Saturday, September 26, 2015


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 2:13-17

13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

We as people are known by our families, friends and loved ones by certain defining characteristics; some of us have a very cheerful demeanor, others are of a talkative nature, some are insatiably curious, and there are those of us who are considered loners. There is a wide spectrum of such characteristics, nearly innumerable.

When you think of Jesus Christ, what defining characteristic comes to your mind? His graciousness, His uncompromising dedication to the truth? His holiness? These are easy to attribute to the LORD because "grace and truth come by Jesus Christ" (JOHN 1:17) and He is the Holy One of Israel (ISAIAH 1:4).

We see Him as loving, compassionate, kind and merciful. We don't always see Him angry - and many people find it difficult to imagine, but Scripture records such instances, as we see in our text today, and elsewhere (MARK 3:1-5; in MARK 10:14 He was indignant). What is it that makes Jesus angry? you might ask.

Of course we understand that when the LORD Jesus Christ returns to this world, He will be extraordinarily angry (IS. 63:1-4; REV. 14:19) for all of the injustice, oppression, rebellion and out right sin that has, and will continue to increase, in this fallen world of rebel souls who will refuse to repent (REV. 9:20-21; 16:9-11).

The LORD God is the  HOLY JUDGE and because of this fact, He cannot ignore sin, or overlook it. Any judge who is true to His office must mete out justice no matter what. To do anything less would be objectionable; needless to say to temper judgment with appropriately dispensed mercy is always a good thing - but if justice is served, then "the punishment will fit the crime".

Too often people think of sin as "mistakes" and while they certainly are, they are far, far more than that! I have come to think of sin as treasonous evil against the Holy Throne of the King, the LORD God. In old times, if one committed treason against a monarch, it was punishable by death, no questions asked.

How much more severe would the punishment be for one who has committed unholy treason against the Holy God of all creation? This is why God is angry with sinners every day (PSALM 7:11) - because they continue to rebel against His authority. As well as this, because they refuse to come to the LORD Jesus Christ for salvation, when it was His own precious blood that was spilled on the behalf of sinners; yet they persistently step on that blood (HEB. 10:29)! 

This is the essential reason why the TIME of JACOB's TROUBLE is destined to occur: this seven year period also known as DANIEL's 70th week, or commonly referred to as The TIME of the TRIBULATION  (though technically its the latter three and a half years that is "great tribulation") - because sinful man refuses to repent and by this severity sent by the hand of God, many will turn to Him and receive salvation (REV. 7:9-14) through Jesus Christ!

In our text today, we see Jesus entering into the Temple - and what does He see? Merchandising of the most heinous kind: the Temple priests raised sacrificial animals that were pre-inspected and approved for sacrifice. Animals under Levitical law had to be pure and without blemish (consider for example, NUMBERS 19:2); but what these priests would do is inspect such animals that the people brought until they 'found' some blemish (imaginary or not) and declared such an animal unfit for the ceremony.

Then they would offer one of their own special animals and offer to sell them to the petitioner - for a price! Thus, we see how the religion of the day exploited people "in the name of God", ripping them off by taking advantage of their desire to worship and serve the LORD. Additionally, if the people decided to buy one of these Temple animals, they had to do it with Temple shekels and not foreign currency - and they had money changers on hand that would make the exchange for them - for an additional price!

I shudder to think of all the televangelists today who are in serious danger of judgment, for all the money they have raked in, in the name of God, likewise exploiting people's desire to worship and please the LORD!

The LORD becomes angry, but His anger is tempered - not crazily out of control - we know this because while angry, He made a cord of whips. Shepherds would sometimes fashion such devices while tending sheep, and use these scourges to repel wolves or other predators; they took a while to weave! Here the Good Shepherd of the sheep is about to chase out wolves that desire to devour God's own (MATT. 23:14)!

Notice also that when the LORD is angry, it's never for His own sake. Here He is angry for His Father's sake; in instances cited above, He is angry for the cripple's suffering or for the sake of children who weren't permitted to come to Him. We should take note of this: in the LORD's meekness, He is never angry for personal offenses or wrongs committed against Him - but always for the sake of others.

Here are two videos you may find helpful that pertains to meekness and what biblical meekness is all about:



Let us also consider that while the Temple in Jerusalem was defiled by such corruption, our own temple - our bodies and souls and spirits are the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 COR. 6:19-20). May we ask the LORD to 'enter in' (in fact He already dwells there) and inspect our Temple and chase out anything that offends Him, for He has purchased us with His own blood. We belong to Him: our very being is "under new management" and any temptation Satan may bring our way constitutes a violation of trespass, since he is entering a territory that is now the property of Jesus Christ!

