AVOID THE PIT

AVOID

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ESCAPE THE PIT

WE SHOULD KNOW THIS. IT WILL SAVE OUR LIFE AND OUR SOUL.

(We can actually DO this for our benefit – and for God’s glory.)

Psalm 103:1, says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;  Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;  Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;”

So, what exactly is THE PIT, God rescues us from?

The Bible defines “THE PIT” as

  • corruption,
  • destruction,
  • a ditch and
  • a grave.
  • It is also referred to as a “pit of hell”.

This definition is from the Hebrew language and comes from a root word or meaning

  • “to sink down,
  • be bowed down,
  • be humbled;
  • depression of the mind.

(definitions taken from the Hebrew of Psalm 103:4)

What is the PIT we can fall into which becomes our corruption, our destruction, a ditch a grave and a “pit of hell”? What are these PITS which cause us to sink down, to be bowed down, humbled and depressed in our mind? Here are a few:

The PIT of fear.
The PIT of anger.
The PIT of poverty.
The PIT of hatred.
The PIT of anxiety.
The PIT of lack and want.
The PIT of revenge.
The PIT of selfishness.
The PIT of resentment.
The PIT of addiction.
The PIT of lust and perversion.
The PIT of self-pity.
The PIT of envy.
The PIT of pride.
The PIT of self.

These and many more can become (or have become) a snare to our soul and mind. They can dictate our every thought and act and lead us into daily captivity of depression, destruction. A living hell. An above ground grave.

ESCAPE THE PIT

Avoiding the PIT takes discipline and work on our part. You must consciously tell our soul to Bless the LORD. The Bible tells us to bless the LORD, with your soul, and with all that is within you, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, with all your soul, and forget none of His benefits”

If we follow this command – in other words, actually DO this – God redeems your life from the pit, and will crown you with loving kindness and compassion

Do it now. You will see.  SPEAK THESE THINGS, ALOUD, NOW and frequently.

“I Bless you LORD with my soul,

“I Bless you LORD with my mind, will and emotions.

“My soul says, I Bless you LORD for you have rescued me, and You give me Your peace.

“You give me Your Joy.

“Today, I am full of Your Peace and Your Joy.

“Today, I am redeemed.

“Today, You have given me a strong and sound mind. I bless you LORD for You are my redemption.”

I am FREE of fear.
I am FREE of anger.
I am FREE of poverty.
I am FREE of hatred.
I am FREE of anxiety.
I am FREE of lack and want.
I am FREE of revenge.
I am FREE of selfishness.
I am FREE of resentment.
I am FREE of addiction.
I am FREE of lust and perversion.
I am FREE of self pity.
I am FREE of envy.

I am crowned with the courage of God.
I am crowned with the peace of Jesus.
I am crowned with all of God’s provisions of plenty.
I am crowned with God’s Love.
I am crowned with the confidence with comes from knowing God.
I am crowned with all the riches of Christ Jesus.
I am crowned with God’s reconciliation.
I am crowned with freedom in from the flesh.
I am crowned with God’s contentment.
I am crowned with a pure heart and a clean mind.
I am crowned with God’s satisfaction in my soul.
I am crowned with the gift of giving.

Bless the LORD, Oh my soul, and all that is within me. Bless His Holy Name.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

When Will The Tribulation Begin? Page 3

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Here’s a quick scan of time and history as it relates to the Bible. Read carefully, study and see what you think.

News Headlines.  (2018)

The breaking of the 1st Seal in the Book of Revelation says we will hear of WARS and rumors of war and that we will hear of nation rising against nation

There have been thousands upon thousands of wars and conflicts since the time of Christ. Most notable for their scope and breadth are the

  • Religious Crusades (1095 – 1291, Muslims vs Latin Church, almost 2 million dead),
  • WWI (1914 – 1918, 17 million dead), and
  • WW2 (1939 – 1945, over 70 million dead).

Current wars and global conflicts, 2018 (link)

As recently as 1978 the communist military coup on 27 April 1978, known as the Saur Revolution, when the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, (PDPA), took power. Since that day, an almost continuous series of armed conflicts has dominated and afflicted Afghanistan.

The Syrian civil war has drawn the US, Russia, Iran, Turkey, The Kurds, ISIS into this conflict.

Other countries involved in military conflicts as of 2018.

· Iraq. …

· Russia. …

· Ukraine. …

· Yemen. …

· Democratic Republic of the Congo. …

· Mexico. …

· Central African Republic

Wars and rumors of war is nothing new.  So, when Jesus says, in Matthew 24:6-8, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”, to WHICH wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines was Jesus referring?  Those in AD 1?  Those in AD69?  Those later wars?  No.  Jesus was speaking in the present about an unfolding present and future event. 

The LAST DAYS began in our around AD 1 to AD 69. This is confirmed by Jesus and several Apostles in Matthew 24, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 9:26, Acts 2:14-17, 2 Timothy 3:1, 1 Peter 1:20, 1 Peter 4:7, 2 Peter 3:3. One of the first, most accurate, and most persistent advocates of the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church can be found at Zion’s Hope, with videos on this site. Finally, in this 21st century, there are a few prominent Bible teachers who are now arriving at this same conclusions (John Piper, and Corrie Ten Boom) Here is a continuing list of Famines: A list of global famines (link)

Earthquakes: A historical list of global seismic activity (link)

Compare what Jesus said, found in Matthew 24 and what John said in Revelation about these matters.

I have coupled the corollary verses:

Matthew 24:6 “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

Verse 7.  “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

Verse 8.  “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Revelation 6:1 says,Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”

Verse 2.   “I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Verse 3.  “When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.”

Verse 4.  “And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.”

  • But that is not yet the end…all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
  • Wars and rumors of wars have been ongoing since the 1st century.
  • The breaking of the 2nd Seal brings outright warfare on a Global Scale.
  • We have now seen two world wars
  • We have seen ‘the sons of Ishmael’ warring with ‘the sons of Isaac’ on an global scale since the time of Christ.

So, how can we tell when the 1st and 2nd Seals of the ‘tribulation’ have been broken?

Let’s skip forward to the 5th Seal events found in Matthew and Revelation.

Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.”

Revelation 6:9   When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

Verse 10:  “and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Verse 11:  “And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.”

  • THEN, they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you…”
  • Matthew 24:13 “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
  • But, the one who endure to THE END, he will be saved.”

Once again, if we are not to endure these ‘tribulations’ why is Jesus warning us to “endure to the end”?

Matthew 24:15 tells us, “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),

Verse 16:  “Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Verse 17:  “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.

Verse 18:  “Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.

Verse 19:  “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

Verse 20:  “But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.

Verse 21:  “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Verse 22:  “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

  •  “When you SEE the Abomination of Desolation. (HEY, DISCIPLES, when you SEE IT? How can you SEE IT if you are not on earth?)
  •  “For THEN there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
  •  “…but for the sake of the ELECT”.  (THE ELECT are still on earth at this point? The ELECT are still on earth at the 5th Seal of the tribulation? How is that even possible, if they will have been Raptured away?)

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 4 – Removing the Obstacle of Lies

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter 12, Episode 4

REMOVING THE OBSTACLES OF SECRECY & LIES

We are told by the Holy Spirit in Romans 12:2 that, as disciples of Jesus, you are not to be conformed to this world, but you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is:  that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are obstacles to (1) being transformed into a Child of God and (2) becoming a disciple of Jesus (3) entering the Kingdom of Heaven, now, and (4) walking in the power of His Spirit.  Galatians 5:19-21 tells us of these obstacles and that those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Teachings of Jesus are antithetical to worldly standards, practices and norms.  Jesus was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins.  But, as far as the unbelieving world was concerned, it was for His controversial and counter cultural teachings.

Jesus made it clear that if you choose to follow Him, you will have to pay the price of a disciple, and that cost is high.  Both the religious and secular worlds persecuted Jesus and His followers because of His teachings.  And, they will persecute you, too, if you choose to be His disciple.

Jesus came to show us the way to Life, and He warned that the gate is small and the way that leads to life is both narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it.

