GOING TO A SERVICE OR BEING OF SERVICE

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GOING TO A SERVICE OR BEING OF SERVICE

Hello all!

Many Christians, today, think that attending Sunday services makes them part of God’s Kingdom; or at least in line for the “pearly gates” when all is said and done. Although, I feel it is good that people go to church and be of service, in that realm, I have to think, as a whole, there is much settling for the “bathwater’ and “throwing out the baby”!

There is no one better, in my mind, that Oswald Chambers to tell it like it is. So, as I read today’s reading (Jan 18th), I just had to share what he shared on this matter of “service”. Enjoy!

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It Is The Lord!

“Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.”
(John 20:28)

“Give Me to drink”. How many of us are set upon Jesus Christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying Him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last limit, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” – that means of life of unsullied, uncompromising and unbribed devotion to the Lord Jesus, a satisfaction to Him wherever He places us.

Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service that to Jesus Christ?

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It is so true! I pray that I can remember each day to listen or wait. To hear His call as to how I can be of service to Him right where He put me; or wait until I can hear clearly what He wants me to do. To be of service in His battles not to ask Him to fight mine.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

 

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NO MORE LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY : His-Story is history… not some continuing Saga!!!

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NO MORE LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

His-Story is history… not some continuing Saga!!!

Hello all!

Today I have been working on a series of articles that I want to share. I will be the author of them, and not be relying on other’s works, although having read them I have been enriched beyond compare. But, before I get into all that, I was prompted by the Spirit this morning to write about how free I am in Christ because I now know that His-story is history!! For the very first time in my life, and after all the countless years searching for the Truth, I am finally able to understand the entire story of the Bible, it has become crystal clear and I am no longer looking through a glass darkly, as the disciples were before the Second Coming. They told us loud and clear that we would be able to see the whole Truth once Christ came in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us.

It is so very wonderful to pick up the Bible and read any chapter and see how it all plays into the whole picture. Can there be anything greater than that for a person who has wanted to understand it all for so long? I do not think so. It is difficult to understand where it all got side-tracked into a continuing saga, and that Christ did not already fulfill something that He promised to do in the first century! If that is true, and He is still coming, then there is still only Hades for all who have died, and the promise of resurrection to heaven is still a faraway dream. How did we get so lost in our understanding of the Word.

That is the topic I will be covering at length here in a few days, but before I put my take on it all, I just have to share this most amazing post about not having to look through a glass darkly, anymore. It is rather lengthy, and you can go to the website of the author as I am providing a link, He has some very interesting articles that just may be what you are looking for. The author of this article goes into great detail and presents proof from the Bible, and after reading this, you have to know that we are now in His Light and can see Him face to face.

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http://www.preteristcentral.com/Through%20a%20Glass%20Darkly.html

Through a Glass Darkly

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I Cor. 13:8-13)

I Corinthians 13 is among the most famous chapters in the Bible. Its use is so common in wedding announcements and bulletins that it is known even among those that never read the Bible or attend church. The lessons of the chapter concerning the qualities of charity, compassion and love are clear enough. But what about the rest of the chapter? What about those verses referring to the passing away of miraculous gifts and seeing through a “glass darkly” versus “face to face”? To what does this language refer? Some have taken Paul’s language of seeing through a “glass darkly” as referring to our lives upon the face of this dark and sinful globe, and that his use of the phrase “face to face” refers to when, in Heaven, we shall see God. Does this interpretation bear scrutiny? Probably not. As we shall see, the better view is that Paul is referring to the Mosaic versus Christian age.

The Two Covenants

If we would understand I Cor. 13:8-13, we must first understand its companion text, II Cor. 3:12-18:

“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: and not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Even a cursory glance at these verses will reveal their relationship with I Cor. 13:8-13. They were written by the same apostle, to the same church and use the same images. In both texts, Paul refers to a mirror or “glass.” In I Cor. 13:12, he says they see through a glass “darkly.” In II Cor. 3:18, he says they behold as in a glass with “open face.” That Paul is referring to the same things in both texts is almost beyond dispute. Although his language seems furtive, the context shows that Paul is making allusion to the Old and New Testaments.

The Corinthian church was being troubled by false teachers from the Judaizers. The church at Corinth had given these Jews a forum to teach and they were subverting the gospel and seeking to turn the Corinthians away from Paul. (II Cor. 2:17; 10:10,11; 11:4,13-15) The Judaizers were preaching “another Jesus.” (I Cor. 11:4) The Judaizers were gainsaying Paul’s apostleship, twisting the fact Paul did not accept money to preach, saying it was an insult the Corinthians. They also called his credentials as an apostle into question, saying he was not an eloquent speaker. (II Cor. 11:5-12;12:12,13; cf. I Cor. 2:1-4) Thus, one of Paul’s purposes in his second letter to the Corinthians was to demonstrate the superiority of the Christian system and its complete incompatibility with the Old Law. Paul wants the Corinthians to separate themselves from the Judaizers (II Cor. 6:14-18), his thorn in the flesh (II Cor. 12:7), and be reconciled to him and, through his ministry, be reconciled to Christ and God. (II Cor. 5:19,20;7:2)

It is against this background of the Judaizers troubling the church that Paul wrote II Corinthians, chapter three, comparing the ministry of Old and New Covenants. In the course of the chapter, Paul moves back and forth from one covenant to the other, comparing the attributes of each: The Old Law Paul says was of the “letter” (i.e., “fleshly ink”); the New is written with the Spirit of God. (vv. 3,6) The Old was written and engraven in stone; the New upon the believer’s heart. (v. 3) The Old, Paul called the “ministration of death” (v. 7); the New, the “ministration of righteousness.” (v. 9) The one system gendered death, the other life. (v. 6) The glory attending the giving of the Old was fading (vv. 7,13; cf. Heb. 8:13); the glory of the New surpassing. Paul concludes, saying, Moses put a “veil upon his face” so the children of Israel could not see clearly the end or purpose of law (v. 13), but that he (Paul) used “great plainness of speech” in declaring the gospel of Christ. (v.12) In the gospel, believers behold the glory of the Lord with “open” (i.e., “unveiled”) face (v. 18), but the mind of the Jews remained veiled and blinded in reading the Old Law. (vv. 14, 15)

The Old Testament Concealed

A familiar saying has it that the “Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” If this saying is attributable to any particular passage of scripture it is to II Cor. 3:13, above. In saying Moses put a “veil upon his face,” Paul avers to the fact that there lay concealed with in the types and shadows of the Mosaic law prophetic images of the substitutionary death of Christ. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect…For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb.10:1,4) Because the mystery of the gospel was concealed and not openly declared, the Jews could not “steadfastly look to the end” of the law: They could not see that the law was merely transitional, to lead men to Christ, but mistook it as an end in itself. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law to all that believe.” (Rom. 10:1-4; cf. Gal. 3:24) The Jews mistook the law as an end in itself; a perfect and complete system of righteousness and not the shadow that it was. Hence, they did not submit to the righteousness of God in Christ.

