Monday, November 30, 2009

The Fall Of Humanity...

Who's fault was it; Adam, or Eve??




It is commonly held misconception that eve killed all of humanity because she was seduced by the serpent (Satan the devil) and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (not an apple). I can certainly understand how those whom are not well versed in scripture can make this mistake; at first glance it appears to be eve's fault, because she first ate of the fruit.

However when we consider the fact that it was Adam who was 1st created, it was Adam that God told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and the fact that Adam was instructed not to do this before Eve was even created. When we re-read the text it was after Adam ate that ''BOTH of their eyes were opened & they knew that they were naked.'' Adam being the husband could have reversed the curse although his wife had already listened to Satan (Numbers 30:1-16).



LET IT BE KNOWN: Serpents don't talk. Satan IS the serpent. The tree of the knowledge of good & evil is not a real tree (Satan the devil)

just as the tree of life isn't a real tree (Jesus).


 Therefore Adam & Eve did not eat real fruit... They ate the fruit of lies (Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way. [Hosea 10:13]).

Some say but how??

Serpents don’t talk! Adam and Eve did not magically know they were naked. When was the last time you took a bite of Any Fruit and gained Knowledge, Wisdom and/or Understanding??? When the Lord asked where they were Adam said he hid himself because he was naked. Look at What God’s response was: "And he said, Who TOLD THEE that thou wast naked?" (Genesis 3:8-11)

They ate the fruit of lies, because they were listening to the father of lies (John 8:44). This lie was actually the 1st lie ever told in the bible. You shall not surely die!



FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): The 1st lie ever told to man was you shall not surely die. Recently my grandmother passed away and that same lie was spoken from the pulpit. That she was not dead; her body was just a shell. In my lifetime I have been to several funeral services in churches of various denominations were the preacher tried to convince the crowd that the person was ‘not really’ dead;

This is an almost a direct quote from Satan the Devil. Why?

God said, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in THE DAY THAT THOU EAT THEREOF THOU SHALL SURELY DIE (Genesis 2:15-17). Since a day with the Lord is 1,000 years and Adam only lived to be 930 yrs old, God is not a liar!

This is the very purpose of this blog. Men (and women) from the pulpit say one thing, and it is a direct contradiction to the Bible.

Hopefully by now all of my followers know that it is better to study the Bible rather than the sermon.


THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER:

It was Adam that brought death to humanity, not Eve. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).



May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His Word… In Jesus Name.






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Saturday, November 28, 2009

¿WHEN THE PRAISES GO UP; THE BLESSINGS COME DOWN ?

WHEN THE PRAISES GO UP; THE BLESSINGS COME DOWN
                                                        







This is one of the many cliche's that sounds poetic when it is recited during church services or on church television programs.  However, when one considers where in the scripture this statement comes from it begins to sound a little less Shakespearean.




How do we get blessings from the God of the Bible?
In a word: Obedience!

God's blessing are "upon the head of the just" (Proverbs 10:6-7)

To the faithfully Obedient God is willing, to open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that you will not have room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10).


Even Paul equates blessings with Obedience.
 "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen" (Romans 16:25-27).

Those having faith are moved to obedience because they are confident of the blessings that obedience brings. They know that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:1-6).

Sometimes God's blessings come after making thru hard times and remaining obedient. Joseph was hated by his brothers and sold into slavery by them. Eventually he was sold to Potiphar, the chief of Pharaoh's bodyguard (Genesis 37:36). Because of his Obedience everything Joseph did, met with success (Genesis 39:1-6). Because of Potiphar's wife Joseph was thrown into prison. In time Pharaoh had a dream and when none of the Kings advisors could interpret the dream Joseph was sent for Joseph explained both dreams one of plenty and one of famine. Joseph even suggested how to survive the famine (Genesis 41:1-36).
Pharaoh realized that God's blessings were upon Joseph, Pharaoh promoted him from prisoner to Governor of all the kingdom; second only to Pharaoh himself (Genesis 41:37-44).

