Soul Searching

When Daniel was praying and confessing his and Israel’s sin God sent the arch angel Gabriel to explain things to Daniel. Daniel 9:20-21 KJV  “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
[21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”

As Gabriel explained to Daniel, Messiah would be cut off. Daniel 9:24-26 KJV
” Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
[25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
[26] And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

When Jesus was at a well that Jacob had given to his son Joseph, Jesus spoke to a local woman. The account is in John 4. When you read through John 4 you see a pattern that is operating today the same way.

Jesus comes to the well and asks for water. God asks us to come to him. She questions Jesus in John 4:9. When God asks mankind to come to him, we question God.  Jesus responds, if you knew who I am you would ask me for living water. Again God asks us to ask of him just like Jesus said to her, if you knew who I am you would ask of me.

But notice what happens next. She then asks Jesus to give her the living water. Did he? John 4:15-16 KJV  “The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
[16] Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.”

Jesus identifies a problem area in her life. He did not condemn her, he identified a problem area she was having. She agrees to the premise of the problem area but does not elaborate.  Often, we agree with God on problem areas we have in our life. But Jesus did not stop with just identifying the problem area. Jesus elaborated and told her how she handles the problem area. John 4:17-18 KJV  “The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
[18] For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

She then proceeds to determine Jesus must be a prophet and she changes the subject and asks Jesus a religious question. Jesus did not answer her question on where to worship God but he did answer the worship point. Her response was stating she knew the Messiah was coming. And Jesus told her flat out he is the Messiah.

John 4:21-26 KJV  “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
[22] Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
[23] But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
[24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
[25] The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
[26] Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”

It appears she believed him because in verse 29 she told others what happened.

Unsaved people do not understand how God could send Jesus, God manifest in the flesh ( Colossians 2:13-22) to die on a cross but God explains his plan in Colossians. Just like the woman at the well in John 4, when we share the gospel of salvation with the lost, they question God on things in their life.

When God gives us answers, we ask religious questions because we do not want to deal with the issues in our life. God knows our issues and wants us to lay them all down at the cross. Matthew 11:28 KJV  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

And it is not just individual people laden with sin but nations too.  Isaiah 1:2-4 KJV  “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
[3] The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
[4] Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord , they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.”

As Jesus exposed the sin in the woman’s life to her, we need to repent of our sin. God loves the sinner but hates sin. Jesus was pointing out a problem area in the Samaritan woman’s life not condemning her. Just like the sodomites today promoting their “gay”/ sodomite rights. They are destroying themselves and everyone who supports them is destroying their own.  Isaiah 3:9 KJV  “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”

In Daniel 9 what was Daniel doing when God sent Gabriel? Confessing. It is time to repent and clean out the idols in our life, our home and our nations. We know, as Daniel and other scriptures like 1 Thessalonians and I Corinthians and many others tell us, Jesus is coming back. First, Jesus is coming in the clouds to meet his bride, the church in the air, and then he is coming back and will set foot on the ground in Israel.
Until next time.

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Prophecy Regarding Nations

With prophecy you have to ask the who, what, when and where questions. Over hundreds or thousands of years the names of cities and nations changed. An example of this is Jerusalem.

In Genesis 14:18 Jerusalem is called Salem. Genesis 14:18 KJV  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”

And Psalm 76:2 tells us Psalm 76:2 KJV
” In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.”

So we know (who) Abraham (what) brought tithes to Melchizedek God’s high priest (where) in Jerusalem. So who was on the land at that time? Who owned and occupied Jerusalem? God and Abraham and God’s people. (When) After the flood.

Later, the Jebusites occupied the land, when Joseph and Israel were in Egypt, Jebusites moved onto Israel’s land given to Abraham from God.  Jebusites are also known as Canaanites and after Moses led Israel out of Egypt, when Joshua spied out the land, these were the people in the land and God’s word says they were into idolatry. Not only were Jebusites there, but all the ites brothers; Hivites, Jebusites, Canaanites, Perizzites and Hitities. So when Israel went into the promised land, the land God gave Abraham, God laid out the divisions of the land to the tribes of Israel, see Numbers 1. And who did King David kick out of Jerusalem?  Jebusites, see 2 Samuel 5.

