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Be aware of the coming dark practices of deception!

Demons can manipulate matter on the molecular/atomic level and do things that utterly defy any naturalistic, material explanation.  Share this with your unbelieving and atheistic friends and pass it on to Christians to warn them to be alert and aware.  Please read these biblical passages to see the warning God gave us about this type of deception: Matthew 24:24, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 and Revelation 13:11-18.

Needles through the arm with no blood is just the warm up.  There is footage of a shirtless man being impaled through his torso with a sword several different ways, including through his heart (with not even a single drop of blood)!
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Intelligent information communicated without natural means, turning water into coke-a-cola instantly before your eyes, materializing cookie filling, running a string into the throat and then pulling it out with a lifesaver on it, a levitating head of a woman with no neck, a man with reptilian eyes eating hot coals and finally a man levitating balls of fire.
 
Levitation, movement through solid objects, making a 5 foot loaf of bread transfigure/appear from a small ball of dough, cooking and levitating instant noodles from its container.
 
Transfer/swap of materials between objects, water turned into wine, and other bizarre changes of matter.


ALTERNATE BELIEF SYSTEMS THAT CONFLICT WITH BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

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The Critical Three Cs of Christian Theology
(The Creation, The Cross & The Consummation)


      These are likely the three most important reference points for a person’s theological understanding. They are like points of orientation a sharp shooter might use to align their projectile to hit the target with absolute precision. If any one of them are off, then the bullseye of the target will be missed. Since, two of these three biblical points are at the beginning and end, it becomes imperative to make sure we have them right, if we really want to be on target with our understanding of God’s message to humanity.

      Many have argued that the point in-between, the Cross, is the only point that matters and the rest is “not essential”. Though it may be true Salvation of the soul is the most important point, as far as a person’s eternal destination, many get this in-between point wrong, because they do not understand the beginning and the end correctly. And believe it or not, the Bible actually tells us this can directly affect (or perhaps it’s better to say reveal) whether salvation is genuine (see Deuteronomy 4:2:12:32 and Revelation 22:18-19).

The First Critical "C" Point

      For instance, how does one explain the realistic need for the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as humanity’s only hope for the redemption from sin and our salvation without a proper understanding of the creation? For once we deviate from the literal context of Genesis, which tells us that God made His very first creation of the heavens and the earth (Revelation 21:1) in six literal days, claiming His creation was “good” at that point (Genesis 1:31), then the Cross becomes muddled and even unnecessary. This is true because the fall which brought the introduction of the destructive power of sin, via the first man and woman, would then not be the reason for all the death and suffering we see, as it would have existed prior to their existence and the incident in the Garden of Eden.

      Numerous false narratives have had as their premise that the six days cannot be literal. Thus, death and suffering existed within the cosmos long before humanity arrived on the scene. Many in the Church have submitted to this deeply flawed conclusion, promoted from pseudo-scientific mythology, that only long periods of time could have produced what we see, even though good scientific laws and real observational science directly and overwhelmingly contradicts this nonsense.

      Therefore, without sin literally being caused by the fall of a historical Adam and Eve, in their choice to disobey God, bringing about the sin contamination of the entire human race (the original sin, which directly affects selfishness, pride and the evil that flows out from it), then there really is no need for a Savior from “sin”, because it just becomes an arbitrary concept that can be easily dismissed as an invention of religious rhetoric and mythology. Even the atheists mock the Christians who compromise on this point, because they understand this logical conclusion.

      The Hebrew context is clear, as to the meaning, despite the many claims by the so-called “experts” (false teachers) to reinterpret the Genesis creation account, away from of its straightforward contextual meaning. “Yom” (the Hebrew word for day) is surrounded by the cardinal numbers and the term “there was evening and there was morning”, which means it was literal 24-hour days that were being spoken about. This leaves no one the room to go outside Genesis and search for “Yom” being defined differently by other surrounding context and then take the meaning from that passage and inappropriately insert it, with the alternate connotation, back into Genesis, to redefine the meaning out of context falsely. But many knowingly do this very thing. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing and you should be aware of them and their tactics.

      Thus, a literal, historical fall that introduced sin’s destructive, ruinous control over the souls of all humanity is an essential first point of theology and renders everything else in the Bible null and void if it is not understood correctly, including the meaning of the Cross. If anyone tells you anything different, then they are straight-up lying to you.

The Second Critical "C" Point

      The Cross is only fully understood in light of the Old Testament. The need for a Savior, from our impossible predicament of sin’s power over our soul, which eternally condemns us to Hell (the lake of fire), all starts with the fall in Genesis and follows through with the giving of the Law through Moses (God’s standard for perfection). Further, the hopeless condition of our soul, and need for the coming Messiah (Savior/Redeemer), is clarified by the prophets.

      When the Old Testament is read with proper understanding, we see that it is telling us that God’s Holy standard (i.e. the Ten Commandments), to make it into His presence in Heaven and live with Him forever, is impossible for any mere human to achieve. God did not give us His perfect Law to accomplish, but rather to school us on just how short we all fall of His glorious standard of perfection and righteousness. Additionally, God used His Law to point us to the real need for a solution, outside of our own ability to resolve our sin problem.

      A perfect sacrifice had to be offered to pay for our sin. But the blood of animals was not sufficient, as it only provided a temporary appeasement or fix, because we keep on sinning. God knew we would need an eternal, permanent resolution for our sin problem and we did not have the answer to solve it. This is true because each sin we commit requires the death penalty and we are all guilty, having hundreds and thousands of death sentences upon us. This is why, in a display of His great love for us, God decided to become the perfect sacrifice for us. He took on human flesh (John chapter 1), lived a perfect (sinless) life (Matthew 5:17 & John 8:46) and then allowed Himself to be sacrificed on our behalf. God has visited humanity already, His name was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who lovingly gave Himself for us on the Cross (John 3:16).

      Those who honestly receive His sacrifice on their behalf, will be forgiven of their sin. Those who love their life, and the sin that goes with it, will be eternally quarantined in the lake of fire with the sin that must go there (John 3:18; 3:36), before God makes the new heavens and earth in perfection and without sin, for all who loved Him, to dwell there with Him forever.

      Sadly, the majority of humanity will choose to love their sin and their self, instead of their Creator (Matthew 7:13-14). Thus, they will be consigned to the lake of fire. When one considers what an amazing act of humility and love it was for God to leave Heaven and come down to earth to sacrifice Himself, in the person of His only Son, Jesus Christ, for our many horrible sins, then it is easy to realize hell is more than justified for those who reject and mock what He did for us. Woe unto those who choose to do this.

      “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast – Ephesians 2:8-9”. Those who think that they can earn God’s favor with good deeds completely underestimate the power of even one “small” sin to wholly condemn the human soul for eternity. This has to be the greatest misunderstanding on the planet!

      It takes the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice to remove sin from our soul; nothing else has the power to do it. This is why Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me - John 14:6” and “Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins – John 8:24”. Repentance from our sins and faith in Jesus Christ’s provision, submitting to Him as our Lord and Savior, is the only to get our name permanently secured in the book of life and go to Heaven.

      The Bible confirms this when it gives us a peak into what happens at the final judgment. This passage in Revelation 20:11-15 tells us that all who are trusting in their deeds gain God’s favor and save them will be thrown into the lake of fire (Hell). “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

      This passage refutes all the false, works-based religions of man on the earth (including those inside Christendom), demonstrating that the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross is the only narrow door through which we can gain entrance to God’s presence to live with Him forever. Saving grace is a pure gift of holiness and righteousness from the Creator. God’s word, or man’s word, which will we believe?

The Third Critical "C" Point

      God spent over 25% of His word speaking to the events surrounding the consummation, or His second coming (return) to planet Earth. So, even if the majority of humanity and most in the Church contend that it is irrelevant and unimportant, God obviously has a different perspective on it, since it is the single most covered topic in all of His message to humanity. Further, God offers a very unique blessing to those who are willing to read and heed His prophetic predictions. In fact, the book of Revelation comes book-ended with this special divine blessing (Revelation 1:3; 22:7), which no other book ever written has been given, inside or outside the Bible!

      Further, God warned that there would be severe consequences for those who would seek to add to or take away from His prophetic message (Revelation 22:18-19). The warning should be taken seriously by all who say they fear (respect) God. For the Lord indicates that they will not have a place in Heaven, where the tree of life resides and from the holy city, if they take away from the correct prophetic fulfillment of His message.

      This should make many greatly afraid, as most have violated the prime directive of biblical prophecy, “that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). For many have sinned against this and are in need of some serious repentance. Many Christian leaders casually and freely teach misrepresenting the truth about prophecy; regurgitating the popular narratives to the body of Christ. Almost all are completely unaware that God gave us a biblical blueprint to go by, which we must conform to, so that we can understand it. One interpretation with one fulfillment is the only way it can be.

      Eschatology has become controversial because no one is willing to fully adhere to the blueprint God gave us in Scripture. So, they all fight over their various private interpretations, creating confusion and division, while making certain they don’t allow room for reasonable debate to permit the body of Christ to understand God’s real message. Satan could not be more pleased in how the leaders and gatekeepers of information within the Christian Industrial Complex have misrepresented God’s Prophetic word and control the narrative. And all this, while the Church sleep-walks into the darkest and most deceptive time of humanity’s existence. Anyone who thinks it will make no real difference is both very ignorant and seriously deceived.

      The Apostle Paul told us what to expect and what we should know, but his words have been ignored and spun out of context repeatedly. In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, Paul told us that Christians (sons of light and sons of day) should be aware of when the “day of the Lord” will arrive, so that it would not “overtake” us like a thief, like it will with the world. So, two important questions must be asked here. First, can Christians be overtaken by an event that we are not around to experience? (Obviously not.) Second, what is the day of the Lord? I’ll defer to Dr. Charles Ryrie, in his study Bible notes, who gave a good definition for the day of the Lord.

      The following is quoted from the study Bible notes of Charles C. Ryrie, Th.D, Ph.D., page 1809, on the scripture reference of 1 Thessalonians 5:2, “the day of the Lord - An extended period of time, beginning with the tribulation and including the events of the second coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom on earth.” (Some places to confirm this are found in Isaiah chapters 2-4 & Zechariah chapters 12-14 where ‘in that day’ or ‘on that day’ speaks indirectly, yet clearly, to the day of the Lord, in which the context is referring to both the time during the “Tribulation” and the millennial kingdom blessing.)


      Often when the day of the Lord is used in Scripture it is referring to events that take place in the last 3 ½ years of Daniel’s seventieth week (or the great tribulation). But it is not exclusive to that particular time frame, as 2 Peter 3:10 states, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up”. According to Revelation 20:7-11, this is at the end of the thousand-year reign of Christ when the entire physical universe disappears at the time of the great white throne judgment.


      Here is where the most rigid and narrow view of this term, “the day of the Lord”, as being just within the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week or the last 3½ years of the tribulation (the great tribulation), fails within the context. So, discerning the context to carefully look for which part of the 1007 years of “the day of the Lord” that is being addressed is absolutely essential for correct exegesis of the time frame that is being referred to in the passage. If this is not practiced properly, confusion will most certainly result, and many have made this mistake in their private interpretations.

      Thus, knowing what the day of the Lord actually is, helps us determine when it will come. Good students of Bible prophecy know that the 70th week of Daniel (the 7-yr. Tribulation) will start with the signing of the seven-year peace covenant by the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27). This is also the beginning of the day of the Lord. So, Christians who are awake and discerning biblical prophecy correctly will be looking for this event and the things that will lead up to it. As a result, they will not be overtaken by it. Nor will they believe the false teaching that has been telling many Christians that they will be exempt from entering into the day of the Lord. In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, the Apostle Paul tells us that our gathering together will be within the day of the Lord and follow after the apostasy and the revealing of the man of lawlessness (the Antichrist, which first happens at the signing of the seven-year peace covenant).

      The immediate objection that is raised at this point is the fact that Christians are not destined for the wrath of God. This is completely true, as I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9-10 tells us this. However, those usually objecting do not realize that the wrath of God has been redefined for them by the private interpreters, outside the context of the Scripture. Most false teaching redefines the wrath of God as being contained in the 21 Tribulation judgments listed in the book of Revelation. Yet, the Bible tells us something quite different. To unpack this redefinition/deception we are going to have to go a little deeper, so put your waders on.

      Christians, who are not destined for the wrath of God, will supposedly not have to go through the Tribulation. Yet, it cannot be substantiated biblically as a valid argument, because in this particular case the theory being espoused wrongly equates the word “judgment”, as it relates to all the Tribulation judgments, as being “the wrath of God”. And again, although God has brought many judgments throughout history, the wrath of God is specifically marked out for us in the Bible (as examined in the verses listed below) and it does not equate to every single one of the Tribulation judgments, but instead, only seven of them.

      The double definite article used in the Greek text sets a very specific parameter and definition for the term "the wrath of the God", in Revelation 15:7, making it a very explicit future event that has a very specific beginning, and end, to it. Therefore, it can only have ONE specific starting point!

      Understanding the wrath of God is a two-fold process in the Scriptures, because it was not all addressed and written down in the same place for us within the book of Revelation. Thus, we must discern the harmony within the timing and the description from two different locations. The description of what it is and where it is contained within is set forth for us in Revelation chapters 15 and 16, where the wrath of God is plainly stated. Revelation 15:1 states, “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.” Revelation 15:7 states, “And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.” Revelation 16:1 states, “And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.”

      Now, the second part we must look into is the timing of the wrath of God. When does the wrath of God officially begin on the prophetic timetable? It must be understood that there are only two specific scriptural references in the Bible that are offered to us, which speak to the possible timing issue of wrath of God, and they are found in the book of Revelation. So, now it must be determined which one could be correct.

      So then, where Does God’s Wrath Actually Start? The first and most common choice is the time spoken of in Revelation chapter 6:12-17, when very frightened men declare the sixth seal judgment to be the wrath of God, as some of the Pre-Wrath Rapture theorists have done). The second choice comes from God’s direct edict, from His throne room in Heaven, concerning the beginning of His wrath in Revelation 11:18. This second option is the only choice that does not have men’s opinions attached to it. And since there can be only one beginning for the wrath of the God, this second selection, which was spoken forth from God’s throne room in Heaven, definitely appears to be the wisest choice.

      In Revelation 6:15-17 we are told, “And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?’” Yet, notice carefully who is making the declaration here in this passage.

      We need to be prudent and study the context and all that is mentioned to us about the wrath of God. Those who see this as the wrath of God overlook the fact that this is only the sixth judgment, of twenty-one judgments listed in their order, where a collective group of very frightened men (many with the blood of the saints still fresh on their hands from the fifth seal judgment involving a mass slaughter/martyrdom of Christians) presume that the terrifying sixth seal judgment they are witnessing is “the wrath of God”. A coming punishment that they were likely warned about while they were butchering the Christian men, women and children during the fifth seal judgment.

      Another caution must be noted here, as several interpreters have made the mistake of combining all the passages with similar cosmic disturbances into basically one event, and then placing the outcome at the very end of the seven-year Tribulation. However, careful examination of the context of the passages of the various cosmic events does not allow for this, and neither does the overall context of the book of Revelation. For instance, in the sixth seal judgment the sun turns black and the moon turns blood red, which likely is caused from all the seismic activity of every mountain and island being moved out of their places creating massive volcanic eruptions. Yet, in the fourth trumpet judgment, a different event transpires, where one third of the light from the sun, moon and stars are smitten in order that they only give of partial light. This likely means that the volcanic ash may block off the sun for a short time during the sixth seal judgment, and then later, as the ash thins out in the atmosphere, the moon will appear red. Then, the ash would eventually settle down, with the atmosphere being to be able to return back to normal for a while. But later, at the forth trumpet judgment, God does something unique, by supernatural means, or perhaps by more volcanic ash, and one third of the sun, moon and stars in the sky do not give off their light (Revelation 8:12). Finally, in the fifth bowl judgment God causes a complete blackout of the sun and its light is not mentioned as returning (Revelation 16:10; 22:5 and Isaiah 60:19-20). So, making the presupposition that these events are all equal descriptions of the same earth shaking and/or cosmic disturbance is not a very good analysis, or proper exegesis.

      Now, let’s assess the other direct biblical mention for the timing of God’s wrath. In Revelation 11:18 we are told, “And the nations were enraged, and Thy wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear Thy name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” This is the first time that it is officially announced from Heaven (Revelation 11:16-17) as being the actual time/place that God’s wrath is mentioned as coming or beginning.

      This edict from the throne room of God is not creative, speculative or a man centered opinion in any way. This allows the description given in Revelation chapters fifteen and sixteen to stand in defining what “the wrath of the God” actually is. For the timing of Revelation 11:18 is sequentially and directly connected to Revelation chapter sixteen, because the next three, intermittent chapters in the book of Revelation are primarily describing events that fall between the seventh trumpet judgment and the first bowl/vial judgment. Revelation chapter twelve goes further outside the immediate description to add the past and future battles that take place between God and Satan, with the later battle ultimately being connected to the mark of the beast. As we read through Revelation chapters thirteen and fourteen, they primarily concentrate on the many other events that surround the mark of the beast. Since, the wrath of God must have a single starting point, Revelation 11:18 has to be the time that God’s wrath genuinely begins, because of the authority of the source of the announcement, the timing that takes place sequentially within the book of Revelation and the simple process of logical elimination, as it can only begin once by definition, because of the double definite articles used in the Greek. The one mention in these intermittent chapters concerning the wrath of God is done in a descriptive contrast of the harvest of the righteous, during the mark of the beast, against the harvest of the wicked (Revelation 14:19-20), which occurs later at Armageddon, which is meant to be understood within the defined timing of God’s wrath explained within Revelation chapters 15 & 16.

      Therefore, once we understand that the Bible has defined the parameters of God’s wrath (starting during the initiation of the mark of the beast and lasting through the entire great tribulation, the last three and one half years of the seven year Tribulation), we can correctly apply verses like 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9, which state that Christians will not be going through God’s wrath. This proper insight brings additional illumination to the subject as well, for it excludes all the Rapture theories that attempt to place the Rapture after the issuing of mark of the beast, because the mark is directly associated with the pouring out of God’s wrath that is contained within the seven bowl judgments (Revelation 15:7-16:2). Additionally, it also helps us understand that attempting to define the entire twenty-one judgments of the seven-year Tribulation as being “the wrath of God” dramatically fails when one considers the fifth seal judgment, in which Christians are horrifically slaughtered all across the earth, because Christians are not going through God’s wrath (Revelation 6:9-11). In other words, the mass martyrdom of Christians in the 5th seal judgment is an overwhelming problem for the 21 judgments of Revelation equaling the wrath of God assumption.

      Now, if you made it this far, congratulations, because you now know more than 99% of what most Christians know concerning the day of the Lord and the wrath of God. And it gives you a distinct advantage to be among those who will fulfill Daniel 12:3, a privileged class of evangelical Christians indeed.

      If you are thirsty for more, then I recommend for you to look into the e-book The Revelation Unveiled, which you can find at this link (http://shop.truthandlife.us/BEST-VALUE-The-Revelation-Unveiled-package-deal-BEST-VALUE-0777.htm).


  


HOW CAN I KNOW THERE IS A GOD?

 (Taken from Pastor Robert Jeffress series, "How Can I Know?")

There are many things that tell us God is there:

1.) The cosmological evidence: Why is their something , rather than nothing?  The naturalist had dogmatically concluded - Nothing x No One = Everything.  This defies all the observable laws of science, and it is a serious contradiction for the atheist who claims to base all their science on order, instead of random chaos.  Trying to make such a wild exception for the origin of the universe is unscientific nonsense and it is why they run away from the term they first used, spontaneous generation, because they know how foolish it makes them look, even though they still want to believe in it.

2.) The teleological evidence: How do one explain the extremely complex design within our universe?  It took just the right amount of initial matter to make it.  Where did that matter come from?  There are at least 122 necessary components that have to be in existence PERFECTLY for the earth to sustain life.  Slight imbalances in any direction for most all of them would cancel out all life as we now it.  The right mix of atmosphere, the correct distance from the sun, the right gravity that must remain very steady, etc.  The odds of this are 10 to the 138th power.  

HOWEVER, it gets even more impossible when we more down to examine things on the cellular level.  All the parts had to be in place and functioning at the same time in the beginning, which has been estimated to be about a 1 in 10 to the 40,000th power by the well respected scientist Sir Fred Hoyle.  Anything over 1 in 10 to the 200th power is considered outside the possibility of any random chance, regardless of the amount of time one would wish to give it.  Thus, even if one took the flawed position of an eternal universe (it is expanding and thus had a beginning and this is contrary to the 2nd law of thermodynamics), it still would never happen by itself.  

This problem was one of many reasons why the invention of “multiple universes” was created.  Yet, the existence of multiple universes would be harder to prove than God, which only proves just how remarkable the faith of some atheists really can be.  And that’s just one cell, think of the trillions of complex cells that make up the human body to form even higher complex mechanisms like the eye!  The multiple universe theory is like saying that if you put all the parts for a jetliner in an infinite number of wind tunnels for an infinite amount of time, eventually a jet would come together just like one assembled at the factor.  Sorry, but chunky dust is the best you would ever get from such an absurd method.

3.) The anthropological evidence:  How do you explain mankind, without a Designer/Creator?  Our existence – observational science demonstrates to us repeatedly on a daily basis that life only comes from life (the law of biogenesis).  Human consciousness – our awareness of ourselves (rocks can’t do that), our awareness of God (animals don’t build alters and idols, or burn incense).  

Why would humans accept persecution and death for there belief, unless they innately understand they were made for another world (the spiritual dimension beyond the material existence)?  If it were just some “genetic defect” as the atheist wish to postulate, then why does over 90 % of humanity believe in a God of some kind?  Genetic defects are commonly found in the minority of the population of a species, so this argument would actually mean it is the atheists that are defective.   

Finally, how would you explain our awareness of morality (right and wrong)?  Those who would say there are no absolutes (an oxymoron) would be quick to say it was wrong for someone to rape and kill them and steal everything they had without consequence.  Some counter with it is all taken from “society’s opinion”, yet when society decides to enslave, rape, murder, or steal from THEM, then that opinion can be conveniently be overridden.  The arguments against moral awareness are vain and hypocritical.

4.)  The experiential evidence:  Why do people keep finding God if He does not exist?  Over 500 eyewitnesses saw the resurrected Christ.  The disciples did not expect the resurrection, as they went into hiding after Jesus was crucified.  They went on, after seeing the evidence of Jesus resurrected to tell the whole world, displaying the same miraculous power Jesus did and at a great cost to themselves; against their own self-interests. 

There is the choice to follow the objective evidence, which is all around us, or there is the subjective choice to believe something else in spite of the evidence.  And don’t think it does not matter either, for as Mortimer Adler said, “More consequences for life and action follow from the affirmation or denial of God, than from any other question”.

If interested, you can find out how to have an encounter with God by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.

 

How Can I Know the Bible is True?

(Taken in part from Pastor Robert Jeffress series on “How Can I Know”, and from information with The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict By Josh McDowell.)

First, what does it mean that the Bible is true?

It speaks forth God’s authoritative message to mankind concerning doctrine, theology, character, purpose, etc. without error.  It is a finished product that cannot and will not be overturned with time.

The Bible itself makes these claims, which is important, because if it did not, then any claim of authority would be coming from just the outside and the critics would be quick to assert that the Bible never made such a claim for its authority from the Creator.  But it does.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18)

 

Jude 3 states, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”

 

It is stated in Galatians 1:8, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”

 

Also, God made it clear that the Bible was not to be altered, “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you”. (Deuteronomy 4:2)  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it”. (Deuteronomy 12:32)  “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

Yet, one of the best proofs is that God challenged anyone else to write a book and predict the future has He has in His word.  “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:  ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.  ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation.  And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place’” (Isaiah 44:6-7).

And again God seals it by saying, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Peter 1:21)

As Dr. Charles Ryrie put it, “Inspiration is God’s superintending of human authors so that, using their own individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error in the words of the original autographs His revelation to man”.

Some of it was direct word for word (i.e. the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God and various prophetic words given) and some of it was given indirectly through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (See Exodus 20, Isaiah 1:2, Jeremiah 1:1-2, Psalm 95:7b-8, and Hebrews 3:7 relating to Psalm 95 for just a few.)

It is important to understand that God’s “revelation” does include mentioning the lies of Satan and men, emotional outbursts and situations, quotes from non-believers and the record of certain sins committed (even by those who wrote it, which is telling of its inspiration, because this is not what people would normally do, if they were making it up or writing it to tell about themselves).

The words of the original texts were without error.  Minor and insignificant copyist’s errors do exist, but no doctrinal truth is altered one bit by them. Additionally, there are certain translation/version problems, because anyone can write their own adaptation, and several have done just that, because of the profit on book sales that the Bible generates.  So, one must be careful in selecting a scholarly version that was done by people who wished to remain true to the manuscripts from the originals.  The NASB and ESV are quality translations.

The authority and authenticity of the Bible was claimed by Jesus several times:

And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matthew 19:4-5)

 

But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophetfor just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:39-40)

 

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

“But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:  ‘I am (not was) the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:31-32)

 

And again Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18)

The authority and authenticity of the Bible was claimed by the apostles as well:

Paul demonstrated it in 1 Timothy 5:18 where he wrote, For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,’ (from Deuteronomy 25:4) and ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages’ (from Luke 10:7)”.

Peter showed it in 2 Peter 3:15-16 where he stated, “and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.”

Fulfilled Prophecy makes its own case.

There are numerous examples of this.  One is the prophecy concerning Cyrus, the ruler of Persia.  In Isaiah 44:28 it states, “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!  And he will perform all My desire.’ And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”.  This was stated in 539 BC well before Cyrus had even been born, one 150 years in advance, that Cyrus would be the name of the ruler, who would order the return of the Jews to their land!

Another example is found when Isaiah prophesied in 700 B.C. that Babylon (not a real power then, to be a threat to Israel at the time) would overthrow Judah, which happened over a century later in 586 B.C. (Isaiah 39:5-6).  Also, Isaiah and Daniel predicted that Persia would then, in turn, conquer Babylon afterward. (Isaiah 21:9 and Daniel 2:36-39; 8:20)

Prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

There were over 61 major prophecies for the Messiah.  Of these 61, many of them were entirely beyond human manipulation for a would-be-“messiah”.  Things like the place of His birth (Micah 5:2), the time of His birth (Daniel 9:25), the manner of His birth (Isaiah 7:14), His betrayal for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12), the manner of His death (Psalm 22:16), for crucifixion had not even been invented at that time, the people’s reaction to His death (Psalm 22:7-8) and His burial in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9).

If we take just eight of these types of non-manipulative prophecies, the odds of probability for their fulfillment would be 1 x 10 to the 17th power.  The odds of just eight of these types of prophecy being fulfilled would be like piling up the entire state of Texas with silver dollars, two feet deep and then putting an "X" on one and randomly burying it somewhere in the mix.  Then, we would send a blind man into the state, ask him to wander around for miles and miles, and then finally at a whim reach down and put up one coin, and never have another chance to try again.  The chances of him selecting the coin with the "X" on it are 1 x 10 to the 17th power.  It’s not going to happen!  And that’s just eight of the prophecies!

The Unity of the Bible.