Job also received God's blessings through hard times. Job was a blameless and upright man (Job 1:1-11). After Satan destroyed ALL of Job's material possessions, livestock, servants, and finally Children (Job 1:13-19), Job never turned away from God, even when he was pressured to do so by his wife and friends. He continued speaking the truth about God (Job 42:8). He accepted correction for being anxious to declare himself righteous and forgetting to vindicate God (Job 32:2). He also acknowledged his sins before God (Job 42:1-6). At the end Job was restored to his former status. His life was blessed more towards the end then it was in the beginning. His associates and relatives brought him gifts (Job 42:7-15). Finally when Job's obedience went up the blessings came down insomuch that Job lived to see his grandchildren to 4 Generations (Job 42:16).
Through Ezekiel, God testifies to Job's righteousness (Ezekiel 14:13-14,19-20).
The Apostle James also testifies (James 5:10-11).





FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): The blessings of God makes one rich, and He adds no sorrows with it.
(Proverbs 10:22)




The Conclusion of the Matter::  When obedience goes up; blessings come down. And that's the only way!



May the Lord add a blessing to the consideration of His Word... In Jesus name


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Extra Scriptures of Reference
Exodus 23:20-26

Thursday, November 26, 2009

CURSE WORDS

CURSE WORDS





This is a topic I have longed to blog about. Hopefully you aren’t too bloated from all your eating, so that you can digest this food 4 thought; and this wine 4 your mind!



What are curse words? What makes a word profane?

According to http://dictionary.infoplease.com/; a curse is defined as the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.


2. A formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.


3. The act of reciting such a formula.


4. A profane oath; curse word.


5. An evil that has been invoked upon one.


6. The cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.

(http://dictionary.infoplease.com/curse#endFrame )

Secular definition’s are cool however we should always look to the scripture for Biblical definitions, so that while we must live in this world we can still be aware of how our God sees things. Remember:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Therefore let us turn to the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy. If you choose you can read the chapter on-line @ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deut%2028&version=KJV

In this 28th chapter God lays out for the children of Israel the rewards for obedience (And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God…) and the consequences of disobedience (if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee v15).

The first 14 verses of the chapter explain the many blessings that will come to the nation for holding fast that which God instructs them. However, verses 15-68 lay out the many ‘curses’ that will come upon them, and overtake them should they not obey. For what it’s worth let it be known that All Israel has transgressed the commands of God given to Moses. (Daniel 9:11-15)


For the purposes of this post, if one was to read all of the different curses pronounced upon the children of Israel, you would notice that nowhere amongst the scripture would you see what we would in 2009 call ‘cuss words’. No F-bombs, no N-words, no B-words, no ‘go to hell,’ or anything of the sort.


I have read on the internet that some say that Jesus taught that when a man uses profanity it is a sign of evil that was in that man’s heart. Unfortunately there was no reference to scripture after this statement. Therefore I must disagree and reprove the statement.

As WE ALL know and have experienced, (especially around thanksgiving) when a person gets a certain feeling in their stomach it is time to head to the bathroom.   From time to time I have even taken opportunity to tell someone where I was going. “Come now, and let us reason together,” (Isaiah 1:18) if you were to ask me what am I about to do, and I chose to answer your question what would be the difference if I chose to say I’m going to do number 2;

or I’m going to boo-boo; or I’m going to take a s#!t? In the context of the situation, they all mean EXACTLY the same thing.


Any of the words would only be considered offensive if a person gave the word the power to offend. What’s offensive about going to the bathroom? As I stated every man, woman, child, AND BEAST alive have done it since they were newborns, and will continue to do it until the day they expire.


There is also what is called ‘shoot cussing’; saying ‘Gosh’ instead of ‘god’ and so forth. People give words power. If you stop saying 'Jeez,' and say ‘Son of a Brick,’ when angry, or if you say ‘Vegetables!’ when you stub your toe, the word holds the same meaning, Period.





The word ‘swear’ has two different meanings. Swearing an oath (making a solemn promise to the Lord or another person), and foul language. Beginning in the 16th century people developed a habit of speaking scared names when no oath was being made and were therefore guilty of taking God’s name in vain. Such actions were thereby considered profane and the words used in such an act were called profanity.



FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): any word in the English language can be a curse word, if the context that you use the word is intended to cause such misfortune to another.

The modern concept of profanity has evolved differently in different cultures and languages. In English for example profanities tend to refer to sexuality or scatology. In Canadian-French vulgarities are a corruption of religious terminology. Japanese on the other hand has obscenities derived from sexuality and scatology but none from religious language. This is why terms that function as a curse words in one language lack profane qualities when translated into another language.

LET IT BE KNOWN: Vulgarities change over time. For example the word ‘piss’ is considered vulgar and impolite in contemporary society. However, during the translation of the King James Bible it appears several times in, 1Kings 14:10; 2kings 18:27; Isaiah 36:12 and 1Samuel 25:22.

In 1939 Gone with the Wind was the first major American film to use profanity. The word ‘Damn’ which is currently only a minor vulgarity.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ7z6hpO57c

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Daniel 9:11-15


1Samuel 25:34


1Kings 16:11/21:21


2Kings 9:8

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PAGANISM ALL AROUND US

MAZDA

 

 

 
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encyclopedia of the orient




There is a fine line between keeping the Commandments and the Testimony of the True and Living God in the midst of a pagan society, and Fanaticism. The next installment in the Paganism all around us series is Mazda. Known today as the Mazda Motor Corporation, 

the Japanese company founder was interested in spirituality, and chose to rename the firm in honor of both his family and Zoroastrianism.


Zoroastrianism was/is the religion started by the Persian (Modern Iran) prophet Zoroaster. The date of the founding of the religion is unknown but it was in full swing between 1200-1500BC. The name Zoroaster is a Greek version of Zarathustra. Zarathustra is said to have communed with God, and he called this god Ahura-Mazda or Wise Lord.

‘Mazda’ means Wise or Wisdom, and Ahura is interpreted literally as ‘High Being’. The two names are used separately and sometimes used together. This god is sexless and abstract in nature and is simultaneously very personal and has both male and female characteristics.

Mazda is a god realized through a good mind. Mazda did not appear to Zarathustra in bodily form, or as an angel; Zarathustra saw Mazda in his ‘Minds Eye.’ Ahura Mazda has become god because of the choices that he has made. Through these choices he has achieved completeness and immortality; and a state of radiant happiness through enlighten. Ahura Mazda is not a god to be feared. He neither judges nor punishes.



Zarathustra teaches that Ahura Mazda is aware of all things as they happen, but does not know all things because he does not know how we are going to choose. He also does not know whether some chance event (like illness or accident) is going to happen. He has however determined the final refreshing for all of creation. But although he doesn’t judge this is refreshing is determined thru Mazda’s Super Wisdom, which designed a perfect plan to bring about the completeness of His creation.
To see a 3D walk thru of a mazda temple click the  link



LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13). However, in accommodating this command we would render ourselves, as believer’s, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All around Us!

Should we as Christian’s not purchase a car because it was named after a pagan god? The founder of the Japanese Manufacturing company, Jujiro Matsuda named his company in honor of the god he respected. Much in the same way we would include the God we serve, were we in a position to implement his name or attributes in an entrepreneurial endeavor. The question becomes more complicated when we consider that in the 1970’s Ford Motor Company took a stake in the failing Mazda corporation; from 7% in 1979 to 33.9% in 1997. Although Ford’s stake was reduced to 13.4% in 2008 we can see how a boycott of Mazda would be hypocritical without action against Ford.

We cannot leave the world, but we are commanded to be watchmen, therefore let us watch and understand.



For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts (Malachi 2:7).

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

PAGANISM ALL AROUND US


NIKE (Greek goddess of Victory)
in Greek religion, the goddess of victory, daughter of the giant Pallas and of the infernal River Styx. Nike probably did not originally have a separate cult at Athens. As an attribute of both Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and the chief god, Zeus, Nike was represented in art as a small figure carried in the hand by those divinities. Athena Nike was always wingless; Nike alone was winged. She also appears carrying a palm branch, wreath, or Hermes staff as the messenger of victory. Nike is also portrayed erecting a trophy, or, frequently, hovering with outspread wings over the victor in a competition; for her functions referred to success not only in war but in all other undertakings. Indeed, Nike gradually came to be recognized as a sort of mediator of success between gods and men.  ( http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/415189/Nike )

I once asked the question during a Christian Youth Fellowship meeting; if it is ok to wear clothes with the pagan god Nike written across it, then why is it not ok to wear clothes with Allah or the crescent moon and star on it?


