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Monday, May 30th, 2016 | Author:

“He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live east of all his brothers.” (emphasis added) Genesis 16:12 NASB

This records the future of Ishmael’s family. It is interesting to note that he will live EAST of his brothers, the people of Israel, Abraham’s seed by his wife Sarah. East of what?

What land did Abraham get for his future children?

“I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, ALL the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (emphasis added) Genesis 17:8 NASB

The land of Canaan is the land of Israel today. It was NEVER meant for Ishmael’s descendants to possess. These two people groups, both having Abraham as their relative, were given specific instructions as to where God wanted them to live. Ishmael’s descendants were to live EAST of Canaan, today’s Israel.

So, this makes it clear who is to possess and live in the land of Israel, the JEWS. The people calling themselves Palestinians are really the ones usurping the land that they were not meant to possess. From what I have read, most of them came from Jordan. The interesting thing in this passage is that YHVH said that He would be the God of Israel, no mention of Ishmael’s people here. We know today that their god is Allah, with his prophet Muhammad. This is the foundation of Islam which dominates the Middle East, except the land of Israel. And here is the rub. Trying to take the land designated for the Jews has caused the loss of life since Israel returned to the land. They will never be driven into the Mediterranean Sea, the land will be theirs till Messiah returns to earth.

There will never be peace between these two groups until they live in separate lands. Even then, the Islamic leaders are possessed of the idea of taking the land designated for the Jews as their own. The Word tells us that when the people return to the land that they will never be removed until YHVH does it Himself.

“If the fixed order departs from before Me,” declares the LORD, “Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before me for ever.” (emphasis added) Jeremiah 31:36 NASB

Said again and another way …

“Thus says the LORD, ‘If My covenant for day and night stand not, and the fixed patterns of heaven and earth I have not established, then I would reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, not taking from his descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.’ ” Jeremiah 33:25-26 NASB

Israel is home to stay! No amount of sword rattling will remove them. God has shielded them from 1948 until now and He will keep on shielding them. The Word says that they are the APPLE of His eye and His CHOSEN people. The Lord Jesus/Yeshua in Hebrew, came unto His own and died on the cross for the JEW FIRST. The five times the Great Commission is recorded in the New Testament, and says that the gospel is to begin with the Jews and then spread to Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. There are many Messianic Jews today and more are coming to Messiah daily.

Do you remember the teaching that the Apostle Paul gave to the gentiles in Romans 11:11-31 concerning the gentiles being wild olive branches and how they were grafted into the native olive tree. Today we have a heresy being taught by some major colleges and universities called Replacement Theology, which, in essence, teaches that the church has replaced Israel in the last phase of earth’s history. This is sheer nonsense! Israel plays a pivotal role in the last days. The 144,000 are not Jehovah’s witnesses or any other gentile group, they are JEWS taken from the tribes of Israel. If you read the book of Revelation you will see Jews everywhere. God still desires that all of Israel come to repentance and believe on THEIR Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus. Millions have already!

May they all come to know this wonderful Savior and Lord.

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Friday, May 27th, 2016 | Author:

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”                                                                                                               Genesis 9:6 NASB

Know what? This has NEVER been rescinded! No place in the New Testament did Jesus or the apostles say that this has ended. God is very serious about shedding innocent blood, especially in abortion of innocent little babies. I honestly do not understand how people who graduate with a doctorate or nursing degree can stop saving life and resort to murdering the unborn for a PRICE. This is nothing short of murder for hire.

This verse, of course, deals with legal and judicial consequences. To take it in our own hands amounts to murder, and the Bible clearly says,

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”                                                                                                                1 John 3:15 NASB

God is the Great Lawgiver and He intends to see it enforced, either here and now or after we die. We get to choose.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2016 | Author:

It is critically important to correctly translate the original biblical languages so that we can accurately and intelligently grasp God’s meanings.

Illustration:

“And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (emphasis added)                                               Genesis 9:1 NASB

It is a tragic translation when, in some translations, it says, “… and replenish the earth.”

The Hebrew word which is translated here is ‘mil’u‘. The proper translation is: “fill up, be full.”

The idea of filling up sets forth the idea that we are to take something and fill it up with something, not do it again or over again. The mistranslation leads to strange teachings which are based on translation error.

