Is A Seed Dead Or Alive?

How would you define what a seed is? Are seeds alive? Are seeds dead? Or are seeds dormant? When you consider mankind, the man has the seed. But nothing comes of his seed until he fertilizes the female egg.

Note: That is why the Messiah would be a miracle. He would come from the seed of a woman, completely against normal methods.

When you look at seeds of plants you get a good understanding of spiritual matters. So I chose to use a zucchini seed.

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A Zucchini Seed

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A seed is defined as something that contains the rudiments of something. Another words, a seed carries the first form of something. But inside the seed are other forms.
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Inside A Zucchini Seed

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Notice the inside of the zucchini seed is quite different and soft. This is another form of our zucchini seed. And just as our zucchini seed has different forms, the seed forming a baby in the womb is similar. The seed looks different nine months later. Now the seed looks like a baby.  When we look at our zucchini seed and turn over a part of the seed, we notice inside the inner seed is another part.
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Zucchini Seed - Dead Or Alive

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Is this zucchini seed dead or alive?

You could say the seed is dead but if you plant it in the ground and water it, it will bring forth a seedling. It brings forth a young plant. But what if you do not plant the seed and water the seed? Is the seed dead or alive?

If seeds carry the first form of something ( the rudiments) how do the other forms come about?

When human seeds come forth, they bring babies into the world. That baby’s body is like the shell of a seed. Inside that shell / body is the rudiment or first form of that baby. But we all know, babies grow up and we see another form of that baby. We see a teenager. Then we see an adult. Then we see an old person and then the seed dies.

When you plant the zucchini seed and water it, you notice a sprout comes out. The shell of the seed opens and a sprout comes forth. The sprout grows into a plant. Then the plant brings forth more zucchini. Then the plant can go to seed or in the zucchini example, the seed is inside the baby zucchini. Then the plant dies.

All of mankind, each of us, spring forth as a natural man or woman. And whatever God put into our seed (eye color, hair color, skin color, height, etc) comes forth as a natural seedling. Mankind can alter one of his forms by dying their hair color, stunting their growth, over eat,  bleach their skin – you get the idea.

But because God created man in his image, we have a spirit, a soul (our mind, will and emotions) and a body ( a form). As the body has many forms, our spirit man has two forms, alive unto God or dead unto God.

That zucchini seed has inside it – by God creating it the way he did – the ability to be a luscious plant bringing forth much fruit. What determines if that zucchini seed brings forth much fruit? What determines if a person is alive unto God or dead unto God?

Remember, the seed for the baby is in its rudimentary form or first form. We call this form the natural man.

1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

We will pick it up from here next time, Lord willing. Until next time.

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Guns & Schools – A Question

Many liberal thinking people want to blame the gun for school shootings. The gun did not decide to shoot anyone.  The person using the gun made a decision to kill innocent people at the Florida high school.

If the weapon of choice was an ice pick,  then ice picks would be ban. Or if baseball bats, then baseball bats would be ban. Now, the same type of foggy thinkers want to ban guns.

Guns have been in schools in America for hundreds of years. We never had issues with guns in schools until the past twenty years or so. What changed? Schools changed. Social engineering and government run education. God was thrown out of school, the moral character of America has been plummeting because liberal foggy minds want to select what our children learn, how we treat our children. Frankly, it is a nanny state where Uncle Sam tells parents everything they can and can not do with their own children. And parents do not stand up for their rights.  God gave the parents the children to train up in the ways of the Lord, not for the state to train them up.

American history has been rewritten, monuments moved, destroyed or removed because a minor few are offended of something or someone from a hundred years ago. Rediculous. Wait, just wait until they stand before God. When Jesus Christ will judge them and you.

I saw some of the young people from the Florida high school shooting and just wept. So young. So much of life ahead of them. I kept saying, Lord I pray they were saved. Then I saw the reports of some liberals calling for gun control again. Then I got angry. Today’s progressive society wants to control everything and sanitize life for snow flakes, marshmallows of this country. These foggy thinking liberals would take guns away so Americans couldn’t defend themselves from tyrants or  government as George Washington warned of us.

Stop the gun violence by putting up the 10 Commandments in schools again, like they use to be posted in schools a few short (30 years ago). Start school with prayer to Almighty God. Apply the Golden Rule. Punish disrespect. Put all “government run education” in the hands of the states and not the federal government. Teach the Bible in school as a mandatory credit to graduate, from K-12.

