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead is Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:51—““Behold, I tell you a mystery;  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

 

The “Rapture” is merely an aspect of the 2nd coming, not a unique event in and of itself. The coming of the Lord is never described as secret, but it will come as a surprise to those that are not diligently watching for Him, and the whole point of Revelation, and the Bible as a whole, is His public revelation (return) to the world to reward His people and punish the wicked and initiate His kingdom.

Angel Babies?

August 27, 2017

This is the 3rd in the line of studies on false doctrines in the Church. I pray this will be enlightening to you…

 

Angel Babies?  An Analysis of Jude

A popular theory today is that the “giants” referred to in Genesis 6 were the product of human and angelic reproduction.

Genesis 6:1—“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

The super-naturalistic belief in “angel babies” is bolstered by many popular Christian authorities today, and is largely based upon an understandable, though fallacious, interpretation of the following verses of the book of Jude.

Jude 1:5–“I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.”

The following was taken from Chuck Missler’s website khouse.org under the article “Mischievous Angels or Sethites?

The Epistle of Jude also alludes to the strange episodes when these “alien” creatures intruded themselves into the human reproductive process:

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 6,7

The allusions to “going after strange flesh,” keeping “not their first estate,” having “left their own habitation,” and “giving themselves over to fornication,” seem to clearly fit the alien intrusions of Genesis 6.

Read quickly, Jude certainly appears to suggest that the angels left their “first estate” (assumed to mean went to earth to defile women), and the next passage referring to the sexual sins of Sodom and Gomorrah is easy to combine with verse 6.  BUT, read separately and distinctly, the meaning changes… Allow me to rephrase the passages a bit…

Vs. 5–“I’m going to remind you of how God, after saving His people out of Egypt, afterward also destroyed the wicked unbelievers of that country.

Vs. 6–In the same way, the angels which rebelled against God and served Satan, leaving their first estate, to serve another, have been reserved in chains awaiting their punishment.


Vs. 7–In the same way did God, after witnessing the abominations of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroy them, inflicting upon them the punishment of eternal fire.


Vs. 8–Even as they (the Egyptians, angels and sodomites) were all wicked, even so are those among you who likewise defile the flesh, speak evil of those better than themselves and despise authority…”

The point of these passages: Just as God has punished the wicked in the past, so He will punish the wicked individuals among the churches. Those wicked people whom Jude was warning the congregation against were promised punishment even as the Egyptians, angels and Sodomites were punished. The people were to “come out from among them”. The Egyptians, angels and Sodomites were 3 examples of people God judged and punished for their wickedness. The sins of the Sodomites should not, in proper context, be in any way applied to the angels which precede their reference, even as no-one attempts to apply those sins to the Egyptians. Just as they represented 3 specific peoples who received His punishment, they also represented 3 distinct types of sin:

Egyptians – Unbelief

Angels – Rebellion

Sodom – Sexual Perversion

Jude 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The book of Jude is a warning to clean house, to have no fellowship with the false believers who infested the churches. Verse 8 proves this by specifically stating that some in the churches were guilty of “defiling the flesh” (sexual perversion of Sodom), “speaking evil of their betters” (even Michael didn’t rail against Satan as he later states), and “despising authority” (a form of rebellion for which the angels were placed in chains).  Jude does not have anything to do with the Nephilim as being descendents of angels in any way. So, what does the Genesis passage mean then?  Let’s propose another theory.

Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel.  Cain slew his brother.  God pronounced sentence upon him:

Genesis 4:11—“And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

Cain and his descendants were to be shunned by the rest of humanity, were to be continual fugitives (criminals) and vagabonds.  He went off and founded his own cities.  What happened? Adam’s other descendants eventually looked upon Cain’s “daughters” and desired them and took them to wife.  This was counter to God’s command that they be vagabonds and cast out from the other peoples. The original example of being “unequally yoked.”

It’s time for a history lesson.  Israel as God’s chosen people were to stay pure, to not mix with the other pagan peoples as this was a common and enforced principle with God.  Israel was often punished for doing so…

Ezra 10:11—“Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.”

In Numbers 25 many Israelites were slain for mixing with Moab and taking their women to wife.

Numbers 31:14—“And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

15  And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?

16  Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

What was the problem?  Og king of Bashan wanted the prophet Balaam to curse Israel so that he might defeat them.  Of course, Balaam couldn’t do so, but he did give Og advice as to how to get God to curse them… by causing Israel to intermarry with Og’s people (which would tempt them into paganism).  This is also called the “doctrine of Balaam” in Revelation 2.

Revelation 2:14—“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”

The same thing happened with Solomon who “multiplied wives” and was corrupted by their influence.

1 Kings 11:1 “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites; 2) Of the nations [concerning] which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: [for] surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3) And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4) For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, [that] his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as [was] the heart of David his father. 5) For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6) And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as [did] David his father. 7) Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that [is] before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8) And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. 9) And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,”

Throughout Israel’s time in the wilderness it was the “mixed multitude” which got them into trouble time and again. Then, when they were finally to enter the Promised Land, they again were defiled with ‘strange wives’ and many lost their lives as a result.

Numbers 25:1 “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2) And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3) And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 4) And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. 5) And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal-peor. 6) And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 7) And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it,] he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8) And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9) And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.”

Throughout the “Law” the principle of separation was reinforced in the clothing laws requiring the Jews’ clothing to be all of one material, as well as the law illegalizing the plowing with an ox and an ass together (two different kinds of animals at the same time). Under the New Covenant too the potential of being “unequally yoked with unbelievers” is warned against.

“Sons of God”

Genesis 6:2  “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

Who were the “sons of God”?  The New Testament is replete with examples:

John 1:12  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Romans 8:14  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Philippians 2:15  “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”

The Hebrew word for “sons” is ben, which has multiple meanings including children and people.  It’s possible that the translation could be legitimately rendered “children of God” or “people of God”.  These would more strongly suggest Seth’s descendants than “sons of God”.  At any rate, the term ben is not exclusive of angels.

Genesis 5:16 –“And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons(ben) and daughters:”

Genesis 9:18—“And the sons(ben) of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham the father of Canaan.”

Genesis 10:21—“Unto Shem also, the father of all the children(ben) of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.”

There are three other instances of the phrase “sons of God” being used in the Old Testament.

Job 1:6—“Now there was a day when the son of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.”

Job 2:1—“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.”

Job 38:7—“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

Just because the other uses of that specific phrase in the Old Testament appears to refer to angels doesn’t require that interpretation for every instance, especially when you look into the New Testament’s use of the phrase.

Adam and Eve’s other children, specifically from Seth, were regarded as children of God, as the Messiah came through their line, not Cain’s.

Luke 3:37 “Which was [the son] of Mathusala, which was [the son] of Enoch, which was [the son] of Jared, which was [the son] of Maleleel, which was [the son] of Cainan, 38) Which was [the son] of Enos, which was [the son] of Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God.”

“Daughters of Men”

Genesis 4:1–“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”

Cain is tied to the description “a man” by his mother’s own words.

Genesis 4:12–“When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”

God pronounced a curse upon Cain. He was to be a vagabond on the earth. The other peoples (Seth’s descendants) were to regard them as vagabonds, as fugitives (convicts, criminals) and to have no relations with them (just as God would later warn Israel not to take wives of the peoples of the land).  What happened was simply the first occurrence of the many unauthorized unions that plagued Israel’s history…

Genesis 6:4–“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men (or of “a man“?), and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Why would Seth’s descendants disregard God’s express command? The following was taken from Missler’s website.

Genesis 4:26—“And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”  (Note:  Genesis 4:26 is often mistranslated. Targum of Onkelos: …desisted from praying in the name ; Targum of Jonathan: surnamed their idols in the name… ; Kimchi, Rashi, and other ancient Jewish commentators agree. Jerome indicated that this was the opinion of many Jews of his day. Maimonides, Commentary on the Mishna (a constituent part of the Talmud), a.d. 1168, ascribes the origin of idolatry to the days of Enosh.)

