Apostasy

JER 6:17 Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’

This ministry was founded to warn Christian believers …of false teachings and teachers… of the coming apostasy …It has been the watchman on the walls.

But what exactly does apostasy mean? Compton’s defines Apostasy thus…a-pos-ta-sy ( past se) n. , pl. -sies [[ME apostasie < LL(Ec) apostasia < Gr apo- , away + stasis , a standing: see STASIS]] an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, or principles [1] Paul referred to apostasy as ‘falling away’ 2THES 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (apostasy) comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, Many Christians will simply not get it; so I will reiterate. ‘Apostasy’ or ‘falling away’ is the abandoning of what one has believed in ...the apostasy talked of by Holy Scripture comes out of the Physical keeping of the Mosaic laws by born again Christians. Allow me to give you some examples…for hundreds of years the Church has used Sunday to worship our Lord; great preachers have come and gone and not even given it a thought; Sunday was the day set aside to honor and worship corporately, it was never referred to as the Sabbath, and as such it has never replaced it. But now in the last days, cults are arising insisting that Saturday is the only Sabbath because the Mosaic laws demand it; and they back up their fallacies by using Jesus’ words in MT 5:19 "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. These people then go on to say that by breaking the Sabbath we Christians are breaking all of the commandments. The apostasy comes in because many Christians do not understand that Jesus not only suffered and died for our sins on Calvary’s cross, but that He fulfilled the Mosaic Commandments written in His own hand on Mount Sinai …EX 31:18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. But do we recall what the LORD said to Moses before he climbed the mount to receive the Law? EX 19:23 But Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, 'Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.' " When God set bounds around Mount Sinai, telling Moses no-one could enter , it was a shadow of the laws, that He was about to give Moses; that certain conditions had to be met before anyone could enter His rest, these became known as the 10 commandments. When Jesus died on Calvary the Curtain of the Holy of Holies split in two …the Law was ended…there were no more ‘bounds set around the mountain’ Paul explains it so well to those in Rome … why is it so difficult for us to understand today? ...we are no longer under the Mosaic Laws; we are under Grace through faith. ROM 13:9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." It cannot be plainer than in Jesus’ words either Mk 12:30 'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 12:31 "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." The law is now within us…God is love...we must be love, just as He is… If anyone comes to you trying to convince you that you must, as a Christian, be Torah observant …SHOW THEM THE DOOR…Torah means LAW…the next thing they will be insisting is that you use ONLY the original sacred names for God, Lord and Jesus and that you will lose your salvation unless you worship on the proper Sabbath i.e. Saturday of the Torah; and many cults even go as far as insisting upon circumcision…Please I beg of you dear reader …read what Paul said to the congregation at Galatia who had this very problem… Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.( The Law) 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. These were believers who turned back to the Law and fell from grace …don’t let it be you. If it is you then repent now, you are in error…grave error. 2 John 1:10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 1:11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

The Faith of David

Surely we have all heard the story of David slaying Goliath with a well aimed pebble from his slingshot? Let us look at the true version…and how very relevant the story is to today’s believers.

1 Sam 17:32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

17:33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

Every sermon that I have ever heard, and every picture I have ever seen, portrays David as a frail looking youngster. Saul, in the verse above only refers to David as a youth in age …there is no reference to David’s physique…We are told that Saul had his armor put on David… and because Saul was a man and David a youth the armor only ‘fitted where it touched’, and David looked like some overdressed clown …This is simply not true; nowhere does it say that the armor did not fit David .

Was David some frail youngster? … On the contrary this young David had singlehandedly caught a lion by its beard and killed it…

1 Sam 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,

17:35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.

The scripture tell us that David had also, singlehandedly, slain a bear as well…David a young frail wimp? …I don’t think so.

Then why didn’t he wear Saul’s armor?… In David’s own words, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. David took them off not because they did not fit him perfectly…but because he had not tested them, he had never worn human armor, and as such had never had time to practice in them to prove their worth

….But he did have armor that he had tested and that he was extremely comfortable with… and that was the armor of God.

1 Sam 17:36 “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

17:37 Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

I wonder whether Paul was considering David when he told those at Ephesus.1 Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

In this day and age with so much false teaching in our Churches and media, we do well to learn from David afresh…put on the full armor of God before you engage the enemy.

I now let Paul’s words close this missive…let him talk deep into your soul…

EPH 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The EVIL DAY referred to by Paul above, is coming and coming fast, RV 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 12:8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

12:9 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.