These next episodes will lead you to the “small gate which is narrow” and we will continue to identify the obstacles to our transformation for their removal from your life.

(For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.)

Episode 4:  Removing the Obstacle of Secrecy & Lies requires Transparency and Truth.

Matthew 5:33-37 says, “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ 

But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; 

anything beyond these are of evil.

When you brag about what you can or will do and fail to do it, you look like a fool and a liar.  This is not the representation a Christian can make as a follower of Jesus.

Deuteronomy23:21 helps us understand the gravity of an unfulfilled pledge or vow:  “When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.

However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you. 

“You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.”

James 4:13-17 picks up on Jesus teaching and reiterates, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet, you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.   Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that,

There are six things which the LORD hates,
            Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

      Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
            And hands that shed innocent blood,

      A heart that devises wicked plans,
            Feet that run rapidly to evil,

      A false witness who utters lies,
            And one who spreads strife among brothers.

 

Finally and conclusively, Jesus tells us, in John 14:6, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The remedy for making false vows is, at the same time, both simple and difficult. The only way to the stop living in secrecy and living in lies is to begin, now, telling the truth in all matters.

You may, at first, think others will regard you lightly.  But, the cloak of humility and honesty brings honor, both to you and to God.

Just do it and be transformed.

Be His disciple.  

Inherit the Kingdom of God.  

And, walk in the strength of His Might.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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“Removing the Obstacle of Revenge

(The previous episode can be found at Removing the Obstacles of Divorce)

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ANCIENT WISDOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proverb is a sense of mental action; a pithy maxim, a simile; wisdom gained through practice, over a long period of time.

The Old Testament Book of Proverbs was written almost 3,000 years ago, in which we find Biblical wisdom literature, which raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life, right conduct.  Its theological foundation is that “the fear of God (meaning submission to the will of God) is the beginning of wisdom”.

Wisdom is praised for her role in creation; God acquired her before all else, and through her, he gave order to chaos; and since humans have life and prosperity by conforming to the order of creation, seeking wisdom is the essence and goal of the religious life.

Perhaps another way of looking at this is that wisdom is knowing what to do with the knowledge you possess.

It is an undeniable fact that access to knowledge in America and around the world is abundant and increasing and accelerating. Daniel 12:4 told us about this, saying that, “many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” But, wisdom is largely missing in all our knowledge.

It is not uncommon to see a sign or a social media post by Christians, telling the reader that we need to put God back into our schools. But, is that wise?  Is it what the Bible tells us, and is it what the evidence shows us?

Proverbs 9:10 tells us that

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

And, Hebrews 8:10 tells us that God says

“I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE”

God has designed us to acquire knowledge and to apply that knowledge with wisdom. Deuteronomy 6:5-11 tells us that

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

“Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,  and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied”

We are reminded, in Joshua 1:8, to continue in the success that wisdom brings us, that

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Finally, in order to insure generational success, Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
 

The Bible tells us that the Word of God is foolishness to those who are perishing, and they cannot be entrusted with His Word, and they cannot be entrusted with our children.  It is clearly the Christian parent’s responsibility to teach their children.

God’s Word says that we need to put God into our hearts, minds and souls, and to insure generational success, parents need to plant the word of God into their children’s hearts, minds and souls.

The Bible and human experience tells us that it is the right and responsibility of the heterosexual, two-parent family, to raise and train children.

Are there exceptions?  Of course, there have been exceptions.  But, when a culture has deliberately abrogated long-held Biblical familial practices and discards the successful social norms therein, the results have always been catastrophic for that culture.  Always.

Secondly, a society cannot rule itself or its formulate its culture as a nation, ruling by exceptions.  Knowing that a certain social aberration works for only small portion of the population, then applying it as a “normal” or routine practice for the entire society is inviting societal fragmentation, calamity, chaos and collapse.

We, Christians, can make a difference.  We can correct the course of our nation and our world.  It will take time and effort.

1.  I am challenging all who read this, begin today, and store up God’sword in your own heart, that you might not sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

2.  I am challenging each Christian parent to begin, today, to train up your child in the way they should go, so that, even when they are old they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

3.  Let’s return to the ways of God and adhere to His Word, in all we do. Let’s remove all those things from our lives that are counter to Godliness and an offense to God.

4.  Let’s put aside our greed and self-indulgence, humble ourselves before God and before one another.  Please.  Let’s consider one another as more important that ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

If we do these small things, GOD will do the big things, and, we will find God back in our schools. He will once again rule in our courts. God will once again be found in the sanctuaries of our churches.

Prayerfully

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

SIGNS, WORKS and MIGHTY WONDERS

(You can listen as you read using the Spotify link above, pausing to click other links.  Also, watch the video at the end of this page)

I believe in miracles.

Several years ago (2012), I spent three and a half days in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering two strokes.  When I was admitted to the hospital, I was losing my ability to see and talk.  I could barely walk.   I was rushed into the ER, and as I was lying on a gurney, I heard the neurologist tell my wife, “We are losing him”.  I was dying.  The attending ER nurse whispered to me and asked “are you a praying man”.  I nodded affirmative.  She said “you should start praying right now!”

I laid in an intensive care unit room for three and a half days.  Then, miraculously, I regained my vision and speech.  Two neurologists and a doctor visited me at my bedside, musing over the fact that I, not only had not died, but that I appeared to be recovering.  I was moved to a room in the general population of the hospital.

On the fourth day I got out of bed and walked, slowly, down the hospital corridor and back to bed.  I told my wife, we were going home.  She doubted me.  When the nurse came in, I announced that I wanted my clothes because I was going home.  The nurse said no and called the attending physician.  He, also, said “No, you cannot go home yet”.

I packed my bag, paid my bill and prepared to leave.  I refused the “mandatory wheelchair ride to the exit” and, I walked, although very slowly, to our car, and we went home.

Incidentally, I  had been scheduled to preach a Wednesday evening service at our church.  My pastor called to say that he would cover the Wednesday evening service.  I pleaded with him to let me keep that date, and, with my pastor’s blessing, I preached that Wednesday night, just two weeks after my stroke, and God blessed.

One last note of interest, was that I had scarring in one eye from a blood clot due to the stroke.  My ophthalmologist said the scar was permanent, but, that I would get used to it.

About a year later, a lady at our church prayed for my eyes and soon afterwards, the scar faded away.  During my next ophthalmologic appointment, I asked my doctor about the scarring in my eye, and he remarked, “What scarring.  There is no scarring.”

I reminded him about the scar, so, he checked my records and said, “Well, how about that!  The scar is gone!  That never happens.”  I told him that God had healed me, and he replied, “That’s nice”, with a wry smile.

So, I ask:  “Do signs, works and mighty wonders still occur?”

Here are the two extreme positions within the church, on that question.

THE ONE EXTREME

I was invited to “fill the pulpit” of a friend’s church for a few weeks.  During that time I was repeatedly challenged by a deacon in the church, whom I believe was sorely disappointed that I had been called instead of him.

One particular Sunday, before I preached, I attended this man’s Sunday school class.  During his lesson, he emphatically stated that “miracles had ceased” because Jesus only used them to draw a crowd, and since the time that the Church was established, miracles were no longer needed and had ceased.

My wife poke me in the ribs and whispered, “Say something!”  I remained silent.

I taught on this matter, from the Bible, during my sermon.

Later, this deacon confronted and castigated me for preaching, as he put it,  “heresy, lies and falsehoods”.   I offered to have an open discussion the coming Wednesday night, after my teaching time.  He eagerly accepted.

Most of the church membership stayed for the discussion after my Wednesday evening teaching.  It was a good-sized crowd.

This deacon was emphatic:  miracles had ceased, and I had taught lies from the pulpit.  I smiled and said, “Show me.  Show me, in the Bible, where it says what you claim.”

This deacon, stammered and blurted, “Well, it is implied.”

I repeated, “Show me, please.  Show all of us.”

He became angry, shouted some disparaging remarks and stormed out of the fellowship hall.

