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Is There a RAPTURE? – THE TRUTH

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Is There a RAPTURE

The Harvest is Great but the Laborers Few

Over the past several decades there has been much discussion and dispute regarding the term RAPTURE…Actually, there is no such word in the Bible…This has been something that has made me wonder for many years…Rapture???? What??? Sounds like some horrific prehistoric dinosaur, quite a despicable hideous thought that crosses my mind every time I hear the term…

So, lets go to the Book of Revelation and see what the Apostle John was describing in his vision…In Revelation 7, it discusses that the angle holds back the four winds of the earth until twelve thousand out of each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed…then again in Revelation 9:4 a small mention is made of this group, that 144,000 are standing along with the Lamb on Mount Zion and are singing a “New Song”, that no man could learn except for the 144,000 that were redeemed from the earth…it would seem pretty clear that these 144,000 are a very special and select group of people unto God and were sealed for a specific purpose…

There is much, much, much talk about a “Rapture”…the majority of the Christian church, at least in America, believes that the church will be spared going through the Great Tribulation…that somehow, they will be TAKEN” lifted up in the clouds and into heaven with Jesus, and those that are not “Saved” will go through “Great Tribulation”…I say, REALLY? How is this so?…Two millenium have passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ…and didn’t he say that the church would go through, “Much Tribulation”…he asked the apostles, “Can you bare the CUP that I bare? What is this CUP that he is referring to? Foolishness my friends, he laid his life down for you and was crucified and all of the twelve apostles died terrible deaths for their testimony of Jesus Christ, except for John, whom likewise was persecuted. For two thousand years now, the church has gone through great persecution and tribulation for the sake of preserving and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the nations…I would say that “Millions upon Hundreds of Millions” have forgone their death for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…

In my opinion, the term, “Rapture”, is a fallacy…an erroneous infatuation of the mind that deceives us into believing that we are somehow unique and special and we will never be separated from the concept of the “Prosperity Gospel”…WRONG FALSE DOCTRINE ! I’m sorry to lay this truth upon you, but does anyone recall the Book of Job? People go around teaching about “Falling out in the Spirit”, Baptism by Fire…so stupid ignorant belief that by someone laying hands on you, and you falling backwards, that you are “Slain in the Spirt”… Yes, I would say, You’re slain alright…Slain by the Spirit of Satan the Devil to believe in him and his false doctrines and possessed of the devil himself…Speaking in strange tongues and babbling voodoo….Gibberish…that no sane human being can understand…Folks, you just plain scare me…

The Baptism by Fire is a baptism of your soul to chasten you, in the “Cup that Jesus Bore”…Like Job, you will be greatly persecuted, stripped of all that you have and your puffed up pride, to follow Jesus unto your death…I hate to tell you, it’s not going to be a “Cake Walk”…You will learn to walk in the “Will of God”…not your will…You will learn by “FAITH” to put your total trust in Jesus for all your needs and separate yourself from the Mammon of the World…For Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that is written…For no man can serve two masters, for he shall love the one and hate the other…Job lost all that he had, even his daughters, he was only left with his wife whom was his own flesh…he was greatly despised and persecuted by his friends as well, thinking that it was his sins that wrought him this great catastrophe…but no, it was Satan who petitioned the Father in Heaven to test him that he would curse God…

The entire Old Testament from Adam through Abraham, Moses, to David was a blueprint and forerunner to the final fulfillment of the return of Jesus Christ and the Book of Revelation. Forget the term “Rapture”, the true understanding is “Harvest”…There are four harvest festivals and the first began with the “Wave Sheaf Harvest”, Jesus Christ himself, representing the First of the First Fruits…He was “Waved before the Lord”, on the Morrow after the Sabbath, when he was raised from the dead…for our liberation and salvation…just like the Israelites fled from Egypt following the Passover meal the next day, the very next day, they crossed the Red Sea and entered into the Wilderness, the Morrow after the Sabbath…In like manner, the Israelites marched around the city of Jericho for six days and carried the “Ark of the Covenant” before them…on the “SEVENTH DAY” the final day, they sounded the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down and they went “UP” into the city…they crossed over the river Jordan and entered into the Promised Land… and they ate of the “Old Corn of the land and the New Corn of the land on the SELFSAME DAYin like manner, the disciples partook of the Old Testament and the New Testament in the Selfsame day upon Jesus “CRUCIFIXION”…NOT on HIS RESURRECTION as most believe!

