COPYRIGHT WARNING

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

Today, the term I am the first and the last, has lost its original meaning. At the time that John penned these words in the Book of Revelation, anyone hearing this term spoken by an individual, understood that they were claiming to be the eternal God.

Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.’ ” Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many people mistakenly assume by the present inaction of God to judge their sins that God’s love will not allow Him to condemn them to hell.

God is the embodiment of love. He is the reason that love exists at all. He is also a God of justice and He cannot permit sin to go unpunished forever (see Prophecy 208). The Lord has appointed a time in which He will judge every thought, word, and deed of all people. Those who have placed themselves under the saving power of Jesus sacrifice will be found not guilty. Those who stubbornly refuse to submit their lives to Jesus and rest their sins squarely on His sacrifice, will bear the penalty for those sins themselves.

To bow the knee is an absolute requirement

Since the cross, where Jesus made atonement for the sins of the whole world, the forgiveness of sin and a full pardon from God for all past wrongs is available to anyone who willingly comes to God. In order to receive His forgiveness—first, the knee must bow to Jesus as Lord, then an acknowledgement is made that He is the only Savior. Bowing of the knee and the heart are two necessary fundamentals of true repentance. God will accept nothing less than the absolute surrender of the life that He is going to save. The bowing of the knee is seen as the visual evidence that the heart has been humbled and is repentant and ready to submit to Jesus’ authority. Without repentance and a submission to Jesus as Savior and Lord, there can be no forgiveness of sin or eternal life. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

It was on the 50th day after Jesus was offered as the Passover Lamb that Pentecost was celebrated. Jesus waited until this specific time to pour out the Holy Spirit on His Church. It was this amazing power which came upon every person who had professed their faith in Jesus as their Messiah, which gave each believer the ability to live the life that Jesus had called them to.

Acts 1:5 “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

The mark of one who is truly saved is the Holy Spirit living within. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no salvation, there is no power, no spiritual life, no eternal life.

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

The Holy Spirit enables us to do things which are otherwise impossible for us to achieve. We can boldly stand before people and tell them about the wonderful things which Jesus has done in our life and have that message empowered by the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit is behind the words and actions of our life, what we say and do has amazing results in the lives of the people whom we come in contact with. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

How can a person know for certain, the correct path to God? There are hundreds of religions, churches, and public speakers who claim to be the only bridge between God and man.

First, we must ask: Are there really many paths to God, or is there a single method by which God requires human beings to travel? When this question is answered by those who are uniformed and have no real knowledge of these matters, almost universally, the answer is: All paths lead to God. When we take the time to study the various religions of the world, we find that there is only one which stands apart from all others as logical, practical, universal, and cosmologically viable. The God of the Hebrews revealed Himself in a way that compels the reasonable person to conclude—He must be the One true God. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Matthew 5:17-48 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 

 As Jesus takes the leaders of Israel through a list of 7 points in the Law of God, He tells them:

You have heard that it was said… But I say to You…

The Pharisees had developed their own interpretation of the law of God, which was described as their traditions. See Prophecy 192.

Jesus informs the leaders of Israel that their understanding of the law was not correct. In saying this, He was elevating His authority above all other authority. Only God has the right to make law and the ability to correctly interpret those laws. This is a seldom noticed section of scripture which really speaks to the true identity of Jesus. By stating, but I say to you, Jesus is claiming that He is God, the architect of all laws.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

In correctly interpreting the text of Isaiah, chapter 42, it is necessary to understand and pay close attention to the context. If we are diligent, we will notice a marked change in the language of verses 1-17 an verses 18-20. By a simple oversight in our understanding of these important verses from the text of Isaiah 42, we may miss one of the most important principles of Biblical interpretation: A correct Exegesis of the true purpose of Isaiah’s prophecy.

God is clearly demonstrating the difference between His Faithful Servant, the Messiah, and His earthly servant, the nation of Israel. When we combine these two sections of Isaiah 42 together and assume that God is speaking only to Israel, we miss important attributes of the Messiah and greatly distort other sections of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

There are physical eyes by which we can perceive the world and there are spiritual eyes whereby we may see into the realm of God’s Spirit. Many people worship the mountains, the seas, the skies and the trees, but not the God who made these things. Isaiah’s prophecy reveals that the Messiah will come into the world for the purpose of allowing men to see what God is truly like. He will walk amongst us, talk with us, and perform such amazing miracles that there will be no doubt that He is the one true Savior who has come into the world.

Jesus came into the world to give spiritual sight to those who cannot see God. Today there are many who are well educated and intelligent—while possessing little or no knowledge of God.

In many instances, it is human education that acts as a barrier to faith. A majority of secular colleges and universities have long since determined that God is a myth and they have set about to teach and indoctrinate their students into this secular world view. Many Christian young men and women who were not sufficiently grounded in their faith before they departed for these secular institutions, quickly lose their faith in favor of a humanistic view of the world, as taught by their professors. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many people have an incorrect view of what God requires for admittance into heaven. It is a commonly held belief that those who are “good people,” will be acceptable to God upon their death. No place in the Bible does God state that good people go to heaven. In fact, He has declared that “no one is good, not one.”

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none good, no, not one

Other people believe that a person who “believes in God” will go to heaven upon their death. This is also not true. James once stated that even the demons believe in God–yet no demon will ever see heaven.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

A third common error that is made by those who are seeking eternal life, is the belief that a person can go to heaven if they keep most of the commandments of God. All persons have told a lie, but not everyone has murdered or committed adultery. Therefore, the liar can gain heaven, while the murderer has no chance of eternal life. This is a also grievous error that prevents millions from gaining heaven. The Bible reveals that those who seek to be righteous by keeping the 10 commandments, will not be acceptable to God.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight

In fact, those who seek to be acceptable to God by the keeping of His law–must keep all of the law. Even a minor violation of a single commandment–such as the telling of a lie–disqualifies that person from gaining heaven.

James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

No person who has broken any law of God–even a single time–will ever gain admittance into heaven. 

1 Corinthians 6:-119 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

One of the most irresistible and attractive qualities of Jesus is His heartfelt compassion for the lost. When we examine the manner in which He speaks to people, even the most destitute and hopeless—find great compassionate and care. Every word that Jesus speaks—encourages those who hear Him. Like a soothing balm that comforts and heals, Jesus bring relief to the downcast and the brokenhearted.

Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would display His intense compassion for people, with great tenderness.

This compassion is best illustrated by the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. As a result of her encounter with the Messiah, this dear woman’s life was transformed. After meeting Jesus she returned to her village and told everyone: Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?

It appears that there were many who were saved as a result of her testimony about Jesus. This was not, however, the chief reason why He came to the well. It was simply because Jesus cared that He visited a woman who needed hope and a new life.

Jesus did not die for the sins of the world so that He could gain a few good out of the many bad. He loved and died for everyone of us, even those He knew would never love Him nor thank Him for the sacrifice He has made. Jesus did not die for the world as a package deal. He died for each individual person, one at a time, loving each one of us with the same passion and intensity. Read the rest of this entry »


The world has been stunned in recent months by the great increase of volcanic activity–all over the earth in Ecuador, Hawaii, Iceland, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and Papau New Guinea. Many are reminded of a description found in the book of Revelation where “A mountain burning with fire,” is said to be the second of the Trumpet judgements of God.

Revelation 8:8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.

Is there a link between an increase in natural disasters and the events described in the Bible? Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures there are examples given in the history of the earth where the Lord has brought disaster upon the residents of our planet for the express purpose of judgement.

Genesis 6:5,7 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. So the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air.

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