From what has been said, it is plain that the apostle’s reference to Moses putting a veil upon his face is merely a metaphor for the types and shadows of the law; the prophetic aspect of the temple service and other Old Testament laws pointing to Christ. But if Moses put a veil upon his face, Paul used “great plainness of speech” (vv. 12,18), depicting plainly the glory of God in the “open” (i.e., “unveiled”) face of Christ. In other words, the apostles did not use types and shadows to convey the message of Christ’s redeeming blood. Their job was not to conceal the mystery of the gospel, but to reveal it. Thus, when Paul says that they behold the glory of the Lord as in a mirror clearly, with open face, we understand that he is simply averring to the fact that the gospel is not veiled beneath types and shadows like the Mosaic law. With this explanation of II Cor. 3:12-18 in mind, we are prepared to look at I Cor. 13:8-13.

New Testament Revealed

The context of I Corinthians, chapters 12-14 revolves around the purpose and use of spiritual gifts. In Cor.13:8-13 Paul explains the purpose and duration of miraculous manifestations of the Spirit, likening them to the stuff of childhood, saying that upon attaining maturity they would be done away. The time of childhood reasoning and understanding Paul describes in terms of seeing through a “glass darkly;” but upon maturity, “face to face.” (vv. 11,12) Based upon his comparison of the two covenants in II Cor. 3:12-18, it seems clear that Paul is referring to them again here.

God’s people were in their infancy under the law, but would come to maturity in Christ. “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children were in bondage under the elements of the world.” (Gal. 3:24; 4:1-3) The period of infancy that obtained under the law corresponds to the childhood Paul mentions in I Cur. 13:11. The spiritual gifts associated with the early church were given for the very purpose of equipping God’s people with the doctrine and ethical teaching necessary to bring them to majority; to an understanding of man’s need of a Savior and that that Savior is Christ. These gifts were distributed in the beginning of the Christian era during the final days of the Mosaic age. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17,18; cf. Joel 2:28-32) The “latter days” of the Mosaic age was the beginning of the Christian era. The two overlapped by approximately 40 years, or from Pentecost to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. During this period, the infancy that attended bondage of the law was being brought to maturity in Christ:

“And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him that is the head, even Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-15)

Note that the Christian era did not mark the beginning of spiritual gifts, but their end. The gift of prophecy and power of the Holy Ghost had existed under the Mosaic law, as evidenced by the powerful works of the prophets, but came to completion and ceased in Christ. This is an important fact often overlooked. The infancy Paul refers to in Ephesians is often assumed to belong solely to the church, and somehow different from the infancy under the Mosaic law. But this is incorrect. The infancy that characterized the early church was the same infancy that obtained under the law. It is the doctrine of the gospel that brings those who were children under the law to the “measure and stature” of Christ. Hence when Paul characterizes spiritual gifts as belonging to childhood in I Cur. 13:11, he is saying that they were associated with the era belonging to the Old Law which was about to “vanish away.” (Heb. 8:13) If this is correct, then Paul’s language in I Cur. 13:12 about seeing through a glass “darkly” may be clearly seen to refer to the indistinct image and shadows cast by divine revelation during the pendency of the Mosaic age.

Through a Glass Darkly Versus Face-to-Face

The term “darkly” in I Cur. 13:12 in the Greek is enigma (i.e., “in a riddle”). Opposite of seeing through a glass darkly, is seeing “face to face.” (v.12) These correspond to the “veiled” speech of Moses, and the “great plainness of speech” and “open face” characteristic of the gospel in II Cur. 3:12-18. The Hebrew writer says substantially the same thing: “God, who a sundry times and in divers manners spake in past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” (Heb 1:1) That is, God spoke to the father in types and metaphors, but now speaks to us openly and clearly (i.e.,”face to face”) through Christ. That this is the correct meaning of the phrase “face to face” is easily demonstrated.

In Numbers chapter twelve the story is recorded how Miriam and Aaron reproached Moses for having married an Ethiopian woman. This displeased the Lord, who rebuked the two with the following words:

“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold. How then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (Num. 12:6-8)

Notice that the phrase “mouth to mouth” and speech that is plain or “apparent” is set in opposition to “dark speeches.” This language corresponds with I Cur. 13:12. The phrase “mouth to mouth” is equated with seeing “face to face,” and “dark speeches” equates with “seeing through a glass darkly.” Similar usage occurs in Exodus 33:11, where it is said that the Lord spoke unto Moses “face to face” as a man speaks to his friend. This does not mean that Moses saw the face of God, for “there shall no man see me, and live.” (Ex. 33:20) Rather, use of the phrase “face to face” and “mouth to mouth” signify that the Lord communed openly with Moses, perhaps telling him plainly of the coming substitutionary death of Christ, whereas God communicated the plan of salvation to other prophets through more obscure, indirect means. Jesus himself made a similar remark to the apostles shortly before his crucifixion, saying that he had concealed nothing from them. (Jn. 15:15; 16:29)

Although God spoke “mouth to mouth” and “face to face” with Moses, Moses put a veil on his face when speaking to the sons of Israel. (Ex. 32,34; Deut. 9:7-21;10:1-5) But the veil woven from the law of Moses is taken away in the gospel, and we behold the glory of God’s salvation openly in the face of Christ. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Cur. 4:6) The “shining” in the hearts of the apostles was the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; the glory of God in the face of Jesus is the redemption he wrought in his death, burial and resurrection.

That Which is Perfect

Some will ask, Why does Paul say in I Cur. 13:12 that they saw “darkly,” but in II Cur. 3:18 he says we see with “open face?” Doesn’t Paul contradict himself? This can be explained in two ways. First, Paul’s use of “darkly” in I Cur. 13:12 versus “open face” in II Cur. 3:18 reflects the different emphasis of the two passages. In I Cur. 13:8-13, Paul is emphasizing the temporary nature of spiritual gifts and their identification with the age that was passing away. In II Cur. 3:8-18, the emphasis is upon the surpassing glory of the gospel of Christ. The age to which spiritual gifts belonged was a time of types and shadows wherein man saw only darkly the mystery of the gospel and the glory of the age to come. On the other hand, in the gospel, God causes the radiance of his glory to shine openly in the face of Christ. Jesus has brought his blood within the veil (Heb. 9:12,24); the glory of God’s presence has illuminated his skin, which now shines openly in the face of Jesus, our High Priest, as he blesses the people. (Ex. 34:29-35)

Second, Paul’s use of “darkly” versus “face to face” reflects the “already but not yet” character of the first century A.D. It must be borne in mind that the church was in a period of transition. That which is perfect was indeed come; however, the withdrawal of the spiritual gifts was gradual. They could not be taken away until the full revelation of the gospel was given. The apostles needed the gifts to finish up the sacred canon. Moreover, the gifts were God’s testimony that they were his messengers. Thus, while God’s plan of redemption was perfect from the cross, the gifts, like the moon, would gradually wane and vanish away.

