Saturday, June 27, 2015

ARE YOU PERSECUTION PROOF?

At the conclusion of this article I have a link to a video by pastor Sonny Islas of the ELW Church in Tucson. He has asked me to please share this with the saints, and I have done so on Facebook, and also here. This message has been a great burden to our brother Sonny and he (and myself) implore you to take the time and watch this video.

The day and age in which we live is getting spiritually darker and darker (ROM. 13:12). In the headlines we read of random shootings perpetrated by psychotic, drugged-out teenagers and young adults. On the television we witness the rising of civil unrest and the harbingers of race riots. Signs of a Marxist takeover of our nation are becoming more observable.

Leaders in our government are pronouncing the Constitution of the United States as "obsolete", "antiquated", "a deeply flawed document", "no longer relevant", and so on. National and historical monuments as well as the Ten Commandments are coming down by the droves. We are losing our Judeo-Christian roots - no, we are being robbed of them!

Just recently we have witnessed the Supreme Court doing its work in restoring and renovating the inept, even diabolical (for those who do the reading) program of Obamacare. 
Even more recently they made the ruling that same-sex marriage will now be recognized lawfully across this once godly nation. And so goes the world . . . following after the practice of Sodom and Gomorrah which God destroyed in holy offense!
Historically and morally this is an extremely significant decision. There has always been those who were prone to homosexuality, since the beginning of fallen man's reign on this world cursed with sin. In America, homosexuality has been a reality for the entirety of its existence. What makes this significant is that this unlawful practice has been officially recognized, sanctioned and approved of by our national government. Much like Sodom and Gomorrah (GEN. 18 and GEN. 19) this extreme minority (3-5% of the entire population) has received special status and recognition.

There is a significant benchmark that measures the spiritual development or declination of any nation - the acknowledgement of GOD: not merely of His existence, but of His sovereignty and His Holy Authority and Truth. 

Evilution has wrought its fiendish work and there are more atheists, agnostics and God deniers than ever before. Because they will not acknowledge God; they have restrained and prohibited the truth and instead they worship the universe as 'god' and a host of other things they deem worthy of worship, but never EVER do they acknowledge the Creator GOD of the BIBLE.

Therefore GOD in the spirit of JUDGMENT is giving up such people to uncleanness and vile affections - homosexuality is drawing souls down a road that leads to spiritual REPROBATION, from which there is likely no return in repentance to the LORD GOD. And they will not be content to engage in abomination on their own - they will take pleasure in seeing others involve themselves in such things. It's not about the right to privacy to do as one wills, it's about promoting a Godless 'death-style'. ROMANS 1:18-32.

1 COR. 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

For more about this crucial issue, check out the following article from CREATION Ministries (NOTE: Be sure to read some of the linked articles at the conclusion of the one above!).

Now that the SUPREME COURT has passed law on the legal status of same-sex marriage, enforcement of this status and moral rejection by biblical Christians of the same may well be the pillar of perdition upon which persecution may be based here in AMERICA!
ARE WE READY? ARE WE READY TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE LORD and FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS - OR WILL WE SUBMIT TO THIS GODLESSNESS and INIQUITY?

Biblical churches are becoming rare; those who are remaining faithful are flying under the radar of the Federal government's 501-c3 tax exempt code and meeting in private homes instead of public buildings. 
Corporate churches are sprinting into spiritual madness (1 TIM. 4:1-2) as they wholly embrace liberalism and Post-Modernism as ably represented in Emergent Churches; or they partake of the dainties of New Apostolic Reformation and follow apostles and prophets who claim that their word has higher authority than the Word of God: the Holy Scriptures!

New Age Spiritualists claim that the world is about to undergo a massive paradigm shift where the old ways (Judeo-Christian faith and Scriptures) will be swept away and the new way will be heralded in as a global religion suitable to serve and worship 'The Christ' (read that, anti-Christ) who is coming on the scene very, very soon! They state (along with pseudo-evangelical Christians; 2 THESS. 2:10-13) that 'biblolaters' will have to drop their notions and change, or they will be 'removed'. The method and means of 'removal' doesn't sound at all benign or non-violent to my ears . . . 

Which brings me to the question that's been on my mind lately:

ARE YOU PERSECUTION PROOF?

I'm asking this question from two different perspectives; firstly:

1) Is your Christianity so anemic, so watered down, so seeker sensitive (JAMES 4:4) and allegorized so as to not bring even a single tid-bit of truth to this fallen world and would offend people who find the Holy Bible offensive (MATT. 13:21)? Has your Christian witness been so dimmed, well nigh dark, that you are not in the least endangered of persecution by a world full of rebellious sinners who hate the Light of God's Word?

