Posted by: yeshuaisking | July 8, 2011

Freedom!


Freedom what is it? How do you get it? Or are we slaves no matter what. Is that the true curse of sin? These past several years have truly caused me to rethink my life and where I am going in it. It always seems as though I am miscast or follow the wrong road sinking myself further into slavery. I want to truly be free not of responsibility but of the rat race and the slavery this world offers. All it does is sinks you further and further into debt. Even if you give up all material things you are still not free because then you serve the finding of food and water and shelter. What a sad existence we have created for ourselves.

Adam and Eve had it so good. God had provided for their every need yet what they wanted was to decide for themselves what was good and evil in their own sight. They sold themselves into slavery and lost their freedom. Mankind has continued since then setting up more and more things to be slaves to. Creating all kinds of things that are supposed to make our lives more simple but ultimately cause to be more like slaves.

Think about all that we have created over the last 50 years. Has it helped us to be more free? Or is the truth that it has caused us to become more enslaved then we were before? I know that if you sit and truly think about it you will agree that it has served to enslave us even more.

I hate it. I do not like being a slave. It is the worst feeling in the world when you realize that is all you are a slave! Day in and day out you have to serve something whether it is your home your debt your job yourself. Everywhere you look your masters call to you wear you down and out. They try to steal your joy! How painful it is to have your eyes fully open to the truth of the charade we have created for ourselves.

The smoke and mirrors of our lives built by us and the world and those in control of it are so cunning to keep you from seeing the truth. For a long long time I believed I was free and the more I worked the more I did served to make me more free. I now realize the truth all that I have done just served to enslave me all the more.

Solomon puts it this way,  “Absolutely pointless!” says the spokesman. “Everything is pointless!”Eccl 12:8 (GW)

So what is the answer?

My wife God love her says this all the time quoting her favorite verses. 25 “So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?
26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
27 “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?
28 “And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes.
29 But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers.
30 That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?
31 “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’
32 Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them.
33 But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.
34 “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matt 6:25-34

This is where my journey continues.   7  “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.
8 Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone?
10 Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake?
11 Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?

The Golden Rule

12  “Always do for other people everything you want them to do for you. That is {the meaning of} Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets.

The Narrow Gate

13 “Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate.
14 But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.

Matt 7:7-14 (GW)

Posted by: yeshuaisking | May 30, 2011

“Rapture” at Center of End-Times Storm


“Rapture” at Center of End-Times Storm

by Terry James of Rapture Ready

The couple of weeks just past bring in focus–for me, at least—stark reminders of the times in which we find ourselves, in relationship to Bible prophecy.

Geophysical disturbances wreaking death tolls in the central United States are part of events engendering the sense of the lateness of the hour, prophetically speaking. The tornado that tore apart Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 100 and injuring hundreds, certainly adds to the sense of this being a prophetic hour. Studies show that records for devastating storms, earthquakes, and other such phenomena seem to be falling with each month that passes.

I personally had my life touched by the most recent outbreak near Oklahoma City, when one of my closest friends in ministry lost everything he owns, while thankfully he, his wife, and neighbors were safe in a storm shelter. (Please see my note below this commentary.)

We have written many times in these commentaries–and others have written in their commentaries–about the frequency and intensity with which so many things that appear to be end-times indicators are storming upon a world ripe for God’s judgment. The birth-pang convulsions are front and center of our daily, even hourly, headlines.

World economic crises continue to mount, but are pushed to the back burner so far as headlines are concerned, because things of more immediate import crowd them out for the moment. Still, the global economic meltdown continues. The U.S. is in a position out of which it looks impossible to ever emerge. The rest of the world, particularly Europe, is in even worse fiscal condition. The powers that be, the global monetary gurus, seem to have become calloused to the truly monumental seriousness of the situation. It is as if they believe they can indefinitely delay the inevitable payments coming due.

The monetary manipulators have their eyes set on a completely changed economic order as the solution, no doubt. They need a crisis of major magnitude–I’m convinced they believe—in order to galvanize all of their elements of aspiration into rearrangements which they can completely put under their collective controlling thumb.

At the same time, things are heating up that involve the U.S. and the world dealing with the nation Israel. There is no more profound signal of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline than things going on in this arena of geopolitical activity.

The American administration speaks out of both sides of its mouth, in one breath betraying Israel in doing things like selling arms to Israel’s enemy Arab states, but denying arms sales to the Jewish state.

Over the last year, the United States refused to approve any major Israeli weapons requests. Government sources asserted that the refusal represented a White House policy to link most arms sales to Israel to progress in the U.S. plan to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank.

At the same time, Obama has approved more than $10 billion worth of arms sales to Arab League states, including Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (“Israel’s Netanyahu Keeping Mum about Obama’s Virtual Arms Embargo,” World Tribune, Feb 10, 2011–thanks to Jonathan Stettin)

In the next breath, President Obama demands the impossible of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then, after receiving so much negative backlash, backtracks on his declaration that Israel must give the Palestinians land so the 1967 borders can be reestablished–claiming the U.S. is an unmovable friend of the Jewish nation.

Israel’s being at the center of the vital issues of peace and security for that Jewish state and for the world cannot be overemphasized. This is the number-one signal that we are bumping up against the very end of this dispensation–the Age of Grace.

This fact and all of the other things of prophetic significance we write about week after week are overwhelming in the weight of evidence they present, telling the discerning student of Bible prophecy and observer of the times that Christ’s shout “Come up here!” must be near indeed.

And, this brings me to the interesting thing I would like to point out at this most crucial hour. Thanks to Harold Camping, I believe the world has moved forward a significant notch in the matter of nearing the end of the age. One news media scoffer reported the following:

When the world did not end at precisely 6 p.m. yesterday, Doomsday prophet Robert Fitzpatrick’s fragile grasp on reality crumbled.

