Archive | April 2017

The Future – Part 2

In The Future – It Is Here we examined how the foundations of America were altered. Had politicians and “elected” representatives been truthful with the people, the people would never support or “vote” for the person. And for the most part, the people have trusted their political leaders to keep their oath to the office they were elected. They have not.

Generally, some people take a stand. No matter what country, some people see beyond the fluffy words and see the bigger picture so they speak out against issues. People have traditionally picked “issues” to fight for or against. Sometimes there are victories and sometimes there are set backs.

It is not until the people look beyond the fluff, or beyond a particular issue to discover the roots. I chose to use America in my example in The Future – It Is Here but the same happens around the world in other countries. The progression is always similar:

Take Over The Money – check –
(The Federal Reserve 1910 )

Impose Taxes / Fees on the people – check  – (The IRS established 1913 )

Change the Structure of the Country – check – ( The New Deal in 1933 – 1938 creating a “nanny state” )

Take over or create Infrastructure of the Country – check – ( The Great Society formed in 1960s taking over every aspect of society including transportation, education, environment, law enforcement, etc. )

Take over Security of the Country – check – ( 9/11/2001 Homeland Security and Immigration controlling all movement into and out of the country including body searches )

Take over Healthcare – check – ( Affordable Care Act alters Healthcare of the people in 2009 / 2010.)

Plunge the Country into Debt – check – ( Create a crisis to provide a solution ).

People have fought against “issues” from each of these 7 categories. Some battles people have won, others they have lost. And the believers not only fight against these issues, but they also fight against moral issues in their society. Many get weary and quit.

Once people of a society realize what has happened, one of three things happen: The people surrender and are turned into servant slaves, the people fight back and you have a revolution, or genecide where people who refuse to conform are thrown in to jail and / or killed. Which would you choose? Did you ever read the book Foxes Book Of Martyrs? 

I can not speak to other countries but merely watch and study events. Turkey is a good example in recent days, of a government trying to take more power. America’s  “leaders” have taken power more subtly hiding motives and goals from the people. Maybe because most Americans are armed. But if you look at the big picture you can clearly see “forces” behind the scenes working to bring about their “world order”. I believe many Americans have awaken to some of the motives and that, along with prayer to God, is why Donald Trump was elected president, to stop the globalists when it comes to America.

My regular readers know I believe scripture clearly teaches a “catching up” aka rapture of the church before the tribulation. I base most of my doctrine on the rapture to 1 and 2 Thessalonians, letters from Paul to the churches in Christ. Although not my only text for the rapture. One key point in these two letters is where the church, believers, meet the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 KJV  “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

And yes I am aware of some believers today who do not believe in the rapture. It is not my job to convince believers of my doctrine. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. But notice in verse 17 where believers meet the Lord? In the air, in the clouds. Not on earth.

Not only that but in the very next chapter, Chapter 5 verses 1 – 9 notice all the times the words, they, them are used and how many times we, us, you are used. God is clearly making a distinction between two different peoples. Us and them. Who is the us? Paul is writing to believers in Christ. The  ” them” is the unbelievers and the verses clearly point that out. Circle the we, us and you and underline the ” them” and ” they”.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-9 KJV  “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
[2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
[4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
[5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
[6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
[7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
[8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
[9] For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

We have pointed out in other posts in our archives, the term ” the day of the Lord” and “that day” is a day of wrath mainly.

But as we are looking at the future, we see things lining up for end time events. As Paul says, we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.  2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

When people are put into “tight” places or situations, often they will do things they never thought they would do. So let’s try something. What is a “public employee”?

When governments expand their powers, they hire people from the public to carry out their instructions. These people hired are called ” public employees”. Public employees are employees working in jobs controlled by governmental bodies, whether federal, state or local government. All public employees salaries and benefits are funded by taxpayers. If you want to research public employees, in America, you would go to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, who report this information.
You will find salaries and benefits to public employees are “better ” than private sector employees.

What happens if private sector employees decide to stop funding the public sector? That is exactly what happens in Disney’s movie, It’s A Bug’s Life. Flick talks the ants into – stop feeding the grasshoppers. The grasshoppers represent government rule.

People often quote Christians are suppose to obey government. And scripture does teach that. However, America was not set up like other governments or like other nations. Our founding fathers set America up to be different and that is why we use ounces and pounds and not liters. That is why we use feet, inches and miles and not meters or kilometers. And our founding fathers did not set up a king as an individual where the people are the servants to the king. Our founding fathers set the people up as the king and the government is servant to the people. So if we Christians are to obey government, our founding fathers set up the people governing the elected representatives. And the people, as one nation, under God and God’s authority to hereby elect representatives to carry out our will under God’s authority.

