The Woman With the Sun, Moon & Stars

The Woman With the Sun, Moon & Stars

As I write this are about Revelation 12, I wish to state up front that I view the subject of Bible Prophecy and the Book of Revelation from a Pre-Tribulational and Pre-Millennial point of view. The reader may disagree with my understanding of the subject, but I’m not relying on astrology, mythology, or proof-texting to prove my points. Rather I’m trying to rely on the premise that the Bible is its own best interpreter—let Scripture interpret Scripture.

The “woman” in Revalation 12 has nothing to do with the constellation Virgo. The Greek word in the passage is gunh, gun%, referring to any woman, especially a wife. With that said, I wish to attempt to discuss Revelation 12 from a non-sensationalist viewpoint, avoiding the absurdities of the “rapture prognosticators” and the resulting September 23, 2017 hysteria. I have formatted this article as a verse-by-verse sentence outline.

In this book we find Parenthetical Enlargements. For example, Gen. 1 covers days 1-6 of creation, but Genesis 2 is a Parenthetical Enlargement on the creation of man—part of day 6. God is also a God of order: Day 1 light, Day 4 light bearers. Day 2 atmosphere & seas, Day 5 birds & fish. Day 3 dry land, Day 6 land animals and man (male & female).

The Parenthetical Enlargements of the Book of Revelation are found in the following chapters.

Chapter 7—sealing of saints, 144,000, and white robed multitude.

Chapter 10—strong angel and the book.

Chapter 11:1-14—two witnesses.

Chapter 12—the woman, her Son, and the dragon.

Chapter 13—two wild beasts.

Chapter 14—(5 parts: Israel on Mt. Zion, Babylon, Final preaching, Harvest, Armageddon’s winepress.

Chapter 17—the Great Whore and two wild beasts again.

Chapter 18—Babylon again.

The chronology of Revelation is chapters 1-6, 8-9, 11:15-19, 15-16, 19-22. Try reading it that way sometime, and then go back and add the parenthetical chapters, and see if that doesn’t make the book simpler to understand.

With those things said, let me make clear that I do not believe that the events of Revelation 12 have anything to do with astrology, the Rapture of the Church, or any date-setting scheme based on astrological “signs” (which oddly enough, nobody will be able to see). Furthermore, John alone saw this sign in heaven, unlike Revelation 6:12-17 where everyone sees the events that unfold under the 6th Seal. Now let’s take a verse by verse look at this chapter.

Because of formatting issues, I’m posting the rest of this lengthy article as a PDF file below.

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Beware of the “Anointed Ones”

Beware of the “Anointed Ones”

While this was not intended to be an exhaustive study on the matter of the “Messiah,” “Christ,” or “anointed ones,” it soon became apparent that it would be rather involved. I still don’t intend to do an exhaustive study on this, but I want to focus rather on how the term “anointed one” as it relates to false “anointed ones.”

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word “mashiyach” refers to priests (Lev 4:3,5,16), kings (1 Sam. 24:6,10), the Messiah (Ps. 2:2), and even to the whole Hebrew nation (1 Chr. 16:22; Ps. 105:15). This Hebrew word “mashiyach” occurs in the following passages: Leviticus 4:3,5,16; 6:22; 1 Samuel 2:10,35; 12:3,5; 16:6; 24:6 (2x),10; 26:9,11,16,23; 2 Samuel 1:14,16,21; 19:21; 22:51; 23:1; 1 Chronicles 16:22; 2 Chronicles 6:42; Psalm 2:2; 18:50; 20:6; 28:8; 84:9; 89:39,51; 105:15; 132:10,17; Isaiah 45:1; Lamentations 4:20; and Habakkuk 3:13.

In the New Testament the Greek word “christos” is used hundreds of times to refer to Jesus Christ, but it is also used of false “christs” (Matt. 24:5,23,24; Mark 13:21,22; the word is implied in Mark 13:6 and Luke 21:8), in John the Baptist’s denial that he was the Christ (John 1:20,25; 3:28), and with the preposition “anti” to refer to antichrists, (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John verse 7) and to the Antichrist (1 John 2:18).

This brings me to the issue on which I wish to focus—false “Christs,” or false “anointed ones.” Everywhere we turn these days we see preachers, teachers, and other “Christian” leaders claiming to have an “apostolic,” “prophetic,” or “healing” anointing, and an increasing number of them are bringing in other supposed “anointings.”

