THE WORDS OF JESUS THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “The Harvest is Plentiful”, Part 42

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 42

“The Harvest is Plentiful”

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:37-38

There is a chronological sequence of events leading up to the great harvest of souls. This preparation of this process actually begins with the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal and leads to the Great Harvest and God’s Wine press of Wrath. (Please be patient as we trace this timeline. It is important.)

The First Seal: Conqueror on a White Horse, Revelation 6:1                               (Began around the time of the birth of Christ).

The Second Seal: War, Matthew 6:3                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Third Seal: Famine, Revelation 6:5                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Fourth Seal: Death, Revelation 6:7                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Fifth Seal: Martyrs, Revelation 6:9                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, intensifying).

The Sixth Seal: Terror, Revelation 6:12                                                                      (Future event, and it appears the time is near: The beginning of the Great 7-year tribulation period; The revealing of the antichrist; the rapture occurs).

An Interlude, Revelation 7:1                                                                                          (This and the following are future events).

The 144,000, Revelation 7:4

A Multitude from the Tribulation before God’s Throne, Revelation 7:9                (The rapture; a future event, and it appears the time is near).

The Seventh Seal: Revelation 8:1

The Trumpets, Silence for half an hour: Revelation 8:1

The first trumpet sounded: Revelation 8:7,

The second angel sounded: Revelation 8:8

The third angel sounded: Revelation 8:10

The fourth angel sounded: Revelation 8:12

The fifth angel sounded: Revelation 9:1

The sixth angel sounded: Revelation 9:13                                                                     (This is the mid-point of the 7-Year Great Tribulation period. No one will be saved beyond this point).

The Angel and the Little Scroll: Revelation 10:1

The Two Witnesses: Revelation 11:1

The seventh angel sounded: Revelation 11:15

(A recapitulation in symbols of this period:)

The Woman, Israel – A great sign appeared in heaven: Revelation 12: 1

The Red Dragon, Satan: Revelation 12:3

The Male Child, Christ: Revelation 12:5

The Male Child, Christ – War in heaven: Revelation 12:5

The Beast from the Sea: Revelation 13:1

The Beast from the Earth: Revelation 13:11

(The End of the Recapitulation).

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion, Revelation 14:1

Vision of the Angel with the Gospel, Revelation 14:6

Doom for Worshipers of the Beast, Revelation 14:9

The Harvest: Revelation 14:14

The great wine press of the wrath of God: Revelation 14:20

The angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trampled outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of 200 miles.

This entire process, sometimes called ‘the process of sanctification’ is part of God’s Work to perfect men and women who believe in Him, into the image of Christ. It is spoken of (prophesied) in Daniel 12:1,

(RECAP of Daniel 12:1-13):

  1. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people,
  2. everyone who is found, written in the book, will be rescued. Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Verse
  3. 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven,
  4. and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.” Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,
  5. “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that

(a)  it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. Verse  8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so, I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”  Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time.

  1. Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand.
  2. Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Verse 12.

(a)  Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

The time of the Great Harvest is coming, and it will be swift and final. This is urgent as there will be no second chances. Jesus is calling – appealing for –  workers for this harvest, which includes you and me.

God is the Lord of the harvest (see also Luke 10:2). He chooses the right moment to do His work of salvation in the hearts of men and women. At the same time, God chooses to partner with us in that work (John 4:36–38). We must keep our eyes open, seizing the opportunities He presents, both to receive salvation and join with Him in offering it to others.

The fields are white for harvest means the right time to bring people into God’s kingdom is now. Paul tells Timothy (and us) to be prepared to preach the gospel “in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:1–2). In the agricultural world, farmers must wait between the sowing and reaping seasons. In the spiritual realm, the time for gathering in the harvest is now—whenever and wherever a crop of white-ripe souls exists. (GotQuestions.org excerpt).

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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Revelation 21 – A Prophetic Panorama from the Birth of Jesus to Armageddon – in Dutch

Openbaring 21

 

 

Openbaring hoofdstuk 12 Is een soort vergelijking, een samenvatting door metafoor die de hele verdrukkingsperiode samenvat, beginnend met de geboorte van Jezus, rond v.Chr. 2 en verder door het oordeel van de Zesde Trompet (Dit is nuttig en nuttig om je voor te bereiden op de wederkomst van Jezus en de komende Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren):

  • Samenvattend is hier de tijdlijn: De Messias, het Christuskind wordt geboren (Lucas 2).
  • De kruisiging, opstanding en hemelvaart. (Mattheüs 27).
  • The Times of Distress – Breaking of Tribulation Seals (1 tot 5).
  • Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31),
  • sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen.
  • Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist.
  • Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld.
  • Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6).

Openbaring 12:1, “En er verscheen een groot teken aan de hemel: een vrouw (Israël) gekleed in de zon, met de maan onder haar voeten en op haar hoofd een kroon van twaalf sterren (de 12 Stammen van Israël). vers 2. Ze was zwanger en schreeuwde het uit van de pijn bij de geboorte en de pijn van de bevalling (het Christuskind). Vers 3. En er verscheen een ander teken aan de hemel: zie, een grote rode draak (Satan), met zeven koppen en tien horens, en op zijn koppen zeven diademen. Vers 4. Zijn staart veegde een derde van de sterren van de hemel naar beneden en wierp ze op de aarde. En de draak stond voor de vrouw die op het punt stond te bevallen, zodat hij het zou verslinden als ze haar kind baarde (Jezus, het Christuskind). Vers 5. Ze baarde een mannelijk kind (het Christuskind), iemand die alle naties zal regeren met een ijzeren staf, maar haar kind werd weggevoerd naar God en naar zijn troon, vers 6. en de vrouw vluchtte naar de wildernis, waar ze een plaats heeft die door God is voorbereid, waar ze 1260 dagen zal worden gevoed (gelijk aan 3 1/2 jaar bij gebruik van de Hebreeuwse kalender van 30 dagen per maand). De interpretatie van de 1260 dagen, of 3,5 jaar, valt hier samen met Openbaring 11:2: “Maar meet de voorhof buiten de tempel niet; laat dat weg, want het zal (toekomstige tijd) worden overgegeven aan de naties, en zij zullen de heilige stad tweeënveertig maanden lang vertrappen.” Niet alleen ‘weglaten’, maar ‘uitwerpen’. De “voorhof die buiten de tempel is” werd alleen door joden betreden. Het lijkt daarom deel uit te maken van de Kerk, maar dat deel dat gescheiden is van de “binnenste kring van ware gelovigen” en deze buitenste voorhof zal aan de wereld worden overgegeven, wat hier wordt gesymboliseerd door “de heidenen”. De heidenen, de naties, betekenen gedurende de Apocalyps ofwel (1) de hele mensheid; of (2) dat deel van de mensheid dat overblijft wanneer de ware Kerk van God wordt teruggetrokken, en daarom het onrechtvaardige deel van de mensheid omarmt in tegenstelling tot het goddelijke (vgl. Openbaring 2:26; Openbaring 14:8; Openbaring 16: 19; Openbaring 18:23; 22:22).

Dit is een verder bewijs van de timing van het vijfde verdrukkingszegel, de grote afval van de kerk, vervolging van de heiligen, vindt plaats vóór het zesde verdrukkingszegel.
 
** Het is ook belangrijk op te merken dat het 6e verdrukkingszegel niet verbroken zal worden en dat de opname van de Kerk pas zal plaatsvinden nadat de antichrist is geopenbaard:
 
Lees alstublieft 2 Thessalonicenzen 2:1-3: “Wat betreft de komst van onze Heer Jezus Christus en onze samenkomst tot Hem, vragen wij u, broeders, vers 2, niet snel geschokt of verontrust te zijn, hetzij door een geest of een gesproken woord, of een brief die van ons lijkt te zijn, inhoudende dat de dag des Heren is aangebroken. Vers 3. Laat niemand u op enigerlei wijze misleiden. Want die dag zal niet komen, tenzij de opstand ( de afvalligheid, de grote afvalligheid van het geloof) komt eerst, en de mens der wetteloosheid wordt (de antichrist) geopenbaard, de zoon des verderfs (de antichrist) vers 4, die zich verzet tegen en zich verheft tegen elke zogenaamde god of voorwerp van aanbidding, zodat hij plaatsneemt in de tempel van God en verkondigt dat hij God is.”
 
Nu terug naar Openbaring 11:2: “En de heilige stad zullen zij vertreden.” De heilige stad – dat is Jeruzalem – is altijd een type van de Kerk in de Apocalyps. “De naties” (heidenen of niet-gelovigen) zijn het instrument waarmee de Kerk wordt vertreden, en de vermelding van de heidenen in verband met het afvallige deel van de Kerk leidt tot de beschrijving van de onderdrukking van Gods gelovigen door de wereld . (Dit verwijst naar de huidige en groeiende grote vervolging van de heiligen tijdens het 5e verdrukkingszegel. De gemeente wordt verwijderd – opgenomen – bij het 6e verdrukkingszegel en degenen die overblijven kunnen de kerk lijken te zijn (‘de heidenen’) zijn niet gelovigen en het omhulsel van de kerk is leeg van ware gelovigen en leeg van de Heilige Geest).
 
Samenvattend volgt hier de tijdlijn (in deze kleurtekst):
 
Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31), sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking.