Government bribes people through offers. Employment, benefits, services, and people have sold their freedoms, liberties and sold God out. Just as Israel sold God out when they wanted to be like other nations, they wanted a king, 1 Samuel 8:5. Samuel warned them and Israel’s desire for a king displeased Samuel. Samuel took it to the Lord and what was the Lord’s answer?
1 Samuel 8:7 KJV  “And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”

Samuel warned the people what it means if they select a king over them in 1 Samuel 8:10-19 KJV  “And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
[11] And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
[12] And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
[13] And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
[14] And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them , and give them to his servants.
[15] And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
[16] And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
[17] He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
[18] And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
[19] Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;”

Sound familiar to current day “representatives”? Representatives have bribed the people and set themselves up as king and the people as servants. But that setup is not who America is and that is not America’s foundation. All power and authority in America is vested in the people by proclamation with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution under the Supreme Authority Almighty God, if people know it or not. All elected representatives, presidents and judges swear an oath to the people and Almighty God to support and defend the Constitution, our founding structures.

The Deceiver is subtle and has been trying to steal the land and authority of the people using his helpers. That is why when Paul says we are not ignorant of his devices, many believers see what is really going on in America and the world. So what is next? We will look at that next time.

Heimlich just wanted the food. Many people just want the food no matter the cost. Heimlich is Disney’s character and we use him only as an example. Until next time.

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The Future – It Is Here

The Future – would you want to know the future? If you knew the future, what would you do with the information? When you say the future, most people think in terms of the world or their personal future.  People pay soothsayers to tell them the future, why? Why do they want to know the future and they seek out soothsayers or “mediums” and they are willing to pay money to these people to tell them the future. Other people look to God and his word to learn about the future. God even shows people specific future events like he did with Noah and Joseph and others.

If we look closely, we can see politicians learn of future events and they maneuver situations to take advantage of the future. That is how politicians go into office with humble means and come out 10, 20 or 30 years later multi-millionaires. We call it insider trading where these politicians have advanced notice of drugs being introduced, land development and investigations scheduled so they maneuver their investments accordingly.

In scripture, kings would go to the prophets and ask if God would give them the victory in specific battles. Even Jesus’ apostles asked him when certain events would happen and he explained “signs” they would see happening. Once these signs are seen, then know the time is near.

Which brings me back to, if you knew the future, what would you do with the information? If you knew in a short time the land your house sits on is going to be developed for a super highway, what would you do now? If you knew you were going to die in three days, what would you do during the three days?

Just as Jesus explained to his apostles future events, scripture also tells us God told Israel of future events. God told Abraham his seed would be captive in a strange land ( Egypt ):

Genesis 15:13-14 KJV  “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
[14] And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”

That is why Israel was looking for their Deliverer and when Moses was identified as their Deliverer, they knew they were leaving Egypt and leaving Egypt with “great substance”.

Today, we now understand a lot of the foretold future events, also known as prophecies, of the scriptures. Today, we understand who Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 was referring to is Jesus / Yeshua the Messiah. And when we look at future events or prophecies from scripture that are still to be fulfilled, there is some confusion.

We are told of many events that will occur “ in the last days “. So one would have to ask, what are the last days? When do the last days begin? And then we see from scripture at the end of these days there will be a one world government, one world monetary system and a one world religion. Believers may differ on the explanation or identities of these three major declarations of God’s word.

Many believers are led to believe these events are nearly spontaneous. But scripture does not teach us these are spontaneous. We are told these events will happen. So I would like to suggest we maybe look at things at another angle. So I want to lay a foundation.

When I was growing up, America was a creditor nation. That means we loaned money to every one and nations owed us money. But let’s take a closer look at events. Primarily democrats, progressives of both political parties and “globalists” have altered America over generations. These people have been around for years but in the beginning of the 1900s, something dramatic happened.

Prior to the 1900s the American constitution and leadership provided a way to pay for wars through a 3% tax during war time only. But about 1910 at Jekyll Island Georgia USA, the Federal Reserve was born. The Federal Reserve was an organization of international bankers. You can read about the people involved and the creation of the Federal Reserve in an excellent book titled, The Creation from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin.