So, in Seth’s son’s days men began to defile the name of the Lord… this would explain their willingness to disregard His command and take Cain’s daughters to wife.

Synopsis:

What I see here is two races of ‘men’ upon the earth: the Godly line of Adam (through Seth and Adam’s other children) and the cursed line of Cain. What happened? The daughters of men (a man, aka Cain) were taken by the sons of God (Adam’s non-cursed descendants) and what resulted? An abomination. Over and over, Israel was handed defeat and destruction for the simple sin of taking pagan women to wife. As we can see, that practice had an ancient institution.

Where did the giants existing after the flood come from? Well, the most plausible explanation is that one of the wives of Noah’s sons carried the genetic potential to produce more giants. Why God allowed this… well, it must have been part of His plan. We simply will not know until He shows us, some day…

Once Saved… Always Saved?

August 26, 2017

One of the primary tenets of the doctrine of salvation is the “new man”.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Col. 3:9-10

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Gal. 6:15

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:5-8

Another aspect of salvation is having one’s name written in God’s Book of Life.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:12

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:3

The question then arises, it is possible to lose one’s salvation? There is a popular doctrine which has been running around in Christian circles for decades at least stating that this is not possible. But, is that true? Here are some passages used to support the “eternal security” doctrine.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:8-10

So, the question then remains, once one is “saved”, can they lose their salvation or not? Here are some passages that would seem to suggest such is indeed possible. A couple caveats here. First, stating one has eternal life doesn’t logically infer that it cannot be taken away. Second, the Bible is replete with if – then statements. If you do this, then God will do that. Please keep this in mind as you read further.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:8-9 (The reaping is conditional on not fainting)

The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 2 Chronicles 15:2

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:6-7

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:12-13

be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:24-25 (Christ’s sacrifice was only payment for sins of the past… One must continually request his mercy and forgiveness for present and future sins)

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

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47 (The word ‘believe’ is a present active participle, it means literally to believe and continue believing)

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. Romans 11:21-22 (What more needs be said?)

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Romans 13:1-2

Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:22-23

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1

Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, [then] ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 1 John 2:24

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Hebrews 6:4-6 (If this weren’t possible, it wouldn’t have been mentioned)

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. 1 Thess. 2:2-3 (Obviously, there is a possibility of ‘falling away’ from Christ or, again, it wouldn’t have been expressly mentioned not only as being possible, but as an actual event that will occur)

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. James 5:9

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:12 (Again, the fact it’s mentioned makes it possible)

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:4-6

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Cor. 9:26-27

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2 Peter 2:20

Therefore, is it possible to be removed from God’s Book of Life?

Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Exodus 32:32-33

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Revelation 3:5 (Note: overcoming is more than merely believing in Christ, the fact that He can blot names out of His book is a warning that He can and will… and only the saved are written in His book…)

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:19

I believe this is very conclusive that being saved isn’t a guarantee of staying saved. Are there any conclusive examples of this in the Scriptures? Yes, two.

Judas Iscariot, one of 12 of Christ’s closest disciples, who were with Him nearly everywhere He went and were given the benefit of His clarifications and understandings, who saw many of His miracles first-hand. Surely he was as saved as any of the rest of His disciples, yet…

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Luke 22:3

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; John 13:2

The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. Mark 14:21

Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. Acts 1:16-18

The other, and best, example of the ability to forsake one’s salvation is found in the story of King Saul.

And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 1 Samuel 10:6

And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 1 Samuel 10:9

Saul received the Spirit, became a new man, and was given a new heart (of flesh not stone). Yes, what was the end state of King Saul?

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 1 Samuel 16:14

Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? 1 Samuel 28:16

Salvation is not a guarantee of eternal security. One must endure to the end to be truly saved. One-time faith is not enough.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Ezekiel 18:21-24

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. Romans 11:22

Salvation is not free, nor is it cheap. Christ paid all He had to make a place for us in His kingdom, and we must be willing and able to give our all and stay faithful to the end.

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

 

God’s Law – Old and New

August 26, 2017

The Old Covenant Law—Its Three-Fold Purpose:

* 1st Purpose: Knowledge of Sin

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

“…I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, ‘Thou shalt not covet.’” (Romans 7:7)

Wherefore serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions… But the Scripture[law] hath concluded all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Christ Jesus might be given to them that believe.” (Galatians 3:19-22)

* 2nd Purpose: Deterrence from Sin

“And the man who acts presumptuously and will not hearken unto the priest… or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.” (Deuteronomy 17:12-13)

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 8:11)

“Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel?  And that man perished not alone in his iniquity.” (Joshua 22:20)

* 3rd Purpose: Evangelism

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” (Galatians 3:24-25)

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” (Psalm 19:7)

“…for a law shall proceed from Me, and I will make My judgment to rest for a light of the people.” (Isaiah 51:4)

Is there a 4th Purpose?  Is the Law the essence of a believer’s righteous life?

***[Text in Red is Old Covenant, Text in Blue is New Covenant.]***                 

“…for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” (Galatians 3:21)

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” (Romans 3:21)

“(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)” (Romans 5:13)

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh(Law)?” (Galatians 3:2-3)

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)

 

The New Covenant Fulfills(Concludes) the Old Covenant.

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37)

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” (Isaiah 61:1)

All of these passages from Isaiah above have been ‘fulfilled’ or completed or finished.  They are no longer impending nor is another fulfillment to be expected. Even as these passages are ‘fulfilled’, so too the Old Covenant or the charter of the physical nation of Israel was fulfilled or completed or finished (the kingship has returned to Christ, the Aaronic priesthood is over). Some prophecy remains, but the laws under which Israel was to abide are no longer in effect, seeing as how the fig tree has withered.

 

The Law was… until

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” (Luke 16:16)

“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings[Baptisms], and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” (Hebrews 9:8)

 

Christ provided the only way out of the Law:

“Know ye not brethren (for I speak to them that know the Law) how that the Law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (2) For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. (3) So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (5) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. (6) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”  (Romans 7:1-6)

“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (12) Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; (14) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”  (Colossians 2:11)

By partaking of Christ’s death we may live outside the constraints of the Law.

 

Considerations of the Law:

Speaks only to those ‘under the Law’

“But we know that the law is good if a man use it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, …ungodly… sinners… unholy… profane… murderers… manslayers… whoremongers… menstealers… liars… perjorers…”  (1 Timothy 1:8-10)

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19)

“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings[Baptisms], and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” (Hebrews 9:8)

 

NOT to Believers

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye[believers] are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)

“But if you are lead by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:18)

The Pharisees rose up and said of the believing Gentiles:

“…it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:5)

Peter replied:

“Now why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples[Gentiles] which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” (Acts 15:10)

James determined:

“Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God.” (Acts 15:19)

The council added:

“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying ‘Ye must be circumcised and keep the law:’ to whom we gave no such commandment: …it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us… to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things…” (Acts15:24-28)

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4)

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” (Romans 3:21)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

“But God commandeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners [sinners are under the Law, 1 Timothy 1:8-10], Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law…” (Romans 7:5-6)

 

The Law is Not of Faith

“Yet, the law is not of faith, but ‘The man who does them shall live by them.’” (Galatians 3:12)

“…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him:” (Hebrews 11:6)

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded.  By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:27-28)

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13)

“And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Philippians 3:9)

 

The Law is a Ministry of Death

“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones…” (2 Corinthians 3:7)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”(Romans 8:1-2)

“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.  And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” (Romans 7:8-11)

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56)

But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good [the law]; that sin by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.”(Romans 7:13)

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.’”(Galatians 3:10)

“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law…”(Romans 7:5-6)

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (7) But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: (8) How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? (9) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. (10) For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. (11) For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.” (2 Cor. 3:6)

“For if the ministry of condemnation had glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:9)

 

What Replaces the Law?

