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.

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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.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS (of Jesus in the heart of the earth)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS (of Jesus in the heart of the earth)

“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” Matthew 12:40

Hello all,

A dear friend recently sent me this study by Elwin R. Roach into the true timing of the three days and nights that Jesus spent “in the heart of the earth”. Without a doubt this is the best study I have ever seen on this issue and the most biblically supported. Not only that, it has a ring of truth to it that can only be Holy Spirit inspired. There has been so much controversy over these days and when they happened, and the mainstream churches just seem to accept and teach that Christ was crucified on a Friday and rose on a Sunday morning. This cannot be and is not truth in regards to it being 3 days and 3 nights.

Through this study we find out what “the heart of the earth” truly is and how it relates and was foreshadowed by Jonah’s experience in “the belly of the whale”. If you have ever wondered about the truth of this matter and how it is explained in God’s Holy Word, this is the study for you.

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Three Days and Three Nights In The Heart of The Earth

https://www.godfirnet/Elwin/257_3_Days_and_3_Nights_FRAMES.htm

Sometime during the month of April, or on a rare occasion in late March, there is an enjoining by multiplied millions throughout the world commemorating Easter and/or Passover. Regardless of which it is called, each has a special place in the hearts and lives of those who recognize them as special holy days. Much could be said about them; but this is not what we wish to address today. It is, rather, the heart of the earth wherein Jesus spent His last three days before His resurrection that we want to look at.

Since Jesus compared Jonah’s account of being in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights with what lay ahead for Him, I believe we can say Jonah was also in the heart of the earth; but his earth was called a whale/fish/sea monster, depending on the translation being used. In Jonah’s earth, as it is in the belly of all living creatures, there was constant churning, grinding, acoustic acids that digested everything that entered therein, reducing it all to its lowest state of formless existence. The unidentifiable mass of contents would then be absorbed into the body of that great leviathan; which, of course, is to become its very image. However, Jonah could not be digested to become a permanent part of that earthy creature from the abyss, that which was from *beneath, and neither could Jesus become one with the earth from beneath while in the center of its heart. *”And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” John 8:32

Jonah fled from his calling and was swallowed by a prepared sea creature. He found himself in the heart of an inescapable, living earth. In contrast, Jesus walked straight into the heart of His destined earth, and there he abode for three days and three nights! Not a day and a half, not parts of three days and nights—but three days and three nights, as did Jonah!

Was Jesus In The Tomb For Three Days and Three Nights?

The New Testament tells us around two dozen times that Jesus would be raised on “the third day.” Yet, none of those verses say anything about three days and three nights. Only one verse mentions this: “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” Matthew 12:40 (NAS).

It is believed by most that Jesus described how many days He would be entombed beneath the crust of the earth. However, if Jesus was indicating how long he would be buried, we have a grave problem, really.

There are several explanations that have been promoted with attempts to reconcile that which seems to be a conflict of scriptures. One line of thought is that parts of days and parts of nights can mean full days and full nights. You see, as it is maintained, since Jesus spent parts of two days/nights and one whole day and night in the tomb, this means three days. Out of necessity in connecting the dots, it is said that any part of a day must represent a full day; otherwise, Jesus would have been mistaken, and they know that such an error would be impossible. This reasoning, however, would be like saying that a fourteen month old baby who was born in December of 2012, lived through the entire year of 2013, and then into January of 2014 would be three years old. Simply by having lived in parts of three different years would qualify the baby to be three years old. Folks, this type of math does not add up!

Notwithstanding, we should not be too critical on those who embrace this reasoning, for I was of the same persuasion for quite a number of years, along with many of you. We assumed the Hebrew idiom was in play, and any part of a day can be considered a full day, or any part of a year can be a full year. This would be a fact if, indeed, what Jesus said was an idiom. However, according to that which E.W. Bullinger wrote in his Appendix 144 of the Companion Bible, it cannot be an idiom. He said: “…When the number of ‘nights’ is stated as well as the number of ‘days,’ then the expression ceases to be an idiom, and becomes a literal statement of fact.” And this stands to reason; for since Jesus compared what he was facing with Jonah who spent 72 hours in the heart of hell, 48 hours for Him would not work.

The partial days thought must have troubled others as well; for to have Jesus in the tomb three full days and three full nights, some of the Bible scholars moved His crucifixion back in order to fit the three days and three nights as it is in Matthew 12:40. Therefore, the crucifixion was set back to Wednesday. They indicate that Thursday must have been a special Sabbath, the Passover Sabbath, and not the usual Saturday Sabbath. This could be possible, but only if the Passover Sabbath, Nisan 15, was on Thursday of that year when Jesus was crucified.