Israel was taken into captivity and lost their land. Remember when God told Abraham, Israel was going to be in captivity 400 years (Genesis 15:13,14)? Abraham’s offspring would go into captivity 400 years. Today, we know this is when Joseph was in Egypt and Israel came into Egypt during a famine and Israel dwelt in Goshen.

66 people were in Jacob’s family coming into Egypt and Joseph and his family were already there so 70 people total made up Israel, see Genesis 46:27,28. The 66 dwelt in Goshen and they grew in number and prosperity, see Exodus 1:7. Egypt begins to fear the growth and prosperity of Israel so they set taskmasters over them. Israel is then taken into bondage.

According to Exodus 12:40, 41, Israel is in bondage 430 years. But God told Abraham 400 years, did God get it wrong? No. Don’t forget, when Israel first came into Egypt you had generations around before the bondage.

We know God raised up Moses to deliver Israel from the bondage in Egypt. Remember, Israel had been in Goshen 430 years so when God used Moses to deliver Israel, they had no idea which way to travel out of Egypt. It would be like someone dropping you in the middle of a desert and you not knowing what direction to go.

We know God led Israel by day in a pillar of a cloud and by night with a pillar of fire, Exodus 13:20-22. Neighboring nations were afraid of Israel because they knew God was leading them as Exodus 15:14-27 explains. And notice the names of these other nations? Nations like Edom, Moab, Canaan? Other nations had taken over the land God gave Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 15:18-21.

A study of the promised land is a great study. It is also a study of God’s relationship with Abraham and Israel. It is a great study in geography and history of the people and the land. It is also a study of who owns what land in the Middle East.

All this I have said to point out, those who lived in the days of Moses, who knew the Scriptures, knew God told Abraham Israel would be in captivity 400 years as Genesis 15:13-15 states.  That’s why Israel knew God was going to send a deliverer. The scribes were keeping records and when Israel reached their 400 years in captivity,  they knew time in captivity was up. Look for the deliverer.

Today, we have the scriptures completely and we can trace out prophecies of old and now prophecies and future prophecies. In understanding the names in the scriptures (the who) we can determine by looking at old maps. Old maps show the names of cities and geography. And even though countries change their name, old maps identify the players in the scriptures.

An example of this is Iran. Iran was always identified as Persia. Remember the Medes and Persians from the scriptures? Persia is identified with Elam in scripture. And remember Esther was living in the time of the Medes and Persians, see Esther 1:1-3.

In recent past times, the Ottoman Empire was carved up. And it is said it was a Nazi economics minister that said Persians / Iranians were “Aryans”.  So in 1935 the Iranian government wanted countries to no longer call them Persians, but call them Iran. And when the Ottoman Empire was carved up is when Iraq and other countries came into their own.

Why bring this up? Because when you read scripture and see names like Persia and Syria or Damascus or Elam, by looking at an old map you can discover what nations God is speaking about. Prophecy names the countries by their old names. There are many old time maps and look at several to help you understand prophecy.

We read in Isaiah 17 that Damascus is going to be destroyed and where is Damascus? Modern day Syria. We also read there will be an alarm of war in Jordan.

Zephaniah 2:8-13 KJV  “I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
[9] Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
[10] This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
[11] The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
[12] Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
[13] And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.”

As people today try to figure things out in the Middle East and as some try to bully Israel in to giving up the land God gave them, all one has to do is look to God’s word for the truth, for answers and the solution to the Middle East.

Until next time.

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Prophecy Confirms God’s Word Is Truth

What would you think or do if someone showed you a book that was written 400 years before you were born and spoke of a great victory you were going to have? And named you by name? As we explained in our post  Destiny Decisions   destiny is like one’s destination and destiny does not appear in scripture, but purpose does. And purpose means there was a plan, a purpose.

Prophecy is like someone showing you information that was written hundreds of years ( sometimes thousands of years ) before it happens. Why? God wrote prophecy to prove God’s word is truth. People confused prophets of God with false prophets and even with “fortune tellers”. God wanted mankind to know his word was truth and only he is 100% accurate.

But prophecy is not always easy to understand. And then we see there are also fakes out there. Yes, there are “false prophets” in the world. If prophecy is speaking something that is in the future, and maybe hundreds of years in the future, how can we know if the prophecy is true? And if prophecy is part of telling something in the future, aren’t prophets prognosticators?