Christians are being led to believe they must go to this “prophetic” convention, that “healing” service, or that “apostolic” conference to get something from God. Many of these people, especially those who go to the “healing services,” are absolutely desperate for help, and they are convinced that if they can just get to that event they will be healed. It is true that God can and does heal, and He may even heal at an event held by some gospel hukster because God honors His word and the faith of His people in spite of the flawed vessels preaching His word. However, that does not excuse those false “anointed ones” who make merchandise of God’s people for their own unethical and immoral gain.

Matthew 24:5, 23, 24 says, “5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many…. 23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” NKJV

 

Mark 13:6, 21, 22 says, “6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many…. 21 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. 22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” NKJV

Coupled with this information about false christs or false anointed ones is the warning or admonition not to be deceived. The warning occurs four times in Matthew 24 and several times in Mark 13 as well. Today many professing believers are being deceived by false anointed ones, false prophets, and false teachers. These false ones are slick and undermine the authority of the Bible and sound doctrine in many ways. A lot of conservative Bible believing Christians are aware of the problems with the liberal emerging church and social justice preachers who are trying to bring in “the kingdom of God” through their leftist social justice efforts, and now that movement is spreading throughout Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic churches. However, many are falling for the false teachings of those who have been, at least in the past, more conservative in their theology. People are being deceived by the prosperity gospel, teaching that God wants everyone wealthy and healthy, and if you’re poor and sick there must be sin in your life. That is another form of legalism. Many of these false teachers have become part of a conservative movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). They are attempting to bring in the kingdom of God by taking over the “7 Mountains” or “7 Spheres” of culture. Rather than focusing on liberal social justice programs, they believe they will “Christianize” the world (http://www.apologeticsindex.org/794-new-apostolic-reformation-2, https://bereanresearch.org/dominionism-nar/). This teaching is also called Kingdom Now, Reconstructionism and Dominionism among other names. It is the old teaching of Post Millennialism with a new face and varying degrees of intensity. But basically it teaches that the church will so influence the cultures of the world that Jesus will need to return to govern the kingdom the church has established for Him. As I look at church history and the current state of the church, I’d say we haven’t made much progress in taking over the “7 mountains” of culture (Education, Religion, Family, Business, Government/Military, Arts/Entertainment, Media). In fact, we’ve lost a lot of ground in the last 30 years, and especially in the last 3 years.

Now a lot of teachers in mainstream Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatics circles are calling into question the historicity of the events recorded in the Bible, such as the creation account, the existence of Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, the Exodus, David and Goliath, and other events. Here’s a link to just one example of this: (http://0352182.netsolhost.com/PREACHING%20ROCKETAndy%20Stanley%20creation%20-%20YouTube.mp4). This teacher has gone further off the deep end since that was recorded a few years ago.

Another false teaching gaining popularity is that all religions worship the same “god.” That is especially common when people are talking about Islam. They will say that the Yahweh of the Bible is the Allah of the Koran. That is a lie. The Allah of the Koran is likely Satan in the Bible, but he certainly isn’t Yahweh God. Brian Houston of Hillsong flatly stated that Muslims and Christians serve the same God. To the best of my knowledge he has never corrected or retracted this as a misspoken thought (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0M2T9gYOH4). Rick Warren calls Muslims his “brothers” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3uPGzTN8mI). And the Chrislam movement is spreading throughout the church (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnV0Oe-WMdg).

When I hear teachers or preachers on television or radio claiming to be “God’s anointed,” my heresy antenna goes way up because I have learned through life they are usually preparing the hearers to receive some false teaching—some lie that promotes their heretical agenda. But too many people listen to these preachers with an open mind rather than an open Bible. We need to start being Bereans again. Acts 17:10-12 says, “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men” (NKJV). If the Apostle Paul commended these people for searching the scriptures to see if what he said was true, then how much more should we be checking out what teachers tell us now?

