Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Law AFTER Jesus (death & ressurection)!

It is commonly taught that the Law of God is now presently nailed to the cross, and it no longer applies to us.
Let us walk thru the NEW Testament and see if the disciples that people credit with informing us that we are not under God's Commandments (mainly Paul) actually followed the laws given to Moses. (Exodus - Deuteronomy)


The Law that most people agree that we no longer have to keep is the Sabbath Day. -The 7th day of the week- This is the proper day for church services, learning how to serve God/recieve salvation, fellowship, prayer, worship, and meditation.
Yes it is true as Christians we should pray and meditate everyday, however, on the Sabbath Day (Saturday) it is mandatory. Just as honoring your mother and father is mandatory.

Now in Acts Chapter 1 when Jesus ascends into heaven in the sight of the disciples it has been 40 days since His death and ressurection. In chapter 2 the disciples attend the feast of Pentecost (as instructed in the law).

By the time we get to Chapter 13, it is around 40AD, roughly 10 years after Jesus died and was ressurected. Saul has killed some believers, then is converted on the road to Damascus, taught by Christ and is now finally seperated to do what he has been called by God to do. And what did he do while preaching to the church in Antioch:

"Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia... But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down."

Notice not just Paul but his company also went on the sabbath day.
"And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience."
We all know and agree about what Paul said and preached here. He ran down the history of my ancestors from Moses down to Jesus. He explained how Jesus fulfilled the promises made to the fathers, and he preached Jesus Christ for the remession of sins. What is important here is 'when' he did his 'preaching to the masses.' After Paul's sermon the 'Gentiles' approched him to hear the Gospel. Let's see what day Paul decided to meet with them:
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath." (v.42)

Not tomrrow, not next week on Sunday (what some call the christian sabbath). On the next sabbath. On God's Sabbath day the 7th day of the week the Gentiles came to learn about Christ.

So they agreed to come together on the next Sabbath. So let us see what happend on the next sabbath:

"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (v.44)

This is Antioch, a Gentile city. Outside of the land of Judea. And the whole city came to "Hear the Word of God" on the Sabbath day; taught by the Apostle Paul.


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(Acts 13:1-52)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS BEFORE MOSES! Chap. 2

Is it possible that Noah, the ancestor of Abraham knew and respected the 10 Commandments.

If the commandments were since the beginning of time, let no one tell you that we shouldn't keep them. Even Number 4. Remeber the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Lets see if Noah knew the Law:

"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."(Genesis 6:17-22)

This is the story of Noah that most people know. The nursery rhyme even goes 'Noah brought the animals 2 by 2'...

Noah only brought two of each animal because only two is needed to procreate.However, this is not the end of the story; it continues.

"And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him." (Genesis 7:1-5)

Noah originally brought two of every animal. Then in the next chapter we see that he brought 7 of every 'clean' beast. And two of every unclean beast.
What is it that makes an animal clean?

"These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof:
as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.


And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.



And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you...


For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." (leviticus 11:1-47)

So when Noah brought the 'clean' animals into the Ark (the animals that are permissible to eat), he brought those by 7's not by two. 
WHY?
Surely not to eat, man did not start eating meat until chapter 9 verse 1-4.

"And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee... And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
(Genesis 8:14-22)

For sacrifice. Thanksgiving sacrifices for sparing Noah and his family. You can only sacrifice 'clean' animals to the Lord. Therefore Noah knew the Laws of God and was obedient, that is why he brought 7 clean animals so that he could sacrifce one or two to the Almighty.
Notice also how those sacrifices created a sweet smelling savour to the Lord. Maybe God is black (he likes the smell of Bar-B-Que. :) lol


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

¿SHOULD WE "FEAR" GOD?

¿Should we ‘Fear’ God?

As followers of Christ, God is our protector. He is our Father, our provider, and our help. But modern preachers will have us to believe that God is not to be feared. Some tele-evangelists go as far as to say that we should all white out the word fear in our Bibles, and replace that word, every time it appears with ‘love.’

While it is true that God is Love (1John 4:8), it is the “Fear of God” that is the beginning of our wisdom! (Psalm 111:10/Proverbs 1:7, 2:5, 9:10)

It is thru the fear of God that anyone is obedient.