Jesus being the First of the Firstfruits, we can not proceed before him…it was forbidden to eat of the new barley harvest which were tender green ears of new barley heads until after the wave sheaf was offered…they were like a delicacy…the barley wasn’t completely ripe until about Seven Weeks after the wave sheaf was offered during the Passover week…this period of seven weeks represents the period of time to fulfill the Barley Harvest…bringing us up to the time of the 50th Day, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit…Barley was continued to be harvested during that time period as in the Book of Ruth, who was gleaning on the edges of the field during that time and Boaz, the grandfather of King David, later married her…The Barley harvest is significant as it represents the 144,000 or the 12 tribes of Israel as described in the Book of Revelation…

As we read in John 6:4 And the Passover,  a feast of the Jews, was nigh. This starts the event where Jesus fed 5,000 with five barley loaves and two small fishes…after they had completely eaten and been filled and satisfied, Jesus commanded his apostles to gather up all the fragments, that nothing would be lost…hmmmm interesting…just like during the very first Passover, all of the lamb must be eaten, that nothing remain of it, and anything left should be burnt…In John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them “up”, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which were left by those who had eaten… Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about 5,000 men, beside women and children. The twelve baskets represents the twelve tribes of Israel that were sealed in the Book of Revelation 7:4-8…the angel was commanded to hurt not the earth until the 144,000 were sealed in their foreheads…likewise in Revelation 14: 3-4, And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were “redeemed” from the earth. These were they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb… These represent the Firstfruits of the Barley Harvest unto God, chosen out of the twelve tribes of Israel…(Don’t confuse them with the Jews of today in Israel…) Note, those that were fed were those following Jesus in the wilderness wherever he went…

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, a quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarious, and do not harm the oil and the wine. Hmmmm? Could this not be what most consider as the “Black Horse” representing a famine, but a paid for redemption by Jesus Christ?

The third harvest is the Wheat Harvest, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost…We see in Matthew chapter 15 that Jesus was again with his disciples in a wilderness place…and a woman from Canaan (a Gentile Woman) came unto him asking to be healed…and Jesus proceeded and ignored her…and his disciples asked of him, to send her away and Jesus told them that he was there only for the “Lost sheep of the House of Israel”…again she fell down and worshiped at his feet and he answered her by saying that it wasn’t meet, (or proper) to give the bread of his children and cast it unto dogs (the gentiles) …but the woman replied, “Don’t even the dogs eat of the crumbs from the master’s table?….and Jesus praised her for her great faith and proceeded to heal her daughter of a devil…

As Matthew 15 continues and unfolds, another great multitude is once again following Jesus into the wilderness…and he proceeded to heal them…apparently they had been following him for now 3 full days and he had compassion on them as they had not eaten for that long and he couldn’t just send them away hungry and fasting…In this instance his disciples said, but we only have Seven Loaves of BREAD and a Few Fishes…so Jesus proceeded to bless and multiply the bread and fishes and 4,000 men plus women and children were fed…and Seven baskets full were taken up of the fragments…Notice, on this occasion, the bread was not barley, but described as simply loaves…the loaves were leavened loaves of Wheat bread…we are now into the Feast of Weeks, or Wheat harvest…The seven baskets that were taken up represented the Seven Churches of Revelation, or the Gentiles…remember the woman, the Gentile woman who asked for the crumbs of the table? The Church of the New Testament, the Woman…and for those who wonder as in John 2:4…when Jesus addresses his mother as it would seem somewhat harshly, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.”….It is my interpretation that in this instance, he is likening the term “Woman” as unto the Church…and she was asking for a miracle to be performed before her time to be born at his death and resurrection…

There remains one final harvest, The Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles, otherwise known as the Feast of Booths…this festival is at the end of the year, in the Hebrew calendar it begins on the 15th day of the Seventh month and lasts for 8 full days…the first day begins with a Sabbath, a feast day and the 8th day ends with another Sabbath, a day of feasting…This festival is significant of bringing in the Oil and the Wine… The grapes and the olives are all harvested therefore, we have the New Oil and the New Wine… Again, Revelation 6:6….and do not harm the oil and the wine…lets go back to Revelation 12: 17…. Satan was wroth with the woman and went after the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God… Hmmmm, you know, I always found this rather odd that the church refers to itself as the Remnant….Why? I’ve done a great deal of sewing in my lifetime and when you get done making a garment, the fabric that is
“Left Over”, is referred to as a “Remnant”….

Now lets proceed back to Revelation 7:9…After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands…vs 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? Vs 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Now lets look at Revelation 15: 2 – 3 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over the image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty: just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

The “Great Multitude are those in the Final Ingathering Harvest…the Remnant that Satan goes after that Keep the Commandments of God…they will be going through “Great Tribulation”…these are those that are the five (5) sleeping virgins, who are not paying attention and looking for the signs of the time…the ones who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior but are backsliding, listening to their lame pastors…not reading their Bibles…and living with one foot in church and the other in the world…It’s going to be a great wake up call for them…The song of Moses is not the same song that the 144,000 were singing, as no one could learn that song except for the 144,000….