We know that the Passover lamb was to be slain on the 14th of Nisan (April), the day before the Passover, and we know that Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem during the time of that feast. But the question remains, upon which day of the week did the 14th of Nisan fall? Was it Wednesday or was it Friday? Or was it perhaps one of the other days of the week? Do we know? The only way of being sure is to know the year in which He was crucified. When this is known, the day of the Passover can then be rightly determined. So let us see if the year can be established.

The destruction of Jerusalem helps in this matter, as well as a verse concerning Ezekiel: “Lie on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.” Ezekiel 4:6. Most Biblical authorities say that this speaks of the forty years of rejection of their Messiah after His crucifixion. And it is certainly by no coincidence that the Romans began their siege on Passover, which was 70 A.D., exactly 40 years to the day after the crucifixion of Jesus according to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in his book, Wars of the Jews (Book V, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Of course, with 40 YEARS SIGNIFYING A GENERATION brings to mind something Jesus said concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, “…THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TIL ALL BE FULFILLED.” Luke 21:32.

Many Bible historians follow this timeline:

1. Jesus was born — 2-4 B.C. [Stephen Jones puts His birth at 2 B.C. while Ernest Martin has it as 3 B.C.]

2. After being baptized His ministry began — 27 A.D.

[In the 3rd chapter of Luke, the Bible gives us a time marker. The 15th year of the Roman Emperor, Tiberius, is specified as the year of Jesus’ baptism, and of His anointing with the Holy Spirit. Another relevant point is that Augustus’ health had been failing for some years, and he was “an invalid at sixty [2 B.C.]” (See, Durant vol.3, p.231). Augustus made Tiberius his co-regent, and in Judea, the reign of Tiberius was dated – not from the death of Augustus (as would normally have been the case) – but from that time, two years prior to the death of Augustus 12 A.D.), when Tiberius was given legal equality with Augustus. Legally, and for all practical purposes, Tiberius was Emperor over the province of Judea even while Augustus was still living. His reign began in 12 A.D., and so the 15th year of Tiberius was 27 A.D., the same year Jesus’ ministry was initiated.]

3. His Ministry lasted — 3 to 3 ½ years

4. He was crucified — on Friday the 14th day of Nisan, or April 7, 30 A.D.

5. The destruction of the temple — 70 A.D., 40 years later

Friday is the most accepted view as to the day of the crucifixion, and one of the reasons has been due to the Roman Catholic Church having instituted the “Good Friday” crucifixion. The “Holy Week” observances as we have them today were established by Rome in the fourth century A.D. when they invented the Easter Sunday resurrection. Even after the Reformation, quite a number of Protestant church organizations carry on with a good amount of the Catholic beliefs and traditions, with some of them being in truth and some not. Such as, the Protestants have rejected the Catholic tradition of the cult of saints and the veneration of Mary. But they continued to embrace the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and died on behalf of the sins of the world. Knowing this to be a sound doctrine, we will not reject it simply on the grounds that the Church of Rome believes it.

There are other substantial reasons why Friday is popularly held as the day of our Lord’s crucifixion. For instance, Matthew 28:1 supplies us with some evidence. This verse says that there were two Sabbaths. Most versions of the Bible render this word “Sabbath” [óá Üôù], that is, in the singular, and this could have been because the translators believed the traditional Saturday/Sabbath premise, even though the Greek manuscripts have it as being plural. This can be verified by anyone with a Greek interlinear translation or a Greek lexicon. Matthew 28:1 therefore should read, “Now after the sabbaths [óá Üôùí], as the first day of the week began to dawn….” That is, “Now after the Passover Sabbath together with the Saturday Sabbath, and as the first day of week began to dawn….”

Those who embrace the Hebrew idiom of partial days being counted as full days are right about one thing, that Friday was the day of the crucifixion; but I believe they erred by assuming “the heart of the earth” was “the grave,” rather than it being “Jerusalem.” If they had known this, I don’t think so many would have used the partial days line of thought.

