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Amos Part 4 – Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

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Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

Key Verses: Amos 1:9 – 1:10

We are spending significant time on a few verses at a time in these early segments in our study of Amos. This is because there are eight specific transgressions the Lord is making against the inward spiritual cities that are in the Kingdom of God within us. And we know the number eight symbolizes new beginnings, the coming forth of the new man. It is important to cover these eight essential progressions of judgment and understand the specific transgressions the Lord is bringing against us. The Elect of God, who are being judged NOW, in this age, should be looking for and hastening (accelerating) the day of the Lord. This is the day that will make manifest the new heaven and new earth that symbolize the appearing of Jesus Christ within us.

2Pe 3:11 Therefore, since all these things (the old) will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness (Jesus Christ) dwells.

Let’s remember the first two transgressions that brought the occasion the Lord was seeking to bring fire and destroy the palaces and walls that represent the strength of our flesh.

1. Damascus threshed Gilead with instruments of iron: The most basic judgment is teaching us to stand only on the WORD and make righteous judgment not leavened with carnal reasoning and worldly thoughts.

2. Gaza led the whole captivity captive and delivered them up to Edom: The weak flesh is actually the strong flesh that needs to be subdued in order for us to advance in maturity. The Lord manifests our secret sins (smites us with emerods) to humble us and show us our innate wickedness.

We start today in verse 9 with the city of Tyrus accused of building upon Gaza’s transgression.

3.Tyrus delivers up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembers not the brotherly covenant.

The accusation of Tyrus (Tyre) builds on the transgression of Gaza that delivers the carnally minded (the whole captivity) up to Edom. Edom representing the first man of the flesh, a hunter and man of the world (field) and is where we are imprisoned to the flesh and are unable to repent and to judge righteous judgment. Yet Tyrus is also charged with a serious offense because “they” (YOU and ME) remembered not the brotherly covenant.

Amo 1:9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

The Body of Christ, “The Christ” is a spiritual family uniquely chosen of the Lord and knitted and bonded in love.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Jesus Christ is our brother, and our sister, our mother and our father. He is all of these things if we know the real Jesus Christ and that He has come in His flesh which is His Body.

Mat 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

As God’s people we are not to seek our own gain but are to be sold out for our brothers. Our Lord tells us there is no greater love than this.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The Lord, speaking in parables tells us just how important is it that we walk in obedience to love.

Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and  with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

And lest we have any doubt on what love is, we have many Scriptures that make it crystal clear.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

The Lord’s true disciples are also known as “Disciples Indeed”.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue (abide, obey) in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Not remembering the brotherly covenant happens when we are led astray by our sins and lusts and do not constantly continue in His work for the brethren. If we are to be found faithful, we need much more than knowledge of doctrine. There had best be some fruit. We must follow our Lord and live a sacrificed life like our Lord who gave His life as a ransom.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

We are to do good (love all) but this is especially so for the household of faith (Gal 6:10).

1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Contrary to the carnal mind and the fleshly way of judging, when we speak the Word in sincerity and meekness to correct a brother or sister we are loving them.

Heb 12:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Forgetting the brotherly covenant is neglecting our work and roles as watchmen of the flock. We have to contend for the faith. We don’t cease from our work until the 7th day, when it’s over.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Being in covenant is being ONE with Christ and that means with His Body.

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

The Body of Christ, our brothers and sisters in Spirit is the HELPER the Lord has made for us.

Gen 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Entering the kingdom of God requires enduring many trials and suffering much affliction. The many stories about Tyre and its kings tell us much about the man of sin that we are before Christ comes to make war and bring the spiritual earthquake that brings salvation. When we have true doctrine but are still not doing the WORD, only hearing; we are seeking gain and promoting our old way of life and keeping the beast alive and well on the throne of God. We are serving SELF not the Lord at this stage. We need to transform and become more blessed by becoming a giver.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Our carnal mind will strongly resist becoming a sacrifice and being content with our spiritual wages. The fleshly strongholds within us (Tyrus) will implicitly want gain from our supposed godliness (1Ti 6:6). This gain saying (Core) and reward seeking (Baalam) ceases as we suffer the punishment of our transgressions.

2Co 2:17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

Our reward comes at the end if we endure, learning righteousness by judgment all the way. That is the prize yet the race must be finished (Rev 17:14, 2Ti 4:7) to obtain it.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Our service to our brothers and BODY, is our duty and what unprofitable servants take great joy in performing.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to endure much torment to have the jealousies, covetousness and vexation of the flesh burned out of us so we can serve one another without malice and without prejudice.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

The Christ are “saviors in training” by our being “judges in training” for our role in judging all men (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). If we are not given to move on to maturity in this regard, we will have no part in the blessed and first holy resurrection. There is no allowance for us to forget and forsake the brotherly covenant. In fact, we have many warnings against doing such.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If we are His Elect, it is because we have been chosen to be Kings and Priests. We have a role, a service to perform and we must do it faithfully to the end to make the first resurrection and be used of the Lord to judge the world.

Oba 1:21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The Lord is jealous for His Temple and His People that have His Name. It is through our faithfulness to the brotherly covenant that the Lord will send the fire that destroys the man of sin in our day of the Lord.

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

Names and places have great spiritual significance. The fact that it was Tyrus that forgot the brotherly covenant is no coincidence as the meanings and ensamples in the Old Testament show (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).

In the outward physical world Tyre is an ancient city that exists to this very day in the nation of Lebanon. Tyrus is out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about 80 km south of modern day Beirut, Lebanon. The name of the city means “rock” after the rocky formation on which the town was originally built. The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye. This is fascinating as we know purple comes from the mixture of flesh (red) and spirit (blue) as the sum of the WORD shows us the spiritual significance of colors and their hidden meaning.

The merchandising activities that we do in spiritual Tyre (a type of Babylon) is the same merchandising that the harlot engages in as told in the Book of Revelation (Rev 18:16-17). It is the man of sin within us that is trafficking in carnal reasoning’s and thoughts. This is what we do when we are immature before our faith is proven with trials. We will seek gain, peddling the Word for profit and generally make merchandise of the things of the Lord going the way of Cain and following after the error of Balaam. That city and all it represents is being burned with fire in the Day of the Lord.

Rev 18:8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

In the physical, Tyrus was an island surrounded by the sea. If we think of the spiritual significance of an island and the sea, we can readily see that Tyrus represents a part of us that is puffed up with knowledge (elevated) yet still surrounded by the strength and pulls of the flesh (the sea). When a “burdensome” prophet (the meaning of Amos) comes to speak words of fire, that kingdom is being laid waste and it is revealed to us from the Body of Christ (the land of Chittim).

Isa 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Tyre, like Babylon, takes the word of God and wraps it in its own idols of dust and makes its paths out of this corrupted and leavened judgment that it applies in its carnal reasoning.

Zec 9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble

Living by every word means that we, above all people, given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, will leave our first love. We will leave this first estate and fall away so the man of sin can be revealed (2Th 2:3). This is not happening out there in orthodoxy, it’s happening in the church of the saints is, was and will be.

Jud 1:6 And the angels (messengers of God) which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Tyre or Tyrus is H6864 and comes from a root word of the same name that is translated as flint or sharp stone.

 H6864, story, tsore

From H6696; a stone (as if pressed hard or to a point); (by implication of use) a knife: – flint, sharp stone.

The root word is used as a positive when speaking of the mind of Christ and immovability of the truth and the Lord our God who changes not.

Eze 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint [H6864] have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

It is indeed this hard and sharp mind of Christ that accomplishes our spiritual circumcision and we see that in type and shadow in the circumcision of Moses’s son by his wife.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone [H6864] and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

Yet in the negative, a hard stone, a flint is representative of our rebellious and unrepentant hearts that do not want to give up their life and are not willing to pay the price of being a disciple. A hardened heart (stone) is what a heart of proud flesh is. This heart is being replaced by us living through our judgment and the process of spiritual circumcision.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Our living spiritually in Tyrus and Babylon is the Lord working all things for the greater good for those who love Him. We have to see ourselves as this man of sin and in this way, the sharp stone of Tyrus is used to cut off our flesh when our judgment has come (Jer 2:19, Eze 34:16)

As we saw last week with the smiting of Gaza, Ashdod et. al. with emerods in their secret places, the Lord brings judgment by manifesting SIN in our midst. Yes, the Lord makes peace and creates evil (Isa 45:7) and He is the one causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

But the Lord shall have no part in sharing His glory with our man of sin. The Lord turns us over to the idols of our hearts and sends evil spirits (Psa 78:49, Joe 3:4) to manifest sin and to uncover our wickedness. We must come to see it before the appearing of Christ within us.

Eze 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers (evil spirits) upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

There are two sides to the two edged sword.  The Lord uses even the wicked, including our own wickedness to bring about salvation.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Here we have an example of the Lord doing this against the inward city of Tyrus. This is the same as the fire that ultimately destroys the strength of Tyre, the walls and its palaces.

Eze 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations (strangers) to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Eze 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

The King of Tyre was instrumental in building King David’s house (2Sa 5:11) and then later the outward “flesh Temple” of the Lord through King Solomon.

2Ch 2:7 Send me (Solomon) now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2Ch 2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

We now know that the Lord does not dwell in Temples made by human hands. Instead He dwells in His people who are His Temple (1Co 3:16) that He Himself builds. In our self-righteousness, we will build in vain but not on the firm foundation that is Christ (1Co 3:11). That Temple built with our fleshly hands shall not stand.  King Hiram did not do this out of the goodness of his heart, he was paid well for his work by David and Solomon alike (2Ch 2:10).  The sum of the Word tells us that Jesus Christ builds His church and He does not need any man to help Him.  Building temples for the Lord is what we all do at first but it is proven vanity in the end.  King Solomon learned with time and wrote about it in Psa 127:1 and Ecc 1:2.  JOB also learned that his own righteous works were filthy rags as he boasted in them (See Job 29).  The Lord’s standard for righteousness exceeds that of a Pharisee (Mat 5:20) and leaves no room for a “Me, Myself and I” or an “I have arrived attitude”.   The reason we are not to think above what is written is given us in the next verse we often overlook.

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Tyre represents the pride of our man of sin thinking he or she is somebody of their down doing.  With a gain seeking mindset driven by the pride of life we buy and sell, trafficking in the things of God for honor and glory.

Isa 23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

The telling proof of what Tyrus represents comes from the very well-known yet misinterpreted Scriptures from Ezekiel 28 regarding the prince of Tyrus. If there was ever a set of Scriptures that spoke about us being in a self-exalted, gain saying mode, knowing truth but also forgetting the brotherly covenant which is the foremost commandment of the law — then these passages from Ezekiel 28 are them. Oh what a wretched man of sin we are when we forget the covenant and don’t remember it’s not about US but it’s about Christ.

Eze 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus (YOU and ME), Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

This is what possessing the treasures of the Lord’s Temple will do to flesh without the Spirit of Christ to subdue our pride and humble us. Our hearts will be lifted up and we will worship the image of the beast. Knowledge is an insatiable appetite the Lord gives us in this stage. This is our Luke 12 days of storing up treasures and building bigger barns (Luk 12:16-21) thinking we do the Lord a service.

Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Eze 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Tyrus signifies our reversion into the ways of the world and judging un-righteously. We must be on guard the deceitfulness of what lives (sin) in our hearts. We must constantly examine ourselves (2Co 13:5, Eph 5:15). Don’t think for a second these verses don’t apply to you and me.  We live these words also that the Lord spoke (Mat 4:4. Luk 4:4).