They put porn on websites, ads of porn, porn on tv, commercials laced with indecent nakedness. Stations promote ungodliness. Look at Fox having a show called “Lucifer”? What is wrong with these people. Time to turn the tube off or turn off the programs that go against God’s desires.

When will people wake up and realize they are being lulled into a society that is destroying them and our free Republic? Time to push for Supreme Court term limits. They destroyed the American family in our society with a stroke of a pen. Legalized sodomy. Didn’t they read what God says about sodomites?

People have to choose whose team they are on. Either God’s team or government. Either scripture or government brain washing.

I’m all for progress but what would happen in America if all computers in homes, all tvs, all smart phones were removed for 30 days?

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Doubt – In Head Or Heart?

When God’s word tells us something specific and people doubt if what they are reading will really happen, is that doubt? Where does doubt come from? Does doubt reside in your mind or in your heart? A good example is when scripture says, ‘ Believe on (not in) the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ But some people doubt that verse.

When you begin to doubt God’s word you are on dangerous territory because you can, through doubt, be calling God a liar. Even Jesus warned “doubting” Thomas. Did Thomas doubt Jesus rose from the dead in John 20:21-31? Thomas needed proof and when you need proof of something, you are doubting. Doubting or needing proof, is not believing, it is not of faith. And mankind can not believe God unless mankind has faith. Mankind has to believe, without proof, that God is who he says he is and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Jesus told Thomas, ” because you have seen me,  thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

People believe things in their head first. Then their belief goes into their heart and the belief turns into conviction. And people will give up their life, or die, for their convictions. We have all kinds of thoughts, information and teachings going into our mind every day. Believers compare information with God’s word before deciding if they will believe information. An example. The world says and promotes evolution. But God’s word opens with, In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth -( and everything in it. ) So a person who believes in evolution clearly does not believe God or his word. Either you believe God or you don’t. Plain and simple.

So when someone says they are a believer and they believe in evolution, they deceive themselves. Why? Because they believe man’s teachings over God’s word.

Back to Thomas. Did Thomas doubt Jesus rose from the dead in his head or in his heart? It appears, in his head because he wanted to see proof indicating, if he had proof, he would believe in his heart. What about Peter? When Jesus walked on the water and told Peter he could walk to him, on the water. Peter started off walking on the water and then began to sink. Pastors have taught Peter began to sink because Peter took his eyes off Jesus.

I do not believe it had anything to do with where Peter was looking. Why? Because Jesus told us why Peter began to sink. In Matthew 14:31 Jesus asked Peter why he doubted and had little faith. It had nothing to do with where Peter was looking. It was because doubt snuck in to Peter’s mind. And when there is doubt, there is little faith.

Believers and some non-believers want to believe God’s word about everything God says, but they allow doubt to sneak into their mind. That is why Jesus said you have to come to God like a child. Children believe everything you tell them. When the children grow up, someone has planted doubt in their mind to turn them away from truth.

Doubt is planted as a seed in minds. Once you feed the doubt and do not feed the truth, the doubt will go into your heart and then it becomes a conviction. God tells us, if we do not doubt in your heart and you have faith, you can move mountains Matthew 21:21 and Mark 11:23 KJV.
Paul tells us in Romans 14:23 that doubt is sin. And Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8 …pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and not doubting.

Abraham took God at his word, he believed God. And for Abraham, God counted Abraham’s believing him, for righteousness. God declared Abraham righteous because he believed. We are told to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we will be saved, made righteous through Christ. Believing on is not the same as believing in.

Believing in is a head belief, not a heart belief. Believing on means you believe everything Jesus said about himself, his redemption for mankind. Remember Romans 10:9,10? That if thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and  believe in your heart  that God has raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

Pastors tell their congregation to “say this prayer” and they lead them in a prayer and tell them they are now saved. A lot of people have said “the salvation prayer” but their is no change in them because they have not believed on the Lord Jesus in their heart. They only said a prayer. Believing in your heart means your belief is a conviction you are willing to die for.

And those who would say, this is not for today or that no longer applies, my Bible says “All things are possible with God”. Ask God with faith believing and watch God work miracles in your life. Until next time.

