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Maranatha

July 30, 2010

Truth will win in the end.  He who resides on the opposing side of the Truth, however will not debate as to which side is correct. Deception and distraction are his only tools and he uses them tirelessly. For example, though it has been utterly debunked he holds to the theory of “Global Warming”  or “Global Cooling” or “Climate Change” knowing that science will not back up his claims (the same could be said for evolution, abortion or homosexuality) but instead continues to declare his theory as fact in order to advance a particular ideology. This ideology is not new, however, it was used in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve and it has been at work ever since. Those who have bought in to a life-view that underscores the preeminence and omnipotence of God cannot easily side with the ideology of those who exalt God above all things.  Why?  Because they don’t honor the same Master; theirs is a liar, a thief and a murderer from the beginning so it is easy to understand why even in spite of the scientific evidence that disproves their theories, they continue to advance them.  (This “evidence” by the way, is used as the reason for not believing in God in the first place but it is looked past when it doesn’t match the conclusion at which they have already arrived)

“Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.” (John 8:43-45)

This is why, apart from the Holy Spirit energizing it, fruitful debate cannot take place between those who oppose and disdain God and those who exalt Him as glorious Father and everlasting King.  They will lie and distract and stop their ears at all things that come against their creed.  They would rather willingly buy into a lie than face the Truth.  (Rom. 1:24-26)

So as the events continue to play out and we find ourselves racing ever-closer to a one-world economic and political system, we will see the events described in Revelation unfold and chalked up to “Climate Change” or “Crazy Right-Wing Rhetoric” or some other distraction.  But know this, there will be a time of great trouble, such has never been before and those with waists girded and lamps burning will be the ones who will lead others out of the chaos and into the heart and desire of God.  (Mt. 24:21, 25:1-13, Lk, 12:35-37, Dan. 11:33)

“If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!” (1 Cor. 16:22)

Oh, for that Day!

June 19, 2010

“And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15)

Oh, for that Day!  Hallelujah, Glory to God.  He opened up His heart to us.  Only He has defeated sin and death and  made us presentable and lovely to Himself.  The kingdoms of this world will have no power in that Day.  The fleeting pleasures of this age will be defeated and all that will remain is the Love of God that is found in Christ Jesus.

Come quickly Lord.

Awake, Awake O Sleeper

June 5, 2010

“The synagogues of the Jews are homes of idolatry and devils…they are worse than even heathen circuses.  The very idea of going from a church to a synagogue is blasphemous and to attend the Jewish Passover is to insult Christ.  To be with the Jews on the very day they murdered Jesus is to insure that on the Day of Judgement He will say to you, “Depart from me for you have had intercourse with my murderers.”  The Jews do not worship God, but devils so that their feast are unclean.  God hates them and has always hated them.  But since the murder of Jesus He allows them no time for repentance.” John Chrysostom

It’s no wonder that the world and many in the church hold such disdain in their hearts for the Jewish people.  This is a sad thing indeed.  Do we forget that Jesus (Yeshua) was Jewish!  Do you know that He reigns over the cosmos as a Jewish Man?  The above quote is from a very influential early church father and it was unfortunately, only one of many such quotes during a period of vehement hatred for God’s chosen people.  This is where, I believe, the church started to distance herself from the Biblically prescribed feasts and holiday’s and started to join in with the pagan rituals of the day.  As a consequence Christians now, blindly observe the pagan festival Saturnalia  (Christmas), the goddess Ishtar worship (Easter) and countless other pagan rituals that neither honor God nor bring others into a deeper understanding of Him.  Many more continue on, ignorantly believing that Jesus died on Friday and rose on Sunday when it is clear that he was in the belly of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. (Mt. 12:40)  Why do we continue to believe and live these lies when they contradict what the Bible teaches?  Is it because we love our traditions and nobody wants to rock the boat?  Perhaps, but I wonder if Jesus had something to say about that, I don’t remember Him ever being afraid of rocking any boats?

“They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.  Disregarding the command of God, you keep the tradition of men.”  He also said to them, “You completely invalidate God’s command in order to maintain your tradition!”  (Mark 7:8-9)

Are we going to continue living the same powerless faith we’ve been living; forming doctrines around why we don’t have any influence in the world?  Or will a remnant arise and take hold of all that God has promised us?  I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know this; God gives more to the hungry.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.” (Mt. 5:8)

“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Mt. 7:8)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.” (Prov. 25:2)

We must begin a passionate pursuit of the Knowlege of God.  He is not far away but rather intimately involved in the affairs of men and longing for us to search Him out and lay hold of His great and many treasures!  Instead of giving up and accepting the contradictory, powerless faith that has been handed down to us by our fathers, let us join the true followers of “the Way” and get back on that narrow path and search out the One, True God of Israel.

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and lift your voice to understanding and if seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (Prov. 2:1-5)

I am not calling for an all-out dismantling of what we believe Christianity is or should be, but rather for those who will not leave their cognitive abilities at the door when they come to faith in Messiah!  We should not blindly believe something without first doing our own homework on the issue.  The stakes are too high to simply believe what a particular man, denomonation or creed has told you about God.  Our faith is an individual journey, one that we all must take, but when many individuals who are on the same journey, actively pursuing Truth come together with a common purpose the whole world will be turned upside down and we will see the salvation of our God.

