Monday, July 21, 2014

Jesus' Revelation


When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, [men] marrying and [women] being given in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah went into the ark, And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away—so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37-39
The verses above raise the greatest questions for me about the end times. If the Book of Revelation, the Revelation of our Lord, is talking about our flesh and the hardships that are to come, then none of these verses make any sense to me. If the last 3 ½ years of this earth’s history, as told to John by Jesus in Revelation, is primarily dealing with the woes of our bodies, then none of these verses would be true. Because if Jesus is telling us that our flesh will be tormented as it never has before during the Great Tribulation, then no one would be saying peace and safety. They wouldn't  be saying peace because everyone would be terrified and looking for His return. And no one would be getting married if all of the green grass was gone, a 1/3rd of the trees were gone, everything in the sea was dead, and a 1/3rd of the sun was darkened. But if the events that are told to us by John are dealing with our spirits, then we would not only be saying peace and marrying, we would be doing them to excess. We would because the tragedies of the separation from our Father would all be glorifying our flesh. It would be perilous times because we would be completely focused on our flesh and not at all on the Spirit. The end times will be perilous because the Truth is: those who worship our Father must worship Him in Spirit and Truth, John 4:23.
But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane  [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. 2 Timothy 3:1-3
The older I get, the more I find myself running from the religion of my youth. I do this because the preaching that I heard in my past is constantly being destroyed by the Truth of our Father’s Word. So many preachers when I was growing up talked about the Great Tribulation and all of the hardships of the flesh that would occur during those times. But when I read what Jesus said, it seems like the flesh will be glorying in itself as it never has before, which will cause our souls and spirits, which are our eternal parts, to suffer as they never have before. So with that thought in mind, let’s begin a study of the Book of Revelation, but let’s focus primarily on our spirits and not on our flesh as is so often the case with Revelation. I don't believe that there are no references to our flesh in Revelation, but I do believe that the Book deals more with our spirits and souls then most of us believe or have been taught.  

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

We Only Have A Mind That Encourages


Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5

Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God. 2 Corinthians 1:4

But God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us by the arrival of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:6

He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness. Romans 12:8

The glorious Truth for us is that through Christ we all exhort and encourage, we can’t help it. We have the Mind of Christ and Jesus ever lives to encourage others, so how could we be any different? We are one with the only One Who can truly comfort and encourage. So it is just born into us to think of others above ourselves.

This is a great example of how our Father uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. The world says that when you are in need, or when you are sick, or when you are troubled that you have to take care of yourself first. Jesus works exactly the opposite way; He takes care of others first and we are now one with Him. Jesus lives to intercede for people; He does not live to be served, but to serve.

The Truth is that in this world we will have troubles, but our Father has empowered us with His Mind that seeks the well being of others first. God causes us to sow to others and not ourselves and that is how He causes us to reap all of the fullness of His blessings. To be the greatest, you have to be the biggest servant and we are now one with the biggest servant, Jesus. So we are able to relax because through Christ we can’t think any other way.

Friday, July 18, 2014

This Is Who We Are Now One With


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

We are alive unto God, just as Jesus is alive unto God! We have been baptized with Christ and we have put on Christ! We are one with Him right now. We are not one with Who He was, we are one with Who He is!

And now O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. John 17:5

Jesus has been raised from the dead, death has no more dominion over Him, and He now has the complete and full glory of God; this is Who we are now one with!

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

I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive evermore, A-men; and have the keys of hell and death. Revelation 1:18

This is Who we have put on and Who we have been baptized with!

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He held in His right hand seven stars; and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He said unto me, Fear not; I am the First and the Last. Revelation 1:13-17

This is Who is in us and Who we are in, and this is Who we are perfected with!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Created In God's Very Own Righteousness


As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed. Romans 4:17

For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:16

Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself. 1 John 2:6

You having any issues in your life? Most of us do and here is what our Mind has us do about it: believe that it is already fixed. When something is settled we tend not to focus and talk about it, this is the mindset that we now have. Our Mind knows the beginning and the end, Revelation 1:8. It knows that we are more than conquerors through Christ, Romans 8:37, and it knows that He is always greater in us then anything that is in this world, 1 John 4:4. Our Anointed Mind knows that it is settled and that allows us to take no thought for our own lives, Matthew 6:31. The Mind that our Father has placed in us does not take thought for what we are going to wear, what we are going to eat, and where our income is coming from. Our Mind knows that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed, 1 Peter 2:24. It knows that our ability to trust and believe is Jesus’ burden, not ours, Hebrews 12:2. The Mind of Christ that we now have, has peace that passes all human understanding, Philippians 4:7. It speaks as if things are already settled. It does this because it sees only by faith and not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7.

But here is the greatest thing that our new Mind does; it takes all kinds of thoughts for others. It intercedes for others to our Father to the point of being pesky, Luke 11. It will not take no for an answer when it comes to the needs of others. It is willing to die to help another person. The Mind of Christ that is now in us, ever lives to intercede for others so that they might be saved to the uttermost, Hebrews 7:25. If it is asked to walk a mile, it walks two, Matthew 5:41. If someone asks for its coat, it gives them its shirt as well. When it forgives, it never counts; it will just continually forgive, regardless of what is done to it, Matthew 18:22. This is not something that we have to work at; this Mind has just been freely placed within us.

The Mind that we now have causes us to sow to others constantly, so that we may reap the greatness of our Father, 2 Corinthians 9:6. It takes the foolish things of this world and uses them to confound the wise, 1 Corinthians 1:27. It is all so easy for The Mind of Christ, and we now have it. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jesus Raises Us Up On The Last Day


No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day. John 6:44

The Truth is that Jesus will raise the dead in Him on the last day. But what about those who are alive in Him when He returns?

Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

So we are shown that on the last day of this generation in earth’s history, the last day that man is allowed to appear to be in charge, Jesus will raise the dead in Him and He will also raise those who are alive in Him. Both of us will be raised on the last day and at that time we will all be transformed to be like Him, 1 John 3:2. Take very clear notice that we are repeatedly told through scriptures that the dead in Christ cannot be raised until the last day. The dead in Christ cannot be raised until the last trumpet sounds. The last trumpet is the Seventh Trumpet and immediately after it sounds, Jesus’ flesh returns to the earth, Revelation 11:15. Also the Bible clearly tells us that the dead in Christ will be raised first, before those who are alive in Him.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

The Truth is the dead in Christ are raised first and they are raised on the last day, after the last trumpet sounds, not seven years before it. We are also shown in the Word that those of us who are alive in Christ, shall in no way precede or have advantage over those who are dead in Christ.

For this we declare to you by the Lord's [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him in death]. 1 Thessalonians 4:15

Do not despair because there is not a rapture, because the Truth also shows us just how greatly we will be used by our Father to win souls during the end times. There will be persecutions during the last 3 1/2 years and they will be fierce, but as a Church, we will be stronger and more empowered through Christ than any other generation has ever been before. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Love Of False Christians Will Grow Cold


And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, Matthew 24:12

Let me ask you this: does our Father’s love grow cold because of sin?

But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded, Romans 5:20

And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them. Luke 23:34

When Jesus was lied about, tortured, and crucified He continued to love. The Truth is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Hebrews 13:8. Jesus is also One with our Father and He never changes, so our Father’s love will never grow cold, regardless of what is going on. We are also one with our Father through Jesus, John 17:20-23. We are Jesus’ body, Ephesians 5:30. We are new creatures in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Jesus ever lives so that His love will remain in us, John 17:26. So the Bride’s love will not grow cold either during the end times. But the fake Christians love will grow cold. 

These wolves will be gathered with the anti-christ condemning the day lights out of all who don’t join with them. They will do it all in the Name of our Father too. They will kill and destroy as they glorify what they self proclaim that they are doing for God. They will brag about how they are cleaning up the world as they sow their hate. They will boast about how they have it right and the rest of us have it wrong. They will judge and condemn all who do not take their side, or their mark. They will say so eagerly that we are all going to Hell as they sing songs about God and what they are doing for Him. This is not all that far from what is happening today in many churches is it? I know many people who tell me that if I do not belong to their denomination then I am going to Hell. I have people tell me that if I don't read the King James Bible then I am going to Hell. These fake Christians love to tell people that they are going to Hell and our Father will allow their anger to be magnified a 1000 times during the last 3 1/2 years of this age in history. 

The love of the great body of false prophets will grow cold during the end times and once again we see this happening right now amongst these false Christians. I hear all of the time how these wolves so rapidly condemn people to Hell. How they talk about those who disagree with them and those who they believe are in sin. I hear so called preachers talk about how they won’t go around people who they call sinners. If I am not mistaken our Lord Jesus ate with notable sinners, Mark 2:16? False children of God condemned Him and those who He fellowshipped with too. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

End Time False Prophets


Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. Matthew 24:9-10

I want to share my personal experience here. The lost almost never pursue me with hatred, however the false prophets, the wolves in sheep’s clothing do, religious people do. They pursue me with such vigor because our Father will not allow me to go back into the bondage of trusting at all in human ability. Jesus has set me free from believing, even for a moment, that I first or ever do anything apart from Christ. Fake religious people hate this testimony of Truth. They want us to believe that we first choose on our own, or that we first believe on our own, or that we first act on our own, and they hold so tightly to the false teaching of free will, Jeremiah 10:23. They are by definition are anti-christ’s, 1 John 4:3. Wolves will absolutely talk about Jesus, but they believe that we hold the power to bring our Father into our lives or deny Him access. They are the blind leading the blind, Luke 6:39. 

But the righteousness based on faith [imputed by God and bringing right relationship with Him] says, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into Heaven? that is, to bring Christ down; Romans 10:6

These so called christians will absolutely flock to the anti-christ during the end times. Most of these false teachers believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. So they will not believe that the anti-christ will be revealed while they are still here on the earth, so they will rush to be part of his church. They will hear the message that they so love: what we do to allow God to act in our lives. They will see the miracles that he performs and they will absolutely flock to him, thus stumbling away from our Father's power, or in other words Christ. We will tell them that the anti-christ is wrong. Our Father will use us to show them the Truth in the Word that shows that what the anti-christ is teaching is wrong and they will hate us for it. These false prophets, who seem very religious, will attack us and kill us, 2 Timothy 3:5. We will be hated by these religious people, but our Father will use us to feed the masses, when there is no food. Our Father will use us to give water to the thirsty when there is no water, Matthew 24:45-46. We will be used to do the works that Jesus was used for and even greater works by our Father during the end times, John 14:12. We will be used to lead an uncountable number of our brothers and sisters out of every tribe, tongue, and nation, Revelation 7:9, to the Truth that sets them free! 

And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. Matthew 24:11

We can see here that people during the end times do not flee religion, but they do flee Christ, which is the power of our Father working through man. People fall away from confessing the Truth that it is our Father within us doing all of the works. They won't stop talking about Jesus, but they will deny that He alone is all of our power, John 15:5. This message is being preached right now in mass. It is far more common for a preacher to tell us what we have to do, then what Jesus has to do through us.