We need to get back to the Bible, and stop being deceived by all these false teachers, with their false teachings (study the Bible rather than someone’s book or study guide about the Bible), their books, DVD’s, and CD’s. It’s time we get to know the Jesus Christ of the Bible, rather than chasing supposed “christs” or “anointed ones” all over the country, the internet, the Christian television and radio networks, iTunes, and the Christian bookstores. I’m not saying there aren’t some very good and valid materials for Christians to use and learn more about the Bible, but we do need to be very careful because there are many false teachers and their numbers and influence are increasing. Two of most dangerous places for a Christian, especially an immature one, these days is a Christian bookstore, and watching a Christian television network. In fact, William Paul Young, author of the theological abomination called “The Shack” has his own show on TBN called “Restoring the Shack” (https://www.tbn.org/search?s=the+shack&=Apply). The only reason a program like this can exist on a “Christian” television network is because there are so many biblically illiterate professing “Christians.” To paraphrase an old Sherlock Holmes line, The game is afoot, and the game is deception! Do NOT be deceived!

Why I Will Not Attend A Racial Reconciliation Religious/Church Service–revised

Why I Will Not Attend A Racial Reconciliation Religious/Church Service–revised

Edited and revised from an earlier blog post.

 

Ephesians 2:11-22

“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh — who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” NKJV.

 

There are several reasons I will not attend a racial reconciliation religious or church service, and the very first one is that most of the people promoting this whole idea are either willfully ignorant of the Scriptures, or they are trying to manipulate some group within the crowd to see how they have done more wrong than anyone else, and no matter what, they must still, at least figuratively, pay up. Yet I don’t know any Whites who ever owned a Black slave, and I don’t know any Blacks who were slaves, unless they came to the USA from a Muslim nation. With that said, let me elaborate.

 

I see an unbiblical trend in the Body of Christ today that is, more often than not, promoted by denominational leaders and consultants with their advisory committees, whether religious or secular in orientation. That trend is that a church body must be homogeneous, that is of one race, ethnicity, or social economic status. This material is easy to find in the writings of the so-called “church growth experts” like C. Peter Wagner, Bob Buford, and anyone affiliated with Leadership Network. This is an unbiblical, even anti-biblical, teaching.

 

The homogeneous principle of the church is that we are one in Jesus Christ. There is no other biblical principle of homogeneity. This is why biblical churches have a mixture of races and classes in the congregation. I’ve been in churches where you have bikers in leather sitting next to businessmen in Armani suits, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Whites mingled in the same row of seats, and those who have PhD’s sitting next to those who didn’t finish high school, and so forth. This is the way a biblical church functions because it is made up of those who come from the community and the surrounding area, regardless of who they are.

 

Yet today, and I have personally attended some of these meetings, church leaders are told to target one group to build their church, whether its young families, business people, academicians, the wealthy, the poor, or some particular racial or ethnic group. Let me say that such advice is not only unbiblical, but Satanic. It does not unite people in the Truth, rather it divides people, who usually then only get pieces of the Truth. After all, we wouldn’t want to offend anyone. This is why I detest the church growth movement. It has served to divide people, rather than unite them in Christ.

 

Secondly, these services usually serve to beat up on one group or another, rather than telling the congregation we have a responsibility to walk in the love and truth of Jesus Christ toward each other, so that we can be an example and a positive influence for Christ on a sinful and divided world of unbelieving pagans. They almost never deal with the fact that the problems in society are not racism, poverty, crime, drugs, drunkenness, or any of the other things about which we might pontificate or wax eloquent. The problem is sin. Why don’t the races and classes get along with each other? Because they are lost sinners. Pagans who need Jesus Christ. How can we expect the races to get along with each other, when the races can’t even get along with themselves? Having been born in 1955, I’m old enough to remember hearing and reading things about the Jim Crow laws in the South, and knowing some who lived under those laws. I can also remember hearing racial epithets used regularly by some, and Whites weren’t the only ones doing it, no matter what the liars in control of our colleges, government, and religious institutions are trying to tell young people today. I will also add that while I sometimes heard those in the older generations of my family occasionally use some slurs, that was a different time with different expectations. Nevertheless, I was always taught to treat all people the same as I wanted them to treat me, regardless of skin color, and my friends of different races were always welcomed in my home, and treated courteously and respectfully.