In the exercise of sanctification, let us post some "No Trespassing" signs against any attempt on the enemies part to infiltrate the temple of the Holy Spirit. 

For more on this and related subject matter, consider the following article:

1 THESS 4:3-4

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

2 PET 3:17-18

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


When was the last time you entered an unlit room and with a broom attempted to sweep all of the darkness out?

Or used a bicycle tire pump to push all the air out of an empty glass?

Silly I know, because neither of those methods will work; even if you sweat and strain and put as much effort into these exercises as you can, it's vanity and vexation - not to mention useless.

It's far more effective to simply flick on a light switch and let the brightness of a light bulb chase away that darkness! As well as for that empty glass - you only need to fill it with some water and it will push all of that air out all on its own.

The WORD of God has been viewed in Scripture as Light (PSALM 119:105) as well as Water (EPH. 5:26). The Word of God brings spiritual sight (2 COR. 4:6), it brings clarity, sureness of direction, confidence as we walk in the Way (JOHN 14:6), it brings to us cheer and comfort.

UPDATE: We are blessed to include here a teaching by pastor Sonny Islas on MATT. 5:14-16 entitled "You Are The Light Of The World". This teaching was given at The HOUSE of TRUTH Fellowship on SEPT. 06, 2015. ~ end UPDATE

Likewise its the Water of the Word that satisfies our souls with its spiritual vitality, replenishes and revives us and gives us relief from the fierce heat of persecution and tribulations.

The Light and the Water of the Word are both powerful at ridding us of darkness that lurks still in the corners and crevices of our souls:

PSALM 119:8-10

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy Word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

As Coriakin said to our beloved heroes in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

 "To defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness inside yourself."

The LORD JESUS said it this way:

JOHN 8:12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

This is an essential in spiritual warfare - "upright and outreach", which is to say, before we can have an effective outreach in the Gospel, we must be the recipient of the Gospel's saving work ourselves. We cannot share Light that we do not yet possess, and walk in the Light before the LORD our Righteousness, clothed in robes of the same (1 JOHN 1:7-9; IS. 61:10).

This world, sold under sin and plagued profusely by its curse, is a temptress to our yet unredeemed flesh (our fallen nature associated with the corruption that still hounds us like ravenous dogs, ever intent on devouring devilish dainties). She is a seducer, an evil woman and will seek to draw us away from the path of righteousness, away from the LORD of Light, away from the Streams of Living Water only to leave us under the condemnation of the enemy, alone in the dark and thirsting.

In Proverbs we read the following:

PROVERBS 6:20-28

20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?.

If we heed the godly counsels of our saintly parents who will encourage us in the Word (something that is sadly lacking among too, too many Christian parents these days, who pawn off their children to Sunday School teachers and trust that they will rear them up in the fear and admonition of the LORD instead of themselves; see EPH. 6:4), if we are determined to bind them closely to our hearts - being the invaluable treasures that they are - we will walk through this world safely from the allurements of its sins.

This is the sanctifying, purifying power of the Holy Word of God as we partake of its truth and grace! See JOHN 17:17; JOHN 1:17.

This does not mean we will never struggle against sin - for as long as we are in this flesh, we shall know of such struggles and storms in this life. Paul spoke of these things in ROMANS 7 and we can so readily relate to the apostle ourselves, can't we?

However, we can and must live honorably for the LORD, and take hold of the weapons of warfare that He has so graciously provided and walk in righteousness and holiness - by the power of the Spirit alone (NOT by our own will power or determination: remember - we have the sin nature (ROM. 8:21-23) still along side the divine nature (2 PET. 1:3-5) of God's Spirit by right of the spiritual rebirth and this corruption taints everything that is from ourselves, and perpetrates the storms that are the struggles against sin; (GAL. 5:16-17)). 

Even if we could resist from committing a particular sin at a particular moment of time, that does nothing in removing our sin nature - any more than trying to sweep darkness out of a room - or pumping air into an empty glass to remove the air! 
Its the Light and Life, the Water and the Wisdom of God that must be employed in getting darkness out of our lives, whatever its form may take. It is the LORD Who instills in us greater measure of His holy character, by His grace!

Remember: VICTORY is not obtained in a VACUUM (the absence of a committed sin) but in the VITALITY (Empowerment by the Life of Christ in us) of the LORD Jesus Christ!

The victory is ours indeed, as the LORD Who is LIGHT has granted us this same to pierce the darkness, expose the lies and deception, and rescue the blind of this world from the judgment that is to come.