Just think about all the controversial topics that the Bible covers:  The character of God, man, Satan, sin, Heaven, Hell, origins, morals, etc.  Yet, we have an amazing consistency of theme and topics from the beginning to end.  What makes this so astonishing is that the Bible was written by 40 different authors over 1500 year time span, on at least three continents (separated by 2000 miles) and in three different languages.  These people came from all walks of life and various cultural influences.  They held different positions, from kings to poor men, from priests to shepherd and from prophets to refugees.  Some wrote when happy, others when depressed. 

To understand just how phenomenal this really is let’s move this into our modern world and severely limit the variables.  Let’s say we took 40 people all working in the same country (say France), speaking the same language, from the same culture, and all working in the same field (say accounting).  Then, we asked each of these 40 individuals to write down for us there personal views of just origins, God, morals, Heaven, Hell, mankind and Satan.  Then, we would collect all 40 separate volumes and put them together a one big book and call it “the Bible”.  What do you think we would have???  This would be the greatest laughable joke of contradiction and nonsense ever compiled!  Although some very ignorant and arrogant people on planet Earth love to run around claiming this is the case with the Bible, it’s just not so, and it is nothing like the mess we would have if the Bible had been just randomly scribbled down by men over a millennium and a half.

Again, the odds of this happening by sheer chance would be like having random people, subjectively bring hundreds of thousands of parts to a specific warehouse, over 1500 years.  Then, after the 1500 years all the parts would be assembled together into a perfect cathedral without any single piece missing or broken.  The supernatural is all over this phenomenon and denying the obvious fact of it, just because one chooses to be a die hard naturalist, is truly an extreme state of foolishness.

More over, when we look at other books like the Book of Mormon, which has no real historical support or the Qur’an, which was only written down by one man (a violation of the number of {two or three} witnesses for verification from the Law of Moses, by the way), yet none of its 114 Surahs focus on a single theme.  This is why even though such books attempt to use the Bible as a basis for where their faith comes from, they directly contradict it in many ways.

Early Acceptance of the Bible’s Message in Cultures That Were Hostile to it.

 

The extent and repetition of acceptance of the message of Jesus Christ during the generation that could verify or deny the reality of the events and miracles could not have happened if it had all just been made up.  Many devout Jews and staunch pagans completely changed their faith and practices, often at the rejection from their culture and family.  In Jerusalem more than 10,000 Jews became followers of Jesus after His resurrection, following the miracle At Pentecost.  This kind of massive shift of belief does not take place in a vacuum, or without dramatic evidence.

Most of the New Testament books were written between 40-65 A.D., as not one of them mentioned the fulfillment of Jesus prediction of the city of Jerusalem and the temple being destroyed, which took place in 70 A.D., which would have been note worthy.

Jesus Christ - a true historical person.

Rarely, someone will go so far as to claim Jesus Christ was not even a true historical person, which is completely absurd on its face, because the same person would not deny Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, yet there is far more documented evidence for Jesus Christ.  They will go on to vainly assert that there is nothing outside the Bible that mentions the existence of Jesus.

Sadly, there are some people that no matter how much proof you present to them they will never believe it anyway, not because it is not true and well documented, but rather because it interferes with their false belief system, and their ornery, self-justified rebellious position against God. 

In his book, The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Josh McDowell, a former embittered atheist himself, givens a plethora of well documented evidence supporting the validity of the Bible.  In this area McDowell points out that there where many extra-biblical historical references to Jesus Christ, and they usually were from people who were antagonistic to Christianity, which makes them very good witnesses, since they had nothing to gain by admitting the existence to the historical reality of something they disdained.  Many of these individuals are well regarded as excellent historians as well.  There was Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Thallus, Phlegon, Mara Bar-Serapion and yes, Josephus.  The notable details and documentation are all in McDowell’s book for those who need to see them.  Also you can go to Josh.org for a wealth of free information on this topic.

Archaeological Evidences – Although archaeology cannot prove the Bible conclusively, because we likely won’t ever dig up everything, it has never controverted the Bible, which is highly significant.  Further, considering just how much has been dig up over the years showing the Bible’s historicity to be valid, it is strong verification that goes well beyond coincidence. 

Additionally, we have historical documentation of the many writings of the early church era.  Letters found from some of the early church leaders alone contain quotations of all but eleven verses of the New Testament.  This demonstrates that the verses were not changed or full of errors as liberal (unbelieving) "Christian" and secular scholars wish to mislead people to believe.  No doctrinal changes are found and a solid preservation of the text has been maintained over the years.  People seek to discredit the New Testament merely on the basis that if it is true, then it ends all support for what they want to believe in, which is to the contrary.  For the authoritative meaning of the New Testament greatly bothers the proud and rebellious of heart who wish to avoid accountability to the true Creator, the God of the Bible, based on His terms, instead of theirs. 

 Evidence For The Old Testament

In 1964, the ancient clay tablets of Ebla found in northern Syria from the third millennia B.C. mentioned some of the same ancient cities that the Bible speaks of, i.e. Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), which critics said never existed, because the cities were only found in the Bible.  (The attitude/bias that some hold against the Bible is unfounded, yet often very strong. So, they take the position that since they do not wish to believe the Bible, if there is no other reference to support it, then it could never have existed, period.  Such critics have been humiliated often by the latest archaeological discovery.  Yet, they never seem to learn.)

Jericho (Joshua 6) is another example.  Archaeologists found evidence for the sudden collapse of the cities walls and that the city had not been plundered, but burned.  This fits the biblical account perfectly.

Ashpenaz (Daniel 1:3) used to be ridiculed as a fictitious character, which was cited as “proof” by the skeptics that the book of Daniel was just a made up story.  Yet, a brick was dug up from the ruins of 6th century B.C. Babylon with his name on it.

Even the great king David was considered to be pure Jewish mythology by the hardened doubters, but in 1994 an inscription was unearthed which verified the “House of David”, as if that was needed for any reasonable person.

 

Evidence For The New Testament

Luke’s gospel – Sir William Ramsey was a skeptic that sought to discredit the Bible by doing a series of archaeological digs to dispel the Bible’s historical record.  Ramsey particularly focused in on Luke’s gospel, thinking it would be easy to expose.  However, Ramsey repeatedly found that when he explored and investigated for evidence, he found it to be exactly as Luke had recorded it.  At first he was stunned, but as his investigation continued over time, he became convinced that Luke was a foremost historian, who had been very accurate and detailed in his record.  So much so, that he gave his life to Christ!

Caiaphas the High Priest (Matthew 26:57) and Pontius Pilate (Matthew 27:2) have been verified by archaeological finds, as well as the theater in Ephesus, where Christians disciples associated with Paul were nearly put to death.  These examples are being mentioned here, because the ardent cynics have tried to use these issues as “proof” that the Bible could not possibly be true.  Sadly, this type of person will usually just move on to the next available excuse/item that no outside proof has been discovered for yet and continue on in their assertion that the Bible could not possibly be true, all the while completely ignoring the many significant finds that do verify the bible’s historic authenticity.

Common Objections To The Trustworthiness Of The Bible

The claim is made that there were too many copying error by the scribes throughout the centuries.  Yet, here it is important to consider just how manuscript support and authentication is actually determined for any ancient piece of literature.  There are two factors that this determination is qualified by: the number of surviving manuscripts and the distance of time between the original writing and the surviving copies.

Manuscript support for the Old Testament

About 10,000 manuscripts or pieces of manuscripts are available for inspection concerning the Old Testament.  The scribes’ manner of copying was extremely meticulously checked and rechecked before being accepted.  Only a few mistakes were all it took for their long hours of copying to be rejected and burned, so that it could not be passed on.

However, a great testament to the accuracy in the copying that was done for the Old Testament writings is found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were first discovered in 1947, preserved in large clay jars in caves near the Dead Sea. These Scroll have been dated to no earlier that 100 B.C. by the hardest critics, with some scholars saying they could go back as far as 400 B.C.  The majority of scholars have settled somewhere in the middle around 125-250 B.C.

The reason this is significant is two fold.  First, before the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, the latest manuscript copy of the Old Testament was right around 900 A.D.  In other words, the Dead Sea Scroll were at least 1000 years removed/older than the previous manuscript copies, believed to be the oldest still in existence.  But, that was nothing.  It was only when the two were compared that the amazing copying accuracy was seriously verified for our modern time period. For instance, there was a complete copy of the book of Isaiah that was found to be over 95% perfect, word of word.  The small number of discrepancies was found in words like “of” and “with”, or “in” and “on”, which did not change the meaning of the context.  In fact, no significant change in meaning was discovered, causing the vast majority of scholars to agree that we still do have an intact/correct rendition of the original that has been well preserved.  This discovery alone puts to rest the many lies concocted about the Bible being secretly confiscated in mass all over the world and then redone by corrupt priests sometime after the first century and through the twentieth century and then cleverly redistributed.  Yes, I know this is absurd and utterly laughable, but you might be surprised just how many people actually believe this fairy tale as a “justification” for rejecting the authority of the Bible.

Manuscript support for the New Testament

Nearly 25,000 manuscripts or pieces of manuscripts are available for inspection concerning the New Testament.  This number of manuscripts is so prolific that out of the some 20,000 lines in the Greek New Testament, only 40 are in question.  That’s 99.998% purity!  More importantly, not one of this tiny fraction, of the 40 lines, has any relevance on any Christian doctrine!

When we combine this with the nearness of the originals, which was previously pointed out that most had been written prior to 70 A.D., to the comparatively short number years between the originals and the surviving manuscripts, there really is no question of the New Testaments authenticity, accuracy and authority (because it is true and clearly demonstrates itself to be the divine word of God). 

These figures do not even take into account all of the documented manuscripts of the quotes of Scripture from just seven of the early Patristic (church leaders’) quotations, which are in agreement with the surviving manuscripts of the New Testament.  Over 36,000 quotes from the New Testament have been found to date that verify the authenticity of the original biblical manuscripts.

To grasp the gravity of this, just take a look at how the New Testament stacks up against all other major literary works of antiquity, for distance between the original and the number of copies that have survived!

AUTHOR      BOOK        WRITTEN      EARIEST COPIES   TIME GAP   # OF FULL COPIES

Homer          Iliad           800 B.C.            400 B.C.               400 yrs.               643

Herodotus    History    480-425 B.C.     900 A.D.             1350 yrs.                  8

Thucydides  History   460-400 B.C.     900 A.D.             1300 yrs.                  8

Plato                               400 B.C.            900 A.D.              1300 yrs.                  7

Caesar   Gallic Wars   100-44 B.C.      900 A.D.              1000 yrs.                10

Tacitus        Annals      100 A.D.          1100 A.D.             1000 yrs.                20

Pliny Secundus Nat. Hist.   61-113 A.D     850 A.D.                850 yrs.                  7

The New Testament    40-100 A.D.    150-325 A.D.      50-225 yrs.           5366

No one questions the historic authenticity of these other literary works of history, even though they have far less support.  Therefore, the common objections and claims that the Bible is impure, a copy of a copy of a copy, etc., or that it was changed and redone at some point between the original writings and our modern day, so that can no longer be trusted, are merely sheer fanciful thinking by those who do not care for its authority.  This is the real reason it is constantly, viciously attacked and slandered, because its meaning is both true and final concerning the souls of mankind.  The likes of Homer, Caesar and Plato are no threat to the wicked and unbelieving, but Jesus Christ is.  This is why the attacks against God’s holy word will not stop until Jesus returns.

How Did We Get The Bible In Its Present Form?

(In other words, who decided which writings or books were valid and which were not?)

The Old Testament Canon (Standard).

Two main tests were used to examine authenticity of the biblical text.  The bibliography test and the internal evidence test.  The bibliography test involves the accuracy of textual transmission of the copying process.  As mentioned previously, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has basically put an end to the imaginations that the critics have invented over the years about this.  Sadly though, many of the same, well refuted “evidences” of skeptics in the past are still regurgitated by many who would just prefer not believe.

Also, many of the claims to alternate authorship, and thus authenticity, are still commonly parroted.  For instance, the Torah (Pentateuch or the first five books of the Bible) where written by Moses.  Yet, liberal (unbelieving) “higher” critics (or the so-called “Christian” intellectuals) invented four separate authors for the Torah (JEDP) and claimed it was written much later (400-500 B.C.) than the time of Moses, with many clever contentions (lies) cited as proof.  They had many people fooled until the Samaritan copy from 700 A.D. was brought to the forefront of the debate.  The Samaritan copy could only have been copied from an earlier version and thus the JEDP criticism was completely discredited.  Nevertheless, there are those who still use it today as “proof” for the reason they do not believe the Bible. 

The Old Testament is replete throughout, with passages that tell us it was passed down from generation to generation in a very public way (cf. Deuteronomy 31:24-26, Joshua 24:26, 1 Samuel 10:25 and Zechariah 7:12 - for but a few examples).  It was even carried into captivity, understood and acted upon (Daniel 9:2).

The internal evidence is the history and documentation of people, places and events through archaeology.  The list for this area is far too extensive to even begin to adequately address.  Nonetheless, as mentioned previously, the ancient tablets of Ebla from the third millennia B.C. confirmed the real historical data of a great deal of the names and places  found in the Bible.  Egyptian chariot wheels from the time period of Moses have now been found at the bottom of the Red Sea, on both sides of the crossing, where God had parted the water (http://www.squidoo.com/redseacrossing).  The real Mt. Sinai in southern Saudi Arabia, with a charred mountain top and the near-by rock that was split and water miraculously poured out of it, when struck by Moses have been found as well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-eSRcr9CWw).  

Again, critics have repeatedly claimed that a certain city or person never existed, just because no evidence outside of the Bible had yet been discovered.  Yet, things like the “non-existent” Hittite civilization just keep being dug up, one after the other, repeatedly verifying the Bible gives us a reliable historic record.  Again, no archaeological find has ever contradicted the Bible. 

Contrast this to the book of Mormon, where archaeology has never been able to be used to verify any of the wild claims of Joseph Smith’s invented great civilizations that supposedly once occupied the Americas, even though Mormons have been digging for evidence for 150 years!

The 39 book of the Old Testament where established at the very latest in 250 B.C., as this was when they had been copied and complied into the Septuagint, or the Greek language version of the 39 books of the Old Testament.  The themes had to remain consistent about God, His plan and man’s purpose.  The prophetic inspiration given in the Bible’s pages had to pass the test of being non-contradictory, which they have.  All these things together show us why the Bible can be trusted as God’s authoritative word.

What about the Apocrypha (the word means hidden or doubtful)?

The Apocrypha was added at a later date to the Septuagint, however the Jewish religious leaders never recognized it, as it did not match the supernatural inspiration or compare to the divine authenticity of the other 39 books.  Jesus never recognized it as well.  Although it contains some good history, it also contains some contradictory passages, which is the main reason it was rejected as being on par with the other inspired books of the Bible.  Even the Catholic Church did not officially recognize it until 1600 years later.

 The New Testament Canon (Standard).

 

Within the New Testament itself, an extensive internal verification was given for much of it.  Peter validated all of the writings of Paul, even though the two of them did not always get along and Peter admitted Paul’s words were hard to understand at times (2 Peter 3:15-16 and Galatians 2:11-14).  As previously mentioned, Paul validated both the Old and New Testaments in 1 Timothy 5:18.  Paul goes on to say in Galatians 1:8 that if anyone, human or angelic, should offer us an alternative gospel that God’s divine curse would be upon them!  Jude confirmed that the faith had been delivered, once for all, and that the words of Jesus Christ and the apostles were all valid (Jude 3 & 17).  The 27 books of the New Testament canon were “officially” recognized and accepted at the council of Hippo in 393 A.D. and this recognition has held since that time, in spite of many attacks against it.

What About The Gnostic “Gospels”?

The Gnostic gospels have been repeatedly used in an attempt to assault the canon of the New Testament.  However, none of these writings were done by first hand witnesses and most were penned well into the second and third centuries A.D.  These extra books were immediately rejected by the church leaders as being fraudulent, for they denied the humanity of Jesus (that he had a human body), saying He was only present in spirit.  Several other heresies are contained within them as well, which is why they are so popular with non-Christian critics.

What about the “errors” and “contradictions” in the Bible?

Language of appearance (or metaphors).

The prophet Isaiah used language of appearance, much like we do today.  In Isaiah 11:12 he spoke about “the four corners of the earth”.  Atheists jump all over this and say this proves he believed the world was flat and anyone who believes the Bible is true, must also think the earth is flat.  Yet, everyday we can turn on the news and weather report and hear about when the sun will “rise” and “set” each day.  Still, we know it is just the rotation of the earth and not the sun rising and setting.  The poetic books in the Bible, like the Psalms, use much of this kind of language.  Sadly, for centuries, cynics who hate God’s word have used these kind of examples to mock and ridicule the Holy Scriptures and those who would believe them, without just cause.

Copyists’ errors.

2 Chronicles 22:2 and 2 Kings 8:26 is an example of a copying error.  Was Ahaziah 42 or 22 years old when he became king?  He had to be 22 or he would have been older than his father.  Copying errors are generally very easy to recognize and resolve.  No copying errors have ever had any effect on the understanding of any of the biblical doctrines, as they appear in the minuscule and fairly mundane details, not in places that carry eternal significance, which is why I believe God allowed it (to test and reveal the hearts of men - for the righteous seeker a minor challenge to their faith and for the wicked to reveal their insincerity and rebellion - for it is written, "the righteous shall live by faith" and "without faith it is impossible to please God" - Romans 1:17, Hebrews 10:38 and Hebrews 11:6). 

Poor translations (into another language like English).

An example of this is found in Matthew 13:32, where Jesus was making a comparison of faith to a mustard seed.  The text states in the English “this is smaller than all other seeds”.  However, the Greek states that Jesus was saying it was the least of all the seeds in a local context of the area He was in, not the entire world.  Greek is a very precise language and English is not, as it has been very fluid, changing often over time.  Thus, there are many English language “distortions” from the Greek that have been conveniently exploited by skeptics to promote their unbelief.

Alleged Contradictions

 

Approximations (the partial and the whole)

Again, the cynics are looking for anything, not to believe, and so they often refuse to be careful or honest with the whole context.  An example of this would be in the area of approximations.  Numbers 25:9 lists 24,000 dying in relation to a particular event and 1 Corinthians 10:8 speaks of only 23,000 falling in one day connected to the same event.  The skeptic then laughingly mocks; explaining Bible believers must not be able to count either.  However, what they conveniently missed was the time frame within the context.  The 23,000 fell in “one day”.  The 24,000 was the total body count from the entire event.

Paraphrases

For instance, Luke 6 and Matthew 5-7 are considered by the skeptics to be the exact same account, yet it differs.  Jesus likely taught on the same topic many times during the years of His ministry.  Thus, the message would have had much similarity, but it cannot be expected to be a perfect word for word repetition.  Speakers will commonly vary their message to fit the crowd they are speaking to, so expecting a word for word match is ludicrous.  Also, Matthew was a direct witness and Luke went around interviewing several eyewitnesses compiling their accounts, thus this could simply be complementary eyewitness accounts of the same event.  Similar to eyewitnesses of a bank robbery, with several different accounts on how it went down, yet nobody would deny that the bank was robbed!  This is picking at the position of the gnats on the elephant, so one can attempt to deny the existence of elephant altogether.  This mentality is common among skeptics and it should be understood by anyone who would bother to listen to them.

The eyewitness accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ vary this way.  One witness points out two angels at the tomb, while another says there was one.  However, the witness did not say there was “only” one; they just focused on the one, which is not a contradiction, but simply another corresponding account from a different viewpoint.

Conclusion:  The Almighty Creator took the time to communicate His love and standard/terms for mercy through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in men and by the visitation of Himself in the form of God, the Son.  He has accurately preserved the record of this communication and His love for us in the Bible.  We have sinned against Him and death is the penalty for each sin we have committed.  We have built the house without windows, locked the door and set the place on fire.  He stands at the door and knocks, asking us if we want to be rescued by Him.  Unfortunately, most will reject His help (His forgiveness through Christ alone).  Instead, they will seek to find a way out of the fire in that locked room on their own.  But sin and death are too strong for them and they will never succeed, but rather parish in their own futile attempt at righteousness.

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Answering The "Why God?" Questions.

Among the most asked questions in the history of humanity are the inquiries about why God allows things like suffering, injustice, abusive and hurtful criminal activity and sin in general to be so rampant on the Earth, the jewel of His Creation?

 

The answer is rather simple, but it is not that easy for the hardened human heart to heed and desire to honestly understand, because of what it actually points out.

 

First, God did not create human beings as robots, He gave us free will choice concerning our life here on Earth, as well as for our future destiny once we leave our physical, earthly bodies behind.  God created us to be able to have a deep, loving relationship with Him, on a very personal level; something you just cannot have without free will choice. Unfortunately, free will choice has a down side too, because rebellion, cruelty, hatred, dismissal, complete selfishness or apathy toward our Creator or our fellowman are just a few of the other options that choice makes available to the human race and we have the tendency to exercise these types of options in abundance.

 

The other great truth involved with the why questions is a major stumbling block for those who have exercised their “right” to choose to rebel (consciously and subconsciously).  It deals with the fact that God is the Creator and He has made all things (including humans) to be for His glory (not ours).  This means that everything is ultimately going to glorify the HOLY, ALMIGHTY CREATOR, and not one of us will stand in our own glory before Him, concerning the things we have done. 

 

Simply put, it is about HIM, not us.  We exist for His glory, or His purposes and plans to glorify Himself (Colossians 1:15-17). Most cannot accept this truth, and it would be a hard thing to endure if God was not HOLY, or perfect, righteous (always right) and full of the highest wisdom in all His ways, but He is (Isaiah 6:1-4 & Isaiah 55:8-9).

 

This is where we humans get into trouble, because we have a strong tendency to dislike God’s righteous ways (often inventing our own substitutes) and we rebel against our Creator. Sometimes it is open rebellion, but most often it is through a subtle form of rebellion, usually one which can be rationalized and justified within the realm of human reasoning, so that it is made out to be “okay” or "acceptable" for ourselves and our human peers.  A good example of this is turning the Ten Commandments into “the ten suggestions” or removing them entirely from our thinking (like in the public square) and doing just as we please, disregarding God’s clear instructions for right and wrong.

 

Our rebellion, and all the fruit from it, answers WHY so many things are wrong in this world. But, that is not the answer a rebel wants to hear, because it leaves them in a bad place (Revelation20:11-15) and they don’t want to give up their sinful rebellious ways, so they will continue questioning. 

 

But WHY DOES GOD ALLOW GOOD PEOPLE TO SUFFER AND DIE WITH THINGS LIKE CANCER?

 

First, God alone is “good”.  We humans wish to put our spin on what or who is “good”, then turn around and question God from our redefined position.  Second, sin has infected everything and everyone on the planet and this is part of its destructive power.  This is one big reason why God hates sin, because of the pain, suffering and death it brings to His creation.  Third, we are all infected with sin and there is only one cure, the blood of Jesus Christ.

But WHY DID GOD NOT stop the tragedy, or disaster, instead of allowing it to happen? 

For starters, this would be hyper-management and actually nullify free will.  Second, who would learn anything about sin or love under such a system?  We would just be mystified about all the intervention and never really understand the evil or consequences of the sin we kept wanting to commit.  It would really be a bizarre way to live.  God’s wisdom runs much deeper than humans care to think and that’s why we get into trouble every time we seek to judge God from our extremely limited perspective.  

 

But WHY DID GOD NOT DESTROY THE CHIEF REBEL (SATAN) RIGHT AWAY AND PUT AN END TO IT, BEFORE IT HAD A CHANCE TO GET SO BAD? 

 

God could have easily disintegrated Satan the moment he rebelled and put an end to it, but that would have only proved who was more powerful, not necessarily who was right.  Further, both angels and humans would have only served God out of the sheer terror, of crossing Him from then on, worshiping only His power, never really knowing His love, mercy kindness and forgiveness, which is no way to have a good relationship with anyone.

 

Yet, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8 & 4:16), He provided a way out for sinful rebellious humanity, by choosing to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins by His death and sacrifice of His own Holy and innocent life on the cross, because sin requires the blood of the guilty, or the blood of a perfect innocent in their place.  No human is perfect, but Jesus being God, the second part of the Trinity (Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 3:22, Matthew 28:18-21, etc.), is perfect and was willing to obey the Father’s desire, to come and give Himself for us, to give us a way back to a right relationship with God (John 3:16, John 5:30, John 11:25, John 14:6 and John 20:19-29).

 

Unfortunately, most of humanity will not accept and receive God’s gracious free gift (Matthew 7:13-14) of payment and forgiveness of their sins through Jesus Christ, which comes with a sealed guarantee of eternal life with God (Ephesians 1:13-14).

 

No, most would rather continue in their rebellion and sin. Thus, they will become vessels for God’s wrath in the Day of Judgment (Romans 1:18-32 & 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).  God, the Son, Jesus Christ, is coming back very soon to put an end to the open rebellion of human independence from Him, via their free will choice, which has led to all of the destructive consequences of sin that we see filling up the Earth today.  For it is written, in the great tribulation God will pour out His wrath and punishment on the rebellious, to destroy those who are destroying the Earth (Revelation 11:18 & Chapters 15 & 16).  It is rather ironic that these people are many of the very ones claiming they are actually “saving” the Earth through things like the fraudulent carbon footprint tax scam (which is nothing more than socialistic theft, to redistribute wealth, help further destroy the middle class and enrich the elite ruling class with money and power).  Yet, their reign will be very short and they will not escape Jesus Christ's righteous judgment when He returns (Daniel 12:1-10 & Revelation 19:11-21).

 
Is There Proof That Jesus Is God?

Jesus did acts of God that no other person in all of human history ever came close to doing.   Jesus healed the lame and crippled, so that their shriveled limbs reformed into whole healthy legs and hands.  He cleansed the lepers, completely removing their flesh eating disease entirely, sometimes with just a word at a distance and sometimes with a touch.  He raised three separate individuals from the dead.  He opened the eyes of the blind on many different occasions (one of several feats that even the Jews knew only God could do). Jesus displayed supernatural power over the natural elements as well, by multiplying a tiny bit of food to feed thousands of people on two different occasions.  He walked on water and instantly calmed a fierce storm with three simple words, "Hush, be still".  Also, Jesus demonstrated power over the spiritual forces of darkness and evil, by rebuking them and casting demons out of people on many different occasions.  Jesus went to the cross and gave up His life for us, then physically rose from the grave three days later in a new supernatural body.  Forty days after this He physically ascended into heaven before many eye witnesses.  No other religious leader has come close to doing or claiming the things Jesus did, which are truly beyond compare.   

Only God has the authority to forgive, or fully pardon a person's sins! Jesus did this and then proved He had the right (or authority and power) to do it, by instantly healing a paralytic directly in front of the many religious leaders that were about to accuse Him of blasphemy (Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17).  Jesus openly declared that He was God and this is THE VERY REASON the religious Jewish leaders finally accused Him of "blasphemy" and sought to put Him to death constantly throughout His ministry, even though He lived a perfect sinless life and did the miracles of God before their very eyes.

Jesus made it absolutely clear to the Jews that He was claiming to be God. This is why the religious leaders violently opposed Him and had Him crucified for "blasphemy" (claiming to be God) - see John 8:56-59, John 10:30-33, John 14:6-9 and Matthew 26:62-66 Also see, John 3:16, 18).

 Click on these scripture references and read them for yourself!