A prognosticator, by definition, is someone who tells a future event by present signs. Weather men are prognosticators. Weather men foretell the weather in their weekly weather forecasts and they base their forecast on “present” weather signs, winds, fronts and weather patterns.

But prophecy is based on God and events laid out in the scriptures. Like a weatherman predicts the weather for the day, for the week, the people of God predict events God lays out in scripture. And because God lays out explanations and events relating to mankind, God also lays out events that affect nations of the world.

And today, in the 21st century, people still ask, how can we know this “prophecy” is true or accurate? There are many so called prophets in the world and many make claims or predictions. There are two things for anyone to consider when it comes to prophets and Bible prophecy:

~ The test of a prophet as laid out in Jeremiah  (Notice God is very specific with information)

~ God’s word – prophecies need to line up with the teachings of God’s word.

Regarding the test of a prophet, Jeremiah says
Jeremiah 28:1-17 KJV  “And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord , in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
[2] Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
[3] Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
[4] And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord : for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
[5] Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord ,
[6] Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the Lord do so: the Lord perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord’s house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place.
[7] Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;
[8] The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
[9] The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.
[10] Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it.
[11] And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord ; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
[12] Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet , after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
[13] Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord ; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.
[14] For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
[15] Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
[16] Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord .
[17] So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

People say when we get closer to a prophetic event the prophecy is made clearer to the people of that time. That would explain why some writers in scripture use phrases like fire in the sky and stinging locust. How could people from 2000 years ago understand modern fighter jets or trips to the moon?

But God opens our understanding to things that may have been hidden before when we get close to the time of the prophecy. I can think of two examples right away.

There are many great books written by  Bible Believers. A great book on Dispensations was written by Clarence Larkin. But Clarence Larkin wrote his books around 1918. Automobiles were just invented and electricity was right around the corner.

Then there is a Bible Dictionary that is illustrated, written in 1859 and was used in schools to teach Americans. Both this Bible Dictionary and Clarence Larkin’s books are excellent tools. But there is a key prophecy that has been fulfilled that the Bible Dictionary and Clarence Larkin did not understand – Israel.

Bible students know Israel is God’s focus and time clock,  so to say. Israel became a nation in their own land (again) in May 1948. And to me, I can see it like popcorn popping, pop – that prophecy is fulfilled. Pop, pop, those prophecies are fulfilled. And today, we can see how the prophecies regarding the land of Israel will be fulfilled. We see from scripture, God has something to say about the nations that surround Israel, about the land and not dividing the land. About other nations God also speaks.  And we will look at prophecy more next time.

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Destiny Decisions

Destiny decisions are decisions we make that alter our life or life path. Sometimes we have dreams that show us things and other times events happen in our life that alter our life plans. I do not know of anyone who gets married with the intention of getting a divorce 5, 10 or 15 years down the road.

People don’t get an education in a specific field to work a job or build a career in a completely different field. Granted, we discover new areas and change our path but for the most part, people get educated in a field they hope to or plan to work.

The word destiny means state or condition predetermined, ultimate fate. But people, we say, are destined to greatness or destined to failure. How mankind determines another’s destiny is beyond me. If you look at Joseph’s life you would not consider him destined to greatness until he became second to Pharaoh. Then in retrospect we see how God set things in order for Joseph to save not only Israel, but to save Egypt and the world at that time.

The word destiny does not even appear in the scriptures but the word purpose does. And purpose is defined as intention, design. Man looks at purpose from a self-centered perspective. Another words, why did God create “me” ?  But destiny implies a predetermined point. Let me try to explain.

If you were to plan a vacation,  a holiday you would set a destination for your vacation. Your destiny is the location of your trip. You are destined to arrive at the location. But purpose has nothing to do with the destination. People say they look for purpose in life but what they mean is they do not see or understand their destiny. And like Joseph, we can’t see destiny, but in hind sight, we can see purpose.

Because the world is corrupted from sin man looks to God for purpose in hopes of reaching a destiny. An example. You plan a trip, a vacation or a business trip or any trip. You lay out travel arrangements, how long you will be on this trip, your mode of transportation and what you look to accomplish on this trip. Your destiny is where you end up on the trip. As you take your trip there may be interruptions. You run into a storm, an accident, your car or plane has mechanical issues, you get sick, your husband or wife leaves you, you loose your job and in Joseph’s case, he was sold into slavery.