And secondly:

2) Are you spiritually prepared in your knowledge of the truth, hidden deeply and safely in your heart (but with an ever-readiness to "speak the truth in love" as the needful occasion arises) and will willingly stand for the LORD and His righteousness no matter what the cost? Even if celebrity pastors refuse to, or even your own pastor? When people that you considered solid, strong Christians pale and drop like flies in the face of adversity? 
Do you have your spiritual armor on so that when the onslaught of satanically driven tribulation commences, you won't grow weary in the battle, but will remain steadfast and resolute, totally persecution proof?

The situation here in America is becoming serious; such New Age Spiritualists that we snickered at in the '80's like Shirley MacClaine and others that supposedly (?) channeled spirits of warriors and 'enlightened' (1 TIM. 4:1) beings from millennia ago are now multiplied, entrenched, absolutely dedicated and determined to see Christians and the Holy Bible scoured off the face of this planet.

From GOOD FIGHT ministries we have the following:

"...the Piscean Age, as you know, lasts two thousand years or so, as do other zodiacal signs. Its inception marked the beginning of the Christian era. It is passing out of manifestation now, as the new Aquarian age is coming in." (Vera Stanley Alder, The Initiation of the World, Samuel Weiser, Lucis Trust, p. 245). Note to readers: Lucis Trust is the publishing arm of The Theosophical Society - an esoteric body of New Age Spiritualists who shape global politics and policies in the U.N.

Hollywood Hills Astrologer Ed Steinbrecher, regarding the so-called Harmonic Convergence that had taken place, claimed that those who were not in tune with what was taking place "could" experience "death."

A New Ager who anonymously identifies himself as "Solar Questor" writes in his book, The World Restored, Not Destroyed:


"These are wondrous times ... because the world has gone through this terrific experience as it spins slowly back to its rightful orbit in the position that it should be in the heavens ... And as this happens more and more, more comfort and well being will come upon this world ... And those who hinder will be removed ... liquidated ... [they] must be wiped clean off the face of the earth." (Solar Questor, The World Restored, Not Destroyed: The Astounding Revelations of the Solar Quest).

From the political realm we hear this:

Gus Hall, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party, U.S.A., stated:


"I dream of a time when the last Congressman is strangled to death on the guts of the last preacher and since the Christians love to sing about the blood, why not give them a little of it." (Gus Hall, speaking at the funeral of Eugene Dennis, February 1961, None Dare Call It Treason-25 Years Later, Liberty Bell Press, 1992, pp. 39-41)

Even the entertainment industry, from the likes of The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley:

"I believe we are moving on to a new age in ideas and events. Astrologically we are at the end of the age called the Pisces age, at the beginning of which people like Christ were born. We're soon to begin the Age of Aquarius, in which events as important as those at the beginning of Pisces are likely to occur. There's a young revolution in thought and manner about to take place." (Brian Jones, from Rolling Stones In Their Own Words, Quick Fox, 1980, p. 29)

"Someday in the near future we'll see how the so-called ministers of God react as they see their worn-out ways and the whole 'old age' start crumbling...they'll get theirs. They've been building up some bad karma. I can't wait till this new age comes, so this stuff will stop." (Elvis Presley, If I Can Dream: Elvis' Own Story, Larry Geller & Joel Spector, p. 140).

And more New Age Spiritualists chime in regarding this paradigm shift about to occur and the consequences for those who won't cooperate with it:

"The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old an new - the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved." (John J. Dunphy A Religion for a New Age: The New Faith of Humanism and Teachers in The Humanist Magazine, Jan-Feb 1983).

New Age writer Foster Bailey has taught that those who do not live up to "New Age standards" will end up "irreconcilable outcasts." (Foster Bailey, Things to Come, p. 39)

New Age leader, Barbara Marx Hubbard, has stated, "people will either change or die," for "that is the choice." According to those who would concur with Hubbard, Christians will need to be more open minded so they too can receive the mark of the Antichrist. If they will not join with the global community and its agenda, they will be killed by the "opened minded" New Agers. Hubbard states:

"This act is as horrible as killing a cancer cell. It must be done for the sake of the future of the whole. So be it: be prepared for the selection process which is now beginning . . . "
(Barbara Marx Hubbard, Manual for Co-Creators of the Quantum Leap, pp. 55-57).

The infamous Aleister Crowley had this to say about Christianity:

Professed Satanist and patron saint of rock n roll Aleister Crowley (who died in the early 40s) taught that, "Judaism is savage and Christianity a fiendish superstition" (The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, p. 72).

