Who Do I Follow?

“I don’t follow Jesus, I follow Paul”

or

“I follow Paul in order to follow the ascended Christ, as opposed to following Christ according to his earthly ministry”.

Philippians 3:17
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

1 Corinthians 4:16
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Science is Defined as Knowledge

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Paul likely told Timothy to avoid the  Gnostics of that time who professed to possess knowledge which could save men’s souls… knowledge which wasn’t rooted in faith in Paul’s gospel.

Today, we have educational institutions, businesses, and an “advanced” modern mindset which deny biblical revelation with respect to the literal six day creation, the curse of sin, as well as the great flood

The world refuses to believe the Bible can explain the existence of heavenly bodies such as the stars, the sun and the moon, not to mention the fossils we see around us today.

Science (knowledge, which the Bible also refers to as the “wisdom of this world”) rejects the once-off, distinctive events such as creation and the great deluge, thus confirming Man’s wilful ignorance of how the heavens, the earth, animals, plants, (as well as Man) came into existence.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Proverbs 2:6
For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Ignorance of God’s knowledge prevails in the 21st century, so Paul’s warning to Timothy with respect to the opposition of “science” to God’s truth almost 2000 years ago is just as applicable today as it was then.

The modern day “science” of evolution is the most obvious example of mankind’s wilful suppression of the truth.

Romans 1:18-20
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

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:

“Atoms-to-man” evolution is science falsely so called due to its contradiction of biblical revelation about the origins of not only Man but the entire universe, so it goes without saying that the world is saturated with false knowledge which contradicts God’s words in the Bible.

1 Corinthians 1:19
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.












Bible Definitions

Scripture defines itself:

Redemption defined:

Ephesians 1:7
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

The faith of Christ defined:

Philippians 3:9
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The word of truth defined:

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Paul’s thorn in the flesh defined:

2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Where I Stand Concerning Certain Issues Prevalent in the Grace Movement

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

I refuse to debate or continually discuss the following topics which are currently prevalent amongst Right Dividers:

THE FLAT EARTH THEORY:

If anyone is unable to comprehend the literary devices present in the Bible with reference to ancient Man’s understanding, comprehension or views of the heavens and earth (which God took into account when writing the Bible), it’s entirely between them and God.

Conclusion:

It is Judgment Seat of Christ material, and calling me a King James Bible denier because I am fully persuaded in my mind the earth is a sphere, and putting adjectives in front or after my name because of my stand…. you’re welcome.

Ephesians 5:15-16
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

CALVIN’S UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION WITH RESPECT TO COMMON GRACE & SPECIAL SAVING GRACE:

Also erroneously referred to as “Universal Forgiveness” by some, others even call it “Universalism” and label its adherents “New Reconciliationists:

This too is Judgment Seat of Christ material.

Conclusion:

Believing that Man is elected by God in the instance of having all his sins unconditionally forgiven is… unconditional election….

KENOTIC THEOLOGY

This teaching engenders a blasphemous understanding concerning the faith of Christ (which also so happens to conveniently line up with the erroneous and blasphemous denominationalist view of the faith of Christ).

CONCLUSION:

I’m not sure whether this is Judgment Seat of Christ or White Throne Judgment material…

2 Corinthians 11:4
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

THE ACTS 28 SLANT OF DIVIDING THE GENTILES

Read Acts chapter 13.

CONCLUSION:

This is Judgment Seat of Christ material.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

For example: The “plandemic”, “Covid 19 is a hoax”….. “don’t wear a mask!”…. “the Queen/George Bush/Hillary Clinton are reptiles”… “there is no virus”… “they’re currently preparing you to wear a hijab” (men too?)

Who cares? As believers we already know how evil human nature is. We should rather make a plan on how lost men and women can hear the gospel of Christ and be saved… after all, they are also the reason Christ died on the Cross and rose again on the 3rd day… Why do we look at their flesh when we know full well they’re in unbelief?

CONCLUSION:

2 Corinthians 5:16
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Natural man does what he does due to ignorance because of his unbelief. We need to make him see according to Ephesians 3:9 and take note of:

1 Timothy 1:13
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

and

1 Corinthians 2:2
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

“Amnesty International” & Other Stuff

2 Corinthians chapter 5 is God’s amnesty for sinners.

There is currently a God given, worldwide amnesty in place whereby one isn’t being punished for one’s sins by way of natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, drought, plagues or fire and brimstone as some would have one believe.

God currently isn’t pouring out destruction and death for men’s sins as he did with Sodom and Gomorrah, or when he destroyed the antediluvian world with the Great Flood, or even when he judged Israel by putting her prophetic program into abeyance, and as a result, her Temple was destroyed in AD 70.

Satan today has permission to destroy the flesh of believers when they are “naughty”, just as he had permission to bring Paul “down to size”:

2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

In these scenarios, the guilty should be handed over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh:

1 Corinthians 5:5
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

So who is actually puffed up in this scenario – the perpetrator or the congregation?

And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

Reason #1 for not fellowshipping with the perpetrators:

1 Corinthians 5:6-13
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

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:

This is done to prevent the error from becoming prevalent, and the norm.

Reason #2 – to maintain moral and doctrinal purity:

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.

I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

Which doesn’t altogether mean one must not associate with the lost for the simple reason that they (who also do such things) really need to hear the gospel of Christ that they might be saved:

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.

Saved people should know better:

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.

We as the Body of Christ, generally speaking, have the stilted notion of judging mainline denominations, the lost, politicians and government(s) (those without) but our discernment falls flat when it comes to judging one another’s blatant wrongs (those within):

For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

Meantime they (those without) judge us (those within) and all they see (in certain areas), is a mish-mash of heretical teachings and sins of the flesh and don’t really want any part of it:

But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

For doctrinal purity’s sake and not to be perceived as insincere, wicked, sin-laden hypocrites, do not be reprobate unto good works:

Titus 1:16
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

1 Timothy 5:24-25
Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

The Heart

The Body of Christ is God’s epistle in this present evil world, not written with ink, but with the Spirit in fleshly tables of our hearts:

2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

God searches, knows and tries the hearts of men and also purifies their hearts by faith (when they believe 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 for their salvation):

Romans 8:27
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Acts 15:8-9
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Thessalonians 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.

The real Israel of God is non-existent today because of the condition of her heart, her understanding did not come from it:

Acts 28:27
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

2 Corinthians 3:15
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

One can include unbelievers under the following heart condition, which would include Atheists, Religionists and the like – their vanity and unthankfulness has lead to their foolish hearts becoming darkened:

Romans 1:21
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Ephesians 4:18
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Anyone who only pays mere lip service to Pauline doctrine, has not believed it in their hearts: 

Romans 6:17
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

When one is deceived, the root of the problem lies in the heart :

Romans 16:18
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

The Lord at the right time will judge and bring to light the hidden things of darkness and the counsels of the hearts of men, i.e., the secrets of men.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Romans 2:16
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

In Remembrance…

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Bible Believer Terence D. McLean, age 77, formerly of Sugarcreek Township, Ohio, arrived at his eternal heavenly home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Terry now is with his Lord for all eternity, with “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places,” which is “far better.” His life on earth as his Lord’s ambassador-soldier is over; and Terry has passed on to a blessed peace and rest, being absent from his body and present with his Lord.

Years ago, Terry believed and trusted the Gospel of the Grace of God found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. He knew he was a sinner who needed a Saviour; and he placed his faith in the fact that Christ’s death, burial and resurrection paid the full penalty for his entire sin debt: “Christ died for our sins … He was buried … He rose again the third day …”

At the moment Terry trusted this Biblical message of salvation, he became a permanent member of the Body of Christ ~ a new creature ~ at peace with God, having all sins forgiven (Colossians 2:13), with the promise of an eternal heavenly home with “all spiritual blessings …” (Ephesians 1:3).

This promise by God is available to everybody who places their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Out of concern for the health of those who loved Bro. Terry, a memorial will not take place at this time. The best kind of memorial service is for you to press on in service as a memorial to the Lord.

The Significance of Three

All men today are descended from Noah’s three sons, Ham, Shem & Japheth:

Genesis 9:19
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

The three remaining gifts today:

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

God in three persons:

1 John 5:8
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

1 John 5:8
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Jesus spent three days and three nights in the belly of the earth:

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

He rose from the dead on the third day:

Mark 10:34
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

They crucified Him the third hour:

Mark 15:25
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

He rose on the third day according to Paul’s gospel:

1 Corinthians 15:4
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

There are three heavens and God resides in the third one:

2 Corinthians 12:2
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

The Significance of One

Woman was created out of one of Adam’s ribs:

Genesis 2:21-22
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Prior to the tower of babel, there was only one language and one accent on earth:

Genesis 11:1
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

One blood, one earth ~ thus, no aliens or reptilians and no habitation in outer space:

Acts 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;

There is only one God:

Romans 3:30
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

By one man sin/death entered the world:

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

And by the righteousness of one Man the free gift of salvation/life came upon all men:

Romans 5:18
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.

There is one body of believers:

Romans 12:4-5
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Who should glorify God having one mind and one mouth:

Romans 15:6
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joined to the Lord with one spirit:

1 Corinthians 6:17
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

In future, He will gather together both the earthly and the heavenly in one at a future allotted time:

Ephesians 1:10
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The body of Christ, otherwise known as the one new man:

Ephesians 2:15
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

We have access to the Father through one Spirit:

Ephesians 2:18
For through him we both have access by

one Spirit unto the Father.

One hope,

Ephesians 4:4-6
There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism & One God:

and one Spirit, even as ye are called

in one hope of your calling;

One Lord,

one faith,

one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

One God and one mediator:

1 Timothy 2:5-6
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Thus, no Mohammeds, no Buddhas, or Mahdis can be elected as intermediaries between God and Man.

We are Dead… Yet We are Alive…

Romans 14:7-8

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

—o0o—

We were once dead IN our sins, but now are dead TO sin…

Ephesians 2:1
And you hath he quickened, who were dead IN trespasses and sins;

Colossians 2:13
And you, being dead IN your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Romans 6:2
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead TO sin, live any longer therein?

Romans 6:7
For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:11
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are dead to the law…

Romans 7:4
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead TO the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Galatians 2:19
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Our flesh is dead (not saved)…

Romans 8:10
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

We are dead to the world…

Colossians 3:3
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

We are dead with Christ…

Romans 6:8
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Yet we are alive in Him…

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

—o0o—

2 Corinthians 5:4
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Dispensation

It is said that the word refers to “the dispensing of information”, and not to a period of time as such ~

I beg to differ. I see it as being defined as both for the following reasons:

1) God dispensed a different set of doctrine to the Apostle Paul as to what he dispensed individually to the twelve apostles, Noah, Abraham or Moses: correct ~ and,

2) It will only be for a set (ordained) period of time as the dispensation of grace will have to come to a close sooner or later, just as all the other dispensations prior to it.

Thus each dispensation has a time frame because God is foreknowing ~ he knows exactly the duration of this dispensation.

Acts 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;

101 Good Reasons to Rightly Divide the Word of Truth: Good Reason #3: For the Mystery of the Gospel to be Made Known

Ephesians 6:19
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

God’s plan of salvation today differs to that of times past and that of times to come.

Whereas Abraham was saved by faith alone, the plan of salvation he believed differs to ours today. (See Genesis 15:1-14).

Whereas the object of Noah’s faith was to build an ark:

Genesis 6:12-14
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Genesis 6:22
Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

And the point of Jesus’ earthly ministry was to offer and preach the good news to Israel with regard to her promised earthly kingdom, and for them to accept Him as the Messiah, according to that which was prophesied:

Matthew 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Matthew 13:35
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

During Jesus’ time the Jews were still making burnt animal offerings and sacrifices, as can be seen from the sale of the following animals at the Temple:

Thus, during His earthly ministry, the levitical law was still in effect:

John 2:14
And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Matthew 22:36-38
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

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.

This is the first and great commandment.

Whereas Abraham and Noah believed their good news, Israel as a nation unfortunately didn’t:

Mark 15:12-13
And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

And they cried out again, Crucify him.

Which brings us to the present time and the Apostle Paul:

On the contrary, our gospel was hidden before the foundation of the world, that is, it was a secret hid in God until it was revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ close on 2000 years ago.

1 Corinthians 2:7-8
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

God’s imputed righteousness is received by faith alone without the works of the law:

Romans 3:21-22
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Paul refers to it as “my gospel”:

2 Timothy 2:8
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

1 Corinthians 1:22-24
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

101 Good Reasons to Rightly Divide the Word of Truth: Reason #2: For Men to See the Mystery Doctrine Revealed to Paul by the Ascended Christ

To make all men see the fellowship of the mystery, that is, the exclusivity of Pauline doctrine (Romans to Philemon):

Ephesians 3:9
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

The preaching of the ascended Christ according to the doctrine he revealed to Paul (in comparison to preaching Christ according to His earthly ministry in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, or Christ according to Israel’s New Testament, Hebrews to Revelation):

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

The mystery was revealed due to Israel’s fall, if she did not reject her Messiah, we wouldn’t currently be living in the dispensation of grace, and because we are (living in the dispensation of grace), Israel is now blinded in part, that is, during this parenthesis.

Romans 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

God foreknew Israel would reject Him, hence the mystery which was ordained before the world.

It makes one marvel:

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

The mystery of the catching away of the Saints to meet the Lord in the air, that blessed hope, otherwise known as the rapture is part of the mystery revealed to Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

God’s long-term will, is to gather two separate bodies of believers who are in Christ, namely, the body of Christ from heavenly places, as well as New Testament believers from the earthly Millennium Kingdom, together unto Himself in a future dispensation known as “the fulness of times”:

Ephesians 1:9
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:10
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

As noted before, we are living in an interval between Israel’s Old and New Covenants, a parenthesis, in unprecedented times:

Colossians 1:26-28
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, it was unknown to everyone, except God, that He was also to die for the sins of heathen Gentiles, apart from and separate to Israel’s New Testament:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Since God changed the way He dealt with the world in respect to salvation, Satan, the ultimate counterfeiter also changed the way he presented himself to Man in order to simultaneously deceive and be believable:

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

The mystery of godliness: God personally coming down to earth in the form of man to implement and accomplish his plan of salvation for mankind in the following manner:

1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifest in the flesh,

justified in the Spirit,

seen of angels,

preached unto the Gentiles,

believed on in the world,

received up into glory.

^^^The main reason it is God’s will for us to be thankful in all things, as we have what not many others have, and that for eternity…

101 Good Reasons to Rightly Divide the Word of Truth: Reason #1: Imputation

Synonyms for imputation: ascribe, attribute, assign, accredit, chalk up, put down, set down, credit, lay at the door of, connect with, associate with, stick something on.

The first incidence of imputation in the Bible occurred in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and still affects mankind to this day:

Romans 5:12

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” 

Imputation under the levitical law at times basically assigned one to being toast if one was nonchalant or careless about how one went about carrying out sacrifices and offerings:

Leviticus 7:17-18
But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Judgment if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

Leviticus 17:3-4
What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,

And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord ; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

Abraham received God’s imputed righteousness by faith alone before he was circumcised (in uncircumcision):

Genesis 15:5-6
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

And he believed in the Lord ; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Romans 4:9-11
Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

NOW:

Be thankful you were born in the dispensation of grace, a time where God is imputing his righteousness by faith alone in the gospel of Christ alone (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), so salvation is easily attainable and doesn’t require anything to be done in order to maintain it:

Romans 4:22-24
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

There is no yardstick to judge men by and punish them with today, as we are currently living under grace and not the law. The ministry of reconciliation is in effect whereby lost men and women living in this dispensation will be judged later at the White Throne Judgment – Those who don’t believe now will pay for their unbelief later.

Currently, Man’s sins aren’t being imputed to his account:

Romans 5:13
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20
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.

FUTURE/TIMES TO COME:

James 2:22-24
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

How God’s righteousness will be attained (imputed) in future, after the close of this dispensation:

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

TIMES PAST:

Genesis 17:10-11

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

^ Faith made perfect. The beginning of Judaism.

TIMES TO COME:

Faith made perfect during the Tribulation:

Revelation 14:12

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Today, in the here and now, our faith doesn’t need to be made perfect by works as we’re already complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:10

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 

Scripture Which Refutes Climate Change, Over-Population, Veganism & the Earth’s Unsustainability

Scripture that refutes those who believe the world will end in 11 or 12 years time due to climate change. The oceans won’t rise and flood numerous coastal cities as predicted, because the world as it is today is being reserved, being kept in store for God’s future judgment which will be by fire:

2 Peter 3:4-10
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

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.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Man has every right to farm, build bridges, plant, cut down, prune, curb plant growth, cull (animals), fish, construct buildings, hunt (for food), mine and make use of all animals, plants, as well as all minerals and other wealth this planet has on offer. There is enough for all, especially when greed and power aren’t on the agenda. In other words, this planet is sustainable for 7 billion people (and counting).

Man is an omnivore, not a herbivore which is proven by the fact that his gut contains one of the strongest acids – hydrochloric acid, which digests meat. Hydrochloric acid is so strong that the stomach lining needs to be renewed every third day, otherwise it would eat into the flesh of the stomach and kill a person.

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

1 Timothy 4:3-4
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Genesis 9:1
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Genesisi 26:4
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Astronomer’s estimate there are over a 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone.

Jeremiah 30:19
And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

Each person alive today has as a right to be here because God has given each and every one a chance at receiving salvation.

Euthanasia is wrong. There is no such thing as “compassionate” death if a person isn’t saved, regardless of their pain and suffering.

And capital punishment belongs in the Old Testament, not in the Dispensation of Grace, as there is no grace, peace and mercy in an “eye for an eye” (the law).

Study Bible Themes

Too good to pass up:

“There are ideas in the Bible that show up repeatedly. The reason why they show up repeatedly is to test your heart and ears. 

The wrong heart responds to repetition with a groan. Each repetition makes them less interested and they long for something new. Their ears become dull, and they shut their eyes to the repeated topic. 

“Yes, yes, heard it before. I know that already.” Skip. 

God repeats things to turn off the spiritually hard-hearted, deaf, and blind. 

When someone is always in search of the rare and unique this tells you something about their heart and ears. Their study will end up being unprofitable or nonexistent. 

The right heart responds to repetition with more interest. Their ears listen more closely for that idea, and their eyes look to find more repetitions. 

“This has come up before. This must be significant. I wonder how important it is.” Search and study. 

The reason the same topics show up repeatedly in the Bible is because they are important themes. 

You will never find an important teaching in scripture that is only taught by one or two verses. 

Spend most of your time finding and studying the important themes in the Bible and your understanding will benefit greatly.”