WHERE DOES THE BIBLE SAY THAT JESUS IS GOD? 

Peter's Confession of Christ
13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 
 14And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." (just like today, people don’t know who Jesus really is) 
 15He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 
 16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
 17And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17) 
 (Here, we see Jesus blessing Simon [Peter] for his confession of confirmation, not denying it!) 
  
Another proof is that Jesus received worship, something no good teacher or prophet would ever allow, because only God should be worshipped, just as Jesus stated when tempted by the devil, “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” – Matthew 4:8-10. 
  

“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God's Son!” - Matthew 14:30-33 

  
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.’ And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” - Matthew 28:5-9 
  
“Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped Him.” - John 9:37-38 

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.  After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” - John20:24-29
  
Jesus affirmed those who worshiped Him, never once rebuking any of them, which He would have been required to do if He were only a prophet or merely a good teacher!   Thus, those who make such claims (“Christians” included) clearly have no clue who Jesus said He is and demonstrated Himself to be.  In other words, they don’t know the real Jesus Christ at all (Matthew 7:21-23)!

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in (and through) the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.  5 For to which of the angels did He ever say,  “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”?  And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”? 6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.” 7 And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” 8 But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. Hebrews 1:1-8 
  
WAS JESUS CHRIST JUST A MAN?


1st – To declare that Jesus Christ was only a man would be the very equivalent of calling Him a liar or a lunatic, because Jesus made it clear that He is God 
(John 8:56-59 and John 10:30-33).  People today seem to stumble all over this fact, but the Jews in Jesus day had no problem understanding His claim to be God and that's why they wanted to kill Him for blaspheme.  The first hand eyewitnesses obviously knew a whole lot more than all the armchair historical revisionists of today. Sadly, most people just believe what they want to currently, because it's easier than facing the real facts (CINO's included - Christians In Name Only, which is well over 90% of the total Christian population, which is why quoting liberal [unbelieving] “Christian” scholars to disprove Christianity is utterly pointless, because it is like asking a fox if any chickens are missing from the hen house he is watching over). 

2nd (and bear with me on this) - Stating that Jesus could not have been "the Messiah" (the Savior of mankind and God, the Son) and that He was just an ordinary man does not work because of where it leaves all of us with God.  God has told us that sin requires a payment of a death, via shed blood.  But in order for us to be forgiven for our sin, that death must come from a sinless source.  And for us to be completely forgiven for all our sins for eternity, the source has to be in a human form.  However, no human is sinless.  Thus, we had an impossible dilemma, our sin drenched soul with no way to pay for it, other than going to Hell.

This is why God, the Son, was sent by God, the Father, to indwell human flesh and become the necessary sacrificial payment.  Jesus Christ lived out a sinless life of perfection before us so that He could be the required substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, so that we would not have to go to Hell to pay for our sins.  Because God is holy and just, He must punish all our unrighteousness fairly and without the covering of Jesus blood to have cleansed our souls that means we will literally have Hell to pay. 

Jesus even challenged His strongest enemies to prove He had sinned (which would have been easy to do if He was just a man), but they could not!  Instead, all they could to do was slander Him and say He had a demon.  "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?  He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God. The Jews answered and said to Him, 'Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?'" - The Prophet John 8:45-48. 

3rd (more on the spiritual perspective) - It is written, those who deny that Jesus is the Son of God, speak with the spirit of anitchrist. The Prophet John wrote back in the 1st century, 
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming" - 1 John 4:1-3. 

If you wish to believe the lie that the New Testament was corrupted to a point the its message is unreliable, then you must prove it.  When, where, how and by whom?  The evidence must be shown to be conclusive.  Anyone who is willing to sift their way through all the evidence, carefully and in integrity will realize that there is absolutely no legitimate proof for such claims.  The so-called evidence presented by liberal scholars is easily refuted, but those who only want to believe their one-sided distortions won’t even attempt to honestly look at all the information to see the flaws in the spin that is being used.  Thus, if a person chooses to believe such deceit anyway, without really carefully examining it, then they have stated before both God and men that they would rather live in deception and love lies, than ever believe the truth (Romans 1:18 & 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)! 

It is written, 
"And they sang a new song, saying, ' Worthy are You (Jesus) to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation'.... saying with a loud voice, ' Worthy is the Lamb (Jesus Christ) that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.'" - Revelation 5:9, 12 (Also confer with John1:29-36.) 

In Heaven it is declared that Jesus is THE ONLY ONE worthy to judge, because of His sinless sacrifice!

And this is why the following is true, as it is written: 
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11 

The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book - Exodus 32:33

The great white throne judgment of Jesus Christ:

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him (speaking of Jesus, see John 5:22; 27) who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.   And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.   And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.   And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:11-15. 


Is your name in the book of life, or are you trusting in your deeds? Notice where everyone’s deeds will put them!!!

  

I have been talking about the real and historical Jesus Christ, not the invented "Jesus" of other religions that try to greatly lessen who He is.  This real Jesus is the One who came to me when I cried out to Him to forgive me, I have meet the authentic Jesus, the Son of God that Peter openly declared as being the Christ, the Son of the living God, which Jesus Himself affirmed was true (Matthew 16:13-17), and He has forgiven me and set me free from my sin and made me righteous through His blood sacrifice for me, so that I will now go to Heaven and live with the Father forever (1 John 5:13).

Jesus is like the water form of H2O. If we want to be cleansed of our sin, to receive God’s mercy and forgiveness, we must immerse ourselves in Christ, by giving Him our very life and soul, to do with as He pleases, through repentance of our sin.  We have been purchased with the greatest price of His blood to have the opportunity to be His possession.  Thus, He either owns us or He does not.  Only those owned by Him will have their name found in the book of life and go to Heaven (Revelation 20:15).

How Can The Trinity Be Real?

http://www.truthandlife.us/Islamic_Queries-Dissent.html#How_Can_You_Believe_In_A_Trinity? 

May the almighty God of all glory and power soften your heart and open your eyes to who He really is and how much He loves you.  If you wish to give yourself to Him, scroll to the bottom of the page and find out how. TJ

 
Answering the question of who created God, with a bit of science.

 

Everything we experience in the natural world has a beginning.  So, the skeptic muses and asks, “If God created everything, then who created God?”  It is an interesting thing that such skeptics claim they will only accept scientific explanations, but once they are given one, then they simply ignore it and jump to another question they think no one has an answer for.  In other words, they are not looking for real answers; rather they are only seeking excuses.  However, because there are some who might benefit, the question of who created God should be answered in terms that can be reasonably understood.  

The secret to understanding the answer to this question starts with a correct knowledge about TIME, which most do not comprehend very well.  The reason for the misunderstanding about time comes from our limited everyday observations and lack of being fully educated about the way time works.

For instance, most people are not aware that time is directly affected by gravity, and they view time as a constant through their limited experience.  This is one great case to show us that what we experience (feel and even see) is not always reliable or accurate.  When scientists placed an atomic clock at sea level and another one on the top of a mountain, they were able to show that time is expressed at different rates.  The clock at sea level was slower, as it was affected, or slowed down, by gravity.  Thus, proving time is not really a constant reality, as most people think it is.  But what this further proved was that time is a dimension, which has limitations and boundaries.

To explain this further in a better way, all one would have to do is venture near a white or black hole in outer space.  Physics demonstrates that the intense gravity that would be produced by these phenomena can alter time, even to the point of literally making time stand still!  The point at which this happens is called the Event Horizon, which exists on the outer edge of the hole.

A quick side note here:  God most likely created and expanded the universe out of a white hole (just as well known in the scientific community as black holes, but rarely discussed because of the implications that coincide with the Bible’s account of creation). A white hole achieves the opposite of a black whole, which sucks everything around it into it by its massive gravitational force.  A white hole throws matter out, and with the Earth positioned at, or very near, the event horizon, as “God stretched forth the heavens” (mentioned well over a dozen times in the ancient Scriptures), the stars would appear to be very old, yet actually be just as young as the Earth itself due to the distortion of the dimension of time. 

The sun is shrinking at a constant rate and if the Earth had been here even a million years ago, then the sun would have made life impossible, because it would have been too close and cooked the planet.  The moon is moving away from the Earth at a constant rate as well.  If the Earth was very old at all there would have been catastrophic tidal problems from the affects of the moon’s gravity being much closer, which would have wreaked havoc for life on our planet due to the multiplied affect of gravity’s inverse square law, which greatly intensifies the pull of gravity when two objects are closer together.  The movie ‘Interstellar’ touches on these scientific concepts and how it would affect time and gravity.

The point to grasp here is that God created TIME as simply one other dimension that gives humans a length of measured existence in which to operate in the natural realm; just as the dimensions of height, width and depth provide the 3-D space for us to maneuver within.  This is why scientists refer to time as the forth dimension. 

We are as much contained within time in our natural realm as we are in the three dimensions that give us our physical space.  God is not bound by the natural dimensions of height, width, depth or time He created, any more than we are bound by a garage we may build.  We can move in and out of the garage freely and do all sorts of special projects in the garage we might wish to do, but we are not limited to the garage.  Thusly, God is not limited by the dimension of time, unlike humans who are currently limited and contained within it, while we are alive in our natural bodies.  Yet, when our time expires (which is a unique and often individualized feature of time’s dimensional interaction with the other natural dimensions), then we transition out of the natural realm (that is bound in time) into the supernatural or ever present (eternal) realm.  The body stays behind and continues within the other natural dimensions, usually entering into the process of decay, because it is just an outer shell of who we are.  But, the soul crosses over, with God giving us another body at a particular point that will operate in the supernatural realm; a body that will be far superior to the one we currently possess.  After Jesus Christ resurrected, He showed the world a proto type of the body a believer would receive; a body that can transcend time and the other physical dimensions with a simple thought.

God exists in the supernatural, ever present (eternal) realm that is not bound by time.  Therefore, the answer to who created God is that God has always been.  This is exactly how God described Himself to Moses in the burning bush that was not consumed by the fire.  When Moses asked His name, God answered, I AM who I AM, which in the Hebrew construct simply meant, I am ever present and eternal.  It’s the distortion of time and our current placement and experience within the natural dimensions that includes a moment in time, which makes us wrongly believe God needs a beginning.   Again, this is hard for the natural mind, bound up in the natural dimensions to grasp, but the ever present realm just is and always has been, and our soul was connected to it the moment God created us. 

I suspect God created the natural realm from the energy that exists in the supernatural, ever present realm, as this would explain the tremendous energy bound up within the atoms that are the building blocks for the natural realm.  This follows the first law of thermodynamics as well, which tells us that energy is neither created or destroyed, just transferred.  The complete inner workings of an atom are still a mystery to scientists.  The smaller internal particles beneath the neutrons and protons in the nucleus of atoms still does not give a reasonable explanation why the scientific principle of like charges repelling each other does not cause all atoms to simply fly apart and be destroyed. However, nearly 2000 years ago, before atoms were known about, we were told that Jesus Christ (the son of God) holds all things together by His power (Colossians 1:15-17).

With God creating mankind in His image, we were made with a connection to the ever present realm (our spirit).  This is why humans alone, and not any of the numerous animals, are instinctively religious, because we know there is something more to our existence; that we are a part of something beyond our life in this natural world.  This is why we don’t see lions, bear, birds, rhinos, deer, etc. making alters or doing religious rituals like humans do.

This truth further explains why people who were clinically dead for hours, and even days in some cases, have sometimes come back to life and they have stories to tell about their experience in the eternal realm outside of the natural dimensions we currently know.  There have been thousands upon thousands of testimonies of a “hyper-reality” from these out of body experiences, which would not happen if the natural realm was all there is, because it would be just like being knocked out cold and then waking up with no memory of any event at all, especially for those who were not just “dead”, but registered as being completely brain dead, and then came back to life like Lazarus (John 11).

To sum up:  Science points us to the limits of the parameters of the natural realm and the real possibility of the ever present (eternal) realm. Additionally, many people have crossed over and come back testifying to the reality of this supernatural realm. The Bible records the accurate history of both God and angels crossing over into the natural realm and interacting within it as well.  Evidence of the crossing at the Red Sea, God splitting the rock (a giant 50 to 60 foot bolder) and making water come out of it and the burned mountain top of Mt. Sinai in southwestern Saudi Arabia, where God appeared and gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, among other artifacts, like the alter of the golden calf, have all been found.  Video footage of these evidences can be easily googled and found/viewed on YouTube.  Sadly though, for many, they won’t even search for it to see the proof, because they are like a hardened criminal who has no interest in finding a cop. They don’t want anything to do with God, even though He would forgive and redeem them.

The real issue is not weather a supernatural, ever present realm exists.  No, the important thing is honestly facing that time will end for each of us, for we will all encounter a transition out of the dimension of time at some point, because we cannot cheat death. Furthermore, God wrote eternity on our heart, but He also wrote His law on our heart (the moral understanding of right and wrong).  This makes us accountable to our Creator, which is really the actual stumbling block for the skeptic, not the lack of a great deal of the evidence that is available scientifically, historically, archeologically and prophetically, but rather the willful suppression of it.  This is crazy, because time is running out on us all, so we can’t avoid our date with destiny by pretending otherwise or remaining in stubborn denial.

Most people are uneasy about this transition because they really don’t honestly know how they will completely stack up with God, even if they consider themselves to be a good person (which an examination of the Ten Commandments quickly nullifies – Exodus chapter 20). Others are terrified of the thought of death, because they just intuitively sense they are not completely right with God.  The uncomfortable feeling is there for good reason, because when a person is totally righteous in God, on His terms, that uncertain feeling will stop nagging them.

God has said He will end time and finally deal with mankind.  So, the next question would hopefully be, how does a person make sure they are in good standing with the Creator?  The answer is simple, but not easy.  We have sinned against our Holy (perfectly righteous) Creator (lied, stolen, lusted, coveted, used His name in vain, not always put Him first, etc. – from the Ten Commandments).  We might want to make our sin out to be not such a big deal, or compare ourselves to others and say we aren’t that bad, but God does not grade on a curve.  He has told us that the wages of sin is death.  Thus, we have thousands upon thousands of death penalties to pay for and no righteous judge will dismiss multiple death sentences, not even based on other forms of “good” behavior we may have done.

This is the bad news, because we are all guilty and we will be condemned to Hell to pay for our sins (the eternal second death, separated from God, who is LIFE – as the Law of Biogenesis states, life only comes from life).  But there is good news, because God knew we would be in this troublesome place and unable to pay our debts.  And yes, He even put us in a position where He knew we would fail, but He would offer to rescue us, to see who would love Him for who He is, not just for His power and riches.  God has loved us from the start, and He does not want us to suffer in the eternal state apart from Him.  So, God made a way for us to have the payment for our sins paid in full, that we could be with Him forever; perfected, happy, free, joyful and living life to the fullest.  Do you know what He did for us?

First, God gave us free will choice, to choose our own destiny, because He wanted real relationships from those who would love Him, not robots.  Second, and more importantly, God so love you personally that He sent only His son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die in your place. Jesus came to the natural realm on earth and He lived a hard life as a poor, manual laborer at the bottom end of society for about thirty years and then ministered for three years, and He did all of this perfectly, without sin.  Then, He suffer horribly and died a brutal death, completely innocent of any wrongdoing on His part, to make the full payment for the penalty of our sins, making a complete pardon for you 2000 years ago on the cross. He would have done this for you even if you were the only one on the planet, because that’s how much He loves you. If you will believe that Jesus did this for you, repent of your sin, ask Him to forgive you and to come into you, to be the Lord of your life, then you will receive God’s mercy and gracious gift of eternity with Him, because He will literally possess you; come inside you, bond to you and live with you forever.

God is real and eternity is certain.  The only question is where you will spend your existence in the ever present, eternal realm?  The choice is up to you.  I hope you decide to choose well.

 

P.S. I realize that this explanation is only a partial answer, as it does not explain how the supernatural, ever present realm exists.  Yet, it does explain the reality of the intermingling of the natural and ever-present realms.  But it does not explain how God is this great all-powerful Spirit that can create both a natural realm and a spiritual existence out of nothing (including men and angels) and that they are unique individuals apart from God and accountable to Him.  The fact is, we only know what we have been given to know or discover.  Whatever God chooses to withhold from us, we simply cannot know until it is reveal.  I have confidence that those who love Him and submit to Him will one day have all their questions answered.  Part of God’s test of love is to trust Him - that He is good, and that He has our best interests in mind, like a good, loving father does with their child, even though a child often does not understand why.  This is the reason it is written in the Holy Scriptures, without faith it is impossible to please God.  However, this is objective faith, based on what He has demonstrated to us, through the beauty of His creation and the good things we have been able to experience in this life.  God does not ask for blind faith, for that only comes from the religionists and atheists who twist reality, and God, into something they are not.

 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God – John 1:12

 

For those who have been hurt and wounded by others and this world, this is the effects of sin and God allowing free will choice to run its course, with everyone revealing fully their true heart condition for the eternal record of judgment, before He sets all things right and makes all things new, forever for those who love Him.  He will justly deal with the evil that has been done and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever from within the lake of fire (Revelation 14:10-12; 20:11-15).  If you do not want to end up with these evil people, then putting your faith in Jesus Christ is the only correct decision you can make.

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 An Extraordinary Prophecy of The (112th) Pope?

(I've left this article up on the website, because there may be more to Pope Francis than first meets the eye.  He is of Italian/Roman descent and he comes from the political/militaristic branch of the Catholic Church, the Jesuit Order. Thus, there is still a possibility he could fulfill the destiny of the final Pope.)

An Extraordinary Prophecy?

By Dr. Harold Lee Lindsey

Posted: April 8, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

The death of Pope John Paul II has brought about the most extraordinary outpouring of emotion for a world leader in history. National leaders from almost every nation, religious leaders from all faiths, young people as well as old people, people from every part of the earth – all express some kind of emotional feeling about the passing of this great church leader. Most of the world praise him as one of the greatest forces for peace in history.

Modern communication technology has helped make the pope's death an unparalleled event. The entire world has literally come together to praise this one man. I find that many sense that there will be some important and climactic consequences to follow the death of this pope.

As I studied the many Bible prophecies of the Last Days, I found a most unusual extra-biblical prophecy made by an Irish Catholic bishop in the 12th century. His name is St. Malachy. According to his biographer, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his book "Life of Saint Malachy," St. Malachy was known to have the gift of prophecy and even predicted the exact day and hour of his own death. St. Malachy was canonized in 1190 by Pope Clement III.

According to his biographer, St. Malachy was visiting Rome in 1139 when he went into a trance and received a vision. Malachy wrote down this extraordinary vision in which he claims to have foreseen all of the popes from the death of Innocent II until the destruction of the church and the return of Christ. He named exactly 112 popes from that time until the end (or the 266th overall Pope).

St. Malachy wrote a few prophetically descriptive words in Latin about each one of the popes. He then gave the manuscript to Pope Innocent II and it was deposited in the Vatican Archives where it was forgotten for several centuries. Then in 1590, it was rediscovered and published.

The interesting thing is that scholars have matched the brief 110 descriptive predictions with each of the 110 popes and anti-popes that there have been since Innocent II. Though they are a bit obscure, they have fit the general profile of each of the popes.

Now these are in no way the same kind of predictions we find in the Bible. But they do have certain relevance.

Here are a few examples:

Pope No. 108: Paul VI (1968-78). The prophecy for the 108th pope was, "Flos Florum", which means "Flower of Flowers." Paul VI's coat of arms contained three fleurs-de-lis (Isis blossoms).

Pope No. 109: John Paul I (1978). The prophecy for 109th pope was "De Medietate Lunae," which means "the Half Moon." John Paul I was born in the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized Albino Luciani (white light). He became pope when there was a half moon (Aug. 26, 1978). He died the next month right after an eclipse of the moon.

Pope No. 110: John Paul II (1978-2005). The prophecy for the 110th pope was "De Labore Solis," which means "from the labor of the sun." John Paul II was born during an eclipse of the sun on May 8, 1920. As the sun rises out of the East, so he came to the Vatican from the east. Wherever on the earth the sun shines, he visited.

Now, if St. Malachy is accurate, there will be only two more popes before the end of this world, as we know it and the Second Coming of Christ. I do know that the whole prophetic scenario of signs that Jesus Christ and the prophets predicted would come together just before His return are now in view. So what St. Malachy predicted is certainly occurring in the right time frame. Pope John Paul II was aware of these prophecies and at least once referred to them with concern.

According to St. Malachy, there will only be two more popes.

The prophecy concerning the 111th pope says of him, "Gloria Olivae," which means "the glory of the Olive." Could it be that he will be from the Order of Saint Benedict, also known as the Olivetans? Could he be an African, a continent symbolized by the olive tree?

The olive tree is also frequently a symbol for the Israelites in the Bible. Could this mean that this pope will be an Israelite who will be seen as the glory of his people? It bears watching as to who will be this pope. Cardinal Lustiger of Paris is a converted Jew and he is in the running for being the next pope.

But it is the prophecy of the 112th and last pope that is most fascinating. St. Malachy predicts, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign "Petrus Romanus" (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and (then) the dreadful Judge will judge the people."

If any of this is true, then I suspect that the 111th pope will not live very long. We are just too close to the final events before Christ's return for him to reign for a long period.

The most important part of St. Malachy's prophecies has to do with the events he foresees happening during the papacy of "Peter the Roman." He foresees great tribulations during his reign, ending with the destruction of the church and Rome. This is will be done by a dreadful judge who will then judge the world.

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This website's commentary on this topic:

 

The timing for the finalé of Malachy’s predictions certainly fits well with the biblical timing of Daniel’s 70th week when taking into consideration the definitive ending of the 112th Pope. 

 

Also, the last pope (the 112th) that St. Malachy predicted seems to coincide strongly with a very interesting description of a certain biblical prophecy. For Malachy stated, “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign ‘Petrus Romanus’ (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people”.

 

Could this be a parallel to the biblical prophecy concerning those involved in final world religious system, as described in Revelation chapters 17 & 18? For these religious individuals will suffer extensively through the first one half of the seven year Tribulation (the first half of Daniel’s 70th week), along with the rest of the world, meaning they will experience the first 14 of the 21 judgments from God in the book of Revelation, which take place within that three and one half year period (the seven seal and the seven trumpet judgments).  Yet, the recognized world religious system will receive a double portion of judgment - Rev. 18:4-6. Could this possibly fit the saying “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign ‘Petrus Romanus’ (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations”?

 

If Malachy’s prediction holds true, it appears the 112th Pope will be Pope Peter (and likely an Italian from the Vatican, with some even believing him to be the current residing ‘Black Pope’, the shadowy ruler of the Catholic Church who is said to dwell deep within the Vatican's underground structure).  Recently, all the Cardinals in the Catholic Church were named, except one.  This mysteriously anonymous Cardinal is considered by many to be the infamous ‘Black Pope’ who is said to actually be the one running the Catholic Church from a hidden headquaters within the Vatican, a man who is supposedly inspired by his direct worship of Lucifer.  The speculation is that he could be waiting to become Pope number 112?  Such an individual would certainly be aware of the St. Malachy prediction and seek to take advantage of it.  Well, we will not have to wait much longer, as the 111th Pope, Pope Benedict XVI is resigning by the end of February 2013, which is highly unusual, as Popes are not known for "retiring".

 

Now the final part of the prediction is just as intriguing, for it states, "after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people".  Notice it said "after which" the seven hilled city is destroyed and then judgment from God follows.  Just about everyone knows that the city of Rome sits on seven hills and since this is a prophecy about the popes, who reside in Vatican City, which is located in Rome, it is obvious that Malachy’s prediction is talking about the destruction of Rome.  Ironically, the descriptions given within Revelation chapters 17 through 19, as to how the world’s great false religious system is destroyed and judged, appear to be a remarkable parallel to this part of Malachy’s prophecy, a Catholic prophet.

 

The key to understanding Revelation chapters 17 through 19 is to realize that the Harlot (the future false world religious system) and the beast (the future world political system) are two separate entities.  Therefore, the Pope in no way fits the description of the beast, or the Antichrist, as some have ignorantly claimed. 

 

However, the Bible passages speak to another important figure, the false prophet, who will directly support the Antichrist, through mighty miracles (i.e. bringing fire down from heaven).  So, it will be interesting to see who emerges in this key support role.  Also, it appears that Rome will be nuked by some of the cronies (the soon coming ten new global rulers of the New World Order, who work for the beast, in order to place the Antichrist beyond just his political position, into the place of the world's ultimate religious leader, as he declares himself to be God and forces the world to worship him or die.  (I know this may sound crazy, but it is exactly the very type of Satanic insanity that is developing and was predicted thousands of years ago to sweep over the world.) 

Yet, near the midpoint of the seven year Tribulation, the city of Rome does apparently get nuked (Revelation 17-19), and once Rome has been destroyed, this causes the Antichrist to deposes 3 of the 10 future global world rulers (Daniel 7:8 & 20), apparently using them as escape goats.  This will most likely happen during the same period of the great Middle Eastern war predicted in Ezekiel 38.  After these amazing and disturbing set of events the Antichrist will exalt himself into ultimate power over the entire earth, with the aid of the false prophet through the implemention of the mark of the beast where the Antichrist is declared to be God, as described in Revelation 13 and 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. 

 

We still will have to see how these astounding prophecies all turn out, but it is certainly within the realm of possibility that St. Malachy's prediction could be for real, as the timing and scope of his prediction seems to fit extremely well with many of the Bible’s prophetically predicted events.


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 AGABUS!

 

 

Piecing through the centuries his name cries out to us, for the message we must now heed.  But, do we have the ears to hear his clarion call?

 

Ever wonder why Agabus was given such a brief, but interesting mention in the book of Acts? Why would the Holy Spirit even have recorded what little Agabus said at all?  What difference does his one fleeting prophecy make for us today, because it involved what seemed to be a relatively minor event, back in the 1st century?

 

In light of our modern western culture, it is interesting to consider how this early Church prophet, Agabus, would be received today, with a similar message.  First of all, many in the Church would dismiss Agabus as a loon, because they are too sophisticated to believe in something that "has already passed away" or "no longer exists" (the gift of prophecy).

 

Yet, among those who do understand that the gift of prophecy still exists, well, perhaps half of them might listen to what Agabus would have to say.  However, many of those who would listen to a modern Agabus would not really take him too seriously or change anything they were doing (after all, famines and such just do not occur in the West).

 

Sadly, in the western Church today there would be a strong resistance to Agabus.  He would be frowned upon for being so "negative" and such an "alarmist".  His message would be largely forbidden or censored, as the vast majority of the Church would likely rebuke him for "spreading unnecessary fear" that would only lead to "discord" in the body of Christ.

 

More over, to “prove” Agabus was spiritually “off-base” the modern western Christians would piously quote passages like Psalm 37:25, "I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread." Or even Matthew 6:25-34 that states, 25"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26"Look at the birds of the air, …. 34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

 

As a result, Agabus's warning would go unheeded today and Agabus would largely be ostracized (possibly even vilified), if he persisted with his warning that God had told him to give. And the modern Church has the audacity to hypocritically criticize Israel when they refused to listen to their prophets.

 

Yet, look at how the 1st century Church responded to Agabus's prophetic warning in Acts 11:27-29. The passage states, "27Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world and this took place in the reign of Claudius. 29And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea."