 

Third, the issue of the sin and lostness of pagans and self-righteous religious people as the primary problem is almost never driven home, and sometimes isn’t even mentioned. Yes, self-righteous church people are just as lost as the pagan getting drunk at the corner bar. Instead, they talk about social justice, which knowing the history of the modern social justice movement, I can assure is not justice, but socialism or worse. I’m all for equal treatment under the law, and I know the USA has failed to live up to that Ideal in many ways through the years, but we have done more to right the wrongs than any nation on earth. In fact, the mandatory sentencing guidelines that are giving such unduly harsh sentences to Blacks and other minorities for relatively minor offenses were ordered in the 1990’s, and it’s time to review, and perhaps change, those guidelines. But this is rarely ever mentioned because it might be perceived as political, and Blacks and minorities might have to face the fact that Democrats have not been the friends of minorities they’ve been led to believe they are. Jesus Christ dealt with the political and the spiritual, and we should too.

 

Fourth, these meetings usually consist of a lot of high minded platitudes, and blame, but they are usually short on everyone’s need to daily walk in repentance and the spirit of reconciliation spoken of in Ephesians 2:11-22. Not just for this sin, but for all sin. As someone who is of both White and American Indian heritage, I can tell you that I have experienced prejudice, bigotry, and even outright racism as well. Although it has happened only rarely, it still makes you angry. Some of those experiences were with Whites, others were with Blacks, Hispanics, or Asians. So let’s cut the nonsense that only White people can be bigots because it’s utter garbage. Racism is ugly and sinful, regardless whom it is coming from, or to whom it is directed. On the other side of this equation, I’ve been fortunate to have many friends of many different races and ethnicities, and I think I’m a richer person because of it. In fact, my immediate family (my children, in-laws, and grandchildren) has White, Black, and Hispanic bloodlines in it, some of those came into our family through adoption, others are biologically related, and some married into the family. I love, and would die for, any or all of them. So if I seem testy on this issue of racial reconciliation, it’s because I’ve lived it, and I don’t care to hear ignorant people trying to teach me something about which they know nothing either biblically, or in any experiential way. By the way, God recognizes only Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-22). Jews come in all skin tones. And if you’re not a Jew, then you’re a Gentile, regardless of skin tone!

 

Fifth, as for being reconciled to people in daily life, that is a two-way street. You can, and should, be respectful toward others, but if they want no part of having peace and reconciliation with you, then you are powerless to force it upon them. Does anyone seriously think that a Black, White cop hating, Muslim desires to be part of that reconciliation in Christ. Does anyone think that the racist and Neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter group wants to be part of any reconciliation in Jesus Christ? No. it won’t work. Or can we seriously believe that White supremacists like the Neo-Nazi’s, KKK, or White Identity groups of any kind want reconciliation with non-Whites, or with Whites who do want reconciliation with non-Whites? That’s absurd, and again it will not work! People have to want peace and reconciliation, and their sin is their fault, not mine!

 

I propose that, biblically, any professing Christian who says they are not reconciled with all races and ethnicities is either not really saved, or does not understand biblical racial reconciliation. That is a positional matter of being IN Christ. In Christ we ARE reconciled to one another. On a practical note, it takes two to tango, and no racists or true Muslims will be likely to participate. Other pagans who will participate do so with a distorted understanding of what reconciliation means. While even pagans can know a degree of peace and harmony with others, there can be no true reconciliation apart from Jesus Christ. Again, their sin and hatred is not my fault, but their own. We each bear the responsibility for our own sin. I can tell you that this country is more racially divided now than at any time since the 1960’s through the early 1970’s. Thank you Barack Obama and the political and religious left. This didn’t start with the election of President Donald Trump. It was fomented for eight years by President Barack Obama. The idea and definition of racism is now so perverted that President Trump insisting we enforce our immigration laws is considered “racist.” What utter rubbish. Those who do not want our laws enforced are anarchists who have been trying for decades to destroy this country, its Constitution, and its culture. With Barack Obama, they thought they had achieved their goal, and they almost did. With Donald Trump, some of Obama’s edicts are being turned back and revoked, and the Leftists, Democrats, and globalist Republicans are losing their collective minds over it. Even though we have seen the anarchist and antichrist agenda slowed to taking baby steps, do not be deceived into thinking that America is truly reversing course. We now see so-called churches promoting every form of evil, just like secular society. While I expect it from our secular society, it should not be the case with the Bride of Christ. I do not believe what some in the church believe, that we are going to “take America back.” Back from what? Back from whom? The problems we face are bigger than any politician or political party. The only real hope for America’s future is for the Church of Jesus Christ to get back to the business of preaching the biblical Gospel, and making disciples (Mathew 28:18-20). And much of the so-called “church” in America is preaching everything but the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