 

Have You Read Your Constitution Today?

May 21, 2010

“Every member of the state ought diligently to read and to study the constitution of his country…By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.” Chief Justice John Jay – Sept. 9, 1777

If you haven’t done it already, get the Constitution iPhone application.  Get Mark Levin’s book, “Liberty and Tyranny” and/or the audio version of Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged“.   There is a battle taking place right now for America.  The Statists, the Progressives (whatever you want to call them) are fighting for their secular agenda to dominate this once very godly nation.  We need to fight for our freedoms that were passed down to us, they aren’t guaranteed.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan

But we must remember, that we do not fighting against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. (Ephesians 6:12)  I am not concerned with the stopping the people who are advocating the abolishment of everything this nation was founded upon, but I am concerned that no one is standing up and fighting for our freedoms.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

The opponents of our civil and constitutional liberties have the freedom to express their opinions, but I am concerned that as “good men” sit by and do nothing the heresies they spew are gaining traction.  Wrapping their defilement in smooth words, the Statists are able to advance their abhorrent doctrine and obtain control over the spiritually fat and lazy conservative majority.  It’s like the movie, WALL-E where all of the fat people are being ruled by the robots:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3)

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” George Washington

The founders of this country had it right.  They were not perfect, but they understood that morality could not be separated from the precepts found in God’s Word.

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” George Washington

I am afraid that as the conservative majority in this nation remains silent and unengaged; not only the USA, but the entire world will suffer for it.  Apart from a wholehearted return to the God of our Forefathers, this nation will not turn from its downward decline.

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of this nation.  God, end abortion and send revival to this nation.  Amen.

Smoke and Mirrors

May 21, 2010

It isn’t about immigration or healthcare or financial regulation or cap and trade, it is about power. The Statists are hungry for power and they will do whatever they need to in order to get it. They don’t believe in or fear God, the believe in themselves and want those who have a backbone to be destroyed. In the world of no absolutes and shifting sand, they feel comfortable. Confidence makes them nervous and boldness frightens them.

Stand for what is right, hold fast to the Truth, for in due season we will reap the harvest. “Faith is aroused, not by tentative opinion; but by confident declaration.” – David Pawson

Take the time to search out the Truth, fashion it in your spirit, put down the XBOX remote and tell somebody about it. What if Jesus played XBOX all day and never told anybody about the Good News?

Now is the Time

April 28, 2010

A quote from the Associated Press speaking of the new immigration enforcement law in Arizona:

“The measure — set to take effect in late July or early August — would make it a crime under state law to be in the U.S. illegally. It directs state and local police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal.”  You can find the link to the entire article here.

Since when did it become controversial to enforce the laws in this country?  Since when did it become controversial to punish someone for doing an illegal activity?  If someone is in this country illegally, then why shouldn’t it be a crime?  It’s ILLEGAL!  Seriously, did you read what is above in bold?  This is truly a sad state we find ourselves in as a country, when people cause a ruckus when they can’t continue in their illegal activities anymore.  The motivation behind the opposition is obviously political; the party that controls the Hispanic vote will control the direction of the country for the next several decades.

Well, I say well done to the lawmakers in Arizona looking out for the safety and welfare of their citizens – both legal and illegal alike.  The violence, kidnappings and bleeding of the tax revenue that is taking place in Arizona needs to be stopped and the legislators in that state made the hard decision to enforce the laws that the federal government will not enforce.  Good for them.  Not only do they serve their legal citizens by enacting this legislation, they assist the illegal immigrants by making it more difficult for them to be held in the position of perpetual poverty at the hand of the Democrats in order to keep those same Democrats in power.

Democrats use the same tricks over and over again.  In this case they are using the same trick they use with all minorities that are large in number; keep them uneducated, poor and ill-equipped to be successful in this country all-the-while blaming their poverty on the rich, white, republican, racists.  Look at every inner-city in America; the school system is horrible and dangerous, crime is rampant and poverty reigns.  The Left has done this with Blacks and is now looking to implement this successful practice on the Hispanics; they fight for them to keep their own language and cater to them in any way possible, they want them to receive government assistance without paying any government taxes, they won’t deport them if they are caught here illegally and they encourage them not to assimilate, work hard and be successful, but to be “proud of their traditions and culture and enjoy the new world of multiculturalism”.  These tricks are designed to keep minorities under the thumb of the Democratic party and should be appalling to members of those races.

The Statists are once again looking to destroy the most precious gift the world has ever been given – The United States of America; and they are succeeding.  The greatness that was found in this country is slipping through our grasp.  As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  What are those who love God, country and feel a moral obligation to posterity supposed to do?

Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch Reformer puts it so well when he said, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”

This is not about immigration.  This is about every one of the Statists schemes to divide and destroy this nation; immigration, government mandated healthcare, the massive and rapid expansion of government that is taking place while the existing government entitlement programs we already have sped toward bankruptcy. (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid) It’s about the government’s destruction of our educational system, the lie of “Global Warming” and the increased assault on core values that made our country great and allowed us to experience the blessings of God (i.e. faith, marriage, sanctity of life, family values, honesty, integrity, etc).  Lawlessness is not only abounding, but it’s being legalized and many are following these lies for lack of discernment.

