Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chosen

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you. John 15:16
 
If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19
 
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
 
And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? Luke 18:7
 
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Romans 8:33
 
But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased Galatians 1:15
 
In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will, Ephesians 1:11
 
 

Monday, February 16, 2015

What Will The End Times Look Like? Part 3


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

To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness [living deliciously and luxuriously], to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen [on a throne] I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow— Revelation 18:7

Think about our Father’s Spirit being poured out over the whole world as it never has been before, just as we studied that it will be in Part 1 & 2. Think about the peace and power that will come along for everyone, believers and non-believers, with such an outpouring of Truth. Then think how the world, the lost, the governments, the banks, businesses, and false Christians will react. Instead of giving honor and glory to God, they will glory in what they believe will be their own efforts. The Truth is that the end times will be very prosperous. The world will be saying peace and safety and the world will be glorifying itself. How will Jesus come as a thief if things are bad and everyone is looking for Him?

It is during times of great prosperity that people turn from our Father and turn to themselves and worldliness. People will flood to the Truth when there are major wars or major economic troubles, but during times of prosperity, people turn away from our Father. During times of prosperity is when people aren’t afraid and believe that they do not need Him. 

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. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:2-4

Once again the Truth is that the end times will be very prosperous. The world will be enjoying the peace that our Father is delivering through us. Think of what is happening now in many parts of the world. As a whole, we have far more peace then we have ever had. Sure there are areas of conflict, but the world as a whole is not at war. This peace will only grow and be magnified during the end times. 

In America we have enjoyed decades with no major wars. We have not had a military draft in 40 years and while there has been some economic troubles, we have not had anything like the Great Depression. So for the most part, even with our poor, we have ample food supplies, clothes, cable television, medical care, transportation, safety, and just about everyone has a cell phone. Our elderly and sick have access to very good facilities and our national life expectancy is increasing. So while things are by no means perfect, they are by histories standards, very good. 

With all of this, what is happening in society? Divorce is a very normal thing. Abortion is legal. Sexuality and morality are both rapidly moving away from Christian values. Television and movies are increasingly risque. Political correctness attacks Christian values instead of heralding them. People are posting pictures of themselves multiple times a day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Most of us know more about the Middle East then we do about our neighbors. So as things have become more prosperous and safe, people have moved farther and farther away from the Truth that will set them free.

If the above verses are to be true, then the world will have to be extremely prosperous during the end times. Our Father’s power flowing through us will allow Babylon, which is the worlds system, to flourish. The end times will be so prosperous that the world will actually begin to say that it will never again experience suffering or sorrow, just as Revelation 18:7 tells us that it will. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What Do The End Times Look Like? Part 2


Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, robed in a cloud, with a [halo like a] rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his feet (legs) were like columns of fire. Revelation 10:1

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, with an eternal Gospel (good news) to tell to the inhabitants of the earth, to every race and tribe and language and people. Revelation 14:6

Then another angel, a second, followed, declaring, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She who made all nations drink of the [maddening] wine of her passionate unchastity [idolatry]. Revelation 14:8

Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his statue and permits the [beast’s] stamp (mark, inscription) to be put on his forehead or on his hand, Revelation 14:9

Then I saw another angel descending from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his radiance and splendor. Revelation 18:1

And he shouted with a loud voice like the roaring of a lion; and when he had shouted, the seven thunders gave voice and uttered their message in distinct words. Revelation 10:3

Angels in prophecy often refer to mighty messages of Truth from our Father, so as Revelation repeatedly tells us, there will be mighty messages during the end times. This makes perfect sense because as we studied in Part 1, our Father will pour His Spirit out on all mankind and our sons and our daughters will prophesy. 

And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [divinely suggested] dreams. Acts 2:17

The end times will be filled with mighty messages, powerful messages, messages that change people. Our Father will empower His Truth to be preached all over the world, everyplace, even places that Iran, North Korea, and China. Right now this seems to be a far fetched fantasy, with politicians, television personalities, radio talk shows, and movie stars all coming against the Truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom. But all of that is going to change as quickly as things changed when Jesus came on the scene. 

So the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and cast it upon the earth. Then there followed peals of thunder and loud rumblings and blasts and noises, and flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Revelation 8:5

Our Father is going to pour His Spirit, which is Fire, upon the earth and things are going to change quickly and when He does, the messages that He has us share will shake things up, just as an earthquake shakes things up. So don’t look for wars, diseases, or financial ruin as signs of the end times, look for powerful messages of Truth that begin to change peoples life’s. Look for miracles to abound, just as they did with Jesus, during the end times. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What Will The End Times Actually Look Like?


And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end. Matthew 24:14

And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [divinely suggested] dreams. Acts 2:17

The first thing that most people think about when it comes to the end times is war, sickness, diseases, death, and destruction. But our Father has told us something different, He has told us that the Gospel of our Kingdom will be preached everywhere and that He will pour His Spirit out on mankind as He never has before.