On a final note, I have every right according to the Bible and the USA Constitution to defend my family, should someone try to harm them. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” NKJV. I believe that includes providing for their safety, as well as for their general welfare. The current level of violence and anarchy in this country has brought us to a place where we once again have to consciously be aware of our surroundings, to consider where we go, what time we go, whether or not we go alone, and what measures we are going to take to secure our homes, persons, and property. Sadly, we now have to contemplate the possible need to use deadly force to secure our person and possessions. Fortunately, I currently live in a very rural part of my state where most people haven’t gotten caught up in the insanity, but I do go to a bigger town for work, and into the cities for church, shopping, and other activities. Thankfully, the folks I interact with at church, work, and in commerce, regardless of skin color or ethnicity, have not fallen for the lies and insanity being promoted by the dominant media culture. However, the violence in Springfield, Missouri has risen to a place where it is the most violent city in Missouri if you remove the statistics for murder from the equation. That means that while you’re most likely to be murdered in Saint Louis, Missouri, and more like to be murdered in Kansas City, Missouri than in Springfield, Missouri, you are more likely to be the victim of violent assault in Springfield, Missouri than in either Kansas City or Saint Louis. There’s clearly a lack of “reconciliation” with our fellow man taking place in our communities. Solution: Repent!

He Shall Be Called a Nazarene

He Shall Be Called a Nazarene

 

Matthew 2:19-23

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” NKJV

 

I’ve heard many people, including some Christians and even some “scholars,” insist that Matthew 2:23 is a glaring error on the part of the Apostle Matthew because no Old Testament prophecy mentions the Messiah being called a “Nazarene.” But is this really the case?

While it is true that the word Nazarene appears no place per se in the Old Testament, it is still a huge leap into the dark (just before landing in the firey pit) to say that Matthew is in error. The problem has to do with the original languages of the Bible (Hebrew, Aramiac, and Greek) that do not easily or readily translate into English. Sadly, ignorance of the prophetic Scriptures on the part of the translators only compounds the problem at times, as do the theological biases of the translators. But to be fair to those who work so diligently to give us GOOD translations, they suffer with the same malady of fallibility as the rest of us, being prone to errors, whether intentional or not.

In reality, this problem can be solved through an examination of the original languages and the theology in the passages involved in this matter.

Matthew did not quote a particular prophet, but alluded to the predictions of the prophets in general. However, Matthew certainly did acknowledge that the Old Testament prophets predicted the Messiah would be called a Nazarene. The Hebrew word nay’-tser means “a branch,” and in Isaiah 11:1, 14:19; and Daniel 11:7 it refers directly to the Messiah as “branch.” And it is believed that “Nazareth” comes from this Hebrew word “nay’-tser.”

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. NKJV

Isaiah 14:19 But you are cast out of your grave Like an abominable branch, Like the garment of those who are slain, Thrust through with a sword, Who go down to the stones of the pit, Like a corpse trodden underfoot. NKJV

Daniel 11:7 “But from a branch of her roots one shall arise in his place, who shall come with an army, enter the fortress of the king of the North, and deal with them and prevail. NKJV

Interestingly, Isaiah 14:19 mentions that this one is cast out of the grave like an abominable branch, and thrust through with a sword. Of course, we know Jesus was pierced with a sword, and that he did rise from the grave because death couldn’t hold Him and had to give him up.

A Nazarene (nay’-tser) is different than a Nazirite (naw-zeer’). They come from different Hebrew words. A Nazarene is a person from Nazareth, while a Nazirite is someone who took a vow to abstain from certain foods and cutting of the hair during a certain period of separation or consecration (Numbers 6:1-21).

Another interesting point to be made in this regard is that Nazareth was a place of low regard among the Jews. Nathaniel asked, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). It was this very kind of scornful attitude the prophets predicted would await the Messiah (Psalm 22:6; 118:22; Isaiah 53:3; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7).

Therefore, Matthew 2:23 is not an error, and the Apostle Matthew knew exactly what he was talking about when he wrote of Jesus and His family, “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, ‘He shall be called a Nazarene.’” Our Savior and our Bible are true!

The Sheep and the Goats

The Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25: 31-46

31 ” When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33 “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36 ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38 ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39 ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” NKJV

Many people use this passage to try and prove various theological and doctrinal errors, such as that Jesus is in everyone, or that we can be saved by good works, or that everyone is part of the family of God, and will be saved in the end (universal reconciliation). However, this passage teaches none of these things.