“I don’t understand why nothing is happening,” said Fitzpatrick, flipping through his Bible for clues to why Rapture failed to show up on time. “It’s not a mistake. I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said,” he said, looking increasingly disheveled and confused as he stood in Times Square before mocking crowds.

Fitzpatrick is a follower of Harold Camping, 89, an Oakland, Calif., evangelist who promised that on Judgment Day the righteous would be sucked up to heaven while sinners–even children–were to rot among fires, earthquakes and tsunamis engulfing the Earth. (Heather Haddon and Doublas Montero, “Doomsayer Confused as World Doesn’t End,” New York Post, 5/22/11–thanks to Chris Mangan)

Now, I said above that, thanks to Harold Camping, I believe the world has moved forward a significant notch in the matter of nearing the end of the age. The scoffers are fully out of the woodwork, that’s for certain. Camping’s failed prediction–and all of them, Camping’s and others, have failed—brings 2 Peter 3:3-4 into focus as never before: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

Todd and I have received some proof of this on an up-close-and-personal basis via email. Here are but a few examples.

“How is it up in heaven?”

“We’re enjoying hour after hour laughing our [posteriors] off at the great stuff you have on your web site. (on our off time, of course) Keep up the great work…what a bunch of kooks!”

“You don’t really actually believe in this garbage do you? Well I guess we can just all wait and see soon that you are all crazy and full of crap. LOL! What a crock! Aaaahahahahahahahahahahahah huuuuuuuuuuuh AAAaaaahahahahahahahahahaha Now will you get a life?”

“Really–are you retarded? Did you experience brain damage in an accident? You idiots… Taking money from common people… You will roast if there is a god.”

“You are all idiots, really…. Congratulations on the brilliant predictions. You are retarded, you are a moron. You should be poor and homeless soon. Happy rapture day – you [expletive deleted].”

Well, you get the drift of the comments that make Mr. Camping’s failed prediction of Rapture out to be ours as well.

Yes, 2 Peter 3: 3-4 is most assuredly in the process of being fulfilled. But, that’s nothing new. We have seen such scoffing for…well, decades.

Here is the thing I want you to see that I find so fascinating. With all of the obvious prophetic indicators in play every hour of every day at present, we now have the word “Rapture” in the middle of it all! People now know what the Rapture is by definition, at least to some extent.

Whereas the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins made some aware of the word “Rapture,” Camping, through demonstrable media hatred for anything truly Christian, has made the word practically a household term. Mocking or not, the ubiquitous use of the term has left most–within the U.S. and much of Europe, at least—without excuse.

The Lord of heaven never brings His judgment and wrath without sufficient warning. The world is hearing the sirens…

Special note from Terry James I wanted to draw your attention to the dire needs of a wonderful personal friend. one of the Lord’s most faithful servants in the area of Bible prophecy and his wife suffered the complete loss of their home and all belongings in the massive tornado that struck near Oklahoma City on Tuesday, May 25. Dr. Larry Spargimino and his wife, Jennifer, thankfully, were able to get to a storm shelter, and are physically unharmed. The complete loss of their home, vehicle, clothing and all other possessions, however, means hardship for them in the coming weeks. In addition to the many prayers that we hope will be going before the Throne of God for them, we are asking if possible that you make a financial donation to help them more easily get through this ordeal. Donations can be sent to them at: Larry and Jennifer Spargimino, Southwest Radio Ministries , 500 Beacon Drive , Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

May God Bless you for opening your heart to a true champion of Christ’s prophetic Work in this crucial hour.

–Terry

Posted by: yeshuaisking | May 29, 2011

To Be or Not To Be Deluded By Don Twobears


This was an article I read this morning.

Recently, I decided to get an opinion (of sorts), which then I hoped might lead to a consensus concerning current events. Now, we all have the newspapers and the Internet, even on our phones. I have asked what people think, knowing they have such widespread access to information.

In the beginning of my seeking opinion, I asked my questions to friends and family, then I began to ask strangers whenever I was engaged with them verbally. My concern was about anything: natural disasters, the economy, political unrest across the globe, the Middle-East unrest, and terrorism.

What I heard was “nation against nation,” “race against race,” “religion against religion,” and “belief against belief.” And surprisingly, it usually began with simple statements:

“I’m just tired of all the violence.”

“Can’t they see it’s nobody’s business what someone else thinks or feels?”

“I don’t care if they’re Muslim or anything else; keep your thoughts to yourself!”

“Just because you feel this way or that doesn’t mean everyone else has to!”

Not everyone went beyond those words or the like, but a few were willing to elaborate. The latter group was always willing to say, “If that’s YOUR religion or political belief…GREAT!!! Now keep it to yourself!” And these words were stated in exasperation, by and large.

How would you know this is the correct approach to take concerning those two areas?

Some religions state that the followers should expound their wisdom to others. In some cases, for some religions, it’s a requirement. I would try and state. “Don’t ya think it would be better to ask the other person, if they are willing to listen to it first? And IF not…then drop the issue and go about your business? The same thing goes for politics—ya know what I mean?”

This is the best description of the answers I would get. It didn’t take long before I saw that I had run into a very unique situation with those whom I knew well (or thought I did) and those few that I didn’t know at all. The “Great Delusion” was well on its way. Here are the Bible verses that tell of this delusion.

2 Thessalonians 2:1–12:

 

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in thetempleofGod, shewing himself that he is God.

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way [the Holy Spirit].