There is a teaching called the Gap Theory, or the ruin and recreation theory, that gains strength by the mistranslation here. It teaches that the earth was created, Genesis 1:1, and then a cataclysmic event killed all life off, leaving a huge fossil graveyard. Then God, in the six days of creation, recreated everything as we see them today.

The Gap Theory was imagined to help out the long ages of the earth and universe to parallel the theory of evolution.

Still today, pastors who are ignorant of biblical Hebrew, attempt to help God out through another heretical theory called Theistic Evolution, which says, in essence, that God started the creation process and then rested so as to let evolution finish the job.

Both these theories are sheer nonsense! If you look carefully at the Hebrew of Genesis chapter 1 and 2, it is easy to refute all this insanity of trying to make creation and evolution coexist. They are like oil and water, they CANNOT be mixed. Evolution was hatched up by atheistic men who wanted to find a way for all that we see today to have happened through Time, Chance and Mutations, and leave God and the Bible out completely.

All one has to do is look around to see the amazing complexity of creation and recognize that ONLY GOD could have made everything.

Just look at the extreme complexity of the human body. How on earth could time, chance and mutations have ever arrived at what we see? God says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Evolution is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE! This is tantamount to a hurricane sweeping over a junk yard of old, worn out cars and from the parts create a lot full of new, high technology cars.

Have you ever considered one part of their trilogy: Mutations? Think logically for a moment on this issue. What happens when a mutation happens? Cancer, tumors, mental retardation and birth defects just to name a few. Mutations do not make things get better, but worse. They still have no answer for how the first cell came into existence. Pond scum is one goofy idea.

Lastly, there is something called irreducible complexity that blows this theory to smithereens. You see, in order for something to exist, to live, there are a certain number of factors that HAVE to be there to sustain life. The cell is amazingly complex and cannot exist without the vital parts, which are vast. How on earth can something which has NO intelligence, create something so complex and extremely intelligent? IT CANNOT! Only God and His infinite wisdom can create all that we see. His fingerprints are all around us, if we are willing to look carefully.

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 | Author:

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; male and female created he the, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” (the word Adam in the Hebrew is translated man or mankind) Genesis 5:1-2 NASB

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6 NASB

It is interesting to note that God made mankind male and female with NO OTHER alternatives! As a matter of fact, much of the Old and New Testaments deal with the perversions of God’s original order for mankind. It did not take long till Genesis 19 came along with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah with their sexual perversion to the point that God destroyed those and other cities with fire from heaven. You see, anything outside of this first order has the impossibility of producing offspring and God told man to multiply and FILL the earth.

Someone has said that this is the ONLY commandment that mankind has obeyed, since we now have 7.4 billion residents and rising daily. In 1927, there were only 2 billion people, by 1960, just 33 years, there were 3 billion. From 1960 to 1975, just 15 years, the population grew to 4 billion. From 75 to 87, we arrived at 5 billion. From 87 to 99, there are now 6 billion of us. From 99 to 2011, the population arrived at 7 billion. From 75-87 and beyond, it took only 12 years to grow another 1 billion people. We do not really know what the population of earth was when we arrive at Noah’s flood, but God saw the exponential growth of evil right along with the population.

Folks, this is right where the world is today! We are in the middle of a pagan revival unlike anything we know of in modern history. Tragically, much of the church is going right along with it. Every form of sexual and moral perversion is not only tolerated but pushed on the rest of the population. Much of the same sexual perversion of the world can be found in many churches and denominations today. We now have ordained pastors who are openly homosexual. This is blatantly thumbing their noses at God and his Word.

Could we have ever imagined that we would see this insane perversion of allowing men into the rest rooms and changing rooms with women and children? Every form of sexual perversion is coming out of the woodwork. They now have an alphabet of letters that represent all this ungodly perversion of God’s original plan.

Could we have ever imagined that there would be the wholesale slaughter of innocent babies in the womb as we’ve seen in America since 1975. The number has now reached 58,000,000 (that is 58 million) in America alone. The one thing, throughout the Bible that brings God’s judgment is the shedding of innocent blood. It started with Cain and Able, and we can see the judgment that fell on Cain for murdering his innocent brother.