First of all, this is an eschatological (end times) passage that deals with the judgment of nations at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is not the same as the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15, which takes place after the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:1-10). Matthew 25:31-46 deals with the judgment of Gentile nations (ethnicities) and how individuals within those nations treated believing Jews during the Great Tribulation period (Revelation 11-14). Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Not all human beings are the brethren of Jesus Christ, but only those who have trusted Him for salvation through faith.

It is true that every human being is in the image and likeness of God, but that image has been marred by sin. Yet, while the image of God is in everyone, the presence of God does not abide in every person, but only in those who are saved. Therefore, this passage cannot be dealing with our general responsibility to minister to others, especially the poor, the widows, and orphans (2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Galatians 2:10; James 1:27). It specifically refers to those who minister to the persecuted Jews during the Great Tribulation period. So, Christians need to stop saying that Jesus is in everyone because that IS NOT true. Minister to the needs the Lord brings to your attention as best you are able, but tell them about Jesus while you do. Otherwise, we send them to hell with their thirst quenched, their bellies full, their minds educated, and their health improved.

Second, this passage does not mean that all will be saved in the end. In fact, verses 41 and 46 clearly state that those who did not care for the needs of Jesus’ brethren during this time will be sent to everlasting punishment.

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” NKJV.

The obvious reason for their refusal to minister to these needs is that they are unbelievers. Sadly, we are seeing a trend in the Western world even now where unbelievers are becoming ever more belligerent toward believers in Jesus Christ. While this attitude has been pervasive in most of the world for most of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ, it is a relatively new phenomenon in the West. This attitude is also experiencing a resurgence in areas that had been fairly tolerant of Christians until recently, which is largely the result of the resurgence of fundamental Koranic Islam. Again, we should minister to the needs the Lord brings to our attention as best we are able, but let’s tell them about Jesus while we do. Otherwise, we send them to hell with their thirst quenched, their bellies full, their minds educated, and their health improved. Let’s not fail to give them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whether a government likes it or not.

For more information than I can put into this short post, see the following sources:

The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries

AN INTERPRETATION OF MATTHEW 24-25: Part 39 – Matthew 25:31-46 Christ’s Glorious Coming and Judgment, by Thomas Ice

September 23, 2017 the Date of the Lord’s Return?

September 23, 2017 the Date of the Lord’s Return?

Extremist people in the kook fringe of the Pre-Millennial, Pre-Tribulation theology camp seem intent on shooting themselves in the foot. Even though the Bible clearly states, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36) regarding the Rapture of believers, there are always those who insist they can tell when the Lord will return for His Church.

This same idea of not knowing when the Lord will return is also related in Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:32; and Luke 12:46, Of course, on the other hand, Matthew 24:50 says, “The master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of” (NKJV).

One would think that with the failed prophecy debacles of the late Harold Camping, along with the Shemitah (Jonathan Cahn) and four blood moon nonsense (Mark Biltz, John Hagee) these folks would have learned their lesson, but not so. No, these folks say they have finally figured it all out, and they know when the Lord will return, and it’s September 23, 2017. Why? Because they interpret the woman with the sun, moon, and stars in Revelation 12:1 to be the constellation Virgo aligning with other stars and planets. These people assert this happens only once every 7,000 years, but it actually occurs about every 11 years.

However well-meaning these folks may be, their prophecy will prove to be false, as have the scores of other predictions about the date of the Lord’s Return for His Church. Frankly, I’m sick of these theological midgets who insist on defying the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. With the number of believers I’ve known through the years who have become disillusioned with Christianity and left the Church altogether because of these false predictions, I no longer have any patience or niceties for these supreme blasphemers, who say that God has shown them something, when He has shown them NOTHING. They reject the very Scriptures they profess to believe, and they end up preaching what amounts to another Gospel, which is not THE GOSPEL. Paul proclaims ANATHEMA (damnation) on such people. May they repent or be silenced before they discourage and destroy the faith of more believers.