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When Messiah Would Come – Alignment

Last time we said –

Religion tells us do this, do that, don’t do this and don’t do that. And if you listen, God will accept you. That is religion and not what God’s word tells us. And when God asks us to do things, it is not for “salvation” that is religion. God gave us salvation as a free gift. You can not earn salvation, work for salvation, keep rules for salvation or do anything but believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

But God still has all these commands – love your neighbor, turn the other cheek, forgive those who persecute you, give and it shall be given unto you, bless those who curse you and many more. These commands are not for salvation, the commands are for the way God’s kingdom operates. They are to align a saved person’s life with the way God’s kingdom works. Scripture calls it conform to the image of his Son.

Put yourself in Israel’s shoes. God chooses Israel, calls them out of all peoples of the earth, through Abraham. God sets them aside, makes himself known unto Israel, instructs them to write his word and preserve his word from generation to generation.

God calls out leaders for the nation. Leaders such as Moses, David, Solomon and many more. He blesses Israel and protects them. God gives Israel laws, do this and don’t do that. Nobody in Isreal could keep all the laws. There are about 500 to 600 laws given to Israel. Then Jesus comes along and explains he is the Messiah they knew was coming.

But after 4000 years many were so steeped in their religious customs, they would not believe. After the death, burial and resurrection, the time of the Gentiles start. There was a shift. God calls a Jew, Saul, changes his name to Paul and sends him to Gentiles, Jews and kings. Paul works with churches, teaching them God’s word and explains how to be saved and how to live in this world. Paul constantly reminds the church, salvation is a free gift, nothing to do with works.

So Jews can not move forward because they want to hang on to their laws, their rules and Gentiles want to see proof and stick with their traditions. Both focus on rules, laws and traditions. And you end up with confusion about God, the law, grace and God’s kingdom.

Remember, Jesus is God manifest in the flesh ( see 1 Timothy 3:16 ). Jesus is our Prophet, High Priest and King. As our King, Jesus is preparing his kingdom ( which will rule and reign on earth one day – see Revelation ). Heaven is governed by laws. Those laws are different than the laws of this world. An example of heaven’s laws verses the world’s laws Jesus explained himself. In Matthew 5:27-48 Jesus said “ye have heard of” and he gives several examples like an eye for an eye.

Jesus was explaining his kingdom operates differently. So Jesus comes from heaven to save mankind’s soul and then teaches mankind how to live in his kingdom. He gives some rules that are contrary to the world’s ways. He explains these rules do not save your soul but believe on him. Faith saves. The rules he gives man is how things work in his kingdom. The rules are not for your salvation but to teach you how things work in his kingdom.

If you were to take a Brit and bring him to America and the Brit drove on the left side of the road in America, he would cause many accidents. Why? Because in America, drivers drive on the right side of the road. America does things differently. America does not use the metric system. Our founding fathers wanted America to be different than the world. God wants his people to be different from the world.

So when God asks you to do something, it is to conform you to the way his kingdom works, to align you with his country. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:18 and John 6:63. If you do not forgive, or give, or you do not comfort the hurting, you will not loose your salvation but you are not operating according to Jesus’ kingdom. You are out of alignment.

So Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:11 God set up certain administrators to help believers get into alignment: pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets and evangelists. Why did God set these up? Ephesians 4:12 – for the perfecting of the saints/believers, for the work of the ministry and for the edifying or building up of the body of Christ. And how long will God set these up? Verse 13 – Till we all come in the unity of the faith. Verse 13 to verse 16. There are several colons before there is a period meaning the thought of till carries through to verse 16.

The church is not in unity of the faith, they argue, fight, pick on each other  and are divided. So till the church comes in the unity of the faith, then God continues to send the administrators till the church responds according to God’s kingdom.

One day, Jesus the Messiah is coming back to set up his kingdom. If you fight God on doing as he asks now, you may have issues when his kingdom comes. The word alignment is not in scripture (KJV) but the word conform is in scripture. Conform means to give the same for or character to, to be similar.

Romans 8:29 God expects believers to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Romans 12:1,2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Think differently. Change your thinking to line up with God’s thinking.)
Philippians 3:10 – Being made conformable unto his death..

The three times conformed is mentioned in scripture, all three are addressed to the church, by Paul. Often, lately, the church appears to conform to the world and not to Jesus. The church renames world events. The church has fall festivals to participate in Halloween,  Easter egg hunts for Passover? Christmas trees and presents when Jesus was not born on December 25 but the church and many members want the world’s ways. How many of you can name the three main holidays of Scripture? God’s holidays? How many of God’s seven holidays do you celebrate?