Grace over all,

Justin “themes” Johnson 

The Coming Judgments & Their Outcomes

Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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Name: The Judgment Seat of Christ
When: Anytime after the rapture
Where: The third heaven
Other Name: The day of Christ

Reserved solely for Saints for the things they did in his (Christ’s) body during their tenure on this earth.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Outcome: Saints will either receive rewards for good works, or suffer loss for bad works:

1 Corinthians 3:14-15
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Name: The Tribulation
When: After the close of the dispensation of grace
Where: on Earth
Other Names: The day of the Lord, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble

Reserved solely for those who are left behind (not raptured) due to not having believed Paul’s gospel during the dispensation of God’s grace for their salvation, as well as for God to refine for himself a righteous people, a nation called Israel:

Matthew 13:40
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Romans 2:5
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Revelation 11:18
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Pertaining specifically to Israel:

1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Revelation 3:18
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Outcome: The disobedient will be cast into the temporary holding cell of hell to await final judgment at the White Throne Judgment. The obedient on the other hand, will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:10
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:7
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Name: The Sheep-Goats Judgment
When: After the Tribulation
Where: On Earth
Other Name: Judgment of the nations

Reserved solely for nations. All nations which existed during the tribulation will be judged on the basis of their treatment of the little flock of Israel/believers during the Tribulation.

Matthew 25:32-36
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Outcome: Matthew 25:34 and

Matthew 25:41
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Name: The Great White Throne Judgment
When: After the Millennium
Where: Third Heaven
Other Name: The Last Judgment

Reserved solely for the lost from all dispensations from the beginning of time:

Revelation 20:13
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

These men and women’s souls cannot be judged according to God’s imputed righteousness as they do not possess it, so they are judged by what they said and did, both good and bad. Whereas saved souls from the dispensation of grace who have God’s righteousness, have only their bad works burnt up at the JSoC, the lost themselves will burn for eternity in the lake of fire.

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Outcome: The second death:

Revelation 20:14-15.

The Judgment of Angels:

2 Peter 2:4
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Jude 1:6
And the angels 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.

The body of Christ will judge angels:

1 Corinthians 6:3
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

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Romans 2:5-8
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Figurative Language in the Bible II

God is the Author of language, and the words He gave Man led to Man’s ability to communicate, setting him apart from the animals.

Figures of speech add emphasis and feeling to what is said and written, but no man has ever used language as precisely as God has in the Authorised King James Bible.

In His word, God expresses Himself in colourful and powerful language.

An example of a hyperbole or exaggeration in the Bible:

Matthew 5:29 ~ And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Meaning: The followers of Christ during His earthly ministry were commanded not to tolerate sin in their lives and that that they should take whatever aggressive action was required in order to stop sinning.

Personifications:

Attributing human characteristics or attributes to something that isn’t human.

An example of a personification in the Bible:

Proverbs 7:4 ~ Say unto Wisdom, Thou art my sister, and call Understanding thou kinswoman,

Figurative Language in the Bible I

The difference between similes and Metaphors:

Similes use the words “like” or “as” to compare things, e.g.,“Life is like a box of chocolates”, whereas on the other hand, metaphors directly state a comparison: “Love is a battlefield.”

Thus, scripture uses metaphors and similes extensively, as a way of illustrating aspects of its teachings, for example:

Concerning God ~

As a father:

Isaiah 64:8 ~ But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand

As a shepherd:

Psalm 23:1 ~ A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

As a rock:

 Psalm 62:2 ~ He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

Concerning the body of Christ:

Romans 12:4 ~ For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office

The terms, “my body”, “his body” (Christ’s) in the bible has two main but separate meanings: (1) it refers to Jesus’ words concerning the bread at the celebration of Passover “This is my body” in Luke 22:19–20, and (2) it also refers to individuals who are “in Christ” 1 Corinthians 12:12–14

Colossians 1:24 ~ Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:”

Similes:

 1 Thessalonians 5:2 ~ For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night

Meaning: the tribulation will come upon the world unexpectedly, at a time known to no man.

Matthew 13:44 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Meaning: it is valuable, a treasure that is hidden and hard to find.

Matthew 28:3 – His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow

^ A vivid description of Christ.

Matthew 23:27 ~ Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Meaning: they were hypocritical. Clean on the outside, but dirty on the inside.

Matthew 13:52 – Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Meaning: having authority.

English is a fantastic language

Idioms are “a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, you’re pulling my leg”.

Examples of idioms in the Bible:

Revelation 7:1 ~ And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

“Holding” ~ restraining (the winds).

“Four corners of the earth” ~ north, south, east, west = the 4 directions the winds come from.

Matthew 4:8 ~ Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

If the above verse were to be interpreted literally, and the mountain mentioned in Matthew 4:8 with its view of the entire earth is literal, then where is it?

 

Charity

2 Timothy 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

Charity, is the highest form of love, signifying the reciprocal love between God and man that is made manifest in unselfish love of one’s fellow men, namely, fellow Saints as well as the lost.

1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.

Never forced or done out of obligation, with wrong motives or pretense.

1 Timothy 1:5
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers,

in word,

in conversation,

in charity,

in spirit,

in faith,

in purity.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow

1. righteousness,

2. faith,

3. charity,

4. peace,

with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Titus 2:2
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Apart from practising charity, be suitably “attired”:

2 Corinthians 6:6-7
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Romans 13:12
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:14-18
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with

1. truth,

and having on the breastplate of

2. righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of

3. the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of

4. faith,

wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of

5. salvation,

6. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

7. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

(a) and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

{And for leaders, teachers and pastors}

(b) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Father of Mercies, and the God of All Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~ Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

God’s character and principles are not restricted by dispensational boundaries.

Romans 9:16 ~ So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

Romans 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

That day” = Mercy at the Judgment Seat of Christ/Day of Christ:

2 Timothy 1:16-18 ~ The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

2 Thessalonians 1:10 ~ When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2 Timothy 4:8 ~ Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The ability to rightly divide the word of truth correctly – Judgment Seat of Christ material:

Philippians 1:10
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Remaining faithful to Pauline doctrine and Paul’s gospel – Judgment Seat of Christ material:

Philippians 2:16
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

It often gets said that the Thessalonians were troubled about the times they were living in, but the day of Christ isn’t the rapture (the catching away of the Saints to meet the Lord in the air), nor is it the Tribulation as so many erroneously believe, it is actually the Judgment Seat of Christ (the day of Christ):

2 Thessalonians 2:2
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Quit Opposing Yourself ~ Believe

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

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Romans 2:4-9

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?


But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;


Who will render to every man according to his deeds:


To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:


But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,


Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Romans 2:2

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

“Which commit such things” – what things?

(Keeping in mind, if one does not obey the truth of God, then one by default obeys unrighteousness…)

These things:

Romans 1:29-32

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,


Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,


Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:


Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

BUT..

Romans 3:21 ~ But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Romans 4:5-8 ~ But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.


Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,


Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.


Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Galatians 2:16 ~ Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The faith of Christ:

Romans to Philemon, rightly divided

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is the gospel that saves your never-dying soul + nothing.

Believe.

The Byzantine Empire

For our learning ~

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Since Abraham originated from Ur and was a descendant of Shem, that made him a Semite like most Middle Easterners. The term “Semitic” doesn’t only refer to the Jews.

Saul of Tarsus (The Apostle Paul) was a Roman citizen, as Tarsus is/was located in Turkey, which was part of the Roman Empire then. So what does this tell one about the nationality of the Antichrist, since the final beast system emanates out of the fourth empire, namely the Roman Empire?

The Byzantine Empire ruled Jerusalem from Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) after the Roman Empire and it was a Caliphate.

Thus the Antichrist will be a Semite, and not a Roman Catholic Gentile, after all, the book of Revelation is all about the restoration of Israel, as well as her 7 churches, and definitely not about any Gentile churches during the Dispensation of Grace, which by that time will have ended with the rapture.

Daniel 7:19
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

Genesis 49:16-17 ~ Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

If one looks at the 12 tribes listed in the book of Revelation, Dan is nowhere to be found (Revelation 7). It is however listed amongst the original 12 tribes of Israel in the Old Testament.

Samson was from the tribe of Dan, and as we know, he did not keep the vow not to cut his hair, but he was led astray by Delilah, a foreign woman whom he fell in love with and who tricked him into cutting his hair, losing him his strength, which eventually resulted in his death. This typifies the tribe of Dan being led astray by foreign things as it began worshiping idols instead of the God of the Bible.

Daniel 11:

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

The Byzantine Empire:

Never Forget…

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

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.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” ~ The Apostle Paul, Colossians 2.

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Titus 1:1-4:

“Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, …” ~ The Apostle Paul.

If you are saved, I will see you in eternity.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” ~ Colossians 3:15

The Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ not only refutes Arminianism, but also confirms the eternal security of the Believer, as well as the importance to rightly divide the word of truth in accordance to 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 2:7-9 (Authorized King James Bible).

Body of Christ doctrine (“But now”):

Romans 14:10
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Versus Hebrew doctrine (Times to come):

Hebrews 10:26-27
For if we sin wilfully 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.

Revelation 2:5
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

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1 Timothy 1:16
“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” ~ The Apostle Paul.

Today, salvation can only be found in Paul’s 13 epistles.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 + nothing.

Believe.

The Body of Christ

2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

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The Body of Christ is perceived to be foolish, weak and base in the eyes of the world:

1 Corinthians 1:27-29
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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We are seen as spectacles and fools, the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things, defamed:

1 Corinthians 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.

1 Corinthians 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.

1 Corinthians 4:13
Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

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We are crucified with Christ and crucified unto the world:

Galatians 6:14
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

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We have received the spirit which is of God:

1 Corinthians 2:12
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

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Rightfully, we should judge/examine ourselves for the following reasons:

1 Corinthians 11:31-32
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

1 Corinthians 11:27-29
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

We cannot lose our salvation in this instance, but it will affect our flesh/bodies:

1 Corinthians 11:30
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

When the body dies, it sleeps, and in the instance of a saved person, it will be raised again in the following manner, for mortal must put on immortality:

1 Corinthians 15:52-53
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Our spirits are not mortal, they are immortal as Man will live for eternity, either in the lake of fire, separated from God, or in heavenly places, reconciled to God. So only the mortal body is able to put on immorality, therefore it is only the body that sleeps in the dust, not the soul

One also needs to examine whether one is actually saved, for example: if one believes Romans 10:9-10 in addition to Paul’s gospel, one needs to reconsider this, as one is adding an element of Israel’s performance based gospel to Paul’s gospel, which in turn makes it another gospel which doesn’t have the power to save.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

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All praise and glory to our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Thankful for his unspeakable gift.

The Saints’ Future is so Bright, They Have to Wear Shades…

We can’t begin to imagine what God has prepared for us in heavenly places for eternity:

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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It will begin with the Great I Am coming down personally to fetch us and take us home:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

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For unbelievers/evil men who persecuted and troubled us during our tenure on earth, we will in all likelihood get to judge them:

1 Corinthians 6:2
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

“Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon all and to convict all that are ungodly” (Jude 14, 15).

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We will then be higher than the angels in order to also judge them:

1 Corinthians 6:3
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

2 Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him : if we deny him, he also will deny us:

2 Timothy 2:13
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

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We are personally accepted of God, in possession of his righteousness:

Ephesians 1:6
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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sons of God, thus heirs of God the Father, thus co-heirs with the Son of God – Christ:

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

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We will be delivered out of these sin cursed bodies, out of this corrupt, evil world:

Romans 8:21
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

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Looking ahead into eternity:

Ephesians 1:10
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

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See also 1 Corinthians 2:9 in respect to all spiritual blessings in heavenly places:

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

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A purchased possession unto the praise of his glory:

Ephesians 1:14
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The Antichrist ~ “that Wicked” and the Start of the Tribulation

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

Verse 3

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

that day” – Daniel’s 1 week of 7 years, aka the Tribulation, aka the day of the Lord, aka the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

falling away” – apostasy.

man of sin, son of perdition” – the Antichrist

Verse 4

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Verse 5

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Verse 6

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

“WHAT withholdeth” – the mystery of iniquity, which already started working in this world during Paul’s time, i.e., Satan’s ministry as an angel of light.

Mystery of iniquity (subterfuge):

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The devil transformed as an angel of light during this dispensation will be taken out of the way as there will no longer be use for this specific ministry of his when the current dispensation draws to a close, as the time will then have arrived for it to be replaced by the ministry of the Antichrist who will then openly operate like a roaring lion, devouring those who oppose him – 1 Peter 5:8.

Verse 7

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Verse 8

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Verse 9

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Verse 10

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

“… all deceivableness of unrighteousness” ~ sinners clothed in their own righteousness, not having God’s righteousness which is by faith alone in the gospel of Christ alone (Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).

“… because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” ~ speaks of the lost (unbelievers) who will cross over from the dispensation of the grace of God into the Tribulation because they did not receive the love of the truth, which so happens to be the good news – the gospel: how that Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day for their justification (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25).

“in them that perish” ~ they will regrettably experience the second death in the lake of fire, being eternally separated from God. (Revelation 20:14).

Verse 11

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

The strong delusion: they will believe the Antichrist is God and worship him as he will prove same with lying signs and wonders (see verse 9).

Verse 4: Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Revelation 13:13-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Verse 12

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Romans 1:25-26,29-32
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Humanitarianism and communism are good examples of worshipping and serving the creature instead of the Creator. Karl Marx dictated that if there were no class structures in society, and all people were equal (economically and socially), Man will have no need for God as he (Man, the creature), by implementing this plan, “will be able to solve” all the world’s problems, namely that of war, hunger, racism, inequality, poverty and crime.

Verse 26 – 29

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

THE GOSPEL:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Plus nothing.

The Blue Print for Pauline Ministries

*The gospel is free; unlike some who attach a price tag to it – Titus 1:11

*It is essential that we preach it; – 1 Corinthians 9:16

*We have nothing to glory of except the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and his unspeakable gift; – 2 Corinthians 9:15

*Our preaching of the gospel isn’t in vain – 1 Corinthians 3:14; 1 Corinthians 10:33; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 3:7

*We are free in Christ, but are debtors to all men in this respect: Ephesians 3:9 & 1 Timothy 2:4

*It is our calling – Philippians 3:14; Ephesians 1:18

1 Corinthians 9:12,16-27
If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Corinthians 4:12-13
And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

Yet –

Ephesians 1:6
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Atheism is a Temporary Condition

Philippians 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.

Psalm 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Perilous Times

Marxism hits at the core of western civilisation by purposefully disintegrating the family unit, as well as freedom of choice.

And because of this, the next step is full blown revolution and civil war…

As Antonio Gramsci, the 20th century Italian communist and father of modern Cultural Marxism, said:

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”

And this is the reason why Paul spoke about perilous times in the latter days of this dispensation of God’s grace:

2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Read here what is actually happening in America today:

Revolution Phase 1: A campaign of diabolical disorientation

Please note: the writer of the abovementioned article adheres to the erroneous belief that God is currently judging/punishing people today for their sins.

As disconcerting as it may be, keep on preaching the gospel of Christ

May Abound To Every Good Work

2 Corinthians 9:7-9
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Why Christianity & The Bible Will Be Banned

NB: this article does not imply that the Bible supports slavery.

The way the world is turning on its current political correct wheel, the Bible will be and is already being SEEN (perceived) as a dusty book, filled with hate speech which spews inequality, is outdated, archaic and racist. A book that will have no place in the new world because it divides people – it mentions division between people who believe the truth of God’s word and those who believe the lies of the devil, it promotes women submitting to their husbands as opposed to them adhering to feminism, it commands mankind to submit to God and for believers to submit to one another (in truth)… it even speaks of slavery and servants…. neither does it promote homosexuality, nor men who dress, speak and behave like women, it speaks of war, God’s judgment, anger and his wrath. It also contains words and phrases that would send religious men and women into complete self-righteous apoplexy…

A few examples:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither FORNICATORS, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE, nor ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor DRUNKARDS, nor REVILERS, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Exodus 20:17
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his MANSERVANT, nor his MAIDSERVANT, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

The use of the words “servant” and “maid” are already seen as dishonourable in South Africa – the politically correct term is now “domestic help”, or “my domestic”.

Exodus 17:16
For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have WAR with Amalek from generation to generation.

Numbers 1:30
Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to WAR;

Ephesians 5:21
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Colossians 3:18
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Hebrews 3:11
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Today, in a court of law this is seen as defamation of character and racism, not to mention pejoratives by 21st century politically correct Bible believers:

Titus 1:12
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

The sword (word) of God cuts deep, thus the reason it will be banned in a “we love everything but the truth” and “we are all one” type of world which thinks destroying and removing statues will make everything right:

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

If the following scripture offends you, you are politically correct. The children of Israel will however be taking note of it during the Tribulation:

Isaiah 36:12
But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

Hebrews 12:8
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

In a Moment, In the twinkling of an Eye…

Next up:

The “rapture”, the catching away of the Saints in the air, that blessed hope… is imminent.

Titus 2:13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

However, the day of Christ isn’t imminent:

Philippians 1:10
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Philippians 2:16
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Romans 5:2
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

God Settled This Matter 2000 Years Ago

Only Black Lives Matter ✖

Only White Lives Matter ✖

Only Some Lives Matter ✖

No, all lives matter. ✔

1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Ephesians 3:9
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Believe What God Says

It’s surprising how some believe this verse without question:

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard

the word of truth, 👉the gospel of your salvation:👈

in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

The word of truth is the gospel of your salvation ✔

Yet when it comes to this verse, they come unstuck and do not believe what God says:

Philippians 3:9
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through

the faith of Christ,👉the righteousness which is of God BY faith:👈

Which is confirmed in this verse as Paul contrasts it to the law:

Galatians 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The faith of Christ is Pauline Christianity – the good news whereby we are justified and which we possess BY faith alone. ✔

Obtaining righteousness by the law (times past, times to come) is in direct contrast to obtaining righteousness through the faith of Christ alone (but now).

There is simplicity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

The Current State of the World

As saints who rightly divide the word of truth as per the Apostle Paul’s instruction of 2 Timothy 2:15, we should, and must view what’s going on in the world, especially the USA and the UK right now with spiritual eyes and understanding.

Instead of looking at flesh and blood, left or right, conservative or liberal politics, or even in terms of Trump, Biden, Obama, Clinton, Johnson or Putin and mankind’s sin and total abasement, we need to look at it from the following perspective:

Ephesians 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.

I ask myself why the god of this world is ripping through particularly those nations to whom certain men were born, men who rediscovered the lost Pauline truths, who in turn made said biblical-dispensational truths known to the world.