Revelation 12 is actually a prophecy about God’s protection for national Israel during the second half of the Great Tribulation period. If we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture, we learn that this woman with the sun, moon, and stars is found only one other place in the Bible, and that is in Genesis 37:9-11. It clearly refers to Israel. The child Israel bore is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and the devil tried to destroy Him. Although Jesus died, He was caught up to heaven as the firstfruits of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). Although the devil tries to destroy the woman during this time of tribulation, God protects her in the wilderness, and the archangel Michael and his angels fight against the dragon (Satan) and his fallen angels. Michael and his angels prevail, and Satan and his angels are thrown out of the heavenly realm altogether. Since the woman is protected in the wilderness, the dragon goes to make war with the rest of her offspring who are not in the wilderness camp.

Revelation 12:1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. 7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” 13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. NKJV

TO ALL STUDENTS OF PROPHECY, PLEASE STOP SETTING DATES! YOU WILL BE HUMIULIATED AND PROVEN A FALSE PROPHET. YOU ARE HARMING THE VERY MESSAGE YOU CLAIM YOU WANT TO PROMOTE WITH YOUR FALSE PROPHECIES AND DATE SETTING!!!! REPENT!!!

106 Faith-Leaders Sign Letter to Congressional Leadership

I wish so-called “Christian” leaders would do as good a job at preaching the true Gospel as they do pontificating about our responsibility to “protect the International Affairs Budget.” Considering the demonstrated morality, or rather lack thereof, of some of the signatories to this letter, it sounds more like a propaganda piece for the Marxist Social Justice Warrior crowds.

Furthermore, bringing Muslims to this country from countries that have no government structures to allow us to vett those who are coming into this country as part of some “refugee program” is just asking for trouble. And why is it that about 80% of these so-called refugees are men of military fighting age? This is the cultural invasion of Islam going on throughout the Western world, and we need to wake up and smell the Sharia coming our way, or else we are doomed to face the same cultural collapse that all of Europe is facing this very moment.

If we really want to help as many of these people as possible, then we can set up safe zones in their countries, and take care of 12 refugees for what it costs to settle 1 refugee here in this country. It really isn’t about helping refugees, or getting the Gospel to them, it’s about the agencies that are bringing them in and resettling them getting big bucks from the federal government. Now some ill-informed religious person will say, “But we’re giving them the Gospel!” The truth is, these Muslim refugees aren’t being given the Gospel. How do I know they’re not getting the Gospel? It’s because every one of the agencies bringing the Muslims into this country have signed contracts with the federal government expressly forbidding them to proselytize or evangelize the Muslims. Anyone who says differently is either ignorant or lying.

Also, I reject the notion that showing compassion means we must risk national suicide. It is a fact that Muslims DO NOT assimilate into any culture where they go. Even in our own country, just look at cities like Dearborn, Michigan, which is called such things as “Little Mecca,” or Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is being called “Little Mogadishu.” Look at any place the Muslims go—they do not assimilate!!! Just look at Europe right now. Even after having been in Europe for several generations, there are Muslims committing horrific terrorist acts. They are homegrown terrorists. We are either stupid or insane to think it will be different for us. When I hear these “leaders,” both political and spiritual, going on about compassion, I NEVER hear them talking about compassion for the citizens of this nation, the welfare of said citizens, or the preservation of our culture, however messed up it currently may be. I must insist it is better than any so-called “culture” Islam has, or ever has had, to offer. I’m certain these leaders WILL NOT step up and bear the responsibility of showing compassion to, and caring for, the victims of the terrorist attacks these people are bringing. Yes, over 70 terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by people from the countries President Trump is trying to put a temporary travel restriction on. And many political and religious leaders act like it’s the worst thing since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I think the victims, and the families of any future victims, of Islamic terrorist attacks should call these very signatories to give an account of themselves for aiding and abetting terrorists to enter the country and attack our citizens.

Finally, I’m sick and tired of ivory tower intellectuals and religious elites who live in gated communities with private security guards trying to tell the rest of us how bringing in these non-assimilating people will all be okay. Right!!! Perhaps they should forego their closed gates, private security, and securely alarm systems on top of that, then their reassuring words might be a lot more reassuring. Well, I doubt it! They just need to stop trying to act like they know what’s best for the rest of the citizenry. I dare one of these turkeys to start talking this smack in a meeting where I’m in attendance. I will have my own very LOUD protest. It’ll be peaceful, but LOUD!!!

And I will reiterate something I’ve said many times in the last few years. NOBODY HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY!

Here is the link to the letter “106 Faith-Leaders Sign Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting U.S. International Affairs Budget“.