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not get alarmed (troubled and frightened); it is necessary [that these things] take place, but the end is not yet. Mark 13:7

There is only one sign that it is the end and that sign is the Gospel of the Kingdom will be being preached as it never has before. So that begs the question: what exactly is the Gospel of the Kingdom?

And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people. Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. Matthew 9:35

And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], 1 Corinthians 2:4

Many of us believe that the Gospel of the Kingdom is going and telling people about Jesus, but the Gospel of the Kingdom is not that. We absolutely will tell people about Jesus, but the Gospel of the Kingdom is the Holy Spirit using us to serve the world. We will be used just as Jesus was used to serve people. Now think about the people Jesus served by healing them, raising them from the dead, feeding them, and miraculously creating wine so that their party could continue. They did not believe in Who He was and that did not stop Him from serving them, this is the Gospel of the Kingdom.

So the end times will be filled with miraculous works and demonstration of our Father’s Spirit. His power will be flowing through the whole world and people, even people who do not deserve it, will be benefiting from it.

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. John 14:12

Friday, February 13, 2015

Revelation 22:18-22


18 I [personally solemnly] warn everyone who listens to the statements of the prophecy [the predictions and the consolations and admonitions pertaining to them] in this book: If anyone shall add anything to them, God will add and lay upon him the plagues (the afflictions and the calamities) that are recorded and described in this book.
 
19 And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy [these predictions relating to Christ’s kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions or warnings pertaining to them], God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book.
  • These scriptures have been used by a lot of people to talk about us loosing our salvation. But the Truth is no one who has truly been grafted into the Vine would ever take away or add to this prophecy. If they could, then our Father would have made a mistake by grafting them into the Vine in the first place. Our Father knows the beginning and the end, but yet so many want us to believe that He grafted someone in whose heart wasn’t right? That would mean our Father was fooled by these people, and God is never fooled. These verses are only a statement saying don’t mess with what Jesus had written, it's Truth and it will set you free.
  • People killed, tortured, and lied about Jesus, Who is the Word of God, and He forgave them. People will in ignorance mess up Revelation and they too will be forgiven, our Father never changes. 
  • A lot of people will also shy away from Revelation, don’t it is a great Book of Truth and there is such a blessing when our Father uses us to share it and study it with others. 
  • Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near. Revelation 1:3
  • The sower sows the Word. Mark 4:14
  • Revelation is the Word and our Father empowers us to sow His Word and His Word sets us all free. 
20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus!
 
21 The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with all the saints (God’s holy people, those set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His). Amen (so let it be)!
  • I truly hope that our Father uses these studies of Revelation to bless all who read them as much as He has blessed me with sharing them. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Revelation 22:17


17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.
  • Look who calls the people to come: Jesus and the Bride. The Bride does not call herself to her own Wedding Feast, she calls her guests.
  • On Judgment Day, when people have been raised up from Hades and they will see our Father, Jesus, Us, and the New Jerusalem, don't you believe that we will have their full attention and that they will listening?
  • They sure will be and they will bow their knees and they will confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and they will be set free by the Truth.
  • You think these people may be thirsty?
  • And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame. Luke 16:24
  • You think that those who will be raised from Hades will need to be comforted? They sure will need comforting and we will call them to join us and they will learn the Truth, just as we are told that they will. 
  • Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9
  • Jesus never changes, He is always the same. He always thinks the same and He always acts the same, Hebrews 13:8. Heaven and earth will pass away but what Jesus has said will remain, Mark 13:31.
  • Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. Romans 12:14
  • But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Romans 12:20
  • But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
  • Do you not know that the saints (the believers) will [one day] judge and govern the world? And if the world [itself] is to be judged and ruled by you, are you unworthy and incompetent to try [such petty matters] of the smallest courts of justice? 1 Corinthians 6:2
  • If Jesus never changes, and His Word never stops, and we are told that we will judge along with Him, how is it that we could judge people to go to Hell?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Revelation 22:14-16


14 Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city.
  • How does a person cleanse his garments?
  • Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. Romans 10:9-10
  • Now think of what will happen on Judgment Day. Everyone will be there. We will be there, transformed a thousand years earlier to be just like Jesus. The living who did not follow satan when he was released from the Abyss will be there. The dead who will be raised from Hades will also be there. 
  • For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. Romans 14:11
  • For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. Philippians 2:10
  • A person washes their garments by confessing Jesus as Lord and on Judgment Day everyone will have washed garments, because everyone will confess the Truth that will set them free.
  • Our Father will get His way, everyone will be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth.
  • Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
  • Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose, Isaiah 46:10
15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating).
  • All evil will be done away with on Judgment Day.
  • God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine). And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life. Revelation 21:4-6
  • Death and Hades will be destroyed, Revelation 20:14. Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and destroyed, Revelation 20:10. 
  • All of the chaff, or bad stuff, of mankind will be removed from us and will thrown into the Lake of Fire on Judgment Day,  Matthew 3:12
  • So yes everything evil will be gone, the people will not be gone, just what made them evil.
  • But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15
16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star.