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

This is leaving our first love is forgetting the brotherly covenant. The new man, immature in the faith will stumble. This falling away and getting puffed up and using our godliness for gain must be experienced for the pride of flesh to be brought low (Isa 5:15, Jam 4:9). The lamentation for Tyrus continues…

Eze 28:14 Thou art (prince of Tyre) the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore, I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Having the spiritual city of Tyre within us burned with fire is what brings contentment with where the Lord has us in life.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The Lord will use these judgments against our transgressions TO CAUSE us to walk in His statutes which is the same as having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

These judgments we live out from Amos are how we have learned and are continuing to learn righteousness.  As we grow in faith and are judged for our revealed sins, we will come to know and to love our family in Christ.   We have some spiritual formula’s and admonishments on how to escape the lusts of the flesh and snares of the carnal mind.  Central to these admonishments is that we not forget but instead remember and focus on the brotherly covenant with The Christ.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

Biblical Truth

Observing Days, Times and Years

Birthday CalendarsJoh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus Christ was hated by the same Jews (religious institution of that day) that sought to kill Him because HE did not go along with the church’s (the world’s) traditions regarding keeping of days and times.  In the Spirit hatred is murder and the word of God that does not pass away will be lived out by all generations.  This means that the orthodox churches will always seek to kill “Christ” and persecute His Elect for the same reasons Jesus was crucified. Jesus did not keep their holidays and had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.  Such is also the call for God’s Elect.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are called out of this world and are not to engage and participate in the traditions and customs of unbelievers.  We are to indeed come out and be separate and it is seeming little matters like keeping of days that truly separate the people of God from those still in the world.

Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

There is a reason Paul said this and rightly rebuked the Galatians for observing times like the world does.  He was rebuking their unbelief as we shall see.  Being separate includes not participating in the traditions and customs embraced by the world.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

Keeping of days and years is a gigantic custom and tradition of the world.  I hope you will begin to see it.  I will be as blunt as I can.  Anyone keeping days, months, times and years is either:

1) not in the true faith or else

2) they are WEAK in the faith, a babe and need time to grow and mature.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are not to keep days, months, times and years. We are given many examples and warnings to not get entangled with worldly traditions and practices.  These must go if we are to move on to maturity and actually attain to that blessed and holy first resurrection.  We have to move on past the milk and becoming dead to this world is a necessary part of moving on.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

This post is not to condemn anyone as we all are doing exactly what the Lord has us doing.   It is a narrow road with error on both sides and part of growing in Christ is learning how narrow this road is by navigating all the issues and circumstances that days, times, months, years and seasons present to anyone living in 2014.  I myself kept days and times like everyone else for my entire life so I am in no position to condemn anyone for what the Lord has them doing.  Yet once enlightened we must speak sound doctrine when given those opportunities and encourage those weak in the faith to move on to maturity.  Only a few shall attain to the first resurrection and it is my desire to be among the called, chosen and faithful.  So it is in that vein, seeking to know more of Christ and preparing myself to speak the truth on this difficult topic that I write this post.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Those weak in the faith will struggle in understanding God’s requirements of not keeping days and those outside the faith will not understand this doctrine whatsoever. The reason being is that to the natural “carnal” man the true things of God are indeed foolishness.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you don’t keep days and times, you will indeed be considered a fool.   Paul called our lives as being a spectacle (i.e. theater) to the world.  Yet we will know what God is doing and will count that a blessing.

1Co 4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

1Co 4:10  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

There are no examples for God’s people to be keeping days, times and years like the rest of the world or even to keep the religious holidays of modern Orthodox Christianity.  There simply is no such Scripture.   In fact we have the opposite instructions being given, to come out of the world and not be conformed to its traditions and customs.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Everything to do with keeping of days and times IS OF THE WORLD!   Yet these facts don’t seem to be important to the Babylon churches that teach contrary to sound doctrine.

Without Faith and Knowledge of God’s Sovereignty

Without faith, the kind that is a gift from God, no man can please God.  Such a carnal mind will be at enmity with God.

 Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

None of this is of our own doing.  We either have been given the gift and the ability to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God or we have not.  You either have the understanding given to or you do not.

 Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

So please,  criticizing and condemning those that keep days is also not the call of a disciple.  Without the God given gift of faith, it is impossible to know the truth of God’s word about days and times.  When we cannot believe of God’s absolute sovereignty we will detest the idea or anyone not participating in keeping of the worldly traditions of days and times.   To the carnal mind this Godly position will appear as some form of extreme elitism and very cultish.  The strong delusion of free will is the support beam of carnal logic that makes is perfectly sensible to celebrate days and years.  It will even seem to be the most compassionate thing to do, it will seem like love to be going along and keeping these days.  But the sum of God’s word, which is the truth says otherwise.  A recent post went into lengthy detail on taking heed of false doctrine and how serious God is about having it all purged from His temple.  The doctrine that says we are to keep these days and times and that this is how we love our neighbor is an insidious lie. Such celebrations implicitly give honor and recognition to men and exalt flesh.  For the few dragged thru the veil of flesh by God,  they will know that God really is the Potter and we truly are clay in His hands and thus keeping of days and times no longer has any place in our lives.

 Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

The celebration of any day over another day is a denial of how firmly in charge the Lord is in both heaven and the earth.  To God will go all the glory, He will not share it with anyone.

 Isa 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

He and he alone has already declared the end from the beginning and every day of our lives and the lives of all men have already been determined.  The days of our lives have already been numbered and established by God, so celebrating days and times is done in ignorance and unbelief on who the Lord is and what He is accomplishing in this age thru His Elect.

 Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

 Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation

 Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 Worry Not About Tomorrow

We are to not worry about tomorrow and focus on the now, the “is” part of Christ who is, was and will be.  Keeping days and times, and putting our energy and focus on them is disobeying Christ’s commands.  Think of all the plans that go into keeping of days!

 Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 Pro 27:1  Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

 Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

And here is the rub for God’s Elect who will come to know these truths and grasp the fullness that Jesus is Lord of the inner heavens and the earth.  If we continue to keep days and times we are doing evil and are in fact sinning.

 Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

When one thinks of all the “days, times, months, seasons and years”, which we will cover below, it is amazing how consuming the participation in these affairs can be and yet they are all dung.  We have to give them up to win Christ.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ  

The spiritual man who understands this macro truth of Gods sovereignty will therefore cease celebrating them, honoring men and exalting flesh because we know it is all the Lord’s doing both the present, the past and the future.  When we go along with keeping days and times, we are showing weakness in faith and for most of us that will be sin.  Our participation in these events will only serve to sow unbelief in the hearts and minds of those we love.  It actually causes spiritual harm to our loved ones.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  

When we go along with the world, we are leading people astray from the truth of God’s word.  We are teaching them by example that it is okay to serve our God in the same way the world serves its god and idols.  No sir, that is not the way of godliness no matter if the carnal mind falsely calls it love.

Mal 1:7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.  

Partaking of all these days and times and saying we are doing it unto the Lord is trying to eat at the Lord’s table while also fellowshipping with devils.  We cannot do this.

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.  

We create a stumbling block for others when we go along to get along and keep days and times.  When our families and friends finally hear the truth, our example of disobedience and rebellion to God’s commandments will not help them mature in the faith.  We may very we’ll extend their stay in the lake of fire as the lies our disobedience will take longer to purge from their heavens.   It is natural for our flesh to want to fit in and get along with our families and the world around us.   Who wants to stand out and be a spectacle and have the masses look down upon us?  We would never do this on our own strength or initiative, it is only thru Christ IN US that we are dragged out of Babylon and like Jesus begin to be hated and rejected of all men.

1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  

We need to walk right before God and not give the world reason to accuse us.  Blessed are we when we are persecuted for doing good and that includes not keeping days and times anymore.  It can seem so unloving to the carnal mind. Yet once one knows the truth then it becomes clear why we do not keep days.

Keeping Days Epitomizes The World

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Partaking of worldly days and times keeps us centered directly onto worldly dissipation’s and events.  It leads us away from the cross and knowledge of the real Jesus Christ.  We can’t serve two masters and if we serve this world and keep its days and times, we cannot serve Jesus Christ.

Babylon holy days: Christmas and Easter are both abominations introduced by an apostate church based on pagan traditions. Disciples of Jesus will be given repentance from their past participation of religious days, especially and including days like Christmas and Easter which are really pagan holidays with a flesh Christ wrapper. This is doing what king Saul did when he disobeyed The Lord and brought back the goods from the Amalekites rather than utterly destroy them all and then justified it by saying he was honoring God. We do the same when we take these pagan customs and add Jesus name to them and therefore rationalize our rebellion. Christ said it is better to obey than to sacrifice. Here is a great teaching article by Steve Crook regarding Babylonian religious days.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/holiday-traditions/  

Jewish Holy Days: These OT stories are all shadows of much greater spiritual truths that would come to Gods elect. Christ does not wants us keeping outward rituals in the flesh, these feasts all speak to Christ’s works us. Disciples of Jesus Christ certainly will not be celebrating or mimicking Jewish behavior and traditions regarding their false understanding of the purpose and meaning of the 7 feast days and the weekly Sabbaths. Those Old Testament Holy days and outwardly fleshly rituals were just a type and shadow to what would come with Christ, who has come. Types and shadows are not the real thing and anyone trying to keep Jewish Holy days outwardly does not yet know Jesus Christ and is yet carnal.

Our secular world has waxed worse and worse, the days are getting more evil as time ticks by. We have now made so many days, times, years and seasons, to market and promote the FLESH, the lusts of the flesh and exalt man and keep the hearts and minds of Christians focused solidly on the world. Besides the “religious days” just think of all the days and times that define the modern world.

Patriotic Days: There are many of these days in each country. In the USA we have off top of my head, July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Purple Heart Month. This one will make people hate you INSTANTLY, yet an ambassador of a country does not get entangled with the affairs of the country he or she was sent to be an ambassador to. If one is a disciple of Jesus Christ our citizenship is in heaven and we are not of the world. Let’s act like it and not do what the heathen do. Giving special honor and praises to those that kill our enemies and resist evil, the very things Christ said NOT TO DO is not honoring God.

Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Special Days: Men and clever marketers have invented numerous days to honor and bring recognition to certain people, groups of people, roles and sexes. Since we all know someone in these categories of people, it gives rise for us to buy things or participate in events that focus on exalting flesh and sharing God’s glory with man. There are literally HUNDREDS of these special days and the list gets bigger every year. Here is just a sampling….

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s day, teacher week, Arbor day, Flag day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Earth Day, Ground Hog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Civil Rights Day, Emancipation Day, National Day of Prayer, D-Day, Pearl Harbor Day, National Aviation Day, Grandparents Day, Boss’s Day, Native American Day, School nurse day, disabled persons month, breast cancer month., THE LIST IS ENDLESS and MINDLESS

Birthdays: This is a big one and one of the harder ones to give up as it is so ingrained into society. Yet the scriptures are clear and the only examples of birthdays we have resulted in death. Birthdays exalt flesh and honor men and we are to give God all the glory and all the praise. The more people you know, the more birthdays there are to keep, presents to buy, cards to send, parties to go to, cake to eat. Social media has only turbocharged the allure of birthdays in taking our minds off of Christ and putting it on the world. Here is great teaching by Victor on the spiritual significance of Birthdays and their pagan origins.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-04/the-spiritual-significance-of-birthdays/

Anniversaries: People now celebrate and mark all kinds of anniversaries. Wedding days, end of war, days of death, graduation, job commencement, days of deliverance from alcohol, cigarettes, just Google it and you might be surprised. Again God’s people are not to partake of these things.