Conclusion

During the pendency of the Mosaic age, man saw through a glass darkly. The mystery of the gospel was veiled in Moses, but is done away in Christ. The gifts of the Spirit belonged to the latter days of the world-age identified with the types and shadows of the Mosaic law. Their existence testified to the fact that that which was complete had not yet fully come. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did.” (Heb. 7:19; cf. 7:11; 8:7) Just as the types and shadows of the law found fulfillment in Jesus, so the gifts of the Spirit found completion in Christ also. Their utility ceased when the body of believers was come to majority; the age set by the Father for inheritance in the kingdom of Christ. (Gal. 4:1-4; Eph. 4:11-13) Childhood has yielded to maturity; and Christians now behold the glory of God “face to face” in the open, unveiled face of Jesus.

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Is there any doubt that…

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

TIS’ THE SEASON TO GET A CLUE!

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TIS’ THE SEASON TO GET A CLUE!

Hello all!

Just thinking about the holiday season and how it is the best time to get a clue about the Truth of the Bible and to see it as a done deal and to get close to the Lord on a personal basis. So many “Christians” are looking to some kind of “end of the world” scenario and it JUST ANIN’T SO!!!

Of course I found another awesome article by Dr. Cisco from his web-site and will just have to include it here. Let us be so very thankful and not at all fearful that there will be a time of scarcity and famine and fire… when in fact, all this end of the world stuff happened in 70 AD with the end of the Old Covenant, and now we all live in the glorious Kingdom promised by our Lord and Savior. We are all saved and we are all offered the opportunity to live in the Kingdom of God right this minute. Hold on to that and have faith that everything in our lives works together for our good.

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https://www.anewdaydawning.com/blog-1/2014/12/19/how-bad-end-time-theology-makes-every-day-black-friday

How Bad End Time Theology Makes Every Day Black Friday
By Dr. Chuck Cisco

There is a psychology at work every Black Friday based on the principle called scarcity. It can be used positively or negatively for motivation. On Black Friday it is used to incite sales fervor by creating a limited supply of a product along with a limited time offer. Those limitations trigger a fear of lack that cause people to camp out for hours, stampede into stores and even get arrested in order to save $100 on the latest TV or electronic device. As someone said, “You mean people trample each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they already have?”

What happens when the same mentality is being fostered on a national scale by Christian leaders through faulty end time theology? The result is a latent fear of scarcity which manifests as hoarding, endless conspiracy theories, withdrawal from expecting the kingdom to increase, refusing to have children, distrust of anyone in government, foolish decision making, and yes even deaths.

In a fascinating article by Dr Cindye Coates called, “Christians Having Last Days Abortions?” she describes how studies have shown that just as many Christian women get abortions as those who are not believers. Over 30 years of hearing tearful confessions she noted one of the main motivations that kept coming up was rooted in scripture. Many of these Christian women confessed privately it was because of their fear that the Great Tribulation was coming soon, and in particular it was this verse: “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!” – Matthew 24:19
One mother told me how she woke up every morning to check if her baby was still in the crib. It was her way of measuring if she had missed the rapture because she “knew” God would take all babies.

When false “prophet” Harold Camping worked up the whole world with his rapture and end of the world predictions one teenage girl in Russia hung herself because she was afraid of going through the tribulation. One man drowned after swimming out to the middle of the lake to wait for Jesus to come. Still another woman tried to kill herself and her children. When asked if he would take any responsibility for the influence his predictions were having he said, “I don’t have any responsibility. I can’t take responsibility for anybody’s life. I’m only teaching the Bible.”

Scarcity is a powerful motivator, and when it is wrongly applied theologically it can be a catalyst for acting like every day is black Friday…at its worst. The greatest lack that is threatened is the LACK OF TIME till either a rapture or a Great Tribulation. Think about the message: the end of the world is near and great crisis will not simply happen, but will overtake the world. The antiChrist is alive right now, and you are powerless to do anything about it. Time is running out. The only thing you can do it get ready? How? No one knows, but be ready.

As you can discover in other articles on this site, the Great Tribulation is not in our future, but in our past. I won’t try to prove that here, other than to say that Jesus said it would happen in “this generation” not “that” generation in some distant future. He also said “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Mt 24:21) It was a once in a lifetime event where the convergence of covenant curse, earthquakes, famines, false christs, and the destruction of the city of Jerusalem would never happen again.

In particular, the “be ready” and “watch and pray” passages had a very specific purpose. In responding to the disciples question regarding the signs of when the end of the old covenant temple age would be, he said “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)

Their readiness was to be prepared to flee. They were to flee to the mountains, which was of course counterintuitive. It required great trust in Christ’s words. The natural response would be to flee to the stronghold of a walled city, but Jesus warned them that the city was going to be destroyed. “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.” (Mt 24:15-18)

The time that was running out for THEM wasn’t the end of the world, but the end of the old covenant age. (Mt 24:3) It was the end of the Jewish world built around the temple, sacrifices, and priesthood. When he came in judgment “speedily” on the unfaithful city, Jesus asked if he would find “faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:8) Indeed he did, because according to history no Christians died in the siege by Rome against Jerusalem. Why? Because they believed Jesus.

We should not project a message that was meant for a Jewish audience, in the old covenant city of Jerusalem onto America or the rest of the world.
In fact, the Bible doesn’t describe an end of the world. Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.”

Nor does it describe the total destruction of the earth, especially in light of Genesis 8:21 where God looked over the results of the flood and in mercy, “The Lord said in his heart, I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living creature as I have done.” He doesn’t say, “except by fire”. It is unequivocally a statement of mercy for every generation not a delineation of means of destruction. (What encouragement are we to derive from dying by world-wide fire verses a world-wide flood?)

The reason many ministers are confused about this subject is that they don’t understand how to interpret apocalyptic language such as Jesus’ words of “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (Mt 24:9).

These are to be taken in light of the entire Bible’s common prophetic language of the destruction of a city or nation such as Isaiah’s prophetic words to Babylon “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.” (Is 12:10). Babylon was destroyed just as the prophet said, but the apocalyptic language is meant to convey the idea in our idiom saying, “your world is about to fall apart.” The rulers and governing powers are about to be put out of place.

The fruit of all this confusion? The fear of the lack of time left in the world will drive people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Dear friends, we live in the time where the kingdom of God is increasing in the earth (of the increase of his kingdom there will be no end). Let’s make every day thanksgiving instead of black Friday.

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Amen to that! It truly is the GOOD NEWS! May we remember this as we go into this Holy Day Season.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

SYNCHRONICITY OF SPIRIT

SYNCHRONICITY OF SPIRIT

Hello all!