The answer that I received was far from satisfactory. And this led to me throwing away clothes and shoes that cost $60, $70, $80, $90, $100 each. Close to half my wardrobe in fact. That is how serious I was about serving God. In the 15yrs since that incident I have studied a lot and learned a lot.



For the most part I have learned that there is a fine line between keeping the Commandments and the Testimony of the True and Living God in the midst of a pagan society, and Fanaticism.



LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13). However, in accommodating this command we would render ourselves, as believer’s, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All around Us!



THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: Because paganism is all around us we would border fanaticism to remove all instances of pagan gods from our midst. Nike Inc. used the name of the goddess to inspire their customers and increase market value because she was known for victory. They do not worship her, nor do they encourage any type of cult-like behavior. Therefore:

"...Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" (Romans 14:4-5).





May the Lord Add a Blessing to the reading of His Word.



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Thursday, November 19, 2009

PAGANISM ALL AROUND US



LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13). However, in accommodating this command we would render ourselves, as believer’s, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All around Us!


How would we as Christian’s communicate if we never spoke the names of any of the months of the year? Most of their names have their origins in Paganism.



  • January



Named after the Roman god of doorways, entrances, gateways, thresholds, beginnings and endings, Janus (the month Januarius). Janus was a two headed god that could see into the past and the future; hence the first month being named after her. The god of the doorways is where we get the word ‘janitor’ from; the caretaker of doors and gateways.




  • February

The name comes either from the old-Italian god Februus. On 15th day of the month was a Pagan festival of purification called Februa and so this month came to be known as Februa's month, signifying the festivals of purification celebrated in Rome during this month. On the 14th day of the month was a holiday to honour the goddess Juno, the Queen of the Roman pantheon, and the goddess of women and marriage. It was therefore no coincidence that the Emperor Claudius II arranged for a priest named Valentine to be clubbed to death and then beheaded on this day.

  • March



This is the first month of the Roman year. It is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. Mars was the Roman version of Ares the Greek god of war.






  • April
Called Aprilis, from aperire, "to open". Possible because it is the month in which the buds begin to open. April was Considered a sacred Roman month for the goddess Venus. She was wife of Vulcan and the mother of Mercury by Jupiter and daughter of Atlas.

  • May
The third month of the Roman calendar. The name probably comes from Maiesta, the Roman goddess of honor and reverence.

  • June
The fourth month was named in honor of Juno. wife of Jupiter and queen of the heavens and gods.

  • July




Originally called Quintilis (fifth month). It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born. In 44 BC after his assassination, to deify and immortalize his name it was renamed Julius.


  • August




Originally this month was called Sextilis (from sextus, "six"). It was also called, 'Weodmonao', which means 'month of weeds' (Modern farmers/gardeners still hold this to be true). Named in 8 BC after Augustus Caesar, the adopted heir of Julius Caesar and the first Roman emperor (because several fortunate events of his life occurred during this month). A synonym for the adjective 'august' is 'venerable', and the emperor was known as the Venerable Caesar.



  • September
The name comes from septem, "seven".

  • October
The name comes from octo, "eight"

  • November
The name comes from novem, "nine".

  • December
The name comes from decem, "ten".

For more info and images check out the youtube link below.








FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): God’s calender starts in the spring when the earth is alive, not in the middle of winter. Israel left Egypt in ‘the beginning of months’ (Exodus 12:1-3), this was anywehere from late March to early May. If that is not proof that Paganism is all around us, (even in this so-called Christian nation) then I don’t know what is. Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar system in 1582 and established the Gregorian calendar with January as the first month of the year.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PAGANISM ALL AROUND US

When considering paganism and the role in plays in our modern lives one might wonder, how deep is the rabbit hole?
For Paganism is all around us!