Deze antichrist zal valse hoop en vrede in de wereld brengen en zal doen wat niemand anders ooit heeft gedaan: Israël en Palestina samenbrengen. In feite zal de koning een 7-jarig vredesverdrag sluiten met het volk en er zal vrede zijn voor 3 1/2 jaar, wat ons zal brengen bij de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin – het middenpunt van de 7-jarige Grote Verdrukking. Daarna zal de Antichrist zijn gelofte breken en de Joden stoppen met al hun offers, en hij zal zichzelf in de tempel zetten en verkondigen dat hij God is. Dit wordt de ‘gruwel der verwoesting’ genoemd, waarover de profeet Daniël sprak. En hij zal het verbond met velen bevestigen gedurende één week – deze ‘één week’, of 7 jaar, ook bekend als Daniëls 70e week, vindt plaats bij het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – en in het midden van deze week, of na 3.5 jaar, samenvallend met het blazen van de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin, zal hij ervoor zorgen dat het offer en de offerande ophouden. “En vanwege de verspreiding van gruwelen zal hij het tot een woestenij maken, zelfs tot aan de voleinding, en dat vastbesloten zal op de woestenij worden uitgestort”. Daniël 9:27. Opnieuw in Mattheüs 24:15-16: “Wanneer gij dan de gruwel der verwoesting, waarvan gesproken is door de profeet Daniël, zult zien staan op de heilige plaats (wie het leest, laat hem het begrijpen), laat dan die in Judea zijn, vluchten naar de bergen.” En als je dit ziet, zei Jezus dat je naar de bergen moest vluchten, want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er sinds het begin van de wereld niet is geweest of ooit zal zijn. En tenzij die dagen worden ingekort, zal niemand worden gespaard. Laat hem die op het dak is niet naar beneden komen om iets uit zijn huis te halen; en laat hem die op het veld is niet terugkeren om zijn kleren mee te nemen. En wee hen die zwanger zijn, en hen die in die dagen zogen! Maar bid dat uw vlucht niet in de winter zal zijn, noch op de sabbatdag. Want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er niet was sinds het begin van de wereld tot op deze tijd, nee, en nooit meer zal zijn. En tenzij die dagen zouden worden ingekort, zou er geen vlees worden gered; maar ter wille van de uitverkorenen zullen die dagen worden ingekort. Mattheüs 24:15-22. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen. Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist. Openbaring 9:12: “Het eerste wee is voorbij; zie, er komen nog twee weeën. Vers 13, “Toen blies de zesde engel op zijn bazuin, (de eerste 3,5 jaar van de Grote Verdrukking zijn voorbij. Dit is het midden). en ik hoorde een stem uit de vier horens van het gouden altaar voor God, vers 14, die tegen de zesde engel zei die de trompet had: “Laat de vier engelen los die vastgebonden zijn bij de grote rivier de Eufraat.” Vers 15. Dus de vier engelen, die waren voorbereid voor het uur, de dag, de maand en het jaar, werden vrijgelaten om een derde van de mensheid te doden. Vers 16. Het aantal bereden troepen was twee keer tienduizend keer tienduizend (200.000.000 is de geschatte omvang van het Chinese leger in 2022); Ik hoorde hun nummer. Vers 17. En zo zag ik de paarden in mijn visioen en degenen die erop reden: ze droegen borstplaten in de kleur van vuur en saffier en zwavel, en de hoofden van de paarden waren als leeuwenkoppen, en vuur en rook en zwavel kwam uit hun mond. Vers 18. Door deze drie plagen werd een derde van de mensheid gedood, door het vuur en de rook en de zwavel die uit hun mond kwamen. Vers 19. Want de kracht van de paarden zit in hun mond en in hun staart, want hun staarten zijn als slangen met koppen, en daardoor verwonden ze.” Vers 20. De rest van de mensheid, die niet door deze plagen werd gedood, bekeerde zich niet van de werken van hun handen en gaf ook niet op met het aanbidden van demonen en afgoden van goud en zilver en brons en steen en hout, die niet kunnen zien of horen of lopen , vers 21. noch bekeerden zij zich van hun moorden of hun tovenarij of hun seksuele immoraliteit of hun diefstallen. (Niemand wordt gered nadat de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin is geblazen) (Opmerking: wanneer het 6e verdrukkingszegel wordt verbroken, wat op elk moment kan gebeuren, duurt het 3,5 jaar tot de slag van Armageddon.) Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld. • Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontwijding van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. • De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6). De profetie uit Daniël 12;1 vertelt ons dat, “In die tijd zal (toekomstige) Michaël opstaan, de grote vorst die de leiding heeft over uw volk. En er zal (toekomstige) een tijd van benauwdheid zijn zoals er nooit geweest is sinds er een natie was (zie ook de woorden van Jezus in Mattheüs 24:21) tot die tijd. Maar op dat moment zal uw volk worden bevrijd (bij het verbreken van het 6e zegel, het begin van de Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren, zie Mattheüs 24:29-31), iedereen wiens naam in het boek zal worden gevonden. Vers 2. En velen van degenen die slapen in het stof der aarde zullen ontwaken, sommigen tot eeuwig leven, en sommigen tot schande en eeuwige verachting. Vers 3. En zij die wijs zijn, zullen schijnen als de helderheid van de lucht daarboven; en degenen die velen tot gerechtigheid brengen, zoals de sterren voor eeuwig en altijd. Vers 4. Maar jij, Daniël, hou je mond en verzegel het boek, tot de tijd van het einde. Velen zullen heen en weer rennen en de kennis zal toenemen.” Vers 5. Toen keek ik, Daniël, en zie, twee anderen stonden, een aan deze oever van de stroom en een aan die oever van de stroom. Vers 6. En iemand zei tegen de in linnen geklede man, die boven het water van de stroom was: “Hoe lang zal het duren tot het einde van deze wonderen?” Vers 7. En ik hoorde de man, gekleed in linnen, die boven het water van de stroom was; hij hief zijn rechterhand en zijn linkerhand op naar de hemel en zwoer bij hem die eeuwig leeft dat het voor een tijd, tijden, en een halve tijd zou zijn, en dat wanneer er een einde komt aan het verbrijzelen van de macht van het heilige volk, alle deze dingen zouden af zijn. Vers 8. Ik hoorde het, maar ik begreep het niet. Toen zei ik: “O mijn heer, wat zal de uitkomst van deze dingen zijn?” Vers 9. Hij zei: “Ga heen, Daniël, want de woorden zijn opgesloten en verzegeld tot de tijd van het einde. Vers 10. Velen zullen zich reinigen en wit maken en gelouterd worden, maar de goddelozen zullen goddeloos handelen. En geen van de goddelozen zal het begrijpen, maar zij die wijs zijn zullen het begrijpen. Vers 11. En vanaf het moment dat het reguliere brandoffer wordt weggenomen (op of vlak voor de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin) en de gruwel die verwoesting brengt, wordt opgericht, zullen er 1290 dagen (3,5 jaar) zijn. Vers 12. Gezegend is hij die wacht en aankomt bij de 1335 dagen (gedurende de volgende 45 dagen die leiden tot 1335 dagen na de ontwijding van de tempel), worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël). Vers 13. Maar ga door tot het einde. En je zult rusten en staan op je toegewezen plaats aan het einde van de dagen.” HERHALEN – Samenvattend is hier de tijdlijn: Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31), sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen. Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist. Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld. Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6). Waar brengt dit ons vandaag (12/11/2022)? Openbaring hoofdstuk 6 – zoals overeenkomend met – Mattheüs hoofdstuk 24 het 1e Verdrukkingszegel – Wereldwijde verovering en politieke intriges zijn aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 2e verdrukkingszegel – Oorlogen en oorlogsgeruchten zijn aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 3e verdrukkingszegel – Hongersnood. is aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 4e verdrukkingszegel –  Dood. is aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 5e verdrukkingszegel – Martelaren, vervolging, antichrist, afval. We hebben de afgelopen 75 jaar de periode gezien van het verbreken van het 5e verdrukkingszegel, en het wordt intenser. (Zie Matteüs 24:9-13 en Openbaring 6:9-13.) Dit omvat ook de grote afval, het afvallig worden van het geloof in Christus Een grote vervolging van christenen, De onthulling van de man des verderfs (zie deze link voor meer informatie: “Wanneer beginnen de 7-jaren?”) WAT KOMT HIERNA? Mattheüs 24:29 “Onmiddellijk na de verdrukking van die dagen (d.w.z. na verdrukkingszegels 1 tot en met 5), zal de zon verduisterd worden en zal de maan haar licht niet geven, en de sterren zullen van de hemel vallen, en de machten van de hemel zal beven. Vers 30. Dan zal aan de hemel het teken van de Mensenzoon verschijnen, en dan zullen alle stammen van de aarde rouwen en zullen ze de Zoon des Mensen zien komen op de wolken des hemels met macht en grote heerlijkheid. Vers 31. En hij zal zijn engelen uitzenden met een luid trompetgeschal, en zij zullen zijn uitverkorenen verzamelen uit de vier windstreken, van het ene uiteinde van de hemel tot het andere.” EEN BELANGRIJKE HISTORISCHE EN CHRONOLOGISCHE MARKER: “Onmiddellijk na de verdrukking van die dagen”.  Het is belangrijk om goed te letten op de bewoordingen “onmiddellijk daarna” en “de verdrukking van die dagen”, die verwijst naar iets dat eerder kwam en dat er iets zal volgen. We hebben al gelezen en vastgesteld dat de “verdrukking van die dagen” specifiek verwijst naar de tijdsperiode die bekend staat als ‘de dagen van benauwdheid’, het verbreken van de eerste vijf verdrukkingszegels, van ongeveer 1 n.Chr. tot op de dag van vandaag (voetnoot 1), (voetnoot 2). Nu zullen we ontdekken wat volgt op het verbreken van de eerste vijf verdrukkingszegels, BELANGRIJK: Mattheüs 24:21 zegt: “Want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er niet is geweest vanaf het begin van de wereld tot nu toe, nee, en nooit (weer) zal zijn. specifiek, Mattheüs 24:29. De zon zal verduisterd worden, en De maan zal zijn licht niet geven, en De sterren zullen uit de hemel vallen, en De machten van de hemelen zullen wankelen. Vers 30. Dan zal aan de hemel het teken van de Mensenzoon verschijnen, en dan zullen alle stammen van de aarde treuren, en Ze zullen de Mensenzoon zien komen op de wolken van de hemel met macht en grote heerlijkheid. Vers 31. En hij zal zijn engelen uitzenden met een luid trompetgeschal, en Ze zullen zijn uitverkorenen verzamelen uit de vier windstreken, van het ene uiteinde van de hemel tot het andere. Jezus herhaalt het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel in Openbaring 6:12-17, op deze manier: “En ik keek toen Hij het zesde zegel verbrak, en er was een grote aardbeving; en de zon werd zo zwart als een zak van haar, en de hele maan werd als bloed en de sterren aan de hemel vielen op de aarde, zoals een vijgenboom zijn onrijpe vijgen laat vallen als hij door een harde wind wordt geschud. berg en eiland werden van hun plaats verwijderd. Toen verborgen de koningen van de aarde en de vooraanstaande mensen, en de commandanten en de rijken en de sterken, en elke slaaf en vrije persoon zich in de grotten en tussen de rotsen van de bergen; en Ze zeiden tegen de bergen en de rotsen: “Val op ons en verberg ons voor de aanblik van Hem die op de troon zit, en voor de toorn van het Lam; want de grote dag van hun toorn is aangebroken en wie in staat is om stellage?” BELANGRIJK:  Vervolgens, snel achter elkaar (zie Openbaring hoofdstuk 7), de windstromen van de aarde stoppen met bewegen, 144.000 uit de twaalf stammen van Israël zijn door God verzegeld; toen plotseling, vanuit de verdrukking, een grote menigte die niemand tellen kon, uit elke natie en alle stammen, volken en talen, staande voor de troon en voor het Lam, gekleed in witte gewaden, en palmtakken waren in hun handen; en zij roepen met luide stem en zeggen: “De redding is van onze God die op de troon zit, en van het Lam.” De langverwachte Opname van alle heiligen van God heeft plaatsgevonden. Elk van deze gebeurtenissen moet afzonderlijk en vervolgens collectief zorgvuldig worden overwogen. Elke gebeurtenis is een samenvatting van wat komen gaat en geeft een goed inzicht in ELKE gebeurtenis, die in meer detail wordt beschreven in het boek Openbaring. Het is belangrijk op te merken dat deze gebeurtenissen snel en tegelijkertijd of snel achter elkaar plaatsvinden. (Sommige bijbelleraren zeggen ten onrechte dat Jezus een andere keer terug zal komen om deze gebeurtenissen af te ronden en de kerk op te nemen, wat overduidelijk onjuist is. Er is maar één tweede komst en slechts één 2e verschijnt. Jezus zal al zijn teruggekeerd en blijft aanwezig, zelfs tot aan de slag van Armageddon. Jezus verschijnt niet, Mattheüs 24:30-31, verdwijnt en verschijnt dan weer in Openbaring 19:11-21.) Er zijn geen drie adventen of ‘opnieuw verschijnen’ voor een derde keer! WAAROM IS DIT BELANGRIJK en WAAROM IS HET VAN BELANG? Waarom maakt het uit “wanneer” de verdrukking begint of “wanneer” christenen zullen worden opgenomen in de hemelen? Het is van belang, want klaar zijn voor Zijn Terugkeer is het bewijs van het Ware Christendom en alleen een Ware Gelovige in Christus zal zich gegarandeerd bij Christus voegen bij het geluid van Zijn Grote Trompet en ontsnappen aan de Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren. Het is van belang omdat gereed zijn vereist dat we geloven en doen wat Hij ons heeft opgedragen ter voorbereiding op Zijn wederkomst; Hij heeft gezegd: “Gaat daarom en maakt alle volken tot mijn leerlingen, door hen te dopen in de naam van de Vader en de Zoon en de Heilige Geest, en hun te leren onderhouden alles wat Ik u geboden heb. En zie, ik ben altijd bij je, tot het einde der tijden.” Het doet er toe omdat Hij heeft gewaarschuwd dat “Velen zullen op die dag tegen Mij zeggen: ‘Heer, Heer, hebben wij niet in Uw naam geprofeteerd en in Uw naam demonen uitgedreven en in Uw naam vele wonderen verricht? En dan zal ik tegen hen verklaren: ‘Ik heb je nooit gekend; GA UIT VAN MIJ, JIJ DIE WETTELOOSHEID BEOEFT.’” Het doet er toe omdat veel christenen werkeloos zitten te wachten op een gebeurtenis die al begonnen is en ze DOEN niet wat Hij hen vertelde te doen en kunnen daarom een groot gevaar vormen. Het is van belang omdat sommige van onze familie, vrienden en buren zich er totaal niet van bewust zijn of gewoon niet geloven dat Christus zal terugkeren en dat Gods laatste oordelen hen tot buitenste duisternis zullen veroordelen. Want als christenen spreken ons geloof, onze overtuigingen en ons gedrag luider dan onze woorden. Als u de doctrine van “Eén en klaar” van ‘een klein gebed opzeggen en Jezus aanvaarden’ hebt geaccepteerd als alles wat u hoeft te doen om gered te worden, bent u misschien misleid en bent u misschien niet klaar voor Zijn terugkeer. We moeten ‘onze redding met vrees en beven bewerken’, ons dagelijks bekeren, Hem op de voet volgen, Hem volledig gehoorzamen, vaak biechten, ons regelmatig verheugen, Hem prijzen en tot Hem bidden zonder ophouden! (Je zult het verschil kennen). VOLGENDE: “De rest van het verhaal”, verzen 7 tot en met 17. Je broer en vriend – Voorbereiding Mike Jong

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Do You Believe I Am Able”, Part 41

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 41

“Do you believe I am able?”

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, screaming loudly, “Have mercy and compassion on us, Son of David (Messiah)!” When He went into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them,

“Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying,

According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.”

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them:

“See that no one knows this!”

But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout that whole district.

The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:27-31.

This may be one of the greatest teachings and greatest tests about faith. Please pay close attention. Pray, think, mediate and ask our God of mercy and compassion to reveal the truth and to give you wisdom.

QUESTION: Why would two blind men, following Jesus, cry out, “Have mercy and compassion on us, Son of David”?  What does ‘mercy and compassion’ have to do with being blind and crying out to the Son of God?

Earlier we read, in Matthew 4:23-24, “And Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them.”

You see, these blind men knew that Jesus had what they needed and wanted, and they knew Jesus could do what they needed and wanted. This is true faith.

Their faith is expressed (pressed out) in their cries, “Have mercy (and compassion) on us, Son of David”, in essence and in fact calling Jesus the Messiah! They knew!

Faith, in and of itself, is the clear and substantive evidence of things not yet seen with the natural eyes, and the conviction in your heart, mind and soul, of their reality. These blind men, by faith in Jesus and His ability, comprehended as fact what could not be experienced by the physical senses. ( see Hebrews 11:1-3)

PLEASE NOTE: The OBJECT of their faith is not on ‘being healed’. The OBJECT of their faith is Jesus and in Him alone!

If you find yourself praying and saying, “I stand, believing for my healing” you will be disappointed.

Romans 10:11 tells us that, “For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on JESUS] WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED [in his expectations].”  (If you don’t get this, your faith will always fall short.)

What we have read here, and what Jesus has said and done, is the model of faith. Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:17, “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”.  So, please, put yourself in the position of these blind men and ask yourself:

THE TEST:  Are you willing, like these two blind men, to follow Jesus, screaming loudly, “Have mercy and compassion on me, Son of David – The Messiah”? (Most people would be too embarrassed and would feel foolish and would not).

Are you willing, like these blind men, to publicly come up to Him? And Jesus said to them, (Most people prefer to the “right where you are, while nobody is watching, say to Him…”)

In response to Jesus’ question,Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?”, are you willing to say to Him, “Yes, Lord.”? (Or, do you prefer “if it is your will”, as if you don’t really know or believe you know His willingness).

Will your testimony be like these blind men when they were healed, that is, to go out and spread the news about Him throughout your town? (Most Christians will tell each other, but will not go throughout the region telling everyone).

Jesus knows the condition of your heart, and He is saying, “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”, Revelation 3:17.

Are you going to be like everyone else, or like these two blind men, and express (press out) your faith in Him?

It’s the only way!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

PS: Please do not get discouraged if you do not see your ‘success’ immediately. The Bible is replete with examples of those who doggedly pursued Jesus before finding relief. This is never easy – despite what you might hear from those wanting to ‘tickle your ears’. IT IS THE ONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END WHO IS SAVED!

(If you have any questions or remarks, please contact me).

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Additional Reading: DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW? REALLY?

REALLY?

 

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

 James 5:16

(Ask, and it will be given to you – Seek, and you will find – Knock, and the door will be opened to you.)

  • Read the verse.
  • Click on the green words (links) for complete and detailed definitions of certain words, from the Strong’s Greek Bible concordance.
  • Read and study the definitions.
  • Put it all back together by writing what you have read and learned.
  • Understand that there is nothing simple or casual about “effective, fervent prayer”.
  • Understand that there is nothing simple about righteousness with God.
  • This is what the Bible says it takes to be “healed”.