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(emphasis added)

 

That Old Serpent, the Devil…Satan…is hard at work doing everything he can to hurt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The Bible’s description of Satan has great warning for all. He is the father of lies.

In times past, people believed in doing the right thing, and yet today, that has fallen by the wayside. The statement, “It’s all about me”—self-centeredness—has taken its place throughout the world. I am still able to see September 11, 2001, as people of our nation coming together against the terrorists of the world.

In the past ten years, we have seen the polarization in almost every direction and, for every idea, pull this nation apart. Usually it is according to the whims of every individual and for every reason one can think of. If you need proof, go to the news section reporting any sort of event, read the story, and then read the opinion section. I’m sure you will sense the anger, the hatred, and the blasphemy from all directions!

I know from my childhood that adults used to rally together, look for the right thing to think, say, or do, and then move forward as a unit in what they perceive as the right direction. In those times, politicians used the name of God in finding solutions to problems. Yet since the beginning of the 1960s, we have seen that way of doing things slowly being eroded away.

We NO LONGER think in terms of what is best for all concerned. Now the mindset centers on: “How will this best suit ME? What do I get out of this? I want what’s due me!”

And everybody wonders about the cause of the ills of the world. Why all these things are taking place is the question of the hour. There is never any thought that the cause lies within all who make themselves number one in all things. 

I believe this stems from the fact that the Great Delusion predicted by God is at work, and that the Day of the Lord (the Rapture) is very, very close at hand!

What behavioral manifestation can anyone find that more dramatically shows the extent of the Great Delusion as it is today? Self-centeredness has come to be full blown in this generation. Yet the Bible has been around for better than 2600 years.

Consider how long a period of time this is, then notice that where this world stands presently is proof that far too many have never read the Bible. Even if people do not wish to believe what is written in God’s Word, doesn’t it seem that it would be prudent to at least wonder if there is any level of validity to the prophecies written therein?

Think in terms of evolution. Ask how long these ideas have been around. Then ask yourself: If it is still a theory, if it is so valid to many, why has no one gone on to prove or disprove it? “Great Delusion” is the likely answer.

The same thing goes with the Bible, God’s Holy Word! The scientific world has already noted that some things in the Bible are true and are verified! Having said that, why is the rest of the Bible not verified by this same, scientific-oriented group?

The answer is that the Holy Spirit convicts every individual of SIN. Conversely, Satan condemns each person of SIN. It isn’t rocket science to understand that Satan hates you with a hatred you have never imagined. If that weren’t true, the world wouldn’t be in the particular condition it is in today. The average Joe Black on the street doesn’t think about his/her SIN; that would mean that he or she is wrong in how he or she thinks or lives—and we can’t have that!! It truly comes down to this: “I’m right, or correct…and…you are not! I am better than you; why can’t you see that?”

The answer is equally simple to understand, as explained in Ephesians 2:1–2:

1 And you hath he quickened [made alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

The answer is to come to Jesus Christ, ask for forgiveness of YOUR SIN, and believe that HE was crucified, died, and was resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of God. The ONLY way to the Father (and heaven) is through Jesus Christ!

 

Posted by: yeshuaisking | May 21, 2011

Judgement Day


No doubt almost all of those in the US have heard by now that today May 21st is Judgement Day predicted by Harld Camping. And no doubt those that truly read the Word of God know this is not true just as his predictions in the past were false. Because of this many people have begun to mock all of those who believe that Jesus will one day return to gather His church before a Great Tribulation befalls the earth as judgment of man’s sin.

36 “No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows. 37 “When the Son of Man comes again, it will be exactly like the days of Noah. 38 In the days before the flood, people were eating, drinking, and getting married until the day that Noah went into the ship. 39 They were not aware of what was happening until the flood came and swept all of them away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes again. 40 “At that time two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, and the other one will be left. 41 Two women will be working at a mill. One will be taken, and the other one will be left. 42 “Therefore, be alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will return. 43 You realize that if a homeowner had known at what time of the night a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. He would not have let the thief break into his house. 44 Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.

I have a warning for those who will mock not only God’s Word but those who believe it to be true.  7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:7 (KJV). 

The day will come and you will be either like Noah and his family saved by God or you will be like the rest of the world swept away buy the judgement to come. Who will be saved?  9 If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God brought him back to life, you will be saved. 10 By believing you receive God’s approval, and by declaring your faith you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.” Romans 10:9-11 (GW)

36 “No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows. 37 “When the Son of Man comes again, it will be exactly like the days of Noah. 38 In the days before the flood, people were eating, drinking, and getting married until the day that Noah went into the ship. 39 They were not aware of what was happening until the flood came and swept all of them away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes again. 40 “At that time two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, and the other one will be left. 41 Two women will be working at a mill. One will be taken, and the other one will be left. 42 “Therefore, be alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will return. 43 You realize that if a homeowner had known at what time of the night a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. He would not have let the thief break into his house. 44 Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.

Matt 24:36-44 (GW)

Posted by: yeshuaisking | April 20, 2011

He is Risen Indeed From A Law Professor’s Perspective


He Is Risen Indeed!