The Book of Revelation is very difficult to pin point and lay out exactly what happens when…but, I find it interesting that there are exactly 22 chapters and the very middle of Revelation ends with Revelation 11:19, at the end of the 7th Trumpet, and Chapter 12 begins the second half of Revelation and begins with the Woman fleeing into the wilderness…the Church…Now why is this so significant…because we are told that the Dead in Christ are supposed to Rise first…In Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the “ark” of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings and an earthquake, and great hail…The “ARK” is significant and sacred…The ark is symbolic, just as in the day of Noah, that it is the “Door” and means of Salvation…first to the Jew and then to the Gentile…the door closed, the rain came down and the Ark ROSE UP…the Ark of the Covenant carried the tablets of the Law of Moses and some sacred vessels…if anyone came in contact with it, that person would be struck dead…the ark always proceeded them into battle, if I recall, and preceding the children of Israel going into the Promised Land, they marched around the city of Jericho for seven days…the ark proceeded the Israelites…on the final day, on the 7th Trumpet was blown….Joshua 6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout: and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall “ ascend up” every man straight before him.

It is my observation or opinion, that the 144,000 that are chosen by the Father, the Israelites…will proceed the Church, the Woman in the First harvest, the Barley harvest…representative of the 12 Baskets that were taken up…the church, Being the Woman, will flee into the wilderness to a place prepared by God and be nourished there for three and a half years…That is the second harvest and represents the Wheat harvest, or Pentecost….the loaves have leaven, as in comparison that the barley loaves did not have leaven…they were pure…The Woman represents the 5 virgins who have their lamps full with oil…they are prepared and watching…she brings forth the man child…she represents the gentile nations…she represents the seven churches…she, like the 144,000 are redeemed with a price…the Oil and the Wine represent the final feast or Harvest of Ingathering…those are the remnant of the Woman who keep the commandments and Satan is going unleash his wrath upon them…It’s also quite possible that the 144,000 will in part be the Laborers who go out into the final harvest…that they will go two by two…like the 70 that Jesus sent out to teach the gospel, as he first sent 70 and then 2 more…I believe that they will be given great powers…may actually even be considered one of the two witnesses…and the church being the other witness…the Old Covenant and the New Covenant together as Israel and the Church…as they will be teaching for three and a half years…during the tribulation period…

So there you have it:

Wave Sheaf Offering, first harvest…the First of the First Fruits to Raise from the dead, Jesus Christ.

Barley Harvest – Firstfruits of the Barley, not to proceed the Wave Sheaf…the 144,000, 12,000 chosen from the 12 tribes…Unleavened bread – sing a song that no man can know

Wheat Harvest – Pentecost – The Woman, the Church – with Leaven loaves – flees into the Wilderness for 3 and a half years…

Feast of Ingathering Tabernacles – oil and wine, remnant of the seed of the Woman, will go through Great Tribulation…Sing the Song of Moses, wash their robes white – a number that no man can number….


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What is the Holy Spirit? – How can we receive it?

Sharper Image 087THE HOLY SPIRIT
What is the Holy Spirit?
How can we receive the Holy Spirit?

How can we know whether we have the Holy Spirit?

You know not where it comes from nor where it came, but it brings forth all truth and understanding to mind and teaches you. It is also referred to as the “COMFORTER”. The “Holy Spirit is the “Mind of God and his Power” and it has the ability to unit with the Spirit God gave man when we were born with that placed life within our flesh. The Holy Spirit gives you the power to overcome the flesh and overcome evil doings. The Holy Spirit causes you to think on those things which are good and righteous, pure and true, not to dwell and think on those things which are evil and of the world. The Holy Spirit directs you on the path of receiving eternal life. You will live forever, like the promise God gave to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,  “IF”  they had eaten of the “TREE OF LIFE.”

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:8  “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

John 3:3  “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”

In John chapter 3, the example is given in a conversation between Jesus, our Savior and Nicodemus, where Nicodemus clearly did not understand what the Holy Spirit was nor how to receive it. Nicodemus could not comprehend any of the points in the conversation because he did not have the Holy Spirit to receive and understand the words Jesus was presenting to him. He could not see the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, Jesus tells us in John 3:11, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.” From this we recognize that Nicodemus could not recognize nor understand spiritual things, but also, Nicodemus did not want to believe, his heart was centered in disbelief, he was stubborn!

In John 3 and many other places in the New Testament, it is first required for a person to REPENT, then BE BAPTIZED (fully immersed in water to wash away all previous sins, a symbolic renewal, a new beginning point). Then hands laid upon you as an anointing to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. From this point forward, being that the person is really sincere in his heart, the Holy Spirit units with the Spirit in man and begins working with you in your daily life. This is not a quick overnight sudden miracle, but a lifetime process of overcoming your carnal, fleshly and worldly desires. The Apostle Paul explains this in detail in the Book of Romans.