The heart of something usually speaks of its worth, the most valuable part of a thing. The Greek word for heart is something that is all important to people, and the grave is certainly none of these. The heart is often used as a metaphor, a figure of speech that relates to a thing by its very nature; such as, the heart of a matter, the heart of a novel, as a man thinks in his heart so is he, she has a pure heart, or the central heart of a thought. Although, it can speak of a locality, such as the heart of a watermelon, yet, this is usually not the case whether in the natural or with spiritual matters. Most know that the Heart of Dixie is not a geographical location, but is the intrinsic feeling of the South, or Cigars are said to be the Heart & Soul of Cuba. And Stephen Jones wrote in reference to this: “The phrase, ‘heart of the earth,’ was understood to be Jerusalem. Moslems believe Mecca to be the earth’s center. The Greeks believed this about Delphi on account of its oracle there. Jerusalem, however, has greater claim to being the ‘heart of the earth,’ because it is situated at the midpoint of the land mass of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The people living in Israel had good reason to believe that JERUSALEM was “THE HEART OF THE EARTH”; for Ezekiel even made a couple of similar references to this: “Thus says the Lord GOD, “This is JERUSALEM; I have set her AT THE CENTER OF THE NATIONS…” Ezekiel 5:5. “…And the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.” Ezekiel 38:12 (ESV). This would be the intrinsic center of the earth’s inhabitants, in the center of the nations. We know, of course, they were not located geographically in the dead center of the nations, and they did not live four thousand miles down in the central core of the earth, nor did they live in caves or graves six feet beneath the earth’s surface.

They lived in the heart of the earth, as it was with Jonah in the belly of that great devouring sea creature. They lived in its heart, in its belly where there was constant churning and grinding, where there were caustic political, religious and social acids that digested all who entered and remained therein. They were reduced to the lowest state of existence to be assimilated and absorbed into the body of that great leviathan—Jerusalem. When something cannot be digested, however, the devourer becomes very uncomfortable, in pain, distraught, ill, even unto death and vomits out the indigestible source of indigestion; thus the great fish with Jonah and the religious and political hierarchies of Jerusalem with Jesus. The vomiting out of Jesus, of course, was to crucify Him before their world was destroyed. They could not let His indigestible presence remain in their midst. For that matter, they were so driven by their religious determination, that they were not only conspiring to kill Him but Lazarus as well, the one He had raised from the dead; for they both posed a threat to their existence. It did not matter that they knew Jesus was sent by God, they wanted Him out of there, and by any means possible, especially unto death.

Jesus continually pointed to Jerusalem as the place where He would be swallowed alive, betrayed and crucified: “From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day.” Matthew 16:21.

There is something to consider concerning Him having been “raised on the third day.” For clarity, it is essential to know the starting point of those three days, and we believe it was when His suffering began. Mark quoted Jesus, saying: “…and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again.” Mark 10:34. In other words: Three days after He suffers, is mocked, scourged, spat upon, and finally killed, He shall rise again, which will be three days from initial passion of the Lamb.

You see, it was not three days from the time they killed Him, but from the time He began to suffer until he was raised from the dead. Jesus became the sin offering on the night it was determined that He should die, and as a Lamb being led to slaughter, he committed Himself inwardly, soul and spirit, to be slain, and outwardly when He submitted His body and was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. As a sin offering he experienced excruciating mental anguish, enough to sweat as great drops of blood, as well as torturous physical suffering to His body, and ultimately the humiliation of hanging naked for every eye to look upon, even His friends and mother whose heart was breaking. But then, after one more day, His resurrection—totaling three days and three nights in the heart of the earth called Jerusalem.

The suffering, the beginning of the three days and nights, began in Jerusalem—the Heart of the Earth. “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered up to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will deliver Him up to the Gentiles to mock and scourge Him, and ON THE THIRD DAY HE WILL BE RAISED” Matthew 20:17–19.

Let us notice a timeline which starts six days before the Passover, or five days before he was sacrificed, which would have been on a Sunday. This would be the case if Jesus was crucified in 30 A.D. as it is proposed by many biblical scholars and what I believe to be from my own research:

“Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.” John 12:1.

With Jesus having been crucified in 30 A.D., the Passover would have been on a Saturday and six days before would be Sunday when he was in Bethany which was walking distance from Jerusalem.

“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” John 12:12-13.

On the next day would have been Monday, not Sunday as Catholicism practices, that is, Palm Sunday.

After entering Jerusalem riding the colt upon palm branches, He went to the Temple and looked round about, He returned to Bethany, according to Mark 11: 11. “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany…” Mark 11:12.

This would have been Tuesday after he cursed the fig tree, went back to the Temple, turned over the money changers tables, cleared the courtyard of the animals that were being sold for sacrifice, and accused them of making His Father’s house a den of thieves. (ref. Mark 11:12-17).