Joseph was young and just starting his walk through life when his own brothers sold him into slavery. We don’t expect our marriages to break up. We don’t expect people to use or abuse us, especially family members. We don’t expect people to get sick and die or be killed at a young age. Often we ask ourselves, what did I do wrong. Some foolish people even blame God and turn away from God or get angry with God.

Imagine if Joseph turned away from God or blamed God? And Joseph did not have a clue what his destination was or his destiny. Joseph was on a journey through life that got interrupted. And Joseph had no control over what happened to him through the interruptions. But God had a purpose, to use Joseph to save Israel, save Egypt and the world.

Remember, Joseph was a godly young man. He made decisions based on God’s word. He had a heart for God. So Joseph chose to continue to honor God through all the interruptions in his life. He still obeyed God even though everything appeared to go wrong. Joseph made destiny decisions. On his way to his life’s destination, he would love and obey God in spite of the interruptions.

Destiny decisions we all make. On our trip though life to our life’s destination,  we make decisions. Some decisions we make are good, others not so good. But we also get interruptions. Interruptions like sickness, abandoned, beaten, hurt interrupt our travels. And it is not until we get down the road a bit in life when we are able to see purpose. Usually, we start to see God’s purpose. And those who know not God, never see purpose. Why?

Ephesians 1:10-12 KJV  “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
[11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
[12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

Until next time.

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What Makes People Enemies

An enemy is defined as a foe, an adversary. Nations have enemies and people have enemies. When nations have enemies they usually go to war. When people have enemies usually they have a hatred or extreme dislike for someone but they do not physically harm each other, although there are exceptions.

Did you ever ask yourself why you have the friends you have? What is it about your friends that made you decide to call them your friend? And what about your enemies? What is it about your enemies that made you decide they are not your friend, but an enemy, a foe?

What makes someone a foe, an enemy? Enemies fight over religious matters, over land, over “things”. But enemies also fight over jealousy just like Lucifer / Satan did with God. Clearly Lucifer / Satan was jealous of God and took one third of the angels and tried to overthrow God as Isaiah 14:12-16; Ezekiel 28:13-18; Jude 6, 7 and other scriptures say. We know Lucifer failed  and we know God delivers his people –
2 Peter 2:1-6 KJV  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
[2] And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
[3] And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
[4] For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
[5] And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person , a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
[6] And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”

With nations, usually one nation wars against another nation and to the victor go the spoils. The old British Empire use to conquer the land and possess the land. The old British Empire use to be much larger than it is today.

Sometimes nations want more land and like World War II,  Germany marched across Europe trying to conquer the land. And America was minding their own business when Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor, drawing America into WW II. But unlike the British Empire, America did not take the land of other nations. America did not take the spoils or conquer and take the land of Japan or Europe. And now America, Japan and Europe are friends.

As nations want more –  more land, more resources, more wealth, some nations will try to steal from others causing a war or making enemies. But with individuals, it becomes more personal.

People become enemies over jealousy, over words, over family members or friends being hurt emotionally or physically. And some people hate people for no reason. Scripture says people hated Jesus without a cause. And even today, people hate people and Jesus, without a cause. Scripture foretold the people would hate Jesus without a cause and when it came to pass, Jesus reminded the people, it was prophesied they would hate him without a cause proving God’s word to be true.

Psalm 35:19-20 KJV  “Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
[20] For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.”

Psalm 69:4 KJV  “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.”

John 15:25 KJV  “But this cometh to pass , that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.”

Human nature gets jealous, envious and greedy. These are all attributes of the soul ( the mind, will and emotions ). But to live in the spirit is where and how people forgive others. And Jesus tells us we overcome evil with good. Yes, there will be people that hate you for no reason. They hate your success, your faith, your life and usually it is jealousy that causes them to hate you. How should we handle them? Teach them.

Just giving things to people does not always help them. Sure, people have immediate needs, but teach them how to use their God given talents to better their life and you make a friend, not an enemy. And yes, there will be those who hate you for your success. Pray for them. Until next time.

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57 Religions Who Is Right – The Test

There are about 57 different religions in the world according to researchers. Many of these “religions” develop their own book (s) and teaching material and their teaching material reinforces their teaching. So how does someone looking for the truth, find their answer? How would you search for God?

You could buy all the books and read them to find truth but most people do not. There is a lot of material online now and some is free. And once you settle on a book or “religion” you then seek out answers from that book. But before you begin you must believe there is a Supreme Being, and we call this Supreme Being God.