To continue on a little further, “What is Repentance?” A great many people really don’t understand and are mislead in their ideas of what this means and apply it to the meaning “I’M SORRY. But what are you sorry for? Sorry that I made a mistake? Sorry you got in trouble? Sorry you have to live with the mess it made in your life? Sin hurts you and everyone involved with and around you and no matter what, we have to pay the price. True Repentance goes beyond feeling sorry for yourself and wishing you hadn’t done whatever and paid the price for committing the sin, even if you learn your lessons. True Repentance means realizing your act, feeling remorse in your heart and disgust for committing the sin in itself. Further, it recognizes how your actions have not only hurt you, but those around you. Repentance is learning to feel the pain for those you have offended. Repentance in it’s fullest form means WANTING TO CHANGE, and turning away from sin. You make a commitment in your heart and ask God for FORGIVENESS, because you don’t want sin in your life anymore and the consequences that come from it.

Once we repent and ask God for forgiveness, we are now ready for baptism. Baptism is a symbolic demonstration of our willingness to follow through with the desire in our hearts to wash away sin in our lives. God is perfect and without sin. God cannot unite his perfect, sinless spirit with a worldly carnal man full of sin as this would corrupt God himself. When God gives you his Holy Spirit and you receive it, YOU BECOME ONE WITH GOD. Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and God himself so loved the world that he himself gave to you,  His “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON”….SO THAT YOU MAY live and RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. At this point, You become the LIVING TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD and he makes his dwelling place in your body and his Spirit lives within you. We become the Church, the Bride of Christ, Joint living heirs with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. We become the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God. All that God gives to his son, we as the Bride of Christ possess as well.

As baptized living members of the Body of Christ, we are no longer citizens of this world, but are now “Born Again” into the Kingdom of Heaven. We serve Jesus Christ as our King and Savior who now dwells within us and it is his Spirit that begins to change us from within and he becomes our conscious thought, leading us to perfection in him. Satan is the Ruler of this World and the World is Satan’s Kingdom. Satan wants you to hang on to sin as Satan is sin and SIN IS DEATH.

You will see the change in yourself. Your thoughts will change and you will naturally desire to make a change in your life and no one is forcing or telling you what to do. God accepts us as we are and loves us no matter what we have done in the past. No matter what the crime or deed was that previously caused you separation from God, now you are healed. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE BORN AGAIN OR BAPTISED, but to just be willing to recognize your sins and sincerely ask for forgiveness. God freely is willing to wash away the sins from the past and see you as a new person and he rejoices for each and every person that willingly turns his heart to him. All he asks is that you will come to him ‘AND HE WILL FIX THE REST.’

One last thing to think about…Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There were TWO TREES IN THE GARDEN. There was The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of ‘LIFE’. Those two trees represented two distinct rulers, two Kings. Satan’s tree = SIN AND DEATH. God’s Tree = ETERNAL LIFE (Jesus Christ). Adam and Eve made a choice. The Tree of Life was not forbidden to eat of, but the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was forbidden. But, they willingly preferred to eat of the forbidden tree, thus they chose death. Once they did this, God had no choice but to remove them from the garden to prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life and God forbid, live for eternity in a state of sin. Why didn’t they choose the Tree of Life and get the blessing? THE ANSWER, Just plain rebellious and deceived by Satan.

Friends, we are here today at this late hour and once again like Adam and Eve, the choice is set before us….TWO TREES – ONE CHOICE ! Mankind has lived 6,000 years under the curse of Adam and Eve and we have a final choice !

JESUS CHRIST IS THE TREE OF LIFE….DON’T SCREW IT UP!

AMEN


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Satan’s L-eagle System vs the Law of God – An Interesting Twist

 Sharper Image 087Satan’s L-eagle System

A Comparison of our Present Legal System

And The Law of God

 

Witnessed by the whole earth, Satan has indeed deified himself in the symbol of the “The Great Eagle”, The PRINCE AND THE POWER OF THE AIR”. He has appropriated the four great beasts which sit before the throne of the Heavenly Father and he has taken the EAGLE to be his mighty symbol and image upon the earth for literally thousands of years, deceiving mankind with its power and authority. Have you not noticed that almost all nations incorporate the “GREAT EAGLE” IN THEIR NATIONAL EMBLEMS, FLAGS, ETC.. No, it is not our Heavenly Father’s created eagle that is bad, but that it is literally worshiped and deified by all mankind in one form or another. When beginning to look about us and taking notice, images of the EAGLE have become paramount in every direction. We, you, have been and are now being deceived, thinking that the term “UNDER EAGLES WINGS” means protection from the Most High who reigns over heaven and earth. Not so, the “GREAT EAGLE” has become “THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST” which will cause both rich and poor, freeman and bond, to worship him, or his image, or his name! A great truth has come to pass before our very eyes, we are witnesses of the end of the age and the image of the beast has ushered in the NEW WORLD ORDER!.