THE OTHER EXTREME

I had become a member of an Assemblies of God church.  The teachings and ministry, for the first several years, although more expressive than I was accustomed, were not unlike what I had studied, believed and practiced during my time as a Christian and a minister.

But that all began to change as the church grew.  First, began the practice of speaking and praying in tongues in public.  Then other ‘manifestations’ began to take place.  When I questioned their Biblical legitimacy, I was ‘put in my place’.

Then, during church services, very loud and chaotic interruptions of a man screaming or shouting an unintelligible utterance followed by an interpretation.  It seemed always to be the same two guys, ‘tag-teaming’ these outbursts.  The ‘interpretations’ were always the same or very near the same.

Then, the matter of miraculous healing took ‘front stage’ at this church, accompanied by proclamations of prophecies, predictions and the ‘claiming promises of abundance’.

The problem was that people began to go to the altar for “prayer needs” (for what they could get from God) instead of sorrow for sin and repentance.  No one had a healing at the point of prayer.  Most folks, either recovered over time, stayed ill or died.  The prophecies NEVER came to pass and the only ‘abundance’ I witnessed was the accumulating church debt, the repeated handouts by a sister church to help pay our bills and the staff’s salaries.

NOTE:  Signs, Works and Mighty Wonders are not of ourselves and are not for ourselves.  It is God, it is Jesus, doing His Works through us.  Read:

Acts 2:2  “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know

Mark 16:20  “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.”

John 5:19Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

John 5:30  I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

THE BIBLE PROVIDES THE BALANCE

I am providing the sermon excerpt (with permission) by Pastor Trent Casto, senior pastor or Covenant Church, Naples, which addresses this matter from the Scriptures.

(The entire service can be seen on this link: Appreciating Least Those Who Serve Us Most“)

We are at a critical time in world history.  The world is turning to the Godless evils of Socialism, Marxism and Communism for relief and the promise of a better life.

All forms of Marxism are lies from Satan, and, history has shown they are murderous lies.  Hundreds of millions have been slaughtered by these regimes, and, we have forgotten.  And, millions of these souls have been lost to the fires of hell for eternity.

And, now, we are being sold false consumer-gospels, social-gospels, false prosperity-gospels and religious humanism by the majority of our churches.  We have forgotten the true message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and can longer discern the counterfeit from the True Gospel.

We must turn back to God, the Bible and The Gospel of Jesus.  Time is short.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Globalism and The Tower of Babel

MY LETTER TO GOD

“AND, OH YEAH,  HOW ABOUT MY GOOD WORKS?”

Dear God:

I just wanted to write to you and let you know that I am working hard for you.  I wanted to tell you all that I am doing for you.

I am prophesying in Your name! And, in Your name I have cast out demons.  In Your Name I performed many miracles.  I give to the poor, support my church and I support missions.  I serve at the local food bank and the local food kitchen, feeding many.  I pray.  I testify.  I invite others to church.  Doesn’t that count for something?

(I know, you or I would not deliberately write to God in this fashion.  But, I have to wonder if some of our prayers and behaviors don’t say as much?)

GOD REPLIES:

(Your name/my name), My Dear, Child:

Isaiah 40:13

” Who (are you, who) has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or (acted) as His counselor has informed Him?” (New American Standard Bible, 1995)

Isaiah 64:6 

For all have become like one who is unclean,
And all your righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of you wither like a leaf,
And your iniquities, like the wind, take you away.

Romans 3:10

“As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;”  (New American Standard Bible 1995)

  Isaiah 57:15

“For thus says the high and exalted One, Who lives forever, whose name is Holy:   “I dwell on a high and holy place with the contrite and lowly of spirit,
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”  (New American Standard Bible 1995)

 Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”

My Reply:

John 6:28-29

“Then (I say) to (You), “What must (I) do, to be doing the works of God?”

Jesus answered:

“This is the work of God:  Believe (in) Him whom HE has sent.”

My Response:

Isaiah 57:15-17

“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;  you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (New American Standard Bible, 1995)

Job 42:2-6

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

‘Who (am I) 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.”

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

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

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

DEAR GOD.  I WILL BE STILL AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOD.

His Son,

(Your Brother and Friend),

Mike Young

GOD says, PS:   “I love you     (your name)    .  I love you so much, that I really did die for you.  And, my Child, I want you to know that my love for you is as high as the heavens are above the earth.  (And, don’t try to figure that one out.  It’s A LOT.  It’s unsearchable.)

YOU SHALL HAVE A DOUBLE PORTION?

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INSTEAD OF SHAME, YOU WILL HAVE A DOUBLE PORTION

Have you ever received a gift you didn’t expect which exceeded what you could imagine?

How did you, or how would you react?

There are some people who would reject such a gift. They might say, “Oh, you shouldn’t have, and I can’t accept that.”

I have tried something as simple as to buy dinner for friends, and some of them say that exact thing, “Oh, I can’t let you do that!”

Maybe they are embarrassed or don’t want to feel obligated?

Listen to this and tell me what you think about this Gift:

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;

I have read commentary after commentary on Isaiah 61. Each tells everything you would want to know. EXCEPT ONE THING.

I read that Isaiah is saying that God is at work in the historical events of the day to bring restoration and vindication of the people of God. As God’s people are renewed and restored they would again assume their role as witness to God in the world (55:3-5).

Chuck Swindoll says “the book of Isaiah provides us with the most comprehensive prophetic picture of Jesus Christ in the entire Old Testament. It includes the full scope of His life: the announcement of His coming (Isaiah 40:3–5), His virgin birth (7:14), His proclamation of the good news (61:1), His sacrificial death (52:13–53:12), and His return to claim His own (60:2–3)”

THIS ONE THING

These commentaries tell everything, EXCEPT THIS ONE THING: What does it mean to me, and should I apply it to my life, today?

Should I try to apply Isaiah 61 to my life?

Here are some of the scriptures that I know we are to apply to our lives – daily…

THIS WE ARE TO DO.

Jesus said, in Matthew 4, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

We are to do this as Jesus does.

THIS, WE ARE TO DO.

Jesus said, in Matthew 16:24 “Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

We are to do this as Jesus does.

THIS WE ARE TO DO.

Jesus said, in 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We are to do this as Jesus does.

THIS WE ARE TO DO.

Philippians 2:5 “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”.

We are to do this as Jesus does.

BUT, ARE WE ARE TO DO THIS, TOO?

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;

If this is a PROPHETIC WORD from God… Are we to do this?

2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

4 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.

GOD WILL DO THIS / GOD HAS DONE THIS

(Dear friends, repeat and meditate on the words in the ‘blue lettering’ and make them your confession as you read what God has done)

5 Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks,

(and strangers will stand and pasture my flocks)

And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.

(And foreigners will be my farmers and your vinedressers)

6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD;

(But I will be called a priest of the LORD;)

You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.

(I will be spoken of as a minister of our God.)

You will eat the wealth of nations,

(I will eat the wealth of nations)

And in their riches you will boast.

(And in their riches I boast.)

7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,

(Instead of your shame I have a double portion,)

And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.

(And instead of humiliation I shout for joy over my portion.)

Therefore, they will possess a double portion in their land,

(Therefore I possess a double portion in my land,)

Everlasting joy will be theirs.

(Everlasting joy is mine.)

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL. BLESS HIS HOLY NAME. YOU HAVE CROWNED MY HEAD WITH LOVING KINDNESS AND COMPASSION.

May it be as The Word of God says.

Now, let’s go and BE BLESSED – just as you have BLESSED THE LORD.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

OZ, “CRT”, THE DRAGON & THE BEASTS

THE WIZARD OF OZ

CRITICAL RACE THEORY- The Threat

THE DRAGON & THE BEAST

AS THE STORY GOES, it was the fault of the wicked witch of the West, collaborating with the wicked witch of the East with the help of their ugly winged monkeys – they caused all the troubles.  But, wait!  If there had been no tornado, none of this would have come to light.  Perhaps climate change was the culprit!