EPH 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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When are we Saved?

We know beyond doubt that we are saved by Grace EPH 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, …note that we are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH …. How many times have I heard people saying “I am saved by grace and grace alone”.

When we are called by God, a process is put into action …the first step being an inexplicable urge within us to turn from your sinful, wicked ways (in many spheres this is known as Prevenient Grace); and it is the initial prompting of the Holy Spirit of God for us mere sinful mortals to ask for forgiveness and turn to Him; a process referred to as repentance; this happens after hearing or reading of the Kingdom and Jesus’ work on Calvary’s cross… we may respond immediately to this anomaly; or it may takes days, weeks or even months for us to respond…or we may never respond. ROM 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Jesus referred to this process in His parable of the Sower Matt 13:18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:

13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

13:20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

13:21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

13:22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

13:23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

From the above parable we can see various ways that the message (seed) is received and our subsequent responding to it by faith. We must ask ourselves the question “Were those that received the word by the wayside, or on stony ground, or among the thorns saved, and then subsequently lost their salvation?” How many times have I heard the argument “Oh he or she obviously was not saved in the first place” or “If they were truly saved they would never have done that”…

Jesus never ever said that ‘being saved’ would be easy and He tells us this in Matt 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

7:14 “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. That is correct dear reader THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND SALVATION.

We as believers get so hooked up on certain elements of doctrine that sometimes we are blinded to the truth…we are so frightened of this word ‘works’ that we believe that we can do nothing to enter into salvation it is solely by grace … well possibly we are wrong. Paul tells those at Philippi 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

John writes in his epistles of the importance of loving our brothers and he goes on to say 1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. The inference here is that there are some who did not continue to believe and no longer have eternal life…

Jude tells us categorically that we are justified by our works

Jude 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!

2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

2:24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Jesus tells all the believers Matt 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.24:13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Please note that these are true believing Christians Jesus is referring to, not some group of ‘Left behind’ Jews as some Dispensationalist preachers would have us believe in there false “Rapture’ doctrine.

Here Jesus is talking to the likes of you and me and He is saying “Keep the faith….keep going in spite of all tribulation…Love your God with all your heart mind and soul…love your neighbor as yourself …do unto others as you would have them do unto you…THEN YOU WILL BE SAVED….

Paul did exactly that until he breathed his last and fell asleep 2TM 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Jesus paid the price for our sins upon Calvary’s cross, this gift comes with a price (nowhere does it say that it is a FREE gift) Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart and soul and your fellow man as yourself…If you are not doing that, then I would suggest you start right away…remember well what happened to the man who never used his Talent?

Matt 25:30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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Father Forgive them.

Luke 23:32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.

23:33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Jesus, nailed to the cross by Roman soldiers, cried out “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

There are few Christians who have not heard these words from the lips of our Savior Christ Jesus …But the question begs to be answered …who are the ‘them’ whom Jesus is asking The Father to forgive? Most Christians have never questioned who specifically Jesus is asking His Father to forgive.

Is it the Pharisees?…Is it the Scribes?…Is it the Sadducees?…Is it the Jewish crowd who cried “Crucify Him” …Is it Caiaphas? …Is it Pontius Pilate?… No it appears that it is none of these people.

If we exercise sound Hermeneutics, we have to come to one conclusion only; it has to be the Roman soldiers who were following orders and were the only ones who had the authority to fulfill the Roman command… if we follow the text of Luke he specifically says ‘there they crucified Him’ …’they’ also crucified the two criminals ‘and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left’. And so that we were in no doubt who the ‘they’ are Luke continues ‘And they divided His garments and cast lots’

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark are very specific of the ill treatment laid upon Jesus by the Roman soldiers; from their mocking, scourging and final nailing of Jesus to that dreadful cross…

It was the Roman soldiers who Jesus requested forgiveness for and no-one else…not even the Jews who cried “Crucify Him”…for they knew what they were doing.

JH 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

And they still do not receive Him …nothing has changed….

God shows no Partiality to any Race

PSALM 117:1 Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!

Laud Him, all you peoples!

117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

Peter being a Hebrew, believed as most did in his day, that the Hebrews had a uniquely special place in God’s eye, and this was denied to the Gentiles.

When Jesus encountered the Pharisees, who had rebuked His Disciples, Jesus told them in no uncertain terms…Mark 7:8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

7:9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

Jesus then goes on to tell them 7:13 “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” 7:14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand:

7:15 “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.