 

The devil is repulsed by the preaching of the gospel, by those who are saved, he hates men and women being saved as well as their ability to rightly divide the word of truth, who in turn understand God’s plan and purpose not only for this age, but for times to come, so wouldn’t he then go to the base of the “problem” and wreck it: take away freedom of speech, freedom to practise one’s religion, freedom of movement and do away with anything/everything remotely considered to be dispensational or biblical, as well as crush the economy of those countries just to make sure they suffer and no longer have the financial means to spread the good news to the world?

Also the double whammy of Brexit and lockdown has rendered the country who gave us the King James Bible, a total economic mess. Britain, I’m afraid, will never be the same again

However, God’s truth will not be stifled by these unfortunate circumstances.

 

 

The English speaking western powers are teetering on the edge of financial ruin, not because they are being judged by God for their sin or “having turned their backs on God”, but because the devil has had enough of the biblical-dispensational truth that emanates from their shores and wants to put a stop to it.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Be as it may, what is happening right now is well planned and orchestrated. We had mass rioting, looting and the burning down of businesses in South Africa in 2019, it is now happening in a first world country, namely the US, and is spreading to the UK and Australia not because people in general care, but rather to cause anarchy, uncertainty and disarray worldwide, and of course, not forgetting, lost men in authority have the power to do the devil’s bidding.

Philippians 3:19
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Communist ideology dictates that “the old”, i.e., buildings, statues, churches, businesses and homes must physically be burnt down to the ground in order to rebuild a new society with a different mindset and different values. It’s psychological warfare, a battle for the minds of men.

My country isn’t one with western values anymore, I have personally experienced it’s slide into Marxism, mayhem and anarchy over the past 26 years. South Africa is the testing ground for what will soon happen worldwide, I however do not justify or condone Apartheid as an alternative to this, rather I see faith in the gospel as the answer.

Ephesians 6:15
And our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Plus nothing.

Selah.

The Beginning of Israel’s Abrahamic Covenant with God

Genesis 17:2-11
And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

This verse:

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Refers to:

Micah 4:2
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Jesus Sent Paul

It is tragic when people reject Paul and call him a false apostle because only Paul’s epistles are written TO the body of Christ today, thus, salvation today can only be found between Romans and Philemon.

Yet most people today put their faith in politicians, and profess to follow Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, or follow him either according to Israel’s Old Covenant (Genesis 17 to John), or Israel’s New Covenant (Hebrews to Revelation), instead of following him according to the revelation of the mystery revealed to Paul. (Romans 16:25; 2 Corinthians 5:16)

Debt

Unbelievers, read: those who do not believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 + nothing for their salvation before they breath their last breath) sadly land up in hell with debt, and an account that hasn’t been reconciled. Unfortunately, they didn’t believe Christ’s payment for their sins, so in turn it wasn’t credited to their account as most inadvertently believe, that having made their own payment through good works for their debt (sins) these (good works) will suffice to get them into heaven.

Romans 4:4
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

The only debt believers should have is to preach the gospel (they owe this to all men and nothing else but to also love them):

Romans 1:14-15
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Romans 13:8
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Right division equates to dividing truth (Peter’s gospel and kingdom doctrine) from truth (Paul’s doctrine and grace gospel). It means dividing prophecy (The Old and New Covenants) from mystery (Paul’s thirteen epistles, rightly divided). It entails dividing Paul (the apostle to the Gentiles) from the twelve apostles (apostles to the twelve tribes of Israel).

The result of failing to rightly divide the word of truth is the striving of words to no profit and the subversion of the hearers:

2 Timothy 2:14
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

It also results in profane and vain babblings which increases to more ungodliness:

2 Timothy 2:16-17
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

Because of Hymenaeus and Philetus’ failure to rightly divide the word of truth, they erred in the doctrine concerning the resurrection, resulting in the faith of some being overthrown:

2 Timothy 2:18
Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

The reason why one needs to rightly divide the word of truth is summed up by the following verses:

Galatians 2:7-9
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: )

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Israel’s Old & New Covenants weren’t made with you as an individual or a nation today.

Midway through Genesis (around chapter 17) to John = The Old Covenant.

Hebrews to Revelation = The New Testament.

A No Brainer Concerning Universalism & Calvinism

Christ paid for all of mankind’s sins which doesn’t mean everyone is forgiven as Universalists would have one believe, or as Calvinists would have one believe that only certain people are chosen by God to be saved.

The fact remains: the majority of people reject his payment for their sins outright, which is evident more so than ever in today’s high-tech, scientific world.

Someone….. anyone…. can pay for one’s vacation, food, house or even one’s debt, but if one has an utter dislike or hatred for that person, one will tell them to take a long walk off a short bridge and not accept either their offer, or payment.

In life I’ve learnt that doing things for certain people, and in having done so, extended a hand of friendship to them didn’t necessarily mean they accepted those things or even my friendship.

Most people are superstitious: if one gives them something, they want to know what one wants in return.

With that thought in mind, it goes without saying that the vast majority of people erroneously think that if they go anywhere near a church or “sign up” to Christianity in any way, they will have to give up their lifestyles, as well as their personal freedom to live as they please, being under the erroneous impression that God wants not only their lives, but also their way of life (read: all the good things) in exchange for a so-called ticket to heaven, which entails a life of drudgery and dreariness, guilt and regret for their sins, hence the reason they reject Christ’s payment.

“He paid for your sin, so now you have to work to pay the debt back (to him)”, thus denying God’s free gift of salvation.

Universalists overemphasise God’s grace to such an extent, they conclude there is no hell, so it’s either heaven or annihilation, and Calvinists think God sent Christ to die for only a select, chosen few who WILL have no choice other than to believe the gospel (whatever they believe the gospel to be), and it is only these chosen few who do good works, which in turn reflects their chosen status.

Both theories are warped and both deny Man’s free will to choose.

“Anyone can do anything for you, but you have a choice to either accept it or reject it”.

Salvation, is the forgiveness of one’s sins, whereby one’s own righteousness is replaced by Christ’s imputed righteousness upon having believed 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 plus nothing, whereupon one is justified in the eyes of God, as no person can stand before God still clothed in his/her sin/own righteousness (in a state of “unjustification”).

One needs to be clothed with Christ.

Believers are justified from their sins through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 + nothing

God vs The Majority

Voting is not a good way to make right choices. The line goes that if enough people agree then somehow the choice is justified. But haven’t we all heard the rumor that the majority is not always right?

Instead of making choices by majority vote, it would be better to make intelligent choices by the Word of truth, Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. After all, the majority has a bad history for being wrong.

God gave man a choice in the garden when Adam chose to rebel and suffered death. Later all but eight chose to ignore the warnings of Noah and died in a worldwide flood. The whole earth with one voice disobeyed God at the tower of Babel, and later God separated only one man and his family from the idolatrous world.

The majority of God’s nation Israel would eventually provoke God’s anger in rebellion. Only a faithful remnant can be counted in most of Israel’s history.

When the Messiah came to earth it was the “little” flock that received the kingdom and the “few” that followed the Lord.

Jesus said, “…broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: ” – Mat 7:13

The fickle crowds who once praised Jesus cast a vote of no confidence in him as they yelled for crucifixion. Yet God forgave them.

But then the leaders of the nation stoned Stephen and rejected the Holy Ghost.

Even so, God revealed to Paul the great mystery which turned the rejection at the crucifixion into the crowing achievement of God. Christ’s death paid the sins of humanity. Yet even this glorious message was refused by the majority as Paul recounts:

“…that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me;…” – 2 Tim 1:15

At no time in history have Bible believing soul-saved Christians been a majority. Though many carry the banner of Christ, the majority deny him by their actions and beliefs.

The old saying goes that God and you make a majority. This reminds me of Romans 3:4:

“…let God be true, but every man a liar;… ” – Romans 3:4

Sound doctrine is not subject to majority vote. We prayerfully glean it from God’s word rightly divided through diligent study and application. The kingdom of God is not a democracy and the Body of Christ cannot impeach its head.

The surest way to change the direction of our country is not by the ballot but with the Bible. When more people serve the Lord Jesus Christ in truth then we will see real change in the very souls of men.

One day the Lord will return and we will truly have world peace, global prosperity, and an end to social injustice. But he will come first to judge a world filled with sin. As long as sin reigns in the heart of our candidates we will be faced with voting the lesser of evils.  The outcome will always be a reflection of the spiritual condition of our country.

We are appointed as ambassadors to represent God and his message of reconciliation to a majority that long ago voted him out of this world.

God vs. the Majority

Eating Dispensationally

A LESSON IN GOD’S MEAL PLAN FOR THE AGES

What with Covid 19 supposedly stemming from the eating of a bat in China, and a lot of people turning to the levitical law nowadays concerning what they should or shouldn’t eat, I thought this lesson to be rather appropriate.

Having a food health and safety qualification (HACCP), I can confirm that in 99% of cases, if cooked food is heated up to a minimum temperature of 76°C for a period of 20 minutes, it will succeed in killing almost all viruses and bacteria, except botulism, that is, which mostly infects food that is required to be either refrigerated or is canned – in instances such as these, one has to be super clean and hygienic when preparing and storing foods such as cold meats, ice cream, cheese, pickles, relishes and canned fruit, including the containers they are stored in, because botulism kills.

So if you want to eat a bat during this dispensation, make sure you cook it for a very long time at a very high temperature and make sure 😉

“Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.” ~ Deuteronomy 14:3

  1. Eating in the Garden
    a. Genesis 1:29-30 – Herbs and fruits; vegetarian
    b. Purpose: All was provided for them (no hunting allowed)
    c. Significant change: Adam’s Fall, thorns – Gen 3:16-18
    d. The garden changed from provision to hard labor; the lesson was gratitude.
  2. Eating after the Flood
    a. Genesis 9:1-3 – Hunting instituted
    b. Purpose: To spread civilization across the earth
    c. Genesis 10:8-10 – A mighty hunter built Babel
    d. Significant change: Tower of Babel –the language confusion forced them to spread out.
  3. Eating in the Wilderness
    a. On their journey to the promised land they go out to eat – Exo 16:2-4
    b. They were getting tired of the same restaurant – Num 11:5-9
    c. Purpose: To teach that man does not lives by the word of God – Deu 8:2-3
    d. Significant change: They were on the go, God was fulfilling his promise
  4. Eating after the Law
    a. Deut 14:2-3 – Peculiar dietary restrictions (Exo 12:20; Lev 3:17; Lev 11)
    b. Purpose: God separates Israel from the nations
    c. Significant change: the Law instituted
    d. God was dealing with one nation, a peculiar nation – Exo
    e. When you see dietary restrictions; God is dealing with one nation.
  5. Eating with Jesus
    a. John’s in the wilderness (Matt 3), Jesus is quoting Deu (Matt 4:4)
    b. Daily bread comes from heaven (Matt 6:11), and consider ravens – Luk 12:16-33 vs Pro
    6:6
    c. Purpose: Christ prepares Israel for the kingdom, they need to get ready – Lk 12:35-36
    d. Significant change: The kingdom of God is at hand – Mark 1:14
  6. Eating after Paul
    a. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 – No restrictions; nothing to be refused – 1 Cor 8:8-9
    b. Purpose: God offering grace to all men
    c. Significant change: dispensation of grace
    d. What is taught by Paul is now separate from MMLJ and Peter
    e. The weak one eats herbs – Rom 14:2-3, 14:17
    f. Liberty from the law – Col 2:16; whatsoever we eat – 1 Cor 10:31; Col 3:17
  7. Eating the Fruit Restored
    a. The leaves were for healing – No more death, sorrow – Rev 21:2-4
    b. Rev 22:1-3 – The tree of twelve fruits, tree of life, living water freely – Rev 22:17

The audio/video for this lesson can be found here:

Chart: Eating Dispensationally

Chart: God’s Changing Message

  1. The Bible gives us God’s revelation about humanity, sin, himself, salvation – 2 Tim 3:16
  2. He spoke progressively, not all at once, he dispensed information piecemeal – Heb 1:1
  3. The message to Adam = dominion on the Earth (not heaven?) – Gen 1:28
  4. The message to Noah = dominion on the Earth and a covenant – Gen 9:1, 9:9-11
    a. We learn that God will judge sin, and that God changes how he operates with us.
  5. The message to Abraham – Promises of a great nation over the Earth – Gen 12:1-3
    a. God promised Abraham a land, a seed, and a blessing on the Earth – Gen 15:18
    b. God added circumcision to the deal: it was required – Gen 17:14
  6. The message to Moses – Israel, God’s firstborn, as a peculiar treasure on Earth Exo 4:22
    a. There is now an added requirement … law covenant, if then – Exodus 19:5
    b. kingdom of priests, washed with water, sprinkled with blood – Lev 8:6-10, 18:5
  7. The message to David – An everlasting King in Israel on David’s throne on the earth
    a. A promised kingdom, and king – 2 Samuel 7:12-13, 16 ; Psa 89:18, 26-37
  8. The message to the Prophets – God keeps his covenants, Repent!
    a. The Lord’s wrath is coming against sin – Isa 13:9
    b. Repent, and turn from your sins! – Eze 18:29-32
    c. God requires a humble walk – Micah 6:8
  9. The message to John the Baptist + water baptism, the king and his dom is coming
    a. Water of repentance for remission of sins – Mat 3:2, John 1:31-34, Mark 1:2-4
  10. The message of Jesus + adds belief in his name as the Son of God
    a. Same gospel PLUS … Mark 1:14-15 + belief in the name – John 3:18
    b. They must confess the name of Jesus before men – Mt 10:32 vs. John 12:42
    c. We learn the principle of transition – Jesus must increase … – John 3:26, 30,
    d. He that believes on me shall do greater works than me – John 14:12
  11. The message of Peter/Twelve + adds Messianic resurrection and the Holy Spirit.
    a. Resurrected, he is Lord!, Repent! Acts 2:14, 16, 32, 36, 38
    b. Their sins will be blotted out when Christ returns in judgment … Acts 3:19-21
    c. Kingdom was close, it was offered… Stephen stoned – Acts 6:15, 7:58
    d. The Twelve wrote about the kingdom – Peter, James, John, Jude, Rev – Acts 8:1-4
  12. The message to Paul. Saul slaughters – Acts 9:1-3, Paul preaches 9:15, 20
    a. He sent Paul far unto the Gentiles with SALVATION – Acts 22:21
    b. He began to say things such as “dispensation of the gospel” – 1 Cor 9:17
    c. His gospel was kept a secret since the foundation of the world – Rom 16:25
    d. Apostle to Gentiles–Rom 11:13, To him that worketh not but believeth – Rom 4:5
    e. Mystery of Christ to Gentiles – Eph 3:1-6, 3:9
  13. God’s Message changes – God speaks progressively
    a. 90% of the Bible deals with Prophecy for the Earth. Only 10% is about the mystery
    b. Many don’t know there is a message to Gentiles apart from Israel
    c. When we study and preach the Bible, it must respect God’s changing messages
    d. The mystery of his will is now revealed for both heaven and earth – Eph 1:9-11
    e. We must know what and to whom God is speaking to know God’s will for us today

The audio/video for this lesson can be found here:

Chart Lesson – God’s Changing Message

Chart: Food & Family In The Bible

CHART: FOOD AND FAMILY IN THE BIBLE


FAMILY AND MINISTRY SERIES PART VII


“… if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.” ~ 1 Corinthians 11:34

  1. Food and Family in the Garden
    a. We spend more time with family and food than any other thing in life.
    i. What families do together  eat, sleep, grow, live. (love, joy, peace?)
    b. Food created to teach that joy and blessings of life come from God’s word – Gen 1:11
    c. Family created to teach that love, care, help comes from the Lord – Gen 2:18
    i. God’s instructions concerning food and family are progressively revealed.
    d. What did the first family eat? Living in a garden, eating fruits – Gen 1:29
    e. When families trust God’s provision and instruction there is life and peace.
    i. Eating wrongly  death, sorrow, division to the family – Gen 3:16-19
    ii. The first family was dysfunctional: sin, death, murder, selfishness.
  2. Since the Garden
    a. Living in an ark, Noah’s family was told to eat take out – Gen 6:21 – Children obeyed.
    i. Noah’s family followed the man walking with God – Gen 6:9,18
    ii. What brought a curse into the family? The drunken father – Gen 9:20-22
    b. Living in tents, Abraham was on the road his whole life – Gen 12:1-3
    i. Their menu = Butter burgers and milkshakes? Steak and rolls? Gen 18:4-15
    ii. A family can’t function without the wife submitting to her husband in the Lord
    iii. His family would require faith, grace, patience – Rom 4:1-3, 19-21
    c. Living in Egypt, families ate roasted lamb with herbs and unleavened bread – Ex 12:8
    i. When you see dietary restrictions; God is dealing with one nation.
    ii. They ate with neighbors, they ate in haste, and left the next day.
    d. Living in the wilderness, they ate manna – Exo 16:3-4, 15-18, 31
    i. The families were required to stay home from work once a week – 16:29-30
    ii. When you see covenants in the family, God is dealing with one nation.
    e. Living in the kingdom, Solomon ate, drank, and was merry with wealth – Ecc
    i. In his God given wisdom he taught his son to be like the ant – Prov 6:6-8
    ii. When his focus left God to his personal pursuits – his family suffered – 1Ki 11:4
    f. Zacharias and Elizabeth were blameless, and had a miracle baby – Lk 1:6-7
    i. John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey Mt 3:4 – why? Lk 1:13-17
    ii. Zacharias could not speak for nine months  he still communicated to his wife.
    g. Joseph and Mary – Joseph’s family had a curse, Mary was single and pregnant – Mt 1:19
    i. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days – Mt 4 – why? As proof, not as a pattern.
    ii. He prepared families for kingdom -Mk 1:20,3:32,10:29,13:17, Lk 12:29,51,14:26
    iii. He ate with sinners to save them – Luke 5:30-32, 7:33-34, 15:1-2
    iv. He ate Passover with his disciples to fulfill prophecy – Mk 14:16-25
    h. Eating with Peter filled with the Holy Ghost – a peaceful commune – Acts 2:42-46,6:1
    i. Peter would not eat unclean food – eating under the law – Acts 4:12, 10:10-17
    i. Paul’s teaching on food and family (mystery)– 1 Tim 4:1-4, 5:4, 8, 14
    i. Eating commends you not to God – 1 Cor 8:8
    ii. When you are faithful to God, it affects what you eat – 1 Cor 8:13
    iii. His marriage lesson concerns a mystery revealed – Eph 5:30-32

The audio/video for this lesson can be found here:

Chart Lesson: Food and Family Throughout the Bible

Charts During A Crisis

HOW IS GOD RESPONDING?