“Healed” of what? (Do you really want to know?)

Matthew 4:23, “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. Verse 24. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them.”

What makes some prayers “effective”? (Do you really want to know?)

Confessing your sins to one another.

Praying for one another.

What is a “fervent” prayer? (Do you really want to know?)

Fervent, heartfelt, passionate, urgent, from a deep sense of brokenness, lack, need or want”

What makes these prayers so effective? (Do you really want to know?)

A deep sense of brokenness, lack, need, want.

Being properly energized, filled, inspired by God.

How can I do this? (Do you really want to know?)

Confessing your sins to one another.

Praying for one another.

Fervent, heartfelt, passionate, urgent, from a deep sense of brokenness, lack, need or want”

A deep sense of brokenness, lack, need, want.

Being properly energized, filled, inspired by God.

Examples:  (Do you really want to know?)

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 4. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Verse 5. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 6. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Verse 7. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Verse 8. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Verse 9. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Verse 10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 11. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Verse 12. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

There is nothing – and I repeat – nothing simple about following Jesus. But, the choice is simple: Follow Jesus and live now and eternally, or go your own way and perish into an eternal darkness where there is great darkness, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

There is nothing simple or casual about “effective, fervent prayer”. But the choice is clear: Continue to live by your own guile through trial and error by man’s failed ways, or live by the Spirit of God and thrive.

There is nothing simple about righteousness with God. But the choice is simple: You will reap what you sow. “Reap into the flesh”, (do things your own way), and die physically and emotionally and spiritually, or live by the righteousness of God through Christ, (be in right standing with God and others), and live a purposeful life now and eternally with God.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Related post:  It Ain’t Easy – a series

PS: Below here are some extensive footnotes and study helps for the ‘hardcore’.

 

 

Commentary and Strong’s concordance definitions:

The Greek language reveals that the person praying is to consent fully, agree out and out confess, admit and acknowledge (cf. the early Hellenistic sense of the middle: I acknowledge a debt), without reservation (no holding back). (c) through giving thanks and praise.

To be healed generally means of the physical, sometimes of spiritual, disease, particularly as supernatural and bringing attention to the Lord Himself as the Great Physician . Example: [Strong’s #2390 /iáomai = “to heal”, draws the attention to the Lord, the supernatural Healer, i.e. beyond the physical healing itself and its benefits (as with 2323 /therapeúō).]

English Standard Version

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

King James Bible

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

New King James Version

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

New American Standard Bible

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much.

Amplified Bible

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].

 If read in the Greek language and sentence structure:

“Much prevails (the) prayer of a righteous (man) being made effective”

(Very numerous is the strength and vigor when entered into the fray of prayer by faith when offered in great nee out of a deep personal sense of lack of any man or woman who believes in God, and out of their deepest want, lack and need, who in the eyes of God is in right standing with Him, declared innocent by Him, is energized by God to bring powerful results.) 

MUCH – 4183 polýsmany (high in number); multitudinous, plenteous, “much”; “great” in amount (extent). 4183 /polýs (“much in number”) emphasizes the quantity involved. 4183 (polýs) “signifies ‘many, numerous’; . . . with the article it is said of a multitude as being numerous” (Vine, Unger, White, NT, 113,114) – i.e. great in amount.

PREVAILS – to be strong, have power
Usage: I have strength, am strong, am in full health and vigor, am able; meton: I prevail.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 2480 isxýō – properly, embodied strength that “gets into the fray” (action), i.e. engaging the resistance. For the believer, 2480 (isxýō) refers to the Lord strengthening them with combative, confrontive force to achieve all He gives faith for. That is, facing necessary resistance that brings what the Lord defines is success (His victory, cf. 1 Jn 5:4). Accordingly, faith (4102 /pístis) and 2480 (isxýō) are directly connected (Js 5:16). See 2479 (isxys).

Js 5:15,16 (Gk text): “15And the prayer characterized by faith (4102 /pístis) will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins with present effects, it will be forgiven him. 16Therefore, openly confess these sins to one another, and pray for the benefit of one another, for the purpose of being supernaturally healed. Very combative (engaging, overcoming, 2480 /isxýō) is the specific (urgent) request of a divinely-approved person who is energized (by God).”

[Here the believer seeks to make petitions (1162 /déēsis) in faith – i.e. which are in accord with God’s inbirthings (the persuasion of His will).]

PRAYER – supplication, prayer, entreaty.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 1162 déēsis (deō, “to be in want, lack“; see the cognate 1189 /déomai, “praying for a specific, felt need“) – heart-felt petition, arising out of deep personal need (sense of lack, want).

[1162 (déēsis) ultimately roots back to 1211 /d (“really”) which likewise implies a felt need that is personal and urgent (R, 1149).]

Of a RIGHTEOUS – Definition: correct, righteous, by implication innocent
Usage: just; especially, just in the eyes of God; righteous; the elect (a Jewish idea).

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 1342 díkaios (an adjective, derived from dikē, “right, judicial approval”) – properly, “approved by God” (J. Thayer); righteous; “just in the eyes of God” (Souter). See 1343 (“dikaiosynē).

[“Righteous” relates to conformity to God’s standard (justice). For more on the root-idea see the cognate noun, 1343 /dikaiosýnē (“righteousness”).]

1342 /díkaios (“righteous, just”) describes what is in conformity to God’s own being (His will, standard of rightness); hence “upright.”

BEING MADE EFFECTIVE – Definition: to be at work, to work, to do
Usage: I work, am operative, am at work, am made to work, accomplish; mid: I work, display activity.

HELPS Word-studies

1754 energéō (from 1722 /en, “engaged in,” which intensifies 2041 /érgon, “work”) – properly, energize, working in a situation which brings it from one stage (point) to the next, like an electrical current energizing a wire, bringing it to a shining light bulb.

Strong’s Greek English Morphology
1843 [e] Ἐξομολογεῖσθε
exomologeisthe
Confess V-PMM-2P
3767 [e] οὖν
oun
therefore Conj
240 [e] ἀλλήλοις
allēlois
to one another RecPro-DMP
3588 [e] τὰς
tas
the Art-AFP
266 [e] ἁμαρτίας,
hamartias
sins, N-AFP
2532 [e] καὶ
kai
and Conj
2172 [e] εὔχεσθε*
euchesthe
pray V-PMM/P-2P
5228 [e] ὑπὲρ
hyper
for Prep
240 [e] ἀλλήλων,
allēlōn
one another, RecPro-GMP
3704 [e] ὅπως
hopōs
so that Conj
2390 [e] ἰαθῆτε.
iathēte
you may be healed. V-ASP-2P
4183 [e] πολὺ
poly
Much Adj-ANS
2480 [e] ἰσχύει
ischyei
prevails V-PIA-3S
1162 [e] δέησις
deēsis
[the] prayer N-NFS
1342 [e] δικαίου
dikaiou
of a righteous [man] Adj-GMS
1754 [e] ἐνεργουμένη.
energoumenē
being made effective. V-PPM-NFS

 

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “New wine into fresh wineskins”, Part 40

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 40

“New Wine is put into fresh Wineskins”

 “Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And, Jesus said to them,

“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:14-17

First, let’s please remember that this is not just a study ‘about the Bible’ or ‘about Jesus’. This is not just a story. This is The Word of God being demonstrated in real life situations. These Words are for your learning, your rebuke, your correction and training in righteousness, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work? (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

This Word of God, is creative, causative, prophetic and instructional, for you to live successfully; for you and ultimately, for others to see, ‘through you’.

So, let’s ask, “what do these Words say, and what do they mean to you and to me?  And, how do we apply them to our life?

There seems to be two separate thoughts or teachings in response to John’s disciples’ question, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus begins with, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

There were various reasons for fasting for a Jew. It could be as a custom or as a religious practice. It was traditional to fast during the mourning period following the death of a public figure, an acquaintance, a friend or a loved one.

Most importantly, here, Jesus is making a prophetic reference to Himself as the bridegroom and to His Body, the Church as the Bride, and about His coming death as the Sacrificial Lamb of God.

Jesus has recently condemned religious humanism and false ritual piety which was being practiced in so many churches and synagogues, when He said, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice”, quoting from Hosea 6:6. This was a teaching against the hypocritical Pharisees. Here He is reminding His listeners to “Go and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13). In other words, without a loving relationship with God, all the rituals in the world couldn’t help the Pharisees and anyone like them.

Additionally, Jesus is saying that fasting is much more than just a religious ritual or a tradition. Furthermore, He is saying as long as He, the bridegroom, is still with them, it is not yet time for fasting. That day is coming. Now is the time for celebration of Jesus.

Jesus then seems to suddenly change the subject from fasting to metaphors, comparing “old and new ways” with “old and new fabrics and new wine and old wineskins”.

Actually, these subjects are related. If I put this in layman’s terms, Jesus is saying a change has occurred. “Old things have passing away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. The Old Covenant is fulfilled by Christ’s coming and the New Covenant is begun.

NOTE: The reference to the wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and His bride (the Church) found in Revelation 19:7–10,

The first phase would be completed on when each individual believer places his or her faith in Christ as Savior. The dowry paid by the bridegroom’s parent (God the Father) would be the blood of Christ shed on the Bride’s behalf. The Church on earth, then, is “betrothed” to Christ, and, like the wise virgins in the parable, all believers should be watching and waiting for the appearance of the Bridegroom (the rapture).

The second phase symbolizes the rapture of the Church, when Christ comes to claim His bride and take her to the Father’s house.  “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet blast, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

The third and final step is the marriage supper. It is then that the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven between immediately after the rapture, when a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (see Revelation 6 & 7).

SET FREE FOR FREEDOM’S SAKE

Finally, and most importantly, “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”  Jesus is saying He is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)

There is no longer a need for a continuing sacrifice and spilling of animal blood for forgiveness of your sins. You no longer need to endlessly repeat religious rituals for cleansing of your soul.

These two parables illustrate the fact that you can’t mix old religious rituals with new faith in Jesus. Jesus’ disciples were not fasting along with the Pharisees and John’s disciples because they were now under the new covenant of grace and faith in Christ. As mentioned earlier, Jesus fulfilled the law; therefore, there is no longer any need to continue with the old rituals. Jesus cannot be added to a works-based religion. In the case of the Pharisees, they were consumed with their own self-righteousness, and faith in Jesus cannot be combined with self-righteous rituals.

The New Covenant in Christ’s Blood need not and cannot be applied along with (in conjunction with) the Law no more than you can put new cloth on an old garment without making the tear worse, nor can you put New Wine (The New Covenant through the sacrificial Blood of Christ) into an old wineskin (The Law) for if you do, the Old Wineskin will burst and be destroyed and all the Wine will be lost.

“The Law and the writings of the Prophets were proclaimed until John; but now, the gospel of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be preached, and everyone tries forcefully to go into it. (Luke 16:16)

Jesus reminds us, however, “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law of Moses or the writings of the Prophets; I did not come to destroy them, but to fulfill and complete their requirements of you. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of the pen written in the Law will pass from the Law until all things which it foreshadows are accomplished. So, whoever breaks one of the least important of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least important in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”.  Matthew 5:17-20.

The Bible states emphatically in Galatians 5:1 that believers are free in Christ: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”. Before Jesus died on a cross, God’s people lived under a detailed system of laws that served as a moral compass to guide their lives. The Law, while powerless to grant salvation or produce true freedom, nevertheless pointed the way to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:19–24). Through His sacrificial death, Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, setting believers free from the law of sin and death. God’s laws are now written in our hearts through the Spirit of God, and we are free to follow and serve Christ in ways that please and glorify Him (Romans 8:2–8). In a nutshell, this is the definition of Christian freedom. (GotQuestions.Org).

No longer condemned to grovel. You are released from the guilt and shame. You are no longer chained to the rock of your past sins.You are set free!

Jesus, has forgiven your past, secured your present life, and given you a future.

He has satisfied all the requirements of the Law of Moses, and has set you free from the law of sin and death.

The old way, that is the Law of Moses, is now fulfilled.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

(If you have any questions or remarks, please contact me).

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FEAR OF THE FUTURE?

“Fear can lead us to view the possibilities of tomorrow without the promises of God, which are true yesterday, today and forever”.

(The idea for this post comes from a sermon delivered by Pastor Chris Voorhees of Naples Covenant Church, Naples, Florida. However, I am presenting a contemporary view on the outcome of the prophetic nature of these scriptures, as a remedy and as countermeasures for today in our world of chaos, war and disease.)

An example of this can be seen from the “Y2K” scare of the year 2000. The Y2K Scare was a phenomenon at the turn of the 21st century where computer users and programmers feared that computers would stop working on December 31, 1999. The phenomenon was also referred to as the “Millennium Bug” or “Year 2000 problem” by technology experts. A lot of planning went into preparing for the ‘Millennium Bug.’ In fact, the scare led governments and private organizations to spend millions of dollars in an attempt to avert the risk.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when computer engineers worked on complex computer programs, they used two-digit codes to represent the year. The first two digits were left out. For example, instead of coding “1960”, they just used “60”. The main reason for leaving out the first two digits was to save on storage space which was too costly. For instance, a kilobyte of storage went for as high as US$100. Additionally, the programmers did not expect the programs to last up to the turn of the century. When the new Millennium neared, computer experts realized that the software would recognize “00” as 1900 instead of the year 2000. This realization posed a risk to many institutions such as banks, insurance companies, hospitals, and government departments that relied on computers to provide accurate time and date.

As the calendar approached the year 2000, anxiety spread across the world as people feared that computer systems would shut down. Banking institutions which relied on software programs to calculate daily interest were at risk of system failure. As a result, stock prices of banking institutions dropped in value as the year 2000 neared. Transport systems were also affected especially in the airline business whose operations depend on accurate time and date. There were rumors that planes would drop from the sky when clocks turned to midnight on 31st Dec 1999. This led travelers to avoid the airport on New Year’s Eve. Hospitals, power plants, and government organizations were not spared from the threats either.

Due to the severe implication of a possible shut down, organizations went to great lengths to prevent the system failure from materializing. One way the year 2000 problem was handled was by creating new software programs that saved dates as four digits instead of the two digits previously used. The remedy was very expensive to implement. The other solution was to amend the algorithm used in calculating leap years so as to recognize the year 2000 as a leap year.

