Friday, April 15, 2005

The Kingdom of God Vs The Kingdoms of this World

Watching and Waiting

As I read so many posts on the blogs, and listen to “Progressive Talk Radio” I fear that very few understand what we are up against, and what is really happening. Part of the problem is that even Christians think that Jesus is someone to be added to our plans. We are going along our merry way and have a spiritual encounter, add Jesus, and continue along our merry way. True Biblical Christianity is about something much bigger. It is not something you add to your life, it is what life is all about. We were not made to have our nice little life, or accumulate as much wealth as we can and ask God to bless it. We are all looking for that place of comfort, peace and rest. It only exists in the presence of God. Mt: 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
We in America act like democracy and capitalism are infallible. These philosophies are only as good as the people that implement them. Our founding fathers realized this; that is why they instituted the systems of checks and balances. They had seen what tyranny and religious oppression had brought upon the people of Europe. The people that fled to America came here to be FREE from those unjust rulers. America had a vision to treat all men justly. All had the God given right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today the Neo-Cons have all but destroyed our two party system. (It was meant to be a several party system) They control the White House, the Senate, The Congress, The Supreme Court,
The Media and most of the major corporations. We had a battle against the forces of darkness right from the start. Not only did we slaughter the original citizens of this land, but the effort to have a ruling class and oppress others had taken root as well. They justified a slave class so some could enjoy a leisurely life. Though our founding fathers for the most part may not have been Christians, they had a heart for their fellow man. Rom: 2:14: “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:”
Many well meaning Christians are praying for America. We would like to see us get back on track, to fix the mess we are in. This is all well and good, but let’s not lose sight of what is really happening. Everything man touches and endeavors to bring about without the guidance of God will become corrupt. God is well aware of what is happening now. I don’t want to sound like a fatalist, but this has been foretold. It is fine to pray for us to keep the status quo, but it is more productive to pray according to His will. Even Jesus didn’t want to bear the cup of mans iniquity, and prayed that the Father would remove it, but prayed “not as I will, but as thou wilt”. God is not up in heaven sitting on the edge of his throne scratching his head wondering what is going to happen next. He is bringing about his will.
One step has led to another to bring history to this point. We have seen forerunners to the Antichrist in history. We have declared our disdain for the atrocities of Hitler, yet the power of deception has blinded the masses again in the person of George W. Bush. Not because either were so intelligent or clever but because there is a far superior intelligence behind them (and I don’t mean Carl Rove). It is a spirit, the Prince of Darkness and the Father of Lies. Eph: 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. Both Hitler and Bush claimed to be the nation's leader and had not been elected by a majority vote, and many citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted. Both used a terrorist attack to motivate the masses behind them; Hitler because of an attack on one of the countries most prestigious buildings, Bush because of the World Trade Center. The next step both used was to invoke fear and manipulate the media to control the masses. Both declared a vision of world domination and started a war without provocation. So pervasive was their deceptive powers that they were even able to distort the teachings of Christianity to a self indulgent body of supposed believers. If Jesus were to walk into most churches today and had short hair and maybe dressed in casual clothes, would you be able to recognize him? If He were to walk in with long hair and tattered clothes he might even get thrown out. Likewise unless the devil walked in wearing a red jump suit, horns and a pitchfork, few if any would be aware of his presence. Why do you suppose that is? How are we suppose to recognize the devil or Christ? We know them by their spirit. Jn: 10:14: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” This is one reason it is so important to walk the walk not just talk the talk, for it is in the walk that we know Him and his voice. Jn: 17:25: “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.” The world doesn’t recognize the Antichrist, because he is just like them. He has the same values; self first. As a seed is planted and grows into a tree, then over time it bears fruit. We have a self indulgent society, which lives buy the god of Mammon. This is not a Democrat or Republican thing, both sides have become corrupt. The problem we have with the Democrats is that it is hard to agree on spiritual principals, since their approach is more like the Sadducees. They like to believe that truth is relative. Therefore it is harder to find common ground. I do believe though that the principals put forth by the Democrats today are more closely aligned with the teachings of Christ As though the “law was written in their heart”. The Republican Party on the other hand seems to have been taken control of by an extreme group of Pharisaical Hippocrates. When you can focus on a FLASH point you can motivate people; even if what you have used is a lie and at another group of peoples expense. This was a tactic used by the Nazis. They villainized the