MATTHEW 5:14-15

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

We find ourselves in such a state today that the howling winds of iniquity grow louder and more fierce; the world is darkening with increasing storms that would swallow us up. The pelting rains of perdition, the crashing waves of wickedness, the lethal lightening of lasciviousness are all arrayed against us by the god of this world (2 COR. 4:4). Where can we find our refuge?

Look to the Light of the LORD, whose beams brilliantly burst through the darkness as easily as a white hot knife slices through paper. That Light shines forth abundantly from the that LIGHTHOUSE that is JESUS! He is there, in His Almighty stance directing us to Himself on the Island of Infinite Safety and Security from sin's awful devastation.

Let us look unto Jesus (HEB. 12:2), let us run to Him our Refuge (HEB. 6:17-19), and fear nothing of this world or the Whore that is amassing even more power unto herself in these Last Days whereby Satan will employ his assaults upon the church (MATT. 16:18). Let us take up the armor of Light and stand boldly with our KING Who leads the way and defeat the darkness that looms all about us, as well as any remnants of darkness within!

If you have been adrift on the sea of sin, lost in the dark and alone, and wonder if after all of this time, you would ever be accepted back by the LORD, listen! He is WAITING FOR YOU TO COME BACK! HE LONGS FOR YOU, LOVES YOU and DESIRES YOUR RETURN! 
HE LOVES YOU and only waits for you to repent! YOU WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BE WELCOMED BACK! 

JOHN 6:37 

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

In closing let us meditate on these verses; and may the LORD keep and bless you in JESUS ALMIGHTY and HOLY Name!

ROMANS 13:11-14

11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


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.

The last time we were in Cana, we observed a wedding celebration in progress; they ran out of wine and Mary knew exactly Who could help in this situation . . . 

JOHN 1:1-5

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.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

We continue now and see how our LORD handled the situation, and what this means to us as His followers:

JOHN 1:6-11

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

The LORD would use what was at hand, and as is the manner of custom for the Jews, they would not eat any meal without first washing their hands, and for that, they would need water to purify themselves - and so there were these six stone water pots:

Stone - from the earth; there were six of them; man was made from the earth, created on the sixth day. Thus we may infer from an allegorical sense that these vessels unto glory (See ROM. 9:23-24; 2 COR. 4:7; 2 TIM. 2:20) are the saints of the LORD. A firkin is about 8-9 gallons and each of these six water pots held 2-3 firkins apiece, meaning about 130 gallons total. 
In the blessed union between the LORD and those who express faith in the Gospel and receive salvation (EPH. 5:31-32), there is a joining of Spirit to spirit and in a very deeply spiritual sense of the word, we become "one with the LORD" (1 COR. 6:17). As His children, we serve the LORD and one another, as He has given us as His own example, being the Supreme Servant in God's Kingdom.
Just as He washed our feet, He has likewise instructed us to wash one anothers feet (JOHN 13:14), and so the ministry of washing is ours, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ, as we use the water of the Word (EPH. 5:26).

In these six pots of stone we witness pure water that would become defiled when once its been drawn and used to cleanse hands and arms. Yet in ourselves, we represent those who were once defiled and now made clean by the blood of the LAMB (1 COR. 6:11). We are the purified who will one day see God face to Face (MATT. 5:8)! On that Day we shall be blessed to partake of a far greater and glorious Wedding Feast than the one we see before us today in this passage (REV. 19:7-9).

Note that these stone pots are filled to the rim - and likewise are we to be filled with the Spirit - (EPH. 5:18; the idea here in this verse is to be continually being filled by the Spirit, passive perfect present tense: an ongoing reception from the LORD towards ourselves), nothing lacking (1 THESS. 4:12) and be filled with the grace and knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ (COL. 1:9; 2 PET.1:3; 3:18).

As soon as anyone would draw from any of these stone pots, they would no longer be full, thus we must resort to continue to be filled with the Spirit, to overflowing - that we may draw out to minister to others, yet still be full ourselves, like a lake that has an inlet and outlet of the same capacity.

When the governor of the feast tasted the water, he declared to the bridegroom that its customary to serve the best wine first, then that which is of lesser quality is served, but that he has saved the best wine for the last.
Here we see the transformation of the LORD's miraculous work: He Turned The Water Into Wine!
Likewise there is transformation from the sinner to the sanctified, from the heinous to the holy, from the hell-bound rebel to the heaven-sent righteous!