“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious… which glory was to be done away; How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?” (2 Corinthians 3:7-8)

“Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

“For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:9)

“For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.” (2 Corinthians 3:10-11)

 

Believer’s Freedom

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)

“I know and am convinced by the Lord that there is nothing unclean of itself…” (Romans 14:14)

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)

“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not, taste not, handle not, Which are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (Colossians 2:20-22)  Believers not bound to the commandments/doctrines of men.

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) (Literally, Christ is the reality, the aspects of the Law are but a shadow of His reality. Do you worship the shadow or the One who created the shadow?)

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, but not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” (Hebrews 10:1)

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.  He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” (Romans 14:6)

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. (20) and unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: to them that are under the Law, as under the Law, that I might gain them that are under the Law; (21) To them that are without Law, as without Law (being not without Law to God, but under the law to Christ), that I might gain them that are without Law. (22) To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (1 Cor. 9:19)

 

What are the Laws of the New Covenant?

“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

“He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

“If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love…” (John 15:10)

“…remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you.”  (1 Corinthians 11:2)

 

What are His commandments now?

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

“And whatsoever ye do in words or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

“This is My commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you…” (John 15:12)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34)

“If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

“Therefore whether it were I or they[12 apostles], so we preach, and so ye believed.” (1 Corinthians 15:11) —All Apostles preached the same–

“But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by THE gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:25)

“For though I should boast somewhat more of our[Paul & Apostles’] authority, which the Lord hath given us…” (2 Corinthians 10:8)

For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 4:2)

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6)

“Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread…. (14) And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. (15) Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” (2 Thessalonians 3:12)

“…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. (22) Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” (1 Timothy 5:21)

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses… (14) That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (23) And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. (24) And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him.” (1 John 3:21)

“And this commandment have we from Him, that we who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21)

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:2)

“I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. (5) And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. (6) And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is His commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it [THE TRUTH/SPIRIT].” (2 John 1:4)

“For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. (4) I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:3)

“Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. (8) Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. (9) He that saith he is in the light, and hatheth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (10) He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (11) But he that hatheth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness…” (1 John 2:7)

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14)

Recompense to no man evil for evil…18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:…” (Romans 12:17)

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:20)

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers… (5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.” (Romans 13:1)

“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (7) Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them… (8) Neither let us commit fornication… (9) Neither let us tempt Christ… (10) Neither murmur ye…” (1 Corinthians 10:6)

“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Corinthians 10:14)

Give none offence, neither to the Jews nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God, (33) Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:32)

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without his body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Awake to righteousness, and sin not…” (1 Corinthians 15:34)

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:10)

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.” (James 3:14)

Speak not evil one of another, brethren.” (James 4:11)

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (23) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. (24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” (2 Timothy 2:22)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:” (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

The above is just a small sample.

 

Old Law Sufficient?

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: (39) And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (40) Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; (41) Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.” (Acts 13:38)

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” (Romans 8:3)

“And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, (16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. (17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. (19) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” (Hebrews 7:15)

“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: (14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:8)

“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (7) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (8) For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: (9) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. (10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (11) And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. (12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (13) In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:6)

“Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:8)

“Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, (16) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (18) Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” (Hebrews 10:15)

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the Law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself one new man, so making peace;” (Ephesians 2:15)

“If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? (12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” (Hebrews 7:11)

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (3) But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.” (Hebrews 10:1)

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: (29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:28)

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 2:16)

 

Law Zealots ‘Trouble’ the Church…

“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. (6) And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. (7) And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. (8) And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (9) And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. (10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” (Acts 15:5)

“Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: (23) And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: (24) Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:” (Acts 15:22)

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6)

“And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. (12) I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” [Clearly referring to Judaizers, as mentioning ‘Circumcision’.] (Galatians 5:11)

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (11) Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” (Titus 1:10)

“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (15) Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:14)

As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. (13) For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh… (15) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. (17) From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” (Galatians 6:12)  [Again, specifically referring to men troubling the Church in regards to the Law and Circumcision.]

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?… (5) He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:1)  [Galatians ‘bewitched’ by Judaizers.]

“But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: (4) And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:” (Galatians 2:3) [Who would be concerned about their ‘liberties’ but Judaizers?]

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (7) Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? (8) This persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you.” (Galatians 5:6) [Again, discussion of Circumcision, describing the ‘hinderers’ as Judaizers.]

Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; (6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” (Philippians 3:5)

 

Why are ‘Judaizers’ what they are?

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: (13) And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: (14) But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. (15) But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.” (2 Corinthians 3:12)

“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (9) And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them: (10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.” (Romans 11:7)

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (18) But I say, Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (19) But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.’ (20) But Isaiah is very bold, and saith, ‘I was found of them that sought Me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after Me.’ (21) But to Israel he saith, ‘All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.’” (Romans 10:16)

As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” (Romans 11:28)

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” (Philippians 3:2)

“…for ye have also suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: (15) Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.” (1 Thessalonians 2:14)

 

Letter to the Church of the Christ, the Son of the Living God

August 24, 2017

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:2) Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3) Beware, for there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:7) Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)

Ye know that Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28) But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. (Mark 13:32) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night for the ungodly. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (1 Thessalonians 5:4) Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:35-37) However, 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. (Revelation 3:3) Behold, I have told you before. (Matthew 24:25)

There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8) Looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13) For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (Hebrews 10:37) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1 Peter 5:4)

When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of His coming, and of the end of the world? Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in Christ’s name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24) The devil was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44) And he, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Behold, ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (Matthew 24:6-7) for His determination is to gather the nations, that He may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them His indignation, even all His fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of His jealousy. (Zephaniah 3:8)

And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (Matthew 24:7-10)

They shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. (Mark 13:9) The brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. (Mark 13:12) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. (Luke 21:16) And because many shall have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended, (Mark 4:17) and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (Matthew 24:10) and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matthew 24:12)

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13) We glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Romans 5:3) For, if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, he also will deny us. (2 Timothy 2:12) Endure hardness, therefore, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3) All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:7) The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (Matthew 10:24) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Him before it hated you. (John 15:18) Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. (1 John 3:13)

Be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for Christ’s return shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:2-4) Also, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. (Malachi 4:5)

In the latter time, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. (Daniel 8:23-25) The king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory. (Daniel 11:36-39)

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:15-22) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (Luke 21:20) At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time. (Daniel 12:1) There will be war in heaven: Michael and his angels shall fight against the dragon; and the dragon shall fight, and his angels, And prevail not; neither will their place be found any more in heaven. And the great dragon will be cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he will be cast out into the earth, and his angels will be cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9) Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil will come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) There, under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:9-11) Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)

I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:3-7)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. (Matthew 24:29) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (Joel 2:31) The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. (Zephaniah 1:14-15) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:9-13) The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. (Psalm 58:10) The day of the Lord GOD of hosts is a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood. (Jeremiah 46:10)

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31) All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll. (Isaiah 34:4) God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. (Psalm 47:5) As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:13) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)  

And heaven was opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. (Revelation 19:11-18) The nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18) Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire. (Isaiah 30:27) An angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. Another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14:15-20)

Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. (Isaiah 35:3) Therefore, seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. (Zephaniah 2:3) Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:9) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4) The Lord shall deliver you from every evil work, and will preserve you unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. (2 Timothy 4:18)

And you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints. (2 Thessalonians 7-10)  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) For, we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain in the faith shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude 1:14-15) Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. (Psalm 50:2-5) When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8)

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 13:41-43)  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him. (Ephesians 1:10) And he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. (Luke 3:17)

Wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10) To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13) For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)

What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? (Job 7:17-18) I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:10) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Daniel 12:9-10) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee through the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Revelation 3:10)

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1 Peter 4:17-19) No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:11)

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one. (John 17:15) Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. (Isaiah 26:30-21) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:22)

 

Words in italics added or corrected for context.

Unity or Confusion?