Jews and used Christianity; much the same way the strategists of these evil empire builders have used anger and fear issues like abortion and gay rights. I would like to point out the subtleties here. To believe in choice is not the same as believing in abortion. God gave us a choice in the garden, but they don’t care about that, they think they can legislate righteousness. Choice is fundamental in a walk with God. Then they attack Gay people whom Christ died for. They call them Sodomites, they call homosexual love sodomy. I would like for a moment here to look at what the Bible says about Sodom. In Gen.19 if you read the account, it says ALL the men young and old came wanting to “Know” those men (Angels) that were in Lots house. Now it is not likely that ALL the men of the city where homosexual, and if they were why did Lot offer them his daughters? No, this was an act of violent rape. The Sin of Sodom was something more then homosexuality. As I have taught in another post, The Bible must interpret itself, not some right wing Fundamentalist. In Ezekiel: 16:49 it says “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, (have you had a look at porky gluttonous Jerry Falwell lately?) and abundance of idleness (the idle rich) was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy”. Who are the REAL SODOMITES!!! We are a society that will pay a basket ball player, a movie star or rock star tens of millions of dollars for a performance to entertain us in our “abundance of idleness” because we are trying to escape from our conscience, and will not look after the poor or needy.
The leaders of these deceived Fundamentalists and their false Prophets are no more interested in the souls of the lost, then they are in eating a dead skunk. Gay people are told they must stop being gay; an idea that to a gay person seems impossible. Mt: 23:4: “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” They have put the cart before the horse. They say you must get clean so you can come to God. The correct approach to liberate anyone would be to tell of the beauty and wonders of Jesus. Jn: 12:32: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Any changes that need to be done will be done because of the love in the presence of God. Just as I am I come Lord Jesus. If we needed to get clean first, no one would make it. It is astounding to see the degree of hypocrisy and self loathing on the part of the Right Wing. Former Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina used as one of his chief political operatives
A self loathing homosexual . He helped deliver hard-edged political campaigns to elect conservatives that fiercely opposed gay rights, defeating Democrats by trying to demonize them as liberal. Now this man Arthur J. Finkelstein has married his long time gay partner “to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples.” Talk about hypocrisy!!!
We used to take comfort in the fact that when ever the pendulum swung too far to one extreme there would be a reaction that would bring it back into balance. What we see now is an effort and conspiracy to control so pervasively that the return to balance will not happen. There is plenty of reason to believe that the last two presidential elections were stolen, and they have no intention of being “voted” out of office. I would also urge you to find out who was really behind. 9/11 . Stephen Hanchett has presented an excellent case that George W. Bush is the final Antichrist in both his book and on his web sites. (links to both on the side panel here). It boggles the mind to think they could be behind such a thing as 9/11, but if he is who we think he is, we haven’t seen anything yet. Our whole system has become so corrupt at this point; that I fear that there is no way out. What should we that see these things be doing? Spread awareness of the gospel and that the Kingdom of God is at hand. We must begin to come together with other like minded believers so that we may grow in wisdom and truth; that we may uphold one another. Many will think you are nuts, I already know this, they think it now of me. John: 1:10: “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not”. 2Tm:1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. There is much to learn. There is much to understand. The Time is at hand. The birth pangs have begun. This new age is dawning.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God

Signs of the Heavens

Many ask about those that may never have had the opportunity to hear the gospel. What about them? Can they be saved? What about those that are born into other religions, and are “good people”. You mean they must become Christians to be saved? How dare you say that Jesus is the only way.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I will endeavor to try to clear up some of those questions.
First let me say I did not say Jesus is the only way, Jesus did. John:14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Now He is either crazy, or a liar, or he is just telling us the truth. It would save us all a lot of trouble if we would just believe Him. I know it is not that easy so let us start with the native that lives on the third planet from the sun, on a tiny imaginary island in the middle of the jungle. He has never even seen a missionary trying to steal his gold in exchange for the gospel. How can he have heard of Jesus and know of the crucifixion? The Bible says Acts: 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (the name Jesus) No where in the Bible does it say you must know that name, it says there is no other. Let us remember who the Bible teaches that Jesus is. He is the Almighty all Powerful, Omnipotent God become man. In order for any man any where any time to know God, he must seek. If you do not seek you do not find. So let us say this native man is seeking God, how can he find him and be saved?