Pagan are the names of the months of the year; Pagan are our holidays; Pagan are many of our religous symbols and dress; Pagan are the names of many of the automobiles we drive, the shoes we wear, the companies we invest in, the games we use to amuse ourselves; and most common to every person in America, Pagan are the names of the days of the week.
In the Bible, God created the planets, stars, moon and sun in 5 days, created Man and Beast on the 6th and rested on the 7th.
As we read in Genesis there is no mention of any of the 7 days having names.
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day...And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day...And the evening and the morning were the third day" [and so on] (Genesis 1:1-31).
People of several cultures had 7 day week.  One theory is that 7 reflects the 7 astrological planets known to the ancients.


Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn.
We can see right off the back SUNday, MO(ON)day, SATURday
They also named each hour after a particular celestial body:


1st hour: Saturn


2nd hour: Jupiter


3rd hour: Mars


4th hour: the Sun


5th hour: Venus


6th hour: Mercury


7th hour: the moon

The 8th hour would recycle to the Saturn hour, as would the 15th and 22nd. Following this pattern, the 23rd hour would be Jupiter, the 24th Mars, and the 1st hour of the next day would be the Sun.


  • Sunday dies solis - the day of the Sun. Originally dedicated to its worship (it is no mistake that Rome forced Christians to worship on Sunday instead of the Sabbath).
  • Monday - the day of the moon. As the brightest light in the night sky, it is of no wonder why the moon should be a day of the week in pagan socities.
  • Tuesday - TIW (aka) the god mars. He presided over strife and litigation. Now we can claim that America was a unified Christian nation spawned from a unified English Christian nation; but that's not real. Tuesday is named after the god of judgment. It is therefore no suprise that Tuesday would also be court day in most municipalities across the U.S... 'The day for combat, or commencing litigation'.
  • Wednesday Woden (odin) - a diety of the northern nations of Europe.
  • Thursday Thor (Jupiters) - The god of thunder
  • Friday Freya (Venus) - The venus of the North
  • Saturday (Saturn) - The day of Saturn
There is a fine line between keeping the Commandments and the Testimony of the True and Living God in the midst of a pagan society and Fanaticism. 
LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13).  However, in accomodating this command we would render ourselves, as beliver's, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All Around Us!
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1 Corinthians 5:9
EXODUS 23:13
GENSIS 1:1-31/2:1-3

Saturday, November 14, 2009

THE ALTAR OF GOD IN THE 3RD TEMPLE!?



It is a common belief that the first temple was destroyed on the same date as the second temple over 650 years later. On this same anniversary The Temple Institute inaugurated the first leg of a truly revolutionary project whose purpose is the construction of a large stone altar. The people who live in Israel have gone thru great pains to construct this temple according to how Moses was instructed.


“Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in Mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister. And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 27:1-6)

In mainstream Orthodox Judaism  the rebuilding of the temple is generally left to the coming messiah, as well as Divine Providence.  However there are presently a number of organizations which represent a majority of Orthodox Jews, that were formed with the objective of immediately and as soon as possible constructing a '3rd' temple.


The model of the altar has been constructed by Master Stone Mason, Assaf Kidron. Assaf is a resident of Samaria. According to the Institute Kidron gathered the stones in the area of Mount Ebal (not far from Samaria).


As Christians the happenings of the 3rd ‘temple of god’ should be of great significance to us. For it was Jesus the Messiah that warned us of this:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be… Behold, I have told you before (Matthew 24:13-25).



This is a time of Great urgency. We are instructed not to go back for our clothes or anything, but to flee. This is the beginning of the time known as the ‘Great Tribulation’. The abomination of desolation is also known as the Antichrist.


Where is the holy place?


“And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place” (Exodus 26:30-37).