Remember the greatest king on earth, King Nebuchadnezzar of  Daniel’s vision.  Because this great and might king, who ruled over all the nations of the earth regarded the “great eagle” as his god, God turned him out into the wilderness and took his kingdom away.  Nebuchadnezzar ate grass as an ox and his hair turned into feathers like an eagle and his nails into birds claws.  It wasn’t until he decided to praise the true Creator of Heaven and Earth that his kingdom was returned unto him.  To this very day, the eagle is regarded by all nations as a symbol of power.

It is said in the scripture, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Hence, we are no longer under the bondage of the letter of the law, but we are entitled to receive salvation and eternal life through free grace and faith in Jesus Christ, not by proving ourselves through works. The law of God is written within our hearts and we that are of him delight to do his will. The law is spiritual and we that are of the spirit will automatically seek after the law.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (an enemy) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”

Getting back to the original thought and intent of this message. Satan is the Prince and the Power of the Air “ THE GREAT EAGLE”.  Satan is the Prince and the Ruler of this World. Thus, Satan has established law and order in his world under  his     “L-eagle System” (Legal). Yes, just the way it sounds, not the way it is spelled. He has legalized through his legislative body all manner of laws for all manner of subjects. Another way of describing it is “DEMON – OCRACY”. People making choices and deciding what is best for themselves and electing their favorite officials to go to the Congress and Senate to get their new preferred laws and bills voted in. We reap and receive our rewards by obeying all of these laws we voted in and paying our taxes to Caesar.

“legal” (le gal),   adj. 1. Appointed, established, or authorized by law: deriving authority from the law. 2. Of or           pertaining to law; connected with the law; or its administration: the legal profession. 3. Permitted by lawyer lawful: such acts are not legal. 4. Recognized by law RATHER THAN BY EQUITY. 5. Characteristic of the profession of the law: a legal mind.   6.  theol. A. of or pertaining to the Mosaic law. b. of or pertaining to the doctrine of salvation BY GOOD WORKS       “rather” than through free grace.”

“Legalize”  to make legal; authorize; sanction.

“legal tender” Law. currency which may be lawfully tendered or offered in payment of money debts and which may not be refused by creditors.”

“legislator” 1. One who gives or makes laws. 2. A member of a legislative body.”

According to the Bible, when the children of Israel departed Egypt, they were no longer under bondage.  Upon reaching Mount Sinai on the day of Pentecost, Moses was given the LAW along with its Statues and Judgments.  From that point forward it was either “LAWFUL or UNLAWFUL”, not “LEGAL OR ILLEGAL”. The term “legal” does not appear anywhere in the Bible!  Only God himself has the power to make and enact laws and his statues and judgments were given to further define and clarify how to correctly keep all of the Ten Commandments. It remains very clear to us to this day that the Ten Commandments are still in effect and most will not deny this fact. However, to accept and obey the statues and judgments that accompany the commandments is considered taboo and to be nailed to the cross with our Savior’s death.  Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I CHANGE NOT.” Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

1 John 2:29,  “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that everyone that doeth righteousness is born of him”.

Looking up the definition of the word “RIGHTEOUS” it was made aware to me that within that word was a great deal more information than I had ever been conscious of or understood.  God is not the author of confusion.  In the Greek, the word “righteousness” means equitable, innocent, holy, just meet, justification, justly.  Our Heavenly Father stands as a JUDGE and looks first upon our hearts to see what our motives are and then he makes equitable, fair, and just decisions concerning us.  God is equal and balanced in all things and makes correct, right decisions.  He is unbiased, objective, forever fair.  Good works are necessary in a society to maintain law and order, but they are by no means a measure of our quality of character and our love for one another. Yes, we are still required to maintain “good works”, for faith without works is dead.  However,  to acquire salvation and eternal life, the Law of God must be written in our hearts, and we must desire to please him and love him with our whole heart, this is the 1st and the Greatest Commandment. The second greatest commandment is to love thy neighbor as thyself and on these two commandments hang all of the law and the prophets.

But lets look again, What has Satan done?   He enacted legislation, he has built and reformed God’s Holy and perfect judicial system.  Yes and the dictionary spells it out in literal term, to be “legal” is to conform to the law”, to be recognized by the law, RATHER THAN BY EQUITY. Do you remember the definition of righteousness, which also means to be equitable? Interesting to say the least, through our democratic system of know what is right and best for us, we have again placed ourselves under “THE LAW” to acquire salvation through “good works”, rather than through “Free Grace”.

