God Created Us Male and Female

The Apostle Paul warned about the times we live in, a time when good is called evil and evil is called good.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Tim. 4:3,4

In May this year the House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act. The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” among expressly recognized “non-discrimination” categories in “public accommodations” (the definition of which would be dramatically expanded); and force employers of 15 or more people to recognize their claimed “gender identity,” forbid them from “discriminating” based on “sexual orientation” or “gender Continue reading

Uplifting the Glory of God (2nd ed.)

 

starry-skyWhile many Christians are failing their main mission in the world – uplifting the glory of God and telling the world the good news of the Gospel – the devil is fast at work trying to defeat God’s plan. Instead of converting the world, Christians are compromising the with the world. They have forgotten to uplift the glory of God by obeying His commands, one of the first of which God ever gave to mankind – Continue reading

To be in the Temple of God?

Temple of GodI love the 3:16’s in the Bible and the one that most people have heard of is in the Book of John, the beloved disciple –

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

Another important 3:16 is found in 1 Corinthians and it reveals that we are the Temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. But, as the picture above reminds us, fire is a part of being the Temple of God. When John the Baptist prophesied about the coming Messiah, he said –

“John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Luke 3:16

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The Restrainer

2018

2018 the Year of New Beginnings

We have now entered the year 2018, a year that I believe will be marked by new directions and new fulfillments of God’s word. Politically, we already are witnessing the turmoil new directions can bring.

The United Nations was formed after WWII with the hope of world peace but it’s founders forgot the key ingredient of peace – the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Either Christ will rule in the hearts of men or Satan will, but egotistical men want to believe they can achieve what God says is not possible without Him. And these men have only succeeded in building another Tower of Babel

“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. … There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked. – Isa. 48:18-22

UN bias against Israel

UN Sanctions on Israel outnumber those on all other nations

One goal God has made clear in the Bible is the restoration of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple in Jerusalem where God’s name is to be remembered. Since the very beginning of the United Nations, they have opposed this goal. Much of the church world also has opposed this goal, claiming Israel has ceased to exist or the Church has replaced it. Through ignorance and rebellion they have been doing the devil’s work. The United Nations passes more sanctions against Israel than all the other nations combined even though many of those nations are oppressing and killing their own people. Israel is always ready to help when disasters hit other nations, even though those same nations are condemning Israel and denying its right to exist. Did this opposition to His stated goal catch God by surprise? No, He just uses it as a signpost to those watching, warning of the nearness of the end. He said,

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zechariah 12:3

and,

“For behold, in those days and at that time,  When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. – Joel 3:1,2

The nations have been gathered politically against Israel (in the United Nations) and they will soon be gathered militarily against Israel as well. As I wrote in Preparation for the Battle Ahead, there is a heavenly war that is about to break out between Satan’s angels and God’s angels and Satan is going to be cast down to earth with his angles. Then will begin his final assault on God’s chosen people,  Israel and those who have the testimony of Jesus.

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Constellation Ophiuchus the Restrainer

But, there is a principle revealed in the Bible that many have overlooked. It is the principle of the Restrainer. God even placed a constellation in the heavens to remind man of this. God’s plan will always come to pass and He often uses Gentile nations to perform it. He used Cyrus and Darius of Persia to fulfill His word to Jeremiah. He also used Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the Assyrians to chastise Israel and Judah for their disobedience. Jesus Himself restrained Rome from destroying Israel while He was on earth. There is another Restrainer talked about in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul.

“Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (or he) who now restrains will do so until He (or he) is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” – 2 Thes. 2:5-8

The Antichrist and his rule are coming and he will be revealed after the War in Heaven John wrote about in Revelation 12. And even though the mystery of lawlessness is at work, it can only go so far – it is being restrained. Is there any doubt that if unrestrained the Muslim countries of the East would be on Israel like rabid dogs? Or is there any doubt that China and its surrogates in the East would be doing the same things Japan tried in WWII? Russia and the European nations have always longed to restore the Roman Empire. But, there is a Restrainer at work to stop their opposition of God’s plans. Who or what is it?

I believe it currently is the United States and its close allies. However, the spirit of Antichrist is very close to victory against us – England is all but overcome with Islam as is Canada with French humanistic doctrine that is against God and all He stands for. Under President Obama this evil spirit has come very close to overcoming America and removing its Judeo-Christian foundations. But, in answer to many prayers and in support of His plans, God gave us a reprieve – the election of Donald Trump. America has once again become a force with which the Antichrist spirit has to reckon with. Most of the nations of the world and certainly all those ruled by the Antichrist spirit hate us and President Trump with vitriolic hatred. Iran calls the United States “the Great Satan”, China uses its surrogate North Korea to threaten war with us while staying in the background in case something goes wrong. Russia is undermining our influence in the Mideast with an aim to destroy Israel. Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt want our money but, work to remove us as a support to Israel. But, their time is soon at hand.

Remember, the time for this Restrainer is limited – he will be removed when God is ready to conclude His plans. We should prepare for this time and Paul tells us how to prepare.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. … Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-15

As Paul wrote, we should love the truth (God’s word), stand on the Biblical traditions, and take no pleasure in unrighteous acts (this eliminates most of what comes out of Hollywood and TV). Biblical traditions include marriage between one man and one woman, only two genders – male or female. If we hold to these traditions, we will have opposition enough. Remember, Jesus said “if they hate the Master, they will hate His servants as well”. But, if we stand to the end, we shall be saved.

Christmas – the true Hope and Change

manger sceneAs we approach this Christmas season, it is good to remember the hope contained in it. Many false voices have cried “hope and change” but, there is only One who can truly bring hope and change. He is the One we celebrate this Christmas. Our Father in heaven sent Him to us as a gift and he came as a little baby, like we all do. Yet embodied in Him was the hope of the world.

All those who have children will understand the wonderment, joy, and love Mary and Joseph must have felt as they looked at that little face so at peace, even in a stable, yet, they must have also felt the pain of knowing what His purpose was and the things He would suffer for us all. Continue reading

Lessons from the Church of Pergamum

 

The Church of Pergamum was known as the ‘compromising church’ because it tried to mix worldliness with righteousness. It can’t be done – in the end they would lose both! I begin this article with the video on Pergamum –

When the Greek successor of Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes,  invaded Israel he took over the Temple and desecrated it by erecting an altar to Zeus. He even sacrificed a pig on the altar. It was forever after referred to as the “abomination of desolation”. Continue reading

Where is the Church?

Why is the American church seemingly so powerless against the atheistic worldview sweeping the land? The Bible declares that light overcomes darkness and “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34). So why isn’t the church overcoming the darkness? Perhaps it isn’t the church at all? Jesus said –

oil lamp“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matt. 5:14-20 Continue reading