July 28, 2017

GOP in Control

This most recent election highlights something that I have often believed, but that is not often very evident. The majority of Americans are conservative. Yet, the conservative “agenda” rarely if ever gets promoted. Why?

First, what is a conservative?

Conservative – the root of the word is “conserve” meaning to preserve, protect from harm, and safeguard. What do ‘conservatives’, politically speaking, stand to protect? Liberty, human rights, the system of government enacted by the founders of this nation and codified in such documents as the Constitution for the United States and the Declaration of Independence.

As the article from the Yakima Herald Republic, from July 24, 2017, above, states, the Republicans (asserted to be the “conservative” party) have the majority in almost all branches of government. Yet, their program is not getting advanced.  They are in turmoil, infighting and backstabbing runs rampant. Why?

The short answer is: the Republican party is composed of conservatives at the lower levels, but liberals (Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Humanists, etc.) at its upper echelons. How can this be, you ask?

At a meeting of the Teenage Republicans (TARs) a couple weeks ago, one of the adult Republican volunteers overseeing the formation of this group spoke about the origins of the Republican party. He stated that many parties dissolved around the slavery issue and others, and the Republican party formed from this disparate group of people with miscellaneous beliefs and ideas. The term he used was that the Republican party was a “big tent” where people with a multitude of beliefs could work together. That sounds great, very ecumenical one could even say… But is that true today, and should it be…

Today there are essentially two doctrines of how the government should work: the “liberal” ideology, based as I said in Marxism, and the “conservative” ideology, based around the beliefs and structures formed by this nation’s founding fathers. These ideologies are mutually exclusive, they cannot and should not be joined.

2 Cor. 6:14  “…for what fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what partnership does light have with darkness?”

Good and evil do not have common ground, neither does liberalism and conservatism.

So, now we have the Democratic Party which is dedicated to promoting and enforcing the tenets of Marxism, and the Republican Party which is supposed to be in opposition to those “liberal” ideals… Yet it consistently refuses to enable a true conservative to run for higher office, like Ron Paul for example, and even Donald Trump was not well liked by the Republican powers-that-be and faced difficulties in getting the party’s nomination.

But, you might be saying, if the Republicans have the majority in all branches of government, surely then they’ve won. Surely they will get their way. Wrong.

Amos 3:3  “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”

In the Bible, the idea that two people could walk together when they disagree on the way is ludicrous. Yet, good Republicans would have us believe that just anyone can be a good Republican and the party will advance as a result of all the different (I would say “opposing”) ideas. This is basic physics. If you have two equal forces opposing each other, which direction do they move? Answer: they don’t.  They oppose each other until one or the other becomes stronger. So it is within the Republican party. Until the liberals are ousted, and the true conservatives get control, the party will continue to be unproductive regardless how many elections they win, how much control they are given.

Inter-party bickering is only one way the Republicans lose, there are others, such as the idea of “compromise”. This word has both positive and negative connotations. Let me demonstrate. Today it is commonly thought of as praiseworthy for a politician to “compromise” with the opposition in passing legislation, to not be an “obstructionist”. Yet, in order to achieve a ‘compromise’, a politician almost always has to “compromise” their values and standards. Is this what people elect representatives to do? I believe that this most recent election proves that people are tired of “compromisers” and want real, true, God-fearing conservative statesmen who can be trusted to do what they are elected to do, to stand behind their standards and oppose the “innovations” of the socialists. A party must promote candidates that publicly stand for their party’s values and who truly believe in and actually advance that party’s ideology. Republicans who consistently compromise are little better than Democrats, in my opinion, since they advance the Progressive agenda to the detriment of the party itself and of the nation as a whole. In truth, compromise is the method by which the Progressives get their agenda passed, contrary to the will of the people; a little bit of compromise here, a little bit there, more socialism and with the next compromise, a little bit more, until they have passed their agenda and the liberties we are promised in the Constitution have been further diluted.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the party of Reagan, Lincoln and now Trump, the party that stands for everything this country used to be and can still return to being, is the very party that allows liberalism to advance, by effectively neutering itself by accepting the doctrines and definitions of the enemy. When “compromise” becomes a praiseworthy act, this country is in trouble.

A party that opposes itself cannot stand.

Mark 3:25  “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Fellow Republicans, purge out your dross, your liberals and compromisers, and do what the People elect you to do, and do it with fortitude and determination… otherwise, electing you is a waste of time, money and energy, and the party, and the nation itself, will fall into the dark night of Karl Marx’s dream. The end of freedom and the elevation of the State as parent, provider and god.

 

A Treatise on Anti-Semitism

January 8, 2017

What is Anti-Semitism and who are Semites?

First it is necessary to define exactly what “anti-Semitism” is. The definition from Wikipedia is thus:

“Antisemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism or anti-semitism) is hostility, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews. A person who holds such positions is called an anti-semite. Antisemitism is generally considered to be a form of racism.”

Please note that prejudice can go both ways. It is possible to show “benevolent prejudice” by expressing excessive approval, favor or esteem to a person or persons.

The next logical issue is to determine whom “Semites” are. According to the Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary Online, they are…

A member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.

According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary Online:

The words “Semites,” “Semitic,” do not occur in the Bible, but are derived from the name of Noah’s oldest son, Shem. Formerly the designation was limited to those who are mentioned in Genesis 10; 11 as Shem’s descendants, most of whom can be traced historically and geographically; but more recently the title has been expanded to apply to others who are not specified in the Bible as Semites, and indeed are plainly called Hamitic, e.g. the Babylonians (Genesis 10:10) and the Phoenicians and Canaanites (Genesis 10:15-19). The grounds for the inclusion of these Biblical Hamites among the Semites are chiefly linguistic, although political, commercial and religious affinities are also considered.

The sons of Shem are given as Elam, Assbur, Arpachshad, Lud and Aram (Genesis 10:22). All except the third have been readily identified, Elam as the historic nation in the highlands east of the Tigris, between Media and Persia; Asshur as the Assyrians; Lud as the Lydians of Asia Minor; and Aram as the Syrians both East and West of the Euphrates. The greatest uncertainty is in the identification of Arpachshad, the most prolific ancestor of the Semites, especially of those of Biblical and more recent importance. From him descended the Hebrews and the Arab tribes, probably also some East African colonies (Genesis 10:24-30; 11:12-26).

Anti-Semitism is technically a form of racism, yet its common usage today is very narrow indeed. It specifically references the descendants of Abraham, but only those starting with Jacob, who was given the name Israel (Genesis 32:28). It is applied today in defense of those referenced as “Jews”, which are the descendants of a yet smaller lineage descended from Abraham: Judah, the son of Jacob (Israel). Many of those opposed to “anti-Semitism” point to the following promise of God to Abraham in support of their defense of this doctrine.

Genesis 12:1  “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: (2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: (3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” KJV

In context this “curse” or “blessing” relates to all of Abraham’s children through Abraham himself, including the “multitude of nations” promised to descend from him. Note that the tribe of Judah didn’t even exist at the time this promise was given.

Genesis 17:2 “And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, (4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.” KJV

Again, since the promise was to Abraham one must suppose that the promise is to ALL Abraham’s descendants, including the “many nations” God promised. Making the promise to reflect only upon one nation, Israel, and more specifically upon only one tribe of that nation, namely Judah, is a clear misrepresentation of the intent of the text.

Who are the Children of Abraham to whom the blessing/curse apply?

Biblically, there are only 3 classes of people on earth.

1 Corinthians 10:32 “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:” KJV

According to the Scriptures, there are two types of “children of Abraham”: the 12 tribes of Israel, and the “children of promise” which are identified as the Church.

Galatians 3:6 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” KJV

Romans 9:6 “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: (7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. (8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” KJV

Galatians 4:28 “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” KJV

Do the Scriptures clearly tell us which “children of Abraham” receive the promises given by God to him? Yes.

Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. (18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise…

(26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus

(29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” KJV

Should the Jews be more highly regarded than anyone else?