When Messiah comes he will set up his kingdom. Will you be in alignment with him? Until next time.

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When Messiah Would Come

Mankind owes a huge debt to Israel for preserving God’s word. Israel was trusted by God to write down his word and preserve his word so the world could know God. So when mankind sees Israel looking for the Messiah, man asks why Israel does not understand God told them who the Messiah is, why he came and what his mission is. Even the apostle John, a Jew, told his friends, we found the Messiah in John 1:41 and Jesus identified himself as the Messiah in John 4:25, 26.

John 4:24-26 KJV  ” 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.”

Several scriptures describe who the Messiah is including Isaiah 53 and he is the promised seed in Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:6 and that he would come from the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10; Hebrews 7:14.

So let me ask you, King David, one of the most loved kings in Israel, what tribe was he from? Judah, right? Who was the priestly tribe? Levi, right? Was David a religious figure? No. He was a political figure, he was king from the tribe of Judah. Scripture declares Messiah would be as David and sit on the throne of David. Jeremiah 23:5, 6. And he would be from the lineage of King David, right? So why would the Jewish people be looking for a Messiah from the tribe of Levi, the “religious” tribe?

Scripture explains the Messiah would be a prophet, priest and king. The book of Hebrews explains Jesus is the Prophet, our High Priest and a King. A prophet reveals God’s will, a priest is a religious leader and a king is a political figure. The Jews thought the Messiah would set up his kingdom right away but they forgot the verses in Daniel that explained ” a time of the Gentiles”. So when Jesus did not bring in his kingdom right away, the Jews assumed he was not the Messiah.

But Jesus, the Messiah, is King of all kings and Lord of all lords according to scripture. And he is coming back to establish his kingdom as Revelation states. The “Bible” is about a kingdom, God’s kingdom where the Messiah rules and reigns as King, from Jerusalem, from the throne of David.

Psalm 103:19-22 KJV  ” The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
[20] Bless the Lord , ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
[21] Bless ye the Lord , all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
[22] Bless the Lord , all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord , O my soul.”

How Jesus said you get into his kingdom is not by keeping laws, rules or regulations, that is religion. Jesus told us to believe. Have faith. Invite him into your heart to save you. To save your soul. See Isaiah 6:10. And read Psalm chapter 22. God tells us:

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV ” For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

So Jesus comes to save our soul by grace, a free gift to those who believe in their heart, not believe in their head. Jesus took the curse of the law onto himself and took getting saved out of man’s hands and put it on himself.

Religion tells us do this, do that, don’t do this and don’t do that. And if you listen, God will accept you. That is religion and not what God’s word tells us. And when God asks us to do things, it is not for “salvation” that is religion. God gave us salvation as a free gift. You can not earn salvation, work for salvation, keep rules for salvation or do anything but believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

But God still has all these commands – love your neighbor, turn the other cheek, forgive those who persecute you, give and it shall be given unto you, bless those who curse you and many more. These commands are not for salvation, the commands are for the way God’s kingdom operates. They are to align a saved person’s life with the way God’s kingdom works. Scripture calls it conform to the image of his Son. And we will pick it up from here next time Lord willing.

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Revelation Overview Part 5

Revelation Overview Part 5 covers the last three chapters in the book of Revelation. Picking up where we left off, Column 18 on our chart, label Revelation Chapter 20.

Revelation chapter 20 answers a lot of man’s questions to God. Revelation 20 opens with an angel coming down from heaven. He has the key to the bottomless pit in his hand and a great chain. The angel grabs Satan, the Devil, and binds him with the chain and casts him in to the bottomless pit, and shut him up, set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years are fulfilled.

Revelation chapter 20 explains:
– God binds & shuts Satan up
– Believers who stood & died for Jesus in their earthly life will judge, rule and reign with Christ 1000 years
– The first Resurrection is defined
– What happens after the 1000 years defined
– The great white throne judgment defined as those who rejected God’s plan for salvation through Messiah Jesus
– Book of Life & other books
– All of dead called to stand before God for judgment & those not written in the Book of Life cast into the lake of fire
– The second death explained

Column 19 label Chapter 21
– New heaven and earth described
– New Jerusalem described
– No temple in New Jerusalem
– Who occupies New Jerusalem described

Footnote: New Jerusalem dimensions given as a city four square; length, width,  height and depth as 12,000 furlongs. If my numbers are correct –
Furlong = 1/8th mile
Mile = 5280 feet
5280 feet ÷ 8 = 660 feet in a furlong
660 × 12000 = 7,920,000 feet ÷ 5270 = 1500 miles

In 2018 Israel is about the size of New Jersey. New Jerusalem will be about 1500 miles four square or about half the size of America. From New York to Florida and half the width of America.