You may say that I have faith in God because of the Love Jesus showed me dying on the cross. This love that leads you to believe in God will not keep you obedient. The next day and several weeks later when you find out that it was Jesus who spoke the 10 Commandments, and that it is Jesus whom will Kill the people that He catches eating pork when He returns (Isaiah 66:15-18), it will be that fear of being killed, even unto the 2nd death (Revelation 20:12-15) that will cause you to say, “that bacon and Ham sandwich just isn’t worth it!”

Some people can keep their hands to themselves because they love their neighbor just as they love themselves and therefore would never sleep with someone else’s spouse. However most people that do not commit adultery it is out of fear of repercussions. Weather it is fear because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), or you fear what the husband (or wife) may do to you. This fear is instinctive because this also is written in the Bible. 

"Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent... A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts." (Proverbs 6:27-35)




We are also obedient to our parents out of fear of repercussions. Weather punishment or spanking, we only obeyed because weather in the home or out in the world disobedience is most usually met with punishment, which in turn leads to sorrow.







THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. "
WHY?
"For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS BEFROE MOSES! :-O

Cain and Abel, Sons of Adam and Eve knew the 10 Commandments!


There are scads of people under the banner of 'Christianity' that go to churches and are taught that the 10 Commandments are no longer part of the doctrine of believers. The Commandments, also known as 'The Law' is somehow nailed to the cross; or done away with by Jesus himself.


The case is usually made because ministers somehow rationalize that the Commandments being given to Moses, and thereby the children of Israel were somehow exclusively to one group of people.
Our God is Not a respecter of persons! (Acts 10:34)!
The commandments as they were proposed to The children of Israel was the same Commandments of God that determined the 'Sons of God' from Adam down to Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Jacob's (aka Israel) 12 sons.

LET IT BE KNOWN: The Biblical definition of sin, is; the transgression of the Law. (1John 3:4)

Commandment Number 6, as previously discussed in "The 10 Commandments" (thou shalt not kill) [to read click here], was known and understood by the people mentioned in the Bible from the very beginning.

Take for instance Cain and Abel.

"And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell." (Genesis 4:3-7)


"And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:8-9)


The real purpose for this post is verses 8 and 9. In these verses Cain murders his brother Abel, and then when he is questioned about it he lied and said he didn't know where Abel was.
We can therefore reason and conclude that Cain new the 6th commandment 'thou shalt not kill' and wanted to hide the fact that he broke the Law of God.
Consider because had he not known the 10 commandments, or had the Law not been applied to him Cain would have confidently said, "I killed my brother he is buried under a rock!"

Cain lied because he knew he was wrong. Cain takes it a step further by trying a corny 'am i my brothers keeper' line to make it seem as if he has know way of knowing where his brother is.

FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes) :
In Verse 3-7, the reason the Lord had respect to Abel's offering is because it was the "firstlings of his flock." Abel also brout 'the fat' of his flocks as offering, the "Firstlings" or first fruits or the first 10% are the tithes.
That which is required!
 Cain missed that part as he brought 'fruit of the ground,' as an offering unto the Lord.    Imagine being in school, and doing all the extra credit work in a class, but completing no assignments. The instructor is Not going to respect that! :-\  LOCKSMIF... LLAVES (keys)



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


 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LAW OF LIBERTY



"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty"
(James 2:12)

Although 'Independence day' is past, it is not too late to reflect on just what it is that liberates us. This liberation is spiritual as well as physical; and it is also this law of liberty to which the founding fathers of the United States attributed they understanding to.

WHAT IS THE LAW OF LIBERTY?
In Romans chapter 7, the Apostle Paul talks about the two laws of God. The 10 commandments and then also the law of animal sacrifice. He does not always announce which law he is talking about but there is obviously two different ones.
He talks about being "dead to the law by the body of Christ." (v.4)
This law is of course talking about animal sacrifice. It was animal sacrifice that was our schoolmaster that brought us unto Christ. (Galatians 3:23-25)
 Meaning that until Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, the children of Israel would kill different animals at their appointed times, to serve the same purpose. (Leviticus 16:1-34)
-Every detail of how the ritual was performed as well as the cleanliness of the priest performing the task all reflected or made reference to the Messiah, and what He would accomplish.-
Unfortunately, the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin. (Hebrews 10:4)
Therefore Jesus was very necessary!