By J.R. Hall Berean Watchmen Ministries

Dr. Simon Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University (1833-1848), was one of the greatest legal minds that ever lived. He wrote the famous legal volume entitled, ‘A Treatise on the Law of Evidence’, considered by many to be the greatest legal volume ever written and it remained a standard textbook in American law throughout the nineteenth century. Dr. Greenleaf’s career played an important role in the development of legal or juridical apologetics. This school of thought is typified by legally trained scholars applying the canons of proof and argument to the defense of Christian belief. That’s right, you’ve guessed it – Dr. Greenleaf was a Christian. But this, of course, wasn’t always so. In the beginning, Dr. Simon Greenleaf believed the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a hoax, a made up story, and was to be considered as nothing more than a myth of history. This mindset was what prompted him on a quest to once-and-for-all expose the “myth” of the Resurrection. Painstakingly, using all the tools at the disposal of a Law Professor and thoroughly examining the evidence for the Resurrection, Dr. Greenleaf came to the exact opposite conclusion! He wrote a book entitled, ‘An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice’. In this book he emphatically stated: “It was impossible that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not Jesus Christ actually risen from the dead” (pg 29) [emphasis mine] Dr. Greenleaf concluded that, in accordance with the guidelines of legal evidence, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was the best supported event in all of history. The evidence was so convincing Dr. Greenleaf committed his life to Christ as a result. What Caused Him to Change His Mind? What evidence could Dr. Greenleaf have discovered that would cause him to completely turn around on the issue? What facts did he discover that his legal mind, on its search for truth, could not rationally ignore? To answer this question we need to look at the same evidence that he found. We need to go back to the story of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events immediately following. More importantly, we need to examine the lives and response of those 11 men that were considered to be Christ’s closest followers. We need to look at the life of the Disciples (minus Judas) surrounding that first Resurrection (Easter) Weekend. The scene the night before the Resurrection opens onto the Garden of Gethsemane. The silence of the night is interrupted when a boisterous mob approaches. Judas seals the betrayal with a kiss, and the mob leads Christ away to stand trial before Pilate. After some deliberations Pilate eventually has Christ sentenced to death by crucifixion. Not only was it the most brutal and shameful form of capital punishment ever devised, but the few hours leading up to the event saw Christ beaten, whipped, mocked and spat upon. The Bible says in Galatians 3:13, “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”. The apostles looked on in horror and confusion during the events that night and the next day. Here was the man they believed to be the Messiah. Here was the man that they referred to as the Christ – the God-man, the Savior; the one who Isaiah said would set up a government – a kingdom – that would never end. (cf. Isaiah 9:6-7) Now here was their Christ. Here before them was a man, beaten, disfigured, and put to death as a common criminal. For three years this man performed miracles in their midst. This man Jesus convinced them all (save maybe Judas) that He was indeed the Son of God. “Did he not walk on water and calm the seas?” “Did he not heal the sick and raise people from the dead?” “And it all comes down to this?!?” In their eyes, the man in whom they put so much faith, trust and adoration, died in complete disgrace and humiliation. Might I suggest that through the events of that weekend, there stood eleven very confused and defeated men? Mark tells us, “And they all forsook him, and fled.” Even the disciple whom Christ called ‘Rock’ denied him three times before the rooster crowed on the night of His arrest. (cf. Matt 16:18; Mark 14:67-72) “I know not this man of whom ye speak” – Mark 14:71 Peter was undoubtedly afraid and confused. Like the others, all that he had believed in seemed to be unraveling before his eyes. But Something Happened The same city that witnessed the eleven disciples forsake Christ, was the first to witness those same men back in the streets mere weeks later, this time boldly proclaiming that Jesus Christ was alive! The very one who denied Him three times addressed the city. “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain… This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses” – Acts 2:22-23,32 [emphasis mine] The result of that speech and the surrounding dialog saw some 3000 souls saved that very day – and this was only the beginning. Early in Acts 4 we see another 5000 souls saved when Peter and John enter the temple. Ultimately Peter and John are detained by the priests, the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees. The next day they appeared before the rulers, elders, scribes, the High Priest, and many others of importance in the temple. During their line of questioning Peter makes it very clear: “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” – Acts 4:20 [emphasis mine] These men were eyewitnesses to something that changed their lives and now they were boldly proclaiming what they had seen. What was it that changed their mind? What was it that changed these once fearful, confused and broken men into bold lions, fiercely proclaiming the Gospel? You guessed it. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was the only thing that could have made the change. The resurrection had to be true because the knowledge of what they had seen changed those men’s lives forever. Even the priests and Pharisees remembered what Christ had said about ‘After three days, I will rise’. They were so worried about this that they requested Pilate to put guards at the tomb to make sure that no one ‘stole His body away’. (cf. Matt 27:63). Pilate indicated, “You have your watch”, which many have suggested were the soldiers of the garrison who were appointed to guard the temple. If these guards were from the garrison, they weren’t simply the commissionaires or night watchmen of today. These were most likely Roman Legionary soldiers. Men who were fierce in countenance and who faced death should they shirk or be found negligent in their duty. These were they in whom the priests, the Pharisees and Pilate put their trust – and rightfully so. Matthew 28 documents that when the Resurrection happened, those guards, “shook for fear of him [Christ], and became like dead men”. Later these fearful guards (both of what they had seen, and the consequence of the tomb being opened) went before the chief priests to tell them all that had happened. The result? The priests bought their silence with a bribe and gave them strict instructions to “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept'” This lie has been propagated to this very day and is subsequently held by many of the secular views of our time. I ask the reader to remember that this was in fact a similar stance that Dr. Simon Greenleaf once held – the Resurrection was nothing more than a myth. It was a man-made story concocted to justify and ratify a religion called Christianity. And yet, back in history, this body was never found. And you’d better believe that if the body of Jesus Christ was available, the Roman authorities would have paraded His body for all to see. Christianity was spreading like wild fire and nothing could have quenched that flame quicker than the body of Jesus Christ. And yet no body was found. Some people have suggested that the Resurrection was all a preplanned ruse, suggesting that Jesus was drugged [the sponge] to appear dead. Michael Baigent, author of the book titled ‘The Jesus Papers’ (which came out about the time that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ hit the movie theatres in 2006), stated in the London Sunday Times, “The church has tried to cover up evidence that Pilate made a secret deal to save Jesus’ life. It was rigged. It was a fraud,” he said. “I think the crucifixion was set up to remove a particular political problem which both Pilate and Jesus found themselves in.” He went on to argue that Pilate needed to appease the mob which was calling for Jesus’ death. But