7:16 “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Now even His own Disciples were confused by what He had said to the Pharisees, and the Parable which he had told them; so He explained to them 7:17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.

7:18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,

7:19 “because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”

In this explanation to His Disciple, Jesus has told them that ALL FOODS ARE CLEAN; and in one sentence ANNULED the Levitical Law…and in annulling this law proclaimed that there are no differences between Jew and Gentile.

Peter had to be given a vision by God on his rooftop in Joppa to make him realize this fact Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance

10:11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.

10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.

10:13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

10:14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

The story continues with Peter being prompted by The Holy Spirit and summoned by an angel to go to the Gentile Cornelius’s house; and after ministering to Cornelius, Peter’s eyes are opened Acts10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.

10:35 “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

In a nutshell Peter is saying ‘ALL FOODS ARE ‘KOSHER’, AND ALL MEN ARE EQUAL’

If the Holy Scriptures are so abundantly clear on this teaching, that God shows no partiality or special favors to any race, why do the vast majority of Professing Christians still believe that the Jews are His chosen people; and that He still has a special agenda for them? That they should be revered and honored by Christians? …Can we not see that we are going against God?… Is it not time that we take God’s word, and not man’s word?

Jesus did not simply ask us… He orders us! …MT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…

The Week that changed the World

There is a very clear and accurate chronology of the events leading up to the Crucifixion, the entombment, and the resurrection, of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Found in the pages of the New and Old Testament

Sunday. Jesus rides into Jerusalem and is greeted by the crowds waving Palm branches. He immediately enters the Temple and thrashes those who were desecrating it Matt21:10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”21:11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Notice that Jesus was not hailed as the Messiah, but as a prophet, by the Jewish crowds.

Monday. After spending the night in Bethany, Jesus again walks to Jerusalem, on the way cursing the Fig tree Matt 21:18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city. He again goes into the Temple, and again drives out those who are defiling it MK 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.

11:13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

11:15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

Tuesday. Again they left Bethany in the morning on their way to the Temple and passed by the now ‘dead to its roots’ fig tree….This is when Jesus has his infamous altercation with the Scribes and Pharisees in Matt 23. Matt 26:1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,

26:2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

26:3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

26:4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.

26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Wednesday. Jesus supposedly sends them out to prepare the Passover on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 26:17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” …but Holy Scripture teaches that the Feast of Unleavened Bread follows the day of Passover…They eat the Passover a day early, on preparation day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread simply because the Pharisees in those days had joined the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread to make it a eight days of feasting instead of seven…and the first day of unleavened bread was the day that all leaven had to be removed from the homes and a thorough ‘spring-cleaning’ took place and this could not take place on a high Sabbath i.e. Passover, so it was done the day before on preparation day. JN 19:31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

…Judas betrays Jesus and He is arrested that night in Gethsemane. Wednesday morning Jesus is tried and convicted and sent to be crucified…JESUS IS CRUCIFID IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK ON WEDNESDAY i.e. preparation day, the SAME DAY AS THE LAMBS WERE SLAUTERED

Thursday. At the start of Thursday (Passover high day Sabbath) Jesus is laid in the Tomb…1st full night and day …Remember well that the day of Thursday started at sunset on WEDNESDAY and ran to sunset the next day , Thursday the first full night and full day…

Friday. In the Tomb 2nd full night and day ( first day of Feast of Unleavened Bread also a Sabbath high day)…From Thursday 6PM to Friday 6 PM

Saturday. Normal Sabbath Day in the tomb; 3rd full night and day ; from Friday 6PM to Saturday 6PM…Remember well that After 6PM on Saturday the Sabbath is ended and it is now Sunday…Then, and only then, after three full days and three full nights comes the Resurrection after 6PM Saturday night…MT 12:40 “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.…

After three and a half days Jesus appears to Martha in the early hours of Sunday morning possibly around 6AM…He has been entombed Thursday, Friday and Saturday; then resurrected Sunday…Remember well what the Lord Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees quoting from the OT Matt 15:8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

And, are we not doing the same in this very day and age….Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

So there it is …and has been so for two thousand years… when John said that the Sabbath was a high day, Sabbath is actually plural in the original text as well. You see my dear reader there were actually THREE SABBATHS The first The Passover on the 14th of Nisan (the first month) followed by The Feast Of Unleavened bread on the 15th of Nisan and then followed the normal weekly Sabbath on the 16th day of Nisan.