 

First of all, they listened to Agabus, rather than ignore him or intimidate him to be quiet about his "immature" and "less than spiritual views". Also, they did not piously recite Psalm 37:25 or the words of Jesus quoted in Matthew 6:25-34 to reprove Agabus for being such an "unbiblical and faithless troublemaker".  Rather, instead of silencing Agabus, they responded positively to his prophetic warning, passing it along and preparing (hence the mention in Acts), realizing that the warning about the bad news of the coming global famine was really God's way of preparing and positioning the Church for success in the midst of the coming difficulty, so that they would be better equipped to meet the needs of the suffering and share Christ (or take advantage of the crisis and make even more disciples).

 

Has the modern western Church possibly become so much like Laodicea that it cannot endure difficulty or suffering?  Will the real message of the biblical prophets continue to be silenced and cast out, with the good intent from God being misinterpreted, or misrepresented, as evil? 

 

Sure, we are not destined for the God’s wrath, but the modern Church is relatively clueless about what the wrath of God actually is, because from the time we walked through the church doors we have been unwittingly and repeatedly programmed with an inaccurate man-made concept that the entire Tribulation is God’s wrath, when the Bible defines it plainly taking place after the mark of the beast in Revelation chapters 15 & 16.

 

For those who have an ear to hear, great trouble is coming and will hit like a tsunami (the storm is coming to both houses Matthew 7:24-27) - the hand writing is on the wall and business as usual will soon come to an end.  You are strongly encouraged to go though the material on this website to get informed concerning the big picture about what all this will mean to us and how we should respond. 

 

“For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is - Ephesians 5:14-17.

 

The time to become informed and act was yesterday – there is precious little time left!

 

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 A Short List of End Time Events


Consider a fair question:  At what point should a person be willing to concede their alternate viewpoint when they see these things take place?  I am not a prophet and any careful and honest student of biblical prophecy should be able to read the hand writing on the wall.

 

Here is a short list of the order in which the end time events will occur.

  1. The steady increase on prices for the basic commodities, as the deliberate devaluing of the Dollar continues by the elite bankers, in their unrelenting effort to continue to in debt all the nations into insolvency and servitude. 
  2. A National IDs will be issued to control the world's citizenry.
  3. The financial "collapse" (crippling hyper-inflation). This will prepare the way for the global ten-horned New World Order to be established, look for a cashless alternative to be eventually presented, something like the IMF "Bancor", which could be set up within the IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDR) system (go to http://ftmdaily.com/ftm-radio-show/how-and-when-the-dollar-will-collapse/ or  www.EndofAmerica3.com for an expert financial review of where we stand economically and historically). We have now been told by Pastor Lindsey Williams, from his globalists insider that the Euro will crash first and then 2-3 weeks afterward the dollar will do the same.  He added that the derivatives market would also be a key lynch pin (see details on the homepage).  According to Mr. Lindsey's oil executive insider source, when the Euro crashes that will be the signal to those in the USA to get EVERYTHING they own out of paper (i.e. all cash from the piggy bank, checking, savings, stocks, bonds, certificates, etc.) and turn it into silver and gold, because anything paper will quickly become basically worthless in a matter of days.  The truth is you should begin to do this now, with all non-operational (extra) assets to get a better value for your paper money, because gold and silver are the currency of the Rothschild elite and they should move higher as the paper money keeps being printed.  More importantly, you will need a six months supply of food and water for your family to give yourself a sporting chance to make it through the ensuing crisis, which will see civil order break down and basic services hard to come by.   
  4. Martial Law will be enacted at this point in the U.S.A., if it already hasn’t been enacted prior to this, for some other event, like a massive cyber attack, a series of terror attacks or a pandemic, for instance. During the crisis, the government will do what ever it takes to mobilize, empower and take care of itself, with the average citizen’s welfare not a genuine concern for the government and its bureaucratic lackeys (remember hurricane Katrina and consider what would happen with a disaster on a national scale, instead of just one region).  In fact, we should expect our current rights under the 10 amendments to the Bill of Rights to be utterly trampled on and our resources plundered, while they vilify anyone who will not joyously agree with their pillaging, which will all be done in the name of "the good of the people".  They will distribute a little of their plunder for show, but keep the majority of the stolen goods for their own comfort.  Expect the socialistic government to aggressively attack anyone they believe opposes their agenda of complete domination and takeover, via media smear campaigns and with violent military and police actions.  Constitutional supporters, conservatives, militia, ex-military, independents, right-wing Christians, fundamentalist Christians, etc. will all be targeted, yet mainly in the order of their perceived threat level to those in government power.  People will be arrested and/or killed during this time, for as little as having been associated with certain conservative groups (i.e. you sat in a pew at the "wrong" church, which is now on the government's terrorist threat list and you will need to be interrogated to determine where your loyalties lie).  This is where we can expect to see the fulfillment of Jesus' description of the apostasy (Matthew 24:9-12), which the apostle Paul said must precede the Rapture that is within the day of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
  5. Ten global regions, with a leader placed over each, will emerge from the chaos and the New World Order will be born.  Go to this link to get a preview of the basic breakdown on how the global planners intend to set up their new global political structure (http://ec.europa.eu/world/where/index_en.htm) [Note: It was discovered in March of 2011 that the EU website had removed the global map at the top of the page.  Currently however, you can still scroll down on the page and see the ten divisions for the world's nations to be fit into regionally.].
  6. A contrived “World War 3” will begin in the Middle East, likely with limited nuclear weapons being used (perhaps one on Damascus), and then more war being spread to certain flash points in other parts of the world.  This will be used to create great fear that “the end is near” from a global nuclear war exchange and utter meltdown.  Thus, the stage will be set for a badly needed "savior" with a plan of "peace".
  7. But, never fear, Antichrist is here, to "save" the day!  The 11th horn comes up among the ten and brokers a unique seven-year peace covenant with Israel and many other nations (chiefly this will involve the antagonistic Muslim nations and groups in the Middle East) to bring an temporary end to a potential global nuclear holocaust.  This is the beginning of Daniel’s prophesied 70th week (the Tribulation – the breaking of the first seal on the judgment scroll up in heaven by Jesus Christ), which is also the beginning of The day of The Lord (a ~1007 year period, which includes the Tribulation and the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on earth), which the apostle Paul said must precede the Rapture (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
  8. After this, simply read the judgments of the breaking of the next six seals (seals 2-7) and the blowing of the seven trumpet judgments, because that is the basic order that things will take place in.
  9. At the Seventh Trumpet, the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of Jesus Christ, up in heaven, where He has begun to reign over his bride, as all true believers, from Adam to the present, will have been assembled together up in heaven.
  10. Satan and all his minions are cast down to earth and Revelation 13 will become front page news.  Here is where the mark of the beast will be issued and every person of age (we do not know what the cut off will be, perhaps somewhere between 6 to 12 and up?) will be made to take the mark of the beast and worship Satan and his Antichrist as their god, or they will be killed (with beheading being the primary form of execution - Revelation 20:4).
  11. The marked followers of Satan and his Antichrist will rule the earth for about 3½ years of 360 days each (or 1260 days), but it will not be a happy time, as God’s wrath will be poured out on them and they will not be able to enjoy their brief little triumph (Revelation chapters 15 & 16).
  12. At the end of this very dark and evil moment in time, Jesus Christ will return with all His saints riding on white horses and slay the Antichrist, his false prophet and all of the mark followers with just a word out of His mouth like a sword.  Then, Jesus will establish His righteous rule on the earth for 1000 years and all the believers will have their new heavenly bodies and reign with Him.
  13.  After the 1000 years, Satan is released for a short time, gathering all who are not truly loyal to Jesus, living physically on the earth at that time, and coming against Jesus in Jerusalem in one last rebellion to supposedly overthrow Him. At that point, God, the Father, rains fire down from heaven on them, like He did with Sodom and Gomorrah, and they are instantly destroyed.
  14. Then, the entire first creation, everything physical in the universe, is dissolved and all of the souls of humanity are gathered together at the great white throne for a final judgment.  Whoever does not have their name written in the book of life is cast into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).
If you want the scriptural references and all the other details, then you need to get The Revelation Unveiled

 

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 Counting Down The Top Ten Signs Of The Final Generation

Prior to Jesus Christ’s Return To Earth



 

The Number TEN Sign …:

 


Knowledge and travel will expand to a great degree at the end of the age  (Daniel 12:4). The exponential factor of increasing knowledge is one very significant and undeniable sign, as the total global knowledge of all that mankind now understands is doubling every year and one half to two years!  The computer chip, which was invented in 1948, as well as the emergence of the Internet, has aided dramatically in this historically unprecedented upsurge of knowledge.  Also, transportation has gone from the ancient mode of walking, riding animals, animal drawn carts and chariots, and small sailing vessels, to cars, curse ships, helicopters, airplanes, jets and space crafts. The amount of travel that people are currently doing in this generation is phenomenal and was completely unthinkable to most past generations.  All that this single verse of prophecy encompasses is even more amazing when you consider that it was written over 2,500 years ago, long before such things could have even been imagined!  Thus, this one verse of prophecy, alone, should cause even the most hardened skeptics to take pause and give some consideration to what the Bible has to say for our modern era.


 

The Number Nine Sign …:

 


False Christs and false prophets will become more noticeably increased (Matthew 24:5, 11, 23-28 & John 5:43).  “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many” (Matthew 24:5). The Scripture is clear about how Jesus Christ will physically and dramatically return to this earth. In Revelation 19:11-21, we have the physical, dramatic and all-powerful return described. The same is true for portions in the book of Zechariah chapters 12-14. Anything short of the described literal and physical return of Jesus Christ at the climax of the battle of Armageddon is an absolute counterfeit.

Yet, mainly due to ignorance and/or an unwillingness to believe the Bible, many people seem very willing to follow the deception of false Christs, which numerously abound. In fact, in the state of California (USA) alone, there are well over 2,000 people who are claiming to be Jesus Christ. It has become very difficult to even count the number of false Christs any longer, as there are so many who claim it today. 

False prophets, too, are prolific. They are both inside and outside the Church.  The false prophets outside the accepted norm of the Church are not real hard to spot, like the Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus and Jeane Dixon types, along with the other sources for the tabloid magazines that get about three out of one hundred predictions right, but usually the three “correct” predictions are so vague and general that they could fit just about anything. These false prophets are fairly numerable; especially when one considers and takes into account all of the psychics with their 1-800-hot-lines.  In stark contrast to this, the biblical prophets have a track record of 100% accuracy, which is far more intelligent and rational to rely upon, but they point to personal accountability, which is unpopular, so their words are commonly ignored, or worse, mocked and scoffed at by skeptical minds, who must believe they are so much wiser that their Creator.



The Number Eight Sign …:

 


Excessive lawlessness will mark out the final generationJesus indicated that lawlessness was one of the signs that would precede His return.  “And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).  Lawlessness would be seen inside the Church, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?  And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS'” (Matthew 7:21-23).  And lawlessness would grow in the world, until the ultimate lawless one (the Antichrist) would come to rule over the earth - “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. … And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-10).  Lawlessness is rapidly growing in all areas of government and the corporate business world.  Stories of corruption and scandals are becoming regular headline news on a much more frequent basis.


 

The Number Seven Sign …:

 


The ability of people around the entire globe to witness a single, local event is now a reality (Revelation 11:7-13).  Revelation mentions two witnesses of the true God, who Antichrist will finally be allowed to kill just prior to the end of his reign, at the end of Daniel’s seventieth week.  Their dead bodies will be seen by people from all over the world and the wicked will throw their last party on earth to commemorate it, by celebrating the death of these righteous witnesses.  Amazingly, this type of global gala event was not possible up until the past few decades. Through planetary coverage of events, by sources like the BBC and CNN, through television, cell phones and computer technology, with satellites, it has become possible for the whole world to be connected to view a single local event, together instantaneously. This is just another one, of several prophecies, in which its fulfillment was not possible before our modern day of hi-tech tools.


 

The Number Six Sign …:

 


The ability to keep track of every person and every “legal” transaction will be required (Revelation 13:16-17). Technology, modern economics and big government control are in position to make this a reality. No other generation ever faced this, much less fathomed how such a thing could exist. This is another of many firsts for our current generation.  Imagine Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, Captain Cook, Lewis and Clark, along with every other great explorer being made to carry their national ID card, passport and visa every where they went! Only in this current time period have we known such restrictive measures of control, which are setting the stage for the global acceptance of the mark of the beast, by which no one will be able to buy or sell or even function in modern society without taking this mark on their right hand or forehead.  This type of modernistic sign proves that those from many past generations, who thought Jesus could return in their time, were strongly ill-informed in their understanding of biblical prophecy, just as so many misunderstand today in contrast, being utterly clueless as to how close we really are to seeing Jesus' return, very, very soon.


 

The Number Five Sign …:

 


The alignment of specific gentile nations will come together in a very particular way (Daniel chapters 2 & 7 and Revelation 16:12-16). A revived form of the Roman Empire was needed and we have seen this happen with the formation of the European Union super state. The kings (nations) of the East are mentioned as playing a role in the final battle of Armageddon and we have China, Japan, India, Indonesia, among others, who are poised to fulfill this prophecy.  Honest interpretation renders a deafening silence among the prophets concerning the United States of America, or some great king of the West, which indicates the prosperity and power of the U.S.A. will soon be significantly diminished, if not entirely wiped out.  In fact, none of the Americas are mentioned as playing a noticeable role in the final seventieth week of Daniel (the seven-year Tribulation period). 

We are not told what causes the shift in world dominating power from the U.S.A. to Europe; we are simply shown that the transfer will take place.  If one wishes to understand how this could actually happen, then they merely need to educate themselves on the world banking elite and their use of central banking systems to create national debts, like the Federal Reserve, which is not part of the government and truly has no valid reserves to back the reported “value” of its fiat/phony currency. 

By manipulating and collapsing of the economy, combined with a deliberate gutting of the infrastructure, through the GATT and NAFTA treaties by outsourcing companies and jobs, it will assure that the U.S.A. won’t have the resources to recover.  This could possibly lead to confiscation and transfer of key elements of the military arsenal, public lands, private property and even Citizens, as payment for the debt.  The free world must give way to a coming tyrannical world rule (Daniel 7:23).


 

The Number Four Sign …:

 


 See to it that no one misleads you (Matthew 24:4). The Holy Spirit throughout the New Testament prophecies echoes this admonition several times. “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Also see, 2 Timothy 3:1-8 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. The Lord has specified guidelines in the Bible, so that His followers would not be deceived and could easily distinguish the truth, from that which cleverly seeks to mimic it. 

However, since this is a sign primarily given to believers in Christ and not the world, which lives constantly under the influence of secular society’s seductive lies, quite often reinforced by false religion, most people don’t benefit from the warning.  The problem with deception is that if someone is deceived, they really don’t know it, and this ignorance is what empowers deceit.  Thus, because the majority of the people on the planet are relatively clueless concerning biblical truth, it leaves them helpless to be able to apply any discernment in defense of the deception surrounding them. And even though it is a sign of warning to believers, many in the Church do not practice the discernment they have been clearly instructed to employ in their lives from the Bible, which unfortunately reveals the serious lack of respect and care for the authority of God’s word, in their lives. 

Still, deception can be just as much a willful choice, as it is trickery and ignorance (2 Timothy 3:13 & 4:3-4).  One example of this can be found in the left versus right, false paradigm of politics that deceives and divides most people; when the real issue should be right versus wrong according to Biblical authority.

 

 

The Number Three Sign …:

 


The alignment of a Russian-Islamic coalition that will attempt to destroy Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-6, Daniel chapters 2 & 7, Daniel 11:40-45 & Revelation 16:12). These prophecies, given thousands of years ago, describe the exact alignment of the modern Russian-Islamic coalition, which will seek to attack and overwhelm Israel.  Therefore, over the centuries Russia would need to develop and become a powerful nation that would become a hostile adversary toward a future reborn nation of Israel, which is exactly what we have today, with the exception of the nation of Turkey, which is in the Islamic mix of nations prophesied.  Yet, Turkey is being targeted by radical Islamic groups for an overthrow of its current moderate government and it could fall very soon.  Turkey is currently friendly toward the west and Israel, but only within the controlling influence of its capital.  Turkey is very much like Afghanistan, once you move away from the capital, it is run by Islamic Shi'i law.  Also, for this prophecy to be fulfilled, most of (recently reborn) Israel’s surrounding Middle Eastern neighbors would need to be exceedingly antagonistic toward her.

The contrary religion of Islam was not even in existence when the prophets spoke forth who would be against Israel.  Yet, Israel’s neighbors are Islamic, with most being extremely hostile toward Israel.  The hostility is fostered by the very existence and survival of the nation of Israel, because it is absolute proof that the Islamic religion cannot truly be the religion of God, as its adherents claim it to be (God’s chosen people - Abraham’s descendants are in the promised land, and it’s not Islam!).  Therefore, the nation of Israel is a profound thorn in their broken theology, so they are hell bent on utterly wiping out Israel, in their vain attempt to nullify this evidence and defy God.

This could well be a big part of the reason behind the atheistic Russian leadership’s desire to destroy Israel, as well, for they have allied themselves with Islam in their desire for global conquest, but underneath it all lies the hatred for God and His chosen people. For what material value is there in that tiny piece of land that everyone seems to want so badly? This is clearly a spiritual battle, and Ezekiel predicted this unholy alliance would come together long ago, before Russian communism and Islamic fanaticism were even a thought in anyone’s mind.  Yet, their evil desire to thwart the purposes, plans and promises of God will be met with God’s fierce wrath and their armies will be utterly destroyed once they come into Israel to attempt to possess it (Ezekiel 38:14-23).


 

The Number Two Sign …:

 


Destructive powers will have to be so great that the very existence of the whole of humanity will be in real jeopardy of extinction.   “And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short.” (Matthew 24:22). Biological, chemical and nuclear weapons with the ability to have them delivered by laser guided missile technology has put the entire world’s population in extreme peril of actual extinction, like never before. Bows and arrows and even the invention of gunpowder were never a real threat toward the planetary annihilation of humanity.  Yet, we now have a nuclear arsenal, just by itself, capable of destroying the world three times over.  Also, we must realize biologically that plague-like diseases were generally limited to specific geological areas, but no more, because of modern travel. Only in this generation has human extinction become a very real and ever present threat.



And The Number One Sign For The Final Generation,

Prior To Christ’s Return To Earth is …:

 


The prophetic fulfillment of the rebirth of Israel as a nation for a SECOND time! (Isaiah 11:11-12, Isaiah 66:8-9, Ezekiel 11:17; 20:41; 37:1-13, Amos 9:15, & Daniel 9:27; cf. Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:4 & Revelation 11:1-2). The fulfillment of this one prophecy is more stunning than perhaps all the others combined, as Israel’s second rebirth as a nation is an undeniable hallmark of end time prophecy. Israel’s existence in the final generation is a necessity for the fulfillment of the seven-year covenant (peace treaty) with the Antichrist and his subsequent violation of that covenant (in a temple in Jerusalem) half way into the agreement, as the aforementioned verses describe. From 70 a.d. to 1948 the nation of Israel became nonexistent. It is historically unprecedented for any nation to vanish for almost two millennia and then reappear right back on the map from where it disappeared!

In Ezekiel chapters 36, 38 & 39, the prophecy tell us that Israel will be reformed physically as a nation, but it will still be disconnected relationally (spiritually) with God until the Lord returns and He breaths life back into them (Ezekiel Ch. 36). Also,“in the latter years” a great war with very dramatic battles will come against Israel from Russia and its Islamic allies (Ezekiel Chs. 38 & 39), which can only happen if Israel exists as a nation. 

Additionally, Jesus' reference in Matthew 24:15-21 to Daniel’s prophecy relates directly to Israel at the time of the end.  The book of Daniel is the foundational key to understanding all end time prophecy correctly.  For Daniel was told in chapter twelve of his book that Israel would go through a time of great distress that would last for 3 1/2 years, and Daniel was to go his way, “for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time”.  Israel is essential, because Daniel's end time prophecies make no sense (and could not be understood/unsealed) without Israel in the picture.  Therefore, Israel is the key sign needed for the end of the age to come.  

Further, Jesus’ reference from the book of Daniel (Matthew 24:15-21) demonstrates that Israel will be right in the thick of end time events listed in Matthew 24 (verse 22 states that, “and unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved” – only possible after the nuclear build up in this generation), which is included as part of the signs that the final generation (Matthew 24:34) was to watch for {the word “generation” in the Greek, literal means “a whole multitude of men living at the same time” – Thayer’s Lexicon, Page 112}, which means that Israel's second regathering (rebirth as a nation) could not happen at any time prior to the end (i.e. 100, 200, 300 or 2000 years) ahead of all the other signs.  Israel's rebirth had to coexist with the other end time signs according to the prophets, because Daniel’s prophecies could not truly be unsealed until Israel came back into existence at the fulfillment of the SECOND regathering (Isaiah 11:11-12).

This is one of many very powerful reasons that demonstrate why attempting to use 1st Century events to say that end time prophecy has been previously fulfilled, or that Israel is no longer a significant piece of the prophetic puzzle, really doesn't work within any honest framework of history or logical thought.  So, the meaning in Matthew is clear, when we see Israel blossom as a nation, the return of Messiah is very near.  Moreover, the fact that Israel is constantly being threatened for utter annihilation by its enemies (the growing Iranian/radical Islamic nuclear threat) puts Israel in a very vulnerable position, to ultimately be willing to sign a peace covenant with someone who could offer them protection, which means that we are not only the concluding generation, but we are on the very precipice of the beginning of Daniel’s seventieth week (the seven year Tribulation) that will start when the Antichrist forges a unique seven-year Middle East peace pact!

 
If you found this insight helpful, then you may wish to obtain a copy of The Revelation Unveiled! by author Terrance G. Johnson, as the book plumbs the depths of the Bible’s end time prophecies and coordinates everything together to make sense out of it all. 


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Should A Christian Fight to Restore the Republic in the United States of America? 

This is a controversial subject and one that stirs up a great deal of emotion in many.  Yet, I believe it will become one of those pivotal issues that will speak volumes about how people are ultimately judged, rewarded or not rewarded when everyone stands before God to give an account.

This issue is complex, involving several different and very serious aspects, thus it is not easy to address.  The ideals of freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are very good and often deemed necessary for an individual to have a hope of enjoying a fulfilling and prosperous life.  Further, even if fulfillment and prosperity are not achieved, most feel very strongly that it is still a God given right to have it as an opportunity, for to take it completely away would create an oppressive environment that most would not want to exist within, particularly those 
who have tasted its blessings.  So, from the human perspective, this alone is usually sufficient reason for the average person to rise up against tyranny, if it is within their means to do so.

Certainly, if this life is all we have to live for, then such a response would appear unquestionably justified and there really would be no point to discuss the matter any further among reasonable people.  However, Christians are instructed in the Bible to live for Christ, for Him to be glorified in them, to understand that this is only a temporary situation, in which we are aliens and strangers in this current world, and that our true home is in heaven.

Jesus spoke clearly about the core issue involve in this:
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal."  -  John 12:25

Many Christians in the United States that I have heard talk about this issue, believe very passionately that they do have a God given right to the Constitutional freedoms they were born with in place.  They correctly site the historical fact that the Constitution was constructed primarily by men who were influenced by their belief in God and the authority and importance of the Bible.  They believe that it is God's will for all men to live free, which is without question the best circumstances for humanity to be able to prosper.  Further, they are convinced that without freedom, the Christian message could not succeed.  Thus, they firmly believe that they must fight of physical freedom at all costs, because without it humanity would be lost.

If this seems to fit much of the way you believe, then there are some questions I think it would be good to consider.  Is the U.S. Constitution the 67th book of the Bible?  If not, then why would you apply its principles (although very good and wholesome for human prosperity) as if they had more weight than the Holy (God breathed) Scriptures?  Has Christianity ever succeeded in oppressive cultures?  Under the Roman persecutions or in Communist countries like Modern China (where there may be more Christians than there are in the entire population of the U.S.A.)?  Did Jesus or His apostles ever rise up against the tyranny of Rome in Israel or anywhere else they went?  Did they preach that we should fight for freedom so that the Gospel would be able to go forth?  Did Jesus or the apostles teach that we had a God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of our own personal happiness?  

Any informed and honest assessment of the true teaching within the New Testament quickly demonstrates how the true Gospel of Jesus Christ has been Westernize or Americanized to fit the compromised and self-interested version of much of the theology we see passing itself off as biblical Christianity today.  Out of one side of the mouth comes the proclamation that "all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness", yet, often out of the other side of the same mouth comes a blatant disrespect for the written words of the prophets.  "It's too controversial", "it just causes division", "no one can agree about it", or "everyone has their own interpretation/opinion" and the worst one of all, "prophecy is not really important or essential for a person to be a Christian".

Prophecy may not be salvation, but it is still part of all inspired Scripture.  Additionally, we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, MIND and STRENGTH.  This would indicate we need to try really hard to understand everything in the Bible intelligently, including the parts we don't like or are difficult. Christians are admonished to pay close attention to prophecy, because it is a guide for us, especially concerning the matters associated with the end of the age (2 Peter 1:19-21).  Knowing prophecy accurately can literally make the difference between life and death for an individual and their family.  Simply refer back to how many of the Israelites that perished for ignoring the prophets words.  Many Christians today have the same type of hard heart, even though they believe they have immunity from such a condition, and they will likewise perish earlier than God's best intention for them.  

God does not need any of us to get His kingdom work done.  It is merely an allowed privilege He offers to us, which we can circumvent by our bad choices.  At times God is amazingly gracious and if He still sees some good purpose for us we might get away with cutting off an ear, like Peter did.  If not, then we will most likely might be cut down swiftly with the sword like James (John's brother in Acts 12).  Testing God with this in the last days is not a good idea, for now all who use the sword are guaranteed to die by it (Revelation 13:10).

Further, the Bible makes it clear that certain appointed hours are given for darkness to rule on the earth (Luke 22:53) and the time coming up shortly is one of them (Revelation 13).

If you have made it this far, then perhaps you are wondering what it is we are to do in this last hour before the Lord returns?  We are to simply do what He has told us to do all along, go and make disciples.  Lost souls are God's kingdom priority.  The fool kicking in your door and pointing a gun at you has precious little time left to understand the truth and make the wise choice that will prevent his soul from landing in Hell.  Will you send him to Hell defending your "right" to be physically free or will you pray and use the moment for God's glory?  Many will not be able to trust that God is sovereign over every atom and submit to the Lord like this.  But then again, do they really know Him?  

Those who are the most vocal about their guns and their right to defend what's "theirs" with deadly force, seem the least likely to witness to anyone at all.  Simply ask yourself, what is more important, a few more breaths for yourself, or the soul that may be eternally lost in Hell.  Unless a Christian has a correct worldview based upon the whole of Scripture and the superiority of the New Covenant, they will most certainly make bad choices that will shorten the good use God intended for them to experience for His glory.

Sadly, a great many "Christians" who think and act with a self-serving manner are likely headed to Hell themselves (see Matthew 7:21-23; 25:1-12).  This is why those who believe they are "Christian" are exhorted to test themselves to see if they are REALLY in the faith, or not (2 Corinthians 13:5).  Also, we are told, you shall know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).   

Political neutrality is the only wise position to take and hold, regardless of the criminal and wrong activities either side will commit against you and those you love.  Christians are not of this world, and as such we should speak peace and tell of the coming kingdom, while we trust our Creator to do His work to bring it to pass.

