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Definitions Matter

Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding – what do these words mean? Define wisdom. Define knowledge. What is understanding? Definitions matter. We define saved and we define lost. Definitions matter.

We would not know what sin is had God not defined sin in his word. Most people define sin as an action of the flesh. But notice God defines sin of the flesh and sin of our spirit man. There are two definitions of sin in scripture.

James 4:17 KJV  ” Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

This definition of sin affects our flesh. It requires we do something in the flesh. We do something in our flesh, our body, or we do not do something in our body. A good example of this is the Good Samaritan example Jesus spoke about. Jesus asked at the end, who was more righteous. The answer was the Samaritan. Why? Because he did, in the flesh, something to help the man.

So there is sin in our flesh, our body. But look at God’s other definition of sin from his word.

Romans 14:23 KJV ”  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

Here we see sin is defined as a lack of faith. Another words, God showed Peter in the book of Acts, everything was now clean to eat. If someone eats of something that use to be unclean but he is doubting if he should eat it or should not eat it, he dams himself. He brings condemnation on himself. Is this condemnation on his body? On his flesh? No! It is on his spirit man.

Faith is an attribute of our spirit man, not our flesh. So according to God’s word, whatsoever is not of faith is sin. So if you do not live in faith, you do not operate by faith, you cause your spirit man to sin. Why? Because faith is a spirit man attribute. God communicates with your spirit man. Once you are born again, you can hear God speak to you because your spirit man is “quickened”  or made alive unto God.

Did you ever wonder about when Satan and one third of the angels fell, where did their sin come from? God told Lucier that sin was found in him. Satan did not have an earthly body. The sin was in his spirit man. That falls into the Romans 14 definition. Satan did not believe God. He thought he could overtake God according to Isaiah 14:12-16 and Ezekiel 28:13-19.

When Jesus was offered as the Passover Lamb that takes away the sin of the world, Jesus paid for all sin. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead and was seen of over 500 people after his resurrection. He paid for all sin, past, present and future.

I can not emphasize enough the importance of understanding the spirit, soul and body. Most people think, live, walk in their flesh only. They do not know about or understand their spirit man and their soul. So when asked to define wisdom, define knowledge and define understanding, do not just look at the flesh, define those words from your spirit man perspective as well.

One verse I keep on my desk is 2 Corinthians 4:18. In context, I will post verses 13 through 18.

“13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14. Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Until next time.

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Moments of Time – Prophecy

In this series of time, we have learned how long one day is (sunset to the next sunset). We have learned how long one month is (the new moon to the next new moon). And we know, by counting the lunar days, how long one year is, 354 days and six hours.

The Jewish calendar was short of the Roman calendar by about 12 days. Do you think that really mattered unto God?  It did however, matter unto the Jewish people.

God laid out a lunar calendar. The world is using a solar calendar based on the sun. A Roman calendar. The Jew’s calendar was about 12 days shorter than the solar calendar so about every three years, the Jew’s calendar separated the new moon and added a thirteenth month they would call Adar II – Adar 2. By doing this, their year would almost line up with the world’s solar calendar.

When we look at Noah and the flood, we can calculate exactly when the flood started and when the rain ended. Look at Genesis 7:11 KJV  “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

People using the Jew’s civil calendar and even students of the word of God who do not understand God’s sacred calendar, would say the flood started in the month of Heshvan aka Bul. Heshvan/Bul is equivalent to our November. And these people, including believers, would be wrong.

According to the calendar God lays out in scripture, the flood started in the month of Iyar aka Zif. Equivalent to our month May. And because the month starts on the new moon and goes to the next new moon, that means from mid May to mid June is the lunar month. So count seventeen days from the new moon in May. The seventeenth day from May’s new moon is what day the flood started.

When we look back, we understand the day the starting of the flood happened is pretty close to fifty days after Passover or around the same time as Pentacost, May/June. Today, Iyar is also written as Sivan.

Although the spellings may have changed throughout the years, the months on God’s calendar are what counts for scripture references and prophecy. When you search out the Messiah’s birth, we learn two things: One, we are never told to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We are told to celebrate his death, burial and resurrection. Second, you discover scripture points to Jesus Christ being born in the month of Tishri, equivalent to our October, the seventh month on God’s sacred calendar. We understand the number seven is also God’s number of perfection.

So where does celebrating Christmas come from? Certainly not the scriptures. But that is not our point in this series.

To help students of the word of God understand time frames God lays out in scripture, the photo below lays out the Jewish civil calendar which they use to this day and God’s sacred calendar. Plus, how the months correspond with the world’s solar calendar.