Taking right off from where I left off in my last post because that was the prompting I got from the Spirit this morning. I read a daily devotional written by Oswald Chambers called “The Utmost for His Highest” and the message for today just happens to coincide with the topic of religion verses the Truth and the article I put on written by Chuck Cisco. I was so amazed at what I was reading I just had to share it with you here today.

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The Absoluteness of Jesus Christ
November 29th

The pietistic movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them; there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ; all that is required is a pious atmosphere and prayer and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost the Passion of God, it is not dyed in the Blood of the Lamb, not stamped with the hallmark of the Holy Ghost; it has not the mark on it that makes men say, as they look with awe and wonder…
“That is the work of God Almighty.” That and nothing else is what the New Testament talks about.

The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detached from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. In the New Testament Jesus Christ is Savior long before He is Pattern. Today He is being dispatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.

Jesus said, When He the Spirit of truth is come…He shall glorify Me.” When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testament, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit Who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did; and does in me subjectively all that Jesus Christ did for me objectively.”

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Chambers gives such a great example of the difference between Truth and religion. Truth equals a personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ; whereas religion equals detachment from the Person of Jesus. Man has become more reliant on churches and the traditions of man than the personal indwelling of Christ via the Holy Spirit. Chambers also notes that in most Christian churches today, Jesus has become a mere figurehead of a religion, a mere example to follow like Buddha or Mohammad or Joseph Smith!!!

It seems that Christians that are into the religion of Christianity are missing the boat on what it is all about, and are really more about being anti-Christ than Christ like. Almost like keeping the bathwater and throwing out the baby!

We must always remember that Jesus is all and Everything and today it was nice to be reminded that He is also The Glory of God!!! He is all we need!

Glory be to Him!

Patti C.

JESUS DID NOT COME TO START A NEW RELIGION!!!

Hello all!

I am going to begin this series of writings by sharing this most awesome post from Chuck Cisco. His website is beyond wonderful in its simplicity, yet astonding in how much research he has done to prove his points. This is all so exciting to me, now knowing that the whole of the Bible can be understood, especially the BIG PICTURE!

Grab your Bible and check out how true the following article is…it will blow your mind. We are not called to follow a religion or any religious practices! We are called to the Truth and to be set free from all the ties that bind us to the Law. I pray you enjoy this article as much as I did and that it fills your hearts with renewed hope and renewed faith.

You can find Chuck Cisco’s website at http://www.anewdaydawning.com

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Did Jesus Come to Start a New Religion?

Of course Jesus wasn’t a Christian technically since he was/is the Christ. Do we see any signs that he was instituting a new religion called Christianity though? Let’s check out some common “church” beliefs and see if Jesus’ ministry aligned with them.

Did Jesus demand that his followers adhere to a set of beliefs about his birth narrative in order to follow or know him? No. The gospel of Mark which is considered the oldest gospel doesn’t even mention it.

Did Jesus require that his disciples believe in hell? No, the Old Testament scriptures never spoke of hell, and Jesus only warned his generation of “hell” on earth… Gehenna, the valley of Hinnom where hundreds of thousands of bodies would be cast and eaten by worms after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Here are numerous articles demonstrating Jesus never taught on HELL.

Did Jesus teach anyone that they must believe in him in order to go to heaven when they die? Not once. The indisputable fact is that there is not even one verse in the entire Bible that teaches one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven when they die. Jesus said if they wanted to know what God the Father was like, they were to see how he lived and loved and forgave others. Jesus didn’t say… “I am the Way…” to heaven. He said he was the Way to knowing the Father.

Did Jesus start an institution? No. As difficult as it is to believe, Jesus wasn’t starting institutional churches, nor was he creating a new religion. He fostered relationships. The word in the epistles “church” just meant “called out ones”, ecclesia. These “churches” were gatherings of like minded Jews and sometimes Gentiles who were called out of the Law system and bonded in fellowship so that they might encourage one another as they saw the Day of the Lord approaching. That Day was AD 70 when 1.3 million Jews were horribly slaughtered and/or burned. The believing ones, the ones called out of the darkness of the Law into the marvelous light were able to transition into the new era of the spiritual kingdom and were saved from the wrath of the Law.

Did Jesus tithe to the local church? No. There were no churches. The only time he mentions the tithe is that under the Law system he told the religious leaders that they missed the point. They tithed mint and cummin but neglected the weightier matters of the Law. He told those under the Law system that it was good they did the former, but they should not have neglected the latter. But we are not under the Law of the tithe given to Israel.

Did Jesus say they must believe in him in order to be born again? Not one time. He simply told Nicodemus that the Jews (in Greek he uses the plural for you) must be born again and that it was something the Spirit did, not something that they had any part in whatsoever. Being born again or born from above was the corporate experience of all, not the individual experience of a few. For a mind-blowing full explanation see The Born Conspiracy: Is Everyone Born Again?

But didn’t John say some have life and others don’t therefore we need to believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven? Eternal life is not heaven. Jesus said eternal life is knowing God. Lets look at that momentarily… John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Let me paraphrase: “He who trusts in Jesus holds on to (“to have, to hold, to embrace, to hold fast to”) the foretaste of the age of life with the non-religion of knowing God by direct internal experience, but if he doesn’t hold on by his trust in him, then he stays under the passion of God against the system of Law (the wrath of the Law) and will not pass into the age of life.” This verse can’t apply to us because we are already on the other side of that “wrath” event. If you think this is a stretch and fanciful interpretation just check out both Eternal Life Does Not Mean Going to Heaven and You Were Born Into Grace.

Did Jesus teach that the church would do evangelism for 2000 years trying to reach the planet with the gospel? No. Yes I know that you want to throw the Bible at me now. It might surprise you to know that Jesus never called it a “Great” or “Commission”. It was a commission for that generation to reach throughout the Roman world with the good news of the soon coming kingdom that was inaugurated in AD 70 when the earthly kingdom of religious Judaism fell.

Remember Jesus told them to “teach them to observe/obey EVERYTHING I commanded you”. There are many commands that were limited to that generation and cannot and should not be kept today such as “sell everything and give to the poor and come follow me” or for them to be ready to “leave father and mother and houses and land”. Don’t believe me? Check out… The Great Commission vs the Grace Commission.

Did Jesus teach people a “sinners prayer” to say after they raised their hands that they wanted to go to heaven? No. There is no such thing as a sinners prayer in the Bible. Stringing together verses that are out of context to create a religious hoop to jump through is a foolish attempt to institutionalize a separation theology.