DID CHRIST KEEP DAYS?

Christ like us (His Christ) all did keep days up until the time His ministry began ,then He did not keep them any longer. Christ and His Body (The Elect) are reformers, and when all things are made new, it means all things are changed and that includes keeping of days, times and years.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jesus Christ did not keep days, times, months, years, etc, and neither should we. Don’t fall for the lie of those that claim He did. He did not. In fact, the established church at the time hated Christ for two reasons: 1) He did not keep their days or feasts and 2) He had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Not keeping the days, times and years is the quickest way to get those in the established church to hate you. They will call you all manner of evil for simply obeying God’s commandments. That is exactly what our Lord did and we as His Elect will do the same. Once His ministry began, Christ did not keep the Sabbath and broke it openly many times as the Scriptures declare. Despite what the Hebrew Roots proponents will want to argue, Christ did not keep the feasts either as John 7 makes clear.

Joh 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

Joh 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

Joh 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Going up in the middle of the feast to “teach” was not keeping the feast and under the Law of Moses required death by stoning. The point of all this being that as the BODY OF CHRIST, we will follow the Lord and like Him, will be hated and persecuted for not keeping the days and times of our generation.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The Cares of Life = Dissipation’s of the World

Participating in all of these events is focusing on WORLDLY THINGS. These are earthly dissipation’s and involve the cares of this life. The things we are admonished NOT TO BE INVOLVED WITH. Engaging and tracking all these days and meeting the expectations of lustful and earthy beasts that all men are, will suck up your time, energy and focus and take one away from doing the real work of the Lord.

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

To Babylonian Christians we will indeed be spoke evil of just as Scripture foretells.

1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

Not participating in these days will get people to hate you as fast as anything. One does not even have to say anything. You will be spoken evil of just for refusing to participate. Yet gods elect should expect this, this is part of the cost we should count knowing it will cost us everything.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Getting entangled with the world goes way beyond keeping of days yet it certainly includes being bound by all these worldly traditions. Christ was always about His Father’s business and so shall the Body of Christ do the same.

Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

As HIS ambassador we are not to be entangled with worldly days and times. We will suffer for doing so but that is the mark of a true disciple.

Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

That is what is supposed to happen when we are called out of this world (the church) and come out of her my people. The old man is dead and is going thru the process of being crucified daily, dying to this world. We will no longer run after the things those still in the world so highly esteem in feeding the flesh.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

We will be hated for standing on the truth of God’s Word. So be it. We will have to learn to stand in this fire and not revile back at those that hate us. This is where I am at for the moment.

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

I am learning to say Father forgive them because those reviling truly know not what they are doing and neither did I until the Lord had mercy.

Joh 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

People kid themselves, this stuff, the keeping of days, times, seasons and years consumes TONS of time and focus and all this does is serve the beast and makes us an enemy of the cross, unwilling to lose our life to save it, and keeping one firmly planted in worldly affairs. A disciple is not to mind these earthy things any more, we are to put them away and turn our focus on heavenly things.

Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Commandments and Warnings on Worldly Traditions

We are NOT to be conformed to this world and its ways. Keeping all these days is conforming to the world, which really means to the ways of the Babylon church as the church is the world.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are commanded to clear the land, to utterly destroy it and wipe it clean of all this earthly clutter. This command of God is found clearly in the Old Testament, all ensamples unto us God’s Elect on how to live today. Here I will quicky review a few examples yet know there are so many anyone that can read Scripture can’t miss them.

Deu 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

Deu 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Don’t get hitched to worldly days and the ways those in the world serve their gods and idols.  Engaging in keeping days, months times and years will keep one snared into the thing of the world. Our weak flesh will have no chance to not be snared by the gods and idols of the flesh and those that walk not after the spirit. Doing so will keep us luke warm for the Lord, maybe head knowledge but our growth will be stunted.  King Solomon certainly did not heed the wisdom of Moses and later we saw his many wifes lead him into idolatry.

Deu 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Deu 7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

Burning these worldly idols with fire leaves no room for tolerance and accepting them in our lives. We deceive ourselves when we call that loving our neighbor and we ignore the definition of love given in 1 John 5:3. We have a higher calling as God’s Elect. We will be distinct from the world, otherwise we can be sure we will not be in the first resurrection. I can’t speak for any of you, but that is the upward call for God’s Elect that I pray I will always strive for and endure this struggle all the way to the very end.

Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

The land that is given to God’s people is our hearts and minds, the heavens. These lands must be cleared of all things that defile, that is how we are sanctified. God is quite serious about utterly cleansing the land and keeping nothing alive from the days of the flesh and ruler-ship of the old man in our life. Anything we let linger that served the beast will be a snare for us and will cause us to stumble. We must take seriously the commands to get rid of all those traditions and idols that the world (Babylonian church) relishes. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, traditions, all of them must go.

Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

EVERY DAY becomes a day the Lord has made and let us rejoice and be glad in it, knowing GOD is working every bit of it. That is faith.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

As God’s Elect, we are separate from the Levites (Babylonians spiritually) who serve the tabernacle in the flesh but cannot eat at the table of the Lord. We are given clear commandments, not to allow these Levites (claim the name of Christ but do not know Him) to entice us to make our offerings in just any old way or place.  These things in the OT are examples given to us so we would know how to live for God once Christ has come to us.  These are not history lessons.

Deu 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

Deu 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

So what this mean practically, is we don’t take a worldly tradition and put the name Jesus on it and then say it is alright and represents worship to God. The Lord calls it an abomination as there are clear rules as to how we are to bring a sacrifice (our worship) to the Lord and it is always to be undefiled. Worshiping Christ by keeping days, times and years is refusing to come out and be separate. Don’t fall for the carnal doctrine of love that says it is okay, it is not okay if one strives to be a doer of the word. Lastly here in our Deut 12 examples, we are given strong commands to not serve our God they way Babylon serves their jesus. If we do it is an abomination to the Lord which He hates.

Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

The unbelieving world and carnal church keeps all these days. God’s Elect are commanded NOT TO ALSO DO IT.

Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

AVOIDING PERSECUTION:

So I hope some of you struggling with this doctrine on days, times and years will gain clarity on the truth and understand why the more mature brethren in the faith have overcome the allure of these traditions and have placed obeying God before pleasing of men. The truth is an offense to the flesh and carnal mind. Those yet carnal will be at enmity with the true things of God’s word.

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Making the gospel sweeter by taking away the reproach and the rejection and persecution by our families, friends and the vast majority of the people is a temptation of the flesh and carnal mind. Those disciples Christ is actually using will put God first and speak the truth in boldness and fear not the opinions of men.

1Th 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

We have to come out of Babylon FULLY or else we will be ongoing partakers of her plagues, which is the false doctrines of compromise and tolerance that define Babylonian definitions of love.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The heart of men is deceitful above all things as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. It is much easier to go ahead and keep these days like the world does as it takes a lot of pressure off us and allows us to fit in with the world much easier. It avoids persecution and rejection by the crowds when we go ahead and partake of these days. It makes the cross much lighter and much easier to carry. Yet it is a deception and a snare that will keep us from going on to maturity. It will stunt our growth in Christ. The fact is God’s Elect that will be found worthy to be in the First Resurrection, will be hated and rejected of all men.

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

TOLERATING THE WEAK

I would be remiss if I failed to end this post without admonishment that we are not to take these truths and run out and become evil judges of hearts. It takes time to mature into the faith and move on past the milk and be able to bear the persecution that comes with not keeping days and times. Romans 14 is key Scriptures that tells the mature to tolerate the weak but do not let the weak teach or lead others in the Body to abandon their strong meat of not keeping days in order to fit in with this world. These Scriptures tell the mature how to handle the weak, those that still may be keeping days, times and years in their walk, unable to give them up and suffer the rejection and persecution giving them up brings to God’s Elect.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

So yes we let those that keep days and times do these things in our fellowship knowing they are still babes. We do not allow them to bring the false doctrines they still cling to into the fellowship and teach those things as truth.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

So do we let the weak esteem one day above the other?  Yes.  We endure this with patience and let God do His work in bringing them on to maturity. But these Scriptures do not negate the sum of thy word, much of what I have shared in this long post regarding the keeping of days and what the mature man of God is to do.  We are to receive our weaker brothers and sisters but not to doubtful disputation.  So we will not let them teach and lead others astray in the fellowship.  And we would apply the principles of Matthew 18 in such cases which as a new babe in Christ I saw played out and the word of God demonstrated to me in action.

We have a wonderful promise for those given to obey God and come out of this world.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Sincere comments and questions can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A brother growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord,

Pete

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Take Heed of False Doctrines

Lonely_RoadThe way of the truth is not only narrow but we are also told only a few there be shall find it.  So it might seem a little lonely until we are given to understand who is Jesus Christ and brought together in fellowship with these other like minded believers which are the true Body of Christ.  It is in that fellowship where Christ is in the midst and we are taught of the Lord.  The sum of the word is truth and that truth is comprised of the doctrines of Jesus Christ which is also what saves us.  We are admonished to place great importance on doctrine and warned throughout of false doctrines that really are false gods and another jesus.

1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Carnal minded men that walk after the flesh have corrupted the true doctrines of Jesus Christ and that corruption was completed even before the Bible was finished being written.  What we see today in orthodox Christianity is all lies, there is no truth, every single doctrine has been corrupted with idols. Other recent posts have covered the truth that we only come into understanding the true doctrines of Christ if we are so chosen of God and He sends that rain upon the land within our hearts and minds.

Deu_32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 

Pro_4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. (Christ doctrines not law of Moses)

Being Vigilant

Only the few Elect will learn sound doctrine and this only by the process of being dragged to Christ as babes and weaned off the milk of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified that is all Babylon can receive.  So this post won’t make much sense to those that are yet carnal and stuck on the milk and unable to move beyond.  But I know some of you will understand.

Isa_28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 

Once we are given as God’s Israel the true doctrines by the revelation of Jesus Christ, we must never let our guard down and be vigilant in guarding our spiritual hearts and what we eat.  The story of how God chose the 300 warriors with Gideon tells us how important being vigilant is to the Lord.  Only those who drank water by cupping their hands while not taking their eyes off the perimeter (taking heed) were chosen to fight for the Lord.

Jdg 7:6  And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 

Jdg 7:7  And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. 

There is great significance in this story and many others we will explore in this post.  Tolerating false doctrines in our fellowship and calling that loving our neighbor is one of the most insidious wiles of the devil .  The Lord is very serious about His truths and considers any cankering of His gold and silver to be a serious abomination.  This post will explore that seriousness and help us to see just how narrow the way of life is.  Many are called but very few will find the way thru the narrow gate.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The broad way and wide gate is where we are at when we do not take heed to our doctrine.  We will go along with the traditions of this world and not heed the Lord’s commandments yet we will claim to be loving people.  As a brother likes to say we will be going along to get along and this is deception.  The way of life is truly narrow and we must strive to stay on that path working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 

Purging out ALL of the false doctrines of Babylon is essential if we are to move on to maturity and become sons of God and rule in the millennium. Being in this first resurrection is the prize, the crown of life for which we press onward and upward for as there is no greater honor in the kingdom of God.  God is not looking for the weak of faith who will not obey all of His commandments and separate themselves from false doctrines.  There are so many esnamples of this message given to us in the Old Testament but very few can hear these messages and even fewer are given the faith to obey them. One of the most insidious false doctrines is the one that has tolerance and acceptance of others disobedience as love.  The mantra is let’s just “love” everyone and get along.  While we are to love everyone, we are also as spiritual man to judge all things and we must know the very definition of love.