On the much-awaited date of January 1st, 2000, computer programs updated to the new dates and carried on as usual. Except for a few incidents of software failures, not much happened on the date as earlier anticipated.

Computer experts were later accused of exaggerating the concept of the “Millennium Bug” as millions of dollars were spent in preparation of the Y2K problem (WorldAtlas.com).  And that was then end of it – or was it?

Let’s use a little reason and logic here, which something the computer experts are reportedly highly trained in, but apparently failed to employ. And I ask again, or did they?

What if this was just a ‘test run” in the use of unreasonable and unfounded fear to the purpose of manipulating masses of people, corporations, nations and governments for political reasons?

A second glaring example is the use of “Global Warming” scare of the late 1900’s and the early 2000’s.

You can watch this documentary video “The Great Global Warming Swindle” for detailed information on how the Globalists-Socialists have weaponized innocuous matters such as the weather and spread fear around the world for political reasons:

Then came Covid-19. This has been one of the most successful Globalist fear-inspired lockdowns in history, which is now a faint memory, but laced with unnecessary death and destruction with a cost exceeding 11 trillion dollars, and still growing.

The Covid-19 experiment proved that world populations and governments can be successfully manipulated with proper fear induced motivations.

Hence, the United Nations’ U.N.E.S.C.O, The World Economic Forum, Global Marxism, the American Democrat Party have carefully planned and executed a global coup de tat conspiracy using their Agenda-2030.

YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO BELIEVE IT

That is to say, you have to read the Agenda-2030 (and the predecessor document, Agenda-21) to believe the audacity and the temerity of it all. Which finally brings us to the point:  “Fear can lead us to view the possibilities of tomorrow without the promises of God which were true yesterday, are true today and shall be forevermore.

“Fear can tempt us to try and create our own future rather than trust God’s future for us.”.

Taken from the Old Testament book of 2 Kings 19:1-20, Pastor Voorhees outlines four important truths and reveals the tactics of Satan, our eternal enemy and how to identity his evil influencers.

FEAR OF THE FUTURE WILL OFTEN INCLUDE LIES OF THE ENEMY

  1. The enemy will tear down your trust in God and tempt you to do it your own way by telling you ‘half-truths’ (which is just another word for lies), which puts our focus on your immanent and ultimate defeat rather than on the victory God has planned for you.

 

  1. The antagonizing voices of the enemy speak about things that are true, but does not tell the truth and is void of faith.

 

  1. The enemy will seem to offer terms of compromise and peaceful coexistence that look attractive, but replace the promise of God with counterfeits and lies resulting in a hellish prison of your body, soul and spirit.

 

Just like in the events in 2 Kings 18:30-32, where Rabshakeh offers Israel and Hezekiah security, hope, sustenance, stability, land and a future of safety and prosperity against the threat of fear, defeat and death, the Marxist-Globalists of our day (The U.N., U.N.E.S.C.O., The World Economic Forum, Agenda-2030 and the American Democrat Party) in part, are offering:

(From the Preamble of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”)

“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.”

 Who would not want to achieve these goals and live in such a Utopian world? Beware. The goals are lofty, but, the methodologies, the implementation and the governing of the world they describe can be likened to the gulags of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the reign of terror imposed on China by the notorious Mao Zedong or the racist Hegelian, Karl Marx’s nefarious social construct of Marxism which is responsible for the deaths of upward of 200,000,000 people. They, all, used the same Siren’s song the United Nations is using now, to lure hundreds of millions into the webs of Agenda 2030.

It must be noted that these ‘noble sounding objectives’ will come at the loss of many personal freedoms and individual liberties, according to the the World Economic’s own statements. Additionally, the Commission on Global Governance boldly states, “This agenda will be foreign to and ignores ideas precious to the American experience”.

However, there is no reason to fear what they fear, and we are not to dread what they dread. We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by our testimony:

For in this way the LORD spoke to me with His strong hand [upon me and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people behaving as they do, saying,

You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’

In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,

And you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it.

 “It is the LORD of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.

He shall be your source of fear,

He shall be your source of, dread, not man.

“Then He shall be a sanctuary, a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him. (Isaiah 8:11-14)

You can hear pastor Chris Voorhees entire sermon here:

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

More important and relevant posts:

The tentacles of the socialist-marxist takeover/

Agenda-2030, the United Nations and Global-Marxism

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKING OF ‘REAL FAITH’

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)

REPEAT:  Hebrews 11:1-3,

 “Now faith is

                         the assurance

                                                    of things hoped for,

                                                                                        the conviction of

                                                                                                                      things not seen.

For by it the people of old received their commendation.

                                                                                             By faith we understand that

the universe was created by the word of God, so that  what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

 Perhaps a Better Translation and a better Version taken from the Amplified Bible version:

Hebrews 11:1-3, “Now faith is the assurance, the absolute certainty, the title deed, a rock-solid confirmation of things hoped for, of things anticipated and expected by divine guarantee; it is proof positive evidence of things not yet seen and the conviction of their reality; the comprehension as fact of  what cannot be first experienced by the physical senses. For by this kind of faith the men of old gained divine approval.

“By faith that comes from an inherent trust, an enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God, we understand that the worlds, the universe, the cosmos of all the  ages were framed, formed, created put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose by The Word of God, so that what is now visible was not made out of things which are visible.

THERE ARE FEW WHO POSSES IT

The faith as spoken of in Hebrews 11:1-3 is the necessary and key element for all Christians to live and walk effectively in the Spirit of God. It is the litmus test of a Christian’s maturity. This type of faith is difficult to obtain. It is even more difficult to hold onto. And, the cost of this faith is beyond most people’s ability. It is more precious than gold, which perishes”.

Tragically, these verses have been misrepresented and misused by preachers around the world, specifically from American pulpits, to mislead and manipulate people. It is a ‘name it and claim it’ methodology.

The worst abusers are found in the Word of Faith movement, and in many Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, with other denominations following suit in varying degrees.

The type of false teaching causes the Bible to be seen and treated as sixty-six disconnected books, each having its own message and chronology. Many, if not most, post-modern Bible teachers and preachers will connect the books though a method called eisegesis, a method by which a person interprets and reads information into Bible text that is not there, to make their own points of interpretation. (This is seen frequently when preachers or pastors need to raise money, start building programs, gain popularity or power or are ignorant and errant in their teaching.

God will hold these unfaithful men and women accountable.

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is not that you act as ‘little gods’ in His place or alongside of Him, (which is from the cult of Mormonism).

 The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan as taught throughout His Word, is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

This process of perfecting, also known as sanctification, can be difficult and bewildering, but it has been God’s method as seen throughout the Bible.

This type of faith is difficult to obtain. It is even more difficult to hold onto. And, the cost of this faith is beyond most people’s ability. As the Apostle Peter tells us, “It is more precious that gold, which perishes”.  Please read with me the purpose, the result and the cost of obtaining of this kind of faith:

Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

This faith cost Abel his life, though by his faith he was commended as righteous and is commended by God.

Verse 5. “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.

This faith caused Enoch to be taken away by God, though by this faith he pleased God.

Verse 6. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Verse 7. “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By this faith, Noah condemned the world, though by this faith he saved his household and became an heir of righteousness.

Verse 8. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Verse 9. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. Verse 10For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

By this faith, Abraham went out not knowing where he was going, lived in tents, though by this faith he was looking forward to the city of God.

Verse 11. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

By this faith, Sarah received the power to conceive in her old age, through this faith were born innumerable descendants.

Verse 13. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Verse 14. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. Verse 15.  If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. Verse 16. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

By this faith all died, no having received the things promised. They were strangers and exiles on earth, though this faith they are called their God and have a city prepared for them.

Verse 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, Verse 18, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Verse 19. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

Verse 20. By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.

Verse 21. By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

Verse 22. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

Verse 23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Verse 24. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, Verse 25, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Verse 26. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

Verse 27. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. Verse 28. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

Verse 29. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.

Verse 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

Verse 31. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Verse 32. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — Verse 33, who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Verse 34, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Verse 35. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.

Verse 36. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. Verse 37. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— Verse 38, of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Verse 39. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, Verse 40, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

((This kind of faith is a far cry from the self-serving ‘naming and claiming’ heresies practiced today, that rquire no sacrifice and no personal service to God, drawing attention away from God in order to raid the treasuries of heaven. But God is no mocked. You will reap only what you sow.))

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

Each and every chapter, verse and word in the Bible, when viewed within this context of  God’s Eternal Plan of Perfection, begins to make perfect sense.

TIME IS SHORT

The world has entered the final epoch of time, known by various names, such as, “The Last Days”, “The End of The Age” the “Latter Days” and “The Tribulation”, which was marked by the birth of Jesus.  There are reportedly visible and observable signs and ancient writings to help you, if you believe in such things. However, most people either don’t recognize the signs or writings or don’t believe. Even among those who believe these prophecies are coming to pass and see the signs, few know what they are seeing, where they are leading or what to do in response.

It requires faith and endurance to navigate and, to survive these last days. The best description of the purpose, length and, outcome of this end time, also known as the Great Tribulation, (see Matthew 24:21, Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14) or the Wrath of the Lamb, (see Revelation 6:16), is found in

Daniel 12:1,

Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. 

Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

Verse 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.

Verse 8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so, I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” 

Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time.

Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand.

Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 

Verse 12. Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

Please. If you do not understand this message, please talk with me. It is urgent that you have understanding and wisdom regarding these matters.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Oh, you of little faith”, Part 37

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 37

“Oh, you of little faith”

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  And he said to them,

“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”

Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

“The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”  – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 8:23-27.

Jesus is God, incarnate. God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. Why would He ask His disciples, “Why are you afraid?” Shouldn’t He know?

This is an ‘emphatic interrogative’ aimed at no one in particular and everyone in general. It is not necessarily meant to garner a response, as it is meant to make everyone aware of what is going on.

These words of Jesus are a proclamation similar to a colloquial expression such as, “What is wrong with you guys?!”  A more complete and accurate translation might be, “Which certain ones of you, which someone or anyone, afraid?”

It is also important to know that the word Jesus uses, “afraid”, in the Greek is ‘deilos’ means, “fear-driven, dreadful, describing a person who loses the moral gumption and fortitude that is needed to follow the Lord.”

This word refers to an excessive fear or dread. Being fainthearted and cowardly – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.

This type of fear comes from a lack of faith,Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”  This is not the typical fear that causes ‘fight or flight’. This kind of fear renders you helpless and vulnerable to circumstances and the wiles of the devil.

Although we, as English-speaking people, may not understand the nuance of what Jesus is saying, His disciples knew exactly what He is saying. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last time Jesus chides His disciples in this manner.

This was spoken to His disciples in the boat during a storm, and it is Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional. It was spoken and is written to you and to me, today!

The Bible instructs us to “fear not” or “do not be afraid” 63 times in the King James Version and 61 times in the New American Standard. Repetition is used to make a very strong and important point. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God”.

God knows all things. He knows what is coming upon you, and He even knows how you will respond and react. There is a Purpose in all things that come upon you. They may be bewildering, unpleasant, even deadly, but know this: “[With great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

Each and every chapter, verse and word in the Bible, when viewed within this context of God’s Eternal Plan of Perfection, begins to make perfect sense.

This is a Christian’s life experience, and without having been transformed and made new, you cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

When you encounter times of trouble, trials and tribulations, fear not. Jesus says, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have faith, that is personal trust and confidence in Me, and do not doubt or allow yourself to be drawn in two directions, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen as God wills it.” (Matthew 21:21, Amplified version).

Let’s be strong and courageous and pray for one another that we endure to the end, for then we are saved!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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Isaiah 8:12-14

“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it.

“It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
He shall be your fear,
He shall be your dread [not man].
 
“Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him];

WHAT CONSUMES YOUR MIND?

Why is it that some ‘themes’ seem to occur in ‘groups of three’? What I mean is you might see a picture of a statement of something, repeatedly, over a course of days. For example, “That’s the third time this week that I have heard something like, “The things that consume my mind, control my life”.

I was writing an article, a post, for my web and blog site from Matthew 6:24 on the subject of serving two masters, God and money. One of the lessons to be learned is that the thing that consumes my mind, controls my life.

The next day, a friend posted a meme on Facebook which simply said, “The things that consume my mind control my life”. Hmmmm.

Today, I get up to do my morning Bible study and I believe God puts the idea of the book of Job into my mind. (Strangely enough, it is one of my favorite studies.)

So, welcome to my ‘day three’, the true story of JOB. (A spiritually deep teaching.)

I have studied and thought, deeply, about the Old Testament Book of Job.  There was a time that I shied away from this Book.  It was confusing and depressing to me.  I kept asking myself “Why would a Just and Loving God allow such horror and prolonged suffering to one of His Chosen servants?”

Then, one day, I felt a determination to get a fresh perspective on God’s Word through His Book of Job.  I thought this motivation must be from God, because I had plenty to do aside from reading a Book about a man’s suffering written over 2,500 years ago.

Please allow me to explore this Book with you keeping these things in mind.

1.  The Bible is all about Jesus which means the Bible is all about God’s unconditional love for us.  You cannot study or understand the Bible correctly if you start on any other basis.  And the Book of Job is no exception.  You’ll find the “God with us” in Job.  You must find Jesus, reaching out to you, calling you, in this Book, or you missed the point.

2. The Bible is a Prophetic Book. It is the Truth to you and once you implant that Word in you, it tells the Truth through you.  This is how prophecy works.  It is the living Word of God, manifest.

The prophecy of the Book of Job is still alive and reverberating throughout time.  It is still calling to us.  It will still be manifest in your life and my life, if we embrace this Truth.  (This is difficult to explain but it is most significant).

  1. The Bible is to be understood on three major levels:
    1. With the physical mind (soma). What you “see” is what you get.  Cognitive. This is where much of our learning begins.
    2. With the soul, that is the mind, the will and the emotions (pseuche). This is deeper than just physical facts.  You see, think, meditate, have emotions and with your will to accept or reject the Word is affected.  This is where most of us a moved into some sort of decision making, process and eventually, action.
    3. With your Spirit (pneuma).  This is what a current-day psychologist might,    inadequately call, “core beliefs”.  This are where beliefs of how we see ourselves,   other people, the world, the future, and God are formed and kept.