Did Jesus teach an end of the world? Not once. He taught them that the end of their religious system, the Jewish-religious “world” as they knew it, was coming to an end in just a few short years. Matthew 24:3 for instance doesn’t say “tell us about the end of the world” as the KJV translates it, but rather the “end of the age”. All the writers of the NT spoke of the end of the age as the end of the Old Covenant age and the “last days” of that system.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Well, this is supposed to be a blog not a book, but here are my working theories:

1. After the fall of the Jewish religious system there was a growing antisemitism as the idea of Deicide developed among the Greek-Gentile believers. It was the idea that the Jews killed God (Jesus) and so they eventually rejected Jewish understandings of the scriptures altogether. This led to speculative interpretations of the scriptures from a Greek philosophical point of view rather than out of the Jewish cultural historical context from which it was written. By doing so they missed the most important message… Jesus came to testify to the end of any religion as a means to knowing God. Instead they became dispensers of their philosophical views that continued an us/them religious mindset… except it was reversed from Jew to Gentile, to now Gentile to Jew.

2. Arguments arose for the first three hundred years over what was the “right” way to understand the gospel and even Jesus himself. Those factions were no different than the ones we still have 2000 years later in that popularity or pressure or threats of curses and heresy created “sides” which coalesced into a continuing of the “churches” as a developing institution. So here is a question to the Fundamentalists… over the first 300 years until the Council of Nicaea was no one saved and able to go to heaven since there was no uniform agreement of how the gospel worked?

3. Constantine’s conversion ended Roman persecution of those who trusted Jesus, but it introduced the toxic marriage of government power to institutionalize religion.

JESUS ENDORSED THE END OF RELIGION:

“Saved” has a context… and does not really refer to going to heaven. Sometimes has to do with physical healing as in saved or delivered from sickness. Most of the references to saved in the NT meant saved from the destruction of Jerusalem. “You will call his name Jesus for he will save HIS people from their sins”. (See the insightful article How Saved Are We).

They needed to be saved from the effects their sins were having in provoking the Romans, saved from the consequences of breaking the Jewish Law which according to scripture was a nation coming to destroy them, just as happened with Babylon. Jesus was an eschatological Jewish prophet who in harmony with the prophets before him such as Ezekiel and Jeremiah was sent by God to warn them of the coming destruction.

They expected a Messiah who would come and deliver them by fighting the Romans and overthrowing their rule. But Jesus came and in his messianic rule taught them that what they needed to be saved from was the end of the old covenant age, the law, and from their unbelief. Instead of fighting the Romans, they were to follow his way of loving their enemies, forgiving them, and fleeing their possessions when Rome came, as such they would experience the joy of the coming age of the spiritual kingdom in which one had a relationship from the inside out without Jewish external religion.

In the process, as God’s Son, he demonstrated at the cross the kind of love and forgiveness he was speaking about. He revealed what the Father was like. And by including us in himself as the Son of Man… his death, burial and resurrection declared that all belong to the Father and are seated before the face of the Father. In this sense ALL are saved spiritually in the sense that all will see him in truth either in this life or the next.

The point was to put an end to religion. Not to create another one. The New Covenant was the declaration that all humanity belonged to God… without religious ritual or hoops to jump through!

This is why Paul said in Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself ONE NEW HUMANITY out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

The kingdom of God is not a religion one enters into. It is an era that came after the end of the Jewish temple earthly kingdom. It is the the realm that all enter into now by virtue of existence. They on the other hand had to see it by faith because it had not arrived yet.

SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH?

The Greek word for “religion” used in James 1:27 is Original Word: θρησκεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: thréskeia
Phonetic Spelling: (thrace-ki’-ah)
Short Definition: ritual worship, religion.

He said to those believing Jews that the kind of religion (ritual observance) God accepts and is pure and undefiled religion expressed as visiting the widows and orphans in their trouble. In other words acts of love, mercy and kindness are the only rituals that mean anything to God.

Jesus told the woman at the well that the time was already arriving in her day where worship would have nothing to do with going to the temple in Jerusalem, but rather the non-ritual, non-religion of Spirit and truth.

Is Jesus the Savior of the whole whole. Yes. It is finished.

Yes Jesus revealed the Father.

Yes everyone has the Holy Spirit (See this great article Does Everyone Have the Holy Spirit?)

Yes, everyone will be with the Father after death because everyone belongs to him already. See Is God the Father of Us All?

Yes, God wants everyone to know him. So he took it upon himself to accomplish this: “No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Hebrews 8:11.

A few years ago I sensed the Lord speak to me saying, “Quit calling yourself a Christian. Christianity is a religion. You are not a religion. You are my son.”

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Wow! Isn’t that incredible! How wonderful the truly GOOD NEWS is!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

I am back!

Hello all!

After 18 months of not having a computer, but continuing to study, study, study, I have so much new information and sources to share. I am amazed that all the Lord has been putting on my heart for these last 20 years has been leading to this major awakening that has taken me so far away from religion and so close to the Truth!

Perhaps the most important thing is finding like hearted people who have come to the same conclusions I have and whom share their years of wading through the wastelands of religion and the lost leading the lost. I am happy that I did all that as I can certainly see things from both sides now, and the Truth really is GOOD NEWS whereas religion is a dead pinned down thing made up of dogma and ritual and reflecting the same mistakes made by the religious community of Christ’s time. Jesus came to end religion, He did not come to start one!!!

On that note, I will be starting my new posts by delving into that aspect with some excellant articles by a man named Dr. Chuck Cisco. I cannot wait to get started on exposing how the Truth truly does set us free. Free from searching for it as it has already arrived and what Jesus did is a done deal…all are saved and all are going to heaven and it matters not what the modern day priests of religion try to sell us.

Jesus is all and everything!!!

Patti C.

CHRISTIANITY: SPIRITUAL VERSES SOCIAL

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CHRISTIANITY: SPIRITUAL VERSES SOCIAL
Hello all!

I am trying to organize how I want to approach sharing what I have been learning, and realized a great place to start is to show the difference between “spiritual” and “social” Christianity. Sadly, most Christians have become “social” Christians, and so much has been lost or perverted by the “traditions of men”.

It is not about going to church it is all about being the church. Israel is the church, and anyone who believes and follows Christ is Israel! I have shared much about who Israel is and one can search for these studies, on this site, if interested. We must know this, it is crucial to understanding biblical truth.

That being said, here is a short article by Michael David Gantt that gives us a list of the major differences between spiritual and social Christians.

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Spiritual Christianity vs Social Christianity

Spiritual Christians focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Social Christians focus on each other.

Spiritual Christians are the church. Social Christians go to church.

Spiritual Christianity is about living righteously, doing the right thing. Social Christianity is about living religiously, attending the “right” church.
Spiritual Christianity is about doing the right things in the right way. Social Christianity is about holding the “right” views and identifying with the “right” group.

Spiritual Christians seek the approval of God. Social Christians seek the approval of each other.

Spiritual Christians seek time with God. Social Christians seek time with other social Christians.

Spiritual Christianity is based on faith in God. Social Christianity is based on faith in other social Christians.

Spiritual Christianity is directed by God. Social Christianity is directed by human beings.

Spiritual Christianity is true Christianity, the purpose for which Christ died and was raised. Social Christianity is a poor and misguided imitation of the real thing.