The Federal Reserve, these international bankers would set monetary policy and issue notes (i.o.u.s) for money. By turning over authority of money to international bankers, Americans started loosing their rights and freedoms to bankers.

Then the US Congress, under Democrat leadership, in 1913 establishes the IRS they declare “for establishing a 2% income tax on corporations, an excise tax”. This has since morphed into income taxes on everyone from cradle to grave.

Later comes FDR and his “New Deal” between 1933 – 1938. This New Deal was focused on domestic issues. This New Deal, under Democratic leadership, changed the “federal government’s” relationship to the general public. This is when the “nanny state” was born. FDR starts social security. A system forcing people to put money aside for old age but the government would manage the money for the individuals. The problem is, the courts called it a ponzi scheme and if the person died before old age, they could not will their “contributions” to their heirs, but the government kept their money.  Today, we know the government spent the people’s money.

Then in the 1960s LBJ gave us The Great Society. Again, under Democrat control, Congress and then president Johnson, under the great society, took over public institutions. This is when the Department of Education, transportation, EPA, and other government controlled agencies were formed. And all were to be funded by taxpayers through the now, well established IRS and Federal Reserve and made possible through the powers provided by the New Deal.

On 9/11 under a Democrat Congress and globalist Republican president, the security of America was transferred to a newly created division called the Department of Homeland Security. All movement in to and out of the country was now being scrutinized.

Skip to 2008. A financial bailout of banks under the authority of the Federal Reserve was made. Americans were told, institutions were too big to fail so bail them out. Americans opposed the bail outs by 60 and 70% but the bailouts were forced upon the American people.

It was no surprise then that one of the last institutions not touched by government control, was healthcare. But in 2008 under a Democrat controlled Congress with a Democrat president, Obama, the federal government took over healthcare and forced Americans to pay for a new program. Again about 70% of Americans opposed the healthcare takeover  but again, it was forced on Americans.

The results? America has been turned from a creditor nation to a debtor nation. Now America owes others. And Obama made America deeper in debt by doubling the national debt. When Obama took office, America’s national debt was $ 10.7 trillion dollars on January 20, 2009 and when Obama left office, $ 19.8 trillion. Where did nearly 10 trillion dollars go?

It is not hard to see and understand how people will not be able to buy or sell except they have the mark of the beast in the great tribulation. It will be forced on the people just like the Federal Reserve was forced, the New Deal, the Great Society and Obamacare were forced.

Why am I mentioning this? Because the Lord showed me that the globalists are here. Our world is now “inter-connected” our leaders tell us. America has already been transformed by our own elected leaders. If we, as Christians, are looking for one specific event to bring in a one world government,  or a body of 10 kings / nations who will later surrender authority and power to the antichrist, the foundation has been laid already.

Just like every take over since the  1900s, people will be forced to comply or else be threatened by rulers. This is the precursor to the tribulation. Friends, for those looking at Bible prophecy and looking to future events, it is time to show our family and friends how the one world government, one world monetary system and the one world religion is already well under way. Time for you to share the gospel of salvation before the door on God’s ark closes on this generation. Until next time.

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Just Words – In Name Only

We see Paul the apostle writes to churches giving them instructions and teaching them the things God wants Paul to teach. But Paul also wrote to three specific people: Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Philemon was a run-away slave. Titus was one of Paul’s converts and Timothy was one of Paul’s converts.

Paul instructed Timothy on many things but he also tells Timothy about setting up churches properly. We see some “believers” turned away from Paul and Paul is reminding Timothy of the event in 2 Timothy 1:15-16 KJV  “This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
[16] The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:”

When you believe God and take a stand for him and his word, you too will discover people will turn away from you.

I heard a Fox News report yesterday that declared there are about 2 billion Christians in the world and the report continued stating of those 2 billion, about half are Catholics. We know the world now has about 7 billion people. According to the math, that means less than one third of the entire earth population professes to be Christian. And some of that third are Christian in name only.

In name only means there are people who say they are Christian. They name themselves as “Christian” but their life, their actions, their deeds do not line up with Christian teaching. An example of this is Barry Soetoro / aka Barack Obama.  Barry claimed he was a Christian when he ran for political office.