We think the Old Testament laws were difficult to understand, let alone keep and comprehend, but they are spelled out for us in only a couple short written books.  Have you ever visited the Library of Congress?  Do you know how to represent yourself in a court without an attorney speaking on your behalf?  Socialism, Democracy, Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Dictatorship…all equal Satan’s One World Government System! Take your pick and choose which system is best for you, because they are all forming together into one at this very moment. Satan’s choice is to control the world and all of mankind and to exterminate those who truly uphold righteousness, faith, love of their neighbor and most of all, those who uphold the Law and serve the Most High God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

We have simply elected and voted ourselves into the worst nightmare of our dreams. Thousands of crooked politicians, trillions of dollars of national debt, unemployment, homelessness, welfare fraud, drug cartels, drive-by-shootings, unlimited taxes compounded with unlimited credit risks and now our largest cities are declaring bankruptcy. Where is it all going to end and we find the perfect solution, with Obama’s Health Reform Bill, complete with your own government issued RFID surveillance chip? The United States has gone from being the strongest nation on earth with the ability to give charitable donations to hundreds of countries and the the U.S. dollar was recognized as the world reserve currency, to now owing trillions of dollars to China.   Not to further mention that China and Russia are in the process of beginning to trade between each other on a “gold standard”.

“equitable” 1. Characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable. 2. Law, pertaining to or valid in equity, as distinguished from the common law.

“just” 1. Actuated by truth, justice, and lack of bias: to be just in one’s dealings. 2. In accordance with true principles; equitable; evenhanded; a just award. 3. Based on right; rightful; lawful; a just claim. 4. Agreeable to truth or fact; true; correct; a just statement. 5. Given or awarded rightly, or deserved, as a sentence, punishment, reward, etc. 6. In accordance with standards, or requirements; proper, or right; just proportions. 7. Righteous (esp. in Biblical use). 8. Actual real, or true. Syn. Upright, equitable, fair, impartial, accurate, exact; honest, rightful, legitimate, deserved merited condign.

“righteous” 1. Characterized by uprightness or morality; a righteous act. 2. Morally right or justifiable; righteous indignation. 3. In accordance with right; upright or virtuous.

Isn’t the character of God amazing?  His laws were perfect and the people of Israel were a mighty and prosperous nation.  When they went into a battle or another nation came up against them, God was with them and their enemies were given into their hand and smitten with little or no loss of life.  In this present age, wars are games, financed by the elite to make the rich get richer.  God established the law to let Israel as well as the nations around them know what sin was as well as justice and peace.

1 John 3:3-5   For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the word, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Our Father in Heaven is a loving and understanding God, not a cruel and heartless being. His thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways. When we reason and logic, we lack wisdom, a failing to see and know what is good for us or what will hurt us. Just like little children need their parents to protect them from the unknown, we think we know it all and rebel until we get hurt and cry out for help. We only pray when we are in trouble. How many of us are in love with God, like we are in love with our spouses?  If we are indeed worthy to be his betrothed, his bride, it’s essential that we love him.  Through our faith and loyalty, he shows us his love and he fills all of our needs and the desires of our heart. First however, we must do our part and put out that initial effort and what is left over that we can not accomplish of our own, God goes before us to work out the problems.

Set your sights on God and the Kingdom of Heaven, not on the cares of this world for all of this will pass away. Remember, righteousness begins in the heart, full of fairness, equity, and loving your neighbor as yourself.

 


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In The Presence of God – Revealing Immanuel

i phone pic 087IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

The Great I AM

Revealing Immanuel

     Moses asked God, “When I go back to the children of Israel and say unto them, The God of your father’s has sent me unto you, and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them? “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM. Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you?”

“I AM” … Two very powerful and present words that encompass and expresses the very essence of who God is. He is divine in all things, ever present, all knowing, all being, always has been, and always will be.  Is it a name, or is it a description of his name and who he is? There is no greater in all the universe.

Isaiah 7:14   “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name “Immanuel”.  Lets look a little closer…Im-man-u-el When I look at this word, to me it’s like a visible picture in my mind and what I see is God actually placing himself within man…to be in His presence and living inside of him,  When I read it, to me it means, “IN- MAN –“I” –DWELL.”   God is the author of all things, he created language.  Notice the parallel numeric verses in Isaiah 7:14 and John 1:14. Look at the way the numeric numbers line up between God’s perfect numbers of 7 and 14.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14  “And the Word was made flesh, and “dwelt” among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.) full of grace and truth.