Aaron (the first High Priest), and his descendants had to put on special clothes before going to do the work of the Lord. There was also a special cleansing ritual to be performed prior to entering into the presence of the Lord. There were bells fastened to his clothing so that he would not be killed for entering. Ropes were tied around his waist should he be killed for one reason or another he could be dragged out without another person having to enter to get him. The holy place is where the Levites ate the sacrifices of Israel. Therefore it is the most holy place that the abomination ‘ought not’ to be standing (Mark 13:14). The High Priest could only go into the most holy place once a year on the Day of Atonement.



In Revelation chapter 11, John is instructed to measure the temple of God. He is also told not to measure the court that is outside of the temple because it is given to the Gentiles to tread for 42 months (3.5yrs). This 3rd temple will be built in the court way of the previous temple (Ultimately, when the historic opportunity arises, the altar will be transported to its proper location on the Temple Mount). They will not be able to build the temple on the exact location of the previous temple because the Muslim ‘Dome of the Rock’ is now on the location of the previous temple.

To see an image of how the structure might look next to the dome of the rock on the temple mount click on:


http://www.theisraelofgod.com/Text%20Lessons/Armageddon.pdf
And go to page two.



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

So what will the abomination of desolation do?

He will be placed (or set himself up) in the re-constructed temple and at that very moment the dreaded Great Tribulation will commence.



LET IT BE KNOWN: he will take away the daily sacrifice, so the altar WILL be built and used!
While it is true, our bodies are the temple of the lord, the prophecy of Eziekel still stands unfulfilled and there will therefore be another Physical temple built (Ezekiel chapter 40-47)!



The Altar was constructed on location. The altar can be seen by all visitors to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. Further illustrations of how the first two temples were made can be seen @ http://www.templeinstitute.org/building-an-altar-9th-av-5769.htm


To read more about the Stone Altar Project go to:

http://www.templeinstitute.org/building-an-altar-9th-av-5769.htm

Prophecy is being fulfilled everyday right before our eyes…

“For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 2:7)

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Exodus 25:1-22

Thursday, November 12, 2009

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Exodus 20:17



"For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth."


Psalm 10:3

Of all the commandments, the Tenth is probably the most contentious. Depending on how it is read, it is probably the most difficult to adhere to (for most).

What is the definition of the word Covet?
Covet, is an intransitive verb: to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another.

The desire for what others have is wrong because that leads to attempts to steal the possessions of others.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15)

Food 4 Thought (you do the dishes): Whatever a person has is due to the work of God; therefore desiring what a person has, is in effect a desire that God act differently.



And Again:




When a person covets the possessions of another, you spend a lot of time wishing for things you don’t have, you won’t be spending your time appreciating (or being content with) the things you do have.

Some say that the inclusion of ‘wife’ along with material possessions suggests that the commandment was directed only at men.

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (Genesis 5:1-3).

Adam called his wife eve. God called them both Adam. Man is the species, therefore more often than not when man is written the Bible it speaks to men and women.

A common interpretation of the Tenth Commandment is that it refers not only to mere coveting, but rather how such coveting can lead one to dispossess others of their possessions through fraud or violence.

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage” (Micah 2:1-2).

Unlike the other nine, the 10th commandment speaks to the social relationship between rich and powerful, and the poor and weak. Like every society ancient and contemporary there were social and class divisions. These divisions made it possible for the powerful to abuse their positions to get what they wanted from the weaker. Thus, this commandment has been treated as a condemnation of behavior which unjustly benefits one at the expense of others.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Ephesians 5:5)

When a person covets another’s possessions those possessions become an idol. And as was addressed in Commandment 2, idolatry is not good; to say the least.



"Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies and not to covetousness… and quicken thou me in thy way." (Psalm 119:35-37)

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Philippians 4:11

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His Word.




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Extra scriptures

Deuteronomy 5:21-29


Proverbs 28:16


1Corinthians 6:10

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exodus 20:16




What is bearing false witness? It seems as though it might have been originally intended to prohibit lying in a court of law. In Biblical times anyone caught lying during their testimony could be forced to submit to whatever punishment would have been imposed on the accused… including the death penalty.


During this time there was no official prosecutor. Therefore anyone who made accusations of a crime committed and ‘bear witness’ against them was by default the prosecutor for the people.