Jesus had urged his followers to pay their taxes, so Pilate had an incentive to let him live. He then goes on to suggest that Jesus recuperated in secret and then he and his wife travelled to Upper Egypt and taught mystical lore. Hogwash. The suggestion is complete and utter nonsense with no historical evidence to support it whatsoever. You see, Dr. Greenleaf came to realize it was foolishness to suggest the Resurrection was a fabrication planned by Jesus, his disciples and/or Pilate. It was illogical, and it could be proven to be so through judicial methods. Why? Because, if the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not true — there were 11 men who knew it! And not only knew it, but boldly proclaimed in the face of terrible persecution. These men were eyewitnesses. These men had the physical and tangible evidence of their own senses to bear witness of these first-hand accounts. “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses” – Luke 1:2 [emphasis mine] “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled” – 1 John 1:1 [emphasis mine] “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” – 2 Peter 1:16 [emphasis mine] So ‘What is the big deal?’ you might ask. Well in the judicial system an eyewitness is an important piece of evidence. Once we have ascertained that the eyewitness accounts are true or can be corroborated, there is no other conclusion but to accept their testimony as truth. What Dr. Greenleaf found from the eyewitness testimonies, documented throughout the New Testament, was that these men truly believed that Jesus Christ was not only God, but that he also rose from the dead. These men were so sure of their belief that they sealed their testimony with their own blood! History documents that 10 out of 11 of the original disciples died horrible martyrs’ deaths! Not to mention the many other documented eyewitnesses who died similarly as a consequences for their beliefs. Paul appealed to his audience’s knowledge of the fact that Christ had been seen by more than 500 people at one time. (cf. 1 Cor. 15:6) We know therefore that there were at least 500 or so people that were eyewitnesses to the risen Christ. One of these people was undoubtedly Stephen whom the Bible documents as the first Christian martyr in Acts 7. So the question is, “Would a normal and rational person die for a lie?” The answer could be “Yes” if perchance they were unknowingly following a lie. However, would they die for the lie, if they knew it was a lie? Not likely! In fact to do so would be considered lunacy. If the resurrection was a fabrication, as some might say, then these early martyrs died knowing that what they were dying for was a hoax. Perhaps one person in eleven could be crazy enough to knowingly die for a lie. But something convinced ALL of the disciples and the early believers that undeniably – Jesus Christ had risen from the dead. To suggest otherwise is to claim that these men and women died for a lie and that they knew it was a lie. No rational human being is going to do that. And this was the evidence that Dr. Greenleaf could not ignore. You cannot find a group of 11 men in the history of this universe who forsook all, were beaten, jailed and even went so far as die for a lie — knowing it was a lie! The idea is inconceivable. You could imprison them, flog them, kill them, but you could not make them deny their conviction that on the third day Christ rose again. Dr. Greenleaf wrote, “It was impossible that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not Jesus Christ actually risen from the dead!” The evidence is clear that these men died for what they believed to be true, not for what they knew was a lie. And what of the man named Saul from Tarsus? The Conversion of an Apostle The Bible documents for us that Saul of Tarsus was a member of the Pharisees. Whether or not he was part of the Sanhedrin is not really stated, however his familiarity with the council in Acts 23 and the fact that he refers to them as ‘Brothers’ (vs. 1-6) may imply he had been a member. Saul was a zealous man who persecuted the early church like none other. Paul was there when Stephen was martyred by stoning (cf Acts 7:58) and other places document his persecution of the early church. “Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” – Acts 8:1 [emphasis mine] “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” – Acts 8:3 [emphasis mine] “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” – Acts 9:1-2 [emphasis mine] The language I emphasized in the passages above is quite severe. Saul’s hatred of the early church was up till now unequaled in his time. And yet, as the chapter 9 passages in Acts unfold we learn that something happened to this man Saul. Something happened to him that was so life changing he went from being one of the greatest enemies of Jesus Christ, to being one of His most devoted followers ever recorded in human history. Some have even referred to him as the greatest Christian who ever lived. There can be only one explanation for this change in Saul of Tarsus – Saul was an eyewitness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not that he was present when it happened, but that he saw the living Christ. Jesus made himself known on that road to Damascus. Jesus met Saul face to face and the meeting transformed him into a new creature. It transformed him into a man who now dedicated his life to the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So much so, that he was eventually beheaded for it sometime around 67 A.D. The Gospel message must have been true. Or Saul of Tarsus would never have come to be known as Paul the Apostle. The Resurrection Must Be True What do the experts say? “We, as Christians, are asked to take a very great deal on trust; the teachings, for example, and the miracles of Jesus. If we had to take all on trust, I for one, should be skeptical. The crux of the problem of whether Jesus was, or was not, what He proclaimed Himself to be, must surely depend upon the truth or otherwise of the resurrection. On that greatest point we are not merely asked to have faith. In its favour as living truth there exists such an overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true” – Lord Darling, former Chief Justice of England “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.” – Professor Thomas Arnold, former chair of history at Oxford, and author of the famous volumes, History of Rome. “I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the Resurrection has never broken down yet.” – John Singleton Copley – recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history. He was Solicitor General of the British government, Attorney General of Great Britain, three times the High Chancellor of England and elected High Steward of the University of Cambridge. “All that Christianity asks of men…is, that they would be consistent with themselves; that they would treat its evidences as they treat the evidence of other things; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they deal with their fellow men, when testifying to human affairs and actions, in human tribunals. Let the witnesses [to the Resurrection] be compared with themselves, with each other, and with surrounding facts and circumstances; and let their testimony be sifted, as if it were given in a court of justice, on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to a rigorous cross-examination. The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability and truth.” – Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Testimony of the Evangelists Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice [Emphasis mine in all quotes above] Our Conclusion The jury is in, and the verdict delivered. Committed skeptics and those who are expertly trained to pour over evidence have declared, on the basis of the evidence, that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact. Those who would ignore the evidence do so at their own peril. “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.” – John 3:36 I trust and pray that the evidences presented in this article were encouraging to you. I hope it has helped build more confidence in our savior and the Resurrection story. In this day and age we have so many attacks on the truth that it is encouraging to have sound apologetics to stand on. I trust that as the season of the Resurrection (Easter) approaches that we, with renewed vigor and joy, will respond to each declaration of ‘Jesus Lives!’ with an emphatic and now more confident… “He has Risen Indeed!”