1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 

This false love mantra has snared many an aspiring man of God who are stuck as carnal babes and can’t move beyond the milk of the word.  We can not approach the world with the idea of going along to get along, that is a wile of the devil.  We must walk the narrow path, which is fraught with error on both sides or else we can easily run astray into a spiritual ditch.

Before we get into several examples of Scripture, we must not forget these admonitions on false doctrines first and foremost apply to us and what goes on inwardly in our wicked and deceitful hearts.  Don’t put all of this out there on the fool down the street.  No this is you and me in our season and yes it also includes outward applications on who we fellowship with and where we break bread and discuss the the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

The Mixed Multitude

In type and shadow we see that when we first leave Egypt, this mixed multitude and all of their flocks go along with us.

Exo_12:38  And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

Symbolically, in type and shadow, the mixed multitude represents the mixture of flesh and spirit and specifically the combination of the true doctrines of God with man’s carnal reasoning’s.   It is simply the fruit of spiritual fornication and ensures the doctrine and the people would not be pure and will remain  unclean.  From the outside the mixed multitude will look like the real deal, looks like Jesus, sounds like Jesus but it is another jesus and is a lie.  At first we won’t know the difference and will only come to know the error of allowing this mixed multitude into our spiritual houses later as we mature and our used of God to build His wall. The mixed multitude within us and without (others outside the true church) will lead us into whoredom with other gods and away from the purity that is Jesus Christ.  They were the ones that lead Israel away from its suffering for the sake of righteousness and grumbled of the requirements of God and ultimately spoiled the entire camp in the wilderness.

Num 11:4  And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

Num 11:6  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

And remember I can’t say this enough, don’t think this is that deceived person over there, this is you and me as we start out on our journey to the truth and understanding the mysteries of the kingdom.   It takes time for us to mature and we all will bring flesh along with the Spirit initially.  Lord willing we will be given to move beyond the error.

If you read this entire story it was about the mixed multitude getting Israel to complain to God they had no meat.  God answers their compliant and idol by giving them tons of quail but they were not yet able to eat that meat and many died.  This weak grumbling spirit of the mixed multitude will not be willing to pay the cost of true discipleship.  This spirit is of the flesh and must be cast out.  We must not allow weaker brothers or sisters in the faith to bring in their doubtful disputation, whining and grumbling and the deadly leaven that spoils the bread of life.

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Those building the wall of the Temple in Nehemiah when they discovered their error, quickly separated from them.

Neh_13:3  Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

This may not seem very loving to those yet carnal babes but God is serious about it.  We are to do the same and that includes not only the doctrines within us but also those we allow into our spiritual houses.  A common leaven brought into the true church relates to wanting to keep months, days, times and seasons as Paul spoke about in Galatians and Romans 14.  Not going to get into that here except to just state, giving those days up is a stumbling block to the spirit of the mixed multitude.  This spirit is willing to give God most of the glory but still clings to parts of the old man in order to avoid the persecution and rejection God’s Elect must incur from those called but not chosen.  Carnal babes that are not given repentance from their heresy on day keeping or any false doctrine need to be put out of our fellowship as we are told.  Here is Paul loving advice on how to deal with those who bring such leaven.

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: (spiritual fornicators)

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

BABYLON’s FALSE LOVE

The true Israel of God will tremble at the word and be very serious about weeding out all false doctrines and false brethren from their midst.  It is a wile of the devil to get us to compromise “did God really say” and rationalize the little bit of leaven to enter into our midst.  The flesh has even come up with the word love to define such compromise and what is wrong with just getting along with people and living in peace?  What is wrong with that is that it is not love by God’s very definition.  It is deception and rebellion against the commandments of God. Don’t let this mix multitude pretender spirit fool you.

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We are told that the truth has no lie in it, and it is the whole truth, the unadulterated truth that will set us free and deliver us from our bondage.  Fitting in with this world and avoiding persecution is fornicating with this world, playing the harlot and we all will do unless and until the Lord burns it out of us.  But deceived men will continue to claim the name of God and bring lies mixed with the truth and call that love.   Any lie we may be living ensures we have not the truth.  There is no lie in the truth.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

We have to separate from these false doctrines and those that bring them in, unless they repent of their sin.    This is a serious commandment.  The carnal mind will oh so easily rationalize away what the Lord is really doing.

Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

In my past immaturity, I was unwise in dealings with those who had some truth but also brought in leaven and cankered God’s true gold.    Those that do this, which will be all of us in our times;  are fornicating with their father the devil’s wife.  We are to have nothing to do with his harlot wife and need to get her and her lies out of our presence. Lest we think this is harsh and unloving let’s see what the Scriptures say.

1Co 5:1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, (mixing truth with lies) and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife (the harlot)

Eating in Scriptures refers to the doctrines we believe and take to heart.  We are not to be eating with any so called man of God who hold to these idols, is drunk on false gospels and fornicating with the harlot.  We are not to let them into our spiritual houses.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

This eating speaks about fellowship and discussing the things of God.  We are to separate from all who bring this fornication and walk as men committing whoredom with the world.  The carnal mind won’t accept this as love but that is what it is as doing it is obedience to the Lord.  We have some more loving words on this topic from the Apostle John that those plagued by Babylonian diseases do not appreciate and want to ignore.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Somebody bringing  the Trinity, Eternal Torment, Free Will, the fall of mankind, holiday keeping, etc is abiding NOT in the doctrine of Christ and we are given very clear instructions on what we are to do. A wise scribe will bring the truth, the treasures of God’s word out of both the old and the new.  Hopefully we know that all the Old Testament was written as ensamples, types and shadows of spiritual lessons God’s Elect would be living by every word.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Let’s look at a few of these Old Testament  stories, there are many to pick from.

Deuteronomy 7

These physical commands given to flesh Israel are types of what we are to exercise in the land and the kingdoms within us.  These commands that speak of the land are speaking of what is in our hearts and minds.  We must not fornicate worldly logic and mix it with the truth of God’s word and His commandments. Doing such is cankering the gold and that is what Babylon has indeed done.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you

Here are the commandments of the Lord about keeping our land clear of false doctrines.

Deu 7:1  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

Deu 7:2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Deu 7:3  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Deu 7:4  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

We cannot let this happen or like King Solomon we will apostasize and stop following the one true God.  We must do what seems harsh to the world and the carnal mind, we must utterly destroy all those idols and false images of God and burn them with His word.

Deu 7:5  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

We are to test all things and to try the spirits. If we really took this to heed and did this with ears to hear we would readily see the leaven in the doctrines being served to us and we would stop eating it.  Here is what we are commanded to do with all of the idols of flesh and carnal mindedness that would have us pervert the truth of God’s word and lead His people astray.

Deu 7:25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

Many are called and only few are chosen to be God’s Elect.  If we are God’s Elect once shown the truth, we will obey this commandment.  Beware the leaven of the Pharisees which simply means the doctrines of the churches of men.

Joshua 7

In the taking of Jericho, which in type is overcoming our old man within, we are given a harsh lesson on the seriousness of keeping God’s doctrine pure.  A man named Achan secretly brought back some gold and silver and other treasures and brought a curse upon Israel.  The man had to be put out from among them and that was the love of God.

Jos 7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:

Jos 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

The silver and the gold are the false doctrines of Babylon that need to be purged not hid in our earth!

Jos 7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.

Jos 7:23And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.

Jos 7:24And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.

Israel takes all this Babylonian stuff, the doctrines, the garment of self-righteousness, all the instruments of work and takes it outside the camp where it will be burned with fire.  God is very serious about His word.

Jos 7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.

Jos 7:26And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.

Leviticus 14

The law gave us in types and shadows the truth on how God’s Elect are to deal with false doctrines.  Those false doctrines are likened to leprosy, a deadly incurable disease.  All traces of leprosy had to be removed diligently and with thorough inspection. Such is the case with the doctrines of Jesus Christ, the way is narrow and just a little bit of leaven spoils the entire lump.  So removing all specks of error and carnality is of the utmost importance.  Here this truth in these commands in Leviticus 14, knowing God’s Elect are the priests and the house is the temple of God that is within us.

Lev 14:34  When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession;

God puts the false doctrines in our houses, He sends them to us in order to try us and see if we will keep His commandments about keeping His doctrines pure.

Lev 14:35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house:

Lev 14:36Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house:

Lev 14:37  And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall;

Lev 14:38  Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days:

Lev 14:39  And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;

I am abbreviating the story here as it is quite long and meticulous telling us just how serious this issue is.  We are to identify and get everything out of our house that is not the true gold of God’s word.

Lev 14:40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city:

Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:

Scraping the walls to get every tiny speck of false doctrine out of our house.  This is how serious God is and it is amazing how blind we can be and rationalize away the seriousness of God’s word and call that love.

Lev 14:42  And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house.

Lev 14:43  And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered;

Lev 14:44  Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean.

Lev 14:45  And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.

Lev 14:46  Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even.

Lev 14:47  And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.

Lev 14:54  This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall,

The Amalekites – 1 Samuel 15

This is a story of King Saul, the rejected anointed first man “carnal” man Adam in all of us.  Saul is told to go and destroy the Amalekites and leave nothing alive and to kill all including animals, woman and children.

1Sa 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

This again tells us how serious God is about cleansing our heavens and clearing the land of all that defiles and He is speaking of our doctrine.  But Saul disobeys and when confronted with this sin, tries to say He did obey the commandment and rationalizes the disobedience as we all do when we hold to false doctrines and keep holidays or believe lies lie the trinity.  We are serving another jesus and have not the living God abiding in us when we do such things.  You and me will all be this rebellious person until and unless the Lord grants to us mercy.

1Sa 15:20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

Look at the justification for the sin.  He blames it on the others, what the crowd is doing, the majority and states they took these things so they could use them in their worship of God.  That is the sacrifice.  This is an abomination to the Lord as we saw in Deut 7.  We cannot take the practices and doctrines of the heathen and attach Jesus to it and they claim it is okay.   That is exactly what man has done with regards to keeping of times, days, and seasons such as Christmas, Easter and Birthdays.

1Sa 15:21But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

And then the prophet of the Lord has to correct the carnal minded rebellious Saul who will not be able to enter into the kingdom of God.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

The penalty is very harsh.  The Lord will have nothing to do with Saul or our rebellion and playing the harlot with this world.  The way is indeed narrow.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

And Samuel, a type of God’s Elect does what we are commanded to do and that is to separate and no longer even eat a meal with a so called brother who brings in false doctrines.

1Sa 15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

Samuel also then does what Saul did not do and put the heathen king to death with a sword.

1Sa 15:33And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

There are several more stories in the Old Testament that tell of this same commandment to guard our hearts and not let this false deception of “love” and “tolerance” enter into the camp of Israel.  We truly must take heed of our doctrine and try the spirits to see if they are of God.  We must never lose track of the definition for the love of God, it is not pleasing men.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

CONCLUSION

Many that come into knowledge of the truth will fall away.  We all will do it as we must live by every word.  But you can be sure if a message is popular with many, than it is likely not a true doctrine of Jesus Christ.  His doctrines don’t please flesh and are a stumbling block.  Don’t let this happen to you.

2Ti_4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears

We must examine ourselves to see if we are in the true faith.  Many have gone astray, gone the way of Baalam who for gain and acceptance disobeyed God and caused Israel to commit whoredeom with the world.  We always remember the talking donkey story but may fail to realize that later on, Baalam did indeed succeed in causing God’s Elect to commitment whoredom and mix carnal logic with God’s truth.  We must get it out of our fellowship and have nothing to do with it.