Yet, Barry dropped his “Christian” name and chose to use his Islamic name. Barry surrounded himself with people of the Muslim  brotherhood. Barry tried to take the land God gave Israel away from Israel by using the term ISIL the ( L ) identifying the Levant. (See our archives). Barry tried to interfere with Israel’s elections when Bibi was running for reelection. Barry sent money to support Bibi’s opponent. And Barry promoted the LGBT movement and instigated this Transgender bathroom event. Barry even lit the Whitehouse in gay pride colors. All of these deeds go against God, against what God’s word teaches.

Yet, there are a lot of “believers” out there that believe Barry is a “Christian”. And the blacks who support Barry based solely on the color of his skin show they are racist and bigoted.

You see, when Paul was instructing Timothy about setting up churches we see in 2 Timothy 3 Paul tells Timothy the purpose of scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

The purpose of Scripture is:
Doctrine
Reproof
Correction
Instruction in righteousness

Most Christian churches have focused on their doctrine, not scripture doctrine. And by their focusing on their church doctrine they have left out, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.

Reproof is defined as blaming you to your face. Correction is correcting our thinking and our behaviour. And instruction in righteousness is teaching or informing, providing direction. Righteousness is defined as conforming your heart and life to God and his Divine laws.

People today are trying to conform to the world or to their church’s doctrine but not to God and his divine ways. Even “Christians” don’t want to hear what they do is wrong. Reprove a believer about Easter bunnies or candy and see the reaction you get, from believers”. Or show from scripture where “lent” is not there. Or explain scriptures teach us Jesus was not born on Christmas. Show people they are free from the law through Jesus Christ but use not their liberty for an occasion for the flesh and see the reaction you get.

Paul tells Timothy – just as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses – these people (he mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-7) resist the truth. We have “believers” today who resist the truth. They do not want to hear “it” if “it” interferes with what they want to do. They do not want to hear it if it is not what their denomination teaches them.

Paul says 2 Timothy 3:8 KJV. “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”

Paul says their mind has been corrupted. Remember from our Critical Thinking series, the mind is how we process information. So the way these people process information has been corrupted. The result? A falling away. Another words, reprobate concerning the faith. Reprobate means abandoned. These people have decided by the way they are processing information in their mind, to do what they want to do, not what God’s word teaches them to do.

Friends, you need to decide if you are going to believe God and do what God says or if you are going to do what you want to do. I pray you make the right choice.

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And The Answer Is?

Isaiah 44:24-25 KJV  “Thus saith the Lord , thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things ; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
[25] That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;”

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The Evidence Of Time

As we approach Resurrection Sunday I heard a “news” reporter say, “the Christian holy day Good Friday”. Years ago I would have thrown a hissy fit over this claim. Now, I say if they are ignorant let them be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 14:38 KJV  “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

I did however send them a note explaining Jesus was crucified on Passover as the Passover Lamb. I encouraged them to check it out in a Bible. Good Friday is not a Christian holy day, it is a Catholic holy day. Another words, a specific church denomination teaches that but, the Bible says it was Passover. So you decide who you want to believe. I am not going to argue over it.

And one other point. Jesus was 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb, correct? Yes. If Jesus were crucified on a Friday and put in the tomb Friday night, three days and three nights can not pass for Sunday morning resurrection. Friday night is night one. Saturday is day one. Saturday night is night two. Sunday is day two. Sunday night is night three. Monday is day three. But scripture says, the Sabbath was ending (Saturday) and the first day of the week, Sunday Jesus had risen. Matthew 28:1 KJV  “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”

Matthew 26:2 tells us the feast of passover was in two days. Matthew 26:2 KJV  “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”

As we read the rest of the chapter we see the woman anointed Jesus for his burial. Matthew 26:12 KJV  “For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.”

Notice Matthew 26:17? The first day of the feast of unleavened bread.
Matthew 26:17-18 KJV  “Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
[18] And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.”

We know the Jews celebrate the Sabbath which is Saturdays. But this post is not about the days and dates. Although I would like someone to show me from the scriptures where eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets appear in scripture. That is what is offensive. The world has taken the redemption of mankind by the shedding of blood to Easter baskets, bunnies and candy. And the “church” participates in this. Shame, shame. Is there no fear of God in their mind or heart?

The point of this post is to help people see the evidence in “time”. You see, passover is to be celebrated at a specific time every year.
Exodus 12:2-3 KJV  “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
[3] Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:”

The lamb was to be killed on the 14th day. Exodus 12:6 KJV  “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”

This is an ordinance, a law, Exodus 12:14 KJV  “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”

And 7 days for the feast of unleavened bread, Exodus 12:15-17 KJV  “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
[16] And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
[17] And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.”