Posted by: yeshuaisking | April 4, 2011

History repeats


It is said time and time again history repeats itself. It never fails we as a world continue to make the same mistakes over and over and over again. But when we do it is never on the same scale as the last. It is always on a much larger scale. The hatred of the Jewish people is one of the biggest blunders the world has ever made. Below is an article that I think will help you to understand.

Steve

Israelicide

this was written by Terry James at Rapture Ready

http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Forewarning of the fate that the nations of earth face leaps from Bible prophecy. Those who make Jerusalem and Israel the object of hatred will pay a terrible price. And make no mistake, the city and nation (Jewish people) are inextricably linked: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth are gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3). To “burden themselves” with Jerusalem and with Israel (Judah) in this case means to come against the city and people in a hostile sense. God is saying through Zechariah the prophet that at the end of the age, near the consummation of His dealing with this earth system, all nations of earth will make Jerusalem and His chosen people the center of their anger and aggression. The aggressors against God’s city (Jerusalem, the apple of his eye–see Zechariah 2:8) and the Jewish people will result in devastation for those attackers. Perhaps it’s just the old advertising guy in me, but I want to coin a new word–“Israelicide”–for what the nations of the world are in process of doing. The word has means two things in my thinking: 1) to commit satanically inspired genocide against the Jewish race; and 2) the collective suicide of Israel’s enemies whose coalescing unity of mind curse Israel. It doesn’t take a historian’s knowledge to understand that the Jewish race–the nation of Israel—has been hated and harassed as no other people throughout the millennia. Although some–like Iran’s dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews never happened, that it’s all fabrication by the hated Zionists, the world knows the horrific truth about genocide against God’s chosen people. The record of the demise of those who made the Jews the object of their hate was made manifest before the eyes of the peoples of all nations. Germany was completely defeated and divided. The remains of Hitler and his henchmen lie strewn in ignominy, their memories detested by all but those of like heinous anti-Semitic hatred. They committed Israelicide, in both meanings of my term. The promise to Israel’s patriarch, Abraham, remains in effect: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Genesis 12: 3a). Nations of earth are in the process of committing Israelicide, in my view, collectively insisting that Israel is the central problem in the Middle East. It is the Jewish state that in the opinion of most of the diplomatic world is holding up progress in the Roadmap for Peace. Those same diplomats, along with their mainstream news media cohorts, point accusatory fingers at Israel upon each retaliatory strike they make to try to keep their enemies at bay. At the same time, the murder of an innocent Jewish family–the Fogel family, including their three-month-old baby–by Israel’s enemies is hardly mentioned by the diplomatic community or the mainstream journalists of the world. Prophesied events are being set up on an hour-by-hour basis. The Islamist countries are in incendiary turmoil, as the headlines continually remind us. These nations have Israel encircled on all sides except on the side of the Mediterranean–the sea into which a number of the leaders of Arab states plus Iran’s Ahmadinejad have vowed to push the Jewish state. There is good reason to believe that all of this upheaval is being orchestrated by various elements in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood, in preparation for an ultimate effort to erase Israel from the earth. Some are convinced this will all play out in a war they believe is predicted by a prayer recorded in Psalm 83. Certainly, one can’t deny there are powerful dynamics moving and shaking in the land around which end-times Bible prophecy is centered. The militant Islamists of the Arab nations and Iran are bent on committing Israelicide, there is no doubt. They have declared their intention loudly and for a long time. The Bible says Israel’s enemies will do just that, but in the sense of the second meaning of my newly coined word, not in the sense of the first definition. They will commit Israelicide. Some day, such an attack will be their final death knell. For certain, Israel’s Middle East and northern enemies will pay the price for their hatred as recorded by the prophet Ezekiel: “Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:4-5). –Terry

Forewarning of the fate that the nations of earth face leaps from Bible prophecy. Those who make Jerusalem and Israel the object of hatred will pay a terrible price. And make no mistake, the city and nation (Jewish people) are inextricably linked: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth are gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

To “burden themselves” with Jerusalem and with Israel (Judah) in this case means to come against the city and people in a hostile sense. God is saying through Zechariah the prophet that at the end of the age, near the consummation of His dealing with this earth system, all nations of earth will make Jerusalem and His chosen people the center of their anger and aggression. The aggressors against God’s city (Jerusalem, the apple of his eye–see Zechariah 2:8) and the Jewish people will result in devastation for those attackers.

Perhaps it’s just the old advertising guy in me, but I want to coin a new word–“Israelicide”–for what the nations of the world are in process of doing. The word has means two things in my thinking: 1) to commit satanically inspired genocide against the Jewish race; and 2) the collective suicide of Israel’s enemies whose coalescing unity of mind curse Israel.