Pursuing spiritual Christianity will make you a new person in the midst of people you already know (i.e., your family, friends, and coworkers). Pursuing social Christianity will leave you as the same old person in the midst of a different group of people (i.e., your new church).

There is a world of difference between spiritual Christianity and social Christianity. Choose the real thing.”

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One has to choose spiritual over social or we have no chance to truly “know” the Lord nor truly begin to understand His Word. This is what “being born again” is all about…becoming a new person in Christ. Great place to begin! We are Israel!  As His followers we are spiritual Israel and it matters not if you are Jew or Gentile!!  This is major…so seek until you find this truth as it will set you free to understand oh so much more!

 
JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

PRETERISM: A TRUTH WITH EXCELLENT CONSEQUENCES

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PRETERISM: A TRUTH WITH EXCELLENT CONSEQUENCES

Hello all!

My,my, I never thought I would be able put a label on all the discoveries I have been making in regards to the Truth. Yet, it is clear to me that where my studies have led me, I would now be considered a Preterist. I had never even heard the word before I was accused of being one, when I started writing about fulfilled prophecies and spiritual interpretations. And actually defended myself against being called one, once I found out what it did mean.

I now am thrilled to have found others that have come to the same conclusions I have, and have spent much time in research and writing and sharing what they found out.

I have found a very outstanding article by Larry Siegle, entitled “Preterism: Pure Christianity or Dangerous Cult”. In this article he lists the characteristics of a cult and compares them with the characteristics of Preterism. It is the characteristics of Preterism that I want to share first here. This list describes exactly what I have come to find as the way to know the Truth.

Here is the list, with some of my comments, and the full article can be found at:

https://preterist.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/preterism-pure-christianity-or-dangerous-cult/

CHARACTERISTICS OF PRETERISM

Below is listed some of the distingushing characteristics of Preterism

1.) Preterism has no “charismatic” leader or founder, and the view has been present, in varying degrees, for hundreds of years–it is not something “new” or “recent” in its development.

2.) Preterism claims no “new” revelation to those who are leaders and encourages each person to study the Scriptures for themselves.

(Yes! This is so important! Find out for yourself!)

3.) Preterism accepts the Bible alone as its “authority” plus nothing else.

4.) Preterism looks for “consistency” in the translation and usage of words given by the Holy Spirit to the inspired writers of the Bible and believes that the context determines the meaning of a word.

(So much that is being preached is taken out of context and timings twisted and confusing to understand. When one sees the true timing on all the events suddenly every verse makes sense and falls into the context in which it was uttered.)

5.) Preterism encourages people to use proper principles of interpretation and that each person is responsible for “accurately handling the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).

6.) Preterism as an approach to the “end-time” is founded among members of many groups and is not considered to be a “matter of salvation” for those who do not embrace the view.

7.) Preterism is represented by a diversity of viewpoints, most of which hold to “orthodox” views relative to the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the nature of Hell and other fundemental doctrines accepted by the “historic” church down through the centuries.

8.) Preterism contends that salvation is “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-10), and not on the basis of human “works” or the need to somehow “earn” the favor of God.

9.) Preterism recognizes that it is not the “popular” view at this time, but makes no assumption of superiority because of opposition to their understanding of fulfilled Bible prophecy.

10.) Preterism encourages systematic Bible study methods, proper exegesis of passages and encourages people to decide for themselves based upon the evidence.

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Now, here are some comments and his list of a cult’s characteristics:

DOES THE SHOE FIT?

Recently there have been some who have made the attempt to lump the teachings of Preterism into the same category as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Herbert W. Armstrong, and every other false “ism” that comes along. Is preterist doctrine just another “made in America” doctrine, too “new” to be true? Are those who have accepted the Preterist view in danger of being “lost” because of this doctrine? Are Preterists actually Christians in the “Biblical” sense of the term, or are they members now of a dangerous “cult” that denies the fundamentals of “the faith which was once for all time delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)? Do Preterists use the same conversion “tactics” of the “cults” to subvert the faith of the unsuspecting and the weak?

CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULT

Almost all of the groups that are either “cults” or engage in “cultic” beliefs and practices have similar characteristics:

1.) Founded by a “charismatic” leader (C.T. Russell, Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White, Herbert W. Armstrong).

2.) Founded on the basis of some “new” revelation given only to the leader or leaders of the group.

3.) Founded on the basis of the Bible plus some other “authority” to unveil “new truth” as it becomes available to the leaders or organization.

4.) Founded on the need to redefine words and to twist passages to “fit” into their unique systematic theology.

5.) Founded on the principle that the Bible must be understood in the light of the “unique” interpretation of the leader or leaders.

6.) Founded on the belief that they are the “only” true religion and that they alone will be saved because they alone have discovered the “truth.”

7.) Founded on the rejection of doctrines such as the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, Hell, Salvation by Faith etc.

8.) Founded on the basis of “works” in order to “earn” their salvation, with absolute obedience to the leadership required.

9.) Founded on the basis of a “persecution complex” that rejoices when people are opposed to their teachings as confirmation that they must have “the truth.”

10.) Founded on the use of “secretive” methods of introducing their doctrines to unsuspecting people.

Other common traits could be listed, but the above represents a “general” description of what constitutes a “cult” in practical fact.

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Wow! The second list sounds like the characteristics of many mainstream churches today!! Anther great example how truly different the Truth is from Religion!!

I just have to add some thoughts from another article because it states so well what finding out for myself has meant to me…as it led me to becoming a Preterist.

https://preterist.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/is-preterism-a-cult-not-even-close/

“Because those who have pure and honest hearts and who have a deep love for the Lord and devotion to His word will continue to study and as long as study continues so also will preterism. There is no place left for futurists to hide. There is no corner of the Internet where their feeble lines of argumentation cannot be answered. There is no place where the spirit of Truth will not find them and uncover the nonsense they continue to peddle.

A hundred years from now the discussion of this and many other blogs, websites and whatever the “next” step in technology is, will be HISTORY. However, HISTORY and the passing of time are the futurists worst enemies! With each passing day the reality of broken promises and failed predictions becomes more vivid than ever. Larry Siegle, Dee Dee Warren and Roderick Edwards will be long gone, but NOT the message. Preterism will continue to grow and eventually fill the hearts and minds of believers everywhere. One day historians will wonder how it could be that ANYONE ever accepted the fantastic doctrines upon which the house of futurism was built. I will not be around to say, “I told you so” THEN, so I am going to avoid the rush and tell you NOW.

No “cultic movement” here. None whatsoever.

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Amen to that!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

FULL CIRCLE (Finding out for Myself)

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FULL CIRCLE (Finding out for Myself)

Hello all!

The silence of the past few months has had a purpose. It has been a period of fresh revelations for me. I have been studying like a crazy person, and not sure how or when to start sharing my finding. I guess it is time, so here I am.