(Note: “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for their lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same in any country” – Herman Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

At the very least, we will be slandered - you can count on that.


A Little Known Truth About WAR

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 Something For Those Who Refused To Heed The Warning


Tragically, many will not take the warning seriously concerning the collapse of the dollar, the ruin of the US economy or even the day of the Lord coming upon us.  As a result, most of these people will find their situation to be rather dire, as they likely made no preparations and the basic commodities to sustain life will be very hard, if not impossible, to come by in a very short span of time. 

 

With personal savings and most all normal resources wiped out, desperation, panic, civil unrest and dangerous conditions will be wide spread.  The unprepared, which rightly refuse to resort criminal activity, will have a difficult time coping or knowing what to do.

 

When the government finally begins to restore some order back to the country through martial law, basic food and water supplies will be less important than controlling the population. In other words, the police and soldiers are going to be concerned about whether you are part of a riot, robbery or uprising, then whether your baby has milk, or whether you have any food or water. Anyone who gets angry about the fact that government (the politicians, bureaucrats and the foot soldiers) doesn’t really care if you and your family starves, or dies of thirst, will quickly find themselves being shipped off to a FEMA containment facility (prison camp).  If anyone tries to get physical about it, they will likely be shot on the spot, because control is all that will matter to the government in such a massive crisis.

 

So, here is some advice concerning what you need to first come to terms with, let go of all the dreams and plans that you had for “your” life or you will remain too traumatized to be able to think straight and you will continue to make very bad decisions that will only hasten your demise.  If you had a pension or something put away for retirement in paper, forget about it, because you will never get your paper retirement “nest egg” back, ever.  It’s gone, just accept it, have your little moment of grief, and move on. 

 

Life will be very treacherous and fleeting from the collapse onward, so don’t believe ANY promises to the contrary, because they will all be empty lies.  Therefore, you will need to make your peace with God, through Jesus Christ, because time will be short for everyone (scroll to the bottom of this page for help with this).  Sit down and make a list of your tangible assets, food, water, tools, valuables and items that you might be able to barter.   If you have a very good friend or relative, especially one that lives away from the urban areas, who prepared and is willing to barter, share, or put you up for awhile, then that might buy you a little more time, if you are able to get to them.

 

However, you should not feel too bad though, regardless of your circumstances, because when this hits the fan over 99% of the people on the planet will be dead in less than ten years. When the seven-year peace treaty is signed, then you can make it seven years until most everyone will be dead, with many dying right at the end of that seven years, because they took the mark of the beast.  Sorry that I can't give you more positive news concerning that, but that's just the way the biblical prophets break it down for us.  In other words, God told the prophets to tell us what would happen, and God does not lie.  So, it is what it is. 

 

The mark of the beast will be offered to "give you hope", but it is the ultimate rip off, because while it will buy a person 3½ more years to live on earth (and that’s all it will buy), it comes with a horrible price tag, as it will guarantee a person certain death within less than four years and your soul a permanent ticket into hell for all eternity (Revelation 14:9-11 & 19:11-21)! Oh, and did I mention that those extra 3½ years will be a literal hell on earth, as God pours out His Wrath (Revelation chapters 15 & 16)?

 

The gruesome truth is that over half of the world’s current population will be dead within 3½ years of the signing of the seven-years peace pact.  This could easily take place by 2016-2017.  So, again, getting your soul right with God for eternity is the real issue for anyone with even the smallest measure of good sense.

 

This is the end of the age after all and no wishing it away will change anything one tiny bit. The pages from the book of Revelation will come to life before our very eyes.  For anyone who needs some kind of evidence to believe, they will have more than enough once this all starts.

 

Consequently, facing the reality of the situation is the only smart and wise choice to make, as denial of the truth never changes it.  Nevertheless, most people will not be real, so if you find yourself siding with the majority and viewing the state of affairs some other way than what the Bible honestly states, beware, for broad is the way to destruction and many are those who go down it (Matthew 7:13-14).

 

God is doing it this way to force all of humanity off the fence to make their choice.  It would be better to surrender to His lordship and ask forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ, the only sin solvent or remedy available to mankind, than to die in your sin and paying the price for it in the lake of fire for all eternity (John 5:24, 8:24 & 14:6, along with Revelation 20:11-15).  The choice is yours, however choose wisely, because once you draw your last breath in this world, you will not have a second chance to change your mind, as the deal will be sealed forever (Hebrews 9:27).  So, don’t gamble or mess around, for you do not know if you have tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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Why Didn’t The Rapture Happen on May 21st, 2011?

The Rapture could not have taken place on May 21st, 2011 as some were running around the U.S.A. declaring.  Biblical illiteracy is the only reason anyone would even have ever listened to this remarkably ridiculous prediction of Harold Camping.  Further, due to a large amount of ignorance concerning end time biblical prophecy within the Church, there was not a unified voice of warning, education and condemnation against such an obvious misleading deception, which has only increased the opportunity for the mockers and scoffers to howl all the more against any in the Church who would believe in the literal second coming of Jesus Christ, as the Bible does describe it.

As stated, the primary problem that now exists in the Church is biblical ignorance.  A secondary problem exists with a minority in the Church (generally evangelical Christians) who actually do know something about biblical prophecy, but it is very often only minimally correct.  This generally amounts to numerous people knowing just enough to be embarrassingly foolish and/or dangerously wrong. 

It also explains why a united voice cannot be lifted up against false prophets, because it generally is a top-down problem within the Church.  If Christian leaders understood 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 in their plain context, then the Harold Campings of this world would be out of a job and they would have to go to another religion to peddle their subjective faith (utter nonsense).

Why? Because the Bible tells us that the Rapture cannot come until after the Antichrist is revealed and the Day of the Lord has begun. This has not yet happened, so Mr. Harold Camping's predictions were automatically wrong!  Additionally, predicting an exact day is impossible to do (Matthew 24:36).  But because so few actually understand the prophetic timing given in the Scriptures for the Rapture, the false prophets and teachers go largely unchecked.

The May 21st Rapture was a false prophecy generated by Harold Camping, a man who appears to be seriously challenged when it comes to proper hermeneutics, biblical interpretation and any personal integrity. 
Jesus Christ gave us a very literal warning that no man could know the exact day or hour of His return (Matthew 24:36), to protect us from being duped by the many false prophets that He knew would come, like Mr. Camping. 

But this does not mean we are unable to understand or discern anything about Jesus second coming.  For Jesus did give us signs to discern, to be able to comprehend the general time frame, but never the exact day or hour. This single sentence, from the lips of Jesus, is enough for any rational person who takes the Bible serious to have dismissed Harold Camping predictions completely However, in this case Mr. Camping gave us much more to go on.  When we take a look at the numerical and "scientific" & "historic" voodoo he used to come up with his conclusion for the Rapture (and the end of the world six months later in October of 2011), it is an unbelievable mess of pure nonsense that simply demonstrates the appalling ignorance that now exists within Christendom!

Here is what is being reported: "Asked how he (Mr. Camping) arrived at the date, he opened his Bible to Genesis and said Noah loaded animals into the ark in 4990 B.C., a number he said he arrived at years ago after looking at carbon dating, tree rings and other data. Paging forward to 2 Peter, he read aloud, "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years is one day."  Leafing back to Genesis, he said that the seven days Noah spent loading the ark was really 7,000 years. He then added 7,000 to 4990 B.C to arrive at 2010. He added one more year, he said, because there is no year one in the Bible.  As for the exact date of May 21, he pointed again to Genesis, which says the flood began on the "17th day of the second month." According to the Jewish calendar, which he believes God uses, that is May 21. "Now I am telling you, that gets pretty heavy when you see this coming right out of the Bible," he said, looking up from his Bible's dog-eared pages." [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/22/selfproclaimed-prophet-sp_n_839261.html.]

Let’s examine Mr. Camping’s diagnosis.  What artifacts or other material, which has been authenticated to the time of Noah's flood, did Harold Camping supposedly use here to supposedly ascertain the date?  Most reputable scholars agree that the facts demonstrate, from both history and science, the flood of Noah's day took place sometime between 4500-4400 B.C.  No one is able to honestly determine an exact year from all the information that is available.  Therefore, 4990 B.C. was nothing more than Mr. Camping's personal, random selection (guess), which is still off by about 500 years, according to the best evidence.  Saying that Noah loaded the animals on the ark for 7000 years, by twisting 2 Peter out of context and then attempting to apply that misuse to Genesis, is pure fantasy and delusion of the first order.  Mr. Camping violated every proper method of interpretation, as well as 2 Peter 1:19, which tells us that there can be no private interpretation of the prophetic scriptures. 

 

How anyone could fall for that kind of gross manipulation of scriptural and historical context is beyond all reason.  God instructed believers to love Him with all their mind too and anyone listening to Harold Camping is clearly not obeying God in that command.  Even the Bible tells us that nobody lived for 7000 years!  It is puzzling how anyone at all actually listens to this man, much less follows his teaching, by abandoning all reason (and possessions), to run around and proclaim Camping’s folly publicly).  This is especially true when it was demonstrated that Harold Camping held on to his possessions and he was preparing for another broadcast for May 23rd!  There is too much fame and fortune for Camping to give up his con, so he will likely just massage the Bible and manufacture some more false dates for any sucker that is stupid enough to listen to him.

 

There is one great difference between genius and stupidity, genius has its limits.

Sadly, the world and the devil will have a great time with this counterfeit "evangelical Christian" prophecy.  It will be used to deride the real prophetic truth found in God's word, which is designed to enlighten people and turn them back to God.  Worse, Harold Camping is only one of thousands of false prophets that will be raising a counterfeit and distracting voice in the coming difficult days ahead, so that people will be less likely to take an honest look at the real thing. 

Satan is afraid of God's prophetic word, because it fully exposes his deception. Thus, he uses false prophets and false teachers for the world's consumption, knowing the media will take the counterfeits and run with them, making all who believe in the genuine truth of God's prophetic word to appear as nothing more than circus clowns.  Use this website to examine the evidence for yourself, or let those with poor theology, the counterfeits and the media tell you what to think.  It is your choice.

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 Darwinian Evolution Is Dead!

(The Mythology of Darwinian Evolution Has Now Been Completely Eliminated By True Science)


Although this brief article can in no way attempt to address the myriad of issues that have been misrepresented through the “theory” of Darwinian evolution, what it will do is demonstrate why such evolution is not scientifically credible, meaning there is an alternate, true answer for every argument that has been spun to perpetuate the myth of evolution, as if it were a scientific fact.

 

We now have unshakable evidence from science that proves evolution for living systems is fundamentally flawed at its root source, as well as ill-equipped in its main functioning mechanism to succeed.  And one must realize that if the foundational premise of evolution is unworkable (beyond all realistic scientific possibility) and the primary method it is supposed to employ has been shown to be non-operational, then everything else built upon these unsound ideas cannot be true and will fail any honest test of science applied to it as well.

 

False Assumption # 1:  Living Systems Originated By Being Formed From Non-Living Chemicals

 

Other names for this are spontaneous generation, abiogenesis or, my favorite, a pseudo-scientific fairytale; a false concept that has been disproved more than once by good science through the centuries.  In separate experiments by William Harvey, Francisco Redi and Louis Pasteur, spontaneous generation was shown to be a completely false hypothesis.   The “goo-to-you”, “molecules-to-man” belief (religion) has been around for many years, even though it has been consistently and decisively refuted by all good observable science, i.e. the scientific law of biogenesis which states that living systems (life) only come from other organic life.  And the 2nd law of thermodynamics, which states that all things observable are truly moving from a state of high organization to a state of lower organization.

 

Additionally, all the other scientific laws concerning chemistry and physics conclusively demonstrate the impossibility of life coming together at the molecular level within, and out from, an imaginary primitive soup.

 

There are eleven things needed, in perfect concert together, to create life from non-life:  the right materials, the right conditions, the right products, the right kinds, the right amounts, the right reactions, the right locations, the right sequences, the right information, the right structure and the right function.  If just one of these needed things falls short in the initial stage to produce life, nothing living will be produced. 

 

Yet, we have gained immense knowledge in how these processes work on the molecular level and scientists have been able to observe the absolute failure of ALL of these conditions at each of the eleven stages.  That’s right, eleven out of eleven fail to have, or do, what is required for life to even have a chance to develop! 

 

What scientists do observe is a phenomenally brilliant, multifaceted and interactive design and function within all living systems, along with an unknown force/power holding all the atoms together, which allows these systems to exist and operate in amazingly marvelous and astoundingly wondrous ways.

 

Listed below are just a few of the life halting catch-22’s involved in these eleven steps that make spontaneous generation a complete impossibility of ever being or becoming a reality, because of the scientific laws of chemistry and physics won’t allow it to ever happen. The amazing thing is that this has not stopped the atheistic “scientists” from vainly pursuing to find some way to prove it anyway. They remind one of those who believe the Earth is flat and say they can “prove it” or those who search for the mythical pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. It is truly delusion at it worst, yet this pursuit of absolute madness is often funded by our hard-earned tax dollars.

OXYGEN destroys the formation of the amino acids necessary to make life, through oxidation, which stops all synthesis. Yet, oxygen’s presence is required for the protection and support of these same materials, making it indispensable for the beginning processes of life. Oxygen has been found in abundance in earth’s foundational rocks, which ends random chance notion, because oxidation would have been destroying any possible initial production. This is why Stanley Miller left oxygen out of his apparatus and his idea doesn’t work out in the real world.

FORMALDEHYDE that would be needed to produce the sugars would disproportionately produce amines or dead end products of no use for life. In other words, formaldehyde would fix any proteins as soon as they would form, rendering them useless.

AMINO ACIDS are the building blocks of proteins and they are either right-handed or left-handed. What few people realize is that living organisms can only have 100% left handed amino acids in their proteins, or no functional life exists. Yet, all the natural, observable laws of physics and chemistry consistently demonstrate a mixture of the right-handed and left-handed amino acids that is nothing even close to the 100% needed for life. In other words, all natural processes, regardless of how much time they are given, can never produce the pure left-handed chains of amino acids needed for life. Stanley Miller experiment did not produce anything close to the pure left-handed chains of amino acids needed for life; a fact conveniently left out of all biology textbooks.

SUGARS are either right-handed or left-handed, as well, and sugars required for living organisms must be 100% right-handed or no functional life can exist either. And yes, you guessed it; all the natural, observable laws of physics and chemistry consistently demonstrate a mixture of the right-handed and left-handed sugars, which can’t be overcome through prolonged and stubborn denials. The same line of reasoning applies to the sugars as it did to the amino acids. If there is just one left-handed sugar within the chain of the DNA, it’s dead on arrival! “Mother Nature” can’t make what the naturalists require in their formula, she just doesn’t have it in her.

HEAT is the energy needed to form amino acids. But, the very same heat/energy needed to form the amino acids would absolutely melt or vaporize any amino acids that might of had any chance to develop! This is why Stanley Miller cheated and put a trap in his apparatus to keep anything that did develop away from the heat.

PROTEINS are necessary to make DNA, but the DNA contains all the necessary information to form the proteins. This is like having a DVD with the instructions on how to build a DVD player on it, but not having a DVD player to play the DVD on to get the information. Without some form of intelligent intervention, the DVD player would never get built!

In short, this is the ultimate demonstration for proof of the law of biogenesis (that life can only come from life), and it should close the book on the fable of spontaneous generation from a big bang theory once and for all, for any truly honest intellect anyway.

False Assumption  # 2:  Living Organisms of Lower Species Evolved Into Higher Species

 

The main mechanism for Darwinian evolution has always been believed to be mutations.  Through mutations (small “positive” changes over lots of time) amoebas are said to “have evolved” into man.  Much creative story telling has taken place to sell this idea to the public, on how one thing evolved into another and into another and another, until man arrived on the scene, and all this has been explained via mutations (even though this hypothesis clearly violates the scientific 2nd law of thermodynamics). 

 

However, we now know from the study of genetics that the true account of what really happens with mutations is just the scientific opposite of what Darwin’s “theory” requires.  An unacknowledged law of genetics demonstrates that with every mutation there is ALWAYS A LOSS OF GENETIC INFORMATION! (I say “unacknowledged law”, because we can observe it consistently, without exception, in the present on an ongoing daily basis, with our senses, just like the law of gravity.  The reason it is being ignored, and even censored from the public, is that this fact absolutely nullifies Darwinian evolution).   It is not uncommon for powerful evidence like this to be withheld from the public by the very institutions that we are supposed to trust to inform us (i.e. the government, secular scientists, educators and the mainstream media), and it should instill both outrage and awareness to the rational individual, as to how far and deep this deception actually goes.

 

So, why is the consistent loss of genetic information so significant?  Well, for Darwinian evolution to work, where one species supposedly evolves upwardly into another, we would need more information added in, not information taken out of the process.  Additionally, there would be the miraculous need to perfectly rearrange any added information, if it had ever been able to arrive in the first place.  Even though this issue of rearrangement is basically irrelevant, because information is never added through mutations, it is worth noting the absolute hopelessness that any added information would have to take root in the right kind of structural positions, or be able to function beneficially toward any upward evolution of species.  Let’s look at an example of this.

 

The evolutionists have stated that because the chemical composition of humans and chimpanzees is very similar it “proves” we have a common ancestry.  Yet, between a chimpanzee and a man, there are over 60 million encoded differences in a single DNA molecule.   There are at least 50 trillion of these differing molecules in the cells of a human body.   All 60 million differences in each of the 50 trillion of DNA molecules would all have to reorganize themselves, in an instantaneous, miraculously perfect, synchronized event to have a chimp transform into a human.   So, even though the chemical makeup is 98% the same for man and chimp, it is a statistical and practical impossibility for a chimp to change into a human.  Knowing this, the evolutionist is forced to utilize the magic element of long periods of time and random chance events to appear to cancel out this problem (even though the 2nd law of thermodynamics makes time the actual enemy of such a postulation, due to chaos that is created over time, not  order).

 

However, the problem remains, regardless of how much time or how many “positive” mutations one would give to the chimp to change.  Why?  Because it turns out the numerous changes that are actually required for such a significant change, from one type of species to another, are totally lethal for living systems!  Dr. Barney Maddox, a leading genetic genome researcher, put it this way, “a change of only 3 nucleotides is fatal to an animal; there is no possibility of change”. (From the Human Genome Project, Quantitatively A Disproof Of Evolution, CEM facts sheets.  Cited in “Doubts About Evolution?”) 

 

Let’s see what the math tells us: I believe 3 nucleotides are less than (50 trillion times 60 million) or 30 to the 21st power nucleotides changing all at once, isn’t it?  That would be lethal to the 22nd power, which I’m fairly certain qualifies the process as permanently unfeasible and entirely hopeless (or dead). 

 

So, in conclusion, even if all the mutations were positive (which they virtually never are), adding in the appropriate kind of new information (which doesn’t happen, because there is always a loss of information), and the mutated nucleotides all went to the exact places they would need to be to work right (you would have a better chance of winning the lottery 60 times in a row) and then they perfectly functioned with everything else (which only happens in myths and fairytales, but not in real life) this change would so completely overwhelm the species’ DNA that it would mean instant extinction anyway, not Darwinian “Macro-evolution” into a higher species!  Therefore, Darwinian evolution is indeed dead and so is naturalism or the materialistic worldview!  Thus, the false ideas from this flawed worldview should not be accepted or ever mixed in with any other worldview.

 

Have questions about other areas of science?  Go to AnswersInGenesis.org and put your subject topic in the search box.  Have questions about the biblical worldview?  Try ChristianAnswers.net and GotQuestions.org.

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 To Honor The Prophets, Should Not A Sincere Muslim Know, Since Their Very Words Are The Foundation Of What Islam Is Based Upon? 

 

"But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing.  They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts". – The prophet Zechariah 7:11-12

 

Is there really true respect for the Prophets today?  If their words have really been corrupted, then why do their predictions keep coming true?  Obviously, the prophets have been preserved in tact, today, and they should be heeded and respected.

 

Have you heard about what Isa (Jesus Christ) said, that come to pass – when we will all come to the same place one day in the future?

 

 11"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

 

 12And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

 

 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

 

 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.

 

 15And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. "   [The final judgment at the Throne of God – From the Revelation of Isa (Jesus Christ) 20:11-15 (Holy Scripture)].

 

   Did you notice that everyone trusting in their deeds, which are listed books of the deeds (all our deeds, good and bad combined), ended up in hell?  If you would like to know how your name can be written in the book of life, so that you can go to heaven, then be sure to go to the bottom of this page and read about it after you finish with this presentation.


 Isa (Jesus Christ) also said:


"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." – Matthew &:13-14


"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins." - The prophet John 8:24


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  - The prophet John 3:16


"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." - The prophet John 3:36


The prophet Isaiah spoke of this same Messiah that would come, born of a virgin, and suffer for the sins of many.


Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (Immanuel means God with us). - The prophet Isaiah 7:14


For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. - The prophet Isaiah9:6


But your iniquities (sins) have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. - The prophet Isaiah 59:2


Again, The prophet Isaiah, prophesying about the suffering and crucifixion of the Messiah said, “So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.  Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; for what had not been told them they will see, and what they had not heard they will understand.  Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.  He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.  All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.” - The prophet Isaiah 52:14 – 53:6


Even King David prophesied in Psalm 22 about the same suffering and crucifixion of the Messiah when he said, "Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. But I am… a reproach of men and despised by the people…All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, ‘Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.’ I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax;  it is melted within me.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You lay me in the dust of death.  For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones.  They look, they stare at me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." 


David’s Prophecy was written well over 500 years before crucifixion was even invented as a means of execution.  The eyewitnesses in Jesus day recorded these exact events happening to Jesus when he was being crucified (Matthew 27:35-44, Mark 15:24-32, 23:33-38 and John 19:18-27).


But have the prophets from the Holy Scriptures been mistranslated in Isaiah and the Psalms, as some have claimed???


   Proof dispelling this popular misconception comes within the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947 – 1956) in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.  The Dead Sea Scrolls have been accurately dated back to 250 – 400 B.C., and when they were compared to modern copies of the Holy Scripture that dated back to 800 A.D., they demonstrated that the current copies of the Holy Scripture have not been changed in their meaning at all!  Thus, when any person or book contradicts the Bible on these prophecies, they are clearly in error, because the ancient Holy Scripture’s accuracy has been absolutely verified, pre-dating them all.  (Also, see The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, by Josh McDowell, for a mountain of further evidence concerning the accuracy of the Bible, historically, scientifically and prophetically.)

  

    Finally, allow me to very briefly offer one more reason to bring greater understanding to why all I have been sharing with you is really true and not a lie.  Do you respect Moses?  I know you do.

   

   It was the prophet and Law giver, Moses, who proclaimed, on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed – Deuteronomy 17:6One witness is not sufficient to establish or judge a matter or person by - Deuteronomy 19:15.  The Bible testifies to the accuracy of the prophets and the patriarchs with over 40 separate witnesses who all spoke and wrote to the same message about Isa (Jesus Christ), the Messiah, who would come to save mankind by suffering and dying for our sins! Further, their consistent corporate testimony was confirmed with God’s divine stamp of approval by signs, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which irrevocably establishes that their witness was from God. 

 

The Qur’an has but one witness, a spirit identifying itself as “Jibrael” (“Gabriel”).  How is the contradictory witness of one spirit being put above the witness of over 40 verified God fearing testimonies of the great ancient prophets and patriarchs that all agreed and have God’s divine stamp of approval, even though this single testimony for one spirit (a jinn?) breaks the Law of God given through Moses??? 

Was Jibrael really a jinn?  Since he did not show us or leave any credentials, as to his true  identity, we are required to test the spirits.  For it is written: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1.

Even the prophets in the books of Holy Scripture gave us a strong warning and guideline for protection, so that we would not to be deceived by the jinn, But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be (divinely) accursed” (Galatians 1:8) and “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).  These things were written long ago to protect those truly seeking God from the current and future false prophecies and teachings that God knew the devil would introduce to deceive mankind, long before a spirit calling itself “Jibrael” introduced a contrary message to humanity.

 

Also, we must be careful to remember some of Isa’s (Jesus Christ’s) final word’s to us: “all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 21:8) and “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).

I can tell you from my own witness that the prophets are true.  I once thought the scales of justice awaited me in heaven (instead of the books of my deeds that would judge and condemn me).  I was very uncertain which way the scales would tip, even though I was not a “bad” person, and the thought of watching them tip even slightly toward a decision that would send me to an eternal hell was very frightening thing to me. I knew I needed to have my sins forgiven, but I was not sure if they would be.  When I was 21 years old, I cried out to Jesus to forgive me and come into my life.  In that moment Jesus showed up, I did not see Him with my eyes, but His presence in the Spirit was overwhelming.  I immediately felt the shame of all my sin, it was great and unbearable, but instantly Jesus spoke to me an said, I love you and I forgive you.  I cannot express how overtaken I was with a complete feeling and full understanding that I had just been forgiven by the God of the universe. I wept tears of immense joy, as I not only felt the relief of my sin burden lifted off of me, but I knew His love was what I had always been searching for and I had now found.  My life was changed from that moment on, as I now knew that I had purpose and meaning for living, I was forgiven and free to be what God wanted me to be and I have never been the same since.  Jesus longs to show you His love and forgiveness too, if you will but acknowledge that He is your only hope and Savior, He will hear your cry.

May you truly be blessed to know God's love for you!  TJ

 

Even the Qur’an teaches that the Bible (Torah & Gospel) is to be respected as it gives “guidance and light” (Surah 5:42-46).  Further, the Qur’an teaches to “let the people of the Gospel judge by that which God hath revealed therein (within the Gospel).  Whoso judgeth not by that which God hath revealed (within the Gospel); such are evil-livers” (Surah 5:47).

 

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CHOOSING A RELIABLE SOURCE

The very heart of the disagreement is found in this question - Is the Qur'an true or is the Bible true?  Above, several disagreements and contrary positions between the two sources have been pointed out. Islamic scholars have long known about this problem,  and so they, wishing to put the Qur'an in a place of supreme authority, had to say that the Bible was corrupted.

Yet, even the Qur'an speaks to the preeminence of the Bible's authority (as stated above in Surah 5).  Thus, Islamic scholars must say that the Bible was corrupted sometime after the time the Qur'an was "officially" authorized by Uthman.  Unfortunately, for those who have been taught that the Qur'an was unblemished and perfect from God to Muhammed to what we have today, Uthman (according to the Hadith) altered the Qur'an, about twenty years after the time of Muhammad's death -  (http://www.answering-islam.org/Green/uthman.htm).

The hadith also records seven different ways that the Qur'an could be recited prior to Uthman's final version of the Qur'an we now have (How the Qur'an was standardized). Therefore, we must ask which reciting was really correct (since some of Muhammad's followers were ready to kill each other over the differences in the recitings) and which one of the seven ways did Uthman choose for the final version we have today?  Further then, we are being asked to accept by blind faith that Uthman did not make any mistakes, even though in the Hadith Uthman confesses that he was uncertain of which way Muhammad intended it to be! (How the Qur'an was standardized).

   As mentioned previously, it was the prophet and Law giver, Moses, who proclaimed, “on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed” – Deuteronomy 17:6.  One witness is not sufficient to establish or judge a matter or person by - Deuteronomy 19:15.  The Bible testifies to the accuracy of the prophets and the patriarchs with over 40 separate witnesses who all spoke and wrote to the same message about Isa (Jesus Christ), the Messiah, who would come to save mankind by suffering and dying for our sins! 