Ps: 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” Rom: 1:20: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
What this is saying is that we can learn a great deal about God by His creation, “even his eternal power and Godhead” As we look around we ask where did it all come from? What is the purpose? We can see that this creator or “source” has order. There is order in the universe. The Sun rises and sets, the seasons work on schedule, everything seems to be in balance. The rains water the earth and new replaces the old. So we can know that he is a God of order. We can also know that “It” has intelligence, because I have intelligence. The cause would have to be greater than the effect. My source would have to have at least the intelligence that I have. We can also see that “It” would have a personality, again because I have one. As we look around at civilizations, and we interact with others, we see there is a standard of right and wrong, that is beyond self. Every civilization and society knows there is a standard. All know that lying and stealing and cheating are not good qualities. We may have disagreed on some points like how many wives you can have but all know you can’t just have whomever you want. All know that selfishness is not a good quality. Now is the tricky part. Universally man knows that there is a standard, and if he is honest, he must acknowledge in his heart that he is not living by that standard he himself knows to be right. At that point, he can either harden his heart and justify his actions in his own mind, or he can humble himself and call on this “Being” that made that standard to have mercy on him. That I believe is a salvation experience. Nowhere are we told that we must know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but nevertheless it is because He did, that he can be saved whether he knows it or not. To know the story is an added blessing and is food for spiritual growth. To say that he must know the name of Jesus (and there is no other name) or the plan of salvation to be saved; is like saying that if a man is drowning and is passed out, that you can not rescue him because he doesn’t know who or how he is being rescued. Now we are just talking about basic salvation from damnation. I believe as a man surrenders to God, he puts his spirit in him, and he is born and saved. Remember I have said in other posts, we are not just called to be born.
Now let’s look at other religions of the world and the people that are steeped in their culture. It is very hard for a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu that have been raised in that, and they have families that have been that way, to ever turn against their traditions or against those whom they love. Most people of those faiths are no more involved with the actual religion than most so called Christians are. It is merely a heritage and tradition to them. They just want the same things in life everyone else wants. To be fed, clothed, sheltered, and provide for their families. The key here again is a seeking heart. If you do not seek you do not find. If you seek, God will find you, and the same thing happens as the native in the jungle. God looks upon the heart; His ways are not our ways. God is just. Remember I have said that there are many that know the doctrines but do not know God, (like the Pharisees) and many that do not know the doctrine but do know God. 2Cor:3:6: .. for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Now you may ask what is the use of doctrine? It is meant for spiritual growth and understanding and to communicate His word. Deut:8:3: “that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
Man is finite and God infinite, we can never understand him except he reveals himself to us. All systems of religious works are man’s endeavor to somehow be worthy or deserve Gods favor. True Biblical Christianity teaches us that we can never deserve it. This leads us to the “good person” Mk: 10:18: “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Rom: 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Jn: 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Rom: 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Most of what I have said here is mainly hypothetical. It is meant as an effort to give an answer to those so common questions. In some cases there are those that are not really seeking an answer. Their question is merely a road block. Have you ever asked your self, why are you, you, here and now? Why where you born into what ever family or country you are in?
It was God that chose it and placed you here and now. So there is no one on the face of this earth that has ever lived that God doesn’t know about. Mt: 10:30: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” I have talked about predestination and free will in another post.