What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 20 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”.  On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing!

I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!!

Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men.

In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart.

I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much.

The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for.

The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more.

Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints.

That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!!

It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity.

So, that is why the silence on this blog for several months. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out.

Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF.

God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

THE CREATION OF MAN AND HIS DESTINY AS PER THE BIBLE ( An eye opening and well researched study)

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THE CREATION OF MAN AND HIS DESTINY AS PER THE BIBLE ( An eye opening and well researched study)

Hello all,

A very dear friend of mine and sister in Christ wrote down her thoughts on several issues about our creation (as mankind and individually) as expressed in the Bible. She sent this study to me and I find it both inspiring and truthful and just had to pass it on.

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My Thoughts

By Arlene Malaspina
The Bible says that there was a FIRST “Adam” and a SECOND “Adam”.

I Cor.15:45….”And so it is written, ‘The FIRST man Adam was made a living soul; the LAST Adam (Jesus) was made a quickening spirit.”

Vs.47…”The FIRST man (Adam) is of the earth, earthy: the SECOND man (Jesus) is the Lord from heaven.”

Vs. 49…”And as we have borne the image of the earthy (Adam/Eve), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (Jesus Christ/Church).”

For nearly 4,000 years there was not another “Adam” born on earth until the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus. So, why are “Adam” and Jesus Christ compared with each other?

Adam was created as an “earthy” man (made of the “dust” of the ground), but he was also given the living “spirit” of God until he “fell”. Jesus was created as a “Holy Spirit” (Holy Thing….Luke 1:35) by God, but He was also birthed through human flesh (Mary).

Both were created by God alone. Nobody else, before or since, has been.

A part (rib/bone) which was INSIDE Adam was taken out by God and made into what Adam called a “woman” (Gen.2:23) because she was born with a “womb” to bear children. Adam named every creature on earth, even the woman, as directed by God (Gen 1:19). Later, Adam called her “Eve” (the mother of all living).

When God created “man” (Adam), he contained BOTH “male and female” within the one body….see Gen 1:27. The “woman” was the part of Adam which was “earthy/carnal”. Adam was the part that contained the living “Spirit of God”. More on that later….

Both Adam and Eve contained the “living Spirit” of God, but the woman was presented as the “fleshy/carnal” spirit that had been removed from Adam (rib…”bone”).

This continues to be a mystery unsolved by most of those with Biblical expertise. But, Jesus did tell us that a “spirit” doesn’t have “bones”. See Luke 24:39. Eve was made with a “bone”. That bone was “carna/fleshy” (of the body) and not “spiritual.

Adam still contained the living “spirit of God” within UNTIL he chose to eat of the “forbidden” fruit…Gen. 2:17; 3:6. Then his “spirit” within died, and only the “carnal” flesh remained. Their “spirit” died, but the flesh did not. Now they needed blood to nourish their flesh in order to continue living, (Lev. 17:11), but that day they BEGAN to die….Gen.2:17. God then gave “skin” to cover their bodies….Gen 3:21. It was now “human” skin with which all mankind is born.

The bible is told to us in PARABLES. See Matthew 13:34. Each story has a deep, spiritual meaning. We have to search out this hidden meaning. Prov. 25:2. The whole bible is the story (parable) about Mankind , his fall from grace , and then his restoration back to God. This applies to the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. God never changes….Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ (God) in the NT is the same as God (Holy Spirit) in the OT. And God has told us the whole story in “parables”.

From “Eve”(carnal thinking) we all inherited the nature of doing evil (sinning). That’s why she is called “the mother of all living”….Gen.3:20. Since then, ALL have been born with only the “earthy/carnal” flesh and a “dead” spirit…covered by skin and held up by bone.

Until the time of our Lord Jesus Christ……

Jesus changed the destiny of all of Mankind when He said, “It is finished!”…John 19:30. He accomplished what Adam had failed to do; that is, to have total FAITH in God alone.

Jesus then returned to His Father when He had completed the work for which He was sent to do. After His resurrection, He sent His Holy Spirit to seek His “bride” (like Isaac received Rebekah through the work of Eliezer…Gen.24:51). This gathering of His “bride” by the Holy Spirit of God began on the day of Pentecost and will continue until the day of our resurrection. The Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus is still in obedience to God, the Father, and it is God who does the choosing. See John 6:44.

When we are “born of the Spirit” we have received the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus, and we become part of Him. He (Christ Jesus) is the Head and we are His “body”…..Col.1:18. He has already come…to be WITHIN US….Luke 17:21.

In effect, we are like the FIRST Adam. We have the living Spirit of God leading us from within, but we also have the “carnal” spirit of the flesh (earthy) within us as well (our “Eve”). We can choose to have faith in God alone or to follow man’s teachings. We call this our “conscience”. Whether we are born, in this life, as a “man” or a “woman”, we are ALL as Paul relates to himself in Romans chapter 7:22-23…

“For I delight in the law of God after the INWARD man (the re-born spirit that Adam lost): (Vs.23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my MIND, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” This is the “flesh vs. the spirit” within us.

Delighting in the law of God DOES NOT mean strictly following the “Ten Commandments”. That is part of OT law. Jesus clarified how we “obey” God in the NT:

Mark 12:29-31…….”The FIRST of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is *ONE Lord: (vs.30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind, and with all they strength’: this is the FIRST commandment. (vs.31) And the SECOND is like, namely this, ‘Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself.’ There is none other commandment greater than these.”
*[Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are ONE God, not three (3). We can’t “see” God (Father), but He once appeared to us as the “Son”.(flesh). And the Holy Spirit of God is His (Father/Son) unseen power and strength as compared to the “wind”….John 3:8. It is wrong to think of God as “three” different entities as many do…see John 10:30.]

Each of us is actually waging our own wars WITHIN our minds because Jesus told us that “the Kingdom of God is WITHIN you.”….Luke 17:21. We each fight our own “devils” from within. This is the spirit of evil, the “great red dragon”, the “adversary” (Ps. 74:10), or “Satan” (Mt. 16:23) within all of us. God created this “evil” within us in order to test us…Isaiah 45:7. There is NOTHING existing that God did not create, Himself.

What will the conclusion be like? Nobody know for sure how it will happen, but we are told in I Thessalonians 2:7:

” For the mystery of iniquity (our carnal-thinking minds) doth already work (in all of us): only He (God) who letteth will let (allows this), until he (our carnal minds and spirit of evil…the devil in all of us), be taken out of the way (removed from us by God at our resurrection).” For “We shall ALL be changed…in the twinkling of an eye…..” I Cor.15:51-52

Vs. 8-10…”And then shall that Wicked (the evil spirit within all of us) be revealed (our eyes shall be opened and the “scales” removed ….Acts 9:18), whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy (the wickedness within us all) with the brightness of His coming:….”