For the entirety of this article by GOOD FIGHT ministries, go here.

Such protocols of persecution will be Federally mandated under the euphemistically labeled, The Department of Peace and no doubt driven by religious motivations of the Roman Catholic Church which has already begun to infest evangelical Christianity in a heinous infiltration of iniquity!

We must be keenly aware of what's happening and resist the temptation to bury our heads in the sand; to remain standing firmly on the truth of God's Word (1 TIM. 3:15; EPH. 6:11-13) is necessary, to have anxiety or ungodly fear is unwarranted - we have all read the end of the Book and we know, WE WIN because CHRIST has acquired the VICTORY ALREADY (1 COR. 15:57; ROMANS 8:37)!

What can we do spiritually to prepare for potential persecution here in America? It's rather simple really because its the same sort of preparation that the church has always engaged in when ever persecution would rear its religious and ugly head (The religious and unregenerate sinners of this world have always persecuted the spiritually righteous children of God!).

Satan's ploy in his schemes against God's saints (Israel and the church) are a two fold attack: 

A passive, feminine, seductive method known as Plan A with such allurements of sinful pleasures and appeal to our pride as necessary to get us to fall - and if this fails, he uses Plan B which is aggressive, masculine, and violent with pain, suffering, torment and bloodshed. He has used Plan A here in America for as long as we have enjoyed materialism and wealth. Seduction into pleasure as well as spiritual deception can be seen in our nation as well as in our churches. Yet there are still some saints who are holding fast, denying their flesh and walking with the LORD without compromise or stain from this sinful world. For those who refuse to follow the global agenda of the new world order of Lucifer, Plan B is in store!

For an explanation of the details in this satanic ploy watch this five minute video produced by The FUEL Project in the video series KNOW YOUR ENEMY.

WHAT MUST WE DO TO BECOME PERSECUTION PROOF?
Here are five basic steps that we must all take:

~ We must vehemently, tenaciously and violently rip away every shred of seduction that Satan, sin and this world may have over us: carnality, covetousness and compromise must all go! 

~ We must take the Word of God seriously both in its study (not only reading, but studying to truly know and understand God's Word) and its application.

~ We must as the saints of God determine to walk in obedience to the LORD, holiness and sanctification (ROM. 6:16; 1 PET. 1:2; 1 SAM. 15:22; LUKE 6:46).

~ We must humble ourselves before the LORD (JAMES 4:10; 1 PET 5:5-6) with sorrow (PSALM 30:5; IS. 22:12; MATT. 5:4), prayers (1 TIM. 2:1-3; 2 CHRON. 7:14) and fasting (JOEL 2:12-13; PS. 69:9-11) for both this fallen nation and our negligence to be "salt and light" (MATT. 5:13-16) which would have staved off the corruption that has invaded both our country and our churches (1 COR. 5:7) had we been faithful in our commitment to the LORD by being such!

~ We must sow the seed of the Gospel to the lost of this world, and bring the babes in Christ to maturity through discipleship (MATT. 28:19)!

Richard Wurmbrand, founder of VOICE of the MARTYRS once said about persecution of the true Christian church: "It doesn't matter what church you attend, or how many verses you have memorized; how clear and correct all your doctrine is [and may I add - how marvelous your ministry is, or how great a following you have], none of that will help you in times of persecution! The one thing that will help you endure in such times is your love for the LORD Jesus Christ [and even more so], His love for you! (REV. 2:4-5; JER. 31:3; JOHN 3:16)"

For too, too long Christians have perceived this world - and our lives - as a play ground, when in the reality of the spiritual domain, this world is a battlefield in an ancient war between the LORD God and Satan, the god of this world (2 COR. 4:4). We saints are soldiers, and we have our orders to stand fast and resist the devil and his diabolical agents, both physical and spiritual!

The LORD is drawing nigh (REV. 22:12), the prophecies of the Scripture are forming the final scene before the LORD brings it all to a screeching halt, rids the world of the Beast, the False Prophet which He casts into the Lake of Fire and assigns Satan to prison (for 1000 years and at which time he will bring a final rebellion to Earth, but is promptly dispatched to the Lake of Fire as well) and establishes His reign of righteousness. Let us by the grace of God prove faithful to the LORD, remain steadfast and do all that's necessary in preparation of the coming storms!

For more on this issue of the coming persecution, may I strongly recommend you watch this sermon video by pastor Sonny Islas of the ELW Church, here in Tucson, AZ. He brings up a lot of calamitous issues and grievous ordeals happening in this nation that are reeking offenses in the nostrils of the ALMIGHTY!

May the LORD Jesus Christ bless and keep us in the power of His Spirit of grace and truth!

MATTHEW 5:10-12
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

ISAIAH 48:9-11
9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

2 COR. 4:16-18
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

ROMANS 8:31-39
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

JEWELS From The GOSPEL of JOHN - MARRIAGE INVITE To The MESSIAH - JOHN 2:1-2

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints

JOHN 2:1-2
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

In the book of Genesis, during the six days of creation, God bestowed a blessing on each day, except for Mondays (we KNEW there was a reason why we didn't like Mondays, DIDN'T we!) but the LORD bestowed a double blessing on Tuesday, the third day of the week. This is typically why Jewish weddings are held on Tuesdays because the wedding couple seek this double blessing.

Here we have a marriage celebration in Cana during the days of Jesus' earthly ministry, and He and His disciples were invited to attend. Little did this wedding couple know, but they were blessed all the more abundantly by this Attendee! 

I think we all have seen those 'Messages From God' billboards while on the highway; black background with simple white lettering with such slogans as:

"You think it's hot HERE?"
and:
"Keep taking my name in vain and I'll make rush hour even slower!"
and:
"Someone will pay the price for your sins; will it be YOU or JESUS?"
and:
"Evolution . . . you must be joking."
and then there is:
"Nice wedding. Invite me to the marriage."

In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says, 
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Certainly if any wedding is performed with God as the primary witness, and He is then not only the Heavenly Matchmaker* but the One Who grants each spouse as His gift to the other, and each sanctified spouse is committed firstly to the LORD, secondly to each other (and thirdly to the subsequent family reared by them) the couple represents a three fold cord, with the LORD Himself intertwined in their midst. This is a cord that is strong, resilient, well nigh unbreakable - or even just unbreakable if each spouse keeps the focus on the LORD, not each other and obviously not themselves.

* - I recall with no small amount of humor the film FIDDLER on the ROOF where Tevye is deliberating on his daughter's (Hodel) request to marry a man (Perchik) of her own choosing, without the use of a matchmaker:

[Perchik and Hodel have announced their engagement] 

Tevye: He loves her. Love, it's a new style... On the other hand, our old ways were once new, weren't they?... On the other hand, they decided without parents, without a matchmaker!... On the other hand, did Adam and Eve have a matchmaker?... Well, yes, they did. And it seems these two have the same Matchmaker

Marriage is an institution that God Himself created between man and woman, husband and wife; the first couple being Adam and Eve - - not Adam and Steve or 'Madam' and Eve!

In this world of rebellion all of the acts of God (like creation) and institutions (like marriage, family, independent nations, law) are all under attack. We are told that we evolved, not created - that God is a fictitious idea (However, Stalin understood that nothing unimaginable can be real, and nothing imaginable can be unreal; the idea of God is imaginable, thus on some level, must be real!). We are told that families are not at all necessarily a traditional one, but can be comprised of 'two daddies' or 'two mommys' or three parents or something that we see more conventionally, two divorced spouses who marry others and end up with a mish-mash of step-children.
This splintering of the foundational family unit will most effectively tear down the moral fabric of any nation: and we see it happening now for some several decades!
We are told that nations standing alone will not survive in the future; that since our problems are now global, the solutions to said problems must also be global.
Globalism however, at its heart is occultic, believe it or not.

Getting off this rabbit trail, and back to marriage with the LORD invited: this is blessedness, this is spiritual unity, this is emotional and intellectual satisfaction; this is in accord with God's vision for man and wife, who themselves are pictorial representations of God's own plan for the ages: to unite His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, with His own bride, the church of the living God!

Ephesians 5:31-33
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Just as God intends to bless this world through the union of Christ and His church ministering together by the Spirit to bring the light of salvation to wayward sinners, godly parents as husband and wife minister to their world, the family, to raise godly, strong, stable, blessed, equipped children who are provided for spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually to go out and propagate the same blessed gifts and virtues to their own children, their neighborhoods and communities.

Such strong foundations are a blessing and a strength to any nation, bringing ethical stability, moral moorings, and a message of hope to all the world.

Perhaps there are those reading this who have not based their marriage on Christ, that don't even have salvation in Christ and don't know Jesus personally. In such a case, it's NOT TOO LATE! Receive The GOSPEL of SALVATION, commit your lives - and your marriages to the LORD by inviting the MESSIAH in and take the lead.

The benefits are obvious: eternal life as well as a solid, blessed marriage that shall endure and prosper in good times and even in bad!

May the LORD bless all of you, your marriages and for those of you making wedding plans: especially for you - don't forget to invite the LORD to the wedding . . . AND the marriage!