NOW IS THE TIME

I am not about saving this country because I want the “American Dream”.  I am about saving this country because we were called to be a “Light on a hill”, shining in this dark world and giving hope to the billions of people who weren’t fortunate enough to be born on our soil.  We have a responsibility and to whom much is given, much will be required.  Just as God chose Israel to be the people-group that would give birth to the Messiah and bring Light into the world, so has he called the Christians (the Global Body of Christ) to stand out from the corruption and iniquity that permeates this dark planet and shine the Light of Jesus.  America was founded by Christian’s who took this call seriously.  We in America have dropped that baton, just as Israel did when the Messiah was standing right in front of them.  They were cut off from the household of God because of their unbelief and if we don’t wake up and walk in our calling, we as a nation will experience the same. (Romans 11:21)

So stand up and do what you were created to do…LOVE GOD!  You were created for Him, by Him; in love, for love.  For from a heart that overflows with the love of God, will come actions that honor your neighbor and seek the benefit of all men.  In loving God you will know in what capacity you were called to operate in.  Maybe you are a politician that will stand against a wave of corruption in your city.  Maybe you’re a writer who will dedicate one day a week to blogging about the state of events that this world finds itself in and give godly perspective and interpretation.  Maybe you’re a missionary, a teacher, an intercessor or an entrepreneur…maybe your just called to buy a “Choose Life” or “Family Values” license plate for your car.  Start small, but just start!   Say no to government hand-outs, be part of the solution not part of the problem.  It is not the taxpayers job to support those who make bad life choices and put themselves in a position to fail; young and old, minority or not.

This country needs strong Believers, that form strong marriages and develop strong families.  Instill godly principles in your children and cast a vision for eternity.  This world is not our home, we are citizens of another Kingdom; and that Kingdom is coming to earth.  But until that Day comes, we are called to bring others into that Kingdom by introducing them the one, true God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Lead by example, do the right thing even when it’s difficult or when nobody is looking.  Be excellent in all you do.  Give those outside the community of God a reason to enter into it. “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  (St. Francis of Assisi)  Do the hard things like Arizona did, not because there’s reward in it for you, but because nobody else is doing them.  For if we continue to let the hard things go undone (like the federal government let immigration problems on the border go unchecked) we will usher in our own destruction.

Yeshua – Passover Lamb, only Worthy King

March 24, 2010

Tis the season:  Passover for the Jews, Easter for the Christians and Government-Mandated Healthcare for all thanks to the Statists.

First of all, Passover isn’t only for the Jews; for the whole thing is about the Messiah, cleverly hidden and accentuated with a story about the Exodus.  (Proverbs 25:2)  And Easter is an idol-worshiping, pagan holiday that followers of the Jewish Messiah should have no part of.  Ever wonder why the Easter bunny (a mammal) lays eggs?  Or why Easter is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox?  This guarantees a different date EVERY year for Jesus’ so-called “Resurrection Day”.

These are just a few of the signs that the church at large, is woefully unprepared for the shaking that is coming to this nation.  Thank God for the remnant of Bible-believing, wholehearted Berean’s that search out His word, through the Holy Spirit and submit to what He says.  Not a denominational creed or organizational mandate, but obedience to Christ.  This is not the time to sit on the sidelines enjoying your “personal relationship with Jesus”, blindly following the traditions of our fathers.  We must renounce our allegiance to Constantinian Creed and link ourselves to our Hebrew brothers and sisters.  Now is the time to hear from God on the issue of idolatry.  It is the only way we will be able to interpret the coming destruction of the worlds economic and political systems.  We must remove ourselves from these “holidays” that do not give glory to God, but instead mingle quite nicely with those in the enemy’s camp.

“ Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27)

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.  The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:25-29)

As far as the government takeover of the best healthcare system in the world goes; The United States of America was founded as a Democratic Republic and we have now turned in those keys and opted for an oligarchy ruled by an eccentric, godless brood whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ to return and bring His righteous leadership to the earth. (Phil. 3:18-20)  When He does, He will make wrong things right and establish the Kingdom of God throughout the earth.  For now, however, there is an enemy that desires worship.  And he has succeeded, seemingly, in convincing an immoral minority in this nation (better known as:  Statists, Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Marxists, etc) to hi-jack the federal government like it was a Boeing 737.  These politicians, “journalists” and professors have the audacity to challenge God for the leadership of the greatest nation there has ever been.  A nation birthed by God for His glory.  He will not stand idle as this atrocity takes place. He will return to correct this mess, but until then He is praying for those that are in bondage to this ideology, so I will do the same knowing that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness of this age.  (Heb. 7:25, Eph. 6:12)

When Ben Franklin was asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”  Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  Now is not the time for half-heartedness.   And we must stand for our Republic.  America is the last stand before the entire world is swept into the Harlot Babylon system.

PRAY.