Where does Jesus actually reside?   John 1:18“The Only begotten Son, which is “IN THE BOSOM” OF THE FATHER.”   What does the word “Bosom” actually mean?  According to Webster’s Dictionary, it means as follows: “The front of the human chest, the female breasts, the seat of secret thoughts and feelings, the part of a garment covering the breast. In the adjective form, meaning “Intimate.” Think about how important this, is for it says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus was born out of the very heart and chest of God himself, the very part of him that holds his most intimate secret thoughts and feelings. At the very moment his beloved son died on the cross, the earth became black and shuddered with a great earthquake and the temple veil was rent in two…God’s own very inner soul quaked in agony watching his own son take on death and the sins of the world. If God is love, he also knows how to experience pain and agony.   John 14:23  “Jesus answered and said unto him, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME INTO HIM, and make OUR ABODE WITH HIM.”  (Our Abode = to Dwell in Him to Live, just like Jesus resides in the bosom of his Father.)

God created mankind in his image. Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground and his wife, Eve, was made out of the very rib of Adam. The wife of a man comes out of the bosom of a man as well and husband and wife are “One Flesh”…The one-ness is so intimate that God declares that “what-so-ever God has called together, no man can put assunder.” In the same like manner, we as the believers and followers of Jesus Christ become his very own body and the “Bride of Christ”, joint heirs and Son’s of God.

 

Find out What the TRUE MEANING OF AMERICA IS – You will be Amazed!

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                                 The Beginnings of Our Christian Nation
Sharper Image 087“AMERICA”

The Actual Truth and Meaning of How America Got Her Name
A Great Truth Revealed

The Name “America actually means “Kingdom of Heaven”

A Warning to the United States

     Was America prophesied in the Bible? The actual name of America is not mentioned in the Bible, but nevertheless this country very much exists in the Bible. America the Beautiful, God Bless America…One Nation Under God, Indivisible and Justice for All…There is no question, the United States of America is and has been the greatest nation on earth since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1621. When you get done reading this little article, you are going to find yourself standing in awe of God’s plan and the time that we are living in. It’s critical that you heed this message.

My favorite time to meditate with God is in the cool of the morning…just after dawn when the birds are chirping, there is a dew on the leaves a cool fragrant breeze flows in the air. It’s at this time that He seems to connect with my spirit to give me greater understanding and direction. It was this morning that I began thinking and contemplating on what the beliefs of the Pilgrims were and where did they fit in Daniel’s timeline of end time prophecy. Of course, we all understand that in 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue…and he supposedly discovered America. So, history records that America had been discovered and if we dig even further, we will find that it was another explorers actually located America long before Christopher Columbus.

The greater question is, “What was going on with the Christians in Europe and England before the Pilgrims made their voyage on the Mayflower to America?” What doctrine did these early Christians believe in and practice? Why did they risk their very lives to make a 3,453 mile voyage from Amsterdam to Plymouth rock. What a periling experience to face, but by fare, what was far worse that they were leaving compared what they were to face on a venture to a whole new world?  Researching the history of the Pilgrims, we find that they had escaped and fled from England. A little research quickly brings us to the sound truth, that the Pilgrims were considered to be called, “Separists”, lead by a man named Robert Brown, who kept the 7th Day Sabbath and the Old Testament Feast Days and Laws. At that time, The Church of England forced all of the occupants to keep “Sunday as the Sabbath”. The original Pilgrims were persecuted by Queen Elizabeth under the 1559 Uniformity Act, which required Sunday church attendance. Any person who failed to attend church services had to pay a fine of 12d for each missed Sunday and a holy day. The penalties for conducting unofficial services included imprisonment and even greater fines.

The pilgrims, known as the Separatist group, or Independent Church, was later led by John Greenwood and Francis Johnson who were executed on April 6, 1593. This led to the Pilgrims fleeing to Holland where in 1620 they were eventually given permission to sail to America. The Pilgrims arrived in 1609 in Leiden, Holland as refugees in which they spent 11 years in Leiden in which they came in contact with the Dutch Mennonites. Another interesting fact is that the Mennonites were also a 7th Day Sabbath church and were considered to be the first true Baptist church, founded on the principal of “Adult Baptism”, in which they were called “Anabaptists.” The Mennonite Church were descendants of the Waldesians who were also 7th Day Sabbath keepers who kept the Old Testament Laws, the Sabbath, the Passover and circumcision. The sect referred to as “The Anabaptists” were the most persecuted of all of the Christian churches and existed prior to the reformation of the Church of England. It was also believed that small hidden church groups and societies of Anabaptists went back all throughout Europe and had existed from the time of the apostles of Jesus. It’s suggested or recognized that these small churches have a succession or ancient lineage that goes farther back than that of the Roman Catholic church.