It doesn’t take a historian’s knowledge to understand that the Jewish race–the nation of Israel—has been hated and harassed as no other people throughout the millennia. Although some–like Iran’s dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews never happened, that it’s all fabrication by the hated Zionists, the world knows the horrific truth about genocide against God’s chosen people.

The record of the demise of those who made the Jews the object of their hate was made manifest before the eyes of the peoples of all nations. Germany was completely defeated and divided. The remains of Hitler and his henchmen lie strewn in ignominy, their memories detested by all but those of like heinous anti-Semitic hatred. They committed Israelicide, in both meanings of my term.

The promise to Israel’s patriarch, Abraham, remains in effect: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Genesis 12: 3a). Nations of earth are in the process of committing Israelicide, in my view, collectively insisting that Israel is the central problem in the Middle East. It is the Jewish state that in the opinion of most of the diplomatic world is holding up progress in the Roadmap for Peace.

Those same diplomats, along with their mainstream news media cohorts, point accusatory fingers at Israel upon each retaliatory strike they make to try to keep their enemies at bay. At the same time, the murder of an innocent Jewish family–the Fogel family, including their three-month-old baby–by Israel’s enemies is hardly mentioned by the diplomatic community or the mainstream journalists of the world.

Prophesied events are being set up on an hour-by-hour basis. The Islamist countries are in incendiary turmoil, as the headlines continually remind us. These nations have Israel encircled on all sides except on the side of the Mediterranean–the sea into which a number of the leaders of Arab states plus Iran’s Ahmadinejad have vowed to push the Jewish state. There is good reason to believe that all of this upheaval is being orchestrated by various elements in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood, in preparation for an ultimate effort to erase Israel from the earth.

Some are convinced this will all play out in a war they believe is predicted by a prayer recorded in Psalm 83. Certainly, one can’t deny there are powerful dynamics moving and shaking in the land around which end-times Bible prophecy is centered.

The militant Islamists of the Arab nations and Iran are bent on committing Israelicide, there is no doubt. They have declared their intention loudly and for a long time. The Bible says Israel’s enemies will do just that, but in the sense of the second meaning of my newly coined word, not in the sense of the first definition. They will commit Israelicide.

Some day, such an attack will be their final death knell. For certain, Israel’s Middle East and northern enemies will pay the price for their hatred as recorded by the prophet Ezekiel: “Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:4-5).

–Terry

Posted by: yeshuaisking | March 26, 2011

What is a Chrisitan to think?


There are so many brands of Christianity to choose from and yes I chose the word brand purposefully. There is the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheran, Baptist, Emergent, Non Denominational, and the list goes on and on and on. We have more brands of Christianity than brands of Fast Food Restaurants. And they are more like Fast food joints than places of worship.

So who is correct and who is not? What is a Christian to think? Here is the answer.  None of them. WHAT did I say? None are correct. Each of them are influenced by man and their cultures or agenda. If you hold up any church movement to God’s Word none of them fit the idea of the true church. That is not to say that there are not true believers in these churches but most are not. Their deeds do not reflect what a believer in Christ is.

There is no tolerance for those who believe just the Good News. The Catholics think that they are the only way. The Protestants think they are the true church. The Eastern Orthodox believe they are the true church and so on and so on.

None are the true church at all. The true church are the believers themselves. They are those that serve Jesus Christ our LORD. Jesus said

He replied to them, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 34 Then looking at those who sat in a circle around him, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. 35 Whoever does what God wants is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:33-35 (GW)

So what is the right path and who do we follow? Well lets first off start with this. The body of Christ at its core is Jewish. We were grafted into the family of Abraham we are not separated from that family. For those who believe in Yeshua (Jesus) we are continuing the faith of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. It goes further back all the way to Adam the first human. So to simply put it that we follow God and not man’s idea of God.

A follower of Christ believes simply that God brought life into existence and mankind decided to rule himself. And for roughly 6000 years we have done that and have messed this world up so bad. We have not only ruled ourselves but we continually try to rule over each other. Those who believe that God sent His Son to show what it means to submit to God to believe that He will redeem those who have faith in Him from the fallen nature the people and this world have fallen into.  Realizing that they are not perfect and all knowing and trusting the Lord to lead them. Not another man or some scheme devised by man.

A follower of Christ allows God to govern their actions and they do not rule over anyone else. Through the washing of His disciples feet Jesus showed that those who wish to lead must serve those they are in charge of.  For except for the Son of God no human is perfect and if that is what Jesus did who was and is and always will be perfect and He submitted his will to that of His Father in Heaven then we should do the same.

To sum this up where ever we are we need to follow God the Father through the example of His Son Yeshua(Jesus) and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God.  Read the scriptures for yourself removing the brand name of Christianity that has been handed to you and truly allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Do not read other books telling you what God meant in His Word. Learn it through what He shows you. Not only will you see it in His WORD but it will be confirmed in creation around you. A wise man I have listened to said that the church I attend is not the foundation for my faith. Our foundation is Yeshua (Jesus). He is the rock we are to build on. Nothing else will do.

Posted by: yeshuaisking | March 13, 2011

Do Not Worry About Your Life


I read an article this morning by one of my favorite Christian bloggers. He was writing about the verses in Matthew 6:25-34.  Which says. ”

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

For me and my family these verses have been so alive in our life in so many ways. God has always provided for us. We have never lacked for anything. Have we struggled from time to time sometimes mightly. Yes mostly because of our own choices. But God has always blessed us. Not because we deserved it. Oh by no means but none the less He has shown us mercy and grace in our times of need.