“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.” ~ Romans 12:2

  1. Pandemics and Charts
    a. Predictive charts are running the world. They provide a perspective.
    b. When the world is being turned upside down, we need to know more than just epidemiology.
    c. What do dispensational charts have to do with a global pandemic? Romans 12:2
    d. The spiritual/Christian response to crisis depends on your understanding of the will of God.
    e. Dispensational Bible study = the study of the will of God, what God is doing, how he operates.
  2. Charting the Purpose of God
    a. Promise of a Kingdom; Law requires Judgment; God in Flesh / God the Spirit
    b. The mystery of his will – Eph 1:9-10, the mystery of Christ – Eph 3:2-4
    c. Your place on this chart will change your perspective about what is happening.
    d. Is God judging? Is God operating by law? Is God on the throne?
  3. What Day is It?
    a. It matters for stay at home orders – why wouldn’t it matter for God’s orders?
    b. The times of the Gentiles – Luke 21:24
    c. The day of the Lord – Isa 24:21-23, Zeph 1:14-18
    d. Jesus’ earthly ministry = the day of his shewing to Israel – Lk 1:80, Heb 1:2
    e. The “last days” – Acts 2:17 and Isa 2:2
    f. “Last days” have been interrupted – a present evil world – Gal 1:4, Eph 5:16
    g. Depending on the day, you may work/stay home; assemble;
  4. The Silence of God
    a. In times of crisis, people pray for God’s intervention. 2 Chron 7:14
    b. God can ignore prayers under law – Jer 11:14, Ps 80:4, Isa 1:15
    c. They seek God’s physical protection in tribulation – Psalm 23
    d. Despite David Green’s wife death comes on us all – sometimes terribly – (Robert Anderson)
    e. God is silent today – not because he is angry, but b/c of his terms of peace.
    i. God offers a world peace and grace – 2 Cor 5:21
    ii. The silence of God is not due to anger, indifference, weakness, but peace.
    f. Understand the will of the Lord in evil days – Eph 5:16-18
    i. …else the world being upside down will make you unstable.
    g. God is doing something today – he is waiting to see how we will respond to his provision.
    i. His will is good, acceptable, perfect, and needed – Rom 12:2

The video for this lesson can be found here:

Chart Lesson: Charts During a Crisis

Not Ready to Hear, Perceive, or Understand

Generally speaking, if people are not ready to hear spiritual truths for whatever rhyme or reason, one cannot force them as they need to reach a different level of understanding in order to grasp what is being said.

Hebrews 5:11
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

John 16:12
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

1 Corinthians 3:2
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

While some hear, but unfortunately don’t understand, others also do not perceive as they are blinded by religious tradition.

1 Corinthians 14:38
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Acts 28:26
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

The War Has Already been Won

As believers, the Spirit has already won the war against our flesh because we are in Christ Jesus:

 

Romans 8:5-14
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 

How To Grow As A Christian

“The Spirit has already won the battle with flesh: know it  Romans 8:5-13”

Outline:

HOW TO GROW AS A CHRISTIAN – Lesson 06

*CONFORMED TO CHRIST*

“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again
until Christ be formed in you…” ~ Galatians 4:19

Series Review
a. God’s will  1) salvation and 2) stablished in the faith, 3) sanctification 4) service

b. 1) Growth is God’s work in you – To understand God’s work, understand how we grow

c. 2) We all have areas of growth – Paul’s epistles identify and address them for the church

d. 3) Tools God provides to grow – God works thru Bible, prayer, praise/rejoicing, fellowship

e. 4) Spiritual growth must be made a priority – it’s necessary for the important parts of life

f. 5) Christ the measurement of growth by understanding, strength, charity, faithfulness

g. 6) The purpose of God is for us to be conformed to Christ

Spiritual Growth Requires the Spiritual Mind

a. Some things in the Bible people are not ready for – John 16:12, Heb 5:11
b. The Corinthians were carnal and could not bear spiritual things – 1 Cor 3:1-3
c. Those things concern our growth into Christ (acc. to the mystery) – 1 Cor 2:10-16
d. Saved as a member of the Body differs from functioning/growing as a member -1Ti 2:4
e. The carnal/babe in Christ like a natural man concerning spiritual things 1Co 2:14,Ro 8:6

Conformity and Non-conformity
a. Non-conformity can be attractive because it makes you distinct… but from what? Romans 12:2
b. Conformed ~def. To make similar in form, resemble, correspond, yield, in harmony with.
c. 2 Cor 5:21 – Salvation purposed to make us the righteousness of God in Christ
d. Gal 4:19 – Paul’s labor is that Christ be formed in them … fully  Col 1:27-28
e. Rom 8:28-29 – The purpose of God to conform us to Christ (who is the image of God)
f. This is why Paul instructs us to put on Christ – Rom 13:14, Eph 4:22-24, Col 3:9-10

Conformed to Christ
a. Seeking justice, revenge, forgiveness, relief, comfort, reconciliation, love, joy, peace?
b. You need the Lord Jesus Christ (his death, resurrection) each day to function as His body
c. 1) Your life is his  how? By faith in the cross you are dead – Gal 2:20, 1 Cor 6:18-20
i. Your old man dead already by the cross: no hope in death – Rom 6:6,16,23
ii. What must be conformed first is the heart  Ro 6:17,2 Corinthians 5:14-15,Philippians 1:20-21,29
d. 2) Your mind is his  how? Thru prayer and thanksgiving – 1Timothy 4:4-5, Colossians 4:2, Philemon 4:7
i. The Spirit has already won the battle with flesh: know it  Romans 8:5-13
ii. Philippians 2:4-5 – Let the mind of Christ be in you – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
e. 3) Your power/glory is his  how? Resurrection hope, rejoicing -Romans 5:4,8:18,Philemon 3:10-15
i. The power of change from regeneration and resurrection – Philemon 3:20, Titus 3:5
ii. Hope in Christ is most useful not in this life – 1 Corinthians 15:19, 15:58
iii. The hope of glory we have is greater for the inward spiritual man – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
f. When your life, your mind, your power and glory are his then you function as his body
g. You can live life doing all things though Christ … as one grown up into Him – Ephesians 4:15

The audio can be found here:

How to Grow as a Christian – Lesson 6

How Things Work Together For Good

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Paul says that all things work together for good. Then we read how he was imprisoned, impaired, and threatened with death.

“In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” – 2 Cor 11:27

How could Rom 8:28 bring even an ounce of hope to Paul if he had so much bad experience?

This does not sound as if all things were working together for good, but they were.

The Good Life

Paul did not think that the good life was to live the most comfortable happy life he could without struggle, pain, failure, or trouble. The good life is lived according to the purpose and power of God (Phil 1:21).

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” – 2 Cor 4:8-9

This sounds like someone with stability, inner strength, and hope.

When trouble was on every side, Paul remembered who he was in Christ, the purpose of God, and the hope he had of eternal glory. These doctrinal truths preserved his mind from being destroyed, distressed, and in despair through his bad circumstances.

All of these spiritual doctrines are unseen. It takes effort to bring them to mind when everything we see around us is terrible.

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Cor 4:18

We may not be able to change our bad circumstance, but we can change our response to it by our understanding of sound doctrine.

Things work together for good if we understand that it is good to live according to the eternal purpose of God.

What We Must Learn

In order for us to experience the hope filled promise of Romans 8:28 we must learn some things.

When our life seems to be a failure and we inhabit the lowest places among men, we learn in Romans 8:17-18 that God promises our future glorification, not as a result of our own works, but the work of Christ in us.

When we find ourselves unable to make payment, we learn in Rom 8:32 that God gives us freely all things as a result of our position as his sons.

When we are charged with sins in our flesh and from our past, we learn in Rom 8:33 that there is nothing that can be charged to us, because the God of the universe has declared us righteous in Christ.

When stones are thrown at us for who we are, what we say, and what we do, we learn in Rom 8:34 that we face no condemnation since we did not procure our salvation, but it was Christ that died and resurrected in our place.

When it seems that everyone wants to separate from us, we learn in Rom 8:37 that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ.

When we never have enough, we learn to gain by being content (Phil 4:111 Tim 6:8).

When we suffer, we learn that the grace of God is magnified in our body when we are weak (2 Cor 12:9).

When we learn God’s purpose to give us the mind of Christ we can confidently say with Paul in adversity:

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Phil 4:13

Strength Through Suffering

Often Rom 8:28 is read with the false hope that God will restore our failed dreams, our failed businesses, or that every bad circumstance has a silver lining.

Instead, Paul is talking about the good that can happen when we allow sound doctrine to work effectually in us.

God’s purpose is not that all our circumstances will be rosy and comfortable, but that he will strengthen us through suffering, failure, distress, pain, and this present evil world.

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” – Phil 1:20

When all is well, we can easily magnify Christ with all our strength. When all is trouble, we see that Christ can still be magnified in us.

Our weakness gives an opportunity for the strength of Christ to show in us, which strength comes from God’s word in us. Our weakness proves the strength of Christ in us.

Either way, through suffering or joy, all things work together for the good of Christ magnified and God glorified.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Rom 8:18

Written by Justin Johnson, Grace Ambassadors

Single vs Being Married

I question Christian tradition which most of Mid-Acts Pauline Christianity has adopted, which states that the calling of ALL Christian women is in accordance with the following scripture:

Titus 2:5
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Rightfully, this is the calling of married women, so I obviously disagree that it is the calling of all women, simply because not all Christian women marry (for various reasons). In fact, Paul also has this to say with respect to remaining single:

1 Corinthians 7:34
There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:38
So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

1 Corinthians 7:32-33
But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:8-9
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

The “burn” mentioned here does not refer to hell or God’s wrath, it pertains to burning with desire… or at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

I am not against marriage at all, it is a good thing, but mainstream Christianity as a whole foists the “marriage ticket” on everyone because it worships the institution of marriage, and Catholic priests stand at the other extreme, rejecting it outright, and in doing so, do not heed what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:9.

There is no middle ground concerning one’s marital status as far as mainstream Christianity or Catholicism are concerned, only shame it seems in not being able to “catch either a man/woman”.

Singleness as a Christian woman is still taboo today, even among Right Dividers who forget that the Apostle they claim to follow preferred singleness… and remained single himself…

Personally, I would rather remain single than have to give up my beliefs and be obedient to someone I do not agree with doctrinally.

Politicks & Right Division

I’m not a “Trumpster”, heck, I’m not even American, nor do I side with any Democrats or even those who choose to take the conservative road to “Nirvana”…

Basically, I’ve been apolitical most my life, having only voted twice, and both times I have regretted doing so. Big mistake, as it is pointless voting for the lesser of two evils.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that all politicians are liars, all are power hungry zealots, and as humble as they may seem before taking office, they all let the power of their positions eventually go to their heads.

Both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives bore the heck out of me – they’re all just talking heads. If Satan is the god of the world, and he is, it goes without saying that all politicians and world leaders are doing his bidding without fail.

Question: The Bible prophesies a New World Order coming into power, so what authority or power do we as Christians have to overcome or stop it from happening? And wouldn’t our opposition to it be against God’s will?

Our calling isn’t to bring in the kingdom of God now, our calling is rather to see people saved and saints edified.

The COVID-19 travesty which has been foisted on the world of late isn’t our war to fight, although I must add that I find it rather interesting in the way that the scare tactics of the Global Warming or Climate Change proponents weren’t enough to change the world, yet a virus linked to Climate Change did the trick without as much as a shot being fired.

Mission accomplished.

Now all that is left is for Mr Gates to microchip all and sundry and in so doing make the religious slaves believe we’re living in the Tribulation…. and that there’s a “good President” out there who believes in Jesus, who will “save the worldalmost single-handedly?

I’m trying to figure out who the “Antichrist” is though ~ Bill Gates? 😂 Or is he the “False Prophet”? 😂 Is it China who is the “Antichrist beast from the East” who is going to cross over the Euphrates river and go into battle at Armageddon soon? (~sarcasm~)

We live in a crazy, mixed up world indeed, where nothing seems real anymore… and mainstream Christianity and the Cults think we’re in the beginning of sorrows. All one hears lately are those in the “know” quoting Zechariah, Isaiah, Daniel and the book of Revelation. What with certain planets aligning, as well as the appearance of several full moons, these are seen as sure signs that the “end is nigh”.

It’s one big yawn, really. Strange how no-one is running for the hills or caves yet or hiding behind rocks…

Things just get plain doggone crazy when one doesn’t know how to rightly divide the word of truth according to Paul’s instruction in 2 Timothy 2:15.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Ephesians 1:13
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Realise with certainty where you are in the Bible by heeding Paul’s command in 2 Timothy 2:15.

 

If you are ignorant of Right Division, chances are, you will be ignorant of the gospel which saves your never-dying soul.

 

 

Plus nothing….

God, The Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour

Isaiah 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.

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

I concur:

Job 19:25
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

A Post To Make You Think

Too often we cut God out of our personal, everyday lives and affairs. Most of the time we appear to be a cold hearted bunch, not praying for one another – or anyone for that matter.

Philippians 4:4-7

1. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

2. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

3. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The way I read and understand the above scripture, taking the punctuation into consideration, of course, is as follows:

1. Rejoice in the lord in all ways.

2. We must let our moderation be known to all men, that is, be even tempered, unbiased, thoughtful, have common sense: and not be extreme in our way of living, speaking or thinking.

3. Neither to be afraid of anything (especially during the times we’re currently living in), instead (“but”) in EVERY THING (two words) by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with THANKSGIVING let your REQUESTS be known to God.

There’s a full-stop here, or a “period” (as the Americans would refer to it), which means the above sentence is complete…

So points 1-3 lead up to to this spiritual state:

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

As far as I can see, believers already have peace with God:

Romans 5:1
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

So is peace (which passeth all understanding) really the only outcome or end result of our prayers in times of need because this scripture is read and understood in the following manner, that is, by substituting the full-stop with a comma?:

Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Aren’t we supposed to rely on God in times of need, instead of only on ourselves and/or others? In my mind’s eye, and according to Pauline doctrine, God either answers prayer or he doesn’t, in other words, it’s either a “yes” or it is a “no”.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

Romans 1:9-10
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

Romans 15:30-31
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; another by praying for one another:

 

We help one another by praying for one another:

2 Corinthians 1:11
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Romans 12:12
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Ephesians 6:18-19
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Colossians 4:2-4
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Withal praying ALSO for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

 

To God be the glory, forever and ever, amen.

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful

Exercise, The Pauline Way

(… which has absolutely nothing to do with gaining or losing salvation…)

Acts 24:16
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

1 Timothy 4:7
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

Exercising one’s inner man by being a workman, studying the word of truth rightly divided pertains unto godliness:

1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Pauline exercise, however, does not pertain to pursuing personal contentment in this life:

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

Philippians 4:11
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Flee, follow, put on, study, be a workman, endure, strive…

1 Timothy 6:11
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Colossians 3:12
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 4:5
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Romans 15:30
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

1 Timothy 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;

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Our Commandments For Today

 

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. ~ The Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 14:37

We must rightly divide truth from truth, prophecy from mystery, that is, learn to rightly divide the marching orders of Peter’s performance/works based Kingdom gospel from the marching orders of Paul’s grace gospel which is based purely on faith alone as per 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 plus nothing:

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

We must have a love for all men, including brothers and sisters in Christ, irrespective of who and what they are, or what they have done, and that love should be reflected in wanting to see them saved and/or edified:

Romans 13:8
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

We must endure the hardness of living in a world which isn’t user-friendly to Christians and is ruled by the god of this world who hates us and the gospel we preach:

2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Difficult at times, especially when it comes to blind, dyed in the wool self-righteous religionists who are caught up in the traditions of men and swallow everything their Pastors preach from the pulpits:

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

It is our calling to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world, this is Judgment Seat of Christ material:

1 Corinthians 9:16
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Hope, patience, prayer, hospitality and blessings as opposed to cursing:

Romans 12:12-14
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Pray for men to be reconciled to God, give thanks in all things (good and bad), and pray for men in authority that we as Christians may lead peaceable lives:

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

1 Timothy 2:1-2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

We are to remain faithful to our ministries according to Pauline doctrine:

1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

These aren’t all of Paul’s commandments, one needs to take time and study them out…

I know the devil isn’t a red man with horns and a pitchfork, but this pic reflects the devil’s authority in this world.

That Blessed Hope

Titus 2:13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Timothy 1:17
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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Henceforth

For those who claim to follow Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke & John:

Henceforth is defined as starting now.

Henceforth also refers to time.

Thus, then, accordingly, consequently, therefore and henceforth are time words that are used to show that after a particular time there was a consequence.

Because Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, and then ascended to heaven, we no longer know men after the FLESH: what men do in their flesh is no longer of consequence as far as their salvation is concerned, as they are now saved purely by faith, nor do we know Christ according to his earthly ministry (when he was in the flesh) because we now know the ascended Christ and follow him according to the set of doctrine he revealed to the Apostle Paul (Romans to Philemon, rightly divided).

The result of Paul’s ministry:

2 Corinthians 5:16

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Trusting Christ For Your Salvation

When someone says they trusted Christ for their salvation, I immediately ask:

Trusted Christ according to what?

There are two options when trusting Christ:

1. One is trusting Christ according to his earthly ministry, which is in accordance to enduring to the end, that is, believing a works or performance based gospel of faith plus works (James 2:17-18 & Revelation 2),

or alternatively the correct decision, in this dispensation would be to have…

 

2. … trusted Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25) in respect to his finished work on the Cross, as well as his resurrection from the dead on the third day, believing 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 4:25, Romans 5, Ephesians 2:8-9 & Titus 3:5-7 for one’s salvation.

Jesus sent Paul.

1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

❤💙💚💛💜

In These Unprecedented Times, In This Present Evil World, There Is Hope

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 5:1-2
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:8-10
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Freedom of Speech

I had to remove certain posts wrt “the dreaded plague” for this reason ~

Soon the Bible won’t be seen as a credible source (not that it already isn’t viewed as such), thus quoting scripture will be seen as disinformation ~ punishable by law.

If Paul our Apostle was wrongly arraigned, what makes one think, as a believer, one will get off scot-free in today’s world, a world where old people for example, are seen as oxygen thieves and dinosaurs, and it is said they are unable to contribute anything worthwhile to society which so happens to be devoid of moral values, a world where Gaia is deemed to have more worth/value than a man’s soul…

We’re not talking only about videos and articles being removed here, we’re talking about being prosecuted and either being fined or thrown into the slammer for having a view the government disagrees with and/or which puts them in a bad light…

At the end of the day, Constitutions are worthless as they can be changed ~ and they are ~ and have been ~ several times already… nothing but worthless attempts at improving society, a society led by lost men who are under the impression they can recreate Nirvana in this present evil world.