Romans 3:9 “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;” KJV

The Word puts both Jews and Gentiles in the same debased, sinful, God-rejecting status.

If the Jews are not the children of promise, what does the Bible say about them as concerns the Church?

The Bible states that the Kingdom of Heaven would be taken from Israel and given to the Church.

Luke 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. (28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. (30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.” KJV

Mat 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation (ETHNOS, foreign nation) bringing forth the fruits thereof.” KJV

Matthew 8:11 “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. (12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” KJV

The kingdom was taken from Israel, and was given to the Church. Is this just an interpretation or does the Word unequivocally teach this? Paul clearly teaches this as fact:

Galatians 4:22 “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. (23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. (24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. (25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. (26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. (28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. (29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. (30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. (31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.” KJV

What can this mean except that Israel as it is today are represented by the descendants of the bondwoman, and they will not inherit the kingdom with the children of the freewoman (typified by those in Christ).

The Bible states clearly that they were un-grafted from the Root (Christ).

Romans 11:11 “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? (13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: (14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

(19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. (20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith…

(32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” KJV

The Bible says that the Jews are blind.

2 Corinthians 3:13 “And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: (14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. (15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. (16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.” KJV

Romans 11:7 “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear😉 unto this day. (9) And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them: (10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.” KJV

The doctrines of their leaders was called “leaven” by Christ Himself.

Matthew 16:11 “How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? (12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” KJV

Does this mean that it’s “over” for the Jews? No.

Romans 11:1 “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. (2 God hath not cast away [all – my addition] his people which he foreknew…

(5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

(25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26  And so all Israel shall be saved:” KJV

What is the “all Israel” that will be saved? Well, the passage is clear that it will include both saved Gentiles and saved Jews. THAT is the “all Israel” that the world is waiting for. This will only happen when Christ returns and His people who rejected Him see Him once again. It is the job of the believing Gentiles to show mercy to them that they may also receive mercy. The patient is not greater than the doctor, just as the servant is not greater than his master. Once the Jews receive a saving belief in their Christ, then they will become brethren in the Lord. Until then, they are unrepentant sinners like everyone else.

What does the Word admonish Christians concerning the Jews?

Titus 1:14 “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (15) Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” KJV

Galatians 1:6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” KJV

Galatians 5:11 “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. (12) I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” [Clearly referring to Judaizers, as mentioning ‘Circumcision’.] KJV

Titus 1:10 “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (11) Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” KJV

Galatians 6:12 “As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. (13) For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh…” KJV

Romans 11:28 “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” KJV

Philippians 3:2 “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” KJV

1 Thessalonians 2:14 “…for ye have also suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: (15) Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.” KJV

The Jew’s religion is not God’s religion.

Galatians 1:13 “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: (14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.” KJV

Matthew 15:3 “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? (4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. (5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; (6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. (7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, (8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” KJV

1 Peter 1:18 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;”

The religion of the Jews is called “Rabbinicalism” or “Talmudism”, which basically means that they worship or honor the words of past and present Rabbi’s and traditions as much as or more than Scripture itself. Christ had nothing good to say about Jewish traditions. Quite the contrary. These “traditions” are codified in volumes known as the Talmud. The complete Talmud contains 63 books in 524 chapters. Some of these traditions are simply infantile ramblings and “nit-picking” by various Rabbi’s, others are downright wicked. Perhaps some excerpts will be enlightening. The below are taken from the book “The Talmud Unmasked” by I.B. Pranaitis.

The Talmud repeatedly speaks ill of the Savior of the World:

Many passages in the Talmudic books treat of the birth, life, death and teachings of Jesus Christ. He is not always referred to by the same name, however, but is diversely called “That Man,” “A Certain One,” “The Carpenter’s Son,” “The One Who Was Hanged,” etc.

The Talmud is held to be above Scripture itself:

In the book Mizbeach,[1] cap. V, we find the following opinion:

“There is nothing superior to the Holy Talmud.”

[1] cf. Joan. Buxtorf, Recensio operis Talmud, p. 225.

The Talmud is anti-Christ.

Since the word Jeschua means “Savior,” the name Jesus rarely occurs in Jewish books.[1] It is almost always abbreviated to Jeschu, which is maliciously taken as if it were composed of the initial letters of the three words Immach SCHemo Vezikro“May his name and memory be blotted out.”[2]

[1] ex. gr. in Maiene ieschua, fol. 66b

[2] cf. I. Buxtorf in Abbrev. Jeschu: “The Jews among themselves do not say Jeschu, but Isschu, so nearly corresponding to the words of this curse. When talking to a certain Jew about this some years ago he told me that it not only meant this, but also Jeschu Scheker (liar) Utoebah (and abomination). Who would not be deeply horrified at this? This Jew lived at Frankfort and at Hanover and had travelled all over the world. When he saw how this horrified me, his faith in Judaism began to weaken, for he was not adverse to the Christian faith and had often discussed it with me and Dr. Amando Polano. I also discovered here and there two other secret words from the Jewish Cabala which have to do with this name. It is well known that the Israelites are often warned in their sacred writings to shun the worship of Elohe Nekharstrange gods or god. What does Elohe Nekhar really mean? By the numbering method of the Gammatria these letters equal 316, which taken together make the word Jeschu. This is found at the end of the book Abhkath Rokhel. They therefore teach that to dishonor God by the worship of Elohe Nekhar is the same as to dishonor him by the worship of Jeschu. Behold the malice of the serpent! Antonius also found a marginal note in a book about the Jewish faith and religion. In a Jewish prayer book there is a certain prayer beginning with Alenu… Formerly the wording contained certain things which were afterwards deleted for fear of the Christians, but the space remains vacant to warn children and adults that something is omitted there. The deleted words were hammischtachavim lehebhel varik umitpallelim lelo ioschia “Those who bow down exhibit vanity and foolishness and adore him who cannot save.” This is generally said about idols, but is secretly meant for Jesus whose name is here signified by the letters…”

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In the Tract Sanhedrin (103a) the words of Psalm XCI, 10: ‘No plague shall come near thy dwelling,’ are explained as follows:

“That thou mayest never have a son or a disciple who will salt his food so much that he destroys his taste in public, like Jesus the Nazarene.”

To salt one’s food too much or to destroy one’s taste, is proverbially said of one who corrupts his morals or dishonors himself, or who falls into heresy and idolatry and openly preaches it to others.

In the same book Sanhedrin (107b) we read:

“Mar said: Jesus seduced, corrupted and destroyed Israel.”

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In Kerithuth (6b p. 78) it says:

“The teaching of the Rabbis is: He who pours oil over a Goi, and over dead bodies is freed from punishment. This is true for an animal because it is not a man.[1] But how can it be said that by pouring oil over a Goi one is freed from punishment, since a Goi is also a man? But this is not true, for it is written: Ye are my flock, the flock of my pasture are men (Ezechiel, XXXIV, 31). You are thus called men, but the Goim are not called men.”

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In Zohar (I, 28b) we read:

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, etc. (Genes. III, 1.) ‘More subtle’ that is towards evil; ‘than all beasts’ that is, the idolatrous people of the earth. For they are the children of the ancient serpent which seduced Eve.”

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In Sanhedrin (59a) it says:

“Rabbi Jochanan says: A Goi who pries into the Law is guilty to death.”

[1] The same holds for the dead body of any man.

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Rabbi Maimonides, in Hilkhoth Teschubhah (III,8) gives the list of those who are considered as denying the Law:

“There are three classes of people who deny the Law of the Torah: (1) Those who say that the Torah was not given by God, at least one verse or one word of it, and who say that it was all the work of Moses; (2) Those who reject the explanation of the Torah, namely, the Oral Law of the Mischnah, and do not recognize the authority of the Doctors of the Law, like the followers of Tsadok (Sadducees) and Baithos; (3) Those who say that God changed the Law for another New Law, and that the Torah no longer has any value, although they do not deny that it was given by God, as the Christians and the Turks believe. All of these deny the Law of the Torah.”