MK 2:28 “Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbaths.”

JN 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

It’s not easy being a Berean

17:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11 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.

Recently I have been writing on a very controversial subject…that of the Jews…I have been called Ant-Semitic, racist, ‘Jew hater’ and many other derogatory names; all because I have questioned the validity of the ‘Jewish’ nation, in present day Israel, who refer to themselves as Jews; but should someone else (a Goyim or a Gentile) call them a Jew, then out comes the race card…and its color is red.

I would never put a name to myself like ‘Apostle’ or ‘Prophet’; but one thing I can tell you without fear of contradiction, is that I have a pretty good idea now of how the Prophets of the OT and the Apostles of the NT where treated by the Jews.

Let us pause for a moment and go back to when Jesus first sent His Disciples out to preach the Word and prepare a way for Him… LUKE 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
10:2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
10:3 “Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.

Jesus had made it abundantly clear that they were to go ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel… MT 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. So He must have been referring to the Israelites (Jews) as wolves in Luke10:3…

Did Jesus tell them to go out and buy new clothes, and the best donkeys available so that they would be seen as being successful preachers? No of course He didn’t…This is in fact what He told them….10:4 “Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
10:5 “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
10:6 “And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
10:7 “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
Jesus tells them to stay in one particular house, and not go from door to door. The Jehovah’s Witnesses should read this passage.

10:8 “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
10:9 “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Jesus now says something truly amazing
10:10 “But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
10:11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
10:12 “But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
History records that this prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70 in the siege of Jerusalem and its destruction and the destruction of many other cities in Israel…

Professing Christians will just not come to grips with the fact that Jesus did everything humanly possible to preach to the Jews of His Kingdom…but they not only rejected Him… they crucified Him. John1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

The lesson I have gleaned from these passage is very simple …there are those who are prepared to listen as ‘Sons of peace’ and there are those who simply will not. There where Jews in Israel who where waiting for the Messiah to come and were ‘the son’s of peace’ … Simeon was a prize example… LUKE 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. But the majority were interested only in being released from the grips of Roman occupation.

All I have ever asked of my readers is to act as Bereans …ACTS 17:11 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.

There is a frightening warning from God; and we should all take fearful notice of it …
EZEK 3:18 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Christian comfort zone cocoons

Most professing believers in Jesus Christ, hate, loath and detest one thing …BEING TAKEN OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONES!!

It truly is no remarkable revelation when you consider that Holy Scripture refers to Jesus’ believers as sheep …1PT 2:25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

MT 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

Many of us are exactly that… ‘Mindless sheep’.

I wrote some time ago about Christians being conformists. Living in their own ‘little boxes’ or ‘cocoons’ of belief; and woe betide any man who comes into that comfort zone of their cocoons, to tell them that what they believe, is not what the holy Scriptures actually teach.
To those that respond with the classic catch phrase “Well I have believed that all of my life”…. My answer is simple “Then you could possibly have been wrong all of your life”

I do not write these missives to preach at you, I write to give you other precepts which you may, or may not, have overlooked; or possibly have never crossed your mind…We have to get out of this ‘tunnel vision syndrome’ which we adopt in our cocoons…It prevents us from seeing the overall picture, and that can be fatal.

What if I were to tell you that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen race and ceased to become the ‘Apple of His eye’ when they crucified His Son… would you be out of your comfort zone ?

What if I were to tell you that the present day country of Israel is not blessed by God, but is indeed cursed by God …would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I were to tell you that the ‘Great city Babylon’ of John’s Revelation is none other than Jerusalem…would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I were to tell you that the Jesus warns ‘My people’ (who can only be Christian believers) to come out of the ‘Babylonian’ belief system ( commonly known today as Christian Zionism) RV 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. …Would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I were to tell you that the Zionist Jews are attempting to take over the leadership of the world and are using the richest and most powerful nation ever known, namely the USA to help them … Would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I were to tell you that the word ant-Semite has only been introduced by Zionists after the Holocaust, and forms part of their plan to bring fear into Christians regarding the nation Israel…you are being held in bondage to them namely by their misquoting of Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you; … Would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I were to tell you that Jesus, when He shouted “Father forgive them” was not referring to the Jews who had turned on Him but the Romans soldiers who had physically crucified Him and were dividing His clothes… would you be out of your comfort zone?