This was a mystery filled with dangers and threats as you progressed down “the yellow brick road”, trying to find your way back home.  There were heroes and antiheroes and troublesome things Dorothy had to struggle against in the the land of Oz.  But, alas, those things, as it turned out, were just a fabrication of the real culprit – the machinations of the Great and Mysterious Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz was a play.  And, there were some real life lessons to be learned.  One of which is “Things are not always as they seem”.

Now, there is a greater drama being played out on the world wide stage.  We have had holes in the ozone, of which we were warned, would cause loss of our atmosphere and would cause the earth to burn up!  It scared a lot of people, created new taxes and a new world Agency to deal with it, but, it never happened.

Then, we  were warned that we had depleted our natural resources and the earth would die.  Again, the problem was, it didn’t happen.  It scared a lot of people, created a lot of new taxes and even established a Global Entity to deal with it, but it never happened.

First it was called the “Greehouse effect” and as that scenario grew old, they renamed it to “Global Warming”.  But the “Globe” wasn’t warming fast enough, so, now called it “Climate Change”, and VOILA!   We are now warned that “Climate Change” is bringing wide spread devastation and the end of the world –  that is unbless  we create the Agenda-21 agency, the Paris Climate Accords.  And, oh yes, new taxes.  Lots of new taxes taken from American’s earning to be spread around the world to the “less fortunate”.  But, you won’t see that happen becasue it takes place “behind the curtain”.

 BREATKING NEWS!!  The news headlines in 2020 scream, “Black lives matter” and everything and everyone else are racist murderers.   Transgenders deserve protections ahead of our children.  New laws are created along with the taxes to enforce them.  Homosexuals are the new oppressed. New laws are created along with new taxes.

The newest and scariest act in this play is the “Covid-19 drama”.  It began in a secret lab in China.  This evil virus escaped the lab and is now “making ‘the sky fall’ for millions.

 

Human rights issued are also front page news.  Open borders are the humane and just thing.  Social justice slogans are created.  Abortion is expanded.

MARXISM & CRITICAL RACE THEORY is being established right under our noses, influencing America’s education, the courts and the doctrines of our churches.

Hey!  Wait a minute.  Haven’t we already seen this play?  And, what exactly was the lesson to be learned?  “THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM”?  Why are we falling for this, again?  (Because it works!)

Someone or some group is always behind the curtain, pulling levers to distract us from the real cause, the real culprit.  They use stealth, distraction, misdirection, fabrication and lies.  Examples of FALSE FLAGS, DISTRACTIONS and DIVERSIONS.

While these are real matter, in truth, they are just ‘brush fires’ which distract us from the root cause of a spreading evil.  These ‘brush fires’, as I will call
them, are skirmishes within a Global conflict, which have succeeded in
deflecting our attention from the real culprit, the author and father of
Globalism.  And because we are distracted and at odds over how to deal with
these ‘brush fire distractions’ the real Culprit goes unnoticed and unhampered.

WHO’S WHO?

Some would say that the real culprit or force behind the movement for a One World Community to be run by a One World Government would be the “ILLUMINATI”.  One website claiming that name, “ILLUMINATI”, says they are “an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet.  They are a coalition uniting ‘influencers’ of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.” Some say the real culprit is an International banking cabal. Others say the real driving force, or culprit, is the United Nations or Agenda-21.

These things may be part of the One World Movement movement, tentacles of the Real Culprit.  But, in reality, they are FALSE FLAGS, DISTRACTIONS and DIVERSIONS.

THE REAL CULPRIT?

The person(s) “behind the curtain” are known by various names and aliases.  But, let’s just come to the point.  The REAL CULPRIT is to be found in the ancient writings of the Bible.  (The following text and explanation is ‘color coded’ for the convenience of the reader to know “who’s who” among the players in this real life prophetic drama).

The Great Red Dragon = Satan, the devil

The Beast = The Ten Nations, the Spirit of Antichrist

The Second Beast = The Antichrist

Bible prophecy has proven to be correct in prophetc matter with uncanny accuracy.

Now let’s have a look at what is coming next:

Daniel 8:23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.

Daniel 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.

You can read more about this on THE UNRAVELING

 Daniel 7:7  “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 While I was thinking about the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the previous horns were plucked out before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like human eyes, and a mouth uttering great boasts.

Danile 7:19 “Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of the horns fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.

23 “This is what he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth which will be different from all the other kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth and trample it down and crush it. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will humble three kings. 25 And he will speak against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time. 

Revelation 12:3  says, “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. Verse 4.  His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. Verse 5.  She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rulea all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, Verse 6.  and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.

Satan Thrown Down to Earth

Revelation 12:7 continues with, “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, Verse 8. but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. Verse 9. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Verse 10. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Verse 11. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Verse 12.  Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Verse 13.  And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Verse 14. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Verse 15.  The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. Verse 16 .  But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Verse 17. Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stoodc on the sand of the sea.

THE FIRST BEAST

Revelation 13:1-18 says,  “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,a that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

If anyone is to be taken captive,
to captivity he goes;
if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
with the sword must he be slain.

Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

THE SECOND BEAST

Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,c and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.  It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,  and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for

that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,e to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

In Revelation 13 John sees a nightmarish vision of a and two beasts. The first beast comes out of the sea and receives power from the dragon, or Satan. This beast is a true monstrosity: “It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion” (Revelation 13:1–2). Daniel’s vision of the beast is similar in many ways to John’s (Daniel 7:7–8, 19–27). Studying both Daniel and Revelation in tandem is profitable.

In Revelation, the term beast refers to two related entities. Sometimes the beast refers to the end-times’ empire. The seven heads and ten horns indicate that the beast will be a coalition of nations that rises to power to subdue the earth under Satan’s control. Later references to the beast in Revelation picture an individual—the man who is the political leader and head of the beastly empire.

The beast will receive a deadly wound and be healed of it (Revelation 13:3). He will exert authority over the whole world and demand worship (verses 7–8). He will wage war against God’s people, and he will prevail against them for a time (Revelation 13:7; Daniel 7:21). However, the beast’s time is short: according to Revelation 13:5 and Daniel 7:25, he will only be permitted absolute authority for forty-two months (three-and-a-half years).

The beast in Revelation is the Antichrist, the one who will “oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He is also called “the man of lawlessness” and “the man doomed to destruction” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). In Daniel’s vision, the Antichrist is the “little horn” that rises from the head of the terrifying beast (Daniel 7:8).

Even if you got lost while tracking events and ‘players’, suffice it to say that the world is careening out of control, comeing to its conclusion.  This is the final act of this human global drama.  You must get ready now.  Accept and follow Jesus to safety, today.  (If you are already a believer, it’s time to become a follower).

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Click this link to “CRITICAL RACE THEORY – The Threat”

THE FINAL TRUMPET

SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL!

When does the 7 Years begin?

WHAT IS GLOBALISM

WHAT IS GLOBALISM?

Merriam-Webster gives a completely inadequate definition saying “Globalism is “a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere of political influence, similar to imperialism or internationalism”.

Socialists and communists say Globalism is the key to worldwide prosperity. But, the truth is that Globalists privately they admit it is the key to controlling people under the dictatorial rule of godless communism.

The Bible tells of the beginnings of this idea and warns this system is coming again in the Last Days.

“They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’

“The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

“The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis 11:4-6

Revelation 13:16  “And he (the “beast” aka, the anti-Christ) causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,

17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

A plausible, but false narrative is presented by a well coordinated, world-wide media effort, to obscure the real definition and agenda of Globalism – a One World Government.

The UN (UNESCO) and The Ecumenical movement and The World Council of Churches are just three, but three integral and potent mechanisms of Globalists.  Three more steps on the ladder to One-World-Government, aka, Globalism.

The main stream media, including publications like Wikipedia and “The Economist,” deliberately obfuscates the definition and the objectives of Globalism by asserting there are various kinds of ‘Globalism’. (disassembling the word into component parts and delving into fabricated systems).

This creates distractions from the real issue and diverts our attention onto ‘rabbit trails’ of such as the flawed and erroneous ‘critical race theory’, inadequate voter ID laws, the packing the US Supreme Court, ‘gay rights issues’, transgenderism, the so-called ‘Covid-19 pandemic’, climate change issues, etc., which gives the Globalists the unhampered and unrestricted freedom to implement their scheme.