   Further, their consistent corporate testimony was confirmed with God’s divine stamp of approval by signs, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which irrevocably establishes that their witness was from God.  The Qur’an has but one conflicting witness, a single spirit identifying itself as “Gabriel”, with no miracles accompanying the reciter and the caliph that standardized the message.  How is the contradictory witness of one spirit being put above the witness of over 40 verified God fearing testimonies of the great ancient prophets and patriarchs that all agree and have God’s divine stamp of approval, even though this single testimony from a lone spirit (a jinn?) breaks the Law of God given through Moses??? 

   Even the prophets in the books of Holy Scripture gave us a strong warning not to be deceived by the jinn, “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be (divinely) accursed(Galatians 1:8) and “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints(Jude 3).  These things were written long ago to protect those truly seeking God from the current and future false prophecies and teachings that God knew the devil would introduce to deceive mankind, long before a spirit calling itself “Gabriel” and introduced a contrary message to humanity.

   Both the Law and the Prophets unequivocally demonstrate that the spirit calling itself "Gabriel" was indeed a jinn (a demon) that came to deceive and enslave humanity in the bondage of its clever lies.  No doubt this truth will grieve many, but it will be better to suffer the grief and loss in this life than to suffer the loss of one's very own soul in Hell, forever.

 

   Also, we must be careful to remember some of Isa’s (Jesus Christ’s) final word’s to us: “all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 21:8) and “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).


For me, the Law, the historical accuracy of the biblical text (being repeatedly proved reliable over the years with things like the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the supernatural witness from the Holy Spirit (who dwells within me) telling me that I am a child of God, utterly out weigh the witness of one, lone spirit, even if its testimony had never been altered.

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Watch Out for Satan’s tricky Dajjal (Antichrist)!

 

Watch Out for Satan’s tricky Dajjal (The Antichrist)!  He is coming much sooner than you think!  How?  Even though you may have been taught a different arrangement, the truth is al-Dajjal will actually deceive the world by falsely presenting/disguising himself as the Imam Mahdi (the 12th Imam who is to bring seven years of “peace” and “justice”).  Also, al-Dajjal will present himself as the Messiah to the Jews and Christians, the Great Avatar to the Eastern Mystic religions, etc.  At first, few will be able to see through his disguise and trickery, for he will mimic Imam Mahdi extremely well (for he is said to be the one who is to bring justice and peace for seven years)! Most will not see through his deception until half way into the seven years, when he will be exposed by his very distinct characteristics.  However, we can know who he is before that point in time by heeding the prophets' warnings (more on this in a moment).

 

Al-Dajjal (the Antichrist) will receive a fatal head wound by a sword during a battle that rages over the destruction of Israel between the 3rd and 4th year of his 7-yr. peace covenant (maybe from a brave Islamic warrior who meant well, but forgot that only Isa {Jesus} can truly kill him).  So, Satan is allowed to bring al-Dajjal back from certain death and heal his fatal wound.

 

Perhaps, this is when many people will awaken from his powerful spell of deception; for he is to be "misshapen”, likely from this attack, and his right eye is said to go "black" without sight, according to an Islamic prophecy, which could happen from the sword wound to the head near the midpoint of the seven years, which the biblical prophecy tells us about in Revelation chapter 13. 

 

Nevertheless, al-Dajjal and his false prophet will still do great miracles in an effort to attempt to deceive the weak-minded.  Moreover, the very man that he is predicted to put on God's throne is none other than himself, in the form of his own image (an idol), which the false prophet will miraculously breathe life into, as al-Dajjal blasphemes and declares himself to be God! 

 

It is at this point is where all the world will be tested by being forced to bow down to al-Dajjal, take his mark on their right hand or forehead and worship him and Satan together as the true “God”, or be killed (Revelation chapter 13).  This is explained more specifically below.

 

The Details (what to know before he shows):


Let it be understood.  Many have heard of the coming Dajjal/Antichrist, but most people know very little about him.  Yet, the prophets have described him in great detail.  In this article al-Dajjal will be fully exposed, so that the reader will clearly know how to identify him and avoid his evil plan of deception and destruction that he intends for the souls of many. 

 

It is important to remember that al-Dajjal's initial great deception is to convince everyone that he is really the coming Imam Mahdi, or the Messiah, or the final Avatar, etc.  He will succeed in doing this with many, because Muslims only expect him to show up some mysterious time after Imam Mahdi has arrived and many Christians and Jews mistakenly think their Messiah will appear at this time too.  No one is thinking that the Antichrist will pull this dirty trick and show up first, posing as Imam Mahdi or Messiah!  The Eastern mystical religious believers are simply looking for a great and powerful leader who will unite the world under his authority in the name of peace and harmony, so they will easily fall for the Antichrist’s grand deception.

 

Al-Dajjal (the Antichrist) plans to wait until the circumstances for the Imam Mahdi's (or the Messiah’s) arrival are expected, or present on the earth (military and financial chaos)!  Thus, most everyone will be anticipating or hoping for the Messiah or the Imam Mahdi to appear.  Then, he will come out, disguised as Imam Mahdi/Messiah/Avatar and very likely be proclaimed to actually be "the 12th Imam Mahdi", and the “true Messiah”, with the help of several others throughout the world (his paid agents and others who are simply deceived and jump on the euphoric band wagon).

 

The ancient prophecies in the book of Daniel really give us a good foundation for understanding much about the soon coming Dajjal/Antichrist.  Daniel tells us where he will come from, how he will rule and what type of ruler he will be.  But, far more importantly, the unmistakable way in which an informed person will absolutely be able to identify al-Dajjal (the Antichrist) quickly, when he emerges on the world’s scene to take his place. Other prophecies fill in the details for us also.  Therefore, they will be shared here as well.

  1. Al-Dajjal/ theAntichrist will be the 11th ruler who will emerge after 10 global rulers are established within the next few years.  The current division of multiple Nation States will be converged into a global New World Order containing 10 global regions, with one leader over each (the book of Daniel chapters 2 & 7).  This will come about through a great betrayal by the elite European banking families (The Rothschild Banking Cartel), who are deliberately going to collapse the Euro and then the U.S. Dollar in 2012 (through the planned disintegration of the petro-dollar agreement).  The orchestrated financial collapse will serve to impoverish the people in the Western nations, and most particularly in the U.S.A., and additionally cause great anger from all those holding Federal Reserve notes, U.S. Government Bonds and T-bills, (the phony, fiat paper money created and utilized by these same Rothschild bankers to create debt, in order to control the world through their central banking systems). The primary targets of betrayal are the average middle class citizens (reducing them to the level of serfs) along with the outright theft of a great deal of the past payments for goods and services from the oil rich Muslim countries, and the manufacturing countries of China and Japan, along with others.  The elites' lap dogs in the mainstream media will help stir up even more anger and point to all the wrong places to place blame, in order to distract from those who really caused the crisis, further dividing the victims of this treachery against each other. After the financial crash, even more war will be deliberately sparked by the political minions and covert henchmen (CIA and MI6) of the Rothschild Cartel, first in the Middle East (which they are currently engaged in doing, as their plan is to topple several Middle Eastern rulers and replace them with their more willing puppets, i.e. Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Oman and lastly Saudi Arabia) and then further initiate wars in other flash points around the world.  This will produce the perfect circumstances of severe crisis and chaos necessary for the cartel to produce their Dajjal/Antichrist, presenting him as the Imam Mahdi/Messiah, or the great world’s savior, when it began to appear that the world would be destroyed.

 

  1. Here is where Al-Dajjal/The Antichrist will then forge a 7 year peace pact that will seem to bring the world back from the brink of destruction.  This will make him appear as a hero/savior to the oppressed and fearful of the world.  This is how he will disguise himself as Imam Mahdi to Islam and Messiah to the Jews and Christians - Daniel 9:24-27, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 & Revelation 6:1-2.  However, one clarification is needed here, as the type of “Christian” who falls for this deception is actually a Christian in name only (CINO), which unfortunately is the vast majority of those inside Christendom today.  The true followers of Jesus Christ are a serious minority today inside “the Christian world” today, and as a result most people don’t even know what a true Christian looks like, because they see all the pretenders and phonies.  (For insight to what a true Christian looks like click on this link: http://www.truthandlife.us/Questioning_Salvation_.html). Also, we will see the vast majority of all religious groups (who will be deceived by al-Dajjal/the Antichrist) forming a globally united religion, which the Antichrist and his new empire will be very supportive of at first, but destroy later, half way into the seven year period – Revelation 14:8 and chapters 17 & 18).
    1. [Once the peace of al-Dajjal/ the Antichrist is in place, accomplished by the contrived global crisis that his minion, power brokers effected (i.e. the Federal Reserve and the other central banking systems, CIA, MI6, and various politicians, corporations and organizations around the world working behind the scenes), the world will readily accept the transfer of power toward his New World Order, for al-Dajjal’s promise of peace and stability.  His peace agreement will primarily be a Middle East peace accord, involving Israel and many of the Muslim States (and possibly some others), as it will strategically not include the whole world where the destruction of war is desired by the Antichrist - Daniel 9:27.]
    2. [Al-Dajjal’s New World Order will ultimately become increasingly evil, crushing and oppressing the entire earth in tyrannical fashion, which is another huge clue that he is not Imam Mahdi/Messiah, because Imam Mahdi/Messiah is to bring real peace and justice to the world, not just merely say the words and then do the opposite. (Daniel 7:8-24 & 8:23-25)]
  1. Al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will come from Western Europe (Daniel chapters 2 & 7)   I anticipate that al-Dajjal will be selected from one of the ruling elite European banking families (which are mostly Jewish by the way and not from the line of Muhammad, as the Mahdi has been tied to, through Islamic tradition).  The fake Mahdi will more likely carry a name like “Rothschild”, instead of any name connected to Islam or any of the other religions.  However, the name of al-Dajjal is only a well-educated guess at this point, not an absolute certainty and he could easily rename himself to add to his deception.   
  1. Al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will utilize globally respected/feared military power, along with his control over vast resources and wealth to manipulate the world to his ends. (Daniel 11:36-39)  This is one other reason to look for al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will be a selection from one of the elite banking European families, because they will not likely wish to share their global power with an outsider. Additionally, they have the power and wealth to do most anything they wish, including using the U.S. and N.A.T.O. military (along with the CIA and MI6) to attack any country in the world they wish to control, while raping it of resources.
  1. Al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will start out politically small on the world’s stage, at the beginning of the seven years. Then, he will grow into full power after the first 3 1/2 years, even surpassing the 10 other rulers that initially preceded him.  Halfway into the seven years of his deception by peace, al-Dajjal will uproot three of the ten leaders and then he will move to become the absolute dictator of the world. Thus, it is important to realize that it is a 3 ½ year process through which he will come to full power (Daniel 7:8, 20, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 and Revelation 17:11-13)!
  1. It will be right at the midpoint of the seven year peace covenant that al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will aggressively move to rule the entire world all by himself. (Daniel 9:27)
    1. Halfway into the seven years, al-Dajjal will betray his own peace agreement and move against Israel to destroy the Jews, which will thoroughly confuse many initially, before they realize what he is really up to.
    2. Al-Dajjal will have his military nuke the headquarters of the new global religion, overthrowing the great harlot (the one world false religious system) in one hour by destroying her with fire.  But then, in his treachery, he will blame three of the ten world leaders (his political puppets) that helped give him his power, making these three the scapegoats for the harlot’s destruction, as most of the religious people in the world will have loved the harlot dearly. (Revelation chapters 17 & 18)
  1. Then, Al-Dajjal/the Antichrist will cause all the earth to worship Lucifer (Satan) and himself, or be killed. (Revelation chapter 13)
    1. The mark of the beast (the number {666} or the name of al-Dajjal’s) will be his mark, taken on the right hand or forehead, or rejected, to determine everyone’s loyalty to him.  This will be the time that many people around the world figure out who al-Dajjal really is and reject his mark.  However, he will do many great miracles and a great delusion fall upon many to believe what is false, so great caution must be exercised here for anyone who thinks this would be too easy to see through! (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 & Revelation 13)
  1. Once Dajjal/Antichrist has entered the temple and issued the mark, he will speak out against God Almighty and blaspheme – declaring himself as being God, kill the saints of God, seek to change the way humanity views time and change the laws to entirely suit his self interests and goals.  Great power will be given to him for the final 3 ½ years of his seven year period, which began with his “peace” covenant and will end with the slaughter of almost all of humanity. 
  1. However, there is one other significant twist in the deceptive rule of al-Dajjal. A great battle is to take place just before the midpoint of the seven years, which will solidify al-Dajjal’s power to rule the world.  Actually, it will be a Russian and Islamic alliance that will come against him while he is in Israel (Daniel 11:40 and Ezekiel 38).  From what we can gather from Isa’s (Jesus’) prophecies recorded in Matthew 24, it appears the al-Dajjal goes to Israel and moves into the temple to declare he is God.  As he is doing this he breaks his own peace covenant, unleashing his military forces to wipe out the nation of Israel. Apparently,  in the proceeding chaos, with his military vulnerable, it becomes a peak opportunity that is too much to resist for the Russian and the Islamic armies that are allied together and poised for an attack.  Perhaps al-Dajjal’s deceptive mask has slipped down a bit too far by this time as well.  But, whatever the reason, they forget that they cannot defeat al-Dajjal and they move against him to take out two birds with one stone’s thrown, or so they think.
  1. The alliance overruns the land and appears to be on the very brink of an outright victory, as al-Dajjal is dealt a fatal blow to his head with a sword and his army is overwhelmed (Revelation 13 & Ezekiel 38)
    1. But then God intervenes and destroys all of the attacking armies in His fierce wrath, because He is against them.  The complete and swift devastation of the armies clearly comes by supernatural means, causing the whole world to be in awe of God (Ezekiel 38:14-23).
    2. But then, al-Dajjal’s/the Antichrist’s fatal wound is healed (by Satan) and Satan possesses him.  Then, al-Dajjal claims credit for the total annihilation of the Russian and Islamic armies that had entered into the land against him to take it, armies which God actually destroyed (Daniel 8:24, Revelation chapter 13 & 2 Thessalonians chapter 2). 

 

  1. After this al-Dajjal will rule and pillage the world mostly as he pleases until he ultimately ends up in the final battle of Armageddon (Daniel 11:41-45), where he will be defeated by the real Jesus Christ when He returns (Daniel 2:34-35, 7:26, 8:25 and Revelation 19:11-21).
  1. It is at the end of the seven years that Jesus Christ will return and defeat al-Dajjal/the Antichrist and his false prophet, casting them both directly into hell (Revelation 19:19-20).  After this, peace and harmony are brought to the earth for a time, and then the final judgment at the Great White Throne will take place.
    1. "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:1-15)
    2. Do you trust in your deeds? Is your name written in the book of life? Actually, the answer to these two questions is far more important than everything else you have just read!
This likely does not end how you thought, because where is the Imam Mahdi, you may ask?  The truth is that there will be no real Imam Mahdi.  He is pure legend that was created out of vague tradition and religious folklore, not prophetic utterance from any source like the Qur’an or the Bible.  Al-Dajjal will use this strong superstitious belief (as well as other misinformation) to his full advantage, to disguise himself and pretend to be the Mahdi/Messiah, tricking many.  Yet, of the billions he will fool, you now do not have to be taken in by his clever, devious scheme.  For the solid testimony of the prophets tells us who he will be without questionPlease, pass this on to everyone you know and care about, so that they will not fall for al-Dajjal’s/the Antichrist’s soon coming and diabolical deception.

  

May God bless you, TJ.

 

 P.S.    Jesus loves you beyond all you may ever understand. You can find out how to definitely get your name in the book of life by scrolling down toward the bottom of this page.  May God bless you, TJ.

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WHO SHOULD WE BELIEVE JESUS OR MUHAMMAD?
What does the historical record reveal?

JESUS

MUHAMMAD

1. Jesus was born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:18-25)

1. Muhammad was born of a normal woman.

(Ibn Hisham pp. 68-69)

2. Jesus served God as a child. (Luke 2:39-52)

2. Muhammad was an idolater. (Sahih Bukhari vol.6, p. 452)

3. Jesus read the Bible. (Luke:16-21)

3. Muhammad was illiterate. (Qur'an 7:156)

4. Jesus performed miracles. (Mark 3:9-10)

4. Muhammad could not perform miracles. (Qur'an 29:49)

5. Jesus raised the dead. (John 11:1-45)

5. Muhammad took life away. Ibn Hisham p. 308)

6. Jesus forgave his opponents. (Luke 23:43)

6. Muhammad had his opponents murdered.

(Sahih Bukhari vol. 5, pp. 248-)

7. Jesus set the condemned free. (John 8:1-11)

7. Muhammad condemned the free and led them into slavery.

(Ibn Hisham p. 466)

8. Jesus preached in God's chosen temple. (Luke 20:1)

8. Muhammad prayed at the Ka'ba when it still contained hundreds

of idols. (Sahih Bukari vol. 1, p. 151)

9. Jesus preached against divorce. (Matthew 5:31-32)

9. Muhammad preached divorce and allowed temporary marriage

with compensation. (Mut'a) (Qur'an 2:230, Sahih Bukhari vol. 7, p. 8)

10. Jesus was sinless. (John 8:46)

10. Muhammad was sinful. (Qur'an 47:21 and Qur'an 110)

11. Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for all mankind. (John 1:29 and 10:18)

11. Muhammad died unexpectedly of illness (which he himself said

was due to a poisoning attempt). (Sahih Bukhari vol. 5, p. 510)

12. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His death, and later physically ascended into heaven.  His tomb is empty (Luke 23 and 24)

12. Muhammad was buried in Medina on the 3rd day after his death.

His tomb is visited by pilgrims each year.  His tomb is not empty.

(al-Tabari vol. 9, p. 208)

13. Jesus is God's Word and God Himself. (John 1:1, 14)

13. Muhammad was only a warner. (Qur'an 29:49)

Mohammed's Mission was to conquer the world for Allah; Christ's mission was to conquer sin's penalty and power to condemn our souls in hell for eternity, by substitutionary atonement of His blood sacrifice for us (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).

Mohammed considered Christ a good prophet; but Christ pronounced Himself to be God Almighty, (John 5:18, 8:24, 8:51-59, 10:30-31, 11:25, 14:9 and Revelation 1).

Islam must be received, or you can be killed for rejecting it.  But, the faith offered by Jesus Christ is for "whosoever will" to receive, and all men are permitted to reject it. (Revelation 22:17 & John 3:16).

Mohammed's disciples killed for the faith; Christ's disciples were killed for their faith (Acts 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:7).

Mohammed promoted persecution against the "infidels"; Christ forgave and converted His chief persecutor (1 Timothy 1:13-15).

Mohammed and his fellow warriors murdered thousands; Christ and his true disciples murdered none but saved many (compare John 12:48 and Acts).

Mohammed's method was COMPULSION by the threat of death; Christ's aim was voluntary CONVERSION by love to give life (Acts 3:19; John 6:47; 11:25-26).

Mohammed practiced FORCE; Christ preached FAITH (John 6:28-29, 35).

Mohammed was a WARRIOR; Christ is a DELIVERER (Col. 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10).

Mohammed was swift to shed blood (Romans 3:15-17); Christ shed His own blood for the salvation of many (Ephesians 1:7).

Mohammed preached "Death to the infidels!"; Christ, while on the cross prayed "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).

Modern day disciples of Mohammed respond to the terrorist attacks by cheering in the streets; Modern day disciples of Christ are deeply grieved at past atrocities carried out by those who were "Christians" in name only (the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, etc.).

Many Muslims are peaceful and peace-loving because they do not strictly follow the teachings of their founder; Many Christians are peaceful and peace-loving because they do strictly follow the teachings of their Founder (Romans 12:17-21).

Mohammed said the Koran is authoritative only in Arabic, and only in his dialect; the Bible is authoritative in many languages around the world, for God knows all things and can inspire (and preserve) His Word in more than one language.

Mohammed hated music; Jesus and His disciples sang hymns, and the Apostle commanded the Lord's Church to sing. (Matthew 26:30, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).

Mohammed called upon his servants to fight; Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world; if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight . . . but now is My kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).

The Koran says, "Fight in the cause of Allah" (Qu'ran 2.244); The Bible says, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood" and "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal" (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4).

The Koran says, "Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them" (Qu'ran 9.5); Christ said, "Preach the gospel (good news of salvation) to every creature" (Mark 16:15).

A Muslim is often submitted to Allah because he fears physical retribution and death from other Muslims. Yet, The true Bible believing Christian is loyal to Jesus Christ purely out of love. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (John 4:19) We love him, because he first loved us.

Jesus will forgive and love any Muslim, no matter what they have done, if they will simply yield their life over to Him, by accepting His true sacrifice that He made for them by dying on the cross in their place, so that their sins could be paid for, cleansed and eternally removed from their soul.  Jesus is waiting with open arms for you, just ask Him to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior, and He will forgive you and set you free (John 14:6 & John 8:32).


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 Something Every Sincere Mormon Should Know, But They Don't.  And Most Never Will, Until It Is Too Late!


Have you heard about the place Jesus Christ said we will all end up going to one day?


The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book - Exodus 32:33

 

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.

 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. [The final judgment at the Throne of God - Revelation 20:11-15 (The Holy Bible)].


Jesus Christ also said, "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins. - John 8:24 & "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." - John 3:36 & “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it – Matthew &:13-14.

 

Did you notice that everyone at the final judgment who was trusting in their deeds, which are listed books of the deeds (all the deeds we committed, good and bad combined) ended up in hell?  If you want to know how your name can be written in the book of life, then go to the bottom of this page and read about it.

 

There is only ONE TRUE GOD for the entire universe!

 

"You are My witnesses," declares the LORD,  

"And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He

Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none formed after Me
.
   
(Isaiah 43:10)

 

Was the Bible mistranslated here in Isaiah?

 

Proof dispelling such an idea comes within the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls from 1947 – 1956 in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.  The Dead Sea Scrolls have been accurately dated back to 250 – 400 B.C., and when they were compared to modern copies of Scripture that dated back to 800 A.D., they proved that the current copies of the Scriptures had not been changed in their meaning at all!  Thus, when the Mormon scriptures and books contradict the Bible on this point, it must be considered in error, because the Bible’s accuracy has been verified, pre-dating them all.

 

And even so, the Bible declared long before the Mormon books were written, But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be (divinely) accursed” (Galatians 1:8) and “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).  These things were written back in the 1st century to protect those truly seeking God from the current and future false prophecy and teaching that God knew Lucifer would use to deceive mankind.

 

Just like Lucifer did in the garden with Eve, when he lied and said, “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be as God” – Genesis 3:5.  You and many of those you love have been lied to.  Realize it and rescue all you can!

 

The blood of Jesus is the only thing that can cleanse our sin stained souls, it cannot happen through religious good works, like that of which Cain displease God (Genesis 4).

And be careful to remember some of Jesus Christ’s final word’s to us: all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 21:8) and “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).

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 Something Every Sincere Jehovah’s Witness Should Know


What is the final authority, the Bible or the Watchtower? The Bible, right?

You have been told by the Watchtower that your good deeds will give you favor with God. However, the Bible says that all who believe this and live it will be thrown into hell.


The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book - Exodus 32:33

 
Revelation 20:11-15 


The Final Judgment before the white throne


 11 And I saw a great white throne and him who sat on him, fled from his presence earth and heaven, and there was no place for them.
12
And I saw the dead, large and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them and they were judged, each according to his works.
14
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the Lake of Fire.
15 And that is not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


Note here in this passage about the Last Judgment of all mankind that ALL the facts (both good and bad) are judged and cast into hell. Only the names in the book of life are not cast into hell.  Is your name in the book of life?


Revelation 14:1-4 (The one hundred and forty-four thousand)

 
 
 1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.

 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.

 4These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste (male & virgins). These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.

 

Revelation 7:4

4And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:(Jewish).  The Watchtower’s interpretation of the 144,000 directly contradicts the plain context of Holy Scripture here and Revelation 20:11-15 confirms the incorrect Watchtower interpretation.


Exodus 32:33

The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book 


Ephesians 2:8-9

8
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.



John 6:28-29

28
Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"

 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."


Is Jesus Jehovah God?


Genesis 1:26-27

26
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  (God is in a plural form here.)

 

Isaiah 44:6

6"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
'I am the first and I am the last,
         And there is no God besides Me.
  (Who is this?)

 

Revelation 1:5-8, 17-18

5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood--

 6and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-- to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 7BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

 8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,

 18and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.  (Who is this?)


John 10:30-33

30
Jesus said, "I and the Father are one."

 31The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.

 32Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"

 33The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."

(The Jews understood Jesus’ claim to be Jehovah God, that’s why they accused Him of blasphemy and wanted to stone Him to death!)

Luke 5:17-26

  17One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.

 18And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.

 19But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.

 20Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."

 21The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

 22But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?

 23"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

 24"But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"--He said to the paralytic--"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."

 25Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.

 26They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen remarkable things today."

(Consider the fact that Jews, whom Jesus was speaking to directly in these passages, had absolutely no problem understanding His claim to be God!)

Hebrews 1:1-8

  5For to which of the angels did He ever say,
         "YOU ARE MY SON,
         TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU"?
8But of the Son He says,
"YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER,


The Bible also says that the Holy Spirit is God


Acts 5:3-4
 3But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land?

 4"While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

 


Romans 8:16
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

1 John 5:10-13
10
The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.

 11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Does the Holy Spirit witness to your spirit that you are a child of God? Do you know that you really have eternal life with God for sure and your name is in the book of life, because the Spirit of God confirmed it to you?  You do not have this security, because mere men (the Watchtower Society) cannot give it to you.


The certainty of salvation is only for those who recognize that Jesus is God and repent of their sins before Him and give Him their life - knowing that Jesus is truly God and His blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins is the only hope to get life eternal with God and inherit the earth. All others, waiting in his deeds should be thrown into the lake of fire (hell).


You will know a prophet by his fruit


A List Of The Well Documented History

Of The False Predictions From The Watchtower


1897 "Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874," Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 4, page 621.

1899 "...the ‘battle of the great day of God Almighty' (Revelation 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced." The Time Is at Hand, page 101 (1908 edition).


1916 "The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great 1000 year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great 7th Day, the 1000 years of Christ's Reign, began in 1873." The Time Is at Hand, page ii, (forward).


1918 "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection." Millions Now Living Will Never Die, page 89.


1922 "The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures than 1914." The Watchtower 9/1/22, page 262.


1923 "Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge." The Watchtower, page 106 4/1/23.


1925 "The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during this year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. In his own due time God will accomplish his purposes concerning his people. Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire this year." The Watchtower, 1/1/25, page. 3.


1925 "It is to be expected that Satan will try to inject into the minds of the consecrated, the thought that 1925 should see an end to the work." The Watchtower, Sept, 1925 page 262.


1926 "Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925, but the Lord did not state so. The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything." The Watchtower, page 232.


1931 "There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1917, 1918, and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time...and they also learned to quit fixing dates." Vindication, page 338.


1941 "Receiving the gift, the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord's provided instrument for most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon." The Watchtower, 9/15/41, page 288.