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In Abhodah Zarah (26b, Tosephoth) it says:

“Even the best of the Goim should be killed”

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In Hilkhoth Akum (X, 1) it says:

“Do not eat with idolaters, nor permit them to worship their idols; for it is written: Make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them (Deuter. ch. 7, 2). Either turn away from their idols or kill them.”

Ibidem (X,7):

“In places where Jews are strong, no idolater must be allowed to remain…”

But some will say, “Surely that is not what the peace-loving Talmud teaches…”

Towards the end of the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th, when many famous men undertook diligently to study the Talmud, the Jews, fearing for themselves, began to expunge parts of the Talmud which were openly inimical to Christians. Thus the Talmud which was published at Basle in 1578 has been mutilated in many places.

The modern nation of Israel – Is it of God?

The Jews, indeed the world, will tell you that the nation in the Middle East is the fulfillment of prophesy. But is it? Let’s see what God prophesied about the return of Israel and see if it matches.

Jeremiah 32:37—“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: {32:38} And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: {32:39} And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:” KJV

Do they dwell safely? No. Do they have one heart for God? No, they are predominantly a socialist nation.

Ezekiel 36:22—“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy names sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. {36:23} And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. {36:24} For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. {36:25} Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. {36:26} A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. {36:27} And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them.]” KJV

Has the nation of Israel been cleansed? Has God been sanctified in the eyes of the nations? No. Are any of the spiritual promises in this passage apparent in today’s Israel? No.

Isaiah 51:11—“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; [and] sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” KJV

Has this happened? No. Ok then, to what do we have to thank for the founding of the modern nation of Israel? Was it a move by God, or a rebellion by man? The following quotes are taken from “The Role of Zionism in the Holocaust” by Rabbi Gedalya Liebermann. The source can be found here: http://www.truetorahjews.org/lieberman

From its’ inception, many rabbis warned of the potential dangers of Zionism and openly declared that all Jews loyal to G-d should stay away from it like one would from fire. They made their opinions clear to their congregants and to the general public. Their message was that Zionism is a chauvinistic racist phenomenon which has absolutely naught to do with Judaism. They publicly expressed that Zionism would definitely be detrimental to the well-being of Jews and Gentiles and that its effects on the Jewish religion would be nothing other than destructive. Further, it would taint the reputation of Jewry as a whole and would cause utter confusion in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Judaism is a religion. Judaism is not a race or a nationality. That was and still remains the consensus amongst the rabbis.

We have been forsworn by G-d “not to enter the Holy Land as a body before the predestined time”, “not to rebel against the nations”, to be loyal citizens, not to do anything against the will of any nation or its honour, not to seek vengeance, discord, restitution or compensation; “not to leave exile ahead of time.” On the contrary; we have to be humble and accept the yoke of exile. (Talmud Tractate Ksubos p. 111a).

To violate the oaths is not only a sin, it is a heresy because it is against the fundamentals of our Belief. Only through complete repentance will the Almighty alone, without any human effort or intervention, redeem us from exile. This will be after G-d will send the prophet Elijah and Moshiach who will induce all Jews to complete repentance. At that time there will be universal peace.

This charismatic individual, the Rebbe of Satmar, Grand Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, did not mince any words. Straight to the point he called Zionism “the work of Satan”, “a sacrilege” and “a blasphemy”. He forbade any participation with anything even remotely associated with Zionism and said that Zionism was bound to call the wrath of G-d upon His people.

How far this unbelievable Zionist conspiracy has captured the Jewish masses, and how impossible it is for any different thought to penetrate their minds, even to the point of mere evaluation, can be seen in the vehemence of the reaction to any reproach. With blinded eyes and closed ears, any voice raised in protest and accusation is immediately suppressed and deafened by the thousand-fold cry: “Traitor,” “Enemy of the Jewish People.”

 

Conservatism; and What is Liberalism, Really?

November 26, 2016

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I have been hard on the liberals for their viewpoint, behavior and especially their outlook on ‘conservatives’. The question that posed itself to me is: do ‘liberals’ even know what ‘conservatives’ really believe, or the consequences of what they believe, or do they only know what their teachers, school administration and government curriculum have painted for them?

I have come to believe that liberals honestly do not even know what conservatism is, and are largely, like the animals that psychologists have worked with, programmed to respond to certain key words spoken by school teachers and media personalities. Like teaching a dog to avoid or engage certain behaviors by speaking a word like “no”, liberals are taught in the government schools to react certain ways to certain terms. Terms like “conservative”, “bigot”, “compound” and “cult” are common words with meanings which have largely been redefined by media and school officials to mean something else.

When Christians go to church or have a gathering, at a retreat or campground, it is often reported as a “compound.” What is a compound really? The internet dictionary states it is something that is “composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients”. It just means a place that is composed of more than one building. Oh, this sounds dangerously threatening, doesn’t it? It gets even worse if the participants are labelled as “cult members”. Such “code words” are programmed into students in today’s government schools, and the media takes “liberal” advantage (pun intended) of these terms to denigrate those the government disagrees with (i.e. conservatives).

While we’re on the subject of the schools, do you realize that Adolf Hitler was a national socialist (the liberal of his day) and one of his first acts was to revamp the educational system to produce socialists? Called “Hitler’s Youth”, they were taught to rat out their parents if they heard any non-party talk or anti-Hitler comments. The socialist fruit hasn’t fallen too far from the socialist tree. When a distraction or opposition was needed, the youth were called out to “protest”; hurt people and break things. Sound familiar? So, we could say with some truth that liberals are not so much “progressive” as “regressive”; going back to policies and practices that history shows are failures.

“Socialism” is nothing more than a regression to a tribal social structure, where the strong take the lion’s share of the resources, and the rest “share” the remainder. It is the elite’s vs the peasants, a form of feudalism. This is not some incredible, fantastic new utopian idea, it’s the same tired old doctrine of the tyrant.

Before we get too far, also realize that many call themselves “conservatives” but do not really hold to conservative values. These are often called “Neo-cons” or RHINO’s (Republicans In Name Only). Just because someone is labelled as conservative (or labels themselves such) doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. I dare say that most republican politicians are actually not very conservative.

So, what is Conservatism?

Conservatism is just as much a way of life and belief system as it is a political outlook. The definition of “conservative” might be a good starting point.

The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary states:

CONSERVATIVE, adjective Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.

The modern Webster’s Dictionary states:

a :  disposition in politics to preserve what is established b :  a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically :  such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs

In essence, a conservative believes that traditional values, those encapsulated by this nation’s founding fathers and our founding documents, form a near-perfect concept which would secure the freedom and prosperity for everyone… if they were followed. This is in opposition to those, called “progressives” or “liberals” who believe they alone know what is best for our society, and attempt to push their ‘novel’ concepts on society and force changes that may or may not be all that truly ‘progressive’, but which may rather be viewed as retrogressive.

Below I will enunciate some of the ‘Conservative values’ and the liberal alternative opinion.

* Personal Responsibility – A true conservative believes in taking responsibility for themselves and those in their household who fall under their responsibility. This includes maintaining their property and meeting their financial responsibilities and obligations. The taking care of their own household and making all decisions for it. You would know a true conservative as a person who provides for their own, respects their property and that of others, holds rights to be sacred, and basically ‘picks up after themselves’ as a normal or innate aspect of their character, not something they do just for show. This would of necessity require a small government with very limited powers and limited regulation. Some would call this simply being mature or responsible, but nevertheless it is an aspect of the conservative lifestyle and mindset.