We complain and argue about the secondary issues, while the Globalists drag the Unites States and entire world into the clutches of a One World Government.  Their efforts are nearly completed, and we continue to fight skirmishes while ignoring the war.

There are those who warn of Europe’s death at the hands of invading Muslim hoards .  But, don’t be fooled. Europe is neither dead nor dying. And, Europe is not being ‘reborn’ (an unfortunate choice of words in recent article). Europe was being infiltrated until around 2014. Since 2015 it became a full scale INVASION.  Europe is not dying, but it is being transformed – made ready for a merging of countries.  https://civilusdefendus.wordpress.com/civil-defense/4-stages-of-islamic-conquest/

This same this phenomenon was occurring in America during the Obama administration.  President Trump put a stop to this INVASION but, the American democrat party (Socialists) subverted his presidency and overthrew the US government in November 2020 through a silent coup.

But the agenda of this “migration” is not stuff of any book. It is stuff of THE BOOK, that is THE BIBLE.  A foreshadowing of this event can be found in Genesis 11.

The Tower of Babel (Hebrew: מִגְדַּל בָּבֶל‬‎, Migdal Bāḇēl) as told in Genesis 11:1-9 is an origin myth meant to explain why the world’s peoples speak different languages.

According to the story, a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (שִׁנְעָר‬). There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

(NOTE: “tall enough to reach to heaven” is a metaphor for “mankind reaching to heaven, making himself god, to accomplish his own desires.” This is the foreshadowing of the State being your god – from cradle to grave)

What to do? This is ‘forecast’ or Prophesied in the Bible. It will occur. So you and I must PREPARE.

1. Come to Jesus for Salvation, wisdom, strength, courage and knowledge.  Unfortunately, the church in most of the world has been invaded by Ecumenicalism and being “Born Again” in the 21st century is but a faint shadow of the salvation of the Bible.  You must pray and come to God on His terms; find others who understand this dilemma and join with them.

2. Educate yourself. Know what the Bible actually says and mean.  BEWARE:  The Bible warns that in these days “Both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom…” Revelation 13:16-18

3. Our war is not with the government.  Our war is other-worldly.  The world we see with our eyes comes from the world of the heavenlies.  We must “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These are urgent matters.  We must be prepared and act, now!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young  (comments section below)

CHOSEN

THE GREAT RESET?

Globalism and The Tower of Babel

THE ONE WORLD CHURCH

COVID-19 and GLOBALISM?

When does the 7 Years begin?

The Pre-Wrath Rapture

I AM HERE TO GET MY KIDS BACK

“I have come to seek and save the lost” – Jesus, Matthew 18:11

This is a message from Pastor Chris Voorhees, Congregational Life Pastor at Covenant Naples Church, Naples, Florida.   The event pastor Voorhees is describing is centuries old.  It has been recounted multiple millions of times from hundreds of thousands of pulpits.  But, the insights given by God to Chris on this day, defy his age and training.  Simply put, Chris has peered behind the veil and brought us some really great news:

JESUS CAME TO GET HIS KIDS BACK, including those “kids” of His who don’t recognize Him and who now reject Him.  (Pastor, Chris Voorhees)

When you encounter Jesus, He not only gives you The Good News, He prepares you to embrace that Good News.  He doesn’t just leave you ‘feeling good about yourself’, He points out the sin in your life cleans up the mess.  You are getting a NEW START.  The old you will have passed away and the New You will walk in a New Life!

I cannot shake the idea that Jesus came to get His kids back.  That thought is changing the way I look at every single person I encounter, now.

Christianity, is not about a religion or a philosophy or a church building program – We are joining Jesus is getting His kids back.  He found you and got you back, and He found me and got me back, now let’s join Him and bring the rest of them back Home to Him!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

CHURCH – WDJD?

What Did Jesus Do”

“Around 2,000 years ago, in a far-flung province in the Middle East, a man emerged from the desert with a Message.  His Message would radically alter the course of world events and come to define the lives of billions.”

This man was named Jesus.  His life and story are recorded from the day of His birth.  But, His earthly ministry is said to have begun about 30 years later.

The year was around AD 30.  Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been arrested, so He withdrew into Galilee, left Nazareth where He had been living and moved to Capernaum by the sea, the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken by the prophet Isaiah, might be fulfilled.

From that time Jesus began to preach a message centered around repentance, and the kingdom of heaven being at hand.  About nine months into His ministry, large crowds were showing up to hear what Jesus had to say.

BREAK for an important NOTE:

The word “PREACH” as used in the Bible is vastly different from what we think of a “SERMON” when we hear the same word.  It is important to know the difference.

From Strong’s Bible Concordance, kérussó: to be a herald, proclaim

Original Word: κηρύσσω, Transliteration: kérussó
Phonetic Spelling: (kay-roos’-so)
Definition: to be a herald, proclaim
Usage: I proclaim, herald, preach.

The world used here is a word of formality, gravity and an authority which must be listened to and obeyed; something which has been done, first in the Spiritual to be manifest in the natural.  It is not a general statement nor is it a request.  It is a prophetic command.

The word “sermon” is never found in the Bible. But, here are two contemporary definitions of a sermon:

SERMON = A sermon is an oration or lecture by a preacher. Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation, and practical application.Wikipedia

SERMON - a noun - a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service; any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue; a long, tedious speech.

SYNONYMS FOR sermon, 2, 3 lecture. 3 harangue, tirade.
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/sermon 

Jesus did not “sermonize”, He preached with the authority of God, teaching the Truth of the Kingdom of God.

 

Word was spreading like wildfire about a young, charismatic Jewish carpenter, claiming that he was the Son of God.  That alone was enough to convince the first century Jew to have a look-see. But this man had other credentials that intrigued people to seek him out.

“The miracles he performed were unlike any that had ever been witnessed, and his incomparable wisdom often left the intellectuals of his day speechless. Even his ability to teach complex spiritual truths through parables, a then common-day form of storytelling, had both Jews and Romans alike shaking their heads in amazement.

“The Bible records that people traveled for days to see him – sometimes getting nothing more than a brief glimpse, or a momentary chance to reach out and touch his garment in hopes of being healed.”

THE FIRST SERMON

Jesus first sermon may have been the shortest, yet the most profound of all sermons ever preached.  In Matthew 4:17 we see, “Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  End of sermon.

But, the ramifications of His first “sermon”, when properly understood and acted upon, are utterly world changing.  (go to this link for details) https://whitestone2020.com/2020/12/24/in-the-beginning/

THE SECOND SERMON

What is now called, “the Sermon on the Mount”, was a bit longer that Jesus’ first sermon.  And, it attracted more than just a few curiosity seekers.  Many of them believed Jesus really was the Messiah that the prophets of the Old Testament had promised.  In this crowd were His disciples.

They listened intently while Jesus taught extensively” – for days!  And TEACH, He did.  The scriptures say “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him, and he opened His mouth and taught them.”  This was no “sermon” as we consider “sermons”.

Jesus was teaching His disciples how to be “saved” and the Process of Sanctification each of them would have to endure in order to follow Him.  Jesus was making disciples.  Jesus was building His Church.

 

Jesus carried His Gospel Message, with Him, at all times.  He would teach and in open fields, from the bows of boats on lakes and on the sea.  He taught in and during storms, in the marketplace, at community wells, under trees, at bathing pools and anyplace there were people.

THE THIRD SERMON?

The Bible says Jesus “preached”, only SIX times.  But, Jesus preached and taught the Gospel by His actions, everywhere He traveled.

Matthew 14:13, – 21  “But, when Jesus heard John had been beheaded, once again, He withdrew to a desolate place by himself.  And, once again, when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  He had taken a boat onto a lake this time, and when he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.

“Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Jesus had preached the Gospel Message to over five thousand that day.

“SIMPLE CHRISTIANITY”

Simply put, Jesus did not ‘sermonize’ or lecture.  Jesus taught the Truth, lived the Truth and sent His disciples to live the same way.