See my wife always says to me, ” Live simply to simple live.” It has taken me a long time to understand this but I know truly understand it now. I also believe that this is what these verses mean. See everything we have can be taken away in an instant. The more we have and have stored up the more we have to lose.

This has never been more evident than in Japan over the last few days. The people that were affected by the Earthquake have lost everything and those who have not may lose it all anyway due to the possible meltdowns at the nuke plants.

The earth has been affected by many tragedies over the last few years with earthquake, tornadoes, violent hurricanes, wars, drought, and so many others. We have seen people lose so much in the way of material things not to mention family and friends. The pain and the lose these people feel is tremendous.

In an instant all that we have could be taken away. Gone forever. No matter what steps we take. Japan boasted that they have built earthquake proof buildings and for many an earthquake much of their buildings have held up. Yet the most recent one not so much. We spend millions or billions to make life safe and to protect what we have stored up but in the end it always proves futile.

I love history and feel there is much to learn through it. One of the lessons it teaches us is that it is always the same. No matter what we do, the material whether it is human life or things, eventually is taken away or destroyed for good. Every civilization in history has gone through it since the beginning of time. Things that we covet and make important always are lost.

Another thing that history teaches us is that life goes on. After each tragedy life starts again. People rebuild vegetation returns and civilizations grow. Yet we do not learn from the past or we start out that way but soon forget.

Back to the scripture passages. At the end God’s Word tells us that God knows what we need to survive in this life on earth. Whether it is clothes, food, housing, or people to care for or be cared for by them. He always supplies. Do not be so concerned for those things.  Live simply to simply live!


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ISAIAH 19, BIBLE PROPHECY, AND THE FUTURE OF EGYPT: Where are we headed? What is the future of Egypt? The Lord has much to say about that actually, and Egypt plays an important role in End Times Bible prophecy.  We've just produced and posted an 8 minute video at http://www.joshuafund.netlooking at Matthew chapter 24, describing the rise of "lawlessness" in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ; and Isaiah chapter 19, which describes a very difficult, violent and economically disastrous future for Egypt in the last … Read More

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Posted by: yeshuaisking | December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus!!


Hi all and Merry Christmas to you all. What I am posting here was written by Jack Kelly of Grace thru Faith. Enjoy!!

What Did You Get For Christmas?

Since it appears that we’ll still be here for this Christmas, let’s take a moment to review what the Lord really promised us. This won’t be an exhaustive list but maybe it will help us remember what Christmas is really about. Think of it as as reminder of the gift He gave us for Christmas.

First and foremost, He came to take away our sins. Just for believing that, we’ve been promised that the penalty of eternal suffering we should have to pay has been canceled (Colossians 2:13-14) and replaced by eternal blessing in the presence of God (John 3:16).

Because He suffered in our place, we’ve been made forever perfect in God’s sight (Hebrews 10:14) , as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21). He came to set us free (John 8:35-37). The law of sin and death no longer has any claim on us (Romans 8:2).

That alone should make us jump for joy, but that’s not all He did. He came to take away our worries too. He promised that if we believe in Him, we’ll be adopted into the family of God (John 1:12) and made joint heirs with him in His inheritance (Galatians 4:4-7).

If we’ll just focus on seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness, He’ll provide for all our needs. We should never worry about what we’ll eat or drink or wear because He promised our needs will always be met (Matt. 6:31-33).

But more than just meeting our survival needs, He came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). He promised to make everything work together for our good (Romans 8:28) and that nothing could ever separate us from Him (Romans 8:38-39 and John 10:27-30).

Although He was rich He made Himself poor for our sakes, so that through His poverty we could become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). But He wasn’t speaking only of spiritual wealth. He promised that we could be made rich in every way so we could be generous on every occasion (2 Cor. 9:11)

He came to give us hope in times of trouble (John 16:33) and told us to not be so concerned about this life because it’s only temporary. It’s the next life that’s permanent and that’s the one we should always be thinking about (2 Cor. 4:17-18).

He promised to answer our prayers (John 14:13-14) forgive our sins (1 John 1:9) and heal our diseases (James 5:14-15).

He promised that if we stay connected to Him we’ll bear much fruit (John 15:7-8) and will perform miracles even greater than His. He said the only limitation on the things we could do in His name would be our faith in His promises (John 14:12).

But Wait, There’s More!

All these things are just for this life. He also came to give us a future that’s beyond imagining (1 Cor 2:9).

He promised to rescue us from the time and place of the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10), to separate us both by time and distance from the hour of trial that’s coming upon the whole world (Rev. 3:10).

To accomplish this, He promised to meet us in the air (1 Thes. 4:16-17), to change us from mortal to immortal (1 Cor. 15:52-53) and take us to His Father’s house (John 14:2-3) where He’ll hide us from God’s judgment of Earth (Isaiah 26:20-21).

He promised to make us into a royal priesthood (1 peter 2:9), kings and priests who will rule and reign with Him (Rev. 5:10), and to create an entire planet of gold and precious gems exclusively for us. We’ll live with Him there as members of his royal family (Rev. 21:9-27).

We’ll be seated beside Him in the heavenly realms so that by what He’s done for us he could demonstrate the incomparable riches of His grace in ages yet to come (Ephesians 2:6-7). No other group of humanity ever has or ever will enjoy the blessings He’s lavished on the Church.

These and many more promises began to come true from the moment of His birth. It was such a momentous occasion that God dispatched a heavenly choir to announce His arrival. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled to confirm the validity of His promises. All this and more is ours to a greater degree of certainty than anything else in our life. It’s the the gift He gave us at Christmas. Selah 12-24-10

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