New ‘high-tech’ government tool will take down fake news in South Africa

SA News 15 April 2020

Government has set-up a hi-tech monitoring and evaluation platform in an effort to ramp up state capacity to monitor and respond to misinformation and fake news proliferating during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement, acting Communications minister Jackson Mthembu said the intervention is being put in place to assess complaints and reports from the media, the public and other sectors of society.

The platform has the ability to take down fake news items on a range of platforms and submit cases to the SAPS for investigation and prosecution.

This solution is a unique collaboration between the Department, the Government Communication and Information System, Media Monitoring Africa and the CovidComms volunteer communication network.

“It forms part of the work of a special Ministerial Task Team established by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, which also includes representatives from ICASA, Film and Publications Board, ZADna, mobile phone companies and other key players in the ICT sector, including platform owners,” read the statement.

The Ministry said once fake news items or social media posts have been identified, platform owners are notified to bring down the posts.

“Electronic Communications Services Licensees, including over-the-top media service providers and internet service providers that are in the service of providing linear and non-linear services, will then have the responsibility to remove fake news from their platforms with immediate effect,” the Ministry said.

Complaints can be channeled through the Real411 website: www.real411.org or the Whatsapp line: 067 966 4015.

“We are stepping up our campaign against digital misinformation, particularly in relation to Covid-19 and related actions such as the national lockdown,” said Mthembu.

He reminded the public that the spreading of fake news or disinformation about Covid-19 is a punishable offence.

“Arrests have already been made, and they will continue if people persist in spreading fake news,” Mthembu added.

New ‘high-tech’ government tool will take down fake news in South Africa

Leader of the Free World & Demagogue With Feet of Clay…

… who will hopefully believe the gospel of Christ before he reaches “the other side”…

One needs to put one’s trust in the ascended Christ and not in any man.

Trump at Albert Pike Lodge N.33

Trump making Masonic hand signs

Trump isn’t chosen of God…. no-one is today. He follows the script of the god of this world.

The King of Saudi Arabia is a well-known Freemason

“When the orb image first circulated, during Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in early 2017, the internet giggled nervously. The orb was a crystal ball, a node of freemasonry, a concentration of diabolic energy, and the three kings were its slaves.”

The gospel which has the power to save Trump’s soul and that of every man today, and has had the power to do so for the past 2000 years already:

1 Corinthians 15:1-5
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

No Hybrids in the Tribulation

Common sense tells me that if one was born during the Dispensation of Grace with “one’s sins already forgiven”, and finds oneself in the Tribulation, then:

A. One has to be careful of “grabbing/holding onto the hem of just any old Jew’s garment” to CYA.

“Grabbing/holding onto the hem” of just any Jew out there won’t work, as it has to be a Messianic Jew, that is, a believer… for this simple reason:

Romans 9:6
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

So, if one cannot find a Messianic Jew in one’s city or town to bless during that time, spiritually speaking, one will be up to “one’s eyeballs in horse manure”… as chances are, one won’t find a Messianic Jew at one’s local (or any other) Shul for that matter… Because if only a third are saved in Israel, what are the chances of the statistics being any better elsewhere in the world?

Zechariah 13:8-9
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

B. And since this will happen:

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

It tells me (1) that the status quo at this time will have changed from individual to nation status, hence the sheep-goat judgment at the end of the trib and (2) that the kingdom gospel will be preached throughout the world.

Matthew 25:32
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

So, best believe the kingdom gospel during the Tribulation and endure until the end by: (1) confessing one’s (“already forgiven”) sins, (2) confessing Jesus is the Son of God, (3) praying, (4) doing works of righteousness and (5) fearing God.

1 John 1:8-9
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 4:15
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Cornelius was a good example of a Gentile, a Roman centurion, remember him? He gained New Testament “kosher status” as follows:

Acts 10:4
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

Acts 10:22
And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

Acts 10:35
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Genesis 12:2-3
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Die Evangelie van die Genade van God

Die Evangelie wat Paulus ontvang het van die opgestane Christus:

1 KORINTIËRS 15:1-4

1 BROEDERS, ek maak julle die evangelie bekend wat ek aan julle verkondig het, wat julle ook aangeneem het, waarin julle ook staan,

2 waardeur julle ook gered word as julle daaraan vashou op die wyse waarop ek dit aan julle verkondig het, of julle moet tevergeefs geglo het.

3 Want in die eerste plek het ek aan julle oorgelewer wat ek ook ontvang het, dat Christus vir ons sondes gesterf het volgens die Skrifte;

4 en dat Hy begrawe is, en dat Hy op die derde dag opgewek is volgens die Skrifte;

EFÉSIËRS 2:8-10

8 Want uit genade is julle gered, deur die geloof, en dit nie uit julleself nie: dit is die gawe van God;

9 nie uit die werke nie, sodat niemand mag roem nie.

10 Want ons is sy maaksel, geskape in Christus Jesus tot goeie werke wat God voorberei het, sodat ons daarin kan wandel.

TITUS 3:5-7

5 nie op grond van die werke van geregtigheid wat ons gedoen het nie, maar na sy barmhartigheid het Hy ons gered deur die bad van die wedergeboorte en die vernuwing deur die Heilige Gees

6 wat Hy ryklik uitgestort het op ons deur Jesus Christus, ons Verlosser;

7 sodat ons, geregverdig deur sy genade, erfgename kan word ooreenkomstig die hoop van die ewige lewe.

Lees verder van God se gawe in Romeine 5… ❤

Mainstream Christianity & Catholicism Stand Up and Take Note!

This is what the world, especially unbelievers think of Christianity as a whole. (Warning: they use the NIV “Bible”, but the point they make here is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth). This is how the world’s churches, led by Satan have deceived the simple minded with respect to healing ~ miracles ~ signs and wonders today….

And it takes an Atheist to see through it and question it all:

“When the world found out about COVID 19, the religious leaders had plenty of time to act. According to the bible, Matthew 18:19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (NIV) which means that the truly faithful chose to not get together and pray for the coronavirus to go away.

While hospitals around the world are overpacked and more and more people die, entire countries are on quarantine and the world economy is collapsing, religious leaders sit back and hold this world hostage.

Churches defy the shut down request and are keeping themselves open for worship, only not to do anything about it. It’s like a joke to all of them.

MAYBE THEY DON’T HAVE THE POWER THEY PROFESS

For centuries people have paid into the church for just such an emergency. They are constantly accepting tithes and people’s donations and free labor. Maybe these religious leaders, who speak in tongues, faint at the word of God and get a pass for molesting little children don’t have the power of divinity after all? If they do, then why are they not helping out the world get rid of this plague.”

Laugh ~ It’s Good for You ~

If one cannot laugh at this, then one takes oneself far too seriously… I love satire..

“When the world was raptured on April 12th, Christians who have waited two millennium for the event, seemed relieved that they were finally going to spend eternity with their savior. That was until they started gathering at the top of the Earth trapped inside the flat earth dome preventing them from reaching their heavenly destination.

The sounds of panic and anarchy echoed throughout the world as Christians gathered at the top of the dome, each propelled upwards at breakneck speeds. The first ones being crushed by those who came after, causing extensive injury. Blood and tears rained down on the Earth.

SCIENCE IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

It is now up to the scientists and engineers to build a structure that will help bring all of those Christians down from the top of the dome, else they will die from starvation or succumbing to their injuries.”

Paul as a “Legalist”

Antinomianists call bringing forth fruit unto holiness, legalism.

Romans 7:4
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Romans 6:22
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Philippians 1:10-11
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 1:10
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

If we as Saints justify our bad behaviour, pride, licentiousness, use of corrupt Bibles, attachment to the world and bad doctrine as having “freedom in Christ”, we are nothing but mere babes, antinomianists and unfaithful stewards… and either do not realise our standing in Christ, or have forgotten what we once were…

Romans 7:5
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Goal:

Philippians 1:11
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1. Sound doctrine

2. Crucify the flesh

3. Preach the gospel

4. Make sure you use an Authorised King James Bible 1769

Conspiracy Theories and the Flesh

Conspiracy theories speak to one’s flesh.

Modern day (saved) Corinthians:

Your government is controlling you”. The response should rather be: As long as there is freedom to preach the gospel, practise one’s faith, food to eat and clothes to wear, one should be thankful.

They’ve been trying to implement a New World Order since the year Dot”. Well good for them, that is the bad news. The good news is: God has always had a plan of salvation for mankind, and we’re currently living in the Dispensation of His grace which is excellent news. God isn’t stroking ego’s or flesh today, instead, he is saving souls for eternity, and for that we should be thankful because it is undeserved.

“They’re tampering with our food supply, vaccines are poisonous, the earth is flat, Man never set foot on the moon, NASA is lying to you, and the Corona virus is a hoax”. All the more reason to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world. Why would you want anyone to be subject to hell on this earth and then experience an even greater hell for eternity thereafter?

21st century conspiracy theorists have a tendency to emphasis the bad news of this present evil world. Afterwards they get to sit down with their families around a cosy table to have supper and eat food that was supplied indirectly by the government in power (who allowed it to be grown and to be sold to them). They also own cars, clothing, houses, luxury items and are provided with entertainment by the government who permitted it. A government they so happen not to trust…

So why aren’t they all living off the grid, growing their own food, farming with livestock, riding horses instead of driving cars and bartering since the powers that be are so evil, who they still so happen to rely heavily on for their livelihood and existence?

All talk, no action.

The latest buzz word in the CT community is “woke”. Apparently one can be awake but not woke. Well, BS sure does baffle brains… because one sure isn’t awake nor woke if one reneges on one’s calling as a saved and sealed child of the most High God whose will is 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which has absolutely nothing to do with the flesh.

What does this have to do with conspiracy theories? What to be content with, that is… Those who promote conspiracies aren’t content with the basics in this life, nor are they grateful it seems, as they emphasize the bad news… 😢

1 Timothy 6:6-8
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Colossians 2:7-8
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

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.

God’s Will and Your Calling

People really drive me crazy at a time such as this, especially Grace Believers in general…

We sit behind our screens, be it a computer, TV or phone screen and cry foul: “the virus isn’t real”, ” it’s manmade!”, “they’re trying to control us”, ” it’s a conspiracy!”. Blahblahblah blah. Everything is a conspiracy to some, even a pandemic in the 21st century…. after all, we haven’t had one since 1918…. I wonder how people coped in those days as they had no internet, and between 50 and 100 million died of Spanish flu, and guess what? By God’s grace, mankind lives to see another day…. 1 Timothy 2:4.

Some nutters are even stockpiling ammo and buying guns because they think there’s going to be anarchy. What use is ammo if you are hungry? So much for levelheaded Christian values during the dispensation of grace and preaching the gospel of Christ. Some 21st century bots are even asking what the point of a lockdown is…. It’s called good old fashioned quarantine to contain the spread of the virus. If the government (you more than likely voted for) didn’t implement it, you would cry foul, and since they have done so, you’re still crying foul…. what to do, what to do? Smoke a joint and do as you please? That’s how some see it, anyway.

The government has banned liquor and cigarettes during this time in order to give you money to buy food and not spend it on cigarettes and alcohol.

Instead of trying to figure out the mindsets, agendas and works of the reprobate rich and powerful who so happen to be men with corrupt minds, try and do some good instead. Have you donated food to those who are needy at this time by way of a food bank and included a gospel tract with it? 1 Timothy 2:4

Has anyone contacted their neighbours to ask if they’ve got enough food to eat? All one has to do is leave food at their gate or doorstep, one doesn’t have to visit them at this time…. 1 Timothy 2:4.

Yes, UN Agenda 21/30 is real, but so is God’s grace. 1 Timothy 2:4. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more. Romans 5:20.

Redeem the time in crying, “conspiracy!”???

Redeem the time by preaching the outpouring of God’s unmerited favour at this time on a lost and dying world….

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Don’t be a Facebot, rather be a good soldier.

2 Timothy 2:3-4
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

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.

Lockdown Extended by Another Two Weeks 😢 (Posting for Posterity)

The President’s address to the nation on 9 April 2020:

During the course of these last two weeks, your lives have been severely disrupted, you have suffered great hardship and endured much uncertainty.

We have closed our borders to the world, our children are not in school, businesses have closed their operations, many have lost their income, and our economy has ground to a halt.

And yet, faced with such daunting challenges, you, the people of South Africa, have responded with remarkable patience and courage.

You have respected the lockdown and largely observed the regulations.

You have accepted the severe restrictions on your movement and many of the daily freedoms that we all take for granted.

You have done so because you have understood the devastating effect that this disease will have on the health and well-being of all South Africans unless we take drastic measures.

You have also understood that we must do everything in our power to prevent the massive loss of life that would occur if we did not act.

For your cooperation, for your commitment and above all for your patience, I wish to thank you personally.I wish to thank you for reaffirming to each other and to the world that we South Africans are a people who come together and unite at moments of great crisis.

Earlier today I had a most productive meeting with our Premiers about the work they are doing in provinces and districts to stop the spread of the virus.

I also had a discussion with the leaders of all our political parties represented in Parliament, who collectively pledged their support for the efforts that are being made to combat the pandemic.

Through this we are demonstrating that we are able to work together across party lines to confront a common threat.

Since I announced the lockdown just over two weeks ago, the global coronavirus pandemic has worsened.

Two weeks ago, there were 340,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.

We now have over 1.5 million confirmed cases worldwide.

Over 90,000 people across the world have died from this disease.

The health systems of many countries have been overwhelmed. 

Even the most developed economies in the world have not had the means to treat the many thousands who have fallen ill. 

They have struggled to find the medical supplies and personnel necessary to deal with the pandemic.

The devastating effect of this is that many people have died.

The global evidence is overwhelming.

It confirms that our decision to declare a national state of disaster and to institute a nation-wide lockdown was correct and it was timely.

While it is too early to make a definitive analysis of the progression of the disease in South Africa, there is sufficient evidence to show that the lockdown is working.

Since the lockdown came into effect, the rate at which new cases have been identified here in South Africa has slowed significantly.

From 1,170 confirmed cases on the 27th of March, the number of confirmed cases today stands at 1,934.

In the two weeks before the lockdown, the average daily increase in new cases was around 42%.

Since the start of the lockdown, the average daily increase has been around 4%.

While we recognise the need to expand testing to gain a better picture of the infection rate, this represents real progress.

The measures we have taken – such as closing our borders and prohibiting gatherings – as well as the changes that we have each had to make in our own behaviour, have definitely slowed the spread of the virus.

But the struggle against the coronavirus is far from over.

We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle that demands our every resource and our every effort.

We cannot relax. We cannot be complacent.

In the coming weeks and months, we must massively increase the extent of our response and expand the reach of our interventions.

We are learning both from the experiences of other countries and from the evidence we now have about the development of the pandemic in South Africa.

Both make a clear and compelling case to proceed in a manner that is cautious and properly calibrated.

Simply put, if we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk a massive and uncontrollable resurgence of the disease.

We risk reversing the gains we have made over the last few weeks, and rendering meaningless the great sacrifices we have all made.

Fellow South Africans,

This evening, I stand before you to ask you to endure even longer.

I have to ask you to make even greater sacrifices so that our country may survive this crisis and so that tens of thousands of lives may be saved.

After careful consideration of the available evidence, the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to extend the nation-wide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days.

This means that most of the existing lockdown measures will remain in force until the end of April.

We will use the coming days to evaluate how we will embark on risk-adjusted measures that can enable a phased recovery of the economy, allowing the return to operation of certain sectors under strictly controlled conditions.

We will also use this time to ramp up our public health interventions.

We did not take this decision to extend the lockdown lightly.

As your President, I am mindful of the great and heavy burden this will impose on you.

I am keenly aware of the impact this will have on our economy.

But I know, as you do, that unless we take these difficult measures now, unless we hold to this course for a little longer, the coronavirus pandemic will engulf, and ultimately consume, our country.

We all want the economy to come back to life, we want people to return to work, we want our children to go back to school, and we all want to be able to move freely again.

But our immediate priority must remain to slow down the spread of the virus and to prevent a massive loss of life.

We must do this while preventing our economy from collapsing and saving our people from hunger.

We are determined to pursue a path that both saves lives and protects livelihoods.

Our strategy is made up of three parts:

– Firstly, an intensified public health response to slow down and reduce infections.

– Secondly, a comprehensive package of economic support measures to assist businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic.

– Thirdly, a programme of increased social support to protect poor and vulnerable households.

As government, together with our many partners, we have used this lockdown period to both refine and intensify our public health strategy to manage the coronavirus.

Our approach is to screen in communities and test people in hospitals, clinics and mobile clinics, to isolate those who are infected, and to care for those who are ill in our health facilities.

We need to do this intensively and systematically.

We have used the last week to develop our screening and testing methodology in various parts of the country.

Over the next two weeks, we will roll out the community screening and testing programme across all provinces, focusing in particular on highly vulnerable communities.

Those who test positive and cannot self-isolate at home will be isolated at special facilities that have been identified and are now being equipped.

At all times, we will observe the human rights of all people. 

Let us not discriminate against people who test positive. 

To ensure that our strategies are effectively coordinated and to ensure they are informed by comprehensive, real-time data, we have established the COVID-19 Information Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. 

This world-class centre will keep track of all screening, testing, isolation and hospitalisation throughout the country.

It is already identifying infection hotspots. 

It is following the spread and the severity of the disease, and enabling us to move our focus and resources where they are most needed.

We are working with mobile telephony companies and other institutions to locate those people who have tested positive for the virus and those with whom they have been in contact.

As part of the second element of our strategy, we have put in place various measures to provide support to businesses in distress, to workers facing loss of income, to the self-employed and to informal businesses.

Many of these measures are being taken up by both large and small businesses.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has set aside R40 billion to help employees who will be unable to work, as part of the effort to prevent jobs losses as a result of the lockdown.

To date, it has paid out R356 million. 

I would like to applaud all those employers who have continued to pay their workers during this difficult time, as well as those employers who are working with unions and government to assist their employees to access these benefits.

I would like to call on all businesses to continue to pay their suppliers, to the extent that they can, to ensure that those suppliers can also continue to operate and pay their staff and suppliers.

In this respect, I would like to appeal to all large businesses not to resort to force majeure and stop paying their suppliers and rental commitments, as such practice has a domino effect on all other businesses dependent on that chain. 

We must do all we can to ensure that the underlying economy continues to function and to focus support on those small businesses that really need them.