The next time we shall look into JOHN 2:3-5 with "WISDOM from MARY"

Saturday, May 2, 2015

JEWELS From the GOSPEL Of JOHN - NO NONSENSE NATE - JOHN 1:47-51

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints

JOHN 1:47-51

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Jesus sees; He sees our beginning, and our ending; He sees when we rise up in victory and fall in defeat. He sees our times of joy and sorrow - there is nothing about us that He doesn't see and know (PSALM 139:1-6) in His omniscience and omnipresence.

This is why the LORD was able to make such a declaration of Nathanael; He foreknew him because He created him and gave him his personality, character traits and behavioral tendencies. Even more so, He knew Nathanael as an "Israelite indeed" - that is, one who like those to whom God promised the land of Israel, here was a man of faith, a man  "without guile". The LORD recognizes His own, and His own know His voice and respond to it (JOHN 10:14-15).

Nathanael asked the LORD how was it that He knew him and the answer given already above is essentially the answer, but here in this passage, the LORD merely states that He saw him sitting under the fig tree - an act of divine clairvoyance (not at ALL related to that sort typically associated with occult practices!) - in perceiving Nathanael's location without actually being there.

Nathanael exclaims that this Man standing before him must be the Son of God, the King of Israel - and he is absolutely correct on both counts! This soon-to-be disciple speaks with alacrity and in a no-nonsense manner these things! 

Yet the LORD seems almost incredulous at this bold statement and assures him that he will see greater things than these; namely that he will " . . . see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." This harks back to Genesis 28 and a scene in the life of Jacob:

GEN. 28:10-19

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

The LORD Jesus Christ declares to Nathanael, concerning Himself, that He is the ladder that leads to heaven, the very gate of heaven; that bequeaths His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Twelve Patriarchs, that leads us sinners to and on the road of righteousness via His own propitiatory sacrifice and indwelling Spirit to become saints and citizens of heaven!

Yet all the while Nathanael recognized something of the truth in what he declared regarding this Man from Galilee being the King of Israel, and the Son of God - it was by gradual revelation that he came into greater understanding of these truths.

So it is with us: With every gift of understanding we receive by the Holy Spirit in those mysteries of the Word, our doctrinal clarity becomes sharper and more refined within the framework of all Scripture, and as these various areas become clearer, we see more readily the ladder of heaven, the gateway to the LORD GOD - and it is the portrait of Jesus Christ! He is Himself the very House of God, that is the body that He was given, houses the whole of Deity and Person of God the Son (HEB. 10:5). He is the realization of Bethel and the vision that Jacob saw there.

May we, the saints of God, resort to that heavenly domain by the LORD Who is the ladder and gateway, to the very throne of God and His grace, in blessed fellowship, communing in the House of God: the LORD Jesus Christ!

The next JEWEL in JOHN's GOSPEL is from JOHN 2:1-2, entitled Marriage Invite to the Messiah! Until then, may the LORD bless us all - way too much!

Friday, May 1, 2015

The HOUSE of TRUTH presents: A Video Log of Bible Studies by James Fire and others

The following is a list of youtube videos of Bible studies conducted at and by The HOUSE of TRUTH Fellowship by myself, James Fire and other saints. View The HOUSE of TRUTH Fellowship page on Facebook here. Unless otherwise indicated, all teachings are conducted by yours truly.

Further teachings will be added to this list as they are produced. Teachings for the most part are presented in chronological order, from the oldest first to the newest last.

My prayer is that the saints will be blessed by what they watch here!

2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.



WISDOM & DISCERNMENT - Pt. 1 with James Fire

WISDOM & DISCERNMENT - Pt. 2 with Josh Boubion

The FEAR of GOD by Josh Boubion

24 SIGNS in MATTHEW 24

Why Israel Matters to the BIblical Christian

CHRISTIANITY vs. ISLAM Pt. 1 JOSH BOUBION

CHRISTIANITY vs. ISLAM Pt. 2 JAMES FIRE

CHRISTIANITY vs. MORMONISM

CHRISTiANITY vs. JEHOVAH WITNESSES by JOSH BOUBION

BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY vs. ROMAN CATHOLICISM

The ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, MYSTICISM and The EMERGENT CONNECTION to a ONE WORLD RELIGION


STUDY in 1 JOHN 1:3; ACTS 2:42 with JOSH BOUBION Part - 1

STUDY in ACTS 2:42 with JAMES FIRE - Part 2

STUDY in ACTS 2:42 with JOSH BOUBION - Part 3

STUDY in ACTS 2:42 with KYLE PEART - Part 4


The AUTHORITY of the BELIEVER

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A SMOKE SIGNAL - The Guts of Inward Truth: INTEGRITY

It has been said, that upon the return of General Norman Schwarzkopf from Desert Shield in our war against Iraq  (AUG 2, 1990-FEB 28 1991), he had a news conference with our American media; in that conference it was asked of him, "What's the biggest problem in America today?"
His answer: "Lack of integrity."