“And when even was come, he went out of the city,” Mark 11:19, presumably back to Bethany where he was staying.

“And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” Mark 11:20.

This would have been Wednesday, and through the rest of the 11th chapter of Mark and chapters 12 and 13, Jesus is speaking in parables, answering questions, and tripping up the Pharisees who were out to kill him. He had a full day before returning to Bethany Wednesday evening, as the first three verses of Mark 14 indicate:

“It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes made designs how they might take him by deceit and put him to death: But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear there may be trouble among the people.” Mark 14:1-2 (BBE – Basic Bible English Translation).t

Now, from Wednesday close to or after sundown to the same time Thursday was one (1) day (24 hours); from sundown Thursday to sundown Friday made two (2) days (48 hours); and from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday was three (3) days—72 hours!

And after three days, Jesus said, the son of man would be raised up. Therefore, that raising was most likely at Saturday’s sunset or shortly thereafter. It could not have been Sunday morning; for that would have been three and a half days in the heart of the earth.

The Greek word for earth is “ge” and can mean either “land” or “earth,” and Jesus said that Jonah is a sign Matthew 12:39. Jesus was a Jonah to Jerusalem. As Jonah was to the sea monster, Jesus was to Jerusalem. Neither was Jonah nor Jesus good for their hosts, and neither were their hosts good for them. And as Jonah was swallowed and suffered for three days and three nights in the belly of that great fish, the heart of the earth, Jesus went into the belly of another fish, “the heart of the earth” called Jerusalem, and His suffering began. Jesus came to His own, to those who lived in the center of the earth, and those who were His own did not receive Him, as we note in John 1:11.

There are many symbolic metaphors and analogies in the Bible. By and large, if this is not known, a vast wealth of understanding will go unnoticed. It can be like a first-time voyager crossing the sea, and the only things he can perceive as real are the winds, a lot of water, the waves, the sea spray, a vast horizon, perhaps a few wayward seagulls, and the splash of a fish now and again. He sees such a minuscule part of what resides beneath. The fathomless depths are teaming with life and death and unfolding beauties of floral and unbounded unity of schools of fish and indescribable creatures of the deep; but he is unaware of any of it.

To read the Bible intellectually alone is like that lowly sailor in his frail catamaran facing almost impossible odds. It is sailing upon the surface, upon knowing only the letter of the word, and not plumbing deep into its mysteries. We may enjoy the voyage, but we will be just as oblivious to the deep things of God as the day we embarked. Let us, therefore, not only venture forth across the sea of scriptures, but let us also plumb the depths so as not to deprive ourselves of easily accessed mysteries that are daily round about us that may pass us by. Let us not forget, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing (Heb. a word): but the honor of kings to search out the matter (Heb. a word).” Proverbs 25:2.

One of those mysteries that has gone unnoticed actually abides on the surface. It is found in Psalm 16:10 and it is quoted in the Acts of the Apostles in Acts 2:27 as well as Acts 13:35-37.

“Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, SAW NO CORRUPTION.”

**corruption: Greek, diaphthora; decay. Strong’s Exh. Conc. The Hebrew of Psalm 16:10 shachath; “…go to ruin, decay, be spoiled…be ruined, be rotted.” Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

You see, “Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption,” and “He…saw no corruption” signifies that the body of Jesus would not be left dead long enough to decay. If Jesus had been in the grave for three days, His body would have seen corruption. The decaying process would have started; but by being there for only a day, there was no decomposition to His body. He was in Jerusalem for three days and three nights, but not in the grave for that amount of time. He suffered in Jerusalem for two days and was in the grave for one day, which was a total of three days and three nights in Jerusalem; that is, in the Heart of the Earth. Two thirds of the time, He was alive and suffering, the other third He was in the tomb. And His uncorrupted body was raised anew after the third day, which would have been shortly after sundown Saturday, not during the dawn Sunday morning. That was when two of the Marys went to the tomb to anoint Him with aromatic spices:

“And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.” Mark 16:1-2.

These two verses help a great deal in placing the crucifixion on Friday afternoon rather than Wednesday. For instance:

The spices were bought after the Sabbath, which could have been ten or eleven hours later just before going to the sepulcher early Sunday morning, or perhaps just after sundown Saturday when the Sabbath ended; that is, if businesses opened for a while after the Saturday Sabbath ended. They may have also known a dealer of spices and had gone to his home to buy them. We are not told where or the hour they were bought, but it is clear from Mark, it was after the Sabbath.