Num_31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague (spiritual leprosy) among the congregation of the LORD. 

Don’t let this plague come on you, take heed to thy doctrine.  We are multiple warnings against committing this error and allowing it to overtake us in our narrow walk.

Jud 1:11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Rev_2:14  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Not everyone or everything is Holy as the carnal mind and spirit of Korah will want to claim.  Woe unto us when we water down the word of God to be accepted by those around us and remove from ourselves the persecution that inevitably arises when we stand firm.  If we are not worthy to carry the cross of Christ, we simply are not worthy of Him and will not be in the first resurrection.

Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

That is really what is happening when we give in to the schemes of Satan and fall for this deception of false love and make fitting in and being accepted the will of our other jesus.  Anything we do to take away the reproach from others and the enmity the world will have against God’s Elect we are making our own bread and have left the doctrines of Jesus Christ.   This is self righteousness and we had best take heed of this error and trap.

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Wearing a coat of many colors as given to us by God will cause the world to hate us even without a cause.

Joh 15:25  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

God’s Elect will follow their Lord and they too shall be hated without a cause.  Anyone compromising the doctrines of Christ is seeking to avoid carrying the cross.  Unless they are given repentance, we should keep ourselves withdrawn from all such men that call themselves brothers.

1Ti 6:3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

1Ti 6:4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1Ti 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

So be caution and keep your guard up knowing that many deceivers have gone out into this world.  We must know our bibles and stay in fellowship with the Body of Christ if we are going to stay on this narrow path.  Remember, the way is hard, it is narrow, we cannot take out our part of this book and living by every word.  If we find ourselves doing things to please men and fit in with those in the world, keeping holidays as an example, then you can be sure one has strayed off the path.    Here is a very serious warning to all regarding sound doctrine.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Lord willing I will no longer be blaspheming His name and preaching false doctrine like I did in my former ignorance.  The true doctrines are so much more than just the salvation of all men and His Elect, we must be given to go beyond this milk if we have hope of being in the first resurrection.  The fire of God is burning in my belly and the zeal of His house has consumed my old man and has led me to become a speaker of the true gospel that is founded on sound doctrine.

Tit_2:1  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Sincere comments or questions can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A travailing brother waiting for the full redemption of the purchased possession,

Pete

faith

God is Faithful to His Covenants

God’s promises coming to pass, do not depend on the whims of his creation.  God is in control and has designed His plan with all foreknowledge.  We truly limit God and deny His power when we believe that man has the ability to thwart God’s plan and purposes.  This is silly.  God is the potter and all men are mere pieces of clay.  This is the common denominator of all the false teaching out there, it denies the power of God and of the Cross.  The focus of this post will be on the Covenant promises of God after we first review HIS character.

Numbers 23:9  God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Let God be true and every man be a liar!  Our God is faithful.  He is faithful even when His creation is not faithful.  God never changes.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!  His mercy endures forever.  God is good.  His anger is but for a short time.  His love never fails.  Nothing is impossible for God.  Jesus has won the victory over even death.   It is deceived men who continue to deny God’s power in their teachings and limit God and thereby exalt themselves.  All what is in this paragraph is clearly told us in the Scriptures.  But many do not believe.

God is a just God who will punish the wicked and is angry with the wicked every day,  but this does not change who God is as a loving Father.  His punishments are always just and given in love and with mercy.  This is His nature and He changes not.  This is why we are told to love our enemies and do good to those that hate us.  That is because that is what God does to His enemies and expects His children to be just like Him.  There is not a different standard for us and God.  Consider what the Lord Jesus had to say of such things from Luke 6.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

So you see my friends,  God’s punishments in the end are for the good of all.  David came to see and understand this and my hope is you will to when the veil of an eternal hell and a God that stays angry for ever is lifted from your eyes.  Then you will truly believe.

Psalm 19:9-12

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

These judgments are given in love.  To warn us and to turn us away from wickedness.  But the mercy never ends, even after we die.  I believe God can raise people died and buried in the ground from the dead and give them eternal life.  Do you?  That is exactly what our Father did with the Lord Jesus Christ, who has forever won the victory over death for ALL MEN for ALL NATIONS, ALL FAMILIES.  Yet incredibly many that profess to know the Scriptures do not even beleive it.  One day we shall see all of God’s covenantal promises fulfilled.  All tongues will be confessing that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God.  The great Apostle Paul spoke against the scoffers and mockers of God’s power and the full breadth of richness of this marvelous gospel.

1 COR 15:16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

But Christ is risen!  The dead do rise!  Believe this wonder and walk by faith.

I want to end this post with a mini review of the covenant promises of our faithful God.  They all will come to pass and be fulfilled.

Isaiah 46:11 Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Promises to the Fathers of Faith

Genesis 12:3  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed

The father of all faith is Abraham.  What this covenants say is that through faith,  God is going to bless all the families of the earth.  Jesus was this blessing and His sacrifice has indeed fulfilled this promise that God swore, and HE cannot lie.  The lamb that was shed from the foundation of the whole world has come and HE has taken away the sin of the world.  But very few believe that God is faithful to His promises, very few.

John 1:29  Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Gen 18:17And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Gen 22:16By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Thank you Abraham for your obedience.  But really thank you Jesus.  The same promise given to Abraham was repeated and given to his son Isaac.  Those in faith will receive this blessing and ultimately all will come to faith and will confess Jesus as Lord.

GEN 26:4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed

After Jacob wrestled with God in unbelief and his eyes opened,  the same blessing came upon him.  God gave this promise to Jacob in a dream and upon awakening he could now see spiritually (Gen 28:16).  Here was the promise.

Genesis 28:14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The Scriptures foretell of these promises throughout.  I believe them and there is no confusion any more on what the word “ALL” means in these promises.  God is God and His power and wisdom have no boundaries.  I pray all will stand firm on the promises of God and come into the covenant of faith, knowing of this blessed hope for all humanity.  It will change your life when you see it.  If you believe not that God can raise dead people, physically and spiritually and breathe new life into them,  you believe not the gospel and not in Christ and are still in your sins.

Christ has risen and rules and reigns today from the heavens.  Through Adam we all came into sin but through Christ,  all will come into eternal life in the order and sequence that God ordains.

1 COR 15:22-26  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

Death will be destroyed for ALL in the very end.  Believe it.  God spoke it.  We can all look forward to this glorious day when all knees shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  God is good and His mercies endure forever!  Hallelujah.

Carnal man will not believe these promises and the absolute power of God.  Such a man will believe that God’s purposes can be circumvented by God’s creation.  It is really ridiculous when one comes to see the depth of the deception in the church today.  Many of you continue to call God a liar in your unbelief.  It is you who do not believe that need to repent and turn your heart to God and trust what He has promised.  Only in His mercy can you come to Him.

ISA 46:10  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

God’s get His will done.  All that pleases Him is done.  He delights in mercy and loves to turn enemies into friends.    His pleasure, all of it gets done regardless of what the piece of clay thinks.  I am so glad that God has saved us all rather than leaving it to us to do it.

I am going to believe God and His promises knowing that all that was spoken will come to pass.  It will not depend on the will of man in any way shape or form.  In the end, God has the complete and total victory over sin. His grace wins out.  Praises to the King.  I leave you with a excerpt from a Pslam.

Psalm 66:3-5

“How awesome are Your works!  AMEN – tis all the work of the POTTER
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
 ALL  the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name

judgment

The Enduring Mercy of God

Isaiah 49:13  Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.

Rejoice my friends, I bring you good news and tidings. 

The corrupting of God’s enduring nature of love and mercy has greatly corrupted the gospel handed down to the Apostles and described in our Bibles.  This Satanic doctrine of eternal torment makes God into a Monster and opposes the true work of God’s workers.  When this lie and idol is removed from our hearts, then we can see clearly the deeper truth that was always right there in the Scriptures.  God just would not allow us to see it until we come to know His true nature and character.  He really is a good God that has been made into the image of the beast by the minds of carnal man.

Psalm 107:1  O give thanks unto the LORD, for HE IS GOOD: for his mercy endureth for ever

Mercy and agape love go hand and hand.   There are scores of places that tell us God’s mercy endures forever which is directly opposed to the doctrine of an eternal torment.  Few are getting this yet, but here is something to think about.  There is no double standard on how we as God’s people are to forgive and sow mercy versus how God forgives and sows mercy.  We are to be conformed into God’s own likeness and image.  We are to be always forgiving and always merciful, no exceptions.  Did you know that the LORD delights in being merciful?  Who or what is going to stand in the way of an ALMIGHTY GOD.  Consider this Scripture as it brings to fulfillment the oath our God swore to Abraham.

Micah 7:19  He does not retain His anger forever, Because He DELIGHTS in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob And mercy to Abraham, Which You have sworn to our fathers From days of old.

If you believe in an infinite hell,  you might as well cut this verse out of your Bible right now.  The God whose mercy runs out is another god and not the one that gives live to His chosen ones.  Do you believe God stays angry forever?  The Bible says otherwise if you have eyes to see.  There will be joy in the morning my friends.  BELIEVE IT!

Psalm 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

Yet those that have this idol of hell in their heart have a major contradiction that cannot be explained away.  The true purposes of God’s judgments and the nature of the true God have been hidden from them and revealed unto babes.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

With the blinders off, let’s take another look at some powerful Scriptures that tell of God’s plan.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The straight gate is narrow indeed, only a few will enter into the kingdom in this body of flesh.  The vast majority, the “many” will enter by way of the broad way that leads to and results in destruction.  God does indeed choose to whom He reveals His mysteries.  This confounds the wisdom of wise men.  Yet verses such as this which carnal eyes believe state that the vast majority of people go to an eternal hell, state no such thing at all.  When the nature and character of God is impugned with huge error, we have another jesus and another gospel.  The righteous judgments of a loving God are totally misunderstood by those who read Mat 7:14 to speak of an eternal hell.  The entire motive and purpose of God’s judgment and sending the many to destruction in the lake of fire is love.  Jesus has paid the penalty for all sin for the whole world. Yet God in His infinite wisdom and love will yet purify His people so He can be reconciled back to all. What kind of a loving father would torment his own children forever and ever?  Not the God of the Bible.  Not the God I serve.

The proper rendering of these verses, is that few will enter into the eternal life with Christ fully formed in their spiritual temples.  Few will enter into and possess the land that is a pure heart in Christ.  Most, the very many will be tormented day and night and never find true peace on this side of the grave.  They will endure the fires of a spiritual hell in this body and in the lake of fire in the final judgment.  Their flesh and soul will be destroyed yet their spirit shall be saved and they will forever be with the Lord.  Thank you Jesus, this is really good news.  It is the pursuit of love and peace, the carrot that is the motivation to seek God with your whole heart.  To those God has chosen, they will be pulled and shaped like a piece of clay to accomplish all that God has predestined for them. 

Traditional Christianity has gotten it all wrong with the doctrine of demons regarding eternal torment creeping into the church and completely corrupting the doctrine.  This error uses fear as the motivator for people to turn their hearts to God.  But this is not how it works.  Man does not save Himself by making a decision.  God must grant repentance to our hearts and it is solely by His doing that we are given faith, a new heart and have the laws of God written on our hearts such that we have the desire to obey God.  It is God Himself that pours out His love inside of us, so we can in turn love others.  Men need to quit taking credit for what is solely the work of God.  Wow, what a powerful set of gifts are these.

Hebrews 8:10  FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: 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

Men will indeed toil in vain but the Lord shall build His Church, His way and in His timing.  It is not us,  it is God.