What if I was to tell you that according to OT Prophets God will once again ‘Remember’ the Jews but it will only be right at the end of the age and that only when they REPENT …RV 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

What if I were to tell you that God loves you with all His heart and only wants the best for those who believe in His Son, but He wants sacrifice from you as well MT 10:38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me… JMS 2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? …would that take you out of your comfort zone?

What if I was to tell you that your salvation is not automatic and one can lose it…MT 10:22 “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved… JMS 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

I sincerely hope and pray that this missive has taken you out of your comfort zone cocoon; and encourages you to search the Holy Scriptures…
There is a frightening warning from God through His Prophet Ezekiel; and we should all take fearful notice of it …

EZEK 3:18 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

The Future Israel ?

For many professing Christians this map would illustrate the boundaries of the so called “Promised Land” …this land of Canaan which was promised conditionally to the Jews by God, from the Nile to the Euphrates… Holy Scripture proves that they have already occupied this land at some time in their history.(That is another missive)

But it is not so in Holy Scripture, in fact, the future of Israel as we know it today is not very encouraging at all for the Jews in the spiritual sense; but on the other hand, in the worldly sense Israel will boom and become a very, very powerful nation.

How do we know this?… well it is all recorded by John in the book of Revelation…specifically around the Great City…Jerusalem…

If we correctly interpret John’s Revelation, we find a ‘Great City’… and what’s more ‘A Great City, like none other’; remembering that Revelation was written after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE (John is recorded as having died in about 100CE; and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70CE). So he must have lived about 30 odd years after Titus destroyed Jerusalem…Revelation must have been penned after the destruction of Jerusalem…so the great city John refers to is a future great city.

Rev 14:8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

But John is given a vision of this ‘Babylon’, which has made ALL the nations become somehow involved in her evil…Please remember that the early Disciples referred to Jerusalem as Babylon. 1PT 5:13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. And Jerusalem sits on one of seven hills !!!!

Rev16:19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath

John reveals to us progressively what is to happen to this ‘Great city …this ‘Babylon’ …it will be divided in three parts, whilst the cities of the nations fall…Zechariah talks of something similar happening across the Kidron valley on the Mount of Olives when Jesus returns ZECH 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
18:3 “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

When Jesus returns and sets His feet upon the Mount of Olives…Jerusalem would have become a dwelling place of demons and great evil. The nations of the world who have supported her and traded with her, had become rich on her. Here we have a picture of the absolute wealth of Israel when Jesus comes. It may surprise you to know that an independent survey done on the Dead Sea alone in 1971, revealed that the wealth of minerals in it exceeded $1,7 TRILLION. Israel also has enormous deposits of shale oil, but as it is expensive to refine the price of oil must be maintained at a high price to make it viable…Israel has long been known as the Jewel box of the world. It is little wonder why the Zionist don’t want to share it. Not with anyone…

18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
18:5 “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

Here is one of the most profound warnings to the Christian Church by Jesus Himself…”Come out of her, MY PEOPLE” lest you become contaminated by her false teachings, because God has remembered the iniquities of the Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians.

18:6 “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
18:7 “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’

Does Jesus tell us here to Love the Pharasitical Zionist Jews and give them aid because they are the ‘Apple of His eye’? No He doesn’t; He says the exact opposite …He says “GIVE THEM TORMENT AND SORROW” and why must we do this? Because she still thinks that she sits as a Queen, because she still thinks that she is the BRIDE OF GOD and as such will see no sorrow.

18:8 “Therefore her plagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
18:9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

The ABSOLUTE TOTAL DESTRUCTION of Jerusalem will come in one hour by fire. Rev 18:8 “Therefore her plagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. God’s final wrath will be released on the unrepentant Jews. But for some there will be a place to escape. God is a God of wrath and of mercy. He wishes that all should be saved…

18:10 “standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
18:11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:8:12 “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;
18:13 “and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.
18:14 “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
18:15 “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
18:16 “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
18:17 ‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance
18:18 “and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

Here we are given a picture of how rich Israel will become in the future…Jewish owned banks govern the world ..they own most of the worlds gold and silver production; they control the diamond industry; They control the weaving industries; and many manufacturing industries; the oil industry; the entertainments and media industries.

It is pretty certain that at the time of Jesus’ return Israel will, in some way or another, control every person living on planet earth …

18:19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’
18:20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
18:22 “The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
18:23 “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.