1968 "True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end to the world', even announcing a specific date. Yet nothing happened. The ‘end' did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing?.. Missing from such people were God's truths and evidence that he was using and guiding them." Awake, 10/8/68.


1968 "Why are you looking forward to 1975?" The Watchtower, 8/15/68, page 494.

Article after article appeared from the Watchtower Society that raised the anticipation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses toward the 1975 date.  Among them was this dogmatic statement found in the 1969 Watchtower article entitled, “The Approaching Peace of a Thousand Years:”

“…six millenniums of mankind’s life on earth would end in the mid-seventies. Thus the seventh millennium from man’s creation by Jehovah God would begin within less than ten years…. In order for the Lord Jesus Christ to be ‘Lord even of the sabbath day,’ his thousand-year reign would have to be the seventh in a series of thousand-year periods or millenniums. Would not, then, the end of six millenniums of mankind’s laborious enslavement under Satan the Devil be the fitting time for Jehovah God to usher in a Sabbath millennium for all his human creatures? Yes, indeed! And his King Jesus Christ will be Lord of that Sabbath.” —The Watchtower, October 15, 1969, pp. 622-623

One might wish to say that the organization is still learning. If that is so, then how can they trust what they are taught now by the Watchtower? Will what they are being taught now, change also???  If a false prophet in the Old Testament days had tried to use to “still learning” excuse he would have been stoned to death anyway.  Liars always have a bag full of excuses and clever comebacks for their obvious deception, because it is the only way they can keep up the charade. 


A true prophet of God won't err in prophesying. Only a false prophet does. The Jehovah's Witness organization, that claims to be a prophet of God, is really a false prophet. Again, Jesus warned us about such false prophets that would precede His coming.  Do not continue to foolishly listen to them any further, lest they condemn your soul!

 

If the Watchtower can’t be trusted then what is the truth?

 

Ephesians 2:1-9 tells us, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.  Notice the past tense of salvation here, when we truly have it by grace.

 

Cry out to the resurrected Jesus Christ and ask Him to show you that He is true and He is GOD.  Be real with Jesus and He will be real with you!

 

And be careful to remember some of Jesus Christ’s final word’s to us: all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 21:8) and “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).  Read the articles below to find the truth from God's word.

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 Is it “Okay” to celebrate Christmas?

 

This really hinges upon one’s definition of what is spiritually (and thus biblically) “okay”.  Unfortunately, most in the Western world have little to no real idea where many of the traditions they follow originated from, what they actually mean or how they evolved into what they are today.  Generally, the litmus test for “discernment” is simply how someone feels about something, with all the facts that could be used to determine right and wrong, being set aside.  Now, for the post-modern, pagan who has been trained to analyze things this way, to follow one’s own heart, this is a perfectly valid concept and it is to be expected.  However, for the person who claims to be a Bible following Christian, this position is contrary to the teaching of Scripture and rapidly leads to hypocrisy. 

 

For, we are told that the heart is deceitful and wicked and the only one who really knows what’s going on within us is God (Jeremiah 17:9-10).  This is why we are told that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).  Also, Christians are told that the standard we are to live by is holiness, in all our behavior (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Sadly, this is often set aside when it collides with human emotions; particularly where the flesh wants its fun, joy and pleasure.  It is at this point where large amounts of “justification” (excuses) quickly come in and the truth of Scripture is set aside, or even maligned.

 

One of the four chief ways believers (in the one true biblical God) are commanded to love God is with all our mind (Mark 12 :30).   But unfortunately, this seems to be the least valued and practiced devotion to God in our modern time, most likely because it often directly confronts, contracts and exposes the pleasure the flesh experiences from sin, and people do not want their “fun” interrupted or extinguished.

 

What few seem to realize is that this “fun” involves using myths and the active use of the symbols of pagan idolatry, which have nothing to do with the Bible’s story of Jesus’ birth, which is lie and it violates the child-like faith and trust of the children.  What the parents fail to comprehend is even though they will tell the children later that there really is no Santa Claus, the lie they used to have their fun performs the function of breaking trust with the true things they did tell their children.  This usually doesn’t come home to roost until the teen years, especially when the child heads off to the university and the atheistic professors began to shred every myth the child was told.  Then, they replace the child’s shattered trust with a multitude of clever lies, attacking the truths they once believed and replacing them with their atheistic religion of Darwin and Marx.  And the Church just sits back in wonderment at how 80% of their children, who come from “good” Christian homes can just walk away from the faith?

 

Compromising with idols in an active way, by bringing the pagan symbols into our homes, cannot be compared to tolerating idols in a passive way, as the idolatrous excuse makers within Christianity do.  This is a problem, and both God and the devil are aware of it, even if humanity remains stupid and dull about it.  Christians need to understand the problem and act in a manner that is pleasing to God, without making excuses to actively keep the idols around, because the consequences are real, whether we see the immediate affect of them or not.

 

Here are a few of the critical thinking questions that a sincere Christian must consider concerning the issue of celebrating Christmas.  Does Christmas genuinely, in a historical sense, celebrate the birthday of Jesus?  Or maybe better, how was Christmas truly born?  Was Jesus born on December 25th?  If not, why was this day, December 25th, selected?  Did Jesus tell us to celebrate His birthday?  Wouldn’t the Lord of the universe told us to do something like that if it was really important to Him?  If not, why not, and then who did?  Did Paul, Peter, or the rest of the apostles and the early Church of the New Testament celebrate Christmas?  Did the pilgrims or even the founding fathers of the United States celebrate Christmas? (The answer is no and no, in case you did not realize it.)  Do you know what the Bible says about the using trees and other objects of pagan worship in any celebration that has religious meaning toward the one true God?  Why don’t we use cake and candles, balloons and streamers to celebrate Jesus’s birthday?  If Jesus had told us to celebrate His birthday, wouldn’t He have had us gift gifts to the poor and needy who could not have repaid us in kind, instead of our friends and family?

 

Stop and think. Very few know WHY we do the things we do, or WHERE our customs and traditions came from. We were born into a world filled with customs and traditions and we grew up being taught to practice them, taking them for granted, but never questioning the origin and true meaning of them.  This is compounded by the fact that they carry with them the intention of “belonging” and the emotional threads of connectivity, fun and pleasure that many rarely experience elsewhere and thus they are valued so strongly that to risk losing them, by daring to honestly look into the truth hidden behind the curtain, just isn’t what most are strong enough spiritually, mentally and emotionally to be willing to do.  In other words, they are very happy with the lie and they do not want to be bothered or challenged with truth that might affect that happiness. This problem extends well beyond the celebration of Christmas, as it can be found piercing deep into numerous religious beliefs and traditions in many areas, but this topic is about Christmas and so we’ll stick to this concept for now.

 

Actually December 25th was a PAGAN festival long before it was adopted by those who say they follow Jesus Christ.

 

We have supposed CHRISTMAS to be among the chief of the Christian holidays. Without asking questions, we may have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principal teachings and commands of the New Testament. We may have supposed Jesus was born December 25th, and that good and faithful Christians are to set this day aside as a special Christian festival. We may have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men presented gifts to the Christ-child.  We may have thought that decorating a Christmas tree, putting gifts under it and the lore about a man named St. Nicholas were all a part of a good Christian tradition.  Yet, these are some of the myths that we were warned about would come in the last days, myths which people would gladly give themselves over to for selfish reasons that have nothing to do with the holy worship of God (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

 

It’ time to move past blind faith and ignorance, and to look into the real facts of history and the Bible for the real account.

 

The word "Christmas" was literally derived from the "Mass of Christ" and later it became shortened to "Christ-Mass." It came to us as another Mass derived by the Roman Catholic Church.  It was first mentioned historically in the late 3rd century A.D., and it began being practiced by some and grew through the 4th century A.D.  Then, under the Roman emperor Justinian [A.D. 527-565] it was recognized as an official holiday.  So, there we have it, a secular ruler, 500 years after Christ, gave the Christian world this “holiday”.  God did not encourage it or ordain it, rather a man did.

 

But, where did they get the initial idea to form it into a holiday Mass? The short, direct answer is that it came directly from the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice, where December 25th was celebrated as the birthday of the sun god.  It is, actually, an ancient rite of the BAAL religion, which the Bible condemns as one of the most abominable forms of all idolatrous worship!  

 

Then the protest comes, “but that’s not what it ‘means’ to me and God knows my heart”.  Yes, dear friend, God definitely does know each heart, but feelings used to define an altered reality merely brings a deception based on falsehood, which can only bring judgment against that which does not align with the full truth of God.  I state “full truth” here with a purpose, for many take part of God’s truth and form their own reality around it, which is idolatry and not true and holy worship of the Creator.  Such ignorance is to be repented of, not cherished and held onto (Acts 17:30).

 

Christmas is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament. As mentioned, it was never observed by Paul, Peter or the rest of the apostles in the early true Christian Church.  Think about it seriously for a moment, if God had really wished us to observe and celebrate Christ's birthday, would He have hidden the exact date of the Savior of the world and then made no mention for us to observe it in the biblical record?  This fact alone proves just how man-centered the whole thing truly is in its origin and practice.

 

The plain truth is, Christmas is not Christ's birthday at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is not of a religious Christian foundation, but rather it is completely of pagan (ancient Babylonian) origin, which birthed the worship of Baal and the Ashtaroth.

 

But does that make any difference? Isn't it all right to go ahead and observe it anyway? Isn't the "Christmas SPIRIT" a good and wonderful thing, regardless of how it got started?  After all, at least people hear about a Savior being born for the world.

 

This really is not a light matter that can be passed over, for it has taken on so little of the true meaning, because it has been lost in the enormous surroundings of pagan and materialistic idolatry.  Most remain clueless, because this heavy dose of paganism via the intermixing of human tradition overshadows any spiritual truth.  This manner of presenting God’s truth to people is actually very offense to God, and we saw Jesus speak directly against such invented human practices more than once, as He challenged the Religious leaders of that day, with their extra additions that they had added to God’s word.  Jesus would repeatedly break their traditions in front of them and then when they challenged Him for doing so, Jesus would rebuke them for distorting the pure word of God. Thus, it really does not fall under a “legalistic” position, once one truly understands how Christmas was simply Jesus Christ’s name being thrown into the boiling caldron of rank pagan worship, which then became a political and religious convenience to unite the “Christian” and pagan people together under the same “holiday” (holiday = holy day).

 

In Mark 7:7-8 Jesus said, “But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.  Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

 

Matthew 15:7-9 states Jesus saying, “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:  ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”

 

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Jude 1:3 states, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”

 

The protest still comes, “but God knows my heart and that’s not what it means to me, so it’s okay”.  Yes, God does know our hearts and this is how He describes them to those of us who are wise enough to listen to Him, instead of going along with our warm fuzzy emotions that mislead us to commit unrighteousness all the time: 

 

Jeremiah 9:14 says,but (the people) have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them”.  Again, Jeremiah 17:9-10 states, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?  “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds (confer Revelation 20:11-15).

 

Jesus was not born any time close to December 25th.

 

Jesus was not even born in the winter season. When the Christ-child was born "there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:8). This never could have occurred in Palestine in the month of December. The shepherds always brought their flocks from the mountainsides and fields and corralled them usually not later than October 15, to protect them from the cold, rainy season that followed that date.

 

More importantly though, historians, following the leads given in the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel trace Jesus birth to sometime in September, through the events surrounding John the Baptist’s conception and birth and Jesus being conceived about six months after John.

 

Even further, the celebration of birthdays was a Pagan practice that early Christians avoided to not be associated with the Pagan rituals.  It would be a much better witness for modern Christians to celebrate their day of rebirth, or being born again in Christ, instead of our physical birthday, which is something to seriously consider.

 

HOW This Pagan Custom Got Into The Church

 

So, how did this heathen custom creep into a so-called Christianity?

The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains it clearly, in its article on "CHRISTMAS": "How much the date of the festival depended upon the Pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the 'new sun' . . . Cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence.

 

Yet, the Roman world had been pagan. Prior to the fourth century, Christians the minority, though increasing, and were persecuted by the government and by pagans. But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who made his profession of Christianity, in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now popular Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.

 

But remember, these people had grown up with pagan customs (not unlike many in the Church today), chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of merrymaking, with its special SPIRIT. They ENJOYED it! They didn't want to give it up, so it was blended into Christianity, as a politically expedient measure by the Roman leadership. Constantine help start it and Justinian later formalized it.

 

And that is how "Christmas" got into our so-called Christianity. We may call it by another name, but it's the same old pagan sun-worshipping festival cloaked with a thin robe of the “Christian religion” to provide cover and give the appearance of being okay with God.

 

The Eastern Orthodox Christian religions celebrate it later on January 6th, instead of December 25th, because they followed the Eastern calendar that recognized the birthday of the unconquered SUN God then, which only serves to solidify the true origin of the pagan practice, even though there is an argument over which calendar is correct.

 

The Real ORIGIN of Christmas

But if we got Christmas from the Roman Catholics, and they got it from paganism, where did the pagans get it? Where, when, and what was its real origin?

 

The same pagan worship was a chief custom of a corrupt system denounced all throughout the Bible under the name of BABYLON. And it started and originated in the original Babylon of ancient Nimrod, which had its beginning shortly after of the Flood.

 

Nimrod, a great grandson of Noah, was the real founder of the Babylonian religious system that has gripped the world ever since.  Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon, ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. He organized this world's first kingdom. The name Nimrod, means mighty hunter and rebel (against God)" - (see Genesis 10:6, 8-12).

 

From many ancient writings, a considerable amount is learned of this man, who organized the great religious world apostasy from God, which has dominated the world until now.  Nimrod married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod's untimely death, his mother/wife, Semiramis, propagated the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th, was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of what would eventually become the worship of the unconquered sun god and the annual commemorative Christmas tree.

 

Through her scheming and designing, Semiramis became the Babylonian "Queen of Heaven," and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of heaven." Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal, the Sun-god. In this false Babylonian religious system, the "Mother and Child," (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn); became chief objects of worship. This worship of "Mother and Child" spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Iris and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiter. Even in Greece, China, Japan, and Tibet, the counterpart of the Madonna is to be found, long before the birth of Christ to the virgin Mary.

 

Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries, when the pagans of the Roman world were "accepting" the new popular "Christianity" by the hundreds of thousands, most carried their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them, merely giving them Christian sounding names, the Madonna and "Mother and Child" idea also became popularized, especially at “Christmas time”. We, who have been born in such a Babylonian influenced world, have been taught to revere these things as holy, and sacred. We never questioned to see where they came from — whether they came from the Bible, or from pagan idolatry!

 

We are shocked to learn this reality and some, unfortunately, take offense at this historical truth.  But God commands His faithful ministers, "cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions!" - Isaiah 58:1.

 

Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the Bible!

The real origin of Christmas goes back to the ancient Babylon. It is bound up in the organized apostasy with which Satan has gripped a deceived world for thousands of years.

 

Nowhere does the Bible tell us to worship or celebrate the "Mother and Child” theme. The apostles and early true Christians never did it! However, The Scriptures show us that Elizabeth said to Mary, "Blessed art thou among women." And Mary herself said, "From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed" (Luke 1:28, 42, 48).

 

She was highly blessed by God, and this has been acknowledged by all generations from that time — but this does not mean she is to be deified, worshiped, made a divine being, when she was merely human (Mark 6:3 and Luke 8:19-21). The widespread worship of Mary, as “the Mother of God,” and “the Queen of Heaven”, the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception” of Mary (without sin), and Mary being a “perpetual virgin” and “sinless”, like the Son of God, is how she is made into a counterfeit mediator between man and God, which is a continuation of this ancient Babylonian idolatry, begun by the clever deceptions of Semiramis, the mother/wife of Nimrod. All of it is inextricably bound up within the pagan "Christmas" idea and this is likely the greatest reason Jesus and the apostles never instructed anyone to celebrate His birthday.

 

Thus, the ancient idolatrous "Chaldean Mysteries," founded by this Semiramis, have been handed down through the pagan religions into the Catholic Church under new Christian-sounding names, and from there through time into the Protestant denominations (mainly after the Civil War in the USA) and on to all of us today in the West.

 

Origin of Holly Wreath, Mistletoe, Yule Log

Now where did we get this mistletoe custom? Among the ancient pagans the mistletoe was used at this festival of the winter solstice because it was considered sacred to the sun, because of its supposed miraculous healing power. The pagan fertility ritual of kissing under the mistletoe was an early step in the night of revelry and drunken debauchery — celebrating the death of the "old sun" and the birth of the new at the winter solstice.  (This Winter Solstice party eventually evolved into what we see today, only we call it a “Christmas party”).  By the way and ironically, the mistletoe, sacred in pagan festivals, is actually just a parasite that often destroys its host.

 

Further, Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons writes, "The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun-God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the'Man the branch' ( or yule log)  And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning" (page 97).

 

Tree worship was very common among the ancients, in Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints' Days,

 

"The Christmas tree...recapitulates the idea of tree worship...gilded nuts and balls symbolizing the sun (tree ornaments)...all the festivities of the [heathen] winter solstice have been absorbed into Christmas Day…" (p. 236).  Yet, today professing Christians speak of the "sacred YULETIDE season."

 

Even the lighting of fires and candles as a “Christian ceremony” is merely a continuation of the pagan custom, encouraging the waning sun-god as he reached the lowest place in the southern skies (beckoning the sun-god’s return back toward the lights).

 

 

What about Dear Old "Santa Claus"?

 

Even Santa Claus has a not-so-benign origin. This fat and jolly elf can be traced back to another ancient pagan Norse legend! Admits the Worldbook Encyclopedia, "Some of Santa Claus's characteristics date back many centuries. For example, the belief that Santa enters the house through the chimney developed from an old Norse legend. The Norse believed that the goddess Hertha appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home."


Although most people assume that the original "Santa Claus" was a supposed bishop by the name of St. Nicholas of Asia Minor of the fourth century, this is not really true.  Although some of this bishop's deeds later came to be associated with "St. Nick," the original "Nicholas" was once again Nimrod, the "mighty one against the Lord." The word "Nicholas" means "mighty one, powerful." Traditions of a "god" who gave gifts under an evergreen tree precede the Asian Minor bishop by thousands of years.

 

Among the Scandinavians it was the god Odin or Woden who left special gifts during

the Yuletide season under the evergreen tree, his sacred tree.

 

Tony van Renterghem writes in When Santa Was a Shaman: The Ancient Origins

of Santa Claus & the Christmas Tree:

 

"In newly Christianized areas where the pagan Celtic and Germanic cults remained strong, legends of the god Wodan were blended with those of various Christian saints; Saint Nicholas was one of these. There were Christian areas where Saint Nicholas ruled alone; in other locations, he was assisted by the pagan Dark Helper (the slave he had inherited from the pagan god Wodan). In other remote areas...ancient pockets of the Olde

Religion controlled traditions. Here the Dark Helper ruled alone, sometimes in a most confusing manner, using the cover name of Saint Nicholas or 'Klaus,' without in any way changing his threatening, Herne/Pan, fur-clad appearance. (This was the figure later used by the artist Nast as the model for the early American Santa Claus)" (page 96).

 

The Catholic Saint Nicholas also had a confusing past. Says van Renterghem, "He

was a compilation of two separate saints (one from Myra in Asia Minor, the other from

Pinora), both of whom were -- as the Church nowadays admits -- nothing more than

Christianized water deities (possibly related to the Greco-Roman god

Poseidon/Neptune)" (ibid.).  In the 1970s, the Second Vatican Council formally stated

that no Roman Catholic bishop by the name of Nicholas had ever existed! Vatican II

further confessed that the legends attributed to this "saint" had no Christian origin,

and probably came from pagan traditions!

 

Says van Renterghem, further:

"By absorbing such PAGAN FEASTS AND TRADITIONS, the Christian Church could subtly bring in its own theology: in this case, establishing the good Saint Nicholas, bringer of love and gifts, while grudgingly allowing the presence of the Olde Religion's Herne/Pan, but only as a slave to Saint Nicholas. Thus, in parts of Europe, the Church turned Herne into Saint Nicholas' captive, chained Dark Helper; none other than Satan, the Dark One, symbolic of all evil....

 

"In Holland and several other European countries, the Saint Nicholas figure is still highly esteemed. He appears as a tall, dignified, bearded, whitehaired old man, dressed as a Catholic bishop, complete with cloak, mitre, and pastoral staff, a seemingly genuine Catholic saint, but with a bizarre, quite unsaintly habit of riding through the skies on a white horse, followed by his Dark Helper. It seems that our Catholic saint inherited some of these customs from the pagan god Wodan, who had also been a BEARDED, WHITE-HAIRED OLD MAN, also dressed in a hat and cloak, carried a staff (or spear), rode a white horse, and dragged along the same dark slave/helper on a chain" (p. 97).

 

So much for old "Santa Claus".  No surprise that this mythological figure, also, is pagan to the core like so much of everything else associated with Christmas.  The Dutch "Sinterklaas" brings gifts to good children, while bad children are harrassed by the "Dark Helper," called Zwarte Pier, or "Black Pete," who brandishes a broom-like rod. (This is where the “naughty and nice” theme comes from.  “Kids, you better be good if you want Santa to give you what you asked for and leave you a present under the tree”.)  Like Santa Claus, Sinterklaas also had the habit of entering homes through the chimney! His helper, "Black Pete," is today, still horned, fur-clad, scary, and less than kind to children. Although portrayed as the slave helper of Saint Nicholas, the two are, in many villages, blended into one character, who often has the name Nikolaas or Klaus. Thus "Santa Claus" is blended with, and is none other than, that old enemy of mankind, Satan the devil!

 

"In Germany, Saint Nicholas' Dark Helper is a swarthy, horned, frightening little man, always brandishing the besom [broom]. He is known by many names: Knecht Ruprecht (servant Ruprecht), or in Bavaria, Pelz Nickel, meaning 'fur-clad Nick.' In Tyrol, the picture is even clearer; there the Dark Helper is Kllaubau, a scarier version of the British Herne the Hunter, a chained, furry, black-faced horned creature" (p. 103-105).

 

Who was this Odin, or Woden, the original "Santa Claus"? He was the chief god of Norse mythology, a fierce fighter who carried a spear as his special weapon. He was renown as a mighty hunter, and for his magical powers. This same author declares, further, of the connection between Odin/Wodan and Saint Nicholas: "Wodan/Odin: ...man's friend, the mysterious Schimmel rider. Dragging his dark and devilish slave Eckhart along on a chain, he rides through the stormy skies. He leads the Wild Hunt, eluding, and finally subjugating, the powers of evil. He also wears a broad-brimmed hat, a wide mantel, holds

his spear, and rides through the skies (replace his hat with a bishop's mytre and the spear with a crozier, and we have the Dutch Saint Nicholas)" (p. 111).

 

In other words, Odin was another name for Nimrod, who, the Bible says, was "the mighty hunter before [the Hebrew word for "before" also means "against"] the LORD" (Genesis 10:9). Nimrod's reputation as a mighty hunter was widespread. Says Alexander Hislop, "The Wodan or Odin of Scandinavia can be proved to be the Adon of Babylon" (The Two Babylons, p. 133-134). Nimrod, Adon, or Adonis, of Babylon was the great "war-god." Odin was the same. Nimrod, in the character of Bacchus, was the god of wine. Odin was said to partake of no other food but wine. The name of one of Odin's sons, Balder, indicates the meaning of Odin's own name.  Balder is a form of the Chaldee Baal-zer, "The seed of Baal." The Hebrew "z" in the later Chaldee frequently became a "d." Baal and Adon both signify "Lord." Since Balder is the "son of Baal," as well as the "son of Adon," or "Odin," then Baal, Adon, and Odin must be the same person -- representative of Nimrod, the first human to be deified and proclaimed by the pagans as a "god" after the Deluge!

 

What the Bible Says About the Use of a Tree in Worship (a Christmas Tree)?

 

In light of all the pagan religious customs previously mentioned this verse does carry more than just a message about ordinary idols of wood, especially for the last days.  Remember, the evergreen tree at the winter solstice comes from ancient Babylonian religion, well before Jeremiah’s time.

 

Jeremiah 10:2-6 states, " Thus says the Lord, “Do not learn the way of the (pagan) nations, and do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens, although the nations are terrified by them; for the customs of the peoples are delusion; because it is a tree cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter.

 

 

Isn't Exchanging GIFTS Scriptural?

 

But when it comes to the “most important” part of all in this Christmas observance — the Christmas shopping season — the buying and exchanging of gifts — many will exclaim triumphantly, "Well, at least the Bible tells us to do that! Didn't the wise men give gifts when Christ was born?" 

 

Now consider what the Bible says about giving gifts when Christ was born. It is in Matthew 2:1-11. "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? . . . And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented UNTO HIM gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

 

Gifts Presented to Christ

 

Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING of the Jews. The kings set an example for us. They did not exchange gifts among each other, instead, "they presented UNTO HIM gifts".  They gave their gifts to CHRIST, not to their friends, relatives, or one another!  They were not instituting a new Christian custom of exchanging gifts with friends to supposedly honor Christ's birthday. They were following an ancient eastern custom of presenting gifts to a king when they came into his presence.

 

God’s Gift was sending Jesus Christ – Therefore, we should celebrate it and give gifts of love to our fellow man.

 

Really?  This is the ultimate spin, in the attempt to dance around God’s instructions in the Bible.  How so?  Because, although God does give mention to His coming in the flesh to mankind through the miraculous conception and virgin  birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we are NEVER instructed to mimic this gift.  Rather, we are taught to remember the real gift is from God, which was performed by Jesus Christ in His sacrificial death on the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed as God’s approval of this great sacrifice for us, through the taking of communion on a regular basis.  Christ’s coming to earth would have meant ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to humanity if He had lived an imperfect life and/or never died for us.  This is likely why God did not tell us to focus on the birth.  It is equally just as likely the reason why Satan and the worldly religious system, dressed the birth of Jesus all up in a myriad of gross pagan practices revolving around the sun god and fertility god, to distract from the pure message of God’s gift of salvation that is available only through the genuine belief in the Messiah’s death and resurrection for our sin, not His birth.

 

The fact is: the customs that have been fastened upon people like chains, via these pagan religious practices and myths, like the exchanging of gifts with friends and relatives at the Winter Solstice season, can only be made to appear qualified by inappropriate and semi-clever “Christianized spin” we receive from those who compromise the clear instruction of the Bible with half truths about God’s love and gift for us.  The problem we are faced with is that once a culture drifts this far out into the sea of seduction, wrong becomes right by shear volume and consensus.  

 

Strange as it may seem to some, gift exchange does not celebrate Christ's so-called birthday, or honor Him in any realistic manner. Buying gifts for people, or trading gifts back and forth, while only giving lip service to the Creator (while offering mean looks, or obscene gestures to all the divers and shoppers that get in a person’s way in the parking lot or at the cash register is really only a little more than an unbridled worship of materialism).  And even if you have never done that, it doesn’t make pagan based gifting okay.

 

The definitive and divine gift of God was only made real for humanity on the cross.  The birth of God as a baby, coming to us in human flesh, means nothing if a person has not repented of their sin and made Jesus’s perfect sacrifice real - the substitute payment for our sins by Him on the cross, through making Him the Lord and Savior of their life.  Remember, Jesus said, “narrow is the way that leads to life and few are those who find it and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many are those who enter by it” (Matthew 7:13-14). 