There are many voices out there competing as the truth.  Yet the true WORD is only revealed by God’s choice unto babes.  We have forgotten about the tests or have rationalized them away when judging ourselves or others.  It is all about the fruits that are being produced.  Love and peace are the fruits of righteousness.  If we do not produce this and only this, we can be sure we still have a problem with the Lord.

Matthew 7:18-23

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

This is the only litmus test that I have found which is 100% accurate.  It works on oneself to expose hypocrisy and idols in your heart.    If you are producing bad fruit on a regular basis and not walking in true righteousness, which is peace and love, then there is a problem.  The Apostle told us to judge ourselves on this matter. 

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Those that do the will of the Father here and now, which is to love,  will enter into the kingdom of heaven on this side of the grave.  The kingdom is within us Jesus told us in Luke 17:20-21.  This is eternal life abiding in Christ right now.  Few shall enter in this way.  What follows is a verse that has been called the saddest verse in all Scripture.

 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 This is a sad verse because it tells us most will live a lie in their professed faith in Christ.  They will never know the Lord truly but will walk in the deceptions of their own heart.  They may be hearers of the law but they cannot be doers of the law because they deceived themselves with their religiosity.  They walked in judgment and condemnation of others, puffed up in their knowledge but had not the true love of God abiding in their heart.  But all hope is not lost for any of them as it is already finished.  Jesus has already come and accomplished all.  He came to save the entire world and HE did not fail.

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

1 TIM 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe

Look at this and the special blessing given to believers to be saved.  If we truly believe the report from Isaiah 53 that Jesus paid the price for all to forgive sin and take back death,  then we are especially saved.  That is because we can enter into eternal life right now via the narrow gate and not have to take the wide road that leads to destruction.   Many are called, few are chosen. 

1 COR 15:21-23 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order

Many will come to Jesus on the Day of Judgment speaking as is written in Matthew 7:22.  And then Jesus will tell them the sad news that He never knew them and that they continued to break His laws.  They had not walked in love and mercy; they were law breakers despite the outward forms of godliness.  This is not good; it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God who is a consuming fire.  The Hebrews 10 punishment is particularly spoken to those who have knowledge of the truth yet persist in their rebellion.  They will be beaten with many stripes just as Jesus said. Yet this is not the end of the story as indeed the gospel tells us.

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.  The unbiblical doctrine of eternal torment is killing, stealing and destroying the good news of Jesus Christ.  Many think they serve God by speaking a repent or burn forever message, but that was never the gospel Jesus told us to take into the world.  These deceivers unfortunately are working against the purposes of God as I myself have done.  But thankfully we can go to the throne of mercy and grace.  That is everlasting.

But God in His infinite love had a plan all along to purify all of His creation and reconcile all things back to Himself.  Those that will depart into the lake of fire will be spiritually burned out of all things that offend and are stumbling blocks to entering the kingdom of God.  We know the punishment is meted out in varying degrees and duration but it is not everlasting.  The purpose of God’s final judgment is not to kill their spirits or torment them unjustly but to purify them which is the will of the Father and always has been.  God’s will is going to be done and nothing in creation is going to stand in His way.  God’s mercy and love does endure forever!!!  The Scriptures do not lie when revealed to us by Christ Himself.  How can anyone with sound reasoning believe that sending people to a never ending torment for eons after eons be considered merciful?  They cannot.

The last victory will be death.  1 COR 15 tells us this wonderful news in powerful language.  Those for whom God has given ears will hear and they will come on this side of the grave.  They will not be so deceived.  The idols in their heart that keep them from seeing will be torn down and shattered by the ROCK that is Christ.

Jeremiah 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

The judgments of God begin at the house of God.  All these stumbling blocks that have kept us from seeing the light of the gospel will be gathered and burned by the spiritual fires of God’s judgment.  He does indeed work in mysterious ways but there is one enduring attribute we should compare our image of God to make sure we have the right one.  That is His enduring mercy.  In case we missed it above,  I leave you with Psalm 136.  

PSALM 136

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever!!!

I guess this Pslamist lied as God rejected the Jews forever and burned their temple to the ground and many went to an eternal hell?  Not true.  God’s plan all along was and is to save all.  He will and He has done it already.  Guaranteed.    What many fail to see is God has His hands on all of it.  He is the one directing a man’s steps (Prov 16:9). 

Romans 11:32  For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on ALL.

 Praise God.  Thank you Jesus.

judgment

Hell and the Goodness of God

MARK 9:43-44  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Many are believing a lie that is so big and has been told for so long, that it keeps one from seeing the true gospel in anywhere near the fullness of its richness and the brightness of its glory.  I hope you will begin to see this deception and how it holds men back from living and serving in the example of the Lord.   Sorry for the length but this is not something I  could explain in a short post and even still  I had to leave many confirming witnesses out.

These Scriptures in Mark simply state that if you practice sin, you will not enter into the peace and rest of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Far better to change our mind and deeds (REPENT), symbolized by chopping off a hand or plucking out an eye, and enter into the eternal life that is found only in Christ.  These words are not intended to be taken literally nor is the hell they speak of a literal hell of the carnal mind.  Jesus is the prince of peace and has come to show us the way to the peace that transcends all understanding.  We can enter into this kingdom right now.  It was near at the very door 2,000 years ago.  Far too many have become victims of religion and have not entered in and our keeping others from entering in based on carnal understandings and man’s traditions.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

Until we truly come to know Christ deep in our spirit, such a person will be living in constant inner torment and will never find the true Sabbath rest that only comes from abiding in Christ.  Many fake it and do have varying degrees of peaceful periods,  yet still fall short of finding the true rest in Christ.  In this sense, being a child of hell has nothing to do with a literal never ending punishment by a wrathful God for billions upon billions of years.  What foolishness that we could be so deceived to think that God would ever act in such a way.  Such a belief violates ever attribute of God’s character and His righteous and just judgments.  Such a punishment is not just by any measure of reasoning.  Yet most believe that is what these Scripture teach because that is the lens our 30,000 denominations have filtered the Bible for hundreds of years.  Be they of the Calvinistic persuasion or an Armenian persuasion, many preachers stand before congregations in churches or online mediums and spew forth this centuries old lie.  Now that I see it clearly, it is sickening and I am ashamed of my own prior deceptions and contributing to spiritual darkness.   But God had other plans for me and created circumstances that I could be rescued from this error.  The devil has deceived the whole world.  This view of hell and God’s judgment is an absolute false understanding of the Scriptures, the core of the gospel and the very nature of God.

I can speak to this error and help pull the specks out of eyes on this issue because use I lived in this error for a very long time.  The doctrine of a never ending torment and punishment is a bad news gospel.  This gospel never leads to true peace and only puffs up men and encourages external forms of godliness in many who can help God out in their flesh.  I seek nobody’s approval in sharing this with you.  This truth will be vehemently rejected by the carnal mind and will come against traditional church doctrine and also the doctrine of many who have been called out the harlotry of religion.   But getting free of this error about hell is a key missing link that will lead to a humble heart and a contrite Spirit submitted unto the Lord.  When you realize God’s purpose in judgments and how He brings them about, the boasting and speaking evil of others will stop.

It is so much better to abide in Jesus Christ right now than to live a miserable life in this body of flesh.  Life is not a bitch and then you die — yet that is the lens of belief that many have come to follow in this life.  Sadly many that profess faith in Jesus and the gospel.  So many think that self abasement and having a miserable life is  what forsaking the world is all about.  That is not the case but I will have to wait to say more on that topic later.   The god if this world has been allowed by the true God to blind the people of this earth to the true gospel.  The truth is only revealed to us when we can come to Christ and rest in Him, believing not only who HE is but what He promised.  But this is only at the will and the discretion of the potter who is the Lord.  The clay doesn’t get to decide that.

Make no mistake our God is a consuming fire.  It is this very fire that purifies and a part of that is the righteous judgment of God.  I have been judged and continue to be judged and disciplined and shaped by my Father in heaven.  He is doing to the same to all of you reading this whether you realize this yet or not.  God has rescued me from the error of wicked religious men and put a fire in me that is burning away the veil and the sin in my life that keeps us in spiritual darkness (blindness).  I like Paul, only see in part and can only prophecy in part as through a glass dimly– but I see a lot clearer than I saw several months ago.  Logs of pride, self-righteousness and a false image of the love of God will keep anyone in the dark.  I joyfully share this with you and know it will take root for those God has prepared to hear it.

THE GOOD NEWS

The gospel is very good news.  It is not just good news for a few.  It is good news for all of God’s creation.   If you doubt this go back and read again the promises given to Abraham that Peter cited in ACTS 3.  God is much bigger than man.  Christ is much greater than Adam.  His ways are not our ways which really speaks to His enduring mercy and character.  This is real good.

Romans 5:18-19 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL MEN to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Ironic how we can easily accept that through Adam sin entered all men.  Yet God’s purposed remedy in sending His own Son to reconcile all men back to Him cannot be embraced by man who thinks he has to save himself.  What folly.  God is not going to be defeated in bringing about His will.  Thank God we all will have this victory in time through the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.

What greater glory to God is there then to reconcile all things back to Himself?  Do you really think God sending 99% of people to an eternal torment in a literal hell brings glory to God?  This would mean that God did not get His will accomplished, that He was defeated in that quest.  Such a lie gives life to the beast and a false image of god, not the true living God who is all powerful and for whom nothing is impossible.  Where does it say God is limited by physical death?  Hebrews 9:27 does not say any such thing. Indeed we have many examples showing HE is not so limited by death.  Oh the folly of wise men and the deceptions of their foolish hearts.  The following is some of the most profound Scripture you will never read the same way again once you get past this damnable lie.

1 COR 15:21-16  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

It is finished my friends.  Jesus prayed Father forgive them.  Do you really think the Father did not forgive the Jews and sent them to an eternal torment that will never end?  No,  they are forgiven just as you and I are forgiven.  There will be second fruits after the firstfruits.   They missed out on the blessings in their physical life but they are not going to be punished for billions upon billions of years.  That is what the devil wants you to believe.   I don’t dismiss the judgments of God as indeed I have written about them much.  I have learned how they work and operate through my own disobedience and bearing the consequences of sin.

Knowing that hell is not a literal never-ending torment, what kind of life should we live?  A holy and righteous life, one full of love and mercy.  We were put here to serve others.  Jesus came to serve not to be served.  We are to all to be conformed into the likeness and image of Jesus.  That is God’s desire, and He will do it, He will not fail.  Nobody is going to outwit or out will God before it is all over my friends.  The righteous judgment of God,  His very wrath does abide upon the sons of disobedience and will stay there until HE gets the victory over all.  His fires will consume the fuel that is sin and wickedness out of all hearts.  Hearts and minds will be changed by the power of God (grace) in this life and the ages to come.  One day it will be evident for all to see.  This is the blessed hope.

Phil 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that EVERY tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul goes on to tell us how God brings this about.  He is the changer of hearts,  He is the one who draws us and creates circumstances that will change our will.  His hand is not too short to save all.

Phil 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is all by God.  We all should be praising God for the Spirit He gave us and for the promises of the complete and total victory over sin and the rebellion of His children.  Believing in the lie of eternal torment in hell is not good news any way you rationalize it.  It is not good news to the Muslims; it is not good news to the Atheists’ or the Hindus.  But the true gospel is good news for all mankind.  Holding to this lie will keep you in fear and trusting in your own strength and intelligence to find God.

God’s Righteous Judgments

Psalm 19:9-11 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

The judgments of God are not contrary to the true nature and character of a loving God.  His judgments serve a purpose and that is to turn our hearts to Him in repentance.  God has the ability to turn up the heat and bring judgment to us in ways we scarcely understand.  Like an earthly father with high standards of moral behavior, our Father in heaven has laid His standard in His law and commandments.