It is very unlikely that they would have gone to anoint Jesus if He had been dead for three days, plus twelve more hours from sundown Saturday to sunrise Sunday morning. For as it was said of Lazarus after he had been dead for four days — “He stinketh.”

We do not think that these women would enter the tomb of a decomposing body to anoint it. To my knowledge, such was never done.

And “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Acts 2:27.

Therefore, since His body was not in repose long enough to see corruption, and the two Marys surely did not expect His body to be stinking, they went to anoint Him around 39hours after His death, i.e. from 3:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning is 39 hours.

Let us close by saying this. Although Jesus suffered greatly in that ancient city of Jerusalem, the Heart of that Earth—we praise God that He submitted Himself to it. For as Margit mentioned after proofing this article: “He now dwells FOREVER in the Heart of another Earth, another Jerusalem; that is, IN THE HEART OF HIS BODY, IN THE HEART OF YOU AND ME.”

Before His time of three days and nights in Jerusalem, when His passion began, Jesus knew that He would not only be temporarily in the Heart of the Earth; but He would be dwelling in the hearts of His own. For He told his disciples:

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions (Grk. abodes, living places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also….And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN YOU.” John 14:1-3 & John 14:16-17.

For three days and three nights, He suffered and died in the old Jerusalem, but the most important matter of all this is that He now rejoices together with you and with me, as He lives forever in the Heart of another Earth, in the New Jerusalem of His many membered body! Praise God!

Elwin R. Roach

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Amen to that! New Jerusalem is in the hearts of all His followers there is no other place on this earth where He resides but in our hearts. Old Jerusalem was destroyed and if a 3rd temple is ever built there it will be for the anti-Christ.

As the dark matter descends upon this world I pray we all cling closely to our glorious Lord and Savior.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

RELIGION: THE ULTIMATE PERVERSION OF TRUTH (Satan’s most successful and effective weapon!!)

RELIGION: THE ULTIMATE PERVERSION OF TRUTH
(Satan’s most successful and effective weapon!!)

Hello all,

It all began in the Garden of Eden, when Eve ate of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and not the Tree of Life. She chose knowledge over truth and it seems mankind has been doing that ever since. The tree of Life stood for the Truth, and the tree of Knowledge stood for man’s knowing Self. The ultimate choice of choosing knowing self over knowing God, or the choosing of religion over the Truth.

The product of this choice, that Eve and Adam made, was their two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel represent the two divisions of humanity. Abel took God’s way and Cain took his own way. There are many people today and throughout history who, like Cain, are doing things their own way. They worship and create religions in their own mind and, thinking they are doing enough to appease God, are being rejected.

Thus, Cain is the seed of the woman that that will try and kill Christ, and makes his first attempt at doing so, by killing Abel. Yet, before Cain kills Abel, both sons make an offering to the Lord. This very first offering is foreshadowing the formation of a false religion and a false worship that the seed of the Serpent (Cain) began. This will become the foundation for all false religions throughout mankind’s history, especially when we get into Nimrod, a direct descendant of Cain.

The Bible tells us, in Genesis 4: 3-5, of these offerings: “And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.”

Let’s us look at each verse here. “In the process of time” tells us that this is occurring after the Fall because they are now living outside the Garden, in the realm of time; as before they lived in timelessness, and were eternal. It is also the first time that this word (time) is mentioned in the Bible, which indicates this is where time began. Another explanation for 666…24hours 2+4=6, 60 minutes, 60 seconds, the number of man, the number of religion.

Cain “brought the fruit of the ground” that God has cursed because of the sin of Adam and Eve with the Serpent. He curses Satan to crawl on his belly in it, and for Adam to eat of it and die, and return to it. Cain is offering something man made to the Creator, because Cain has the Serpent’s mind and thinks like Satan, and is accursed with Satan’s pride. Religion stands for pride, in that man thinks he can do works to please God.

Cain brings what he made of the fruit of the ground that he was cursed to till, and he brings it as “an offering unto the Lord.” In doing thus, Cain actually becomes the father of religion, actually thinking that a man, cursed to the ground, could offer God, the Creator of the Universe, anything! Cain worshiped the created, and not the Creator, and therefore his offering was most offensive to God.

Before we hear of God’s rejection of Cain’s offering, we hear of His acceptance of Abel’s. Remember, Cain was first to think that he could give God something that would please Him, by making an offering, in the first place. Abel’s offering is just the opposite of Cain’s.