Let us continue with the theme of this post. In Psalm 19, and Romans 1 that I quoted above, the Bible is telling us God has made the creation as a picture of understanding spiritual truth. The Sun is a type of Jesus. He is the “light of the world “ it is the lifegiving source to every living thing on this planet. The Sun sets and rises again. We are the children of the day and not of the night. The Day Star. Mal:4:2: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun (spelled S-U-N, this is evidence that it is a type of Jesus) of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;.” I am not saying that the sun is God, or even a manifestation of God, or divine in any way. The sun is merely part of His creation. I have said it is a TYPE of understanding spiritual truth. No man has seen God the Father for he is Spirit, but when we do see God what we see is the Son, because the Son is the expression of the Father. Jesus was that Burning bush. He was the Rock that followed the children of Israel through the wilderness. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1 it says that the "Word" was made flesh. The word that is translated for WORD is from the Greek word LOGOS. It means the intent or expression. Jesus is the eternal preexistent expression of the Father. The Sun is such a strong type and so powerful an image, that it has caused many a civilization to worship it as God. The Sun is finite, the Son Jesus is Infinite. True it is the giver of natural life to everything on this planet. BUT!!! Natural life is temporal. Jesus gives us eternal life. Water is also vital to life, nothing can live without it. Water is a type of the Holy Spirit, as is the Wind, but still ONLY the creation helping to lead us to the truth in the Eternal Spirit of God. I would like to add that the Sun is not only showing a type of the Son, but the Father and Holy Spirit also. We again see the idea of the Triune God. Think of it this way. The power that is the source of its energy is the Father. We don’t see the power; we see the brilliance of its fireball or the manifestation of that power. What we see is the Son. We are enabled to see it and feel its heat by its Rays, which is a TYPE of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes Him known unto us. The moon is a type of Satan. It has no light of it’s own but appears as though it has light. It is the ruler of darkness. Lunar is where we get the word Lunatic. The Stars are a type of the saints and angels. They are lights in a dark place. The stars also are telling us much more. Remember they are a type of the Angels and saints. Lights in a dark place. That means they have a message. In the verse in Romans, it says that even the invisible things of God may be known, In other words more than just the basics. Ps.19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. (it has gone everywhere) 4: Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them (the heavens) hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5: Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man (like Hercules) to run a race. 6: His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. What King David is talking about here is the Gospel that is written in the stars. The Astroligical symbols are very ancient. They are even mentioned in the Book of Job, which is the oldest written book of the Bible. It was written before Genesis. Job:38:31: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion 32: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth (the Twelve signs) in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” There are no civializations that don’t know about them. They were never meant to be a fortune telling divination as we see used today. They are given as messengers of the Gospel and Gen.1: 14: says “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” I won’t go to far into intrepting them in this post, but I will just point out a few things. The Sphinx in Egypt is a Key as to where to begin and end the Astroligical wheel. The head of the Virgin and the body of the Lion. We begin with Virgo the Virgin, and end with Leo the Lion. The very first prophecy in the Bible having to do with the coming of the Massiah is he will be born of the seed of a woman Gen.3:15., and Isaiah 7:14 he tells us that the woman will be a virgin. Hence Virgo the virgin. She has in one hand a “Branch” Jesus was called the Branch of the stem of Jesse. The other hand she has a sheve of wheat. The star of the first magnitude in the sheve means “falling into the ground and dying” Associated with Virgo is the lesser constelation of Comah, which means “Desired of all nations” It is a Virgin women with a child in her lap. Leo the Lion is Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Twelve Tribes, twelve signs. We see Herculies the strong man doing battle with the surpent and his foot on Drago the dragon’s head. Now Astrologers tell us we are leaving the age of Pisces the fish. The Church is symbolized by the fish pictured as bound by Cetus the sea monster. We are leaving the Church age and entering the Age of Aquarius, the water barrer. He is pictured as pouring water out into the mouth of the fish. The water is signifacant of the spirit. The picture (above) is Jesus pouring the living water into the mouth of the Church. (if you click on the picture it will give you a larger picture)
The Trinity is also consistent with his entire creation. There is oneness and threeness in everything. We are a three part being, Body, Soul and Spirit. We are Flesh, Blood and Bone. All that we perceive is perceived in terms of Time, Space and Mass-Energy. In time there is Past, Present, and Future. In space there is Height, Width and Depth. In Mass-Energy there are Positive, negative and Neutral. You can never have one without the other two. God spoke all things into existence. He said “Let there be” and “All things are upheld by the word of His power”. If the Sun in the sky is of such brilliance and glory, and it is only the creation, imagine the brilliance of the Creator, “Who is blessed forever. Amen” and Amen. May God Bless us with the truth of Him.
Hallelujah!. Truly, The Heavens and all of Creation are Telling of the Glory of God.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus.