BUT A PASSING SHADOW

The Greater Glory is Before Us

It is so hard to understand how awesome an opportunity we have before us.  God protects us from seeing what actually surrounds us every day.  If we could see beyond this dimension and into the heavens, we would be awed (utterly astonished).  But because we dwell in this “illusion” (by purpose, by design), we are also divinely spared of seeing the enemy that is also in our midst.  Our ability to overcome this “illusion” is the “litmus test” God is using to determine our eternal destiny.  Our behavior becomes our “report card”.  Our report card determines what the Lord does with us for all eternity.

You see, the “Word” is the ONLY offensive weapon in the entire Armor of God. The “Word” of God is ALIVE.  All else leads to confusion. If you put on only “part” of the armor you lay on the ground getting battered by the enemy.  For without the SWORD you cannot “overcome”. You must put on “all” the armor or you are rendered ineffective. I praise Jesus for loving me (and you) so much that we can still have some time here on earth to understand spiritually even more of God’s intended meaning. I praise Jesus, the great El Elyon, for giving us ALL a chance to earn a greater inheritance in his “Kingdom that is YET to come!” (come here to this earth).

Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD

I believe you not only have to listen to God’s Word in the natural sense (literally), but you must also apply it to your “spirit”. Our *spirit* “will not die (in this realm, in this dimension), but LIVE, and declare the works of the Lord!

Did you know that the table you sit in front of does not exist? The sub-atomic particles that make up that table are separated mathematically by 10 to the 15th power! There is more “space” there than there is matter. The past, present and future are only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Ps 144:4 Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow

How much more is before us after the Millennium? Eternity is a very long time. We have been recruited for a higher position as future Elohim. But even greater perhaps, since God created his “council” before he “predestined” US. There is a reason even the Angels look upon us in awe.

If you can effectively teach people these concepts, their level of understanding turns from worldly to entirely spiritual. We have a duty to not only encourage, but we have a duty to instill in their spirit’s a higher understanding of God’s “eternal” plan.

Hardly anyone teaches this stuff. We are only limited by our spiritual prison here in this illusion on earth.

No wonder the Holy Spirit is grieved by our lack of understanding. We have NO IDEA how huge this is!

Forever is Forever

Glory is an Understatement

The Agony of Love

PLEASE THINK HARD WHILE YOU READ THIS

The below article speaks for itself.  I am not worthy to embellish these thoughts.
May you be blessed by this message.  May you lead others to salvation with this message.
The stakes are HIGH and the time is really close.

The Agony of Love

Six Hours in Eternity

by Lambert Dolphin, physicist
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From KI Institute: Editor’s note: We are reprinting Lambert Dolphin’s classic study on the nature of time and eternity and the meaning of Easter and the death of Jesus on the cross.

In the Garden

The night Jesus was betrayed closed a long, full day after His final Passover meal with His disciples. In the Garden of Gethsemane that same night, Jesus endured a terrible emotional and spiritual ordeal in prayer before His Father.

The writer of Hebrews records this: “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered….” (Hebrews 5:7,8)

“There—with only Peter, James and John nearby—Jesus experienced a protracted period of excruciating torment of spirit which found expression in groanings… and streaming tears, and ended in a terrible sweat, almost like blood. There is a great mystery here. Jesus seems to face the experience with puzzlement and deep unrest of heart.

“For the first time in His ministry, He appeals to His own disciples for help, asking them to watch and pray for Him. He confesses being deeply troubled in His spirit. Each of His three prayers questions the necessity for this experience and each is addressed to the One who could save Him from death.

“Luke tells us that before the third prayer, an angel was sent to strengthen Him… His cry to the Father was one of such desperate need that the Father answered by strengthening Him through an angel. But when the angel had finished, the third and most terrible experience began.

“The author implies that Jesus faced the emotional misery which sin produces: its shame, guilt and despair. He felt the iron bands of sin’s enslaving power. He was oppressed by a sense of hopelessness, total discouragement and utter defeat. He is anticipating the moment on the cross when He would be forsaken of the Father, since He would then be bearing the sin of the world as though it were His own.

“The very thought of it crushed His heart as in a winepress. No sinner on earth has ever felt the stain and shame of sin as He did. He understood exactly the same feeling we have (in much lesser degree) when we are angry with ourselves and so filled with shame and self-loathing that we cannot believe that God can do anything but hate us for our evil. Jesus knows what that is like. He went the whole way and took the full brunt. We will never pass through a Gethsemane as torturous as He did.

“He saw our sins as His own, and thus fulfilled beyond any other priest’s experience the ability to deal gently with others’ sins since He was so fully aware of the sense of personal defilement sin leaves.” [Source: Ray C. Stedman, Studies in Hebrews, http://www.pbc.org/message-sets/5467.]

The Crucifixion

After the prayer in the Garden, Jesus was up the rest of that night, without sleep, enduring cross-examination, scourging, beating, cruel mockery and unspeakable brutality. He was al-ready greatly weakened when He carried His cross, stumbling, early the next morning to the place of crucifixion alongside the main public highway—probably just outside the Damascus Gate.

Medical doctors and forensic experts have written books about the common Roman form of execution—death by crucifixion. Often the dying process took several days. The nailing of hands and feet forced the victim to push up against the weight of his own body to take a single breath.

In the hot sun, terrible thirst ensued and death came, in most cases, from suffocation amidst great pain. The victim was also naked and humiliated—death on the cross was reserved for the most wretched of all criminals.1

A superficial reading of the gospel narratives concerning the death of Jesus will show that He was nailed to the cross at 9 o’clock in the morning, and was dead by 3 in the afternoon. It would seem off hand that His ordeal, terrible as it was, was completed in a mere six hours.

This, however, is not the full story. We must look behind the scenes.

What Happened on the Cross?

Paul in his letter to the Colossians tells us about invisible events taking place, beyond the physical realm and outside of our ordinary space-time continuum, during the dying of Jesus on the cross: “…in Christ all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him.” (Col 1:19-22)

When He died for us on the cross, Jesus met fully the onslaught of demons, fallen angels, and all the power of evil forces in the heavens, disarming all of them completely—because “in Christ God was reconciling all things to Himself.”

Jesus’ victory over man’s greatest enemy—death—is boldly announced in the letter to the Hebrews: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bond-age.” (Heb 2:14,15)

It is for the final outworking in history of Satan’s defeat at the cross that we now eagerly await. What is the completed work of Christ on the cross in the eternal time frame will come to pass in human history at God’s appointed time on our earthly calendars.

Time, you see, does not “flow” at the same rate nor has the same “content” in heaven as it does on earth.

The Lamb of God

The greatest mystery of Christ’s passion concerns the trans-action in eternity that took place between the sinless Son of God and His heavenly Father. Jesus was, for the first three hours on the cross, our Great High Priest.

From noon till 3 P.M., during which time a strange and terrible darkness came over the earth (Luke 23:44), the High Priest became the Sacrifice. In being made sin for us, in literally taking the sins of the world upon Himself, Jesus became a vile and loathsome thing, cut off from God and man—not just in time but also in eternity.2

The work of Jesus on the cross, as far as we are concerned, is completely finished. Jesus is not now hanging on a cross. He has been raised from the dead, and sits in heaven, fully in charge of the universe as a resurrected man.

One man, one son of Adam, Jesus the Lord is now living in glory and He is presently in charge of the universe. But in another sense, if we could step into eternity and view an eternal being such as the Son of God experiencing all things—if we could see things from the vantage point of heaven—we would perceive that a part of the eternal God must suffer forever, outside of time, because of human sin.

The Eternal Aspects of the Cross

Paul the Apostle wrote in his Corinthian letters about the “fellowship of Christ’s sufferings” and of making up in his own body what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body; that is, the church. He spoke of “always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus might be revealed in us….”

Paul said these things long after Jesus had risen from the dead and ascended into heaven where He now rules, His work on the cross having been completed and finished.

The Apostle understood that there is an aspect of the cross that is, indeed, eternal.

The crucifixion was one of those important points in our one-dimensional time frame when eternity broke through the normal flow of history and changed everything forever, sending ripples backwards and forwards in time.

There are other hints about Jesus in eternity. He is spoken of in the book of Revelation as the “Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.”

Peter writes, “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.” (1 Pet 1:18-20)

Without in any way diminishing the work of Christ on the cross as finished, completed, and accomplished in space-time and in history, it is possible to say that a part of God suffers eternally for man’s sins.

From Scripture we learn that a holy God must ultimately be just. He must ultimately remove evil in all its forms from His presence. Those persons who have permanently rebelled against His gracious mercy cannot cease to exist after death, but remain eternally conscious in a place of everlasting, end-less punishment.

And the loving God who created us surely suffers infinitely more than any human parent when a beloved child refuses the good and chooses a path leading to hurt, harm and self-destruction. Surely it must be grievously painful for God (who is Love) to be denied the opportunity to give of Himself to the objects of His love.

And no man can suffer more than Christ has already suffered; nor are our sufferings, however great, something Christ has not already experienced.3 “God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance,” says Paul (Rom 2:4). “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb 12:28, 29)

The same fires which heal, purify and warm the righteous are the consuming, everlasting burnings of Gehenna—where beings who refused to become the human persons they were designed to be must finally endure the “backside” of God’s love—which is hell.C.S. Lewis gathers all this up very well in these words from Mere Christianity:

“God is going to invade this earth in force. But what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else—something it never entered your head to conceive—comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us, and so terrible to others, that none of us will have any choice left?

“For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it be-fore or not.

“Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back, to give us that chance. It will not last forever; we must take it or leave it.”

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It will not last forever;
we must take it or leave it.

SOME PRAYERS MIGHT NOT SMELL GOOD

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT FROM AN “OVERCOMER

There is so much to think about.  We just go to church and pray for our friends and maybe we pray for  “Israel” but we pray for things “in general” and often don’t realize that our prayers actually matter to God.

Again I tell you!

IF YOU PRAY FOR SOMETHING IN GENERAL YOU GET “NOTHING” IN GENERAL

I believe we are at war here on earth and our prayers matter.  But we MUST learn what is going on and how to target our prayer power on things that really matter.

Here are some thoughts from one of Tribulation-Now’s “list” of “Overcomers“.

BE BLESSED IN JESUS NAME

From one of our members:

You bring up alot of different topics. For now I will just tackle one.

Rev 5:8 golden vial full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints. Read it that is 28 vials.


There are lots of vials in Rev but they contain different things. For now we will focus on the prayers of the saints.
Rev 8:3 An angel offers incense with the prayers of the saints on the alter before the throne


Rev 8:4 the smoke of the incense went with the prayers of the saints, this ascended up before God


Evidently our prayers smell bad! Even God needs incense when viewing them.



I believe there are good prayers and bad prayers. Sometimes we utter a bad prayer on accident. We need to make an effort to clean up our prayers. Something you mentioned earlier.


When my son was in the hospital with a broken leg, I could have prayed like this. Please please please God heal [my son’s] broken leg. But instead I prayed like this. God I know you love [my son] and I know you want him healthy in every way. So thank you God for healing his leg. Do you see one prayer is much more positive than the other?

I pray a lot every day for everybody and everything. But when Daddy died I couldn’t pray. I began to question my Christianity. Believe it or not, one day while crying, I felt the prayers of others lifting me up. And I received peace. I still couldn’t pray but I rested knowing that others were praying for me. At some point I decided I wanted to pray again, but I didn’t know what to pray for. That is when you learn what tradition is for. Some old memorized prayers came up and got me started again.

I think for 6 thousand years the saints have been praying. Good and bad. These prayers were put in a vial. 28 vials. I think the elders took the lid off the vials and the odors went up before God. God keeps all our prayers, they are important to him.
I think we should pray for both literal and spiritual Israel. That way we won’t miss something if it is important.
Verse 9 talks about every kindred, tongue, people and nation.

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I praise Jesus for this spiritual blessing and testimony.  Not only does it share personal truths but it shares spiritual insight.

May God Bless Each and Every One of YOU.

We must focus our prayer power and be specific so the Lord gets the POWER from us here on earth to unleash his “chariots of fire” and save souls for Jesus Christ.

Earn your Inheritance now!

BE BLESSED
In Jesus name!

Tribulation-Now Advanced Bible Study Now "In Flight"

TRIBULATION-NOW ADVANCED BIBLE STUDY UNDERWAY

http://www.meetup.com/Tribulation-Now-Bible-Study/

Well folks it is more than about time this web site goes live to educate people beyond just the Internet.

The Lord is leading me to SO many new wonderful truths.  Collectively we are all starting to learn about “Inheritance” and that our behavior actually counts toward our divine position once we cross over to the “Millennium”.  Yes you are saved by grace – no question about it.  But now we know there is much more than meets the eye.  Frankly between you and I, a thousand years is a long time.  And I don’t want to clean bathrooms for a thousand years.  If we are to be here with Jesus, our savior, for a thousand years then we all aren’t going to be wearing crowns and sitting on “thrones”.  Let’s be real.  There will be a hierarchy and Christ will be in command.  Personally, if I were you, I would rather be in charge of a housing development than cleaning bathrooms.  I know this is deep, but this is what this Bible study is all about.  That and a LOT more.

PRAISE REPORT I CANNOT KEEP QUIET

One of the topics the Tribulation-Now Bible study will tackle is “Divine Healing”.  I recommend everyone take a look at John G. Lake Ministries Divine Healing training.  It is 16 hours long and I took notes during the entire teaching.  If you don’t know who John G. Lake is then you should Google it.  He was a wonderful gifted healer in Christ.

Not only will you learn how to heal people in Jesus name but you will learn it is not just a Holy Spirit “gift” (see 1 Cor. 12) but it was also something the apostles of Jesus did before the “Pentecost” (Acts 2).  So this means if you have the FAITH and are born-again, you have the ability to command spirits of “infirmity” out of people in Jesus Name.

Why do I tell you this?  Because I am sharing my experience on a personal level.  While I have “seen” OTHER people perform healing miracles at churches, I did not know this is something you can do if you have faith in Jesus.  I thought you had to be some special person. Well the scripture teaches this is not true.  I was recently asked to go pray for someone in intensive care that was full of tubes and life support.  Just this last Sunday at 3PM quite frankly.  Here is what happened.  I felt led.

I walked into the room and told everyone that Jesus was going to heal this man.  I opened the Bible and read out loud to everyone Mark 16:18 +.  I read loudly the part where it said “And they shall lay hands on the sick and they will be healed”!  After that I laid hands on the man and said:

“In the Name of Jesus, I COMMAND the spirit of infirmity to GO NOW!  Leave this man in the Name of Jesus and NEVER RETURN. Heart YOU are commanded to heal in Jesus name.  Kidneys you are COMMANDED to heal in Jesus Name.  We thank you Jesus for your healing power”.

Right after that, the man opened his eyes wider than ever before and looked right into my eyes (he was very “out of it” and full of life support tubes). I was truly happy for him and told him that he had nothing to worry about and that Jesus was already in the process of healing him and he would be out of the hospital in no time.

JUST TODAY, only a day and 1/2 later, I got a report that he is off life support and fully responsive.  He will live to proclaim Jesus as his savior and report his WORKS IN JESUS NAME.

Praise the Lord
He Alone is Worthy

Everyone is invited to join us at the Tribulation-Now Advanced Bible Study.

Thoughts on Ephesians Chapter 4

THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS AND
PAUL’S LETTER OF SPIRITUAL
INSIGHT FROM GOD
The following is a short study of Ephesians Chapter 4.  It includes my personal commentary throughout.  I pray the Lord reveal some of its wonders to you, through me, as I elaborate on its revelations.

In Roman times it was situated on the northern slopes of the hills Coressus and Pion and south of the Cayster (Küçükmenderes) River, the silt from which has since formed a fertile plain but has caused the coastline to move ever farther west. The Temple of Artemis, or Diana, to which Ephesus owed much of its fame and which seems to mark the site of the classical Greek city, was probably on the seaboard when it was founded (about 600 BC), one mile east by northeast of Pion (modern Panayir Da{g hacek}). In Roman times a sea channel was maintained with difficulty to a harbor well west of Pion.

For more on the history of Ephesus see: http://www.believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=257
The scripture below is from the Amplified Bible which transliterates the original Greek expanding on its intended meaning since direct translation from Greek to English is not possible with accuracy.
Also it is important to note that Paul mentions he is a captive unto the Lord.  This is both a spiritual reference and a worldly reference because at the time of much of Paul’s writings he was in prison for his beliefs.  It is thought proving to consider that without Paul being in prison, much of the New Testament (Covenant) would not have been written.  Funny how most of us would have seen this as punishment from the Lord.  How unfortunate we cannot perceive the greater importance of our worldly captivity.
My thoughts are italicized and indented.
And here we go!

Ephesians 4

I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,

2 Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.

Note here that Paul is literally begging the members of the Christian church to “lead a life” worthy of their calling.  This means that he knew it was more than likely they might behave like normal men and go about their daily business like normal men.  It is important to understand that we all have that challenge and we all must be reminded of our calling unto God.  On a spiritual realm, it is critical to God’s purpose in your existence on Earth. If you were called by God, you are part of a privileged few and you were chosen before the Earth was created (predestined).  Paul is warning them they must not mess up this awesome opportunity.

4 [There is] one body and one Spirit — just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received —

5 [There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.

7 Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift.

Notice here Paul underscores that each of them received a “calling”.  Again this is a very special privilege.  He reminds them that it is by the “grace” of God they were called.  He reminds them the Spirit of the Lord is “living” within us and measures of this supernatural grace was given out to each of us for God’s purpose.  Collectively, not separately, we chosen members of the Body of Christ have supernatural powers which are a part of a “single Spirit” – the “breath” of the Almighty God.  This is an awesome power and suggests a astonishing responsibility. 

8 Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men. [Ps 68:18.]

Here he confirms Christ’s ascension and the endowment of supernatural powers to men thereafter. He does this by referring to Psalms 68:18 for confirmation. 

REMEMBER THIS!  The Old Testament is the New Testament “concealed” and the New Testament is the Old Testament “revealed”! The Word of God, written by 40 authors over thousands of years – confirms itself.

9 [But He ascended?] Now what can this, He ascended, mean but that He had previously descended from [the heights of] heaven into [the depths], the lower parts of the earth?

10 He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).

Here Paul explains the enormity of the power of the Almighty God.  In fact later he tries to describe multiple dimensions using common Hellenistic terms of the time.  When Paul says the one who descended is the same spirit as the one who ascended, he is confirming that Jesus Christ is actually YHWH God and they are one in the same.  And by coming to the Earth in the first place, Jesus (God) filled the entire universe with his almighty power and shared that power with an elect, small and privileged group of people.  If you don’t feel unbelievably privileged – then you are simply “not getting it”.

11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.

12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),

13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.

Again Paul points out that those who are “born again and baptised in the Holy Spirit” unto Jesus Christ are automatically given supernatural gifts. While some of those gifts are specialized endowments listed in 1 Corinthians 12, others are gifts spoken of here in verse 11. These gifts / endowments include being preachers, teachers, missionaries and the like.

When you look at the full collection of these supernatural gifts from God it is awesome. Some of these gifts include the Gift of Prophecy, Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Faith, Healings, Miracles, Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues. A prerequisite to receiving all these gifts is being “Baptised in the Holy Spirit” which usually results immediately with the gift of tongues, but sometimes it can manifest at a later time (but it probably won’t happen unless you actively seek it under the right circumstances). But you MUST be specifically “Baptized in Fire / Baptized in the Holy Spirit” and this is a unique, separate and special event that does not happen lightly and is not part of some “salvation” dialogue when you first give yourself to the Lord. It does not happen when you are a baby. It is a gift from God, unique and glorious, and you should seek it out!

Paul then explains the importance of understanding that with the endowment of all these gifts, the Lord is building a powerful church that is well rounded with his supernatural power. He explains that as a collective group, working as ONE in the spirit, all using the powers given to us – we are a very strong supernaturally powered army when UNITED unto God’s work.

A divided church is the enemy of God’s mission on Earth. Topics that divide the church are the work of the devil when the people and their leaders fail to “buck up” and read the scripture to learn what was intended instead of twisting the scripture to suite their own selfish feelings of inadequacy. Praise Jesus!

14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Here Paul is simply saying that we should grow up in the spirit and fight off worldly lusts.  Accept our gifts with dignity and “love” one another from the depths of our hearts.  Remember that was the soul commandment of the Lord Jesus given at the Last Supper.  We are to “grow up” spiritually, with these supernatural powers into Jesus-“like” persons.

16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

Again he underscores the importance of the unity of the church (Holy Spirit filled believers) and how it is able to conquer all darkness through love.

17 So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds.

18 Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].

19 In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].

20 But you did not so learn Christ!

21 Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],

Take special note of Paul’s tone in the above verses 17 – 21.  Do you not detect a bit of admonition?  Do you not see the exclamation point at the end of verse 20?  My take on this is that Paul realizes these men, even though they are specially chosen, predestined (like us), Baptized in the Holy Spirit, and endowed with supernatural gifts from God, have the potential to MESS IT UP!!  He is explaining that WE are DIFFERENT and we are SPECIAL and we have a DUTY to ACT like it.

22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],

Stop here!  Notice in verse 23 the word “renewed”.  Paul is telling these Holy Spirit filled men that they must take “special action” to “renew” their SPIRIT!  This is not automatic.  He is warning them that if they are not proactive, and flushing out the worldly garbage of day to day life by communing with the Holy Spirit and God through prayer, they will FALL.  They will MESS IT UP.  We must consciously FLUSH the worldly toilet!  Me must actively regenerate our “spiritual” side.  Do not depend on your “church” to do this for you.  Wake up in the morning, and start PRAISING THE LORD with all your might. Realize this world you live in is but a persistent illusion and trivial when compared to the eternity before you.  Make sure you PASS THE TEST!

24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another. [Zech 8:16.]

Again confirming the Word with references to the Old Testament (“Covenant”).  Reminding them to walk in God’s image and act like Jesus as best as they can.

26 When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down.

27 Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].

Notice here that Paul is not telling them that they cannot get angry. On the contrary! He is simply telling them to “let your anger pass” and don’t “dwell on it”. He is warning you that when you dwell in a state of anger, it puts your spirit in danger of attack from the devil.  He is telling them to “shake it off” and regenerate their spiritual awareness and love of the Lord – at least before the day comes to a close.

28 Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.

STOP!  This is HUGE.  Get this.  Paul is explaining that the MAIN PURPOSE for followers of Jesus Christ to work is so they can give to those in need.  Did you hear that?  He even implies that if you do not give to those in need you are like a thief!  We are to work in order to GIVE it away to people in need!  What a concept?  When is the last time you handed a $20 dollar bill to a hungry homeless person and reminded them that God loves them more than anything? 


Repeat after me.


1. I am the Son of God
2. I am the Master of the Devil
3. I am the Servant of Man

29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

Ouch.  You best watch your tongue here.  I cannot believe how the Lord cleaned up my mouth since he blessed me with his recent “call back” from a back slidden life.  I am so unbelievably blessed. Praise his Holy Name. We are so close to his coming.  We are so lucky to be alive that we might actually witness his coming.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).

Now this verse brings tears to my eyes.  When I consider the love of the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice of Jesus AND I REALIZE how DARK the future is going to be for those who do not receive this GIFT of GRACE, it stirs my heart. How can we be so ambivalent to this fabulous, astonishing, unspeakable gift of love and everlasting life?  We human beings do not deserve this grace.  We are so blind.  Playing video games and watching television.  If I was the Lord God I would be PISSED OFF AT EVERYONE.  He gave his Son to die for us!  Man – NOW THAT’S LOVE!  THAT’S FORGIVENESS!  That is completely supernatural and fully beyond my understanding.

31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

WOW

AND I CLOSE WITH THIS THOUGHT

You best take a second look at your behavior because this letter was not written to unsaved sinners.  This letter was written to the Church of Ephesus.  This was a really awesome group of Born Again, Holy Spirit filled believers in Jesus Christ. 

If I am right and we only have about 6 years before the Antichrist takes his thrown, then we have very little time to unite in the power of the Lord and get our supernatural powers exercised.  If you are Fire Baptized, then you received supernatural gifts.  Are you exercising them?  If you aren’t, then they will be useless for the dark battles we are going to face during these scary times ahead.  You NEED TO EXERCISE THEM.  This means deep prayer, talk to God like he is your own FATHER, and ask him to teach you about them.  Ask him to AMPLIFY those gifts for you.  Be brave and ask him to use you. Do it now.

If you are NOT sure you have been Baptized in the Holy Spirt – you better hurry up and get yourself to a Pentecostal or Non-Denominational “Spirit Filled”, “tongue speaking” church and GET IT DONE NOW. 

Do not hesitate.

Today’s Conspiracies Are Satan’s Conspiracies

Making The Ultimate Connection

Below is reprinted an excellent (albeit misled) article from “The Living Church of God”.  This is an article definitely worth reading because it is a great primer on the historical roots of Satan’s “Total Onslaught” of Christianity.

In essence the article attempts to point out that we should not focus too much attention on today’s conspiracies even quoting scripture to back the claim.  The article calls out movies such as “Angels and Demons”, and even calls attention (GASP) to Alex Jones – who is one of THE MOST well informed Christians alive today (in regard to current events).  In fact it “clumps together” all current day conspiracies and even includes the Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission and the Illuminati into this group of modern-day conspiracies we should not focus too much attention upon. 

TO THIS NOTION IS SAY “BALDERDASH!!!!”

It is this claim of the article below, (that all modern-day conspiracies are clumped together and unworthy of vigilance), that makes the article itself a part of Satan’s deception.  Again, while the article is a good primer, it completely misses the point.  The point it misses, is that the modern-day “conspiracies” are IN FACT directly linked to and actually a PART OF the original attack against YHWH God beginning in the Garden of Eden, peaking at Genesis 6 with the Nephilim and Noah’s flood, and continuing throughout the entire Bible into Revelation.  This war of God vs. the Devil has been in full flight all throughout ancient civilization and continues in full force today (see the book “God at War” by Gregory A. Boyd).

I guess it is no surprise the “Living Church of God” disconnects the supernatural of Ancient Egypt from today’s happenings as they are one of the church factions that believes “Pentecost” ended shortly after the original apostle’s walk on Earth.  To the best of my knowledge they sadly do not believe in “divine healing”, and the power of Jesus’ “signs and wonders” happening today.  For those of us who know beyond a shadow of a doubt they DO happen today, it is most unfortunate.  We should continue to lift them up in prayer that they might see the Lord’s work as it manifests most miraculously in these “end times” and be lifted up by it’s awesome GLORY.

For it is indeed these “signs and wonders” of Christ’s awesome healing power, love and embrace, that draws millions of new souls into God’s Grace EVEN TODAY, even as it did during Jesus’ walk here in the flesh.  See John 5:36 / John 10:25 / John 10:37-38 / Mark 2:6 / Hebrews 2:1 / Mark 16:17-20 / Acts 4:2-4 / 1 Corinthians 2:1 – (Paul’s defense of the Power – Put up or Shut Up!). 

Sadly it is America’s educational system and the outlawing of the Christian morals and teachings in our schools, that has led to the “sin of unbelief” in our culture and robs many of us of his supernatural power here in this country.  That is why so many missions (and missionaries) continue to report unbelievable and miraculous “signs and wonders” in 3rd-world countries.  It is because they, unlike us, still have “belief” and the “minds of children” which unleashes Christ’s power, through FAITH, like never before.

So be advised prior to reading this article that Satan’s attack upon the seed of Abraham is more real today than ever before in all of history.  Be advise that while this historical account is accurate we must be painfully aware what is happening today through the Bilderbergers and the Illuminati is not some Hollywood movie, but indeed part of the Total Onslaught since Nimrod’s time on Earth.  The attack did not end – in fact – it has ESCALATED just as the scripture said it would.  Yes there is much deception out there (e.g. Dan Brown books et. al) and yes we should focus our hearts and minds on Christ Jesus, but do not be deceived – the time is NOW. 

In that regard, we all are “singing the same song” and in that I rejoice.  For our Lord returns very soon.  Indeed, he returns IN THIS GENERATION.  Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves and forever prepared, born again, and ready for Christ’s return.  For these are not “conspiracy theories” but instead conspiracy FACTS.

Be informed, Be Blessed, and Most of All – Be “Sons of Issachar” and “Watchmen on the Wall”!

“Satan’s secret society and true Christianity”

By Wyatt Ciesielka
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Link to Article

Secret societies such as the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the Illuminati, the Burschenschaft, and Opus Dei, are favorite topics of talk radio, Internet sites, books and movies. From blockbuster movies such as “Enemy of the State” and “Angels and Demons” to “Doomsday 2012: End of Days,” from talk radio hosts such as Michael Savage and Glenn Beck to Alex Jones, society is fascinated by conspiracy theories and the clandestine organizations supposedly manipulating the masses.

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Is one-world government coming? Are governments and pharmaceuticals spreading autism, AIDS and other diseases to make profits now and create a weakened and subservient population later? Was the economic crisis engineered? Are secret societies and conspiracy theories real?
Conspiracy theories and secret societies are nothing new. Freemasons can be traced back to the early 1700s in England. The Knights Templar precedes the Freemasons and has existed since the Crusades, around 1118-1129.

But thousands of years ago, around 2200 B.C. the mother of all secret societies took root. This is the “conspiracy theory” that really matters, because this is a secret society controlled by none other than Satan, and this is the most powerful secret society on the planet!

While conspiracy theories make for interesting talk radio and sell books and movies, let us remember that the ultimate enemy is Satan the Devil! And while many people debate “clandestine organizations,” the biggest clandestine organization continues to thrive in plain sight with billions of unwitting accomplices! It is the secret society of false religion with roots that go back more than 4000 years, and its real leader is the Devil.

Satan’s secret society precedes Nimrod, but with Nimrod his system began to take the human shape that has persisted to this day. Vestiges of this false religious system have spread to every continent and have influenced every culture.

Babylonian king Nimrod was a powerful leader. But, he was opposed to God. The name Nimrod comes from marad meaning “he who rebelled.” Upon Nimrod’s death, he was deified by his widow, Semiramis, who claimed that Nimrod was reborn as her son Tammuz. Semiramis and her priests then invented many rituals to worship her as the “mother of god,” and her son as a god. Rituals ranging from mother-of-god worship, to sunrise services, to the winter solstice festival can be traced back to pre-Christian times and ultimately to ancient Babylon. Even the ancient Israelites adopted some of these pagan customs. Ezekiel 8:16 shows ancient Israel worshiping the sun in the east, and God calls this precursor to our modern “sunrise services” an abomination (v. 17).

This Babylonish system is the ultimate secret society of which Satan is the head. It is the “mother of harlots” that has influenced all nations and all world religion (Revelation 17:5), which we are warned to “come out of” (Revelation 18:4).

A true Christian should keep conspiracy theories in their proper context. Speaking of ancient Israel’s Assyrian captivity, but also prophesying of God removing His protection from modern Jacob and our coming national affliction, Isaiah 8:6-14 warns that people will “Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing” (v. 10), and that the people should not say “a conspiracy” is overtaking them. Instead, God Himself will become “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel” (v. 14).

Not all conspiracies are real. But Satan is real. He continues to use human instruments and organizations, including false religion, to mislead the nations, to cause confusion and suffering, and to bring the world closer to confrontation with the returning King of kings (Revelation 19:19). Instead of focusing on conspiracy theories, we need to turn to true, original Christianity!

Please read Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity and watch our recent telecast, Overcoming Satan, to learn more about Satan’s false religious system and how you can fully come out of that “secret society.”

Is Allegiance to the State of Israel Misplaced?

UPDATE TO THE ARTICLE BELOW
I believe I have figured it out.
 

I am studying “Israelogy”.

  • Satan’s Army is indeed controlling much of Israel’s & the U.S. policy if not all of it.
  • Satan’s Army is behind the establishment of the State of Israel
  • Satan’s Army is in fact doing things like 911, and enraging the Palestinians 
  • In fact they are doing all these things including getting ready to bring in their Antichrist

 BUT HERE IS THAT CATCH.

Yes we do PRAY FOR ISRAEL

“God’s Holy Name”

  • HIS PROMISES
  • HIS REPUTATION
  • HIS WILL
  • HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE

The Key is THIS

SATAN’S ARMY IS CALLING GOD’S BLUFF!

… now I get it.

Part of the deceit and lies throughout history and the twisting of God’s Word is to “trick” the church into believing that “Israel” is NO LONGER PART OF GOD’S PLAN.

After this study (its very complex) I will attempt to simplify the findings and write another article.

BE BLESSED!
MORE TO COME!

 

 
Questions about Our Allegiance to the “State” of Israel

 

 

While there is no question that “Israeology” is missing from traditional thinking and theological teaching, when one studies the origins of the establishment of the “state” of Israel, he learns that the country of Israel was planned by Satan’s army (e.g. the Rothschilds, et. al.). Further study indicates the Star of David is yet another misleading symbol that tracks back to the star of Baal (see “The Six Pointed Star” by Graham). Moreover study of the Masonic Order (of Lucifer) demonstrates a significant preoccupation with the success of Israel as a nation for the promotion of their “god” (in “god” we trust).

 

 

Is it possible our infatuation with the “State” of Israel is yet another diversion? (diversion of appropriate prayer?) While I really don’t think that watching Israel is misguided, this is a point worth considering. I submit it is possible, if not highly likely, that while Israel are “God’s chosen people”, the establishment itself is likely corrupt (still having the “Iron Yoke” of Babylon). No doubt an important point for the Issachar watchman to consider. But this questions our (born again believer’s) necessary allegiance to this establishment during these troubling times.

 

Grace & Peace

 

Yours in Christ

 

John