The liberal mindset is that government is more intelligent,  compassionate, more able to handle each person’s affairs, even better than they can themselves, thus more regulation is seen as better. I think in terms of welfare and the abuse that system is infamous for. It used to be (and maybe still is) that in certain state and national parks, the park rangers set up signs “don’t feed the bears”, the stated reason is that once animals learn to get their food from humans, they tend to lose the instinct to get food naturally. The same goes for people who live off the government tit. They lose the ability (work history, work ethic) and desire to fend for themselves and instead become, essentially, slaves to the system. For an outlook like liberalism that views slavery as a social evil, it is odd the hypocrisy they follow when it comes to entitlements like welfare, illegal immigration, and the like. When people are provided for, they no longer have to provide for themselves, and they become servants to those that provide for them, at the ballot box and elsewhere.

* Biblical/Lawful Foundation – A true conservative views the Christian religion, founded upon a conservative, historical and faithful interpretation of the Bible as the Word of God, as the key to personal and civic peace and prosperity, and a system of laws founded upon those Biblical principles. As the United States Supreme Court itself has said:

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the redeemer of mankind… It is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” –Supreme Court, 1892 Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States

The Scriptural examples by which our laws were originally fashioned were fair and equal. A murderer, for example, was to be executed. No exceptions by rank or status or ethnicity were allowed. One who stole was to replace what he/she stole and then pay a penalty on top of it as a punishment. Families were protected by stringent laws against adultery, and the fact that the government was largely kept out of the home. Crime was punished commensurate with the severity of the crime, and punishment was enacted swiftly.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 – “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

Murder used to be a capital offense, because it was one of the most morally repugnant of crimes. This also happened to protect society from the ravages of men who, as rabid animals, were dangerous to the safety of others.

Genesis 9:5 – “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. 6)  Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

As a system of law is of necessity based upon the dominant religion of a nation, so too this nation was founded upon Biblical precepts and it could not have survived the trials it has endured, and remained free as long as it has, without that foundation. I mean, think about it: what is wrong with the moral commands in the Scriptures? Are they really so repressive, or are they actually the glue that holds a society together? Is abstaining from lusting after your neighbor’s wife strengthening to society, or weakening to it? What is there in Scriptural morals that is so repugnant to society that we must make a new, more “enlightened” legal system?

I believe that the liberal’s repugnance to law based on the morals from the Scriptures relates more to their spirit of rebellion to God and any lawful authority. As soon as God is mentioned, liberals begin to almost foam at the mouth and inevitably spout “separation of Church and State”, as if that really has any meaning. It was a poorly extrapolated statement that doesn’t mean what it says. The government was meant to maintain a Christian standard, and only a Christian-based system can survive. Humanist-based systems inevitably explode and are the spectacle of violence and inequality around the world.

“We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence.” –U.S. Supreme Court–Zorach vs. Clauson, 1952.

What it boils down to is a liberal tolerance for crime to the point that criminals are a protected segment of society and have more rights than the people they victimize. A murderer, rather than suffer public contempt and execution are coddled in prison for life (sometimes), their expenses imposed on the backs of those who are already struggling to support themselves without having to pay for the housing, healthcare and dental care of a bunch of scum and gang members who are a blight on our society. Is this the “compassion” the liberals tote? Compassion for whom? Certainly not for the victims of crime, nor for the public at large. The simple fact is that some people should not be tolerated, some behaviors should not be accepted, and self-esteem be damned, some people legitimately should not be allowed to continue an existence on God’s earth.

 

* Liberty not ‘Freedom,’ AKA Moral Foundation – A true conservative recognizes that a people cannot coexist in any peaceable and lasting way unless they have the liberty to do so, not the “freedom.” Freedom implies no moral restraint, whereas liberty has the connotation of freedom within ethical constraints. We have the liberty to live as we will, provided we live in a moral and peaceable fashion. We do not have the ‘freedom’ to do whatever we want, for our very laws are founded upon the moral strictures of the Bible.

Once we begin to change the laws, to make perverse behaviors acceptable, the very foundations of our government and legal systems become corrupt. If a politician’s wife cannot trust him to be faithful to his marriage vows, why should his constituents trust him to honor his oath of office? Words and behaviors have repercussions, and conservatives desire only the highest of both as a bulwark to safeguard our government and personal lives.

Liberals, on the other hand, seem to want to legalize if not grant special privileges to every aberrant behavior they can conceive. Gay marriage, openly gay behavior, the lust-inspiring and wicked “performances” of many singers and actors/actresses and content on public television erodes our society, it doesn’t “progress” or advance it. A liberal will rake a conservative over the coals, figuratively, for being a womanizer, all the while condoning a liberal singer who flagrantly flaunts and touches her body inappropriately in plain view of a public audience. It’s the singer who is inspiring lust in everyone around her, tempting them to do what they know is perverse, but it is the conservative, who is accused of some behavior or other, that is the evil one. Hypocrisy of the highest order.

Our government was not designed to allow or function with uncontrolled wickedness. The wicked man cannot be self-controlled or self-governed, but must be governed with an iron fist.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams (The Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31)

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” — Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Maybe this is why liberals keep calling this a “democracy,” perhaps they instinctively realize that their behavior is incompatible with a republic… or maybe I give them too much credit…

* General Political Considerations – The modern Webster’s dictionary pretty much has it right as far as what a true conservative emphasizes in the realm of politics. In a system where everyone lives by “conservative” standards, working to support themselves, following a law-abiding lifestyle, and living in a Constitutionally operative government, taxes would not need to be high, and welfare would be largely non-existent. We wouldn’t need many jails (there are always a few who just can’t follow rules), and if everyone exercised a little common sense, we wouldn’t need a lot of government regulation. These things are possible on a large-scale, but it requires the majority of the people to follow suit.

On the subject of “bigotry” and racism, one must realize that there are bigots and racists in every ethnicity and nationality. Some are borne of personal experience, some from a national or cultural source. American conservatives, in general, believe in taking their opinions of individuals based on that person’s behavior and attitudes. Obviously, there are exceptions, but conservatives in general hold no person to be less than any other just based on their genetics. So, this constant media and educational bias of calling anyone with a conservative bent “racist” is fear-mongering and slander at best, but sometimes a conservative’s record is of such quality that there is nothing else a liberal can do to sully that person’s reputation than to resort to innuendo and slander.

The Liberal Alternative

Do these points sound “archaic”? Intolerant? Does every behavior and idea necessarily have a right to be ‘tolerated’? Aren’t there ideas that are poisonous to a society? Those who enforce their concept of morality on the public, would they accept a modern Aztec practice of ritual heart removal? Why not? Is homosexuality any less moral than ritual murder, especially if the victim is willing to go under the knife? Or assisted suicide? Or the euthanasia of the elderly? Or bestiality, or incest? Or are all of these really sins and crimes? A true conservative would believe so.

Opposed to conservatism, what are the ‘liberal values’? Freedom from religion, freedom from morality, take from the rich and give to the poor (rather than build the poor up and make them self-sufficient), radical environmentalism, which devolves into a pseudo-religion for some of the more fanatical liberals. Liberalism is basically the ideology which opposes traditional values and standards, seeking to go from a place of peace and equality to a man-made, historically disproven kind of equality and fairness: the theoretical humanist utopia. Government over all, without any constraints from any God. Tribalism. Strong vs the weak. The doctrine of the wolf vs the lamb. A degeneration of society rather than its advancement.

What about the environment? What is the conservative position on that? Well, the modern ‘climate change’ ideology came largely from Karl Marx and company.

“The dialectical nature of climate change is a striking confirmation of the philosophy of dialectical materialism developed by the founders of scientific socialism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.”

The dialectical process is, in a nutshell, to create a problem for the express purpose of offering a solution to that problem, of course one that benefits Marxism, which are the ones who use this process. Incidentally, liberals and the government use it all the time…

So, create a problem (climate change) and then give the world a cause for this problem (human beings), then propose a (Marxist) solution to solve the problem – population control and taxing the right of everyone to live (the very air everyone needs to breathe). Environmentalism is not a conservative issue, since it’s largely a made-upon dialectical issue, not a real-life issue. If everyone lived a conservative lifestyle, lived responsibly, individuals and businesses, then “climate change”, if it were real, would be recognized as a product of a natural cycle (which it is), not a man-made problem.