The other law that is spoken of interchangeably, is the 10 commandments.
How does it liberate us?
Well 1st of all following the commandments would mean that you wouldn't have to sacrifice any of your animals. You would be in effect liberated from sin!
Even after Christ has come. We know what sin is because of the commandments, therefore following them liberates us from sin even today. We are at liberty to chose longevity by honoring our father and mother.
We are at liberty because we know how to love God [the first 5 commandments] and how to love our brother/neighbor as we love ourselves [the latter 5 commandments].



FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes) - I acknowledge that as an African American Independence didn't come for my ancestors in 1776. For some freedom came after Jan.1,1863 by the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. How ever the last slaves that were freed by the Union Army, was liberated June 19,1865; 2.5 years later. This date has come to be  known as Juneteenth. Read more about Juneteenth here.
And it is with this knowledge wisdom and understanding that i say, "Happy Independence Day"! (A day later)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

REVELATION 21:4... ¿NOW OR L8R?


"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away"
(Revelation 21:4).
 
Is God presently in heaven wiping tears away from eyes. The answer may seem easy to some, but most people whom are familiar with this verse, probably have never realized that it is more than 10 words long.
This Revelation is, 'The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass.'
Unfortunately everything in the book of Revelation has not yet come to pass.
In fact safe to say that most of that which is written has not yet come to pass.
By the time we get to this scripture in the 21st Chapter of a book that only has 22 Chapters in it we have passed the coming of Jesus Christ with all the saints with Him (Revelation 19:11-21); The First Ressurection (Revelation 20:1-6);  & Judgement Day (Revelation 20:11-15)
It is when we are  with the Father in the Kingdom of God, this prophecy will have Finally come to past.


FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes):
 If God will dry our tears in His kingdom, what happens if you die tomorrow?
 


"All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean... as is the good, so is the sinner... This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun... Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
(Ecclesiastes 9:1-10)


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DID THE JEWS GO HOME IN 1948? Part 2


When people question me about my heritage and i reply that people like David, Paul, and Moses are my ancestors they immedately ask me if I am Jewish. I usually reply does Jew-ish mean that i am 'like' a Jew? (similar to something blue-ish referring to something sort-of blue, but not completely)
The Jew's are members of a tribe of Israel. However, Jacob had 12 sons (hence the "12 tribes of Israel"). Therefore, I identify myself as an Israelite. Because Abraham was the first to be called Hebrew, I am a Hebrew Israelite. Not to be confused with Hebrew Ishmaelite (Arabs). Hewbrew Israelite is a Race NOT a religion. Therefore me being Christian depends on if i follow Christ! Jesus was called a Jew because he was of the tribe of JU-DAH. Paul was called a Jew because he was an Israelite whom lived in the land of JU-DEA. But a little research will show that Paul's background was of the tribe of Benjamin Not Judah
(Romans 11:1 / Philippians 3:5).
So, now the Q:
If I claim to be decendant from Moses and Jesus, how did the Jews offically go home in 1945 like modern-day preachers, teachers, and evangalists say?




Unfortunately (for them) The Bible (and its' Prophets) disagree :(

There are several scriptures through out the Bible that speak on the Jews/Israel being recovered for the 2nd time. So 1st of all, when was the 1st time Israel was taken captive & recovered?

CAPTIVITY: (August 10, About 590 B.C)The first time Jerusalem is taken down by *'The Lord's Servant' Nebuchadneezer King of Babylon (2Kings 25:1-21). Even before this the King of Israel and the King of Judah became confederate with other nations (Syria & Assyria) to the end that some of their breathern became captives. Namely the tribe of Naphtali  (2Kings chap 15&16). 

RECOVERY: (About 536 B.C)The first time "the Lord" set His hand forth to recover his people:

"In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying... 'The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem...'
Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods... All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:1-11)


2nd CAPTIVITY: (August 10, 70 A.D.)The 2nd time that Jerusalem was carried away captive:
"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
 (Matthew 24:1-4)

When The Lord sets his hand the 2ND TIME to recover His people:
They will not have to worry about racism or disrespect, terrorism or hate of any kind.
To the contrary, they will be a praise!
At that time there will be No doubt in anyone's mind who God's people are.
"At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD." (Zephaniah 3:20)
THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: When 'the Jews' go home God will take them, similar to how he took them to the promised land under Moses. ALL ISRAEL will go shortly after Jesus invades the earth and at that time there will be No confusion on who are the chosen people of God.