Nothing will change if Christians continue to sit on their hands and do nothing to correct the collision course that we are now on with God’s judgment. We are NEVER to do harm to another human being on our own. This is up to the courts to handle. A line from Keith Green’s song, Asleep In The Light, says, “Jesus rose from the dead and you can’t even get out of bed.” Casual Christians will never change things for the good. It takes those willing to get out and vote their biblical values, pray, witness to lost people, get involved in ministry in their churches and, YES, if your church has gone off the deep end, to work to correct it. It is also important for Christians to live pure, moral lives. Using profanity, drunkenness, immorality and supporting perversions, including attending trashy movies or watching it on TV. Change for good comes when God’s people get serious about blatant sin all around them. We were not saved to be comfortable! God is more concerned with our character than He is with our comfort. All we have to do is read the Bible to see what God’s people went through to restore godliness to their nation.

But are we willing? Snowflakes are tiny little things, but if enough of them stick together they can stop traffic! Let’s stop this runaway train and restore America to righteousness.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 | Author:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men and He will dwell among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away’. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ Then He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.’ ” (But then the tragic part is stated.)

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (emphasis added) Revelation 21:1-8 NASB

Like the old song says, “Oh, Lord, I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in.” How tragic for those who chose to ignore God’s warning and invitation, the lake of fire will be their eternal home. I cannot begin to imagine what that will be like. Jesus died to prevent people from going there.

Have you made your reservation yet? If you have, He will one day welcome you into His perfect home. If you have not and WILL NOT, He will one day say to you,

“And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Matthew 7:23 NASB

Lawlessness here refers to the Law of God. Those who ignore it will face this eternal fate. While you are still alive there is still an opportunity to turn away from your self-willed lifestyle and give your heart, soul, mind and strength to Him. He will take a broken life and make it brand new by washing away all your sins from the past. This is why Jesus came to earth, to take our judgment for us on the cross.

“Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ ” Ezekiel 33:11 NASB

Yes, this spoke to Israel at the time but it is just as appropriate today for all people. Why, indeed? Why would anyone deliberately ignore His offer of eternal life and choose eternal separation from Him in the lake of fire?

Choose wisely. Your eternal home is in your choice.

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Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Author:

A word to pastors: Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!

The popular idea is being told to pastors that they should stay away from political ideas in the pulpit. This has blinded many good pastors to preaching the whole council of God, the whole Word of God.

Items such as:

Abortion

Homosexuality

Immorality of every kind

and currently the Bathroom and dressing room debacle.

THESE ARE NOT POLITICAL ISSUES, THEY ARE MORAL AND BIBLICAL ISSUES. They have been turned into political issues, but at the root, they are biblical issues and MUST be preached and taught about or we will leave our congregations ignorant of the biblical position on them and vulnerable to practicing them.

It amazes me to see so many professed Christians who have bought into lies such as those listed above. When homosexual marriage was made legal by the Supreme Court, I was blown away at how many of my friends on Facebook put the homosexual flag over their faces.

The same on the abortion issue. Do you realize that over 58,000,000 (that’s million) babies have been murdered in America since Roe v. Wade became law? That is almost the equivalent of the whole population of California and Texas put together! How is it that the church has become so calloused to this issue. Daily, little babies are ripped from their secure home, in the wombs of women all over this nation.

Far too many professed Christians have bought into the homosexual marriage issue. They don’t seem to care what God says about this at all. God and His word have NOT changed since it was written down and it WILL NEVER be changed. He is very clear about this and all moral issues. They are called SIN or an ABOMINATION. The one thing, throughout Bible history, that brings the judgment of God on a nation was the shedding of INNOCENT blood. How much longer God will endure this nation’s sins no one knows, but I suspect that we are very, very close. Sexual immorality is running rampant across this land and around the world. Every form of sexual perversion is now out of the closet and is being promoted by politicians, television, movies, music and social media. Pandora’s Box has certainly been opened and we are experiencing a new pagan revival. If you don’t know what Pandora’s Box is, just google it! God spoke through the Prophet Isaiah when he said,

“Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, and sin as if with cart ropes; who say, ‘Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; and let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come to pass, that we may know it!’

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! (Sounds like Washington D.C. and many state governments)

Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. On this account the anger of the LORD has burned against His people, and He has stretched out His had against them and struck the down. And the mountains quaked, and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of he streets. For all this His anger is not spent, but His hand is still stretched out.” (the last part means that His hand is stretched out in judgment.) Isaiah 5:18-25 NASB

Folks, just note how many of these attitudes and behaviors are prevalent in today’s modern, feel-good church. Seems like most people on Facebook, professed Christians that is, have some form of alcohol in their posted pictures. It is tragic to think of how many people, church attenders, will miss heaven altogether because of their lax attitudes toward God, His word, purity and morality. Hell is still real and eternal and far too many preachers and teachers are lulling millions into it with their twisted Scriptures, heresies and milk toast sermons.

Man do we need a revival in the church and a third great awakening in this nation! May God have mercy on us one more time and bring mass repentance. I fear greatly that He is out of patience with the world and we will shortly feel the heat of His wrath.

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | Author:

“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.” Revelation 5:11-14 NASB

A peek into what worship will look like in Heaven. Note, the fact of CREATION is very evident there, in spite of the falsehood of evolution on the earth. All things raised up against the knowledge of God will be done away with and those who pushed them will be cast into the Lake of Fire, IF they do not repent and become Christians while the breath of life is still in them.

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Sunday, May 15th, 2016 | Author:

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NASB

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016 | Author:

“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, goodness, and in your goodness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For IF these qualities are yours and increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you PRACTICE these things, you will NEVER stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:4-11 NASB

Pretty clear, isn’t it? God wrote the Word of God ONCE and has NEVER changed it. Unfortunately far too many preachers and teachers today think that God needs them to help Him out by ignoring huge portions of the Word and by doing so lull millions into the Lake of Fire. Speaking the truth in love works EVERY time! God does not need our help to soften the blow of His word.

“Is not My word like a fire? declares the LORD; and like a hammer that shatters the rock?” Jeremiah 23:29 NASB

I find it a sad thing also that the vast majority of Christian music today focuses only on the love and forgiveness of God. The lyrics repeat the theme, “No matter how you live, you are accepted by God. I, of course paraphrase the overall idea of this topic. There are many other issues God wants to communicate to the lost world, such as His wrath against sin, immorality, homosexuality and all forms of sexual perversion, abortion, judgment and of course the Lake of Fire for all who ignore His warnings. We need another Keith Green today to sing songs like “Asleep in the Light,” to bring conviction of our sins. Look it up on-line to see what I mean. Far too many professing Christians today have no qualms about using all forms of profanity, alcohol and watching movies and TV shows that are laced with filth.

Isn’t it time for those claiming to be God’s children to LIVE LIKE IT! All of us have room and necessity for repentance. But the true child of God uses the gift of repentance to stay in fellowship with Him and live a life of obedience and moral purity.

Something to think about…..

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Thursday, May 12th, 2016 | Author:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.”                                                                                                    Hebrews 10:23-27

“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”                                       Hebrews 10:31

In our day of modern preaching, the thought of judgment and the Lake of Fire are pretty much deleted, yet the Bible has not changed. These are very much a part of the doctrines of the church. I cannot imagine what awaits people who have thumbed their noses at God’s offer of salvation. The Lake of Fire, referred to as Hell, is aflame and eternal. There is no such thing as relief by death or any other means. God has every right in the world to do this His way as He makes it crystal clear that all souls are His and since He is the creator, He has the right to do with us as He pleases. It pleases Him to give eternal life to all who are willing to give their lives to Him through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. So it is with those who refuse His offer. There is NO doubt that when a person dies without Jesus that they will ultimately spend eternity away from God and in torment.

While breath remains in your body, get serious about where your soul will spend eternity. There are ONLY two destinations and both are eternal: Heaven or the Lake of Fire. I have spent the last forty-one years of my life trying to convince people to choose the first, and many have done so. I have seen others flat-out refuse His offer and died in this state. This grieves me when I think about it.

Don’t miss out on God’s offer! It is only good while we live. Once death comes our eternity is set. For those who have given their lives to Him, there is eternal joy and peace, but for those who refuse His gift, and eternity of grief and suffering awaits.

“If is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”                               Joshua 24:15 a and b

(all passages from the NASB)

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