Jesus set the pattern and method for His Church and For Preaching the Gospel.

Jesus would Say The Words.

Jesus would Show the Wonders.

Jesus would Send the Workers.

 

 Jesus was making disciples.   Jesus was building His Church.

 

As Jesus was nearing completion of His mission of teaching His disciples, He gave His disciples authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

Jesus then gave them these instructions:

Matthew 10:7 “Proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’c 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,d cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunicse or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 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.”  (https://biblehub.com/esv/matthew/10.htm)

SERMONS?

The main difference between Jesus PREACHING the Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom and the SERMONS we hear today, is that Jesus is teaching and demonstrating HOW TO be saved and sanctified;  HOW TO do the works He did;  HOW TO make disciples and the SERMONS we hear today are just telling us ABOUT what Jesus did while posturing on stage behind a pulpit under the glare of lights, and little more.

Jesus led by example.  We must do the same.  Not the ‘preacher’, but you and me – The Church!

Time is short.  Jesus’ return is upon us.  We, THE CHURCH – you and I –  must get back to our calling and “DWJD“.   (Do What Jesus Does)!

https://whitestone2020.com/2021/03/31/i-will-build-my-church/

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

https://bibleproject.com/blog/sermon-mount-jesus-new-moses/

 

JUST STOP IT

This video is funny.  There are some things we should JUST STOP!  But, it ceases being funny when, try as we might, we cannot break a bad habit, change our mindset, shake a phobia or escape an addiction.

Do you know what else is NOT funny?   Religion.   Religion is not funny, especially, when referring to Christianity.

WHAT IS RELIGION?

The definition of religion is controversial and complicated, and even religious scholars can’t agree on any one definition.  Oxford Dictionaries defines religion as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.”  (Ugh!)

The MacMillan Encyclopedia of Religions states:

The very attempt to define religion, to find some distinctive or possibly unique essence or set of qualities that distinguish the religious from the remainder of human life, is primarily a Western concern. The attempt is a natural consequence of the Western speculative, intellectualistic, and scientific disposition. It is also the product of the dominant Western religious mode, what is called the Judeo-Christian climate or, more accurately, the theistic inheritance from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The theistic form of belief in this tradition, even when downgraded culturally, is formative of the dichotomous Western view of religion. That is, the basic structure of theism is essentially a distinction between a transcendent deity and all else, between the creator and his creation, between God and man.

The anthropologist Clifford Geertz defined religion as a

A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.”

The theologian Antoine Vergote took the term supernatural simply to mean

whatever transcends the powers of nature or human agency. He also emphasized the cultural reality of religion, which he defined as the entirety of the linguistic expressions, emotions and, actions and signs that refer to a supernatural being or supernatural beings.

 Wikipedia says Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion

based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world’s largest religion, with about 2.4 billion followers. (Better, but, is this really no better than the other descriptions.)

3 REASONS

I would offer three main reasons why (I say) it is not funny to call Christianity a “religion”:

 Confusing– The term “religion” or “religious” is confusing and does not address the person, mission and work of Jesus.  Jesus railed against religion and religious men and women during His earthly ministry.  The Apostle James describes “pure and undefiled religion as to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Rules– Religion or religious carries the idea of (a) keeping a set of rules just for the sake of the rules themselves, (b) performing certain rituals for the just sake of the ritual or as a type of magic, and (c) pleasing your ‘leadership’, a system of religious dogma or pleasing people instead of pleasing God, alone.

Demeaning – The terms religion and religious are demeaning.  (a) Religion elevates a select few men or women as superior to their adherents, and relegates the rest to lower castes. (b) Religion elevates the ‘elite’ of certain men and women to a status that distracts from God, alone.

True Christianity, on the other hand, requires every man, woman and child to become a servant of Jesus Christ.

Jesus describes Himself as a Servant.  Jesus says, in Matthew 20:25,  “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles domineer over them, and those in high position exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

We, as Christians, are cautioned in Philippians 2:5, to “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. “

So, if you are thinking of Christianity as a religion, and inadvertently think being a Christian will make you something special in the world, or are treating it as such, then beware, because that mindset will keep you (or is keeping you) from entering His Kingdom.  So, please just STOP IT!  JUST STOP IT!  We, as Christians, are called to serve.  This is the key to the Kingdom.

CHRISTIAN – “A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST”

Let’s simplify.  The name Christian was first used in Antioch, Syria, in reference to a group of people who were followers of Jesus Christ.  You can find this reference in the book of Acts 11:26 “and when Barnabas had found Paul, he brought him to Antioch.  And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers of people; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

The Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos), meaning “follower of Christ“, comes from Χριστός (Christos), meaning “anointed one”, with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership.

If you are practicing “a religion” or practicing a religious activity called “just going to church” and you have been expecting to fully encounter God, you will be disappointed.

Religion will not bring you to the Living God because religion (a) does not address the Person. Mission or work of Jesus.  (b) Religion is little more than a set of rules to be kept and rituals to be performed.  (c) It is demeaning and religion almost always (d) elevates a ruling class over the rightful priesthood of believers in Christ”.

JESUS IS THE DOOR 

Jesus did not come to establish a religion.  He came to seek and save the lost. He came to show us the way to The Kingdom of God.  Furthermore, He came to show us the way to live abundantly, now in this life, and to live eternally with Him in His Father’s House.

Jesus is not of this world.  He “other worldly”.  And, you cannot find “THE DOOR” and escape this world of limitation and death with a worldly mindset. You and I must change our mindset.  We must be transformed.

I realize this will sound weird to some, but, we are talking about an actual realm of God.  Jesus and the Bible tell us that there is a Kingdom of God, and it is near to us and within us.  And you find this Kingdom when you ‘repent’ and seek and surrender to Jesus and follow Him.

John, chapter 1, uses the name of Jesus and the Word (The Spoken and Written Word of God, the Bible) interchangeably.  Jesus and His Words are the portal into the supernatural realm of God, the Kingdom of God.

You won’t find Jesus in any religion.  You won’t find Jesus because of membership in a church organization or because you attend meetings in a ‘church building’.

You will find Him by God’s Grace and through your faith in that He does exist.  You must believe that God exists in order to come to Him.  Then He will prove to be One who rewards those who seek Him.  The person who comes to God must believe that He exists, and you will see that He will prove to be The One who rewards those who seek Him.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

The Bible is both complex and simple, practical while seeming impractical, and gives us insights to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, that is, to be a Christian and to enter into and to live with Him, in His Kingdom.

Here are three short and helpful videos (3 minutes +/-):

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UNRAVELING

“BEYOND OFF THE GRID” is a full-length documentary film that explores why we should strive to reduce our dependence on the modern economy and control grid, and how this can be accomplished. The modern consumer economy and associated way of living, with all its conveniences and comforts, is not resilient or resistant to calamity. In fact, it often distracts from true spiritual blessings. Let’s take this time to learn and grow.  NOTE:  “Beyond Off the Grid” is not affiliated with this website, Whitestone2020.com

(For more information on this documentary or to order a copy go to this link:  Beyond Off the Grid)

THE UNRAVELING

He spied a loose thread on his sweater.  It was nothing, really.  Just a small errant string.  But, for some reason, this thread had caught and captured his attention and he couldn’t get it out of his mind.  As hard as he tried to ignore it, he couldn’t, so, he carefully pinched the thread between this finger and thumb and gently pulled.  The thread lengthened.  Now, it was obvious that this was not just a loose thread.  It was connected.  So he stopped pulling and decided to pinch the thread off to stop the unraveling. Holding the unraveling end in the grip of his other hand and fingers, he jerked on the loose end, hoping to snap it off, and to his horror a long strand of thread unraveled and the weave of the sweater separated!  The unraveling had begun!

This story is a metaphor for a human tendency to be lured by or captivated by a mysterious or troubling occurrence or an event.  We investigate further, following a thread with loose ends, sometimes finding that we are  unraveling a mystery so bizarre that as to be unbelievable.  But, the lure is strong, leading to a trap, of sorts.  In this case, we discover that the very fabric of our world is coming apart.  Uninformed and unprepared we find ourselves lost in a maze.  Like a “Chinese handcuff”, the more we struggle, the tighter its grip.

This leads us to a mystery being unraveled in our world, today.  It concerns prophecy from the Bible, politics, multinational corporations, international banks, all predicting or advocating for a New Word Order, promoting and working to impose a Global Governance.  It is really not “new”.  It’s been in the works for decades – centuries, actually – but, this most recent variant is especially virulent.  It has been called by various names, such as Democratic Socialism, the New Communism, Globalization, One World Government.  Most recently it has been propelled forward by a giant leap thanks to the Covid-19 “pandemic”.  But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Following this thread of Globalism from its embryonic stage through its growth and evolution to its current form is an enormous task through a gargantuan maze.  And, in this age of instant gratification fed with sound bites and three word slogans, most would never read the insufferable volumes of print necessary to track the growth of this Religious Humanism.

(Nevertheless, here are a few websites on the matter.  I am referencing them at the bottom of this page, just so I can say I did.)

FALSE FLAGS, DISTRACTIONS, DIVERSIONS

A FALSE FLAG is an act disguised to seem perpetrated by one group rather
than the one which committed the act.  For example, a “false flag operation”
could be a terrorist act committed by one group for the express purpose of
blaming and discrediting another group. 

Loss of Freedoms, Social Justice, National Unity, Destruction of Democracy
and Abuse of Human Rights, Socialism, Wars, The Environment,
Disarmament, Gun Control, Abortion, Homosexual rights, Transgenderism,
Open Borders and more, are all examples of FALSE FLAGS, DISTRACTIONS
and DIVERSIONS.

While these are real matter, in truth, they are just ‘brush fires’ which distract
us from the root cause of a spreading evil.  These ‘brush fires’, as I will call
them, are skirmishes within a Global conflict, which have succeeded in
deflecting our attention from the real culprit, the author and father of
Globalism.  And because we are distracted and at odds over how to deal with
these ‘brush fire distractions’ the real Culprit goes unnoticed and unhampered.

THE REAL CULPRIT

Some would say that the real culprit or force behind the movement for a One
World Community to be run by a One World Government would be the
“ILLUMINATI”.  One website claiming that name, “ILLUMINATI”, says they are
“an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators,
artists, and other influential members of this planet.  They are a coalition
uniting ‘influencers’ of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds
to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.”  (from the official website for The Illuninati)

Some say the real culprit is an International banking cabal.

Others say the real driving force, or culprit, is the United Nations or Agenda-21.

All of these and more, may be part of the One World Movement, but, they are FALSE FLAGS, DISTRACTIONS and DIVERSIONS.  They are just some of the  myriad tentacles of the Real Culprit.

Collating empirical evidence from historical records, researching various nation’s government and historical documents, reviewing related international corporate goals through the lens of Bible Prophecy, you find a common thread.  And, if you will pull that thread, the entire matter will begin to unravel, revealing the real culprit, which, incidentally, is the image of the Head of a Snake.

The agenda driving movement to Globalization or One World Government is not stuff of just any book. It is stuff of THE BIBLE.

A foreshadowing of this event can be found in Genesis 11. The Tower of Babel (Hebrew: מִגְדַּל בָּבֶל‎, Migdal Bāḇēl) as told in Genesis 11:1-9.

According to this account, a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (שִׁנְעָר). There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

(NOTE: “tall enough to reach to heaven” a metaphor for “man reaching to heaven, making himself god, to accomplish his own desires. This is the Socialist and Communist manifestos of the State being your god – from cradle to grave)

Read more at “Globalism and The Tower of Babel and what they have in common

The Enemy is fighting this battle using techniques of deception and distraction while he advances his cause right under our noses.  We have the means to wage this war, but, it seems we have begun to lose our will.  We have been compromised by the deceit of wealth, comfort and pride.  (Revelation 3:17, Proverbs 11:4).

We may have seared our consciences with the hot iron of sin, from which there is no return, and judgment awaits.

HOPE & A CALLING

There is still hope, although without action, hope will be lost.  We must act, now.

1. We must repent as a remnant of God’s people

2. We must draw near to the LORD God, (Jehovah).

3. We must resist the Devil

These are not philosophical or religious platitudes.  They are realities. We can only accomplish these things by a supreme act of surrender – surrendering our will – and exercising belief and faith in God.

We can look to the Book of Matthew, chapters 3 through 5 for direction and for our instructions.

Here is what it means to repent, draw near to God and resist the Devil:

WE must allow God to make us “poor in spirit”

WE must allow God to make us “those who mourn”

WE must allow God to make us “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”

WE must allow God to make us “merciful”

WE must allow God to make us “pure in heart”

WE must allow God to make us “peacemakers”

WE must allow God to make us “those who are persecuted for righteousness”

WE must allow God to make us “reviled and persecuted”

WE must allow God to make us to “rejoice and be glad”

We must allow god to make us “rejoice and be glad”

WE must allow God to make us “light of the world”

WE must allow God to make us “strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might”

WE must allow God to make us “to stand against the schemes of the devil”

WE must allow God to make us “wrestle against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

WE must allow God to make us able to “have divine power to destroy strongholds”

WE must allow God to make us able to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God”

WE must allow God to make us able to “take every thought captive to obey Christ”

WE must allow God to make us “ready to punish every disobedience”

WE must allow God to make us “His remnant”

WE must allow God to cause us to “draw near to Him”

WE must allow God to make “the devil flee from us”

WE must allow God to make us to make us “a drink offering, poured out for Him”

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

We are well into the LAST DAYS approaching the breaking of the 6th Seal of the Tribulation.  We have been warned and instructed.  It is time to take up our position and complete His Mission.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

OFF GRID?

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

WEBSITES REGARDING ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT & GLOBALISM

Whitestone Fellowship  Website/Blog site:

World Economic Forum:

Socialists International: Socialist international declaration of principles/

Nikolai Bukharin and Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, The ABC of Communism:

Marxists Archive and Bukharin works from 1920

From a Catholic perspective:

Ancillary:

Things the liberal media wont tell you about black lives matter

 

 

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

A PICTURE OF SALVATION – THE PROCESS OF SANCTIFICATION

SALVATION & the process of SANCTIFICATION is the process you experience when you fully surrender your life to God, His Purposes and Ways.  God will, through the work of the Holy Spirit and through circumstances, strip away your old life and make you into a new creation.  New in your mind, body and spirit.

Most of us may work hard to avoid this most difficult, painful and bewildering process.  But, actually, it is the amazing, supernatural work of God transforming us into His Own, children of Light.  It is the supernatural work of SANCTIFICATION by God.

SERMON ON THE MOUNT – Matthew 5

(The process and picture of Sanctification.)

This commentary of ‘The Sermon on the Mount” is concise yet mysterious.  It is hard to understand with the mind.  In fact, it is impossible to understand with the natural mind, but difficult even by the faculty of the mind of a Believer.  It must be experienced to be understood.  Through it, you become anb Heir of the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 5:1 ¶  When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

2  He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11  “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

12  “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 ¶  “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

15  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16  “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Here is the interpretation of these verses and their meanings.  Please read:

POOR IN SPIRIT

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

This “Sermon on the Mount” starts by telling us that we are Blessed, when we are poor in spirit.  We all have heard that this means we are “spiritually bankrupt”.

Yes, I suppose this can be one very basic and rudimentary meaning.

Being “Poor in Spirit” however, means so much more:

V3:  “Poor in spirit” (Greek:  ptochos) literally means

1) reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms

2) destitute of wealth, influence, position, honor

2a) lowly, afflicted, destitute of the Christian virtues and eternal riches

2b) helpless, powerless to accomplish an end

2c) poor, needy

3) lacking in anything

3a) as respects their spirit

3a1) destitute of wealth of learning and intellectual culture which the schools afford (men of this class most readily give themselves up to Christ’s teaching and proved themselves fitted to lay hold of the heavenly treasure)

This comes from a root and alternate meaning “to be terrified”, “as a decaying corpse”.