2. Every word of the Book of Job is prophetic and significant. There is neither time nor space in this exploration to look at the prophetic significance of every word, but much is to be gained by such a study.  (I will occasionally dip into some of these words)

NOTE:  In order to interact with the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of all Truth, and to understand the Prophetic Truth of the Book of Job, you must be a Believer and follower of Jesus, filled by and with The Holy Spirit. It is He Who will teach and guide you into all Truth.

Let’s pray to The Holy Spirit for wisdom and understanding and let’s start exploring:

Job 1:1, “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.

What do we know from verse 1 about Job?   (This is very important).

  1. a) He was blameless,
  2. b) He was upright,
  3. c) He feared God
  4. d) He turned away from evil

How do feel about Job, from this description?

NOTE:  Job’s name, from the Hebrew means “hated”; to be hostile to or to be an enemy to.  Job’s name translated from Greek means “the cry of woe” or “I will exclaim”

Read these verses from the New Testament and tell me, How does Job’s name square with his character?

(John 17:14  “I have given them Your word. And the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

John 15:18  “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me..)

How do you think God viewed Job?

How do you think ‘the world’ will feel about you, if you assume the nature and character of Job?

Verse 2.  Seven sons and three daughters were born to him.

 Verse 3.  His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

What do verses 2 and 3 say about Job on the “physical level”?

What do verses 2 and 3 say about Job on a “Spiritual level”?

(The sacred numbers, three and seven, often occur. 

The number seven is one of the most significant numbers of the Bible because it is the number of spiritual perfection. It is the number which is stamped on every work of God.

Three is also a number of perfection, or completion. This number is repeated throughout the Bible as a symbol of completeness.  God’s attributes are three: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. Three denotes divine perfection; Seven denotes spiritual perfection.

The number five symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. Five is the number of grace.

The name of Job, too, is derived from an Arabic word signifying repentance.)

Verse 4.  His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

Explain what you see and how you feel about verse 4.

Verse 5.  When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all;  for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.Thus, Job did continually.

What is the significance of  Job consecrating his children and offering burnt offerings for his children (to sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate), in verse 5?

After praying for his children, why would Job suddenly consider that perhaps his sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts?

How often did Job think this way?

Was this a disciplined prayer life or had it become an obsessive and compulsive type of thinking? Thus, Job did continually”.

PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:  The scene / setting of this narrative shifts dramatically from the ‘earthly or natural realm’ to the ‘Heavenly or spiritual realm’.  Our attention is drawn away from Job and his righteousness – to GOD.

Verse 6.  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.

 How does Satan gain entrance to the presence of God? Who or what opened the door for him?

 Verse 7.  The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

 Why does God have to ask Satan where he came from? God is omniscient. He knows all things.

 Verse 8  The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

Once again, why does the omniscient God have to ask Satan if he has ‘considered’ or been thinking about Job. Doesn’t God already know the answer? And, why does God then describe Job for Satan to hear? Or could it be a reminder of how Job has come to see himself?

Verse 9  Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

 Does Satan no hear God’s question or does he choose to not answer it? Instead, Satan asks, if Job fears (reverences) God for any good reason?

Verse 10.  “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. Verse 11.  “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.”

 Verse 12.  Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So, Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.

Notice the progression here.

  1. Job was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. Job was the greatest of all the people of the east.
  2. Job would send and consecrate his children, and
  3. he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.
  4. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.”
  5. Thus, Job did continually.
  6. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.
  7. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
  8. And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
  9. Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So, Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job is a great man. Fearing God and turning away from evil. There is no one on earth like him.

Is what we are seeing the spiritual order being played out?

Many, (if not most) commentaries and Bible teachers, make the assumption that these foregoing verses describe some sort of wager between God and Satan, betting on the life and character of Job. I am personally outraged that someone who is considered  a sound and credible Bible teacher or scholar would make such a defamatory and heretical statement about God. When confronted, many of these same ‘scholars’ will become indignant, begin waving their educational achievements and sheepskins in your face or retreat to the idea that the book of Job is just a metaphor. They say it did not actually happen but was written as an object lesson in suffering. To both, I say, rubbish!  This is not some foolish game between God and Satan.

This is what happens when we are drawn into Satan’s trap of compulsive doubt, worry and fear. This is what happens when we fix out mind on the things of the flesh. Carefully read Romans 8:5-8, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death…For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

When we as sons of God come to present ourselves before the LORD, we either open or close the door for Satan to come among us by how we conduct our thought life, by the things we have set our mind upon!

What comes next is unspeakable carnage. Job loses his property, his possessions and his children.

Then Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head in mourning for the children, and he fell to the ground and worshiped God. He said, “Naked without possessions I came into this world from my mother’s womb, And naked I will return there.  The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

Then the previous scene repeats when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD and Satan comes among them. This time conditions worsen and Job’s body is afflicted with sores and boils and Job begins his lament. The most revealing statement is made by Job in Chapter 3, verse 25:  “For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.

What follows is a fruitless discourse between Job, his wife and his friends. Job has done all he knows to do and has said all he knows to say in order to find relief. But he finds no relief. So, foolishly, Job questions God and this draws a response from God

What happens next could easily be imagined to have been accompanied with a scene of dark roiling dark clouds, deafening thunder and blinding lightning and a terrifying and booming voice from the heavens, Chapter 38, verse 1,

 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, Verse 2.  “Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Verse 3.  “Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

 A colloquial expression of these same words from God might be “Job! Hike up your britches like a man and face Me if you have the nerve!” God proceeds to ‘set the record straight’, reminding Job that it is God who creates and provides all things. Without God, Job would not have been considered as  “no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

We do all our religious duties and we become good in our own mind and in our own eyes, and when evil comes to visit, we have only ourselves to turn to. So, we worry, doubt and obsess on what we must do to fix things.

We do the good things we know to do, such as rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all and present ourself before the LORD, and will all our best intentions, still,  Satan comes among us, and asks the God, “does                                  (fill in your name) fear God for any good reason?”

It is when we come to the end our ourselves and repent and submit ourselves to God that relief comes. Jesus teaches this very thing, found in Matthew chapter 5,

Blessed are we when we are made poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are we when we are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are we when we are made meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are we when we are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are we when we are made merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are we when we are made pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are we when we are made the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are we when we are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

(Is this not the saem progression for Job and his difficulties?)

Chapter 42, verse 1:   Then Job answered the LORD and said,

 Verse 2.  “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

Verse 3.  ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore, I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

 Verse 4.  ‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’

 Verse 5.  “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;

 Verse 6.  Therefore, I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”

This is a creative, causative, prophetic and instructional warning for every man, woman, boy and girl who would believe in God and who would follow Jesus.

Now let’s see the result of complete submission and humility, which has come from trials, tribulations and loss.

Job’s (and our) Confession and Repentance

Chapter 42:1, Then Job answered the Lord and said:

Verse 2. “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
verse 3. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
verse 4. ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
verse 5. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
verse 6,  therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”

verse 7. After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. verse 8. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” verse 9. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

The Lord Restores Job’s (and our) Fortunes

Verse 10. “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Verse 11. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.

verse 12. “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. verse 13. He had also seven sons and three daughters. verse 14. And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. verse 15. And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. verse 16/ And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17And Job died, an old man, and full of days.”

(The sacred numbers, three and seven, often occur. 

The number seven is one of the most significant numbers of the Bible because it is the number of spiritual perfection. It is the number which is stamped on every work of God.

Three is also a number of perfection, or completion. This number is repeated throughout the Bible as a symbol of completeness.  God’s attributes are three: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. Three denotes divine perfection; Seven denotes spiritual perfection.

The number five symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. Five is the number of grace.)

Now, let’s pray for one another that we might be those who set their minds on the things of the Spirit, for to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8)

And remember, do not call a conspiracy when the sons and daughters of God present ourselves before our LORD, like those who call it a conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But it is the Lord of hosts we shall honor as holy. Let him be our fear, and let him be our dread, and he will become our sanctuary. (Isaiah 8)

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

 

 

TWO MASTERS – A PROPHETIC WARNING

SCANDALIZED

 THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional

 A Google search for “church scandals” returns 16,000,000 hits in just .042 seconds. (Sure, there are a lot of duplicate; but 16 million?!) Most of these scandals can be traced to ego, money and/or sex.

A similar search for “megachurch scandals” pares down the return to just 321,000 hits in .029 seconds. (Wow. What a relief, right?)

There are excuses to be made, forgiveness to be offered, restarts occurring and plenty of cover-ups. But the cold hard fact of broken promises and shattered lives, shipwrecked faith, chaos, disillusionment and deceit remains:

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. The Words of Jesus, Matthew 6 :24.

Yeah, I know what many say. “I love and serve God, and He has given me the ability to make money and gain wealth, so I don’t see a problem”.  A lot of successful Christians say and believe that, and in many cases it may be true.

But whether you are a fully devoted follower of Jesus, and particularly if you are serving as a Pastor, Preacher, Elder or as a Bible Teacher, influencing others within God’s Church, please read these specific parts of these verses, again.

No one    can serve          two masters”.

You         cannot serve     God and money.

Please try to get this. “No one in the first half of this verse  = You, in the second half of the verse.

Serve = Serve

And, two masters in the first half of this verse  =  God and money”, in the second half of this verse.

Although, it is true that, as Christians, we are being justified, that is declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life as a gift by His precious, undeserved grace, through the redemption and the payment for our sin which is provided in Christ Jesus,

However, we should remain fully aware that it is written in the Holy Scriptures and forever remains written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, none that meets God’s standard, NOT EVEN ONE.  We, all, have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God.

With this in mind, the ‘sin flaw’ which is present in us, the ones who want to do good, is waging war against our mind, and making us a prisoner of the law of sin, which is in our body. What a wretched person! How will you be set me free from this? (On the one hand serving the law of God, but on the other, with your flesh, the law of sin.)

How can we be trusted with the two masters of God and money? And, why do you think Jesus offers this Prophetic Warning?

You can work hard to rationalize, redefine and justify your ability to safely work around Jesus’ warning of serving two masters, but you cannot do it. You will fail. You will fail as everyone else has failed – miserably and fatally, and you will take others with you.

Here are just a few big-named rock-star-status pastors and churches who have more recently ‘failed from grace’ trying to serve the two masters of God and money:

Hillsong Church: Brian Houston, Carl Lentz. Disgraced, disgusting, done.

Former Hillsong Church, The Australia-based religious institution, had previously released cherry-picked bits of an examination into its East Coast church branches under Carl Lentz’s leadership. Now, an audit conducted by an unaffiliated legal firm and launched shortly after Lentz was fired for adultery was released in November 2020. In an email to congregants in February 2021, now-disgraced church founder Brian Houston announced the investigation was complete and had unearthed “significant ways” the NYC operations had “failed to reflect Hillsong global culture” but offered little further information, The Post reported at the time.

A version of the 51-page report was leaked to the Christian Post, which published many of its most shocking allegations, including that working with Lentz “caused” many churchgoers “to suffer from mental illness,” that his wife Laura reportedly once punched a former nanny and current Hillsong pastor in the face “with a closed fist” and that, in addition to his alleged affair with fashion designer Ranin Karim, he reportedly had at least one more with a woman he met at a Brooklyn deli and saved in his phone contacts as “Germany.”

Harvest Bible Chapel: James MacDonald. Demeaning, disgraced, done.

James MacDonald founded the Harvest Bible Chapel in 1988, and the megachurch grew to seven locations in the Chicago area and one in Florida, the Daily Herald reported. His two sons were on the church’s executive leadership board.

The pastor’s leadership had come under scrutiny, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Former church members came forward to accuse Harvest Bible Chapel’s leadership of dishonesty and “financial mismanagement,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

MacDonald was fired “following several months of public revelations, indicating a pattern of abusive behavior towards subordinates and extensive financial mismanagement”, ​​​​WLS reported. The church was also reportedly $42 million in debt.

MacDonald, who was known to be a charismatic preacher, stepped down after the Access Hollywood tape was made public, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Willow Creek Church, Chicago, IL: Bill Hybels: Deceitful, disgusting, done.

An independent investigation has concluded that the sexual harassment allegations that led to Bill Hybels’s resignation last year are credible, based on a six-month investigation into the claims against the senior pastor and into Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) and the Willow Creek Association.

The newly released 17-page report places the blame for such incidents on Hybels himself and not the broader culture at either organization, though it concludes that both the church and the association could benefit from more thorough written policies to address inappropriate behavior.

After fielding calls, conducting interviews, and reviewing forensics IT findings, the four-person Independent Advisory Group (IAG) investigating Hybels and Willow Creek found that the “collective testimony” of “allegations of sexually inappropriate words and actions” by the now-retired megachurch pastor proved reliable and would have been sufficient reason for church discipline had Hybels not left the church.

A series of allegations against the 67-year-old evangelical visionary became public in a report by the Chicago Tribune last March, where a group of former Willow Creek pastors and staff accused Hybels of a pattern of sexual harassment and misconduct, including suggestive remarks, invitations to his hotel rooms, prolonged hugs, and an unwanted kiss

How far back do you want to go? The list goes on for a very long time into the past. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, T, Robert Tilton, or even as far back as

King David, son of Jesse (‘A man after God’s own heart’, yet he failed under the weight of success and paid that awful price)?

Jesus called us to His Mission, not to some ‘vision a man has cast’ or ‘good works we have in mind’. Jesus said to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Collect no money except to make your journey. 

 

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 6 :24.

 

I ask again, how can we be trusted with “the two masters of God and money? And, why do you think Jesus offers this Prophetic Warning?

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

“And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” (The Words of Jesus, Matthew 10:7-15)

Shipwrecked – Enemies Within the Church

Go Make Disciples? Who? Me?

How can I do that? I’m not a pastor, a preacher or an evangelist! I don’t have the training and I can’t afford the time or money to go to seminary. Why can’t I just be a member of the church and give my tithes and offerings to support missions and missionaries? You can do that, but that is not what Jesus said to do. What you suggest has been adopted by the church as a viable alternative to what He told us to be doing, and it has seemed to fit nicely – except when it doesn’t.