There will always be scoffers and unbelievers in this world. As believers, our job is not to convince people God exists, but to preach the gospel of salvation. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convince people. And as a child grows up under the authority of their parents and learns how to “live” in this world, how to function as a human being, and then sets out on their own to repeat the procedure, so do believers. Not just Christian believers but believers in other religions. Children grow up and reproduce what they were taught.

But sometimes children go in a different direction than their parents. Why? Look at Abraham, God told him to leave his family and home for a place God would show him. When it comes to religion, people are hesitant to leave what they were taught by their parents. Why? I submit because spiritual matters are less well known so people are not sure who is right. And instead of taking the time to find the truth in an area less well known, people believe what parents, teachers, preachers, religious leaders say. So how does one find the truth about spiritual matters? There is a test.

Every religious denomination or religion as we would say, has a book. The people of that religion believe their book. But everyone in that religion may have different opinions or understanding of topics in their book so they break off into another “sect”. They are considered of the same religion but a different sect of that religion. In America, we call them denominations.

But when a sect or denomination does not teach the same fundamentals of that faith, that religion, they are no longer part of that religion. An example is Jehovah Witness is not considered Christian because they do not believe Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. Mormons do not believe that either and Mormons teach you can become godlike. Then you have Buddhist, Humanism, Spiritism, Atheism, Darwinism, Islaam, Agnosticism and a whole bunch more. So how does one decide.

The teachings of all these religions focus usually on earth or a person. And when you read the teachings of these religions you find all of them are based on the works of man. They focus on man’s work. All of them but one, the scriptures. Christianity is the only one that is not based on man or man’s works but is based on Jesus Christ and what he did. And the scriptures, we call the Bible, never says we go to heaven if we work hard and do good.

The test in finding truth is looking at the book of the religion. And ask these three  questions when you look at their books – is salvation based on my works ( if it is, I can not keep every rule or law)
– have all the prophecies come true 100% up to this point in time
– is the leader of the religion still in their grave and if yes, they have no power over death.

These 3 questions are foundational to finding truth. The scriptures tell us – salvation is not based on our works but on the works of Jesus. Every prophecy to this point has come to pass from the scriptures. From Jesus being born in Bethlehem, to Germany  being one country not divided, to Israel being a nation in their own land (and many more) all written hundreds of years before they happened. And no, Jesus is not in his grave, he rose from the dead conquering death, hell and the grave.

So if the scriptures have truth, and they do, then one must believe everything in the scriptures, even the things you do not understand. And listening to people who do not believe the scriptures when you do believe the scriptures does more harm than good.

Why have I posted this? Because I have engaged some of my readers in areas they do not understand. The point, you need a final authority for spiritual matters and that final authority has to be God and his word. And just because we do not understand things in God’s word, God has proven his word is true by fulfilled prophecy, by Jesus rising from the dead, by lives that have changed after receiving Jesus Christ into one’s heart for salvation.

Friends, I am not an authority on God’s word. And yes, I have lots of questions for God. But one thing I know, just because I do not understand something in the scriptures does not mean it is not true. There are a lot of things I don’t understand but I believe they are – including wifi. Tesla made over the air transmissions years ago and after someone figured it out they harnessed it and called it wifi. I don’t understand how it works, but I use it and know it does work.

You have to set it in your heart and mind, you either believe God or you don’t. You either believe God’s word or you don’t. And when you come across the things you don’t understand, ask God for help. Proverbs 2:6 KJV  “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”
Until next time.

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Time How Would You Define Time

What is time? What does the word time mean? How would you define time?

Basically, man defines time as a measured duration. Examples include decades, months or years, days and even in music we say three quarter time or common time. Time, a measured duration.

Most scientists do not believe the Bible.  So scientists try to define things based on experiments or things they can explain or guess at. An example is scientists chose to believe a man, Darwin, over God’s word. They guess at a “big bang” creating everyone and everything and they say it took millions of years but they can not answer where the first cell of life came from in their big bang.

God though, explained that first breath of life came from God when he breathed the breath of life into Adam. And because scientists do not believe in God, they reject God’s explanation and choose Darwin’s explanation. After all, it takes faith, (believing someone or something you can not see, God).