“Satan” (the adversary within the mind’s of all Mankind) will be consumed and destroyed. We, the Church, (“lively stones” …I Pet.2:5) will be gathered into the “New Jerusalem” as the prepared “bride adorned for her husband” (Christ Jesus). “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?”….I Cor. 3:16.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”….Rev. 21:4

We shall again be as it was before the time of Eve….we shall be “all in all” with God….I Cor.15:28.

Again, the story of “Adam and Eve” is a parable. It is not just the story of two people…it is the story of the birth of “Mankind” and how we were separated from God. Jesus had never been separated from His Father until the time of His betrayal. His grief was so great that He sweat drops of blood. This was not caused by fear of what would happen to Him. He agonized because He was now alone without the Father. …Luke 22:44. He had “become sin” for us, and God cannot be in the presence of sin. Jesus was alone for the first time….ever!

II Cor. 5:21….For He (God, the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin (Jesus); that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Praise God! “It is Finished!” Those the the most beautiful words ever spoken!!

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It’s with great difficulty that most of us can comprehend “spiritual” things. These things can only come through the guidance of the Holy Spirit within. And sometimes there are others who can help to clarify this difficult subject. Nobody has ALL the answers, but one who has many is Elwin Roach.
Article by Elwin Roach:

Traditional teaching sees the snake as being LITERAL, and its ability to speak is explained as a puppet used by Satan to get his message over!! This theory is the product of the carnal mind of man and has no connection with TRUTH. The Hebrew word here translated “Serpent” comes from a primitive root “Nachash” and according to Strong”s means :- enchantment or to practice divination or fortune telling. All psychic functions are the product of the MIND, which means that this “serpent” is the parabolic figure which represents the NATURAL MIND OF MAN. No one can argue that the MIND of MAN is more subtle than any beast of the field, the Lion, or the Tiger or any other predator. These animals have such tremendous ability to out wit and over come their prey, and yet God says the human mind is MORE SUBTLE than all these.

Even children can become very clever at deceiving their parents if they choose to, and criminals become masters of deception, often evading capture for years and some are clever enough to remain free. To set the stage for this Test to see if Adam would be faithful to God, he was put to sleep. While he slept a Spiritual change took place within him, as the Soul which is the female part of all mankind was separated from Adam or the SPIRIT which is MALE. To help us understand this Spiritual operation the parable presents the “Soul” as a separate female identity with ADAM (not GOD) calling her EVE. Remember God called T-H-E-M ADAM, but now in this parable we see TWO people in the Garden, Adam who is male and Eve who is female and we are told they were naked.

This word “Naked” is from a Hebrew Root `aram meaning to be subtle, be shrewd, or to be crafty. So we can see that this “woman” has the same quality as the “serpent.” The SOUL as represented by the “woman” involves the Mind, Emotions and the Will. So it becomes clear that the test involves the MIND’S functions and ability. Notice that in the New Testament there is no mention of EVE being the one that sinned! It is always ADAM who sinned, and yet in the parable, Eve is on her own conducting a conversation within her MIND which is represented as the snake. Eve is reported as seeing, desiring and eating the forbidden fruit, and not Adam. Why is this?

Notice carefully, God never called “them” ADAM and EVE! When God went looking for them he only called A-D-A-M, because every MAN is created MALE and FEMALE. Gen 1: 27. There are no exceptions to this for it is the divine order. Now this poses a problem for us with our distorted view of MALE and FEMALE, so hear what the Spirit is saying to us. Every person regardless of their gender is in fact MALE and FEMALE. This means that IN every person on the planet there is a SPIRIT which is GOD, and that SPIRIT is MALE. However there is also IN every person a SOUL and that soul is by creation the FEMALE part of our being. The SOUL is the Mind, Emotions and the Will, which like the Spirit is an invisible part of our being and is often referred to as the HEART.

“The HEART is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it.” Jer 17:9. “For out of the HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and blasphemies. ” Matt 15:19. No wonder we are told that the “serpent” is more subtle than any beast of the field.

If you have ears to hear you will hear what the Spirit is saying to us today despite the distortion of generations of feminism and a myriad other false concepts concerning sexuality. We are actually still living the PARABLE of Genesis, considering male and female to be different creations, thinking MEN coming from MARRS and WOMEN from VENUS. Beloved, only the Spirit of the Lord can lift our vision to see the reality of that which we presently see merely as physical. In the Hebrew the man is called “ISH” and the woman “ISHA”. (ISHAW)

Isha was taken out of Ish, and when in the parable God brought the woman to the man, Adam said, “This is now BONE of my BONES, and FLESH of my FLESH, and she will be called Isha because she was taken out of Ish. However when God created man he did not make TWO PEOPLE for they were male and female yet they were ONE. It is easy to see how confused the natural mind of man has become over the issue of male and female. Don’t speak of who should dominate who, or who should be in charge for the TWO ARE ONE. Marriage is but a continuation of the parable of Genesis allowing us to manifest in the physical world the glory of that unity God created in the beginning.

In the natural realm we understand normally a woman cannot produce offspring without the man, and man cannot produce except he become one with the woman. However in the Spiritual realm we discover in the parable in Genesis, that the woman (soul) wandered away from the man (spirit) and united with the snake, or the mind, determining she could achieve God status by exploring a knowledge system God had warned Adam about, the knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam convinced himself that this knowledge held the key to being God in his own right thus deposing God from his rightful position as Lord of the garden.

If we are correct in assuming the whole story of the Garden of Eden is PARABLE, then it must be relevant to every man today, and find its fulfillment in every LIFE. First of all, most people live by the principle that if a thing is good then I will do it, but if it is evil then I will not touch it. This is regarded by most Christians as the way God meant us to live. However we need to be reminded that God said the day you eat or participate in the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, YOU WILL DIE. Why then do people live by that forbidden tree? The answer is that everybody has believed the SERPENTS LIE, and believe we can be AS GOD by eating of that tree!!

This means that everyone has had the same conversation with the snake as Eve had, with the same effect. The “snake” being the carnal mind of man, which is more subtle than any beast of the field. This natural mind convinces us our life is pretty good, because we don’t smoke or drink or beat our wife or commit adultery etc, so we must be OK. It says to us, “HATH GOD SAID you will surely die?” After all, we are alive and doing well so it cannot be true that if we eat of that tree WE WILL SURELY DIE. Here is the next issue, every man believes he is a sinner and therefore NAKED before God. Exactly the same as Adam in the garden.

The verse most quoted is, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23. As a result of this concept we believe God is angry with us and we must appease him in some way, because we believe we have been cast out of the Garden also and so we look for a way around the flaming sword. We see God behind our sickness and problems and feel this to be punishment for our failures. Thus deep in our subconscious we HIDE FROM GOD.

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That is why Christ tells us to “Seek the Lord” we must stop hiding and begin seeking and continue seeking Him in all matters of our lives.

Thank you dear friend for sharing your thoughts …a blessing for all those who read it.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.