God The Holy Spirit has equipped all believers with supernatural spritual gifts and appointed us to an office to exercise those gifts to serve, build up and edify the Church.

Look at this list of Spiritual Gifts and Offices. Can you find the Gift or Office The Holy Spirit has given you and appointed to you?

GIFTS                      MINISTRIES                  EFFECTS                     OFFICES

Romans 12             1 Corinthians 12         1 Corinthians 12:28       Ephesians 4:11

Prophecy               Word of wisdom            Apostle                        Apostle
Serving                  Word of knowledge       Prophet                       Prophet
Teaching                Faith                                Teacher                       Evangelist
Exhortation           Gifts of healing              Miracles                      Pastor
Giving                     Miracles                          Kinds of healing        Teacher
Overseer                Prophecy                         Helps
Mercy                     Distinguishing spirits   Administration
Tongues

It is through Spiritual Gifts that God empowers and enables us to serve Him and to serve His Church, which is His Body.  We are, as Christians, to serve the Lord and His Church.

Jesus created His Church, His Body, and made it so the whole Body fits together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

The Holy Spirit guides us, convict us, defends us and empowers us.

Jesus transformed the practice and attitude of ‘going to church’. He also teaches about not allowing external things to convict or to defend us. We are to depend on and call upon the Holy Spirit for those things.  Jesus has told us that His laws are now written upon our hearts and in our consciences.

We must BE the Body of Christ, The Church, and behave as such, or we simply are not following Jesus.

Let’s take a quick detour and see how the church came to our current paraidgm of making disciples of all the nations, and helping the people to learn of Jesus, believing in Him, obeying His words, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that He has commanded.

Our roots go back to the Jewish nation, the Israelites. The primary purpose of education among the Jews in Old Testament times was the learning of and obedience to the law of God, the Torah.

Primary ways of imparting religious knowledge to Jewish children were example, imitation, conversation and stories. Parents could utilize the interest aroused in their children by actual life observances such as Sabbath or Passover to teach about God.

Training in the Torah began very early. The father had an obligation to teach his children the Law by words and example. A child could observe his father binding the phylacteries on his arm and head. The natural question, “What are you doing?”, could be used to teach the child that it was everyone’s duty to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5 ).

When the son reached the age of twelve, the Jews believed his education in the Torah was complete enough to help him know the Law and keep it. He was then known as a “son of the Law.” As a symbol of this attainment, the father would fasten the phylacteries upon the arm and forehead of his son. The box placed on the forehead indicated that the laws must be memorized. The other box was placed on the left arm so that it would press against the heart when the arms were folded or the hands were clasped in prayer. The box pressed against the heart would symbolize that the laws were to be loved and obeyed.

The elementary school system among the Jews developed in connection with the synagogue. Even before the days of Jesus, schools for the young were located in practically every important Jewish community.

Boys usually began formal schooling at the “house of the book” at age five. He would spend at least a half day, six days a week for about five years, studying at the synagogue. Parents brought their son at daybreak and came for him at midday. While not at school the boy was usually learning a trade, such as farming or carpentry.

If a boy wanted training beyond that given in a synagogue, he would go to a scholarly scribe. Saul of Tarsus received such advanced theological training “at the feet of Gamaliel” in Jerusalem (Acts 22:3 ).

Jesus was also a trainer of teachers. He selected the twelve and taught them how to teach others. His last directive or commission made before He ascended to heaven was and still is, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”

As risen Lord, Jesus commissioned his followers to carry their evangelism and teaching ministry into all the world (Matthew 28:19-20 ). As seen in Acts 2:42 , Acts 4:1-2; Acts 5:21 ,Acts 5:21,5:28 , teaching became an important work in the early church in Jerusalem.

The New Testament places importance on the teaching function of the church. Teaching is regarded as a primary function of the pastor (1 Timothy 3:2 ). Volunteer teachers are also important to the work of the church (James 3:1 ).

In New Testament times churches met in the homes of members and Christian teaching was done there (Romans 16:3-5 ).

While the synagogue school still existed, the home was still considered a primary place of education for children. Timothy is a notable example of a child who had been educated in the Scriptures in the home (2 Timothy 1:5 ).

Fast forward to the year 2023

The road to becoming a pastor in our current-day churches, typically begins after you have completed your secondary education training and all of your college undergraduate studies, have come to understand God’s calling, then the final step on the road to becoming a pastor begins by deciding to attend a seminary. Seminaries offer ministry degree programs, in addition to many other types of degree programs, that will properly educate and equip you to fulfill your calling.

At seminary, several ministerial degree programs focus on the practice of ministry and Christian leadership. Acceptance into these programs typically comes down to three main factors:

  • Faith and belief
  • Academic ability
  • Overall character

Commitment to your faith and belief is perhaps the most critical prerequisite to any seminary program. You may be asked to write essays and provide letters of recommendation regarding your faith during the application process. While the academic requirements will vary from seminary to seminary, most ask for a bachelor’s degree for admission to a master’s program and a master’s degree for admission to a doctoral program. While you don’t have to be at the top of your class, the seminary will need evidence of your ability to keep up with rigorous, graduate-level studies. Seminaries also consider your character, sometimes requiring a background check as part of your application.

The greatest failure of our ‘religious educational systems’ is that it pushes the perceived requirements for you to complete the Great Commission, as issued by Jesus, far beyond what He required. So, only a relative minority will ever elect to ‘fulfill the great commission’ since they incorrectly assume it is for the highly trained seminary graduate. The rest of us will go to church, give offerings to missionaries and missions efforts, but we do not go to the mission field, whether near or far.

Here is what Jesus said on this matter:  “When Jesus’ disciples had come together, they asked Him repeatedly, “Lord, are You at this time reestablishing the kingdom and restoring it to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”  (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth could be taken metaphorically to say, ‘in your home town, the cities and states around your locality, and even as far as the ends of the earth. But we do not go – not even across to the street.)

CALLED AND COMFORTABLE

Some do not feel ‘called’, others do not feel ‘comfortable’ with the whole thing of ‘witnessing Christ to other people’. So, a few will invite others to church services, a Christmas play, an Easter service or some other church program.

Training in the Great Commission is either being misdirected in this 21st Century church, lacking in direcdtion, or absent all-together for those who cannot or will not spend eight years in college and post graduate seminary studies.

BACK TO BASICS

Please consider JESUS’ MODEL OF MINISTRY and “THE CYCLE OF DISCIPLESHIP”

I.

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

II.

Matthew 4:19 “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

III.

Matthew 10:5, “Jesus sent These twelve out after instructing them: Verse 7. “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’Verse 8.  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. Verse 9. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, Verse 10, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.”

IV.

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

V.

Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Verse 16. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Verse 17. “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; Verse 18. they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

VI.

1 Corinthians 12:25 “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. Verse 26. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Verse 27. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. Verse 28. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.”

VII.

Ephesians 4:21, “Indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, Verse 23, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, Verse 24, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God. Verse 25. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. Verse 26. BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Verse 27, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Verse 28. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Verse 29. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as it is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Verse 30. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Verse 31. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Verse 32. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

 HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS:

“WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD [in prayer] WILL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10:14, “But how will people call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher (messenger)? Verse 15. And how will they preach unless they are commissioned and sent [for that purpose]? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”  (Amplified version).

HERE IS THE EXAMPLE:

Matthew 4:17. “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self–your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

(The First Disciples)

Verse 18. “As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Verse 19. And He said to them,Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” Verse 20. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. Verse 21. And going on [further] from there He noticed two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them [to follow Him as His disciples]. Verse 22. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].

Ministry in Galilee

Verse 23. “And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people [demonstrating and revealing that He was indeed the promised Messiah].

Verse 24. So the news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were sick, those suffering with various diseases and pains, those under the power of demons, and epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Verse 25. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and the other side of the Jordan.” (Amplified Version).

Footnote:  [a] 17 Jesus’ public ministry began at this time and He was preaching the same message John the Baptist had proclaimed.

Footnote:  [b] 19 The concept of “follow” can represent three separate possibilities: in the early stages of His ministry, (1) walking with Him physically (literally), that is, merely being in His presence regardless of personal belief or commitment, (2) accepting and identifying with the salvation He offered; and later on, (3) being identified with Him by being subject to the scorn and rejection of unbelievers because of personal belief and commitment to Him.

HERE WERE THE QUALIFICATIONS:

Acts 14:13. “Now when the men of the Sanhedrin (Jewish High Court) saw the confidence and boldness of Peter and John, and grasped the fact that they were uneducated and untrained, that is they had no formal religious training in the rabbinical schools, [i.e., ordinary men], they were astounded, and began to recognize that they had been with Jesus!”  (Amplified version).

Sadly, now-a-days, see these advertisements which are typical for pastoral positions, 2023.

        1. What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like: • Meets the Biblical qualifications of elder/overseer as set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. • Demonstrates a growing Christlikeness in demeanor and character. Can articulate a clear sense of calling to pastoral ministry. • Has completed a full graduate seminary degree at an accredited                 institution or equivalent. A doctorate is preferred but not required. • Demonstrates a growing love for and devotion to his spouse and commitment to his family. • A person of integrity who ministry team members, as well as the church body, can respect and follow
        1. Requirements: The Candidate We seek a Senior Pastor who has been ordained by an accredited Protestant denomination, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and a Master of Divinity degree from a theological seminary or divinity school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The candidate must also have served as a Senior or Associate Pastor and possess a Christian character and pastoral qualifications which are compatible with our Mission Statement. In addition, the candidate shall demonstrate the ability to meet the organizational and operational needs of the Church and provide for the spiritual welfare and well-being of the Church and the area. Benefits The Compensation package range of $100,000 to $130,000 based on experience

These are just for the few.

Should there be an ecclesiastical hierarchy in God’s Church? This question should remind us of a discussion between Jesus and the mother of James and John. She asked if her two sons could sit, one at His right side and one at His left side, when He became King.

Jesus replied that she did not know what she was asking. He said to them, “You will suffer as I will suffer. But the places at My right side and at My left side are not Mine to give. Whoever My Father says will have those places.” We should not aspire to seats of authority, honor or prestige. We are servants.

Let me finish, saying that I understand that organizational structure can be important. But scriptures tell us for just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ. For by one [Holy] Spirit we were all baptized into one body, [spiritually transformed–united together] whether Jews or Greeks (Gentiles), slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit [since the same Holy Spirit fills each life].

We are told, [collectively], that we are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function]. So, God has appointed and placed in the church [for His own use]: first apostles [chosen by Christ], second prophets [those who foretell the future, those who speak a new message from God to the people], third teachers, then those who work miracles, then those with the gifts of healings, the helpers, the administrators, and speakers in various kinds of [unknown] tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire and strive for the greater gifts.”

And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one of the choicest graces and the highest of them all: unselfish love].

Finally,  Jesus has told us, “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.”

You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father.

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another.

Now, let’s be like Jesus. If there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ [as there certainly is in abundance], if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship [that we share] in the Spirit, if [there is] any [great depth of] affection and compassion, make His joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love [toward one another], knit together in spirit, intent on one purpose [and living a life that reflects your faith and spreads the gospel–the good news regarding salvation through faith in Christ].

Let’s do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

For even “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

You are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A CONSECRATED NATION, A [special] PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were NOT A PEOPLE [at all], but now you are GOD’S PEOPLE; once you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.  For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose. (See 1 Peter 2:9-10, 21).

No matter your Gifting, no matter your Office, regardless of your position in the Church, let each of us, according to our gifts, go, teach, train, equip, encourage, send, and keep going until He returns.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

‘BAIT AND SWITCH’ ETHICS?

 

I was guiding a Sunday evening bible study class at our church, when I notice a fellow in the class whispering to others in the class. It was disruptive and I considered it impolite.

 

It turns out he was trying to sell Christmas card subscriptions, Christmas ornament subscriptions, and the like, before class time and during our teaching and discussion times.

I stopped our Bible teaching discussion and asked “Rick” what he was doing. He look surprised that I would confront him and blurted, “Just sharing some Christmas stuff”.

I replied that it looks like you are selling things to a ‘captive audience’, taking advantage of the trust we had developed in our group. We came here for Bible study and fellowship – not to be pressured into buying things. People will feel like this is a ‘Bait and Switch’ shop instead of a Church fellowship.

I asked him to put his materials away and not sell anything during, before or after our class time – or in the church without the church staff’s permission.

He sheepishly explained that, as an ‘out of work’ pastor, and working as a house painter, his family needed the money. I repeated myself and continued our class.

“Rick” and I had been acquainted as friends for some time, so he came to me afterwards to explain his position. I listened but maintained his methods were opportunistic and manipulative. There were better ways to make extra money and if they were in financial straits the Church could help them. He explained that he just needed ‘extra income’ for the holidays.

What are the ethics, here? Do the situations surrounding this event affect how it should have been handled, i.e., are “situational ethics” involved here? Could I have handled this better? This was a minor situation, hardly worth mentioning, and certainly not worth discussing. It was dealt with and is done.

What it does remind me of, in a round-about sort of way, is how people will ‘say one thing, then do another’, or will ‘buy one thing and get something altogether different’, like the ‘bait-and-switch technique’.

This may be all-too-common in our world, but it should not be so in Christian’s lives and certainly not so in our Churches and this is where common sense and ethics – Christian Ethics – come into play.

I would like to explain this point by defining the parameters and by giving a few examples:

First, and as ridiculous as it sounds, you do not go to a football field to play basketball; nor do you go to an airport to catch a cruise ship or climb mount Everest for dinner and an evening matinee.

Additionally, I go to the doctor expecting to get healthcare. I don’t expect and don’t understand why (nor do I appreciate) being sold ‘aroma therapy products’, health insurance alternatives or a being sold a new ‘concierge health plan’. I came for what they advertised – and for what I signed up for: getting well and staying well.

The same goes for my dentist, my bank, and especially for my church.

Secondly, when you or I became a Christian the ‘playing field changes’ – completely! In other words, we don’t operate by the world’s standards. Jesus has told us that we are not to look like or operate like this world because we are no longer part of this world. Ours are the higher standards of the Word of God. Read John 18:36, “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

And, again in John 17:16, in His prayer to The Father, Jesus says, “They (His disciples – i.e., Christians) are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

The point is that we cannot be effective as a disciple of Jesus if we are doing the wrong things, in the wrong ways in the wrong places.