And notice,   Exodus 12:18 KJV  “In the first month , on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.”

Why am I mentioning all of this? The evidence of time. You see, Israel came out of bond age in Egypt in the month of Abib, Exodus 13:4 KJV  “This day came ye out in the month Abib.”

Deuteronomy 16:1 KJV  “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”

The month, Abib, was later changed to the name Nisan, Esther 3:7 KJV
  “In the first month, that is , the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is , the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month , that is , the month Adar.”

Here we see God’s calendar. The month Nisan starts with the new moon and is compared to the Gentile calendar March-April. God’s day is the evening and the morning, sunset to sunset. And each month starts with the new moon.

And for you Bible scholars, look at, Psalm 81:3 KJV. “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.”

So God’s calendar starts with Nisan / March-April starting with the new moon and ends with Adar / February -March. We will not go into Adar 2 today. We will say, God is very specific about time in his word. An example is 1 Kings 2:10-11 KJV  “So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
[11] And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.”

Notice David reigned in Hebron 7 years and Jerusalem 33 years? When we read in scripture specific events occur in a specific month, God is using his calendar and God wants us to understand this must be significant or God would not have stated “the time” frame.

So why do the Jews say their calendar starts in September?  Technically,  they have two calendars, a sacred calendar based on scripture and a civil calendar.

The point is, if you look at specific times God mentions you start putting pieces together. If you are using critical thinking skills, you start to see patterns emerge. You start understanding things in the scriptures most people never see or understand.

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Critical Thinking Quiz

As we explained in our Critical Thinking series, to apply critical thinking skills one has to look at all the evidence. If you go by what someone taught you then you have been indoctrinated. Most people from all “religious persuasions” can tell you what they believe but they can not explain why they believe what they believe and they can not back up their beliefs with sound scriptural teachings.

Our series on Critical Thinking has tried to help you investigate all the evidence, especially the evidence from God and his word. Why? Because each of us get only one  chance to get it right through this life. Once we die, there is no making changes.

So I have a quiz for you relating to the use of critical thinking skills. I will give you some possible background information  (evidence) and ask you a couple of questions. Your job is to examine the evidence, look for additional evidence and formulate a possible conclusion. And because it is the Holy Spirit’s job to give us understanding of God’s word, I would suggest you start with prayer to our Heavenly Father.

Records show Jesus was crucified in the year 33AD. The disciples of Jesus were all grown men. Records say the disciple John was very young. The book of Revelation was written about 95AD which would mean John was now an old man.

Paul the apostle, records show Paul got saved about 36AD and we know Paul met the disciples after Paul’s salvation. Records show Paul lived until about 68 or 70AD.

Okay, here we go. Of Paul’s letters to the churches, how many “churches” did Paul write to?

Where were these churches located?  If you compare old maps to current maps you see the churches Paul wrote to were in modern day Turkey and Greece.

Today, when we say Asia, most think of the continent Asia. But there was a region called Asia in the time of the disciples and Paul’s time. It is located at the western end of Turkey.

In Revelation 1 we are told Jesus told John, in 95 AD, to write unto the seven churches in Asia. Revelation 1:11. This means these seven churches of Revelation 1:11 are in western Turkey, right?

What churches did Paul write to and what churches did John write to? And don’t forget, Corinith, Thessalonika and Colosse are all in Greece, not Asia.

We see Paul wrote to the churches but Jesus tells John – Revelation 1:11 KJV
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

Revelation 1:19-20 KJV  “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
[20] The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”

As Jesus starts telling John what to write, we see the letter is addressed to whom? Revelation 2:1; 2:8; 2:12; 2:18; 3:1; 3:7; 3:14. He is writing unto “the angel of the church at” .. ..

Paul never told the churches they need to “endure unto the end” for salvation. Paul makes it very clear the church is saved by grace through faith and not works. And when Paul wrote specific letters to Timothy,  Titus and Philemon, Paul reminds Titus – Titus 3:5 KJV
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Explain the differences between the churches Paul writes to and the churches John writes to. Feel free to post your findings here under comments or send your comments to us via email at theheavensrecord@gmail.com

Until next time.

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Critical Thinking Conclusion

Last time we looked at the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5. We said critical thinking requires us to dig deeper than what appears to be the answer. Digging deeper helps sort through different “doctrines”, different points of view, different conclusions.