Some say that behavior like gossiping qualifies as ‘bearing false witness against thy neighbor.’ While gossip can be hurtful and be ‘against one’s neighbor,’ however, if it is true, it cannot, by definition be false.



“Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause… Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous (Exodus 23:1-8)


LET IT BE KNOWN: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Yes! Contrary to what many of us have been taught, the Lord Does Hate.

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of his word.



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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

"Thou shalt not steal"
Exodus 20:15




This commandment seems pretty obvious and easy; do not take that which does not belong to you.  However it gets a little deeper than just shoplifting, or watching someone drop their wallet and not returning it to them.
The purpose of the 10 commandment 'series' is to show that not only are the 10 commandments good, but to show that they are a 'summary' of everything else in the Bible, as far as how to obtain salvation. In Matthew chap. 22 Jesus shortened the summary even further.
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).

Now, I have been in churches and Bible study groups where some try to say that the 10 commandments are null and void because of this statement by Jesus.  We now have only 2 commandments.  The two are actually more vague than the ten. How does one love God with all their heart, soul and mind? Does that mean jump up and down in church with your hands out-stretched as if you are in a trance? Does it mean you repeat 'God bless' to every person you walk pass on the street? NO! If you love God with all your heart, soul and mind, then you won't have any gods before him; you won't make any 'graven images' or bow down to those already made. You will not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; you will remember to keep the Sabbath day holy (by resting); and you will honor your father and mother since they are God's representative's.

Likewise how do you love your neighbour, the way you love yourself?
If you love your neighbour you won't kill him/her; you won't commit adultery with his wife/her husband; you won't steal from them; you will not bear false witness against them; and you will not covet anything that is theirs.
Therefore Jesus did NOT change ANYTHING!

Some scholars argue that the original meaning of the 8th commandment was a prohibition against stealing people.  Whether kidnapping people and forcing them into slavery, or stealing those that were already slaves to someone else.  Scholars say that these actions would constitute a penalty similar to that of adultery and murder. This conclusion is also drawn from the text which reads:
"If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you" (Deuteronomy 24:7).



 
So, what about stealing someone's idea? Copyrights reflect a more modern thought of the nature of one's property. This is theft just as it would be if you hacked into someone's computer, downloaded their files, and distributed them for profit.  Although to Moses, David and Paul the idea of copyright or patents would have been a foreign concept altogether, because mankind (thru the gift & infinite wisdom of God) has evolved this commandment cover's those concepts as if it were spoken by God only yesterday.


 
But let's go even deeper. In Moses day, thou shalt not steal meant more than just physically taking something that is not yours. Take Leviticus 19 for example:
"Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning"(Lev. 19:13).

This scripture also translates to us in 2009. If you hire someone to do work for you, whether it is to babysit your child, to fix your roof, your car, your sink, your computer, or even type your term paper; if you have not paid what you agreed by the next morning you have robbed (defrauded) that person.



LET IT BE KNOWN: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth" (Ephesians 4:28).

May the Lord add a blessing to the teaching & receiving of His word; In Jesus Name.


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Monday, November 9, 2009

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

Thou shalt not commit adultery.
(Exodus 20:14)





This command is one of those regarded as among the most obvious, the easiest to understand, and the most reasonable to expect everyone to obey.

The problem, however, lies with the meaning of the word ‘adultery.’ People nowadays define adultery as any act of sexual intercourse outside of marriage or sexual intercourse between a married person and another person not their spouse.

What is the difference between adultery and fornication?

Adultery according to scriptural references is when two people have sex whom aren’t married to each other. More specifically when either one person is married and the other is not, or when both are married to other people and have sex.

Fornication occurs when you have sex with a person and you have no intention of being with forever (one-night stands, flings etc.). This is how Abraham or any other patriarch was able to be married to one woman and then acquire a 2nd or 3rd wife, and then also to have concubines, and yet God testified that Abraham kept the commandments. “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws” (Genesis 26:5).