The wall of New Jerusalem is 144 cubits.
Cubit = 18 inches
144 cubits is 18 × 144 = 14,418 inches
14,418 ÷ 12 inches in a foot = 1201.5 feet or about 1200 foot high walls.

Column 20 label Chapter 22
– River of water of life
– The tree of life returns ( as in the garden of Eden )
– Tree of life bares 12 manner of fruit every month
– Saved see God’s face and the Lamb’s face
– Invitation to come to the Lord and a warning to not alter God’s word

This completes our overview of the book of Revelation except providing a sample of our chart. We will provide the chart next.

The purpose for doing a chart is to remind people, God does things orderly. By God laying out the time line of events in his word, man has no excuse for being deceived. If events in the world show events from Revelation chapter 15 happening but events mentioned in Revelation chapter 9 have not all happened yet, you can not day we are in the tribulation or Great Tribulation yet.

God laid out events precisely in the order of their happening so man has a blueprint. Man can say with confidence, what happens next and then what comes after that. There are some Bible teachers out there who claim we are in the tribulation and they pick and choose certain events happening in the world and say see, this is it. But the preceding events did not happen yet. So the teacher is in error. Let God be true and every man a liar. Romans 3:4

Romans 3:3-4 KJV  ” For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
[4] God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

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Revelation Overview Part 4

Last time we summarized Revelation chapter 11 in column 9 of our over view of the book.  We said –

The ninth column, title it Revelation Chapter 11. Notice still in the 6th Trumpet and the second woe. Revelation Chapter 11 deals with:

– the temple
– the 2 witnesses
– A great earthquake kills one tenth of the city and 7,000 die. (Rev.11:13)
– the ark of the covenant located in heaven

In chapter 11 verse 15, the 7th Trumpet sounds. The temple of God is seen with the ark of the covenant.

The 10th column is Revelation Chapter 12. Notice, in heaven, there is a great wonder. Highlights include the following:

– a woman is seen with child
– a great red dragon appears
– the dragon has 7 heads and 10 horns and 7 crowns and comes to devour the child
– there is war in heaven
– the dragon identified in this chapter
– 3 1/2 years mentioned

The 11th column is chapter 13. Highlights include the following:

– a beast comes having 7 heads, 10 horns and 10 crowns with the name blasphemy on his heads.
– the rise of the antichrist
– the mark of the beast

Remember, the dragon was already identified as Satan in Revelation 12:9, raises the antichrist up to the world. Satan gives him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Column 12 is Revelation chapter 14. Highlights include:
– the Lamb (Jesus himself) stands on Mt. Sion with others
– an angel preaches one last chance for salvation to those on earth
– those who took the mark of the beast in their forehead or in their right hand warnings (condemned to the lake of fire)
– harvest of the earth

Column 13 is Revelation chapter 15. Highlights include:

– 7 angels with the 7 last plagues, the 7 vials mentioned
– the temple mentioned

Column 14 is Revelation chapter 16. The vials are poured out on the earth.
– 1st vial affects those who took the mark of the beast.
– 2nd vial affects the sea
– 3rd vial rivers and waters
– 4th vial the sun
– 5th vial upon the seat of the beast
– 6th upon the Euphrates River
– 7th poured into the air
– 114-125 pound stones fall on people

Column 15 is Revelation chapter 17.
Highlights include:

– Judgment of the great whore
– description of the great whore

Column 16 is Revelation chapter 18.
Highlights include the following:
– Babylon falls
– Babylon tied to a religious system

Column 17 is Revelation chapter 19. Highlights include the following:
– the marriage supper of the Lamb
– heaven opens and a white horse with Jesus riding the horse
– the second coming of Jesus to earth, not meeting in air. Armies in heaven come with Jesus to earth.

We will finish the last three chapters next time, Lord willing. Until next time.

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