The Industrial Development Corporation has set aside R3 billion for the procurement of essential medical supplies. 

It has already approved R130 million in funding and expects to approve a further R400 million in the coming week to companies who applied for funding under this special facility.

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency has approved the postponement of loan repayments for a period of 6 months.

The small business debt relief and business growth facilities are currently adjudicating applications for assistance. 

There is a total of R500 million available in support.

Government has reprioritised R1.2 billion to provide relief to smallholder farmers and to contribute to the security of food supply.

In addition to these expenditure measures, the Reserve Bank has also lowered interest rates and has taken measures to inject liquidity into the economy.

One of the biggest challenges that all countries in the world are facing is the shortage of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus.

As a country we have had to rely on our own capabilities to supply these goods, but have also had to source supplies from other countries.

In recent weeks, we have seen a massive mobilisation of South African business, labour, academics and government agencies to build the stocks of medical and other equipment needed to fight coronavirus.

We have, for example, established the National Ventilator Project to rapidly mobilise the technical and industrial resources of our country to manufacture non-invasive ventilators, which can be used to support patients afflicted with the disease. 

Other projects are focusing on increasing the local manufacture of protective face masks, hand sanitisers and pharmaceutical products which can be used by health care workers and the public at large.

As the third part of our coronavirus response, we have been working to provide basic needs such as water and to maintain the reliability of food supply to the poorest South Africans.

We have also expanded the provision of food parcels and we’ve provided spaza shops with financial support.

To date, government has delivered over 11,000 water storage tanks to communities in need across the country, and many of these have been installed.

In addition, 1,000 water tankers have been provided for the delivery of water.

Several homeless people have been accommodated in 154 shelters.

I am pleased to report that the Solidarity Fund – which was established to mobilise resources from companies, organisations and individuals to combat the coronavirus pandemic – has so far raised around R2.2 billion.

It has already allocated around R1 billion to buy sterile gloves, face shields, surgical masks, test kits and ventilators.

It will also allocate funds for humanitarian relief to vulnerable households, in addition to the R400 million set aside by government for Social Relief of Distress grants.

All of these efforts, while necessary and commendable, will not be sufficient on their own to cushion the poor from the impact of this pandemic.

Nor will they provide the relief that businesses and their employees require.

Additional extraordinary measures will need to be put in place in the coming weeks and months to absorb the sudden loss of income to both businesses and individuals.

We are in a situation that demands swift action and exceptional methods, a situation that demands innovation and the mobilisation of every resource that we have.

Cabinet will be developing a comprehensive package of urgent economic measures to respond both to the immediate crisis and to the severe economic challenges that we must confront in the months ahead.

Further announcements on the next phase of our economic and social support strategy will be made in due course.

An essential part of our response to this emergency is the principle of solidarity.

From across society, companies and individuals have come forward to provide financial and other assistance.

In support of this effort, we have decided that the President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers will each take a one-third cut in their salaries for the next three months.

This portion of their salaries will be donated to the Solidarity Fund.

We are calling on other public office bearers and executives of large companies to make a similar gesture and to further increase the reach of this national effort.

In this regard, we welcome the donation of 20,000 cellphones by Vodacom for health workers that will be involved in screening and tracing in communities.

As we have stressed before and we will stress once again, our struggle against the coronavirus requires fundamental changes in behaviour from all of us.

Until we have contained the coronavirus, the same rules remain.

Shaking hands, hugging, sitting close to each other and other forms of physical contact enable this virus to be transmitted, and must be avoided.

We must continue to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly using water and soap or sanitiser.

To stay safe and to keep others safe we must continue to respect whatever restrictions that are placed on our movement and on our daily lives

Over the past two weeks, I have been speaking to other African leaders about a coordinated continental effort to combat the coronavirus and support our people and our economies.

We have established an AU COVID-19 Response Fund to mobilise the resources necessary to support this effort.

We have reached out to world leaders, even as they struggle with the pandemic in their countries, to assist the continent with essential medical supplies and to support a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa.

As we confront this disease in our country, we are part of a great global effort that is bringing humanity together in ways that many never thought possible.

For billions across the world, and for us here in South Africa, the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything.

We can no longer work in the way we have before.

As government, as NGOs, as political parties, as large corporations and small businesses, as financial institutions, as community organisations and as South Africans we will need to adapt to a new reality. 

As we emerge from this crisis, our country will need to undergo a process of fundamental reconstruction.

To do so, we will draw on our strengths: our abundant natural resources, our advanced infrastructure, our deep financial markets, our proven capabilities in information and communication technology, and the depth of talent among our people.

We will draw on our proven capacity for innovation and creativity, our ability to come together in a crisis, and our commitment to each other and our common future.

We will learn from global experience and the best scientific evidence, but we will craft a uniquely South African response that uses our own capabilities as a nation.

This weekend is a sacred time for many South Africans.

For many, it will be difficult to spend this time without their friends and family. 

I ask that you keep in your thoughts tonight all in our land who are vulnerable, destitute and alone. 

I ask that you give what you can to alleviate their burden.

To contribute to the Solidarity Fund in any way you can.

This is a difficult time for us all.

Yet the message of Easter is one we carry in our hearts tonight.

It is the message of hope, of recovery and of rebirth. 

As we walk this road together, as we struggle to defeat this pandemic, we remain strong and united and resolved.

Much is being asked of you, far more than should ever be asked.

But we know that this is a matter of survival, and we dare not fail.

We shall recover. 

We shall overcome.

May God bless South Africa and protect her people.

I thank you.

Conspiracy Theories & Prime Ministers/Presidents

🚩 If this post offends you, you need to stop promoting freedom of speech because you only believe in freedom of speech concerning your own beliefs and not for beliefs contrary to yours 🚩

I’m not a conspiracy theorist by a long shot. I don’t look for a “demon” behind every bush, so to speak, as it doesn’t take much brain power to believe everything one reads on Facebook or the internet.

Take Covid 19 for example, it was compared to the Spanish flu and erroneously stated that it began in 1920 and that Covid 19 began in 2020, meaning that it was all planned… truth be told, the Spanish flu began in 1918, lasted until 1920 and began in New York City. Covid 19 made its presence known in 2019 in Wuhan… It’s part of the corona family of viruses – meaning it’s an animal virus that has mutated to latch onto human hosts.

Boris Johnson is a very sick man at the moment, and although I don’t like him very much, I don’t wish death on the man. I pray instead he recovers in order to believe the gospel of Christ and be saved.

And what is it with some folk out there who assign themselves to the promotion of freedom of speech, yet cannot take criticism with respect to their Presidents and/or Prime Ministers? If one cannot take criticism pertaining to these men, then do not criticise others. If you can’t handle it, then don’t dish it out. Simple.

It’s pure bulldust that one builds up a natural immunity to Covid 19 as has been proven from South Korea – some who have had it have been reinfected. It’s basically a bad case of the flu and like the flu, has numerous strains – just as HIV does, which initially also stemmed from animals, by the way, which has now mutated to become solely a human virus.

Drinking liquor and smoking also serves to weaken one’s immune system and so lessens one’s chances of getting it mildly. But it goes without saying, one has the freedom to choose nonetheless…

In Africa, they eat chimps, monkeys, baboons, gorillas, snakes, rats and what not, fresh out of the jungle. They skin a monkey and let it hang out for days, someone then comes along and buys a piece from it, a few days later the person in question is bleeding from the eyes… Enough said.

I do, however, believe that the powers that be are using this pandemic for their own purpose and agenda in order to promote climate change and depopulation, which basically amounts to the implementation of UN Agenda 21/30 – which has been documented, it is real and has not been sucked out of anyone’s thumb on Facebook.

My late father fought in the 2nd world war, and one of the stories I heard as a child was the filth in the streets of Naples in Italy which he experienced when he was there, and his summation was, “no wonder they get infected with cholera so often”. The spread of disease by viruses, bacteria, parasites – et al are caused by filth. I’m not saying this is the reason why so many were currently infected with Covid 19 in Italy, I’m talking in general and using this as an example. Wherever one finds or enters unhygienic places, one can expect to get sick, and sometimes horribly sick. Obviously. Viruses are not as result of “come into the lab, and see what’s on the slab” conspiracy theories.

Some restaurant kitchens are much the same, many kitchen staff do not wash their hands after having gone to the bathroom. Hence the reason I was floored with Hepatitis A in 2015. It only takes microscopic amounts to make one sick and isn’t caused by a conspiracy theory.

I find basically two types of people out there – those who attach themselves to conspiracy theories, who are very “regionalistic” and haven’t traveled much, and see everything from a protected American or European point of view, and need drama or controversy in their lives, the other kind believes everything they read or see in the media, who are basically brainwashed by “queen and country” or by “”president Thump” and country”. This type believes that God is still protecting Israel and blessing those who bless her. This type also takes on the denominationalist view of the faith of Christ – apparently it’s all about “his faith” because he was stripped of his deity attributes, blahblahblah blahblahblah blahblahblahblah. They don’t even come up for air to try and understand what it really is, yet they claim no-one else listens…. What a conundrum….

Philippians 3:7-11
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

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,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Zoonotic Diseases

Like a bat out of….?

Taken from various sources. Advocating stronger governments and linking the pandemic to climate change when all that needs to be done is close down the wet markets in China and stop the poaching of animals like Rhinoceroses for their horns:

“For the last 50 years, many business leaders inspired by Milton Friedman and his doctrine, or just motivated by selfishness, have chipped away at the idea that we need a strong state. The emphasis has been on reducing the role of the state and leaving more and more responsibilities to market actors.

But now business leaders are crying out for decisive government action in response to COVID-19. The assumption that we don’t need capable governments has been turned on its head.

Business leaders have also stood idly by in recent years as political leaders have self-servingly eroded confidence in science. COVID-19 has highlighted the folly of this.

The US’s President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Messias Bolsonaro openly derided scientific advice on the pandemic. President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania has urged churches to stay open because the coronavirus is “satanic.”

COVID-19 is showing how leaders’ lack of interest in or inability to make good use of science can have disastrous consequences. It is showing up with great urgency a similar problem with other serious but more longer-term challenges, such as climate change.

At the same time, there are concerns that some government leaders are using the crisis as an opportunity to deepen their authoritarian grasp on societies. They are applying surveillance mechanisms to control the pandemic, but also to control people.”

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“The recent eruption of COVID-19 near a “wet market” in Wuhan, China — where vendors brought a variety of live wild animals together for purchase, slaughter and consumption — calls our attention to a phenomenon captured by a word increasingly understood by the general public: zoonosis.

Zoonoses are infectious diseases — caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites — that spread from animals to humans. They can be transmitted through direct physical contact, via air or water, or through an intermediate host like an insect. Often these zoonotic pathogens do not affect the animals in which they reside, but they can represent an enormous risk to humans who have no natural immunity to them.

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark reminder that handling or coming into close contact with wildlife — along with their body parts and/or excretions like blood, spit and urine (the potent mix of which lends wet markets their name) — poses a risk of spillover of the pathogens they host and maintain in nature, and that can lead to zoonotic infections.

Globally, zoonoses are responsible for an estimated 1 billion cases of human illness and millions of human deaths every year. Around 60% of the emerging diseases reported globally are considered to be zoonoses, and 75% of new human pathogens detected in the last 30 years originated in animals.

Zoonotic diseases may be endemic, meaning that they are found in a narrowly defined region or population, or they may be epidemic, when their spread is more far-reaching. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic. COVID-19 has been designated a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

A wide variety of animal species can carry zoonotic agents, from domestic animals to wild ones. Examples of domestic animal zoonoses include the bacterial diseases E.coli and toxoplasmosis. Other zoonotic diseases that spill over from wild animal hosts to human populations include West Nile Virus, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and, now, COVID-19.

These “spillover” events are a significant and growing threat to global health, global economies and global security. Analyses of their trends suggest that their frequency and economic impact are on the rise.

Current investigations of potential zoonotic viruses, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) PREDICT program, suggest that there are over 1.6 million unknown viruses in birds and mammals. Based on decades of expertise, an estimated 700,000 of these agents could pose a zoonotic risk, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Emergence of these as-yet-unidentified threats results from the ever-shrinking separation between humans and wild ecosystems and organisms. Changes in human population size and distribution, land use, infrastructure and consumption all impact the wild world, shake out the pathogens lurking in the dark and increase the potential of zoonotic illnesses to emerge.

Faced with the spectrum of zoonotic agents currently at large in the natural world, limiting the chances of contact between humans and wild animals is the most effective way to reduce the risk of emergence of new zoonotic diseases.

This must include closing live animal markets that sell wildlife, strengthening efforts to combat trafficking of wild animals within countries and across borders, and working to change dangerous wildlife consumption behaviors. Saving wildlife and wild places, while respecting animals and their spaces, can reduce the transmission of zoonoses as the public begins to absorb this new word into their vocabulary.”

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“The emergence of the virus is linked to humans’ callous treatment of wild and domesticated animals for food and dubious medicinal benefit. COVID-19 thus shows that current approaches to the trading and consumption of wild and domesticated animals are not only ethically and ecologically problematic, but also highly risky to ourselves.

More broadly, the risks of zoonotic diseases (those that spread to humans from animals) have risen as people increasingly squeeze wildlife into ever tighter corners. As noted by the author David Quammen, as

we disrupt ecosystems… we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts.

Many scientists – and also an increasing number of business leaders – thus see COVID-19 as a tragic example of the broader risks to business and societies from our seeming inability to address environmental risks associated with climate change, biodiversity loss, and other “planetary boundaries.” “

Pangolin soup, anyone?

Pauline, Not Pentecostal

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The reason why I quoted this scripture in tandem with lockdown, isn’t because I think God can save me from the virus, but because:

* He hasn’t given me or any other Believer a spirit of fear. I do not fear COVID 19, therefore I am not afraid to go out and do shopping, and no, I’m not a fool – I take precautions.

So tell me again how 2 Timothy 1:7 is Pentecostal when Paul wrote it…. Ya, ya, ya, I hear ya – the Pentecostals use it as a slogan, but if I were to refrain from using certain Pauline verses because they sound Pentecostal, it would be nothing short of crazy.

And if I do catch the dreaded virus I’ll have two options, namely:

1. I’ll have a 98% chance of surviving and seeing yet another “few days” on this warped earth, or alternatively,

2. I’ll be forever happy in heavenly places.

Now how bad can that be?

Right Back Atch’ya

Concerning Donald Trump, I think he is rather crass, cold and calculating in a red neck kind of way. He has billions of $, but looks like he has been dragged through a bush backwards because of his hair and fake tan… Is this the best the western world has to offer? A rank womaniser with a TV show who went bankrupt a few times and caused others to fail financially while hiding his millions? Where’s the integrity in all of that?

Same with Boris Johnson, if he was the best candidate on offer as far as UK Prime Minister was concerned, the west is truly a laughing stock. We.are.toast.Boris. If anyone in the 80s said there would be a UK PM in future named Boris, they would’ve been ridiculed. I think he’s nothing but a lout who attended the best university money could “buy” because mama and papa were wealthy socialites. In my eyes, Boris is nothing but a spoilt lumpy lattimer brat who has left a string of illegitimate children in his wake, who is now the demagogue of Little England.

If one cannot make a success of one’s personal life, what chances are there of one making a success of one’s professional life or even running a country? Money isn’t everything and financial success does not automatically equate to overall success or happiness.

Concerning the mainstream media: Fox News, CNN, Sky News, the BBC, et al: each have their own political agenda which they spew from sunrise to sunset, which is nothing short of 24/7 brainwashing. I can’t handle the American “two party state”, it’s stilted, shallow and nauseating, and the followers from both sides are like one-dimensional drones fighting one another, each with their very own version of the truth which has been garnered from the idiot box.

Concerning Wikipedia… It’s articles and the info contained in them are written by the general public, so they equate to a lot of “hogminy” in general, just look at their take on Mid Acts Dispensationalism – it’s a joke. Would you trust anything to be true if it was written by an Atheist, unbeliever or political drone?

English is one of the most difficult languages out there to muster, simply because it isn’t phonetic. Try and “phonetisise” it with one’s pronunciation of certain words and lose a lot of respect by doing so. There’s nothing worse than an American trying to correct someone else’s English pronunciation or spelling… when they write “theater”, instead of ” theatre”, or “meter”, instead of ” metre” and can’t even say or spell the word “aluminium” correctly. What the heck is “a-loo-mi-num”? And it is Herb with an “H” not ‘erb, the “H” isn’t silent…. And what is “color”, “honor” or “favor”? It is “colour”, “favour” and “honour” for goodness sake!

Each to his own though. South African English is evolving into a language of its own as it contains a lot of Afrikaans words and colloquialisms which no self appointed American English grammar teacher will understand. After all, most see Africans as ignorant buffoons while they themselves munch on chlorinated chicken, surf Wikipedia and watch Fox News from the centre of the universe.

No hard feelings.

Bible Sales

GRACE AMBASSADORS
MINISTRY UPDATE

April 4th, 2020

Bible Sales Banned in Midwestern County

Have you ever trapped a scared critter into a corner? With no where else to hide, the once timid defenseless thing will expose their teeth and claws and start to attack.

Many people feel trapped in their homes, health workers feel trapped by lack of cure and supplies, and governments feel trapped by lack of data and lack of control over the virus.

Last week the county government one mile from our church banned the sale of books during stay-at-home ordinances, which includes Bibles (beer and hard liquor are still considered essential).

We live in strange times. The Bible says, “the days are evil” (Eph 5:16).

They were evil a year ago when no one had heard of COVID-19, and they are evil today with worldwide shutdowns, emergencies, and sickness.

The difference between today and just a few weeks ago has been the mounting pressure on an evil world.

When pressure mounts making people feel trapped, the evil gets exposed.

One pastor described people as toothpaste, it makes no difference what is on the label, when they are squeezed you will see what is inside.

It is important that Christians take care to avoid getting sick, but what is more important is how Christians respond to evil when it shows its claws.

Is grace just a thin sticker on your plastic shell or has God’s grace and wisdom permeated your inner man so that when you get squeezed that is what comes out.

The Bible is essential for you to understand the will of the Lord, the wisdom of God, and strength for your inner man. (Eph 5:15-17).

Bibles may not be for sale in Howard County, Indiana, but they can still be given out for free and found online and in free smartphone apps.

For grace,

Justin “free the Bible” Johnson

Predestinated

Is anyone else amazed at the simple thought that before one was even born – when one was but a simple child – maybe a rebellious teenager – an ignorant, worldly adult, that God foreknew then that you would believe the gospel and become a member of his body?