The same question was asked of author Larry Abraham and he answered similarly: "Lack of justice."
(K-House ARMOR of GOD: Breastplate of Righteousness

Integrity is when truth is represented in a person who will exhibit truth in action as well as words. One dictionary defines it as follows: "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty."

It's an accurate appraisal when it's said that our integrity as the American people is wearing away and deteriorating. Why is this? Quite simply because we have disrespected, downplayed, even denied the very notion of truth. It's in vogue today to say that truth is either relative ("That's YOUR truth") or that it simply doesn't exist ("Everything is relative and there is no such thing as absolute truth." I wonder if they think that that statement is 'absolutely true'?).

The truth of the matter is that you cannot have justice without truth, and you cannot have truth without justice. We have dealt with this matter before on The RED PILL Consortium in some commentary on ISAIAH 59 in The DEMISE of a CIVILIZATION.

We have also written a series, treating the idea of Truth on The TRUTH Under FIRE:
GOT TRUTH? Part 1 of 3.

Today I want to present a simple assertion regarding integrity, and specifically the integrity of the Christian. 
In 1 KINGS 2:3-4 it says:

3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
4 That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

The apostle John stated:

2 JOHN 1:4
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

And again, he said,

3 JOHN 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

To "walk in truth" is simply to live a life of truthfulness, and truth specifically in the Person and power of JESUS CHRIST, Himself being the embodiment of Truth (JOHN 14:6). To do so brings obvious blessing to those walking in truth as mentioned in the passage above from 1 KINGS, as well as blessing to those who observe such people, as the aged apostle stated.
In a moment of self-examination can we say that we live truth to the same degree that we know truth? To the same degree that we study truth as found in the Word, and love truth as much as we live it out? To fail in answering yes to these questions means that we have some measure of hypocrisy at worst, or a confession of weakness on our part at best. And I will readily confess to my own hypocrisy and weakness, but with the underlying hope that the LORD God isn't finished with me yet! He still has "good work" to do in me according to PHIL. 1:6!

King David said in the PSALMS:

PSALM 51:5-7
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.


Being wholly truthful about oneself is the true manifestation of meekness for the Christian, and meekness (as well as humbleness) is the very polar opposite of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is all about wearing a mask, cover ups, even deceits and conceits. Humbleness and meekness is about revealing the truth about oneself, not hiding my true self but exposing oneself for what we truly are (warts and all, but also that work that Christ is doing in us: To say that I am a sinner and a saint are both true) before God and others. Truth inwardly keeps us traveling accurately in life, holding the course without wavering or being unduly influenced by the tides of our time and the winds of change!

So as we live out each day, may we run an inventory of our souls and determine if we are living outwardly the truth that we profess to believe inwardly. Where we may find hypocrisy, let us ask God's forgiveness. Where we find an equity between belief and practice, let us thank God for His empowering Spirit of grace!

On a final note, let us receive the admonition that we hear from Phil Keagy:

Be On The Out, What You Are Inside

PSALM 15:1-3
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

PSALM 25:4-6
4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

PSALM 33:4
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

EPHESIANS 4:15, 20-21
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

You may also be blessed with the study of The Belt of Truth in our Spiritual Warfare seies on The TRUTH Under FIRE!

May the LORD JESUS CHRIST bless us with His Spirit of Grace and Truth!

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREAT and MIGHTY THINGS WHICH YOU KNOW NOT

Throughout the Old Testament we read about Israel's unfaithfulness to the LORD and how He relentlessly, faithfully draws them back to Himself, where they enjoy the blessing of renewed zeal and love for YHWH, of the fruitfulness of the land, of peace among her national neighbors with Israel, and so much more.

Even in the times of harshest judgment, where death via casualties of war, famine, disease and the ruin of their beloved city of Jerusalem, and even the temple itself, the LORD always pronounces a message of hope: restoration to the land, and blessing from the LORD Who will rule over the nation, bringing peace and prosperity.

Take a look at the prophets in the Old Testament: I refer to such as the likes of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Joel and so on. Read the last chapters of each of these, and you will find such promises of hope. Here is such a blessed promise found in JEREMIAH:

JERE.29:10-14

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Or consider the last chapter of Hosea, Chapter 14!