The fear of the Lord is a very good thing.  We learn it by making mistakes and enduring the law of reaping and sowing.  At 56 years old, I get this and know this is an immutable law of the universe.  All sin and rebellion has consequences.  We are forgiven as Jesus already paid the debt, yet we will endure the consequences of our continued sin.  It is far beyond the purposes to explain here, but consider a simple example.  If we smoke cigarettes, God forgives us, yet we may pay a price with a serious illness or cancer later in life.    I just lost a dear brother and distant relative to throat cancer who was absolutely a man of God who had learned to love God with his whole heart.  Yet he bore the consequence of sin.  But the good news is,  we shall see him again with the Lord!.

There will be a serious judgment when Christ returns.  Many will be cast into the lake of fire and will be beaten with many stripes. There will be suffering and we should absolutely fear falling into the hands of a living God for this judgment.  We must choose to live righteousness daily and come thru the furnace of affliction here in this life or else we will have to do it in the next life after physical death.  I for one am thankful God never leaves us or forsakes us.  He is always there and brings righteous judgment to turn us from our wickedness and purify our hearts.  The more we rebel, the hotter the flames of judgment, a literal hell on earth become.  But as the Psalmist wrote above, once you understand, these judgments are sweeter than honey. 

Getting Clear About Hell

Christ spoke of hell several times.  Yet He also spoke of the love and the forgiveness that only a loving God can pour out of His children.  But to think hell is a place of eternal torment where God is going to punish people for billions upon billions of years is not taught anywhere in Scriptures.  It is not taught and the same deep study of Greek can clearly show some of the flaws in man’s translations.  But I don’t need to see it in a book; this is truth that brings peace to our hearts when we believe this gospel.  Eternal never ending punishment is a false doctrine. One would have to ignore hundreds of Scriptures to the contrary to hold to such a doctrine.   Our spiritual walk with Christ leading in our hearts is how we enter into the kingdom.  This kingdom is within our hearts said Jesus.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus did accurately state that only very few would enter in by the narrow way.  The vast majority would follow the broad way that leads to destruction.  This destruction is the fires of hell and the living of a life of misery, torment without true peace in your heart.  We either have eternal life dwelling in our hearts or we have death and destruction working in us.  But these words of the Lord do not tell all nor limit God and His ability to carry out His will of our sanctification after death.

Indeed that is the very purpose of the lake of fire.  God is a consuming fire and will bring wrath to His adversaries but this is to bring about His true purposes which are to purify all His people and accomplish His will.  The Lord will not fail.

If you study the origins of hell one can quickly see hell is likened to the place we go at death.  This applies both in physical and spiritual death.  Even Christ was said to be in hell in ACTS 2, but thankfully HE did not stay there.  When spiritually dead, you will be in a living hell inside your heart.  This is spiritual death, the dead men’s bones of the Pharisees.  No joy, no peace, no contentment but on only the worries and negativity that comes from walking in the nature and character of Satan.  The fires and the worm that does not die are all symbolic of a life characterized by bondage, stress and the lack of inner peace.  Most are in this hell right now and as they age, the fires will get hotter and the worms more numerous. But this is the purpose of God and His righteous judgments.  Our loving God, who truly wishes nobody to perish but all to come to repentance, is going to turn the heat up to change the hearts and the will of men, to turn them back to HIM.  Some will continue to disobey and be stubborn in their rebellion and these will at the judgment be thrown into the lake of fire. But ultimately, like all fires, the source of fuel will be burned up and then all that is left will be pure.  This is God’s purposes in all His judgments and the motive is always love.

It is Satan who wants you to believe in the lie of a literal and eternal hell.  This will keep people in bondage to fear all their lives and from coming into the fullness of the love and joy of the Lord.  How could one love a God who will torture their family members forever and ever? These translations of Greek words have for centuries twisted the gospel message.  The deceivers and spirits of antichrist were already in this world and in the church well before the Bible was ever completed much less published to the masses.  Here is one thing Christ came to do.  He did not fail in accomplishing this for those that truly believe.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

When you come to realize that God sees everything and that all sin not put under the blood is instantly judged; you will learn the fear of the Lord and have the beginnings of understanding the truth about hell.  Being in hell is horrible.  Far better to dwell in the richness of spiritual life and true peace through Christ.   But please get clear that hell is not a place of eternal torment where literal flesh bodies are burned literally forever and ever.  This is a doctrine of a demon and makes our God into a monster.  This is totally opposite of the true nature and character of God.

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 is just that, a parable.  It has nothing to do with an eternal place of never ending torment and everything to do with showing the great divide that separates people from being in God’s comforting presence.  That great divide is faith in the one God has sent.

Luke 12:5  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

This  is a powerful verse which shows the sovereignty of God over His creation.  He kills and He makes alive.  He afflicts and He heals says the Lord.  We are not to fear men who can only kill the body but fear a Sovereigns God that can kill us spiritually and put the judgment of hell upon us..  But this verse does not negate the enduring attributes of God’s mercy and lovingkindness.  God’s purpose and desire is for all me to be purified and come to repentance.  All of God’s judgments need to be viewed through the lens and filter of the true God of love and grace.

The Lake of Fire

Before the restitution of all things, the final judgment of God is not hell, it is the lake of fire.  This lake is not explained in depth in the Scriptures but whatever it is, we most certainly do not want to end up there.  Hell itself along with death is cast into the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone.

Revelation 20:13-14 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

If we do not enter into eternal life in this age by having our names in the Book of Life (not erased) then are place will be in this final judgment which is the ultimate wrath of God.  All those who do not overcome, the wicked and the unbelieving both are cast into this lake of fire in the end.  They are not cast into hell as the passage makes clear.

But I want you all to see that eternal life is possible right now.  When we truly overcome and are dead to sin and alive to Christ, we inherit all things as sons and daughters of God.  We are no longer slaves to sin but sons of the kingdom.  What an awesome promise.

Revelation 21:7-8 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The second death is the lake of fire.  Those that are truly Born Again in this age that enter into and see the kingdom in this age right now, will be part of the first resurrection and have crossed from death unto life and will not partake in the lake of fire judgment.  The second death will not harm them.

The god of this world who has blinded people to get captured by such heresy and keep many from seeing the true light of the glorious gospel.  God allows this in my understanding because He wants the living hell and lack of peace in your heart to be the catalyst to turn your heart back to Him. Then God can heal you and restore you into intimacy with Him.  Those that are living a miserable, stressed out, joyless, fruitless life are the ones perishing right now in their hearts.  They can’t see the gospel until their hearts are turned back to God.  It matters not how godly they appear of how much Scripture knowledge they have.  If they can’t see the basic gospel and the simplicity that it represents that even a child can see it, they are without understanding.

2 COR 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

It is time we quit warning others about a false eternal hell and begin sharing the good news and setting the example by walking it and doing what Jesus told us to do.  He never said to go warn people and yell that literal fire and brimstone would rain down from heaven.  We are to love all as Christ loved us.  That is what fulfills the whole law and proves said Jesus who are His true disciples.  Each must judge themselves on this matter.  If we are not a doer of the law but instead walk in condemnation, judgment and fear we have deceived ourselves as I will shamefully admit was me.  But yet in all of this, God works it all out for the greater good.

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another

The doctrine of hell as a place of eternal torment actually exalts man and makes God a loser who is not going to have the final victory and accomplish His desires.  Oh the foolishness of men.  God’s hand is not to short to save or else the prophet Isaiah told a lie.  Paul tried to counteract the carnality of the earlier church.  He was frustrated that they were not getting the meatier topics and the spiritual manna from heaven.  They were yet carnal in their understanding of these things.  Some things have not changed in today’s church!

I have waited some time to write this post as I wanted to be certain God wanted me to write it and that I had the understanding to share this profound truth.  Fear of rejection also held me back as I know this will invoke some responses that I have been deceived or somehow led astray.  But I cannot hold it in any longer and stand against the truth revealed unto my heart.  I cannot consciously contribute to people’s continued walk in spiritual darkness and live in peace in my heart.  So we follow no man but only the Spirit of God in the man.  Search the Scriptures with an open heart and I am convinced some of the pillars of error will begin to be dismantled by the Lord.

The will come a day when all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  The Scriptures guarantee this.  But what this judgment is and how it will be carried out has been greatly perverted by men.  Such perversions have hidden the true gospel, the one that is good news and the one where God wins the complete and total victory from the minds of deceived hearts.  Satan has deceived the whole world.  Only a very few will be saved from these deceptions.  In the last days the Lord told us they would be so persuasive that even the very elect (the ones HE chooses out of the many called) would be deceived if God Himself did not prevent it.

God is not sitting in heaven waiting to pounce on you for every sin and send a lightning bolt down to zap you.  As we have seen, God is a righteous judge and we should strive against sin but let’s not forget what Scriptures actually teach.

2 COR 5:18-19  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God came and died for you.  The Father poured out His wrath on His own Son to make final and permanent sacrifice for all sins of the entire world.  Through this act of unmerited love, all men can now be reconciled to God and be given the power to overcome the works of the devil.  I don’t know about you but that is very good news.

I see the concept of Universal Salvation as being very misleading and false.   Salvation at some level is being saved or rescued from the wrath of God.  We can be sure based on God’s mathematics that many will bear the wrath of an Almighty God on the Day of Judgment.   In this sense they are not saved.  But they will one day be purified.  Many are going to be caught in this web of judgment and will be totally surprised when the truth that is found only in Christ is exposed.

1 Thess 5:2-3 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

But in the end,  God’s will is done.  God sent His son into the world not to condemn it but to save it.  In the end the propitiation of our sins will be made by Jesus to the Father and mercy will be given.  All things will be reconciled back to God to His glory.

1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world

I hope your heart will begin to bear the convictions of propagating a false gospel that greatly diminishes the Lord’s character and greatness.  He is a good God that will continue to give good gifts to His people of which He is the creator of all.  Pause and consider the Apostles words…

1 Timothy 2:1-6  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;4 Who will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;6 Who gave himself a ransom FOR ALL, to be testified in due time.

In due time,  all knees shall bow and all tongues shall confess.  We are blessed to have the ability to do this now and our heart’s desire should agree with the Lord’s that all come to this knowledge of the truth sooner verses later.

Spiritual death or hell is the righteous judgment of God but it is not the final judgment.  Our Father in heaven is a God of love and one of great enduring mercy that we are told will endure forever.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever

It is the lovingkindness of God that made us and brings us into His presence and reveals His majesty to us.   Man has been deceived by the serpent and has turned God into a madman that shows no mercy and enjoys punishing His own creation in eternal torment.  Shame on us the Spirit for entertaining such blasphemy.  Our God is good and everything that God does is with goodness in mind.

The Soul That Sins Shall Die

The soul that sins shall die.  A soul that is practicing sin is a soul that is dead to eternal life and alive to sin, the very opposite of walking with Jesus.  When we practice sin, we are cast into a spiritual hell and cannot enter into eternal life.   The peace of God cannot dwell in such a heart.   The wages of sin is this spiritual death and a life of hellish torment and disappointment.    This is the righteous judgment of God.  It is what our loving Father does to bring discipline and chastisement upon us.  He loves us and wants us to be like Him and His purposes are to burn all the impurity out of us so we may enter into His glorious presence.