God foreknew us, the members of his body even before he created the heavens and the earth…. To me, this thought is just incredible.

Ephesians 3:17-19
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Members of the body of Christ are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ:

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The body of Christ as an entity, was predestined, its members are called to be Ambassadors of Christ who are to preach the good news to a lost and dying world, they are justified and will also be glorified in future, in heavenly places:

Romans 8:30
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Members of the body of Christ are predestined to be sons of God according to the good pleasure of his will – 1 Timothy 2:4.

Ephesians 1:5
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestined according to the good pleasure of his will, by Jesus Christ.

One’s predestination comes after having believed the gospel of Christ and not before.

Ephesians 1:3-6
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

We are chosen – in him

God is good.

Priorities… Take 2

Further to my previous post…

Want to live peaceably with all men?

Then recompense to no man evil for evil, be honest in the sight of all men: don’t lie, steal, cheat, gossip, be underhanded, don’t ridicule them, don’t judge them for the wrong things (don’t get personal) – – – and don’t be vengeful.

And in the midst of it all, preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), fight the good fight of faith, (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7), be discerning (Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 5:12), have fruit unto holiness (Romans 6:22; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Philippians 1:11) and endure sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3).

Romans 12:17-19
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Living peaceably doesn’t mean a lack of arguing or fighting (for the gospel and the mystery revealed to Paul), it means living right and doing the right thing when it comes to others in the midst of calamity, evil, unfairness and uncertainty.

Overcome evil with good.

Priorities

I guess certain peoples’ version of living peaceable lives holds more water than fighting the good fight of faith.

We’re fighting a spiritual war, so there will be arguing, disagreements, backstabbing, ridicule, gossip and the like, because some get personal when they can’t destroy the message, so they opt to bring down the messenger instead.

Some people do not know what “peaceable” means…. They confuse it with living peacefully… so they “unfellowship themselves from a person”, because they couldn’t be bothered anymore with the war of “making all men see” (Ephesians 3:9) – it’s too much of a hassle for them. And I say “unfellowship” because we’re living in the age of un: “unfriend” and “unfollow” :-/

They have become unfaithful stewards.

I am also shocked and disappointed at how some Grace Believers are shaken by a little SARS virus that has mutated, namely, SARS CoV-2, otherwise known as COVID 19, which is actually a mutation of the SARS CoV virus. Result: they think Paul is a liar and that we’re already living in the Tribulation and God has started raining down plagues on the world…. pray tell, who is the AntiChrist then?

Is it apt right now to ask, “whatever next”?

I have an entire smorgasbord of unbelievers and atheists following me on Facebook who have to hear the gospel, who I have to “soften up” with general chit chat, news, current happenings and yeah…. then one gets some people wanting to live “peaceable lives” amidst all of this with no doctrinal arguments and no questions because they’ve basically given up on their calling as “no-one listens anyway”. Holy guacomole….

A peaceable life: hopefully gained when one prays for one’s government, all in authority, law-makers, as well as all other men, such as one’s neighbours, colleagues, etcetera – in order for them not to persecute, kill, starve, torture or throw one in the slammer because of one’s faith/beliefs, or having to go underground because of laws that criminalise one’s faith, or losing one’s job because one is a Christian.

1 Timothy 2:1-2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

It’s called “freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of religion”

The Good News for Today

Today, all men are justified purely by:

God’s grace (Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7).

By faith (Romans 3:28; Romans 5:1; Galatians 3:24)

By Christ’s blood (Romans 5:9)

When a person believes 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 for their salvation, God’s righteousness is imputed to them

What mainstream Christianity (which puts itself under the law), and the world (which thinks its good works can save it), think they are justified by:

Their works/deeds:

These are not our marching orders today:

James 2:21
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

James 2:24
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

James 2:25
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

Their words:

These are not our marching orders today:

Matthew 12:37
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Psalm 51:4
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Their pleadings or declarations:

These are not our marching orders today:

Isaiah 43:26
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

Wrong:

What mainstream Christianity believes because of their failure to rightly divide the word of truth according to 2 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 2:7-9

The good news today is evident if one follows Paul’s instruction in 2 Timothy 2:15 (Authorised King James Bible 1769):

Romans 4:6-8
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Titus 3:5-7
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

In Christ alone, through faith alone. God’s provision for our sins still stands. His offer of grace is still applicable today after nearly 2000 years… BELIEVE.

The Dispensation of Grace & Perilous Times

~ Today, God isn’t in the business of judging sin, rather, he’s in the business of forgiving it ~

Just as the way was prepared during the dispensation of the law (through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection) for the outpouring of God’s unmerited favour upon the world during this dispensation, so too will the way be prepared for the tribulation during this time.

Galatians 4:4&5(a)

THEN (UNDER THE LAW):

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

(a) To redeem them that were under the law,

NOW (DISPENSATION OF GRACE):

Galatians 4:5(b)

that we might receive the adoption of sons.

PAUL’S WARNING DURING THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE ~ 2 Timothy 3:1:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

AT PRESENT, THIS (2 Timothy 3:2-5):

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: …

WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THIS DURING THE TRIBULATION (Matthew 24:12):

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

(Without natural affection: cold blooded; cold hearted.)

INIQUITY ABOUNDS IN THIS DISPENSATION FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON:

* God isn’t judging anyone’s sins,

– and cannot do so

simply because he is currently not imputing anyone’s sins to their account.

– So God cannot judge that which is not being accounted for.

* Thus, the non-imputation of sin means God’s judgment on the world is currently in abeyance.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  (Romans 5:20)

Summed up:

* During this dispensation, God isn’t curbing or dealing with sin by way of punishing anyone, as he did during Noah’s time (with the flood), or when he punished Israel in diaspora because of her apostasy, hence the reason we are living in perilous times, as evil/sin isn’t being contained,

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)

* which means the presence of God’s grace doesn’t equate or go hand in hand with the absence of sin (in one’s life) as mainstream Christianity would have you believe.

So what God is doing at this present time is giving all men a chance at receiving salvation. His unmerited favour (grace) means one cannot do anything good to obtain it, just as one cannot do anything bad to lose it…. It is received purely by faith.

DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT ON THE WORLD, EVIL IS COMPOUNDING AND THERE WILL EVENTUALLY BE TOTAL APOSTASY (2 Timothy 3:13 & 2 Thessalonians 2:3 respectively):

* But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

* Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Men without hope:

1 Corinthians 15:32
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

THIS VERSE SPEAKS OF A FUTURE TIME (Luke 17:26):

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

WHICH MEANS (Luke 17:27-28):

They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Likewise, during this current dispensation, the vast majority of men are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God who deny or give no thought to the spiritual side of life and their need for salvation, who are under the impression that the world will continue on its present path unabated, having no consideration for their eternal destiny, neither that the time will come when God will stop the outpouring of his unmerited favour and proceed to bring judgement upon the world:

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)

A dispensational change will take place at this time and mankind’s sins, past, present and future will once again be reckoned to their accounts, as the dispensation of grace will have come to an end, and the ensuing result of those who remain in unbelief will be that they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

If one is in unbelief, one is still clothed in sin or in one’s own righteousness:

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

BUT NOW, IN THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD, DURING THESE PERILOUS TIMES, GOD’S FREE GIFT OF GRACE ABOUNDS FOR MEN TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF:

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: (Galatians 1:4)

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:24)

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

The good news which saves men’s never-dying souls during this dispensation of the grace of God:

🎆💙🎆THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD🎆💙🎆

Moreover, brethren, I DECLARE UNTO YOU THE GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
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Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)
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That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:7-9)
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For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:7-10)

God is good.

THE FAITH OF CHRIST

Paul gives us the biblical-dispensational answer in Philippians 3:9 as to what the faith of Christ is:

Philippians 3:9-11
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through

the faith of Christ, 👉the righteousness which is of God by faith:👈

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

The faith of Christ simply put, is ~

Thus it is the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul whereby men are justified by faith alone (without the works of the law)

Galatians 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ,

even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:

for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We are justified by the faith of Christ purely because it is Paul’s gospel…

“even we have believed in Jesus Christ” and do not trust in the works of the law for our salvation.

Only Paul’s gospel comprises of faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross for one’s sins, as well as his resurrection from the dead for one’s salvation, without the works of the law….

Believe what it says….

PAUL’S EPISTLES

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The differences between Paul’s prison epistles (which includes his pastoral epistles) and his Acts epistles: what Acts 28ers fail to see.

THE ACTS EPISTLES

IN ROMANS PAUL PREACHED TO MIXED AUDIENCES (SAINTS & SINNERS WHICH INCLUDED THE CIRCUMCISION)

SAINTS:

Romans 1:7
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:13
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

SINNERS:

Romans 2:3-5
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

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CORINTH: PAUL PREACHED TO SINNERS AND SAINTS, WHICH INCLUDED BABY CHRISTIANS

IMMATURE, CARNAL CHRISTIANS:

1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1 Corinthians 1:11
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

ONLY SOME WERE SAVED:

1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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GALATIA: UNFAITHFUL, FOOLISH SAINTS:

Galatians 1:2
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

THE PROBLEM IN GALATIA:

Galatians 2:4
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Galatians 1:6
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Galatians 3:1
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

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THESSALONICA: UNFAITHFUL SAINTS DUE TO IGNORANCE:

1 Thessalonians 1:1
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE PROBLEM IN THESSALONICA:

1 Thessalonians 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

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THE PRISON EPISTLES

EPHESUS: FAITHFUL STEWARDS:

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 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.

Ephesians 3:17-19
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

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PHILIPPI: FAITHFUL STEWARDS:

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Philippians 3:15
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

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COLOSSE: FAITHFUL STEWARDS:

Colossians 1:2
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:6-10
Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you , since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

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PASTORAL EPISTLES

Timothy, who Paul called his son (in the faith) had to be faithful in order for Paul to appoint him as a minister.

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Titus 1:5

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

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Philemon 1:1
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

GENTILES

During Old Testament times, the Jews referred to Gentiles as Uncircumcision:

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; Ephesians 2:11

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THEY WERE ALSO REFERRED TO AS HEATHENS & IDOL WORSHIPPERS...


Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Acts 17:16

And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Acts 14:12

And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? Acts 19:35

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. Galatians 4:8

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Generally speaking and with respect to (the vast majority of) Gentiles in times past, this was their unenviable lot in life:

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:12

Acts 14:16
Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

In times past, however, a small percentage of Gentiles (individuals and cities) were converted to Judaism through Israel:

A city such as Nineveh:

Jonah 3:5
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

An individual such as Ruth, for example:

Ruth 1:16
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

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The grace which God is currently and directly bestowing on Gentiles (and the world, apart from Israel) cannot be found in the Old Testament scriptures (it is unsearchable), it wasn’t prophesied and was only made known when revealed to the Apostle Paul:

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; Ephesians 3:8

Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

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Matthew 15:27
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

And if one thinks God’s riches to the Gentiles are searchable in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John (which are all part of the Old Covenant), one is mistaken, as Matthew, Mark, Luke & John were not written to you today, (as a nation nor as an individual), nor were they written to Gentiles in times past, but rather to the nation of Israel under the dispensation of the law:

Matthew 10:5
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mark 7:27
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

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The borders of the true Israel

Here is something John Hagee, nor any other Acts 2 dispensationalist will ever admit:

God’s grace currently bestowed on Gentiles and the entire world is as a result of Israel‘s fall:

Romans 11:11
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

So this verse no longer applies today:

Genesis 12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

The positive side of Israel’s fall: the riches of the world and the riches of the Gentiles:

Romans 11:12
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

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When Paul entered a village or city, he preached to the Jews first, and when they rejected the gospel, he then proceeded to preach it to the Gentiles residing in the same village or city:

Acts 11:18
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Acts 13:44
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 18:6
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

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Acts 10

There is however another type of Gentile mentioned in the Bible who must not be confused with Gentiles of the dispensation of grace: the New Testament Gentile, who was saved by the preaching of the twelve in times past, who in future will also be saved by the Kingdom gospel during the Tribulation and Millennium kingdom of Christ:

Acts 15:7
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Cornelius the centurion is a good example of a Gentile saved by the kingdom gospel of the New Testament: see Acts chapter 10.

Gentile salvation during the Millennium:

Romans 15:12
And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

Isaiah 11:10
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

God is good.

ONLY IN HIM…

The only way a person can be in Christ is to believe the gospel of one’s salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as members of the body of Christ are begotten only through the gospel ~ there is no other way one can be in Christ ~

1 Corinthians 4:15
For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Only in Christ…

can one be redeemed and justified:

Romans 3:24
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

…can one prevent one’s soul from being condemned (to hell):

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

…can one be made free from the law of sin and death:

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

…can one be a member of His body:

Romans 12:5
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

…can one not be separated from the love of God – ever:

Romans 8:39
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

…can one be sanctified in one’s spirit:

1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

…can one pass from death to life:

1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

…can the blindness of the Jews be taken away:

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

…can one become a new creature:

2 Corinthians 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.

…can one have true liberty:

Galatians 2:4
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

…can one be a child of God:

Galatians 3:26
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

…can one be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places:

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

…can one be forgiven of one’s sins:

Ephesians 1:7
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

…can one have a heavenly inheritance:

Ephesians 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:

God is good.

Notice (Revised)

Philippians 1:9-10
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

I have been accused of attacking certain men on this blog. It simply isn’t true. I attack wrong doctrine, and if there are men’s names attached to it, then they will be mentioned. After all, what would be the point of mentioning error if you do not know who propagates it, and so know who to mark and avoid?

I hate no-one, instead I pray that all those who are caught up in error will see the “light of day” and become more discerning, and so are able to judge right from almost right.

Ephesians 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

It is foolish thinking one can fellowship with everyone who calls themselves a Grace Believer and that only denominationalists must be marked and avoided – denominationalists are not our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in error – they are lost men and women who need to hear the gospel of Christ.

If you are offended by me “attacking” your pastor/teacher: instead of being offended, perhaps you need to take a closer look to see what he is actually preaching, after all, the proof of the pudding is in the eating…

On the contrary, I have been attacked countless times when asking certain people questions, at times I’ve even been ignored. Big deal… It’s no skin off my nose and I’m not going to fret about it either, you don’t want to answer my questions or alternately behave like a Neanderthal when I ask – great stuff, I won’t spill endless tears about it, since you aren’t exempt from the JSoC.

Asked a popular sister in Christ what the faith of Christ was (to explain it in her own words), waited a good few weeks before receiving the reply, which turned out to be a cut and paste job from Grace Ambassadors website. Now I have a problem with that, you see… if you can’t tell me in your very own words what it is, and have to parrot someone else’s view – it means you really don’t understand what you believe…

I have friends (a few) who have discernment and can see how certain men who call themselves Grace Pastors deceive, so I’m not stranded on an island all on my own, crying out “for help”.

No-one liked Paul because he spoke the truth, he called people out on their error, and he had but one friend in the end. Funny how that contrasts with those today who profess to follow him and preach the truth and have ‘gazillions of friends’, head mega Grace churches, not to mention the fact that they have thousands of Facebook friends and followers – makes one think doesn’t it?

It means nothing.

Today, pampered, spoilt, spoon-fed and undiscerning Grace believers are being churned out at a rate of knots, who don’t know what it’s like to literally starve or face hard times, never mind be persecuted for their faith, who are firmly ensconced in their own little comfort zones, so when change comes, and it will, they are going to “agree to disagree” and acquiesce to the Godless, evil powers that will get to rule over this planet very soon. Both Stalin and Hitler’s agenda’s will seem like a walk in the park, as “we the people” of the planet have been dumbed down mentally, physically and spiritually, not to mention de-armed (and if not – it will be “coming to a theatre near you”).

2 Timothy 3:1
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

In case you haven’t noticed: the world around you has changed – and is still changing. We’re virtually hurtling towards a NWO, a world where every aspect of your life will be monitored and controlled and it’s being done through the hoax of climate change.

I would take Greta Thunberg very seriously, if I were you, her speech at the UN was a declaration of war. When she said “change is coming”, she, the messenger was confident of it, and soon you will be living in a world where you will have to choose between your faith and a Godless society run by the most hardened, cold blooded and murderous men encountered since Nazi Germany, men whose agenda is to “take you out” because of your beliefs, your age and physical or mental status. In a nutshell: they won’t blink an eye at committing mass genocide and justify it by citing climate change.

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

So, when all is said and done…. you aren’t teaching major error then, so why get upset or offended when people ask you about it? If it’s not wrong, why even try and hide it and refuse to talk about it?

Who knows…?

Dispensationally Discerned

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Why Christians in this day and age can’t be ‘born again’?

Ephesians 2:15
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one NEW man, so making peace;

Something new wasn’t previously born in order for it to be born again… impossible, as something new didn’t exist before.

There’s a vast difference between ‘new’ and ‘again’.

Summary:

If your Pastor/Preacher/Teacher is telling you you must be born again in order to see the Kingdom of God – he is lying to you.

2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Genesis 1:1

Job 26:10
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

Genesis 7:20
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

The Himalayas

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Romans 1:20-21
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:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 14:10 in Context

Romans 14:10-13
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Doesn’t Calvinism, gospel perversion, the empty Jesus theory, Acts 9/28 hybrid theology, et al put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in believers’ way?

The Authorised King James Bible 1769

The type of Bible or Bible version one uses is very important.

If you are currently using a perverted Bible, such as:

The American Standard Version

The Amplified Bible

The Christian Standard Bible

The Common English Bible

The Complete Jewish Bible

The New King James Bible

The NIV

The NASV

Etcetera, etcetera…

You won’t be able to:

*Rightly divide the word of truth as perverted Bible versions dumb down all scripture pertaining to right division, for example: 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 2:7-9.

*Secondly they omit important verses with respect to salvation, and

*Thirdly, they deny the deity of Christ.

The only real Bible out there is the Authorised King James Bible which is perfect and obviously without error.

Psalm 12:6-8
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

The AKJB went through a process of being checked seven times for errors before being authorised.

Calvin’s Unconditional Election

The “grace” rhetoric of Calvinism in order for people to believe the gospel

I was asked to post the following:

If it croaks like a frog or takes on the appearance of a frog in any way, then it is a frog..

Grace teachers like Trey Searcy, (the Joel Osteen of the Grace Movement and his “Truth” Time Radio), Steve Atwood, Zane Newitt, Jerry Lockhart, Brian Sipes, Jan Edward Wilbourn, Mark Gabert, Kevin Wooten, Daniel Hurdle, Gilbert Schellin, Sam Gerhardt are all part and parcel of the influential “big kahunas” of the Grace Movement, not to mention those who are “in bed” with them, the ones who so happen to believe this traversty of a teaching concerning both the gospel and salvation (BEWARE).