Today I would like to look at JEREMIAH 33 and witness more of the same kind of declarations from the LORD Who alone is the Faithful One and Blessed Potentate of Israel to His beloved people! Let's start!

JEREMIAH 33:1-2

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,

2 Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name;

Let's set this up with a little review of what's been happening:

The house of Israel has been sliding into apostasy; the house of Judah, while being faithful for a time, has likewise been turning away from the LORD and paying homage to foreign gods. The LORD already sent warning to the nation by way of Isaiah and his contemporaneous prophets of Hosea, Amos and Micah. All were soundly ignored.

Enter: Jeremiah, a relatively young man who didn't want to be a prophet (JERE. 1:6-8); the LORD assured him and so he spoke in the name of the LORD; even later when he determined he would not speak any more in the name of the LORD, he couldn't help it (JERE 20:9)!

And yet for all of his pronouncements, after all the persecution and afflictions the prophet endured, what was the fruit of his labors? How many converts did he make by the LORD his God?

None.

Yet, he remained faithful and obedient to the LORD despite his apparent failures to produce repentance in at least one heart that would turn away from their rebellion. The LORD regards faithfulness and obedience as supremely important and holds such servants in the highest esteem, especially in such discouraging circumstances that seem to yield no fruit or results for all of our labors. There is a lesson for us in that! 

Remain true to your calling child of God, saint of the Highest - regardless of any apparent lack of fruit! If you are sure of your calling, as was Jeremiah, then be diligent in the office He has placed you in! Keep not your eye on your surroundings and the lack of response by others, or the absence of any yield: keep your eye, and your heart fixed on the Throne of Heaven and the One Who sees your faithfulness - your reward is awaiting you in the glories of His Kingdom to come!

So, after so much rebellion against the Word of the LORD that Jeremiah proclaimed to the leaders of Israel, what was the result? Did they repent? Did they forsake their rebellion? No . . .
They threw the prophet into a dungeon; dark and lonely - Jeremiah no doubt felt utterly alone and forsaken! 

Babylon had already ravaged the nation, and one would think that this would cause Israel to grieve and repent, not so! They proceeded on with their obstinacy!

It seemed utterly hopeless. One could only imagine what was going through the mind of the prophet, when suddenly the Voice of the LORD spoke to him a second time:

It was the LORD Who made this situation of Jeremiah's imprisonment; He Himself was the maker of it, Who established it! Why would the LORD incarcerate His own prophet? 
Have you ever felt like the LORD has had you captured, isolated, alone - even when you attempted to seek out others, it seems that you were trapped inside a bubble and couldn't break out of it! 
I've known such times of isolation, and after so many years of having to re-learn this lesson, I've finally come to realize that at such times, the LORD's desire is to draw us near to Himself, to get close and personal with the Almighty for the purpose of His revelation of something awesome!

That was the case with Jeremiah as well; let's read on!

JERE. 33:3-5

3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
4 For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;

5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city.

The LORD promises that if Jeremiah will call unto Him, He would reveal things never before seen by the prophet. Though Jerusalem and the houses of her kings were destroyed, though they fought valiantly to save their nation, their carcases were piled high all about! God's fury at the wickedness of Israel caused Him to turn away from His people and all their wickedness!

The situation was indeed grim! Would Israel ever again be restored after such ruin and devastation? Generations after this time, Nehemiah was similarly dismayed at the bleak destruction of his beloved Jerusalem and pondered the same question with no small anxiety in his heart.

Yet the LORD is GOD:

JERE 32:26-27

26 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,
27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Let us read on and consider what will be revealed if the prophet called upon the LORD . . .

JERE. 33:6-8

6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.

8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.

Where disease and incurable sickness were rampant in the land; the LORD promised health and cure - and even repeated Himself that He will cure His people. Further, in place of the spiritual deception and strife that was rank among the people given over to idolatry, the LORD promised He would bring an ABUNDANCE of truth and peace (PSALM 37:11; ISAIAH 65:16). The LORD revealed to Jeremiah that He will cleanse His people who have sinned against Him, and mentions twice that He will pardon and cleanse their iniquity and their transgressions!

You talk about the insurmountable heights, unfathomable depths, and the expansive breadths of the grace of God, this is it!! He declares that even in the midst of this forlorn and heartbreaking captivity, from which I am sure, none of the Jews had any hopes of escaping; He will bring the captivity of Judah as well as Israel back to the land, and that the LORD will build them (and so He did when He moved Cyrus to give the people leave and return to their homeland; he even gave them financial incentives to accomplish this!). Bless the LORD, O my soul for His incredible love for His people and His faithfulness to them - even in the midst of their own deplorable unfaithfulness to their Maker and Husband (ISAIAH 54:5)!