So if we continue in willful practice of sin, we shall spiritually die, this is the truth.   When we die spiritually we will to hell Jesus and bear a severe punishment.  We should fear this and work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing the Lord is in control and has given us everything we need.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

Far better said Jesus for us to enter into eternal life with one hand, one foot or one eye than to be cast into hell with our body complete.  The truth about the myth of an eternal literal hell does not mean one does not keep the fear of the Lord before their eyes or goes soft on sin.  But the greater error is to be captured by this doctrine of a demon and turn the nature and character of God into a lie.

The kingdom of God was near it was right there 2,000 years ago.  Don’t miss it by trying to work your own way into heaven. Don’t miss it by being puffed up in your flesh and think you are someone when you are not.  Don’t be so prideful to admit you believed in a lie.  There is freedom in the truth.  Not freedom to sin, but freedom to love like God made us to love.  This fulfills the whole law.

We are to love others as Christ has loved us.  We are to serve just like He came to serve.  He gave us the example to follow.  It is a gospel of love.  God is love. And yes the love of God is to obey His commandments which are not burdensome.

Gal 5:13-14 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word (LOVE), even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

The Apostle continued to warn of the very thing that defines the Christianity being played out online by many that have been set on fire for God.  Let’s wake up folks.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

I think a reexamination of one’s ministry that is focused upon an eternal never ending punishment is in order.  This is not pleasing God and was never the model of discipleship in the Scriptures.  It is an invention of a carnal mind that thinks it serves God yet is partially blind to brightness of this glorious gospel.  I judge you not my friends if this you, as I have been there.  But I trust and know that in due time, this too shall be burned with the fire that is the Lord.

God has used the foolish things of this world, people and circumstances included to show me the things I have learned.  Milton Green played a big part.  My wife has played a huge role as have my sons.  Nobody has the whole loaf, each only a part.  My experiences here on this blog and the commentaries and private email have also been used to open eyes and peel off scales in God’s timing.  God used them all and the words spoken to prick my heart.  The true word of God spoken out in faith as commanded by the Lord through one of His servants will not return void.  It is HIS word that is washing me clean and will wash all of us clean.

Faith encompasses believing on what God said He would do it.  Jesus finished it and thru Him the whole world will be saved.  Will you begin to really believe this gospel?

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

The promises made to Abraham will come to fruition.  Through him, all the nations and all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed. May you begin to trust in the enduring mercies of our Lord.  More to come as I know many will have objections,  the same ones I did.  But the Word of God is a fire that consumes its adversaries.  The error in my gospel was burnt out of me by the finger of God.  He used the foolish things of this world to bring it about.  To HIM all the glory.  I am praying for you folks and for all the brethren.

ISAIAH 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

GRACE, salvation

Where is Boasting? It is Excluded

bluesky1 COR 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let ALL that you do be done with love.

There is so much false religion that is not love.  This falling away from the truth is the sign of the end times.  There is so much deception it is unbelievable for those whom God has awakened and given eyes to see it.  We must be circumspect in these darkening  days and guard our hearts because it is easy to be caught in the web of man’s traditions and carnal logic.  Indeed most have been captured and caught by something religious and stay in a spiritual prison.  It is only by the grace of God that we can ever see anything spiritually or even have a heart for the things of God. I am going to share some things that I have been shown, which if you see them clearly will shake to the ground and expose the false religion most of us have pursued.  This may come against some strongly held beliefs you may have and yes some of them can be defended by picking and choosing thru the Scriptures, but they are lies and will keep you in bondage and from producing the fruit of love and righteousness.

First off you need to get past the claim and secret boast that you saved yourself.  Few will expressly say this, but very many implicitly claim it in their message and ministry.  This is wrong and shows they still have not grasped the wholeness of the  true gospel.  They just cannot see it, YET.  It is a fact that only God saves.  It is by His sovereign choice and election.  Oh yea, we got things to do once we are chosen,  but we should never ever puff ourselves up and think we are somebody because we know the Lord or a few Scriptures.

To Him goes ALL the glory!  Men will want to argue this “free will” issue till the cows come home but as it relates to initial salvation, we have no free will and can never reason it is because of our deeds or actions or will that we have come to know the Lord.   God is the mighty Savior, not men.  A dead person without life in the Spirit cannot choose to seek after God.  Good luck trying to explain these Scripture away as many have tried:

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day

John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me 

John 14:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain

Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one;  There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  

 Romans 9:15-16 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

 This could go on and on as this is the truth shown from Genesis to Revelation.  But you get the picture I hope.  We are the clay and HE is the potter.  None of us seek after God or find God on our own initiative.  This is not a defense of Calvinism which I have issues with and am not a follower.  So if you want to accuse me of that be my guest but I hope you will read the rest of this and take it to God first.  Salvation is of the Lord.  This is a core gospel truth that man has cut out to justify building the church by the work of their own hands.

 Jonah 2:9  That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord!

Men need to quit boasting for being smart enough to save themselves.  Men need to quit condemning others that do not yet have eyes to see.   The people of God must quit being led by the spirit that is the accuser of the brethren.  This is all spiritual pride that is hidden deep into the hearts of many.  We must cleanse our hearts of all such filth to walk in newness of life and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is love.

There is a huge log in all of our eyes that must be plucked out before we can see.  When our ministry and walk is all about pointing out specks in others and focused on finding fault, you can be sure, you still have a huge log in your eye.

I say this out of love, having been the worst of such offenders.  But there was no true inner peace.  The peace of God will never live in our heart when we are walking with a spirit of condemnation and judgment. 

Many pretend obedience to the Lord and can spout off Scriptures right and left on holiness and godliness.  Yet they are far from true godliness.  They have a form of godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones.  They know who they are and don’t really need to be told by any of us.  The word of God itself will convict them and their lack of confidence before God should be a big clue.  But this was me as indeed I was living as a hypocrite and claiming to love yet being nothing but an evil judge clanging a gong.   What defiles a man lives and lurks on the inside.  We must come to judge ourselves in this regard.  It is God’s will that each and every one of us be sanctified and cleansed from all of this impurity that defiles and secretly tries to steal God’s glory.

Our walk with Jesus Christ is all about getting the living WORD planted deep inside of hearts and letting it transform us into the image and likeness of the Lord.  This is the mystery of godliness.  It is God’s work to do, He is the one who performs it, we just must submit to Him in faith.  So many have been deceived by the god of this world who has corrupted the simplicity and purity of our devotion to Christ. 

Love God and Love your Neighbor – this fulfills the whole Law

But as we begin to cleanse ourselves of our sins by submission to the Holy Spirit and suffering in the flesh; be watchful for the enemy who will tempt you into taking credit for your goodness, intellect and faith.  It is not you my friend; it is God as only God is good.  This is how the enemy eats up the good seeds and the plant grows and is cursed as a fig tree bearing no fruit.  It is GOD working in you to both will and to do.  Give Him all the glory.

Phil 2:12-13  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It truly sickening to see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:5 about all the deceivers being played out in real-time on the Internet and the various social media.  The false prophets and false teachers are too numerous to even count anymore.  I truly need to clean up my life and mark those that cause such division and shun them.  That is our instruction on how to deal with false teachers.  So many like I did have morphed into evil judges and know not the origins of their faith and salvation.  They are storing up wrath by such actions by not walking in the way of the Spirit.

If you have been blessed by the Lord and shown the truth I speak of above, you will be a lot more humble than you once were.  Spiritual pride is instantly vaporized when exposed to the bright blinding light that is the love of Jesus Christ.  This gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, will expose the hypocrisy and feigned humility of all religious activities that are not grounded in true agape love. This is a God kind of love that loves even when not deserved with no expectation of favor or return.   It seems so many of us have forgotten this:

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Who are we to boast?  The only boasting we can make is that we know the Lord and even that only by His grace.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

The disputing, criticisms, judgment, gossiping, backbiting and accusations will only stop when one comes to see the truth of salvation. Those still in the flesh blinded by the god of this world that do not see this glorious gospel in its fullness cannot help themselves.  So we should judge them not on this as it is by God’s will only that they shall see.  It is by grace we have been saved and the faith we need to access that grace is a gift from God.  We don’t decide to have faith.  A spiritually dead person does not decide to seek after God.  It is all the work of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (the faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast

Even the very faith that starts our walk is a gift from God.  Our boasting as Paul wrote in Romans 3:27 must be excluded and have no part in our ministry.  So many are taking credit for their faith and being evil judges and accusers of the brethren.  They think they serve God but it truly is sad.  I am not mad at them,  I pray God will give them mercy and open their eyes to this deception so they could understand the love of God. 

My purpose here is to make the point that it is the Lord alone who saves not any man.  We have things to do to choose to act upon this faith and we will indeed bear the consequences of our obedience (blessings) or disobedience (curses).  So we must choose wisely and serve the Lord who has chosen to save us through His divine gifts.  Thank you Jesus for giving us a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

ACTS 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed

God decides who is saved now.  But in the end always planned to show mercy to all.  I will no longer be pointing fingers and accusing.  Instead I will be preaching the gospel.  That is  the good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  It is not up to me or you to save anyone.  That is the choice of an almighty God.  Jesus does build His own church.  I know I will be hated and spurned for the gospel that is a promise in the Scriptures.  But we must press on and work in the field God has placed us leaving the vengeance and judgment to Him.  I hope we all come to unity in the faith, the simple child like faith that saves us and not let our pursuit of knowledge or selfish ambition make us evil judges of hearts.  We best heed the Apostle.

James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

My prayer for all that do not know the Lord or are living in sin and helpless to overcome is that the Lord will have the same mercy on them as He did on me.  We will indeed be judged by the same measure we mete out to others.  If you want these blessings of God, then you better be sowing them.  The measure of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is this.  I have made it very large on purpose.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another

How did Jesus love us?  Did He go around condemning sinners? Did Jesus kick people when they were down?   No,  as we saw up above He died for us while we were yet sinners. We should encourage holy living and the putting off the deeds of the flesh but most that do this are doing it with a spirit of condemnation and spiritual pride not in agape love.  Their motive is wrong.  I think the example of the woman caught in adultery is a good one for us to follow.  What Jesus did condemn and rebuke was religious people acting proudly with external forms of godliness that had not the love of God in their heart.

A true Born Again person will have this desire planted deep in their heart by the Spirit of God.  The love of God will compel them to live righteously and godly.  And when we fall down or stray, the Spirit of God is going to be right there to correct us and chastise us and bring discipline and wrath if we continue in our disobedience.   But you see this is the work of God, not the work of men.  Let us live for God and not for ourselves.   Don’t misread this as of course we are to correct brothers and pull specks out of eyes and wash their feet, but we do that gently, with humility, with love as our only motive.  When we act that way, it is God doing the correction working thru the Spirit of God that is inside of a true believer.

 Prostitutes and tax collectors were already entering into the Kingdom of God, 2000 years ago.  The kingdom of God was near, at the very door Jesus said even way back then.  My friends, I hope you enter into that door that is Christ Himself. God forbid you become a Pharisee and not enter in nor allow others to enter in to this spiritual kingdom.  Jesus will return one day soon and all of us will stand and be judged according to our deeds. 

John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

The Scriptures tells that many will be astounded and that faces will melt in fear and horror when some realize their religion was a big fat deception (Isaiah 13, 1 Thess 5).  We must be judging ourselves in this regard and inspecting our fruit of righteousness.  I urge all to be looking at this litmus test and not camp around your intellect or Scripture knowledge or good deeds you have done in the past.  Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Do not grow weary in doing good.  But please quit the boasting and remember where you were  — dead in your sins and trespasses until God showed you mercy and saved you.  Now we are to go and do likewise to others.  Remember who does the saving.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved

 May God Bless You Richly