“We are ambassadors for Christ. God is making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16)

We are not to be conformed to this world. We are to be transformed by the renewal of our mind, so that we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (see Romans 12:2)

The issues of having a Christian World View, engaging a lost world and making Christian disciples, must be a pretty big problem in religious circles and in the Church. In fact, our Church is offering classes on the subject of how to engage this world ethically and still be effective without disputes. We have even had a Seminary Professor come to speake on the subject of Christian Ethics.

Focus on the Family ministry and Dr. Del Tackett through The Truth Project have spent enormous effort and resources over the last twenty years to teach and promote a “Christian World View” in the areas of ethics, philosophy, law, the media, history, humanities, sociology, the church, impacting over 20 million Christians and their Churches. Still, the problem persists and is growing.

I have attended training as a facilitator and teacher for the Truth Project and held sessions in my home and at our church, teaching and training others. I continue to attend classes and teaching sessions at my church to stay current. But our society and social our norms are changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up.

What I have learned has taken scores of hours and hundreds of hours of practice through application and has been only marginally successful. It is just too much and too complex.

So, I have gone to prayer and Bible study and have found the answer to “How do we engage our world with Christ, going forward?” (A question asked frequently in training classes.)

ANSWER: We go forward by going back. Going back to the Bible and the few simple things Jesus taught and demonstrated.

First, Jesus did not engage in idle discussions or worthless, silly or divisive debates. He was silent when silence was best and answered questions that were relevant to His Mission. This is our example:

“Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.”  (Matthew 27:11-14)

Jesus says, “It was for this reason that Jesus came into the world”.

 1.  TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH

John 18:37 “Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this purpose, I have been born, and for this I have come into the world: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”  

 2.  TO BRING A SWORD

Matthew 10:34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Verse 35, For I came to TURN A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; verse 36, and A PERSON’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.”

 3.  TO FULFILL THE LAW

Matthew 5:17 “Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.”  

 4.  TO CALL SINNERS

Mark 2:17 “And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

 5.  TO SAVE THE WORLD

John 12:47If anyone hears My teachings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”

 6.  TO CAST FIRE & BRING DIVISION UPON THE EARTH

Luke 12:49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! Verse 50,  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Verse 51, Do you think that I came to provide peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather to create division; “

The Point here, is that as followers and disciples of Jesus, the attitude, methods and ways of Jesus are to be our calling, our attitude and our methods and ways, also.

 “WHAT HE REALLY MEANT?”

Jesus has told us, in John 14:12, “Truly, truly I say to you, the one who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I am going to the Father. Verse 13. And whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Verse 14. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

I have heard so many preachers, bible teachers and detractors alike, try to justify or explain away these Words of Jesus because they just cannot fathom the gentle and sweet ‘dashboard Jesus’ saying such things as we find in the verses cited.  These same confused preachers really get tied in a knot over John 14:12.  They will begin their commentary of teaching it with, “what this really means is…”.

It is interesting that Jesus commanded His disciples (Christians) to do the works that He has done and even greater works than these.  We are to continue in His mission, using His methods and His ways. (John 14:12, Matthew 10:1)

This can be a bit confusing, but only if you are at the ‘wrong place, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time’.

These words and these actions make perfect sense if you understand that you are not from this world – and that your ‘home field’ is the Kingdom of Heaven; these are not your words, but the ‘Word of God’; and, the time is now.

Your Hope isn’t in ‘what you can accomplish’, it is in what Jesus has already accomplished. It is your mission and calling to ‘walk in these good works which God prepared ahead of time.

He promised us that He will be with us, in His authority, giving us direction and even giving us the words we should use.  (Matthew 28:16-19, Luke 21:15, Luke 12:12).

So, I repeat,

(#1). Jesus makes a distinction between sin and the sinner, or evil and the one perpetrating evil. God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, to save the world, not to condemn the world. But Jesus came to show us the way to defeat the evil one, and He will destroy every last vestige of evil.

(#2). We have new weapons for this warfare. Spiritual weapons, which are much more powerful than man made weapons. Because we are carnal creatures, we love to take matters into our own hands. But the physical world is the final manifestation of the Spiritual world. We must believe and know the battle is to be fought and won in the Spiritual realm, first. Then, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.

(#3). The shift is away from the temporal or the physical manifestation of evil, and onto the source and root cause of evil which is being fought in the heavens or the spiritual world, so it would not manifest in the physical world.

Just like the first disciples and Apostles, we are to lift the name and person of Christ, in how we live and what we say. We are to present the Living Word and call all people to Christ.

At the same time, we are to confront evil wherever it is found and to pull down the strongholds of evil, silence the ignorance of the foolish, take captive every thought through the spoken Word of God.

Having done all this, we are to continue to stand strong, trusting in the Lord, and He will exact His righteous justice and vengeance toward the unrepentant and the wicked.

Although there may be times when God will call upon you as His instrument of judgment, be very cautious. Anything more that we may do on our part is an assumption that we can replace God by taking matters into our own hands.

WHAT THIS WOULD LOOK LIKE? 

It was for this reason that Jesus sends you into the world:

 1.  TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH

  “Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this purpose, I have been born, and for this I have come into the world: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”  

So, you say you are a Christian? Answer: Yes.

Where do you get your information and authority?

ANSWER: My information, as you put it, comes from God, the Bible and my authority is the authority of Jesus.

 2.  TO BRING A SWORD

Matthew 10:34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Verse 35, For I came to TURN A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; verse 36, and A PERSON’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.”

I thought you were supposed be nicer, bringing peace? Answer: Yes. But, there is not peace in this world. Jesus is that peace you are looking for.

Where do you get your information and authority?

ANSWER: From God, the Bible and Jesus.

 3.  TO FULFILL THE LAW

Matthew 5:17 Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.”  

Aren’t you being ‘legalistic’ and old fashioned?  ANSWER: (Silence).

Didn’t Jesus come to set us free from the law? 

ANSWER:  Jesus set us from the ‘law of sin and death’, and He fulfilled the law and the prophets of the old testament.

 4.  TO CALL SINNERS

Mark 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Who are you to call me a sinner?

ANSWSER:  No one human being is without sin, not even one person. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s standard of perfection.

What if I don’t believe you, the Bible or in God?

ANSWER:  Though you are a sinner, God still loves you. Neither God nor I condemn you. It is your unbelief that judges you and condemns you.

 5.  TO SAVE THE WORLD

John 12:47If anyone hears My teachings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”

You are being judgmental.

ANSWER: I am not judging you and neither does God judge you; your own unbelief are your judge and your condemnation.

 6.  TO CAST FIRE & BRING DIVISION UPON THE EARTH

Luke 12:49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! Verse 50,  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Verse 51, Do you think that I came to provide peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather to create division; “

You are being divisive and the Bible is divisive. Can’t we just co-exist?

ANSWER: It was written in the Bible, centuries ago, that as all things come to an end, God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, entire families will be separated on this account.

It gives God great joy that those who have been justified in His sight will be rewarded with blessing untold.

It grieves God that those who have rejected Him have chosen to an eternal damnation, an eternal darkness, punishment in a fiery hell where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The Point here, is that as followers and disciples of Jesus, the attitude, methods and ways of Jesus are to be our calling, our attitude and our methods and ways, also.

 “WHAT HE REALLY MEANT?”

I have heard so many so-called pastors, preachers, bible teachers and detractors alike, try to justify or explain away these Words of Jesus because they just cannot fathom the gentle and sweet ‘dashboard Jesus’ saying such things as we find in the verses cited.  Jesus said what He meant and meant exactly what He said.

Regardless of what form the growing apostasy toward the Bible and the Gospel and rebellion against God takes, whether it is through anthropology, geology, history, labor, law, philosophy, politics, science, sociology, theology or  even the threat of Communist-Marxist-Globalism.

Jesus is our model and His ways are our method for counter-culturalism and the resistance to the growing threat of evil.

Our message is the Gospel. A message of reconciliation with God for all people. And we need to gird up and get on with it.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:10-13

PS: A quote from a movie, where a general, upon being advised the strategy of the war has changed from destroying a nation and killing the its inhabitants as the enemy, to restoring relations with the nation and saving the people of that nation, the general says, “So, you are telling me we are going to save these people? And, in order to save them, we have to stop killing them?”

THE ANSWER:  Yes.

PPS: One of our seminary professor-guest-speakers asked this off-handed question, “Do you think you should you invite a Marxist to Church, and if so, what would you say to them?” (He said ‘yes’, should.)

I say however, go ahead and invite a Marxist to Church, but be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Understand that they are not ‘born that way’. They are not confused about what they believe. They are indoctrinated and trained zealous idealogues. They believe, teach and practice the subjugation of Christians and the eradication of Christianity. There is no middle ground.

Preach and teach the Gospel. Do not incorporate those who reject the Gospel into the household of God.

Jesus said what He meant and meant exactly what He said.  He is our model for our counter cultural resistance to the growing global threat.

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Build your house on the Rock”, Part 33

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 33

Build Your House on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”The Words of Jesus, Matthew 7:24-27

Having issued His warning that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” and to some who erroneously thought they were following Him, He will say, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Jesus continues His teaching, speaking to “everyone who hears these words of mine and does them…

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only those who truly know Him “can hear His words and can do them”, for His Words are the will of His Father.

There are thousands upon millions of people who consider themselves as Christians and believe they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, but they will not. They are living a strange and impotent form of Christianity, a strange form of the Gospel which they have created from their own imagination, in their own image, according to their own wishes and desires. Jesus address this matter by giving instructions and showing the results of obedience to His spiritual disciplines, and what happens to those who have another way.

You need to ask yourself which group you inhabit.

Group #1:  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”

First, this hearkens to Matthew 16:18 when Jesus says, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” In this verse, Jesus explain “two rocks”.

#1. Peter, which comes from the Greek words, “Pétros”, meaning “a detached stone or a small rock“.

#2. “Pétra” which translates from the Greek word for a “a huge mass of rock, a boulder, such as a projecting cliff. Solid native rock, rising up through the earth”.

Jesus is going to use many ‘detached stones’, coming together into “a huge mass of rock, a boulder, such as a projecting cliff. Solid native rock, rising up through the earth” and resting upon the chief cornerstone, the “Lithos”.

A stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.

Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘A stone which the builders rejected, This has become the chief cornerstone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘A stone which the builders rejected, This has become the chief cornerstone;

But Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what is this statement that has been written: ‘A stone which the builders rejected, This has become the chief cornerstone’?

He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone.

This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for unbelievers, “A stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief cornerstone,”

Secondly, notice “it will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” You will not escape trials and tribulations having built your ‘home’ upon this Rock, but you will not fall. You will endure successfully to the end.

Group #2:  Finally, Jesus clearly states, “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Great, “Megas”, exceedingly large in the widest sense; loud, mighty, enduring.

Fall of it, “Ptosis”, a falling into ruin. This word comes from a root word, “piptó” which means to fall under condemnation.

Jesus, in the previous verses, warns that He will tell some who are deceived and disobedient to the Father, “Depart from Me, I never knew you”. He casts them out. Now, He is warning of condemnation for the foolish man who would ‘build his house on the sand’, a metaphor for ‘doing things your own way, from your own imagination, in their own image, according to their own wishes and desires.”.

This will conclude, for now, these teachings of preparation to walk as Jesus’ disciple in His footsteps, doing the works He has done and greater works than these.

The importance of these verses cannot be over-emphasized.  Be a wise man or woman, who builds their house on the rock, and when the rain falls, and the floods come, and the winds blow and beat on your house, as they will, you will not fall, because you have been founded on the rock.”

 

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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SPIRITUAL GIFTS – Are they still valid, today?

(There is a Link to a Spiritual Gifts Test at the end of this article)

 “DO YOU KNOW YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT?”

Have you ever been asked that question before?

So, do you?  Do you know your Spiritual Gift?  And, if you do know your Spiritual Gift – SO WHAT?

​What I mean is, SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR PRECIOUS GIFT from the Holy Spirit?

​Spiritual gifts, (charismata) are an endowment or extraordinary powers given by the Holy Spirit.

These supernatural graces, are given to individual Christians by the Holy Spirit with the purpose of building up the Body of Christ which is The Church and are needed to fulfill the mission of the Church.  Spiritual Gifts enable Christians to serve the Lord and His Church.

Two important Truths have been lost over time, and this loss is rendering God’s Church as less effective in Her mission and, is in fact, soiling His Bride.

Truth #1.  Many in the Church have become grossly “self-serving”.

It is through Spiritual Gifts that God empowers and enables us to serve Him and to serve His Church, which is His Body.  We are, as Christians, to serve the Lord and His Church.

Jesus, Himself, said, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”

That is our calling also. ​We are not here to be served, we are here to serve.

Truth #2.  You and I are The Body of Christ, that is we are “The Church”. 

​We have become accustomed, over the last two millennium (beginning with Constantine) with the idea that we ‘go to church’, but that is impossible in God’s Kingdom and in His economy because we are The Church.

Jesus created His Church, His Body, and made it so the whole Body fits together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

The Holy Spirit guides us, convict us, defends us and empowers us.

Jesus transformed the practice and attitude of ‘going to church’. He also teaches about not allowing external things to convict or to defend us. We are to depend on and call upon the Holy Spirit for those things.  Jesus has told us that His laws are now written upon our hearts and in our consciences.

We must BE the Body of Christ, The Church, and behave as such, or we simply are not following Jesus.

​No matter what we believe or say or do, we are not a follower of Jesus and we should not call ourselves by His Holy Name, if we are not behaving as Jesus says.

​We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus and called to serve. ​We are God’s church.

Here is a list of the Gifts which God gives His Body.  See if you can find which gift or gifts are yours.  Can you imagine how different things would be in The Church and the world around us if we engaged and used these Gifts, daily?