Unfortunately, the end result of liberalism (which is Marxist socialism) is a Communist Dictatorship, which eliminates, as much as possible, any personal freedom (hence, everyone has equal freedom – none), financial incentive (fiscal freedom – total equality), and right to life. Liberals: under a system you would consider “fair” and “equal”, you would find all deformed/retarded children/adults would be euthanized. All babies considered by the state to be unnecessary would be aborted. The elderly and disabled, who under such a system would not be able to produce anything, would be euthanized. The government would tell you how to live and whether you would get the opportunity to live. This is the end result of extreme Marxism, and it is what liberalism is trying to create within our nation. It happened in Hitler Germany under a Socialist regime, and it can and will happen here if these Socialists (“Liberals”) are not stopped.

According to http://www.scottmanning.com/content/communist-body-count/, the number of deaths from Marxism to date are as follows:

People’s Republic of China Body Count: 73,237,000

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Body Count: 58,627,000

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Body Count: 3,163,000

Cambodia Body Count: 2,627,000

Democratic Republic of Afghanistan Body Count: 1,750,000

Vietnam Body Count: 1,670,000

People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Body Count: 1,343,610

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Body Count: 1,072,000

To my knowledge, this does not include the number of infanticides and abortions by these nations.

Is this really preferable to a “conservative” system of fair laws and personal morals and responsibility? I think not.

 

ADDENDUM 11/28/16

Remember the hoopla about “Rush is Right”? Well, I was right, about the truth behind liberalism and its Marxist roots. Upon the death of the infamous Fidel Castro’s death, what was the reaction in the liberal world?

castro

See, one of the most wicked men of our generation, responsible for his tight-fisted control of his country and abuse of his “peasants” is lauded by liberals as a great man. Are they really that stupid? No, but they share his Marxist opinions and that makes them bad for America. Anyone who would look up to a Castro, or a Hitler for that matter, who was also a Socialist, needs to be “re-educated”. In my opinion, they are too foolish to know what is good for themselves or this country. Yes, they need to be governed, for they do not have what it takes to be self-governed. That is the fault of the socialist government schools, also called “public schools”. Unless this is fixed, its very possible that a new civil war could be the result. Marxism and the Christian Republic our founders left us are not compatible. One must succeed and one must fail.

 

The ‘Star of David’ and it’s Origins

October 27, 2009

"The Magen David"

The “Star of David”… what is it and where did it come from?

Per the Wikipedia website:

“A popular folk tale etymology has it that the Star of David is literally modeled after the shield of the young Israelite warrior David, who would later become King David. In order to save metal, the shield was not made of metal but of leather spanned across the simplest metal frame that would hold the round shield: two interlocking triangles. No reliable historical evidence for this etymology exists; this theory is refuted by a credible tradition that there was a Menorah engraved upon the shield which King David used in wartime.

Following are some quotes from “Codex Magica” written by Texe Marrs, pages 362:

“The supremely evil nature of the double triangle, the hexagram, Solomon’s Seal, the Magen David (Shield of David), is proven by the fact that the symbol contains the hidden number 666, the number of the beast (Revelation 13). Notice that there are six triangles incorporated on the outside of the hexagram, that it has six outer points, and that six lines are used in constructing the symbol’s two triangles. Thus, 6-6-6…

An outstanding study of the six-pointed star was accomplished by Dr. O.J. Graham in the book, The Six-Pointed Star. Dr. Graham proves that this symbol was never used by King David of Israel and so the name Star of David is a misnomer. The symbol was chosen in 1948 for the flag of the fledgling nation of Israel at the insistence of the Rothschilds. Its usage stems from the medieval period when corrupt rabbi’s into cabbalistic magic began to use the six-pointed star in their rituals.”

In the book “Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated” by Dr. Cathy Burns, pp. 38-41, many interesting insights are to be found…

satan_goatIs this a symbol David really would’ve attached himself to?

“When the two triangles (the “Water Triangle” and the “Fire Triangle”) are joined together into one symbol, it forms a six pointed star known as a double triangle, hexagram, Crest of Solomon, star of the microcosm and the Shield of David, among other names. It is even called the “talisman of Saturn.” (O.J. Graham, The Six-Pointed Star, 1988, p. 32, 34)

“The Second Mile, an Eastern Star book (Masonic), reveals that the “six pointed star is a very ancient symbol, and one of the most powerful.”” (Sarah H. Terry, The Second Mile, 1935, p. 70)

“The hexagram is used in magic, witchcraft, occultism and the casting of zodiacal horoscopes internationally and by all races.” O.J. Graham, op cit, p. 4, 11)

“It is used as a ‘stand-by for magicians and alchemists. The sorcerers believed it represented the footprint of a special kind of demon called a trud and used it in ceremonies both to call up demons and to keep them away.” (Gary Jennings, Black Magic, White Magic, 1964, p. 51)

“A hexagram must be present to call a demon forth. In fact, the word ‘hex’ comes from this emblem.” (Jack Chick, Spellbound, 1978, p. 7)

“Those who believed in the physical significance of the Hexagram taught that communication between the living and the dead was possible, and adopted the dogma of REINCARNATION.” (E.A. Wallis Budge, Amulets and Superstitions, 1978, p. 432)

Much of this information is already contained on the following website.

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia on the Magen Dawid:

It is noteworthy, moreover, that the shield of David is not mentioned in rabbinical literature. The “Magen Dawid,” therefore, probably did not originate within Rabbinism, the official and dominant Judaism for more than 2,000 years.

The question is: Should someone wear or possess something reverenced by witches, warlocks, sorcerers, soothsayers, astrologers of millennia past through today, under the assumption that the Israelites accepted the symbol as part of their identity (and you can find a way to get around the 2nd Commandment prohibition of creating any representation of God)?

I understand that various Jewish sources mention the “Star of David” and many today take that as proof of it’s validity as a holy symbol. What does the Bible itself say about a “star” in relation to Israel?

37)This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear.

38) This is He, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers; who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

39) To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

40) Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

41) And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42) The God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

43) Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” Acts 7:37-43

The simple fact of the matter is that the times when Israel was obedient, following the Lord with their whole heart as a nation, was only periodic, during the reign of certain rulers including David, Solomon and various of the latter kings of Judah. For the vast majority of the time, God has only recriminations to heap upon Israel for it’s stubbornness and backward-sliding. Is this a people we should be looking to for a symbol of God? Did the “Star of David” really come from David, or later from their sojourn in Babylon among the Chaldeans who were well known astrologers and mystics? According to Robertson’s Word Picture of the New Testament, regarding the term “Star of Remphan:”

“Spelled also Romphan and Remphan. Supposed to be Coptic for the star Saturn to which the Egyptians, Arabs, and Phoenicians gave worship. But some scholars take the Hebrew Kiyyoon to mean statues and not a proper name at all, “statues of your gods” carried in procession, making “figures” (tupous) with both “tabernacle” and “star” which they carried in procession.”

Another wordstudy program I have states the following:

Rhephán
“masc. proper noun. Remphan, found only in Act_7:43 which is a quotation from Amo_5:26 (where the corresponding word in Hebr. is Chiun). It is probable that these are interchangeable names for a god worshiped secretly by the Israelites in Egypt and in the wilderness, possibly answering to Saturn or Moloch (G3434), the star-god. Some refer this worship to the time of Amos.”

So, what do you believe? The hexagram has been used by occultists throughout known history. It is critical in the performance of their most heinous, Satanic rituals and demonic conjurations. Why would a symbol of God’s people, indeed reflecting upon God’s righteousness itself, be so effective in the conjuration of devils? Wouldn’t it have the opposite effect? We don’t even know for certain where or when the symbol originated…

Can the symbol of a hard-hearted and often backslidden people be trusted to guide our faith today?  Is it worth the risk of being wrong?