We know the Jews adding a month every three years and calling it Adar 2 and there are fewer days in the lunar calendar compared to the solar calendar, that God’s timing is different. Compared to our calendar and time, God’s time clock is closer than most realize.

I would recommend you buy yourself a Hebrew calendar. Most Hebrew calendars are civil calendars. It is extremely difficult to find the sacred calendar. Why? Honestly, I do not know.

When people, Bible teachers, base their teachings on the solar calendar or the Jew’s civil calendar, red flags should go off in your spirit man. God laid out his calendar and that is the calendar he uses.

The image below came from an 1840 dictionary of Scripture. Until next time.

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Moments of Time God’s Calendar

We found, last time, God identified how long one day is, the evening and the morning. A day starts at sunset and goes to the next sunset.

God established the sun and the moon for light but also for times and seasons. See Genesis 1:14  ” And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”

There are many scriptures that lay out days, months and years. A new month starts with the new moon. I remember calendars use to have the moon cycles posted, each monrh. So on God’s calendar, a new month starts on the evening of the new moon. The new month starts at sunset on the evening of the new moon.

Psalm 104:19  ” He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. ”

Remember when God told Moses to put the blood on the door posts and mantle? God establishes the passover for Israel. Not only is the passover a picture of the sacrifice Jesus Christ would make on the cross thousands of years later, but establishing the passover, God established his sacred calendar.

Look at Exodus 12:1-10 KJV  “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2. 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:
4. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6. 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.
7. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. ”

Now look at the name of the first month – Esther 3:7  ” 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. ”

From our last post and including this post, we learn God laid out how long one day is, how long one month is, how long one year is and seasons plus God lists the names of the months in scripture.

When we read in scripture, on the fourteenth day of the first month, what day is God talking about? You should be able, by now, to calculate that. Simply go to the evening of the new moon in Nisan. From sunset to sunset the next day is one day. Now count fourteen of those and you know what day, specifically, God is talking about.

So when prophecy records, in the fourth month or in the 1260th day since the abomination of desolation sets up…. you can calculate to the day. We will pick this up from here next time. Until next time.

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Moments of Time

Frequently we read in scripture, In the third month on the tenth day of the month or, In the seventh month. How can we know what month God is talking about? What calendar is God using?

Later in scripture we read, for 1260 or 1230 days. God tells us specifics but people do not understand. Why? Because most people do not know the point of reference.

God laid out time for us in his word. In Genesis chapter one God tells us how long one day is – the evening and the morning were the first day. So God tells us one day is from evening and morning. Evening starts at sunset. So one day is from sunset to the next day’s sunset.

Immediately, we see a difference in the definition of one day. God says one day is the evening and the morning and the world says one day is from midnight to midnight the next day. Scripture teaches us one day is sunset to sunset. Is this important? You bet it is. Why? Because when Jesus Christ was three days and three nights in the tomb, it clarifies the time Jesus rose from the dead. And further study of the resurrection proves using scripture, there is absolutely no way Jesus was buried on “Good Friday” and rose from the dead ” Easter Sunday morning”.  It is impossible.

If Jesus was crucified and buried on “Good Friday” the evening of Good Friday would be night one. Then Saturday night would be night two. And Sunday night would be night three.

Matthew 12:39, 40 KJV  ” But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

So if you are serious about learning the truth about God, salvation, prophecy and all other similar topics, you have to ask yourself, ‘Where did the teaching of Good Friday and Easter Sunday come from? Simple arithmetic / math proves that teaching is a lie. As we said in our last post, what do you do when you realize what you were taught does not line up with what God says. When what you thought is not what scripture teaches?

How do religious leaders handle the contradiction of what they teach to what God says in the Scriptures? Simple. They write their own version of the scriptures making them say what they believe. Then they call it a Bible.

Some even put their own thoughts into their “new” Bible. Some explain what they think verses mean which removes the Holy Spirit from the verses. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding of God’s word because the word of God is alive, living, just like Hebrews 4:12 tells us –
Hebrews 4:12 KJV  ” For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ”

Look the word quick up in an 1828 Webster Dictionary and you discover quick means alive. Today, everyone seems to be making their own Bible version. They try to explain the verses within their Bible version. This is dangerous ground when you add to God’s word. These “religious” people are removing the inspiration of God’s word. Holy men of God were breathed on, by God, as they wrote God’s word.

2 Timothy 3:15,16 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. ”

2 Peter 1:20,21 KJV  ” Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

When anyone changes, alters, rewrites, adds to or take away from the inspired holy scripture, they are on dangerous ground and asking for trouble, from God. This is why we use only the AV1611 King James. It is the only “Bible” that does not have a copyright for man to profit from. It is available free to the world. It was the scriptures used for revivals.