GIFTS                      MINISTRIES                EFFECTS                 OFFICES

Romans 12             1 Corinthians 12         1 Corinthians 12:28       Ephesians 4:11

Prophecy               Word of wisdom            Apostle                        Apostle
Serving                  Word of knowledge       Prophet                       Prophet
Teaching                Faith                                Teacher                       Evangelist
Exhortation           Gifts of healing              Miracles                      Pastor
Giving                     Miracles                          Kinds of healing        Teacher
Overseer                Prophecy                         Helps
Mercy                     Distinguishing spirits   Administration
Tongues

​Sometimes, Spiritual Gifts are mistakenly considered to be a natural talent or a person’s proclivity, a natural inclination.  Natural talents can mimic Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but, they will never accomplish God’s purposes effectively.

Please remember, these are not natural talents.  These are supernatural Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

(ALSO PLEASE NOTE the order of these gifts and offices. They seem, in each case, to be listed by order of importance and priority.

The Apostle Paul speaks to this when he teaches on the gifts of toungues, which mentioned LAST but seems to be practiced most and with greater emphasis by many.  1 Corinthians 14:20-25, “Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. In the Law it is written:

By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even so they will not listen to Me,” says the Lord. So then, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe.

“Therefore if the whole church gathers together and all the people speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are insane? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.“)

Here are more detailed descriptions and functions of these Gifts.

Apostle:   The title apostle comes from the Greek word apostolos which means “a messenger, one sent forth with orders”.  It refers to one who has been delegated authority by another in a foreign land.  Apostles were the first leaders of the Church; they were commissioned by Jesus to initiate and direct the preaching of the gospel. (There is no passage in the Bible saying this gift was temporary nor that is has ceased)

Prophet: In the New Testament, the office of prophet is to equip the saints for the work of service through exhortation, edification, and consolation (1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:3 Ephesians 4:11).  The prophet’s corresponding gift is prophecy. Prophecy is “reporting something that God spontaneously brings to your mind”.

Prophecy is addressed to the human understanding “he who prophesies speaks to men,” Corinthians 14:1-25. The prophet “edifies the church” (14:4).

Evangelist:   An evangelist is one who devotes himself to preaching the gospel. In the New Testament, evangelists preached from city to city, church to church.

Pastor:   This term derives from a Greek word for “shepherd”.  Pastoral Gifts include integrity and compassion.

(The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep to defend the sheep from attackers to heal the wounded and sick sheep to find and save lost or trapped sheep to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.

During World War II, a shepherd was a pilot who guided another pilot whose plane was partially disabled back to the base or carrier by flying alongside him to maintain visual contact.)

Teacher:  Someone who devotes his or her life to preaching and teaching the Christian faith. When teaching is provided for the Church by God, two gifts are actually given—to the Church is given a teacher and along with the teacher comes a divine capacity to teach.

Service: The word translated as “ministry” is diakonia, which can also be translated “service”.  Since there are many types of ministries and service to the Church, this then describes a broad array of gifts rather than a single gift.

Exhortation: The ability to motivate Christians “to patient endurance, brotherly love, and good works”.

Giving: Those with this gift share their own possessions with others with extraordinary generosity. While all Christians should be givers, those possessing this gift will go beyond this normal giving.

Overseeing:  This gift speaks to the various roles found in the Church. While many think of roles such as administration, management of funds, strategy planning, etc. as functions outside of the supernatural realm, in reality individuals in these positions are just as in need of supernatural empowerment as are ministers of the gospel.  This is sometimes inappropriately called ‘leadership’.

Mercy:  Possibly identical to the gift of helps, the mercy-shower possesses a ministry of visitation, prayer, and compassion to the poor and sick.

Word of wisdom:   An utterance or message of wisdom supernaturally granted to an individual. For Paul, wisdom refers to “the knowledge of the great Christian mysteries: the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ, and the indwelling in the believer of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2; Ephesians 1:17)”.

Word of knowledge: The knowledge referred to is often said to relate to understanding Christian doctrine or scriptural truth.  It is sometimes said to be connected with the ministry of teachers.

Faith:  This refers to that strong or special faith “which removes mountains, casts out devils (Matthew 17:19–20), and faces the most cruel martyrdom without flinching”.  It is distinguished from the “saving” and “normal” Christian faith.

Gifts of healing:  The ability to supernaturally minister healing to others. The plural indicates the variety of sickness healed and the many forms the gift takes, such as healing by anointing with oil, by the laying on of hands, by saying the name of Jesus or by the sign of the cross.

Working of miracles: The performance of deeds beyond ordinary human ability by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Visions. An outpouring of this gift is prophesied in Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 and is expected to increase and be of great value in the “last days”.

Discerning of spirits:  The capacity to discern, distinguish, or to discriminate the source of a spiritual manifestation—whether it emanates from a good or evil spirit. It seemed to have been particularly associated with prophecy as it would be necessary to know whether a prophetic utterance was truly inspired by God.

Tongues:  The supernatural ability of speaking an unlearned language.  Paul seems to have distinguished between the public use of the gift (which must always be interpreted) and the private use which was for the spiritual strengthening of oneself.

(Among Christians there is a discussion as to whether tongues were/are always xenoglossy, which is speaking an unlearned human language, or whether it also included/includes glossolalia, which is speaking an unlearned and allegedly non-human language of heavenly or angelic origin).

Interpretation of tongues:  This gift always follows the public exercise of the gift of tongues.

(In 1 Corinthians 14, the Apostle Paul required that all speech in Christian worship should be intelligible. This required that speech given in an unknown tongue be interpreted in the common language of the gathered Christians.)

Helps:  This gift has to do with service to the sick and the poor.   Possessor of this gift has a “spiritual burden and a God-given love for the needy and afflicted”.

Administration:   Also called the gift of governing, the Greek word translated “governments” is kubernesis, the verb form of which means “to steer” or “to be a helmsman”. This gift then refers to the God-given capacity to oversee or guide the Church through storms and difficult seas.

(NOTE:  Many versions of the Bible and many theologians and bible teachers say the word “leader” or “leadership” is a Spiritual gift.  That is a misunderstanding of the correct word and intention of the word “overseer”. )

Now, to answer the question, “Are Spiritual Gifts still valid today?” The answer is YES. These supernatural graces, are given to individual Christians by the Holy Spirit with the purpose of building up the Body of Christ which is The Church and are needed to fulfill the mission of the Church.  Spiritual Gifts enable Christians to serve the Lord and His Church.

I pray that you will consider the Gifts God has given you and how you can serve His Church and affect the world around you as we make ready for His return.

​There are many places you can find and take a Spiritual Gifts test for the purpose of applying what God has so graciously and generously given you.  Here are just two of such web sites:

Click here on the image below for an online digital Spiritual gifts test link to an external site

Or, you can click here or on the image below to take a downloadable written test in PDF format, test yourself and grade it manually.

In His Service – Your Friend and Brother

​Mike Young

WHAT ATTENTION SPAN? – (Is the ‘End’ near?)

What attention span?

I have been reminded that my articles, posts and blogs are too long.  I try to keep them to a 5-minute read or less. Sometimes I go a little longer, but then I break the article or post into a series, each being under 5 minutes.

Still, many folks don’t seem to want to stay focused on these complicated matters for more than a few minutes at a time. I GET IT.

The information I am sharing is so important that I must try again. So, here we go…again…please.

#1.  We, that is, everyone on planet earth, are entering a strange new world, where black is white and white is black, good is being called evil and evil is being called good, sweet is sour and sour is sweet, the truth is a lie and lies and the truth.

You can see it in the written media, government policies, university programs, television programming, in the military in churches, etc. Men are relegated to followers and buffoons, being managed by ruled by females; women are elevated and portrayed as brilliant and tough leaders, dispatching men twice their size with a flip of the wrist. Men are feminine, women are masculine, boys look like girls and girls look like whatever they choose.

Beyond the social aspects are the corporate and political ramifications. They are being called “A New World Order”, “The Great Reset”, “Globalism” or “Our New Global Community”.  Some are even calling it by the more nefarious name, “One World Government”.

(a). Who is it saying these things and using these names? To name a few, it is:

(i). The United Nations.

(ii). UNESCO or The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization which claims to be a specialized agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture.

 (iii). The World Economic Forum, an international non-governmental and lobbying organization based in Cologne, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded on 24 January 1971 by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab.

(iv). The American Democrat Party, et al., and specifically presidents William “Bill” Clinton, and George W. Bush.

(v). The United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

#2.  So, what’s the big deal?

(a).  This Globalist movement has been progressing, ever-so-slowly, since the earliest writings in the Book of Genesis over 6,000 years ago. Now, in the 21st Century, we have the technology necessary to attempt and accomplish things that were unthinkable in 4,000 B.C.

(b). The main characters in this effort, in our day and time, are known Socialists, Marxists and Communists.

(c).  Their named objectives are lofty-sounding and would seem to be beneficial for the world if implemented. But their methods will require strict compliance, which will undoubtedly lead to dictatorial and despotic means, as they always have throughout history.

(c).  The forenamed entities are now publicly announcing completion and success by the year 2030 – Hence, Agenda 2030. They are quick to point out the United States Treasury will be used to complete these goals; The recommendations of the Commission on Global Governance, when implemented, will bring all the people of the world into a global neighborhood managed by a world-wide bureaucracy, under the direct authority of a minute handful of appointed individuals, and policed by thousands of individuals, paid by accredited NGOs, certified to support a belief system which contains ideas that are foreign to the American experience, and ignores other values and ideas that are precious to the American experience.

IT IS A BIG DEAL.

#3.  Where did this come from?

(a). These things were foretold in the Bible, perhaps as early as 6,000 years ago.

(b). The Bible lays out a progression, from beginning to the end (‘from the Alpha to the Omega’ as the Bible puts it), complete with details through metaphors, similes, imagery and direct quotes. It is voluminous and complex, but extremely precise.

(i). Then around sometime around 4,100 years ago, the Bible records the building of the Tower of Babel, which is a direct foreshadowing and the perfect metaphor of what was and what is to come.

(ii). The coming of ‘the times of distress’ or the tribulation (small ‘t’), are told about in various old and New Testament books of the Bible. (The Book of Daniel gives a complete outline of what is to come, hidden in actual precursor events and in mysterious prophecies known as Daniel’s Seventieth Week.) This period began around the time coinciding with the birth of Jesus. The first 4 Seals of the tribulation have been opened consecutively, overlapping and intensifying as time has passed.

(iii). Then, about 75 years ago, the 5th tribulation seal appeared to be opened and things prophesied began to accelerate and take on recognizable form. We have seen the spirit of the antichrist operating since around A.D. 1, and now we anticipate the revealing of the antichrist, himself. We are now being caught up in a long-prophesied One World Government, which is a Marxist net and tentacles. Time is short.

(iv). The breaking open of the 6th Tribulation Seal (capital ‘T’), also known variously as ‘The End of Days’, ‘The Great and Terrible Day of The Lord’, ‘The Wrath of the Lamb’, is near.

(c). Much of the ‘foreshadowing’ or prophecies from the Bible have been overlooked, misunderstood or ignored, but in these Last Days, they are coming into focus for those ‘who have eyes to see’.

#4.  Where do we go from here?

(a). In brief (not really), we will see the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal –  Terror, Cosmic disturbances. (This event is yet to come, but soon).

The Interlude – during the 6th Seal.

The sealing of the 144,000 – during the 6th Seal.

The Multitude from the Tribulation gathered around the Throne of God in Heaven ( This is The Rapture)!

(b). 7th SealSilence in Heaven for ‘half an hour’.

(c). THE TRUMPETS: Revelation chapter 8:1 – chapter 9

1st Trumpet – hail and fire, mixed with blood  –  a third of the earth was burned

2nd Trumpet – something like a great mountain burning – a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the creatures died; a third of the ships destroyed.

3rd Trumpet – a great star called Wormwood fell from heaven, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

4th Trumpet – a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened, and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

5th Trumpet – The Bottomless Pit. A star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the bottomless pit; smoke, of a great furnace; the sun and the air were darkened; came locusts, and they hurt only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

6th Trumpet – The Army from the East

The 7th Trumpet marks the beginning of the second half of the 7 years of Great Tribulation and the beginning of the Third Woe. 

Revelation 12 – Christ’s Reign Foreseen

The Red Dragon.

The Male Child, Christ.

The Angel, Michael.

Revelation 13

Revelation 13 introduces the DRAGON, THE BEAST FROM THE SEA AND THE BEAST FROM THE EARTH.  Then, I will give a chronology of the Bible, leading up to Revelation 13, and to the end of the Book of The Revelation, to help frame the timing of these events.

Revelation 14

A Scene of Heaven.

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion.

Vision of the Angel with the Gospel.

Doom for Worshipers of the Beast.

The Reapers.

Revelation 15 

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.

Revelation 16Six Bowls of Wrath

1st Bowl of Wrath – loathsome and malignant sores.

2nd Bowl of Wrath – the sea became blood.

3rd Bowl of Wrath – the rivers and the springs of waters became blood.

4th Bowl of Wrath – the sun scorched men with fire.

5th Bowl of Wrath – it became dark.

6th Bowl of Wrath – the Euphrates and its water was dried up.

Armageddon

7th Bowl of Wrath – “It is done.”

Revelation 17

The Doom of Babylon.

Victory for the Lamb.

 Revelation 18

Babylon Is Fallen.

Lament for Babylon.

The Fourfold Hallelujah.

Revelation 19

Marriage of the Lamb.

The Coming of Christ.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet.

 Revelation 20

 Satan Bound.

Satan Freed, Then Doomed.

Judgment at the Throne of God.

 Revelation 21

 The New Heaven and Earth.

The New Jerusalem.

 Revelation 22

 The River and the Tree of Life.

The Final Message:

Revelation 22:6And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

(Detail of the above outline is found here: “After All These Things

#5.  What should you do?

(a). Be informed.

(b). Get Ready and Stay Ready, Move to Action.

Read these articles for an overview:

The Rapture Revealed

The Journey along God’s Plan of Perfection

Read some of these articles for details – lots and lots of detail, about:

The End of the Age, The Antichrist, The Rapture, The Tribulation, Armageddon, The End of the earth and the Heavens by Fervent Heat, The New Heavens and the New Earth, and more. (45 articles).

Spreading Socialism, The Rebirth of Communism, One World Government, The Marxist-Globalism, The Great Reset, Agenda-21, Agenda-2030, The World Economic Forum, and more. (44 articles).

Watching from the Wall – Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young