Remember well God’s words ‘Vengeance is Mine ‘ and The words of Jesus “Let no-one deceive you”

Rev 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

For all of you reading this who still doubt that the ‘Great city Babylon’ is in fact Jerusalem; I simply ask you to read the words of Jesus Himself …

Matt 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
23:38 “See! Your house is left to you desolate;
23:39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Jer. 22:8 “And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbor, ‘Why has the LORD done so to this great city?’
22:9 “Then they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.’ ”

And indeed in AD 70 their ‘house’ was left desolate …their house of prayer was totally destroyed as was most of Jerusalem…when Jesus returns Jerusalem will again be destroyed and replaced by the New Jerusalem… RV 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Jesus as the one and only true Christ would have fulfilled His great promise to us Jn14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
14:2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Note well the promise is that we will only receive this promise WHEN HE COMES AGAIN ….And He is coming again with that city that all the Patriarchs and prophets of old where looking forward to …the true promised land.

HEBREWS 13:14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

If You truly love the Jews, don’t try to be like them…show them Jesus their true Messiah …Evangelize them, don’t mimic them…

Ask and Seek

MT 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. MT 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

I have been writing these missives for over ten years now…God has opened doors, and God has closed doors for me. He has molded and shaped my thinking on Holy Scripture and has reminded me, that in order to find the truth of His word we have to want and desire it with a passion… We have to come to Him prayerfully asking for Holy Scripture to be opened up to us …in turn we have to seek that knowledge in the pages of His Word, guided by His Holy Spirit.

Too many of us professing believers in Jesus simply take, as gospel, what we are taught in our churches…we never question anything… Jesus was correct in assimilating Christians to sheep… MT 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

It is only when we start questioning Doctrines and dogmas that we start acting like the early believers, who searched the Scriptures to make certain that what they had heard or read, was in fact correct… Acts 17:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11 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.

I do not write from any pre-determined or pre-conceived theological stance …I write from what God has opened my eyes to in His Word, as I have asked Him to reveal His truth to me.

In 1973 I did the Xerox selling course called PSS (Professional selling skills)…If it taught me one thing and one thing only, I am forever grateful…It taught me never to assume anything ….NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING…the lecturer added an addendum… “To assume makes an ASS out of U and ME”.

Satan has long ago hijacked the truth of Holy Scripture from many of us …remember what he said to Eve GEN 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

So what do most Christians today believe? Try this little test to see how you fare with the following statements…

1. If you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior you are instantly saved for eternity…no matter what you do…(yes/no)
2. If you should die to-day you will go immediately to heaven…somewhere, but no-one is certain exactly where…(yes/no)
3. If one is a believer in Jesus then are they His Bride… (yes/no).
4. If we are in heaven with Jesus we will all return with Him one day…(yes/no)
5. Will Jesus reign on earth for only one thousand years …(yes/no)
6. When Jesus returns will we fly up to meet Him in the clouds, and return to heaven to prepare for His great coming as King of kings …(yes/no)
7. There is going to be more than one resurrection of the dead…(yes/no)
8. There is going to be more than one judgment day …(yes/no)
9. The Jews are God’s chosen people and He is coming back to save all of present day Israel…(yes/no)
10. We will never go through any tribulation on earth prior to Jesus’ return…(yes/no)
11. If we say anything bad about the Jews, God will punish or curse us…(yes/no)
12. God has a separate plan for the Jews…(yes/no)
13. Jesus was born on Christmas day 25 December…(yes/no)
14. Jesus was crucified on a Friday…(yes/no)
15. Do we have to keep the Sabbath…(yes/no)
16. Is tithing 10% scriptural…(yes/no)
17. Should the book of Revelation be interpreted literally…(yes/no)
18. Is the Babylon of Revelation the Roman Catholic Church…(yes/no)
19. Is Jesus returning to save Jerusalem…(yes/no)
20. Will all of present day Israel be saved by Jesus when He returns…and all Israel will be saved…(yes/no)

How do you think you fared? Well if you answered any of the above with a YES, then you fall into the category of those who assume biblical facts…your assumptions are not what the Holy Scriptures divulge.
If you answered NO to all the above, you are not assuming what the Holy Scriptures divulge.

In conclusion I ask all of you to really take note of what Jesus says to us; because many of us fall into the trap of assuming that things are going to happen a certain way, but will not… Matt7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
7:14 “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matt 25:30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’