The persecution and sufferings of these Anabaptists is absolute proof of the readiness and boldness of this unique sect of Christian believers in which their history had gone back for over 1200 years. They were cheerful and steadfast and underwent the cruelest of punishment for their beliefs and their numbers grew greater than those of all of the reformers. These are the Pilgrims who are the initial founders of our great country and North American continent. The Pilgrims not only resettled themselves to this country but on the backbone and blessings of Almighty God to establish a religion and belief SEPARATE from the Church of England who forced their nation to keep Sunday as their Sabbath and fined, imprisoned and killed anyone who resisted these laws. This small group of people laid down their very lives to bring religious freedom to a New World, A New Land, A Promised Land. The United States of America and the North American continent as a whole was founded on the laws established by God Almighty which included adult baptism for remission of sins, the law of the 7th Day Sabbath, and Passover and the Feast Days of the Old Testament.

How Did America Get Her Name?

     The most popular lie taught in public school, is the one about America being named after the Italian explorer, Amerigo Vespucci. Others attribute the name America to a version of the name of Richard Ameryke. He was the supporter and financier of the explorer, John Cabot. However, both of these thoughts are untrue.

     The earliest map with the word “America” named on it, was created by a German geographer and cartographer named Martin Waldsemuller. There ware very few Waldsemuller maps in existence today, they are extremely valuable, and reside in museums.  Waldsemuller’s work was studied by Louis Miskovsky, professor of Slavic Languages and linguistic history at Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, a fluent linguist with knowledge of 17 languages. Miskovsky discovered Waldsemuller’s own writings on the subject. America was not named after Ameryke or Vespucci. So where did the name originate?

     The North-men, or Norsemen were among the first known to have explored ancient America. Their word for the country was, “Ommerike.” “Omme” meant “out there, ultimate,” or “final.” The term “rike” was spelled many different ways, but it was the equivalent to the German word, “reich.” It meant “kingdom.”

     Using his knowledge of linguistics, Professor Miskovsky was able to correlate this term to an ancient Gothic phrase. It was the term “Amalric.” It was the same as the German term “Himmel reich” in meaning. What did this mean? “Amal” meant “heaven,” and “reich” meant “kingdom.” The Kingdom of Heaven. America! This was what Martin Waldsemuller call this nation when he made his first maps of this new land. It was the ultimate…..

(Taken from an except of the book: America in the Bible, Steven Grant)
America In The Bible by Steven Grant

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As a Christian, I was raised all of my youth and adult life to understand that God does not change and his laws have not been done away with. Christian denominations have established “RELIGION and DOCTRINE”, for the past 2,000 years since the birth and death of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther and the Roman Catholic church have added to and subtracted from the pure Gospel handed down to the Apostles and the original church. When God sent Moses up to the top of Mt. Sinai, he came down with Ten Commandments, not Nine!… Exodus 31:13 “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.”

It is my belief that the United States and Canada because of it’s connection, represent the Promised Land and modern day Israel or the “House of Israel”, separate and distinct from the “House Of Judah” which is the State of Israel. The House of Israel and House of Judah will eventually be united as one at the return of the Messiah.

Ezekiel 28:25 “Thus saith the Lord God; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. (The United States fits this description to a tee…no other nation is sought after more to live in as the land of opportunity and wealth as the United States of America.)

Ezekiel 38:11-12 “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages: I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates. To take a spoil and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods that dwell in the midst of the land.”

Jeremiah 49:31-32 “Arise and get you up unto the wealthy nation, that dwelleth without care, saith the Lord, which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone.” And their camels shall be a booty, and the multitude of their cattle a spoil: and I will scatter unto all winds them that are in the utermost corners; and I will bring their calamity from all sides thereof, saith the Lord.

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

Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

I know of no other country on earth that has been blessed with the prosperity that the people of the United States have.   We are a nation of much wealth and over abundance.  However, we are a nation that has gone astray and willingly allowed ourselves to digress,  vote in corrupt and unrighteous politicians who are at present committing treason against this very country that the Pilgrims established for freedom from religious tyranny. We have allowed every form of pagan idolatry into this great land to pollute and take away the foundation of God’s Holy Bible in our schools and public domains. We have allowed all manner of filth, fornication and sodomy to coexist with church principals and doctrines. We’ve allowed corrupt government, foreign policy and the money changers to overtake our economic sovereignty where we are no longer the lenders, but the borrowers.  Our president has declared, “We are no longer a Christian Nation.”

      America is the nation of “Unwalled Villages” going into bondage.  We’ve entered into the corruption and whoredom of that “Worldly Beast System” Babylon.  The Lord says, “Come out of her, My People.   Just like the Pilgrims fled from England to escape the persecution to worship God freely and keep his commandments, we are on the edge of a “One World Government & One World Religion, “The Beast System.”  Make no mistake, it’s happened over and over throughout history, and it’s on our doorstep.