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*Jeremiah 25:9/27:6/43:10 Nebuchadnezzar also known as 'God's Servant'
Jeremiah chapter 30

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WHEN THE JEWS GO HOME (1948 or later in the future?)

The debate rages about the nation of Israel. In several sermons people speak about the Jews being home, and how we must pray for the peace of the land. That we should pray that a peaceful solution can be found betwixt the two warring factions of the decendants of Abraham.

However, since we Study The Bible and Not The Sermon, let us see what the Word has to say about what will be happening when the Jews (children of Israel) go back home to the land of Israel:
"...The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:1-12)
 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
 10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
 11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."

Isaiah just said a mouthfull. Basically, by the time the Jews (the tribe of Judah) return from their exile, or captivity from "the four corners of the earth" Lions will eat straw like the Ox! Leopards will sleep next to young goats, wolves and lambs will be housed together! Baby cows and baby lions will play together and
Children will play with snakes and not be harmed!

That is pretty basic scripture. No need for interpetation there. The next time someone tells you that the children of Israel returned from the Diaspora in 1948, go directly to your local zoo. Bring your Big Mac or Double Whopper and a grocery bag full of hay with you. When you arrive at the lions den, toss both over the fece near where the lions are. If the animals go for the hay, then it is offical the jews have went home.
If the animals devour your extra cheese sandwhiches then you have just tried the spirit of that lying preacher or profit by the spirit of God (the Bible) and have proven them to be false teachers!

FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes):
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."   (1John 4:1)




*Disclaimer**Please note that should you do this and the jews are not home you may end up in jail. Futhermore should you do this and you find out that the jews are home that means you have somehow missed the return of Jesus Christ, Him invading the earth with All His saints with Him, tremendous earthquakes, the sun turning black and the moon turning red.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE



"There are only 31 words in the American 'pledge of allegiance,' so how did news station NBC omit two of the most important words in the pledge?"


This is the first thing I heard when i turned the news on this past Monday. Because i follow the news and am aware of the signs of the times I knew before the news anchor went to the next sentence that the two words omitted were, 'Under God.'

First I thought about how messed up that is to omit God from the pledge, then I began to think about the title "Pledge of Allegiance," and what those words really mean when put together in a statement.
Most confusion between people is due to definitions. If a word means something different to me, then I may disrespect you, when that type of talk is perfectly acceptable in my part of the world.
So...
  • Pledge: [noun] A solemn promise (solemn means not cheerful or smiling; serious)
  • Allegiance: [noun] Loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause.
Thank you Jesus that we may now see clearly!
So when in school, when you take the pledge of allegiance you (and your children) are making a Serious promise (pledge) of loyalty and commitment (allegiance) to a 'FLAG.'


"The phrase 'under God' is not a throw-away line, an afterthought. It's been a critical part of the Pledge for more than half a century - a time-honored tradition," said Jordan Sekulow, director of Policy and International Relations at the The American Center for Law and Justice.  The ACLJ, which focuses on constitutional law, announced on Monday it is sending a letter of protest to NBC over the omission from the pledge.

After reading the report done by Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), I didn't see an apology anywhere in the statements that NBC made. They kept saying that it was not done to offend anyone; which leaves me to believe that it WAS done on purpose, but they probably wouldn't have did it if they knew there was going to be this kind of reaction to the omission.


As Christians (followers of Christ) our allegiance should be to Him, and His word (The Bible). I suppose pledging allegiance to a flag is ok if it (the flag) represents Christ and/or His word. America may have began a Christian nation in theory but at what point should this great nation lose our allegiance?

Remember what your grandmother told you, put God FIRST!


 What would Jesus do? Would He have pleddged his allegiance to the US during slavery before 1865? How about before 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement. How many hypocrites asked for God to bless America during these times of sin?

And even in June 2011 with every refrence to God or His Commandments removed from every public place; and now even the mention of His title (God is a title not a name) in the 'serious promise of loyalty and commitment to our flag,' should we as Christians continue to pledge allegiance to a flag that represent principles that are no longer in sync with Bible?