It should cause us to wonder how could we possibly be considered “Blessed” if we are “poor in spirit”.

These verses go on to tell us we are “Blessed” if we are “mourning” loss, “hungering and thirsting”, or being “persecuted for the sake of righteousness”.  How can this be?

“Poor in spirit” is, more literally, to be crushed in your spirit; to be pinched by toil, hopelessness and extreme poverty; A beggar with no hope of rescue on the verge of death and perishing.

It is when life deals you crushing blows, which seem to be your end with no way of escape that this marvelous work of salvation, redemption and sanctification can begin; and not before.

We hear it said “you must come to the end of yourself to enter the Kingdom of God” which is true enough, but none of us have the will power to bring ourselves to such a desperate state.  It is God, alone, who will allow or bring crushing circumstances to bear on our lives which will cause us to turn to God for help.  And only God can save us from such desperate circumstances, redeem us to a state of wholeness, health and safety which is His Sanctification (holiness) of our lives.

Please read the following verses and take note of the process.  Here, the Bible explain to us, ahead of time, what we must endure (yes, endure) in order to “inherit the Kingdom of God”.

THOSE WHO MOURN

V4:  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Mourning”.  An understandable response upon finding yourself severely pinched by poverty, reduced to begging; destitute with no influence, no position; lowly, afflicted and helpless; powerless to change your circumstances for the better; lacking in anything and terrified.

Think with me.  Have you ever endured an especially difficult time?  Perhaps, as a child, you were punished for bad behavior?  Besides receiving a scolding you may have been spanked or had privileges taken from you?  Or perhaps you endured a time of suffering and loss?  “Mourning” was the natural response.  What did you experience next?

GENTLE IN SPIRIT

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

Do you remember after enduring a time of suffering or loss and “mourning” your loss, having a good cry, you how your emotions or spirit was quieted for a time?  You may have now had time to reflect on what has happened and you lapse into a time of quiet, gentle appearing reflection.

HUNGER AND THRIST

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

Do you remember coming through a difficult time, having a good cry, either mentally or actually shedding tears and then the ‘calm the followed the storm’ in your soul?  Do you also remember that, for some reason, with the storm of your life behind you, you were actually hungry?

It is the same in our spirit.  It is usually at this point that we begin to make life-decisions.  We either getting angry and defiant or we decide to do better and to “be better”.

For those being redeemed by the mercies of God, the process is to ‘hunger and thirst for right thinking and right living’:  which is the very definition of Righteousness.

It is through this process that we gain new insights and understanding.  How apt are scriptures to remind us in the next verse that

MERCIFUL

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

The word ‘mercy’ in this verse literally means “kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them; of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful

We are indeed being “Sanctified”:  Being made holy and set apart for God’s use.

PURE IN HEART

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

Our attitudes are changing.  Showing mercy is a sign that our hearts are changing and become pure in the sight of God.  We are being transformed in what we see and in how we see.  We are beginning to see matters as God sees them.

PEACEMAKER

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

A peace will begin to settle over the heart and mind of the redeemed and sanctified Believer.  We, not only begin to experience ‘a peace that passes understanding’ from our deepening relationship with God, but we begin to demonstrate and practice that peace of God which earns us the title “sons (and daughters) of God”.  We are being made into His image.

PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

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

The bible tells us, it is at this time, we inherit and possess the Kingdom of Heaven with all the rights, responsibilties and authority of a son of God, a joint heir with Jesus.  

This statement is staggering, even for the fully devoted and fully surrendered follower of Jesus.  And, it is too rich and too profound for the “casual Christian” or “casual Believer” to begin to understand.

The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” means this:

Kingdom:  932 βασιλεία basileia bas-il-i’-ah

Probably from Strong’s #939 through the notion of a foundation of power;

1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule

1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom

1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah

1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom

(Note:  This comes from a root word baino,  “to walk”.  AV-foot (sole of) 1; 1

1) a stepping, walking

2) that with which one steps, the foot

This reminds us of the tremendous proclamation in Joshua 1:3 “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.”

Heaven:  3772 οὐρανός ouranos oo-ran-os’, perhaps from the same as 3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky

1) the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it

1a) the universe, the world

2) the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and other heavenly beings.

We are becoming and, in a real sense, we have already  become, heirs of the Kingdom of God, the place of the foundation of all power.

(Ephesians 1:4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,)

A place of royal power, kingship, dominion and rule, not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom, God’s Kingdom.  It is of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah.  It is the Place of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom.  (From Strong’s concordance, definitions and translations of the Greek and Hebrew languages)

Here is what “Entire Sanctification” Looks Like:

LIGHT

Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

15  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16  “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

These verses should leave the child of God breathless. In John 8:12  Jesus calls Himself, the Light of the World.  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  

Again in John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Jesus is now calling you by that name!  Truly, in His Image.

The time of His Return is near and we are to take up our place, fullfil our calling and complete His Mission!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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OFF GRID?

SAVED: #4982 σώζω sozo sode’-zo, 65,1132; AV-save 93, make whole 9, heal 3, be whole

1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction

1a) one (from injury or peril)

1a1) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health

1b1) to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue

1b) to save in the technical biblical sense, 1b1a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment

SANCTIFICATION according to the Bible, is to be:

      1. Dedicated, made separate and set apart for God and God’s use
      2. To be purified and to be conformed in character to the dedication to God and for His use:  made Holy.
      3. As the first two points are valid in a sanctified person’s life, then we are free from guilt
      4. To live a life as described in the foregoing points.

Sanctify:  (From Strong’s concordance) 37 ἁγιάζω hagiazo hag-ee-ad’-zo, To make holy, consecrate, sanctify

1) to dedicate, separate, set apart for God

2) To purify, make conformable in character to such dedication

2a) Forensically, to free from guilt {#1Co 6:11 Eph 5:26 Heb 2:11 10:10,14,29 13:12 }

2b) Internally, by actual sanctification of life {#Joh 17:17,19 Ac 20:32 26:18 Ro 15:16 1Co 1:2 7:14 1Th 5:23 Re 22:11 }

Hagiazo (sanctify) comes from the word Hagios which mean Holy, it is a characteristic of God, to be separated to God, to be worthy of veneration.

1) Its highest application is to God himself, in his purity, majesty and glory. {#Lu 1:49 Joh 17:11 Re 4:8 }

2) Applied to persons as separated to God’s service:

2a) Of Christ: {#Mr 1:24 Ac 4:30 }

2b) Of Christians: {#Ac 9:13 Ro 1:7 Heb 6:10 Re 5:8 }

3) In the moral sense of sharing God’s purity: {#Mr 6:20 Joh 17:11 Ac 3:14 Re 3:7 }

4) Of pure, clean sacrifices and offerings: {#1Co 7:14 Eph 1:4 }

OFF GRID?

Should Christians Go OFF THE GRID?

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not part of the world” and to “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that Jesus commanded you”.

So, can a Christian be obedient to the great commission as given by Jesus and be in this world, yet remain unstained by the world?

The answer is YES.  Remember, as the breaking of the 6th Seal draws near, events will accelerate almost to a blur.  And, having been warned ahead of time, you must be able to adjust and adapt quickly, while staying faithful to our Calling and His Mission.

Please read and consider just two of many important warnings and instructions:

MADE READY – THE COMPLETION OF YOUR SANCTIFICATION

Daniel warns us of the coming Great and Terrible Day of the Lord and what we are to do in readiness and in response.  He also gives us confidence that the tribulations we endure are for God’s good purpose.

Daniel 12:1  “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.

(NOTE:  Purify, refined, is having been made ready = the entirety of you Sanctification)

11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”

BEYOND GOING OFF THE GRID

Jesus warns and instructs us of the coming Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, by comparing the days of tribulation leading up to and including the destruction of the 2nd Temple with the coming days of the GREAT TRIBULATION.

Matthew 24:15  “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false “christs” and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.   (For a broader understanding of these verses, read this Commentary by David Guzik, Enduring Word Ministries )

I am sounding the Shofar for those who will listen and take heed.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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