Unconditional Election comprises of two sub-divisions, namely, Common Grace and Special/Saving Grace:

Common grace” is built on the proof-texting of 2 Corinthians 5:19… and this is exactly how devilish teachings are born… on single or half verses of scripture…. in addition to this, the last part of this particular verse (after the semi-colon) is also ignored…

… not to mention the semi-colon between verses 18 and 19. Semi-colons are important, and in this case it means both the sentence and the context of verse 18 is continued in verse 19, so in effect, by ignoring the semi-colon, they build their theology on half of an already halved sentence as follows:

(Where’s the rest of the sentence, guys?):

2 Corinthians 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; ….

So what is Common Grace?

It is the belief that one’s sins have already been forgiven, that it’s God’s grace bestowed on all of mankind. No faith is required.

And what is Special/Saving Grace?

According to its proponents, it is God’s gift of salvation bestowed only on those who believe the gospel.

Pity the proponents of this theology do not test it by looking at the end result of their half-baked theory:

Since the Tribulation will be populated by adults who could only have been born during the Dispensation of Grace with “their sins already forgiven”, how come these same adults will have to confess their sins and endure until the end with their good works? Read Hebrews to Revelation which is Tribulation doctrine (for confirmation of Israel having to confess her sins).

Please Note: Not all adults during the Tribulation will be Gentiles – Jews and prostelytes themselves (the Little Flock and the remnant of her seed) have to confess their sins while enduring to the end… (who, I reiterate, so happen to have also been born during the Dispensation of Grace “with their sins already forgiven”?)

So how do they overcome this obvious contradiction in their theory?

They build a transition period between the Dispensation of Grace and the Tribulation, which can in no way be corroborated by scripture. During this so-called transition period there’ll obviously be no salvation for mankind, so there will in turn be a “lost generation” without a gospel in order for people to enter the Tribulation without their sins forgiven, and this, in order to satisfy or “corroborate” their evil theology.

Last thoughts on this subject:

I am through with gunk, scripture twisting, grandiose ego’s, fake humility, proof-texting, gospel perverting, veiled insults, so-called intellectualism, conspiracy theories and those who seek to please the hierarchy of Grace Popes and Grace Godfathers who are WRONG, and who so happen to be entrenched in their ivory towers in their own little worlds, as well as the ignorant who defend these men and their rotten, two-bit Calvinistic Baptist theology.

Atwood was a Baptist pastor, so was Gabert, ditto for Gerhardt, and Newitt attended a Baptist seminary (cemetary), and Schellin preaches water baptism is still applicable for today…. what a mess… and they call it sound doctrine… Baptist theology which so happens to be rife with Calvinistic teachings – which is not only unbiblical, but undispensational too.

The devil will pervert and is perverting God’s grace during this dispensation.

Titus 1:9
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

The World

2 Corinthians 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,

Who is “them”?

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

2 Corinthians 6:15-16
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

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.

A good description of believers – we are dying, yet we live, we are in tumults, there are evil reports about us, we are called deceivers, we are unknown (by the world), yet well known by God, his angels and the devil, we live as chastened, but are not killed, sorrowful (at the state of the world and lost sinners who won’t believe the gospel), yet rejoice in our Saviour, we are poor according to the world, yet we are rich, as having nothing, yet possess all spiritual blessings in heavenly places….:

2 Corinthians 6:5-10
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Colossians 3:3
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Romans 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.

“My Gospel”

Why didn’t Paul call it, “the gospel” instead of “my gospel”?Romans 2:16
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,2 Timothy 2:8
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:The answer lies in this single verse:Galatians 2:7
But contrariwise, when they saw that [1] the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as [2] the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;There are two gospels listed in the verse above, hence the reason Paul tells us this:2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.So what is the “word of truth”?Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,The twelve preached the gospel of the circumcision, (faith plus works) whereas Paul preached the gospel of the uncircumcision (faith alone).2 Peter 3:15
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul ALSO according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Cursed

Creation is currently under a curse:

Romans 8:22
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Genesis 3:17-18
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Whereas God previously judged and destroyed the earth with water (the great deluge), in future, he is going to judge it by fire:

Isaiah 24:5-6
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Genesis 9:11

And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

2 Peter 3:12
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.

Malachi 4:1
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Although God is currently pouring out his unmerited favour on the world during this current time and isn’t judging it, there will come a time when he will do so, especially those who cross over from this dispensation to the next (which means they enter the Tribulation still clothed in their sin/own righteousness):

Romans 2:8-9
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Nahum 1:3-7
The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked : the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

King of kings and Lord of lords

Acts 17:23
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

The One whose name people take in vain, blaspheme and use as a swear word. This is him, my God:

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” ~ Revelation 19:11-16

A war of biblical proportions ~ the world’s future

“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” ~ Revelation 19:19

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” ~ Revelation 16:12

“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” ~ Revelation 16:16

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;” ~ Revelation 19:17

Interesting Facts Concerning Food

The reason Jews do not eat meat and drink milk together (in tandem):

Exodus 23:19
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

Locusts are kosher:

Mark 1:6
And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

People have been eating animal products for centuries:

Genesis 18:8
And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

There are rightfully no vegans today, the only true Vegans were Adam & Eve before they sinned:

Genesis 1:29
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

After the flood, mankind could eat any anything:

Genesis 9:3
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

But times changed when God handpicked Abraham to be the father of a chosen people:

Deuteronomy 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.

And their diet too, was special:

Leviticus 11:2-4
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.

Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

BUT NOW in this interval – interruption – parenthesis, Israel is lo-ammi:

1 Timothy 4:4-5
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Paul’s Audience

“… both theirs and ours….”

How many realise that not only saved people “go to church” and profess to worship God? After all, standing in a garage doesn’t necessarily make one a car… Just as “going to church” doesn’t necessarily make one a Saint… lost people also attend church and worship God… This is confirmed in 1 Corinthians 6:11 where Paul uses the word “some” and not “all”, meaning only some were Saints…

Paul is addressing both Saints and sinners:

1 Corinthians 1:2-3
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

——

Footnote:

If saved people would realise they are truly Saints and no longer sinners, their condition would line up with their position (in Christ), and their condition would no longer be deplorable.

Paul addresses the saved Corinthians’ condition, and not their position. They were in Christ, meaning they were saved, but their condition was rotten <— and this is something mainstream Christianity cannot seem to comprehend… “They call themselves Christians, but I doubt it… just look at their behaviour, Christians don’t do/say such things!”.

Since when?

Fallen Men, Human Nature & God’s Solution

In Adam:

Guilty, and no better than the next person:

Romans 2:1
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Without excuse, because the truth is manifest in them, (that which may be known of God) because he has shown it to men by way of his creation, in the manner in which the human body was created (Psalm 139:14), and by way of The Bible, not to mention the conscience:

Romans 1:19-22
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

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:

Unthankful, Vain:

Verse 21: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Fools:

Verse 22: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Idolaters:

Romans 1:23
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Given over to sexual immorality; lust:

Romans 1:24
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Self serving; self worshipping:

Romans 1:25-26
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

Having reprobate minds:

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

The entire spectrum of fallen human nature, filled with all unrighteousness, which includes the Jews who are covenant breakers:

Romans 1:29-32
Being filled with all
unrighteousness,
fornication,
wickedness,
covetousness,
maliciousness;
full of envy,
murder,
debate,
deceit,
malignity;
whisperers,

Backbiters,
haters of God,
despiteful,
proud,
boasters,
inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,

Without understanding,
covenantbreakers,
without natural affection,
implacable,
unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

But…

Romans 1:16-18
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

For therein is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Otherwise…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Current Day Israel ~Founded in 1948

With reference to my post concerning Israel, she was not born again in 1948… current day Israel isn’t the true Israel of God as she was not born of the word nor of the spirit of God. She was birthed by men… The Rothschild’s to be exact.

Truthfully, she is a Zionist State filled with RELIGIOUS Jews, Mohammedans, nominal Christians, Catholics, as well as Atheists ~ the entire spectrum of religiosity, that is, and yes, Atheism is a religion, because it is a set of beliefs which hinge on “do’s and don’ts” just like all the other religions out there, whereas on the contrary, the current day Faith of Christ builds on it’s foundation through faith alone in Christ’s finished work (on the Cross) alone without any works whatsoever (for salvation).

There are too many people out there trying to be good (just in case there is a heaven), but good people don’t go to heaven, saved ones do…

Sons

God’s only begotten Son – refers only to the Lord Jesus Christ:

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Son of God – Capital ‘S’ – the Lord Jesus Christ:

Matthew 14:33
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

God’s Firstborn son – refers only to Israel:

Exodus 4:22
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

God’s adopted sons – refers to the Saints of the body of Christ:

Galatians 4:5-6
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:19
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

sons of God (small ‘s’) – interchangeable – refers to angels and New Covenant saints (which doesn’t mean New Covenant Saints become angels):

New Covenant Saints:

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Angels:

Genesis 6:2
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Genesis 6:4
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Job 1:6
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

Job 38:7
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

God’s Will For Your Life

1 Timothy 2:4-6
Who will have [1] ALL MEN to be saved, and to [2] come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
[3] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

There are no restrictions concerning salvation with respect to who and what you are:

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The good news which has the power to save your never-dying soul:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And remember, salvation is the gift of God, it cannot be bought or earned:

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Grand Theft Covenant

Religion at it’s subtle “best”…. So how come, when they need money, they “ask” you for it – through guilt tripping you by preaching Israel’s tithing ordinance of “ifs” and “buts” in order for you to open your wallet or purse $$$, yet, when you need money, they tell you to ask God…

Why can’t people see that religion under the guise of Christianity is a scam and also so happens to kill in the name of Jesus? There is no such thing as a “born-again Christian”, but there will be a born-again nation called Israel in future… The term “born-again Christian” created by modern Christianity is an oxymoron. Israel needs to be born-again, and when she is, she’ll receive her New Covenant and be ruled by her Messiah – physically, and on earth.

The other thing Mainstream Christianity (MSC) does is commit “grand theft covenant” by taking and applying what God distinctly gave only to Israel and her proselytes: the Old and New Covenants. MSC simply does not distinguish between Israel and the One New Man, the body of Christ…

There is nothing Christian about Israel’s Torah… which includes 2 Chronicles 7:14, which is NOT the good news which saves men’s never-dying souls today.

Israel’s Torah (Old Testament) is pre-crucifixion, and Israel’s levitical and mosaic ordinances are not applicable today…. our conscience tells us, or should tell us when something is wrong, unless we’ve ignored it so many times it has become seared

1 Timothy 4:2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Romans 3:27-28
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

His Righteousness

If the world was judged by its own righteousness, there would be no-one in heaven…

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

It’s the very reason we need God’s imputed righteousness which is received only through faith in the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4):

Romans 3:26
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 4:5
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 4:13
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

An Interval ~ An Interruption

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Ephesians 1:9
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

We are not under Israel’s Old Covenant today (Genesis 17 to John), neither are we under her New Covenant which is future (Hebrews to Revelation), the truth is, we are currently living in a parenthesis, an interval…. an interruption in Israel’s prophetic programme called, “The Dispensation of God’s Grace” (Romans to Philemon), and it’s already 2000 years in the making, but mainstream Christianity is still ignorant of it, and it is also known as “the mystery” the ascended Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul

Ephesians 3:2

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Colossians 1:25
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

1 Corinthians 9:17
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Ignoring it and putting oneself under Israel’s old and new covenants is perilous… and has dire eternal consequences..

2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

I = the Apostle Paul. Jesus sent Paul.

Redeemed From The Curse Of The Law

Mainstream Christianity or denominationalism puts itself under the curse of the law with its performance based gospels:

Deuteronomy 27:26
Cursed be he that confirmeth not ALL the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Deuteronomy 29:21
And the Lord shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to ALL the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

Galatians 3:10
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

But now…

Romans 3:21
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Galatians 3:13
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Colossians 2:20-22
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Which all are to perish with the using; ) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

CHARITY

Although the world aims for love… we should be aiming for charity instead….

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Whereas love expects to be reciprocated, charity doesn’t, nor does it boast or brag of its accomplishments…. It never says, “look how good I am”, “look how much I’ve done”, “no-one appreciates me”, “you don’t appreciate what I have done for you”…

1 Corinthians 13:3-8
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

PROFITS

For those who profess to be “prophets” (profits) and “tongue talkers” in mainstream denominationalism today – you’re believing a lie. We are not currently living in the time of Israel’s new covenant… nor in a time of miracles, signs and wonders...

1 Corinthians 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1 Corinthians 1:22
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

1 Corinthians 14:22
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

Besides, what do the Old Testament prophets always open their prophesies with? God speaking to ISRAEL. You are NOT Israel and there are no priests today, although the “holy” Roman Catholic church tries to fool everyone, including itself by saying there are (priests today)….

:

Jeremiah 1:1-3
The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of JUDAH, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

You have to start taking God at his word and believe what he says, to whom, when and why! Not what your pastor was taught in a cemetery (seminary) and is telling you today!

Neanderthals?

So much for the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and illiterate cavemen wearing animal skins, et al, which the history books teach one about at school. All false, considering what the Bible says about the degree of civilisation on earth as early as Genesis 3 and 4.

Teachers and Instructors in brass and iron which means there was also mining taking place:

Genesis 4:22
And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

Farming:

Genesis 4:2
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

The mention of bread, which means the knowledge of milling and baking:

Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Carpentry and Ship Building:

Genesis 6:14
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Wine making (fermentation) and Tents (which means they knew how to sew animal skins together):

Genesis 9:21
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Construction, the manufacture of bricks, and the building of cities and towers:

Genesis 11:4
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Judging

1 Corinthians 11:31-32
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing being judged by others (especially by fellow members of the body of Christ), doctrinally and with regard to one’s behaviour, as it keeps one on one’s toes. It forces one to examine oneself in these aspects and to maintain the good and let go of the bad…

Romans 14:13
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

1 Corinthians 6:2
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1 Corinthians 10:15
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

And what most Saints do not understand about their liberty:

1 Corinthians 10:29
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

Surprisingly…

… The beasts’ (who ruled with the Antichrist) lives will be prolonged and they will be permitted to go into the Millennium.

Daniel 7:11-12
I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

Revelation 19:15
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Revelation 2:27
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

(This concerns Israel’s earthly inheritance and the nations during the Millennium, not the body of Christ).

〰 Saints, The Righteous, The Lost and the White Throne Judgment 〰

RIGHTEOUS GENTILES FROM THE ANTEDILUVIAN AGE

Those who who lived during the antediluvian age, like Noah and his family ~

(Genesis 7:1 ~ And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation).

As well as Enoch ~

(Genesis 5:24 ~ And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him).

Not to mention Abel ~

(Genesis 4:4 ~ And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:) :

Romans 3:25-26
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of SINS THAT ARE PAST, through the FORBEARANCE of God;

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Noah and Abel were righteous Gentiles who also sacrificed animals as burnt offerings to the Lord:

Genesis 8:20
And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord ; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

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THE DISPENSATION OF THE LAW UNDER THE OLD COVENANT

Those who lived during this time who are LOST, will be judged by the following books at the White Throne Judgment:

The book of the Covenant – The book of the law of God:

Exodus 24:7
And he took the BOOK OF THE COVENANT, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.

Deuteronomy 29:20
The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the CURSES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.

Deuteronomy 28:58
If thou wilt NOT OBSERVE TO DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE Lord THY GOD;

Deuteronomy 17:18-19
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall WRITE HIM A COPY OF THIS LAW IN A BOOK out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

Galatians 3:10
For as many as are of THE WORKS OF THE LAW ARE UNDER THE CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth NOT in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

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THE DISPENSATION OF THE LAW UNDER THE NEW COVENANT

Hebrews 7:12
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The lost who lived during the Tribulation and Millennium or post Millennium, (particularly those nations who turn renegade against the believers of this period and come under the influence of Satan) will be judged by New Covenant doctrine which so happens to be the “marching orders” given to them by God for the time they lived in.

Revelation 3:5
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the BOOK OF LIFE, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Revelation 13:8
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB SLAIN from the foundation of the world.

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THE BOOK OF LIFE

The book of life applies to Saints from all dispensations or administrations:

The Old Covenant Saints:

King David wrote in Psalm 40:7-8
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Psalm 56:7-8
Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in THY BOOK?

Exodus 32:32-33
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. [And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK.

The New Covenant Saints:

The Author of Hebrews wrote in Hebrews 10:7:
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Revelation 13:8
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB SLAIN from the foundation of the world.

Saints from The Dispensation of Grace:

Philippians 4:3
And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

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THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT

Books (plural) are opened at the White Throne Judgment whereby all lost Men will be judged. The book of life is also opened:

Daniel 7:10
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: THOUSAND THOUSANDS ministered unto him, and TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN THOUSAND stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, according to their works.

The lost souls’ (who lived during the Dispensation of Grace), secrets will be judged at the White Throne Judgment according to Paul’s gospel:

Romans 2:16

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to MY gospel.

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The Parts Mainstream Christianity Overlooks ~ And How It Ignores The Obvious in the Epistles To The Corinthians

1 Timothy 1:7
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Mainstream Christianity is ignorant of the differences in God’s administrations and operations, the reason why it cannot discern between obtaining righteousness by faith + works and righteousness through faith alone.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

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For them who believe that one needs to do good works in order to either gain or maintain one’s salvation or make a shew in the flesh, what do they make of the Corinthians, who Paul identified as follows, and who Paul never once said that they had lost their salvation:

1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Yet…

1. There were envyings, strife and divisions amongst them ~

Some even followed Christ according to his earthly ministry, while others were followers of men:

1 Corinthians 1:12-13
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Corinthians 3:3-4
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

2. They were carnal – in the flesh – and walked as men ~

1 Corinthians 5:1
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

1 Corinthians 6:1
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

3. Unfortunately, there was not one Corinthian who was in a position to rebuke or reprove his/her brothers and sisters in Christ ~

1 Corinthians 6:5
I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

4. They were complainers ~

1 Corinthians 10:10
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

5. They didn’t know how to eat the Lord’s supper ~

1 Corinthians 11:21-22
For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

6. Some even denied the resurrection of the dead ~

1 Corinthians 15:12
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

How not to be a Corinthian ~

1 Corinthians 10:31-33
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ✔

[It goes without saying that drunkenness and gluttony do not glorify God].

Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: ✔

Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. ✔

1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. ✔ (Romans 16:25)

1 Corinthians 7:2
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ✔

Follow after charity ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ✔

1 Corinthians 11:26-28
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ✔

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. ✔

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ✔

2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.