 

Therefore, when people say that “Jesus is the reason for the season”, it is so inaccurate historically that it is equal to a myth.  Yet, this is taking the name of the co-Creator of the universe, the very Son of God, and mixing Him in with a massive conglomerate of false pagan religion.  Is it any wonder then, when people out side of the church who understand this history are utterly repulsed and disgusted by what “Christians” say and do at the end of every year? 

 

Also, we are admonished by the apostle Paul, 14 … what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial (Satan), or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.  1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God         (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 & 7:1).

 

15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

 

Anyone who tells you it is no big deal … they are completely deceived.  And sadly, many are deceived.  But, even more tragic is the fact that many are willfully deceived, because fun and acceptance are more important to them than holiness and obedience, for there is really nothing “gray” about this.  Worse, the vast majority of Christian leaders, who don’t want their brand or business hurt, will bend over backwards to go along with the pagan culture and even defend it.  Some of these same leaders are saying it is also okay to take the mark of the beast, because “God knows your heart” after all (Revelation 14:9-11 tells us differently).  But why accept the authority of Scripture, when you can follow men “in authority” who make things up to tickle itching ears?

 

Choose wisely who you will set your allegiance with, God, or men saying they represent Him, while defying His holy word.

Is it okay to Celebrate Christmas?  (Part 2)

 

Common Counter arguments: (These are taken from Bible.org’s attempted justification for the celebration of basically all things Christmas and they are in red with my responses in black.)

 

If we use these arguments as a legitimate reasoning for discarding the entire celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas, it would follow that we would end up having to throw out everything--even our Bibles and our wives or husbands. Why? Because Satan and man distort and ruins everything in life--the Bible, sex, marriage, the church, food--everything. Name one thing that Satan doesn't ruin. We don't throw things out just because the world misuses or distorts them.  

 

Just because the world distorts something, that does not make it evil if we avoid the distortions and use it as God intended or in a way that does not go contrary to God's character and holiness. A good illustration is the beauty of sexual love within the bonds of marriage. (Bible.org)

 

Here we see the typical irrational response of the compromised.  First, they completely ignore that the celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas is without any Biblical or historical merit.  They are fully willing to accept it as if it was God ordained and while utterly (and quite willfully) disregarding the sinful human manufacturing of the entire event.  In fact, this statement attempts to treat Christmas as biblically “ordained of God”, and thus, just because humans and the devil have come along and perverted it, we can’t throw it out because we would have to throw out all the rest of the truly God ordain things with it too.

 

As I pointed out in my article, even though the Bible does speak to Christ being born of a virgin and coming into this world as a humble baby in human flesh, the word of God, and all those who faithfully followed it, on the protestant side anyway, until about 150 years ago, did not condone or celebrate the man-made religious invention of Christmas, which is anything but God ordained.  Therefore, it is a seriously flawed argument from its premise, both logically and historically.  This type of argument is commonly used, and it appeals well to those who are emotionally seduced by the spirit of Christmas.

Argument Number 2: Scripture Doesn't Authorize It

The argument is that since we are not clearly authorized by the Bible to celebrate the birth of Christ during such a season, we should have no celebrations or even special services to commemorate the birth of Christ. On the other hand, Scripture does tell us to remember His death in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, and we celebrate His resurrection by assembling on the first day of the week, but there is no precedent for celebrating His birth.

Answers and Considerations:

This is what we could legitimately call hyperliteralism in the use of Scripture. Such an approach completely misses the spirit and intent of the Bible. Hyperliteralism (or letterism) is an intense devotion to the details of the Bible in such a way that one misses the spirit and essential thrust of a passage. Mountains are made out of mole hills and the truth is missed. One is busy counting the number of letters in a sentence rather than listening to its instruction.

I’ve never met a liberal would did not love using this type of argument (label, vilify & misdirect away from the context).  You can literally do away with every truth in the word of God using this kind of flawed reasoning.  Then, as we see below, they flip the argument around to call true literalism – legalism.  This is classic irrational liberal theological argumentation, which has been used to introduce many heresies and false doctrines into the church. Apparently, placing the word “hyper” in front of something good or right is now the new liberal method of labeling and attacking that idea or person and then using it to dismiss them. 

If we applied this argument consistently, we would need to discontinue the use of overheads, musical instruments, hymnals, chorus books, the church building, pews, Sunday school, Christian schools, and many other things. Further, there could be no special services or seasons to commemorate things God has done as with Thanksgiving or a dedication service for a new building. Why? Because the only illustrations of such things are found in the Old Testament and not the New Testament. If the New Testament had clearly spoken on this matter, this argument would be correct because the New Testament does take priority over the Old Testament. However, since it has not, the argument from silence is not sufficient reason.

All the objects and subjects mentioned above are not connected to pagan idolatry.  This is the flawed logic of unequal comparison.  These things are not forbidden, while the worship of the sun god and the fertility god, with all the pagan objects and meanings associated with them are clearly forbidden, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Argument Number 3: Scripture Forbids It

Colossians 2:16-17 - Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-- 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Using this passage, it is claimed that Scripture actually warns and forbids the observance of any special months, seasons, days or religious festivals.

I’ve honestly never heard anyone twist this passage around this way.  The contextual meaning is for preventing the legalistic people from putting someone back under the Jewish Law of Moses.  But by twisting it around this author can then appear to sound more reasonable with his argument.  This is called building a fictional strawman, then arguing against the obviously flawed fiction to make the distortion of the truth sound acceptable.  Liberals are notorious for using this ploy as well.

Answers and Considerations:

What Colossians 2:16-17 forbids is the celebration of religious seasons or holy days when they have been prescribed as religious duty and necessary for holiness or spirituality.  That’s correct.

In this passage, the Apostle is talking about the Old Testament festivals which were shadows of the person and work of Christ--but Christ has now come. To continue to celebrate them is to dishonor the fact of His coming, or to act as though He were not enough for salvation or spirituality. Note what the Apostle says, "let no one act as your judge in regard to . . ." He is saying don't let anyone tell you these things are requirements for fellowship with God. They were only shadows of the person and work of Christ, and He has not only come and fulfilled those shadows, but He is totally sufficient. Okay, so far.

Colossians 2:16 and 17 in no way forbids believers from commemorating something such as the birth of Christ if it is done out of love, devotion, and the joy the season gives when used as a way of focusing on the Savior and not as a religious duty. The issue is not the observance, but the reason, the attitudes and the spirit in which it is done.  (Clever:  Yes, this passage does not forbid such, but other passages do, as previously mentioned.  You see, what this author is clearly trying to remove out of the argument here is the fact that Christmas was never ordained by God as a shadow of any thing.  However, it is deeply entangled in pagan religious worship which is forbidden.  Thus, this diversionary argument does not work when the full truth of the situation is considered, as the Bible is entirely applied faithfully to the matter.)

Furthermore, I believe there is scriptural precedent for commemorating and remembering the birth of Christ. This is in keeping with the events that occurred around the time of Christ's birth.  These include:

1. The appearance of the angel of the Lord with the glory of the Lord to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds (Lk. 2:10-12).

2. The response of the angels at the announcement of Christ's birth (Lk. 2:13-14).

3. The actions of the shepherds who left their flocks to go and see which was nothing short of a celebration (Lk. 2:15-20).

4. And the arrival of the men from the east bearing gifts as much as a year to two years later (Matt. 2:1-12).

These events where to establish Jesus as the true Messiah arriving from God, since so many false ones claim to be Him, both then and now.  There is no inspired word to commemorate and remember the birth of Christ.  This man can believe whatever he wants, but Jude 1:3 tells us that the faith has been once for all delivered to the saints, and we are warned not to add to or take away from God’s holy word, and Christmas is a very seriously flawed, man-made, pagan-infused addition.

There is, of course, the New Testament precedent for believers meeting together on Sunday. In essence this is a celebration of the Lord's resurrection. The early church automatically did this, but Scripture does not command us to do so.

Really?!?  Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of Me” concerning His death and resurrection through communion.  Sounds like a command to me.

In fact, the early church at first met daily and took the Lord's Supper daily, but we don't do that today. Why not? Because these are not binding. We are not under the Law.

No amount was commanded, so we are not under any daily obligation; that part is true. But perhaps, they may have understood God’s holiness a lot better than the modern church, which seems to be living large in Laodicea today.  Arguing against a strawman amount, while basically dismissing the importance of the command for the Lord’s Supper, shows the unhealthy bent in the thinking here.

Believers meet on Sunday because of its significance and because the early church set a precedent for it, but it was never commanded in the Bible. Believers did it out of love and adoration for the risen Savior.  (Again, the unrelated/unequal comparison technique.)

The point is this: If the early church could celebrate the resurrection without a specific command from God (the author uses a lie to support his argument here, as communion was ordained by Jesus), only the spirit of legalism or the letter of the law would forbid the celebration of Christ's birth as a special season of joy and adoration. Ultimately, the issue is not the season, its the attitude and reason behind it and the distortion of it. Let's not throw out the baby with the wash.

Again, a classic liberal programming technique – use a lie as a premise, malign the opposition with labeling/slander (legalism or the letter of the law), then force the false conclusion on the listener, so they will accept it, not wanting to be connected with the vilified.  The fact that this kind of stuff is on so many of the Christian websites and used to represent “sound” biblical answers, merely shows just how far out into the sea of spiritual seduction the vast majority of Christians’ boats have drifted, with the leadership being greatly responsible for this drift away from sound biblical thinking.

Argument Number 4: Christmas Traditions are from Paganism

Another argument against the celebration of Christmas as it has been done for years is the claim that many of the traditions found in the celebration of Christmas were brought over into Christianity from pagan practices. These include the yule log, the tree, special feasts or meals, and mistletoe. How can we justify these things? Isn't it just like celebrating Halloween? A number of Old Testament passages are sometimes used to condemn the use of Christmas trees such as: Jeremiah 10:2-5; Isaiah 40:19-20; 44:14-17. (See verses in introduction above. ) 

In the above examples, the author supposedly quoted from some wild-eye country preacher type, using partial facts to build his convenient strawman.  So, I will not allow the conversation to become bogged down or further diverted here, because we have already seen that this author will make stuff up and his work is unreliable.  I have already stated the complete historical trail of the connections to the ancient pagan practices.

Answers and Considerations:

Some Historical Facts about our Traditions

The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible says:  (Frankly, this is little more than a convenient historical whitewash of the facts.  I delineated the true history nature of these things and their meanings in Part 1. Many of the historical facts are conveniently left out here by this author.)

Gradually a number of prevailing practices of the nations into which Christianity came were assimilated and were combined with the religious ceremonies surrounding Christmas. The assimilation of such practices generally represented efforts by Christians to transform or absorb otherwise pagan practices.

The Feast of Saturnalia in early Rome, for example, was celebrated for 7 days from the 17th to the 24th of December and was marked by a spirit of merriment, gift giving to children and other forms of entertainment. Gradually, early Christians replaced the pagan feast with the celebration of Christmas; but many of the traditions of this observance were assimilated and remain to this day a part of the observance of Christmas. Other nations, the Scandinavians, Germans, French, English and others, have left their mark . . . as well (pp. 804, 805).

Concerning these ancient elements, The Christian Encyclopedia says:

Various symbolic elements of the pagan celebration, such as the lighting of candles, evergreen decorations, and the giving of gifts, were adapted to Christian signification. Later as Christianity spread into northern Europe, the Celtic, Teutonic, and Slavic winter festivals contributed holly, mistletoe, the Christmas tree, bonfires, and similar items.

Finally, Unger's Bible Dictionary adds:

The giving of presents was a Roman custom; while the yule tree and yule log are remnants of old Teutonic nature worship. Gradually the festival sank into mere revelry . . . . The custom was forbidden by an act of parliament in 1555; And the reformation brought in a refinement in the celebration of Christmas by emphasizing it Christian elements.

But what about passages like Jeremiah 10? Some believe this condemns the celebration of Christmas and especially the use of the Christmas tree. Is Jeremiah telling us to avoid the customs of the nations? No. Jeremiah 10 is a denunciation of the making and worship of idols and not the decoration of evergreen trees in the home.  (If using the direct symbols of sun and fertility gods are not forms of idolatry, then what is?  Any ten year old can read Jeremiah 10 and understand what it is saying, even if a liberal with a theological degree cannot.)

  • This passage is not a categorical denial of all the customs of the nations. It is only a command to avoid those customs that are contrary to the revelation of God to Israel. There were many customs that Israel and the nations had in common that were not wrong.  (But the Baal {sun god} and Ashtaroth {fertility god} were strictly and repeatedly forbidden, hello.)
  • This passage in Jeremiah and others like it in Isaiah had to do with idolatry. First, Jeremiah warns against astrological worship--the worship of the sun, moon, and the stars. Second, he warns against going into the forest to cut down trees to be carved into an idol in some form whether human or animal, and then worshipped and prayed to for guidance, for protection, and blessing (cf. Isa. 44:14-17).
  • Some have tried to tie the reference to the green tree in Jeremiah 3:6, 13 to the reference in 10:3f to further justify condemnation of the Christmas tree, but this refers to the idolatrous groves of trees used as a place for idol worship and revelry.  (Sarcasm Alert:  Oh, so if we don’t go out into the forest, to do it in the cold of winter, but instead conveniently drag the trees into our warm, modern civilized homes and mimic all the pagan idolatry there, that supposedly makes it all okay?  Yet, Jeremiah 10 states, “a tree cut from the forest, … they decorate  it … they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter.” Sounds like the modern version of a decorated Christmas Tree fastened and held up by the stand to me.)
Issues Facing Us Today

(1) The pagan associations were lost long ago

The names of the days of our week also had their origin in pagan beliefs. Thursday originally stood for the Germanic god of the sky or of thunder. Tuesday stood for Tiw, the god of war. And Wednesday is derived from Woden, the chief god in Germanic mythology. Sunday and Monday were related somehow to the worship of the sun and the moon. Saturday is from Saturnus, or Saturn, and Friday comes from Fria, the goddess of love.

All of these ancient meanings with their beliefs and associations were lost long ago. When Friday roles around we don't think about Fria, the goddess of love. (I’m not so sure about that.  What are most young people in the Western “Christian” culture doing on Friday & Saturday nights?) On Saturday we don't think about it as Saturn's day, but as our day off! The same applies to the traditions of Christmas. If one observed the days of the week or the Christmas season with their ancient associations in mind, certainly it would be wrong. But many of these things, as with our Sunday, have been given Christian connotations.

Again, an unequal comparison is being made here. The difference is that we do not “celebrate” the days of the week as a religious holiday, like Christmas.

  • The evergreen tree is a symbol of the eternal life which Christ, the Son of God, offers to man via another tree, the cross (Rev. 2:7; 22:2, 14).

Wow!  Now this liberal author has really exposed himself.  First, he declares that he knows that the tree of life is an evergreen tree, which actually comes from pagan mythology, not the Bible.  But then, he tries to use the references to the Tree of Life in the book of Revelation, where it tells us the Tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and leaves, not needles!  Have you ever seen any evergreen tree that even remotely resembles the Bible’s description?  This is utter perversion, in an effort to force a false conclusion on the reader.  It’s completely shameful and it shows how far people will go to defend the things that are clearly wrong before God.

  • The presents under the tree can remind us of God's gift and our need to give of ourselves to others as those who have received God's gift of life through Christ.

Let’s ignore reality and make our own truth now, is exactly what this author is whispering into the itching ears of those who want their emotions satisfied, regardless of the truth.  Jesus and the Apostles did not teach us to think like this.

Even without seeking special significance in the traditions of Christmas, you could still celebrate this season for the joy and family fun the season can bring.

Once again, throw out the facts and just go with your feelings.  This is not a theologian speaking, this is a post-modern liberal hiding behind a degree of learning concerning Scripture, which he apparently has little respect for.

I would like to suggest that believers can capitalize on the Christmas season as a family tradition and as a learning experience much like the Old Testament Passover was to be used by Israel. It all depends on the spirit and attitude in which it is done. We can be very negative and critical, or we can be positive and use the season as a time to remember and commemorate the birth of the Savior. We can use it as a time to demonstrate love for others in a special way, and to be together as a family like we do on Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, or New Years. We can make something evil out of it or something good.

Now that we have invented our own reality, let’s be “spiritual” and make the most of it.  But the Bible warns us about such people say that they are “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these” (and their teachings, obviously) - 2 Timothy 3:5.

 

(2) Facts of Scripture Concerning the Celebration of Christmas

In view of what we have seen, the Bible is silent from the standpoint of our Christmas traditions. However, because of our freedom in Christ under grace, we are at liberty to celebrate Christmas. The important point is that the Bible simply does not condemn the celebration of Christmas even in the traditional form and we have liberty in Christ to choose to do so. (The Bible is not silent on this issue at all and this author wishes to convince the reader to turn their Christian liberty into disobedient license.  However, for those who want to be more spiritual, let’s try to avoid looking too pagan, as we go head and trot down the wrong path.)  I’m done with this part of this author’s nonsense.

Argument Number 5: Uncertainty of the Date of Christ's Birth

As one who has specialized in biblical chronology, Dr. Harold W. Hoehner, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote:

Jesus Christ entered into the history of our world, Christianity, therefore, has historical basis. The backbone of history is chronology. Whereas history is a systematic account of events in relation to a nation, institution, science, or art; chronology is a science of time. It seeks to establish and arrange the dates of past events in their proper sequence. Thus chronology serves as a necessary framework upon which the events of history may be fitted (BIB SAC, Vol. 130, # 520, Oct.-Dec., 1973, p. 338).

The argument is that Christ could not have been born on December 25 or even in the winter, so the entire celebration is wrong, even the time of the year.

Quote the accepted “expert”, because all that date stuff is way too far over people’s heads and they’ll simply buy into it.

 

Either Hoehner fails to connect the historical dots, or flatly ignores them, concerning the birth of John the Baptist and it being six months prior to Jesus’s birth.  In order to determine when Jesus was born, it is first necessary to look at when John the Baptist was born. John's father, Zechariah was of the priestly division of Abiah (Luke 1:5). There were 24 such divisions (1 Chr. 24:7-18) taking their turn over the course of the year. Abiah was the 8th division (1 Chr. 24:10).

 

According to the Mishnah (the Jewish commentary on the Torah), the priestly cycle began on the first Sabbath (Saturday) of Nisan, and each division ministered for one week. The cycle got delayed because all priests were required to attend the Holy Temple at Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Thus, Zechariah's division (Abiah) served between Sivan 9 and Sivan 16 (in the second week of June). Then, Zechariah returned home (Luke 1:23).

 

From now on, we can no longer be exact, but Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth would probably have become pregnant some time over the course of the next couple of weeks – late June (Luke 1:24).

 

The Passover was a sign that God would spare/save His people (Ex. 12:13). The sending of Elijah was also prophesied to be a sign that God would spare/save His people (Mal. 4:5-6). For this reason, the Jews expected that Elijah would come at Passover – it is their custom to put an extra cup of wine on the table at Passover in the hope that Elijah will come and drink it. We can see from our calculations that if Elizabeth became pregnant late June, then adding nine months gives us late March, generally the time of Passover.  It is entirely possible that John the Baptist, who is identified with Elijah (Mt. 11:14) was born on that Passover, because God likes to do things that way.

 

So, which month was Jesus born?  The angel Gabriel made his announcement to Mary “in the sixth month” of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26, 36).  This would have most likely been in late December. The message was “you shall conceive” (Luke 1:31), so again, it would be reasonable to assume that Mary became pregnant during this time in late December. Jesus would then have been born some nine months later – around mid to late September, which happens to be around the time of the day of atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles, which speaks to God’s deliverance.

 

Declaring and celebrating that Jesus was born on, or even around, December 25th is for liberals who wish to infuse the pagan time of celebration in with the birth of Christ. It is not historians, conservatives, or anyone who would hold to the truth and authority of Scripture in all areas.


I write this concerning the Christmas issue, because it really is a far more serious issue than most understand it to be or want it to be.  In my previous articles on this topic, the actual history, with all of the pagan significance to the symbols used, and the meaning of it all was exposed.  I further refuted a typical dismissive and liberal arguments that made unequal/irrelevant comparisons “theologically” and clever labeling in an illogical manner, which were done to not only justify the continuation of the idolatrous use of the practices of sun god and fertility god worship within the Christian community and home, but to essentially marginalize and vilify anyone who would stand their ground and call others to righteousness in this area.

 

Apparently, there is still the belief that "it is no big deal" and this “minor theological difference of opinion” can be set aside so there can be unity in the Church.  It was this type of thinking that lead even Solomon way from God in the latter part of his life, because idolatry is not impotent; it definitely has a real effect on us.  And thanks to Solomon’s compromise, the children of Israel eventually moved the idols right into the temple of God, clearly believing it was no big deal. 

 

However, God sees it very differently than we humans do.  In fact, few realize what God actually did, when He judged Israel for their it’s “no big deal” unfaithfulness.  They gave themselves over to the ancient Babylonian religious practices.  So, God basically said, if you want Babylon so much, then I’ll just send you there.  It was no accident that God raised up Babylon to be the nation that would level Israel and take them captive.

 

Sadly, Christians are no different today.  We have invited the very same ancient Babylonian religious practices (where the sun and fertility gods originated from) right into our churches and homes and said, “it’s no big deal”.

 

What the sleeping church does not realize is that God is about to judge us with Babylon, just as He did Israel, only this time it is not a nation representing Babylon, it is the great religious harlot, Babylon the Great of Revelation!  She will be drunk with the blood of the saints (Revelation 17:6)!

 

What we are doing is no insignificant thing before our holy God, but we have become blind and stupid, having been spoiled with His gracious longsuffering; ignoring we were told judgment would begin in the household of God (1 Peter 4:17) and then deliberately, privately reinterpreting the prophetic Scriptures out of context to make it seem that this would not apply to us.  How utterly foolish we have become in our denial and disobedience to God concerning this idolatry!

 

Christmas is an invention of the very same religious harlot who will terrorize us in the very near future.  Read The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, to inform yourselves about who and what the harlot is, how she operates, controls and seduces.  She is alive and well today and she will soon be sitting atop, riding on the beast as the global one world religion.  Her powers of seductive reasoning will be so great that God has had to warn His people of come out of her (Revelation 18:4), because many will join in with her in the name of "biblical" unity.  She is the mother of harlots (plural), so every church and denomination that does yield to her, and join in with her, will be destroyed.  The pressure of the lies and the threat of persecution and vilification will be just too much for most of our touchy, feely generation and they will get sucked right in.

 

This is no small thing and it is not something any wise saint should ignore, for serious consequences are just around the corner for us all, just as they were for the Israelites in the time of Jeremiah.

 

If the fellowship of the saints is to be in true oneness and unity, then Christ followers cannot continue to mindlessly follow the idolatrous religion of ancient Babylon, just because they want to believe it’s “no big deal” and follow after their feelings into idolatry, disobeying the word of the Lord.


I thought of one more thing to try to help free us all from the pagan symbols of idolatry and the mythology that have been mixed into to the celebration of the birth of Christ.

 

Think about it: Once Jesus Christ, the holy, almighty Creator has returned back to earth, slaughtered and laid waste the wicked, imprisoned Satan, and then set up His kingdom on this earth, do you think anyone will still dare to attempt to celebrate “Christmas”? 

 

Who would dare try to drag a tree into His palace in Jerusalem on December 25th, decorate it with bulbs and lights representing sun god worship and then sing happy birthday to you?!?  Not that anyone would get that far, but if they did, I would not want to be them.

 

The Bible shows us just how holy and different things will be once Jesus comes back here in Zechariah 14:

9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one. 16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18 If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.  20 In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD.” And the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts in that day.  (Canaanites worshipped the fertility and sun gods, by the way.)  Also read other places like Isaiah 66.

 

We have lost our way, and even sincere Christians have begun to form God into their own image of what they prefer Him to be, rather than who He genuinely is, for the Bible states it clearly to us in Isaiah 6:

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

 

Revelation 4:

5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”

9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

 

God begins and ends with Holiness, and He is holy throughout the middle.  That is a serious holy sandwich or holiness to the 3rd power!  Did you notice that not a single one of God’s other characteristics, love, mercy, grace, forginess, etc. was acceptable in the statement that the Seraphim uttered about God?  (And are still proclaiming it at this very moment!) This is because all the rest of who God is filtered and manifested through His absolute holiness.  Why else would this be the only thing the Seraphim have been saying since they were created?

 

Thus, every other attribute of God must be understood in the context of His holiness.  So, we must scrutinize our ideas about God’s love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, etc. according to His holiness first.  This is why the human idea of love, no matter how good it makes us feel, is not really God’s love when it departs from His holy truth.  This is the only way to parse out the things being done in December that are from God, a part of His holy kingdom purposes and what is truly selfish, pagan, materialistic, misleading, etc.

 

But who God really is frightens us and is too difficult for us to handle, so we re-imagine Him to fit what we are much more comfortable with, which is just one more form of idolatry we are guilty of committing, yet it is likely the worst kind and it will have horrifying eternal consequences for many who think they really know God (Matthew 7:21-23, 25:1-12).

 

In every area of our life where we refuse to place God’s holiness at the forefront of what we do, and how we think about things, we miss God.

 

1 Peter 1

15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

There will be no Christmas celebrations in the Millennial Kingdom.  So, why are Christians so determined to do it now, and worse, insistent on justifying the mixing in all the pagan/idolatrous symbols and mythology with the birth of Christ in a very proactive manner?  It makes no good sense and Christians sincere about pleasing and obeying God need to stop doing the things that are clearly wrong and focus our time and energy on building the kingdom of God the right way.  So, just like handing out tracks with the candy on Halloween, we need to find holy ways to selflessly share the love of Christ with those who need Him in the month of _________ (perhaps we should choose all twelve).

 

I am convicted by this too and realize I need to be more creative and think outside the box on many things.  Lord, please place within us, your innovative thoughts on how you would like us to carry this out for you, in Jesus name, amen.

 

[A passage I brought up before, in article one, that applies is found in Acts 17:29-30, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent”.  In other words, as applied to Christmas, once we have been informed concerning the idolatrous connections concerning things we naively added to our celebration (the religious worship of the birth of the Messiah, which was added into the religious practices of Christianity by false teachers and evolved into what we have today), then we should turn away from it, and not seek to defend it or continue to practice mixing the symbols of idolatry and mythology in with the truth of the Christian faith as taught in the Bible.

 

Romans 14 speaks to God saying all food is clean before Him, even if someone else previously sacrificed the animal’s meat to an idol. Yet, even then in this there are clear limitations to our freedom for Christ’s sake, even in the eating of meat (1 Corinthians 10:27-31, Revelation 2:14; 20).  However, this is apparently being twisted, by wrong thinking in the Church, to convince people they have license or the freedom to commit idolatry, as “an idol nothing” and thus the perverse conclusion is drawn “all is clean before God” as well, especially if, in our deceitful heart, we deem it okay simply because we feel good about it. A piece of meat connected to an idol in a person’s mind is not the same thing as all the symbols that are directly connected to pagan worship.  It’s like saying it’s okay for a Christian to wear a pentagram, because it is nothing to a Christian!   This foolish thinking has been accepted in spite of the clear commands repeatedly given by God in the New Testament for the Christian to take idolatry seriously on every level and avoid the sin of it (i.e. 1 Corinthians 10:14, Acts 15:20, 2 Corinthians 6:15-18, 1 John 5:21, etc.), read these passages if you are a serious Christian.]





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