We note that when the LORD hung upon the cross, the Roman soldiers were sent by Pilate to verify that He was in fact dead after so 'short' a time of a mere six hours (crucified victims were known to live on for days, or even weeks if they were cruelly provided water in their dying thirst). The soldier pierced the side of our LORD with a spear and blood and water flowed, indicating the certainty of His demise (upon death, blood separates between its component parts of platelets and plasma; plasma may appear clear as water); this is medically speaking, known as hypnovolemic shock.

These are the emblems of the LORD's purchase for His own Bride, purchased out of the 'slave-market of sin' to become a beautiful bride, whose garments are pure and sanctified (REV. 19:7-8). The wine of His blood is amply supplied for any and all of humanity to come and be washed of their sins, and inherit eternal life as the blessed bride of our glorious LORD Jesus!

May we all, as did His disciples, witness His glory and power, His grace and truth, and believe on Him! AMEN.

The next time we shall look at JOHN 2:13-17 where relatives of Jesus of Nazareth deem Him 'out of His mind' because they could not understand Him. Similarly we are looked upon by our own family, friends and co-workers as crazy or weird - even as 'Jesus Freaks'. But we are of sound mind and heart, as the LORD has seen fit by His Spirit. We will meet again to look at "The Mad Messiah?"

Saturday, July 11, 2015


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 2:1-5

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.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

In the last post, we saw the Messiah, the LORD Jesus invited, along with His disciples, to a marriage celebration. We are still there at Cana, and we see in vs. 3 that the party has run out of wine. In the midst of this crisis, Mary approached the one Person she knew that could help.

Life has a way of blind-siding us too often; it's during such times that we can learn quite a lot about ourselves. When crisis pounces on us, what is our initial response? Where do we turn for help? A bank? A doctor or lawyer? A counselor of some kind?

PSALM 18:6

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

PSALM 107:1-6

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

Of course running out of wine at a wedding cannot even remotely be compared to the distresses that strike us with dizzying and dismaying effect - but the principle is the same. When such things occur, CALL UPON THE LORD!
This is precisely what Mary does; she approaches her Son, whose Father is Almighty God, Who Himself is God the Son - the Word Incarnate, and she tells Him of the need.
There are some that try to say that His response to her was less than completely respectful, calling her "Woman" and "what have I to do with thee . . . " But the tone in the Greek clearly reveals that He refers to her with a title of honor, and simply and gently reminded her that the time of His ministry hadn't fully arrived.

Her response? She turns to some servants who attended the needs of the wedding and instructs them: "Whatever He tells you to do, do it!"

A solid argument can be made that much of God's plan for our lives involves timing: specifically His timing, which is flawlessly impeccable. Consider God's timing in the revolving of galaxies, stars, and planets; in the changing of the seasons and in the rhythms of our own biological systems. Consider His timing when it comes to His revelation and fulfillment of biblical prophecy as well as His revelation of the Gospel in all of our personal lives. Consider God's timing where answers to our prayers are concerned.

The LORD Jesus was careful about following the timing for His life and ministry in accordance with the Father's will. We as Christians should highly esteem the truth in this matter: God's timing is everything! This is why I often pray that the LORD will give me a divine sense of punctuality, that I walk in step with Him; not lagging behind or running ahead. Such is a place free of self-imposed strife and tensions, where we can acknowledge His rest for us and understand that . . . 

ECCL. 3:11

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Consider the entire chapter here in Ecclesiastes.

When our fellow saints come to us with problems, questions and situations we do well to consult the Scriptures with them and review all of the possible answers found therein; and then we should direct them just as Mary had those servants:

What ever He tells you to do, do it! We must encourage our fellow saints to seek the LORD, because while our counsel may indeed be biblical, there may be a specific course of action within that biblical spectrum that the LORD would have them follow. As saints we know that His sheep hear His voice (JOHN 10:16, 27) and follow Him as the faithful Shepherd that He is.

Others will offer counsel for the inquiring saint: well meaning pastors and other Christians, counselors who hold degrees in Psychology, those who esteem philosophical wisdom - all sources both good and bad will willingly offer their 'two cents'.

We acquire no better counsel than from the "Wonderful" Who is the Word; from the "Counselor" that is Christ!

May we ever and always seek the LORD for His will, for His guidance and His empowerment to follow Him throughout our lives where ever we may find ourselves - either at a wedding celebration or a wilderness experience.

Next time we shall continue at the Wedding of Cana and witness the LORD's very first miracle, the changing of water into wine; the title for this upcoming post will be "Vessels of Glory" based on JOHN 2:6-11. Until then, the LORD bless and keep you in His grace and peace!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


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!

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:


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.

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


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?"
"Keep taking my name in vain and I'll make rush hour even slower!"
"Someone will pay the price for your sins; will it be YOU or JESUS?"
"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


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!