And man measures time linear. Man measures time in hours, days, weeks, months, years and so forth. If you take your pen and draw a dot on a piece of paper then at the dot, draw a horizontal line and at the end, put another dot. At the first dot you put date of birth and the 2nd dot, date of death and a person’s life is measured linear.

Linear time means time is measured with a beginning point and end point. Like a line. In Genesis 1 God says, In the beginning and in Revelation 1:3 God says, the time is at hand. So does God have a beginning and end? No. God Is. When Moses asked God, who should I say sent me, God told Moses say, I AM. You might ask, then why did God say I am Alpha and Omega ( beginning and end). Actually, it was Jesus who called himself Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1:8 KJV  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

I heard someone explain this the other day and it was a good explanation. Look at your dots and line you drew on paper. Now put a big circle around that. Man defines time linear in this world but God IS. It is like God is the circle with no beginning and no end.

Have you ever heard of an angel dying? Clearly the spirit world is not on linear time as man and animals. And God tells us he knows the end from the beginning but God does not have a beginning or end, He IS. So knowing the end from the beginning  shows God explains things to man linear because God knows mankind in the flesh thinks linear. One way God explains things to mankind is prophecy.

Prophecy is stating or speaking something that has not happened yet but will happen in the future. So called  prophets  speak things to the people. One main test of a prophet was the prophet had to be 100% accurate all the time. If the prophet was wrong on just one point, he was a fake, see Jeremiah 28:1-17. Or if the prophet always spoke peaceful things or lied he was a fake, see Jeremiah 23:17-22 and Jeremiah 23:25-34.

Scripture identifies some of God’s prophets – Isaiah, Iddo, Samuel, Jeremiah and many others. Scripture even speaks of women prophets called prophetess. Some women prophets include Deborah in Judges 4:4  and in Isaiah, Isaiah’s wife in Isaiah 8:1-4. Luke 2:25-40 speaks of Anna, a prophetess who was at the temple when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple.

King David asked Nathan the prophet what to do. God would tell Nathan to go to David and say thus saith the Lord and an example of this is in 2 Samuel 7:1-3.

But Jesus said in John 16, when the Holy Spirit came the Holy Spirit will guide you in to all truth. John 16:13 KJV
” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” Notice it is going to be the Holy Spirit showing you things to come, the future.

That is a shift from the Old Testament. No longer would prophets like in the Old Testament speak to the people of God, but the Holy Spirit would speak to God’s people. And none of Paul’s epistles speak of prophets like in the Old Testament. Paul does say God sets some “in the church” prophets in 1 Corinthians 12:28 KJV  “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Don’t forget, when Paul said this, there were still prophets and prophetess. Look at Acts 11:27-30 and notice “in these days”? When this was written Paul had already gotten saved so Paul knew of the prophets. And in those days (in these days) came prophets from Jerusalem.

Remember when the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2? Look at Acts 2:17-21 and the rest of the chapter and you see Peter explains to Jews what happened and he references King David.

But Paul never mentions any prophets like they were named in the Old Testament. What do prophets do? Speak prophecy. What is prophecy? Speaking things that have not happened yet. And we see Paul does mention prophets in the church in Ephesians and Paul explains why God set some “in the church”    “Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV
” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

But notice after Paul mentions prophets and other gifts in 1 Corinthians 12.  And notice in verse 10 of that chapter prophet is not used but prophecy is used. Then in verse 28 Paul says prophets and then look at chapter 13.

Modern versions use the word “love” but the King James says charity. This is important because charity means more than just love. There are different types of love. God loves the world but only those who receive his love, Jesus, go to heaven. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul explains  1 Corinthians 13:8-10 KJV
” Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
[9] For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
[10] But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

But now, as Jesus said, the Holy Spirit tells those in the church things to come. There are believers, saved NT believers who love and study prophecy. God has given them a “gift” in understanding prophecy and prophetic events. And then there are those who, well, I will just leave it as, and then there are those.

God is not on linear time but God knows mankind is. So God explains things to man in a linear and spiritual way. The linear deals with man in the flesh on earth and the spiritual way deals with our spirit man. So why post this? Because when it comes to mankind, God has a timeline. And God changes things in this world to work his timeline. And God reveals things about his timeline through his word and he gives some in the church wisdom, understanding and knowledge of his events just as God sent Gabriel to help Daniel understand, God the Holy Spirit helps believers understand.  Until next time.

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