Now to better understand Adultery and Fornication we should look to the scripture to define marriage. The criterion for a ‘legal marriage’ in the USA in 2009 is not the same as being married in the eyes of God. Before the United States was a nation men and women were married. When we look at scripture we find that it is not a piece of gold (wedding ring),


that makes you married, nor a piece of paper (wedding certificate). Saying ‘I do’ at the altar, doesn’t make you married, the minister pronouncing you man and wife and/or the final kiss doesn’t make you married.

“When a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to a woman and the two become one flesh is when you are married BIBLICALLY! Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:24-25).

A woman became a man’s wife when the man ‘knew’ the woman. (Gen.4:17) In most civilizations including Israel, an inability or an intention to refuse to consummate the marriage, even after the initial ceremony are probable grounds for an annulment.

LET IT BE KNOWN: A common misunderstanding about Jesus is that he somehow changed the laws by which people of God should govern their lives. Take for instance the woman caught in adultery, dragged thru the street and thrown at the feet of Jesus. “They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? …Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not… when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her... And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? …Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:1-11).



People read this and think Jesus changed something; NO! Jesus recognized that the people who were attempting to execute judgment on the woman were not just. He ignored them because the y also misquoted what Moses wrote in the law. The law states:

“If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbor’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 22:22-30).

This woman’s accusers caught her ‘in the very act,’ however somehow the man that she was caught with was not apprehended to share in the punishment as he shared in the misdeed. If the man ‘got away’ then they should have let the woman get away with a warning… Definitely not the full penalty, as the scripture says BOTH should suffer the penalty. Jesus didn’t change the law, which is why he told her go and sin no more!

Lastly: Many have argued that adultery should include lustful thoughts. The first to argue this was of course the Messiah.

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:27-29).

Sinful acts always start with impure thoughts, and therefore to stop sinful acts we must pay more attention to the impure thoughts. Why? Because if you think about doing something (or in this case fantasize) long enough, sooner or later you will find a way to accomplish it. But if you can stop it in your mind, you will never have opportunity to act it out.
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His Word.



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Sunday, November 8, 2009

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS


Thou shalt not kill.
EXODUS 20:13


Many regard the 6th commandment as the most basic and easiest one to follow. All governments of the world have this commandment in their law in some way shape or form. However the text as is written in the King James Version (and 99% of other Bible versions) is problematic. The commandment is understood to mean ‘murder’ rather than kill, although ‘thou shalt not kill’ is still displayed on most replicas of the 10 commandments.

Many translate the original word rasah as ‘murder’ instead of kill. Hebrew language scholars agree that killing not covered by this use of the phrase "to kill," and is therefore different in war. To kill an enemy in the context of a "just" war is not directly covered in this passage.



The difference in kill and murder is perhaps more clearly seen in the book of Numbers. Read the whole 35th chapter on your own; I will only quote a few verses:

“Six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither. And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death… The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him. But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die; Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.


But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him anything without laying of wait, Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm: Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil” (Numbers 35:9-34).

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your position) God has taken the power of judgment away from man (the congregation) and we have no cities of refugee; designed for people awaiting trial for involuntary manslaughter. We have to rely on police for protective custody. But the point can be clearly seen that a murder is not liked in the eyes of the Lord and if a murderer is convicted, the ‘revenger’ of blood is not held guilty for killing the murderer.

"So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel" (v.33-34).

Allowing a murderer to live in the land defiles the land (that is food for thought in our modern day democracy) and therefore capital punishment is required. Notice also that the Lord says the land wherein ‘I’ dwell.

This translation of murder is also obvious/necessary because if the commandment was taken literally as kill then we would not be able to kill plants or animals for food and drink. Even Jesus ate fish and the smell of sacrificial rams, goats and lambs roasting on an altar is, “a sweet smelling savour to the Lord” (Genesis 8:20-22/ Exodus 29:18, 25, 40-42/ Leviticus 1:5-17/ 2:1-10/3:15-17).

FOOD 4 THOUGHT (You do the dishes): Notice how in the above scriptures the Lord calls for preparing some of the different offerings sort of like a Bar-B-Que, with oil and flour, and then calls it a sweet savour. Lastly: “Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22:14-15).


“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:12-14).

May the Lord add a blessing to those who gain understanding through the reading of his word.


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