The LORD shall express His heart of joy for all that good that He plans for His people, Israel; a praise and an honor before all the nations who will tremble and reverence the LORD for all of His goodness and prosperity He shall extend to His people, according to His plans!

JERE. 33:10-13

10 Thus saith the Lord; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast,
11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord.
12 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.

13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the Lord.

Again and again the LORD reiterates that while there is doom, destruction, desolation, and dire circumstances in that day in which He visited Jeremiah, He has emphasized that joy, gladness, celebration, and prosperity would overflow in the land and that all will praise the LORD with offerings of such for His enduring mercy in returning the captivity to the land!

We understand that in the days of Daniel the prophet, God gave to His servant understanding that the captivity would soon be over; Nehemiah was granted permission by the Persian King he served to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem, and after those days Israel returned to the land and received from the LORD blessing.
Is this what is referred to here in Jeremiah? I believe in part, yes; but much more indeed. I believe this is a double reference to those days (and following) Nehemiah's mission in rebuilding the Holy City and also the days in which the Messiah of Israel will reign in Israel. Let's look at the following verses:

JERE. 33:14-17

14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.

17 For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

The LORD tells Jeremiah that the days are coming when His promises regarding Israel will be fulfilled. Can we know what days are being referred to? Absolutely! "the Branch of righteousness" is of course a reference to Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel (JERE. 23:5):

"Jeremiah reveals Christ as the Righteous Branch, the Lord our Righteousness, Who will pardon sinners from their sins (MATT 5:6; LUKE 23:47; ROMANS 5:18-19; I JOHN 2:1-2)". 

For more on this, have a look at: CHRIST - The CENTER of the OLD TESTAMENT 

The passage in our text speaks of the Righteous Branch will be a descendant of David ("a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel"), thus heir to the royal line, and that He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land; note that - not demonstrate these things in His perfect and holy life, but execute them as a political leader would enforce governmental policy - and this king would be the LORD Himself - "The Lord our righteousness".

Did Jesus act in any official and kingly office in this way? Did Jesus ever sit upon the throne of His father, David in Jerusalem? At the time of Jesus, the throne did not exist; there was no 'kingdom of Israel' - it was a rather insignificant (by pagan standards) province in the Roman Empire; the apostles asked the LORD if He would restore the kingdom to Israel (ACTS 1:6-7) and He simply replied that the time for such was in the Father's keeping.

Yet even though Jesus did not restore the kingdom of Israel at that time, He will! How do we know? Because it's spoken of every where in prophecy!  How resolute and determined in God in this restoration of Israel's kingdom and her subsequent blessing? Read the following verses!

JERE. 33:17-22

17 For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
19 And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, saying,
20 Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

Who can break the covenants of the day and the night by disturbing their season of cyclical recurrence? No one (except God, but would He?)! Neither can any break God's covenant with Israel and the LORD won't; we can see that in these and multitudes of passages throughout the Old AND New Testaments!
God tells us His covenant "with David and his son to reign upon his throne" cannot be broken any more than the cycles of our day and night! He will bless Israel to such a degree that their numbers could be compared to the stars of the heavens and the sand of the sea (beyond measure!)!!

JERE. 33:23-26

23 Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,
24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
25 Thus saith the Lord; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

The nations round about Israel had thought that their God had forsaken them because of their abject bondage and misery there in Babylon (and Assyria just previously) - but He will correct that assessment by bringing them all back - He repeats Himself regarding His covenant with the day and night, as well as the appointment of ordinances in heaven and earth! That if these can be broken, then He would cast Jacob away and David His servant - and that no rulers from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would ever rule His people. But again, since nothing can break those covenants mentioned above, then there SHALL be a ruler over Israel - the Messiah of Israel!

These indeed are the great and mighty things that the LORD showed to Jeremiah! AND He has also shown them to us, in these last days prior to the RETURN of the KING: Jesus Christ, the MESSIAH of ISRAEL, who will soon reign upon the throne of His father, David! As despondent as Jeremiah got, as discouraged as we may get in these evil days of our own, let us hold fast the promise of GOD's WORD and express such confident hope and assured faith in the LORD's Word of Truth that declares this glorious news!!

For more on this, please watch this video:


WHY ISRAEL MATTERS TO BIBLICAL ISRAEL

For more on this subject, watch the classic DAVE HUNT of The BEREAN CALL Documentary:
ISRAEL, ISLAM and ARMAGEDDON!

MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN THE ALMIGHTY AND BLESSED NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!