Abel knows God, he is a true son of Adam, and so he knows what will please God because he has a personal relationship with Him. Abel knows that the only thing that would please God is the Gospel, and worshiping in Spirit (by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) and the Truth, which is God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Genesis 4:4 continues; “and Abel he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering.” Abel brought the Lord what the Lord had created, but not only that, he brought something created by the Lord’s creation, the fat of the lambs. Neither would be possible if God had not created them.

The very fact that Abel brings the first born lambs, proves that he knows the Gospel, and that the Savior, of all mankind, will come from the first born Lamb of God, Jesus. Thus, Abel honors the Creator, the Creator’s creations, the Creator’s plan (the Gospel) and Jesus, all in one offering!

This big lie, that Satan told Eve in the garden, is the very same lie being taught in churches, today. Pastors and preachers are telling people that all they have to do is be baptized by water, join the church, give their money to the church, do “good works” and they will be saved. They will be saved and go to heaven and surely they will never die. This lie is the basis of ‘religion’, for it is the same way, even today, that Satan, through his false teachers and preachers, teach that all religions are just different paths to the same God. Also, by this statement, “ye shall not surely die”, the serpent is calling God a liar, and that God’s Word cannot be trusted.

The religion created by Satan’s seed is the religion of the Pharisee that had Christ put to death on the cross, thus bruising Christ’s heel. When Christ dies for all mankind’s sins and then rises from the grave, he overcomes sin and death and thus bruises, or crushes Satan’s head. Sin and death are what Satan is all about, and Christ dealt him a deadly blow. The deadly wound to Satan’s head will be healed, as stated in the Book of Revelation, but only for a short time. God will use Satan for His own plans and give mankind over to Satan’s rule and religion, because that is what mankind wants. In the end times, the mass majority of mankind will want religion more than the Truth.

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We see, by the offerings made by Cain and Abel, that this is a very crucial part of the Genesis story, and how very important it is for us to understand the implications. So much happens in just a few words or verses, that knowing the foundation and the language makes a world of difference in interpretation. It also shows us that God had all this in mind before the foundation of the world, and is passing this knowledge onto man, at the very beginning of man’s creation.

Because Abel was the “good seed” of Adam, he had a personal relationship with God, and the Gospel. Cain, the “bad seed” has a personal relationship to his father, the Serpent, and the mind of his father, the Serpent, and that is why His offering, of the created to the Creator, was rejected. Cain was taking pride in what he created, out of the ground, and not in what God created. This Pride, that caused Satan’s fall and began man’s journey away from God, is shown to us wonderfully when Cain finds out his offering is rejected. Gen. 4:5 tells us; “But onto Cain and to his offering, He (God) had not respect.”

Not only did He not respect Cain for thinking of it, but God did not respect the offering itself. God is showing us that pride, and the offerings of pride, to Him, reflect the path of man made religion, a path to Him that God totally rejects.

Cain’s sin of pride is further illustrated in what he does when his offering is rejected; “and Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell”. If Cain did not harbor the sin of pride, why would he be “wroth” (filled with wrath) and his face turned down? He had to be prideful to be so angry and ashamed. At this point, God even tells him that if he seeks to know the Gospel and the Truth, as his brother does, then he, too, can have a personal relationship with Him; “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted ?”.

Then God warns Cain of what will happen to him if he does not; “And if thou does not well sin lieth at the door. And onto thee shall be his desire and thou shall rule over him.” In other words, Cain will be left with only his evil desires and these evil desires shall rule over Cain, just like they did his father the Serpent.

This seed of the Serpent, carried down throughout history, is the religious spirit of the antichrist that John speaks about and it is taking over the whole world. The Jews at the time of Jesus’ ministry are the prime example of this, as they were not worshiping in Spirit and in Truth, instead they had made a religion of the Truth, just like Cain did.

The followers of the religion of Judaism is still doing this today! They do not worship in Spirit for they have not Christ, which is the only way to have the Holy Spirit. They do not worship in Truth because Christ is the Truth, and they know not Him!! Why oh why do we see these people as God’s chosen people? This is the ultimate perversion of Truth, this has been and still is Satan’s most successful and effective weapon against the true elect, the true chosen people of God!

Come out of religion and into the truth!! Being born again is the only way to the Kingdom of God! A personal relationship with Jesus and giving ones life to Him and receiving the Holy Spirit that will lead one to all Truth is the way. Religion leads to death and hell, and Truth leads to Life eternal. Choose Life!!

With love for all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ who have found the Truth and it has set them free. May the Lord give you the strength to shine forth His Light into this dark world.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.