FOOD 4 THOUGHT: (you do the dishes)

"And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth... Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
 (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14)






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Monday, June 20, 2011

WHEN YOU GO OUT TO WAR AGANIST YOUR ENEMIES...

dEUTERNOMY 20



In Deuternomy chap. 20, Moses continues to prepare the children of Israel for what lies ahead in the promised land (the land of Canaan). As we approach the last 3 Holy days of God's calendar namely the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), and the feast of Tabernacles (In gathering), we look to Christ whom created all things. Among other things these   last "High Sabbath days" point to the 2nd coming of Christ, how, when, why, and to whom.
Since we will at that time stand before our Creator, King and Judge of all life, we too should prepare for battle. Battle to improve our ways, to show fruits meet for repentance.

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand... But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come
 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:"
(Matthew 3:1-8)


As we continue to engage the Bible and disregard the sermon we can begin to see that the instructions for the children of Israel, and their preparation for war can enlighten us on our battle for self improvement?
According to the stipulation of the Holy days, this represents a time when God has emerged from His distant and all but inaccessible palace. He will have returned, and renewed, His presence on the earth. It was of course the most High, who withdrew to the 3rd heaven because of the sins of the people. Shortly after the 10 commandments were given the Lord had to lead the people by the hand of an angel because of their harden hearts:
"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him." [sounds just like the Holy Spirit]

"But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off."
(Exodus 23:20-24
Wanting to make a personal change just isn't enough. 1st we must identify the enemy. Even world events show us that if we do not properly identify our enemy we cannot successfully overcome it. Oftentimes, the adversary is within ourselves. We therefore need to be able to take a clear look at ourselves, confess our sins, move away from them, and then we can draw up a plan of attack.



Even when our shortcomings are to great to overcome, we must remember; "the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you." (v.4)

Just as the Most High brought us to freedom from bondage in Egypt, He will aid us as we individually free ourselves of our own self-imposed shackles, if we lean not to our own understanding.




THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: The battle of our lives, Is also the battle for our lives!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Food 4 Thought... Bring a Plate*

The God of the Bible set out for His people things that are to be eaten, and things that should not be eaten. One excuse that is commonly used as to why it is ok for modern Christians to eat prohibited items such as Pork, Catfish, Shrimp etc is that those foods were only prohibited to the nation of Israel. All the people in the Bible that are mentioned before Moses, (Leviticus) did not have to adhere to the laws of kosher meat.
This is simply not the case.
 The commandments of God have been in place since the beginning.
They did not begin on Mt. Sinai!

When God asked Cain if he killed his brother Abel, Cain did not say yes.
He said, "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9)
Cain lied because he knew that murder was a sin. At this time there are NO Israelites on the earth.


Noah also, knew the commandments of God. As the story is ususally told, Noah filled the Ark with every animal 2 by 2.
"... of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive." (Genesis 6:19-20)

The only problem with the above scripture is, that to have understanding on this matter we must continue to read...

3 verses later in chapter 7 we learn more:
 "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female." (Genesis 7:2)
Have you ever heard this part in the song of the story of Noah?

So if it only takes 2 to procreate, the question begs to be asked as to why Noah would bring 7 of every 'Clean Beast' into the Ark?

There are two answers;

         1. "And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour..." (Genesis 8:18-22)
After the waters of the flood receeded off the earth, Noah being thankful for being spared offered a sacrifice to the Most High God. Noah of course being called a righteous man in chapter 7 verse 1, understood that you can only sacrifice 'Clean' (kosher) animals to the True and Living God. Therefore it was necessary to bring 7 because had he only brought 2 and sacrificed 1 the animal left wouldn't be able to be fruitful and multiply and replensih the earth.

          2. "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things" (Genesis 9:3)
Before the flood of Noah people did not eat meat. It was therefore necessary to bring 7 of every animal that God deemed 'clean' since Noah and his seed would now eat meat.




 












Some still try and use the last scripture I quoted to say that we can eat ALL meats. Because it says Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, and I given you all things.
There are other scriptures like this in the New Testament also.


FOOD 4 THOUGHT: YOU DO THE DISHES

"I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean." (Romans 14:14)

What is this verse saying? That meat is only unclean to the one who says its unclean??

1st of all we should be mindful that verse '14' is in the middle of the chapter. What is the subject of this chapter? Paul is here speaking about people who are "Vegetarians," those whom refuse ALL meats! and verse 3-23 explains that if eating meat (any kind of meat) offends a brother/sister who does not eat meat at all, then we should not eat meat so that our brother/sister wont have a stumblingblock and will be able to recieve the truth.

But even if you disagree with that logic I agree with verse 14, Pork is only unclean to the one who calls it unclean.
The only problem is that the True and Living God is the one who called it unclean.


"Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean."
 (Leviticus 20:25)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

¿Does God Do Evil?

"The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."
(Proverbs 16:4)



In a world full of hate, murder, crimes aganist humanity many are left wondering where is God? And where is the hand of our Just, and Loving God. Does Jesus 'wrestle' with Satan in order to keep us from harm? This is a centuries-old, unresolved paradox that is inherent in all religions which includes a belief in a personal all-loving, all knowing, all-powerful, and present God. This question, and the theories which surround the answer is called  Theodicy.

-- how can such evil and suffering exist in a universe created by a good, loving God? --

While surfing the net I come across many different lingering questions, and several hundred points of view. I have conversed with people representing numerous religions. As far as theodicy goes some still struggle with a question that the Bible answers. Some say that its plainly obvious, but nevertheless the question of how a God of Love could allow bad things even, Evil things to happen on the Earth? 

For our God IS a God of Love!
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1John 4:8)

In times past church leaders have reasoned that perhaps since God allows bad things He is not omniscient,  and/or omnipotent, or perhaps he does not care. 

This kind of thinking implies that God only allows evil to happen. He does not bring evil.? A better understanding of this fundamental question will guide us to an answer to the question of theodicy.


¿Does God Do Evil?
"Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
(Amos 3:6-7)
God does more than merely 'allow' evil. I conquer that not only does God do evil, evil cannot come unless it is sanctioned by the Almighty.
In the 25th chapter of Jeremiah The Most High passes sentence on Jerusalem and the children of Israel in particular, and in general on the ENTIRE EARTH! 
" For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them." (Jeremiah 25:15-16)

¿WHY?

"And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. 

 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts." (V.28-29


 This is not an isolated incident.
In the 1st book of Kings we have the story of Ahab King of Israel and a conversation/situation he created with Jehoshaphat King of Judah. 
"And the king of Israel said... unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.  And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day."
(1Kings 22:1-5)
Jehoshaphat wanted to ask God's opinion before going to war. Look what happened...
"Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?"
(v.6-7
Jehoshaphat was called a righteous King and apparently so, he had enough discernment to know that out of 400 "prophets," None of them spoke for the Most High. The Bible calls them prophets, yet they were not prophets of the Lord.

"And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.  And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand" (v.8-12).

These prophets sound like they are modern day false prophets with their props and dramatic effects. I can see the prophet now at 4:35 AM with iron horns screaming at the TV 'With these you will be able to push your enemies, until thou have consumed them.' He would then cite the verse and then rightfully expect for no one to actually read the scripture, and sell the 'blessed iron horns.' LOL

Thankfully our episode did not go that way. 
Eventually Micaiah the prophet of the Lord showed up. I encourage all my readers to check out the entire chapter on your own. But for our purposes (and to make a loooong story short) this is what Micaiah had to say:

"Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee." (V.19-23)
Some how King Ahab figured that he could out smart God. And King Jehoshaphat was also very gullible. This is what happened next:


So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.


"And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.


But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.


And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.  And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.


And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot... So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD which he spake." (V.30-45)

Ahab couldn't hide from God. A man shot a bow into the crowd of soilders fighting and by chance struck the King and he died, just as the Lord wanted.
God put a lying spirit in the mouth of those prophets. God brought Evil upon Ahab!

If you wonder why God would do such a thing to a King of Israel, then Go and read 1Kings Chapter 16 thru Chapter 22, and you will see why the Most High went thru such great lengths to kill the king.


THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: God is Almighty! If He is Almighty then there can never be a battle or a struggle of God vs Satan. It simply cannot be! That would make the two equal. The Most High God created Lucifer, after iniquity was found in, him his name was changed to Satan. Satan (the devil) is still an angel (A ministering spirit), the devil and all the demons that fell with him now minister evil. When you have crossed the line with God and He determines that the days of your life are up, He doesn't send a Holy Spirit to kill you, He sends an evil, and/or lying spirit to lead you to your death!

God also allows Satan to temp people as He did with Job. Satan tortured Job, killed his family and livestock, but he could not kill Job because the Lord set up the parameters whereby Satan could operate in the Job chapter 1, and Satan abided by His limits. 
Because the devil had no choice, Our God is Almighty!


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Extra Scriptures
Job 42:11 the evil that the LORD had brought upon him:
Micah 1:12 but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem. 
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