Man puts reference verses, maps and a small concordance in the book and they copyright their references, maps and corcordance but not the scriptures. For years, World Publishers was the only publisher that never put a copyright in their bibles. I have several of them. Now however, World Publishers has added notes to their bibles and have copyrighted their notes.

In the early 1900s we saw the Revised Standard Version (RSV) come out. One had to ask, what were they revising? But this study is not about Bible versions. But if I want to learn truth from God’s word, not a revision of man, of God’s word, I will stick with the King James.

If you want to research where all the different bible versions come from, I would highly recommend a short booklet titled Monarch Of Books by Peter S. Ruckman. He traced the bible versions and wrote a booklet of about 70 pages diagramming where all the versions come from. The booklet costs about $ 3 – $5. Peter S. Ruckman dedicated his life to studying the Bible origins and in his lifetime, he defended the inspired authenticity of the King James bible.

Our focus is on time in this study. As mentioned last time, God lays out his calendar. Now that we know a day is from sunset to sunset, how long is a month? God’s time frame is based on lunar cycles. Another words, time is based on the moon’s cycles. The world’s system is based on the sun.

When does a new month start on God’s calendar? Let me ask you a question. What are the moon cycles? Way back in the early 1800s, a booklet was published called The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The booklet is still published today, every year. Farmers use that booklet for determining the best time to plant their crops for the largest harvest. That almanac shows lunar cycles.

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

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Finding Gifts And Talents

I was focusing in on the prayer Jesus prayed right after the last supper and just before going into the Garden of Gethsemane. The prayer is recorded in John chapter 17. I was looking at John chapters 15, 16 and 17 and finally understood the vine and branches.

I knew what scripture said and I believe scripture. I understood the concept of the vine and branches. My mind understood that teaching clearly. But it is like my heart did not quite get it. I was raised by a single mom who had to fight for everything she got. Why? Because in those days, a single mom was considered, well, lets just say how times have changed.

My mom would tell us kids to work hard and fight for what is right and what is yours. Then when you achieve your goals you can look back and glory in your labors. It was very difficult for me to understand the vine and branches in my heart. I would say yes but I practiced 8, 10, 12 hours a day for years. Or I would read and study and give 150 percent to my work.

It never occurred to me back then that God had given me gifts and talents. Those gifts and talents God created and put inside me when he formed me in my mother’s womb. I just did not know it.

Once I got saved, my mind was exposed to the vine and branches teachings. But I still struggled with fully understanding the vine and branches because I would ask God, what about all the work I put in to that?

About 5 or 6 years ago God showed me it was he who had given me the abilities to do what I do. He gave me the brains, the will and the talent. How did he let me know that? I heard a preacher say one time, when what you do and the way you do it looks easy to others but they can not do it, it is a gift from God. I remember thinking wow, I didn’t know that. Then I remembered back years and how so many people told me when I would play the organ, you make it look so easy.

So about 5 or 6 years ago is when I first began to realize what gifts God had given me. But it did not help me understand, in my heart, not my head, the vine and branches.

When I decided to really focus on John chapters 15, 16 and 17 last week I saw the vine and branches teaching again. When I study I sit at my desk and write notes and I talk to God about things in his word. I ask him questions, out loud. And often I hear the Holy Spirit teach me, guide me and answer my questions. So when I brought up the vine and branches again, God reminded me of one word, vessels.

I have known we are vessels but this time, it was different. I could understand in my heart that when God created us, he put gifts and talents inside each of us. And God has made us stewards of those gifts and talents. And if we develop those gifts and talents and use them for God’s glory, we are in God’s will for us. Once we develop our gifts and talents and have used them to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ we begin to share them with others by teaching others our trade.

Think of it like this, if we do not develop and use these God given gifts and talents, we struggle through life. We can be confused about God’s will for us. And we would not be a good steward. If you do develop the gifts and talents, you need to choose to abide in Christ. And because God gave you those gifts and talents you are a branch, a vessel.  Someone our Dad (Heavenly Father) can look at and glory in your stewardship.

Friends, we are vessels God wants to use to further the gospel of salvarion. If you use your gifts and talents to do that, God gives you rewards that are eternal. Until next time.

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Psalm 32:7,8 KJV

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

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Peculiar

Let no one speak evil of you Paul tells Titus and instructs us. Paul instructs us how we are to deal with people. He tells us to be kind but stand firm on sound doctrine. We are not suppose to brawl or argue with people over doctrine or those who reject God and his word.  Paul goes on to say in the book of Titus, by our not arguing with “gainsayers”, those who contradict or deny scripture, makes us peculiar.

Who are we appearing peculiar to? Unbelievers. All you have to do is look at what is going on in the world today. People get angry over words. They kill people over spoken words. They attack people that disagrees with their point of view. True believers are told, do not do that. Stand on God’s word and sound doctrine. Be ready to give answers from God’s word why certain things happen.  God has not set you or me up to be judge, jury and the final word and if we argue with others, why would they want to ask you anything?

Paul explains to Titus how we are to handle people that want to argue and fight with us over things of life. Stand firm on sound doctrine and be kind, explaining from scripture, how God instructs us. If those we speak to reject what you say, it is not you they reject, it is God’s word they are rejecting. So then what do we do?

Titus 3:1-11 KJV
” Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5. 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;
6. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
9. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
10. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11. Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. ”

Until next time.

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The Connection – At Your Wit’s End

Before you get saved, your mind (soul ) speaks to your flesh. Thoughts come into your mind and the thoughts generally try to convince your mind and your flesh to do something good or bad. The flesh has lust, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh. Scripture tells us, lust is not of God. Lust is in the world.

1 John 2:15,16 KJV ” Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

So lust works on your soul, your mind, and lust works on your flesh because your flesh is in this world.

When God first created man, he did not create man with lust. Adam did not know lust, or sin until after he took of the tree, he sinned. When Adam chose to take of the tree, chose to sin, then his spiritual relationship with God died, but Adam’s flesh did not die and Adam was now alive unto sin.

Before Adam sinned, his flesh and his soul knew nothing about sin. Adam’s mind, his will and his emotions did not know what sin was. Adam knows nothing about good and evil; Nothing about right or wrong.  Imagine taking a person who, from birth, was closed up on an island all their life and knew nothing of the world outside. Even today, parents shelter their children to protect them from the hurts of this world.

Then that person becomes exposed to  sin in the world  because of something they did. Now they feel fear, lust, hate and a variety of feelings they never felt before. Plus, their relationship with God their Creator, is not the same any more.

Imagine having that relationship with God and God puts you in control of the whole earth. God comes to talk with you, visit you, guide you, give you instructions in things, teach you. God becomes your best friend, your Father, you helper, your joy, your teacher. And now, after you sinned, that relationship with God is gone and you are on your own.

Then you come to realize you are having all these weird thoughts you never had before. Bad thoughts. You do not know where these thoughts come from and you do not know why you are having these bad thoughts. You ask God but he is not there any more.

Today, eventually people come to their wit’s end and realize, what they are doing is not working. Their life is not going in the direction they thought. So their mind gets broken and their heart breaks. They begin to focus on their failures in life. They beat themselves up inside themselves. They start quitting on life on the inside. Many often commit suicide. Why? They see no way out of their sadness and they think they have two choices, fake it and keep putting on a fake smile or end it. Question: Are those two choices appealing to the flesh, the soul or the spirit man?

Remember, information regarding life comes to all of us through our mind, our soul. Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. All information is knowledge. The information can be true or false and we have to sift through the information, research the information and investigate if the information is true or not.

Because evil is present in this world, information can be twisted and  bent to appear one way when in reality, some twist the information in to lies. That is what happened in the garden with Eve. Satan twisted the information Eve knew and Satan twisted it into a lie by telling Eve she would become like a god. Satan deceived Eve’s mind, her soul.

Because our spirit man and our flesh, our body, are commanded by our mind, we do things in life based on what our mind tells us. Eve listened to Satan and her mind, her soul, told her to disobey God and eat. So she did.

People who consider suicide are receiving information in to their mind that tells them, there is no other way out of this. So their soul commands their flesh, their body, to kill themselves. But ask yourself, what part have these people left out of their decision? Their spirit, right. And your spirit man is your connection to God. Your spirit man is how God speaks to you, how God works in you and this world. And it is only your spirit man that can over come this world, over come your flesh, over come your mind, your soul.

If your spirit man is still dead to God, you can not hear God direct you. You can not hear God encourage you. You can not hear God guide you. And your soul only hears you rehash your problems so you feel helpless. God promises believers,

Galatians 5:16,17 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.”

The only successful way to fight depression and suicide is to do it with God. You need to get saved so you can hear God speak to you. You need to give Jesus Christ your heart and invite him in to your heart to save you. Then start reading God’s word. Start in the gospel of John. Why John? Because John deals a lot with the spirit man and God the Holy Spirit.

Until next time.

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