People get messed up with life and understanding scripture because they put all the evidence to a question or problem together. They do not separate the evidence into categories. Even crime scene investigators separate evidence. They categorize outside evidence, inside evidence, scene evidence and other evidence such as receipts, cell phone pings, cameras and such. This helps the investigators put together a picture and helps them come to a fair conclusion. Imagine if some of the evidence is left out, could that alter their conclusion? Certainly.

So is it with scripture. If you are trying to understand what teaching or doctrine is for you today, you must separate the evidence. That is what “dispensational” teaching does. Dispensational’s root word is dispense. If we look for example, at 1 Corinthians 9:17 KJV
  “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” Then we reference out this verse we discover, as evidence, Galatians 2:7 KJV  “But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;”

As we dig deeper into the evidence we discover God made specific promises or covenants with people. But God’s word tells us, this promise or covenant is for this group and that covenant or promise is for that group. An example of this is Deuteronomy 5:3 KJV  “The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.” And there are many other scripture examples of specific promises made to specific groups.

Paul revealed the covenant or promises made to the church. The church is believers in the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord as Paul laid out in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15. Jews and Gentiles, male and female. All those who by faith have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Not believed in but believed on.

Last time we were applying critical thinking skills to the fruit of the Spirit.
When we looked at the Holy Spirit and the “fruit” from Galatians 5, we needed to look deeper at what God is telling us. We said last time –  The Holy Spirit will produce these 9 fruit. Yes. But where? And how?

If I look at Galatians 5 from the top I notice some key points (evidence). Paul tells us we have liberty in Christ, freedom, verse 1. And if you think keeping the law justifies you, you are fallen from grace, verse 4. Another words, you don’t get it. You don’t understand. But then there is a key in verse 10.

Galatians 5:10 KJV  “I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.”

The key is the word ” minded “. The way you process the information. Remember, your brain is the tool but your mind is what processes what your toolbox has. Paul is saying the way you process the information . And to confirm this, look at verse 8 –

Galatians 5:8 KJV  “This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.”

Persuasion. Someone was trying to get the saints at Galatia to process information wrong. The information was about being justified by works of the law, deeds. That is the ground work or foundation of what Paul is about to explain about the Holy Spirit and the fruit. Paul prefaces his instructions in verse 13.

Galatians 5:13 KJV  “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

Then Paul gives instructions – Galatians 5:16-26 KJV  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
[17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
[18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
[21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
[24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

We clearly see the flesh relates to our physical body and our body, because of the sin nature, desires things against God. But the Spirit is “internal” inside us and not seen. But the Holy Spirit produces fruit inside us that is manifest by how we handle problems, situations and people.

The fruit of the Spirit affects the soul and spirit, not the flesh. Another words, the fruit of the Spirit is not about the way you act in your “flesh”. The fruit of the Spirit affects your soul and your spirit, not your flesh. Let me explain.

People look at the fruit of the Spirit and assume it is behaviour related. How they behave in their flesh. But that is not what the verses teach. I like to look at it like seeds. You see, once you get saved the Holy Spirit comes to live inside you, John 14:17 KJV  “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

And according to scripture, Paul tells the church in Galatians 5, the Holy Spirit has fruit. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

So how do we get that fruit? Imagine looking at a fruit tree and seeing it loaded with fruit. How do you get the fruit? Yes you can pick the fruit, but then you have to eat the fruit. It is a two step process. Well the Holy Spirit has fruit. Critical thinking skills would ask, how do I get that fruit?  I am glad you asked.

Out of the 9 fruit mentioned, we will look at two and you can dig out the other seven. There are nine fruit we want: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. As a believer, how do we get this fruit? God tells us how in his word. We are going to look at getting the peace fruit and the faith fruit.

Isaiah 26:3 KJV  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : because he trusteth in thee.”
So how do you get the peace fruit? Keep your mind stayed on the Lord. So no matter the wars, rumors of wars, or whatever is going on in the world, keep your mind stayed on the Lord and you will have peace through it all. And when people ask you, how can you be so calm through this, you have an opportunity to be light and share your faith in Christ.

Romans 10:17 KJV  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
So how do we get the fruit of faith? Yes, hearing the word of God.

These are only two examples. If you want to get the fruit of the Spirit, you have to take it. It is like a fruit tree with fruit. You have to take the fruit and then eat the fruit. If you want all 9 fruit, you need to use critical thinking skills and dig out how you get that fruit. Then you need to eat what you find and it will produce internally the fruit. Until next time.

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