Honest Men Cover03If the idea of evidence, verses ideology, appeals to you, this book will be invaluable.

Genuine faith is based upon hearing the word of God and being convinced that it is true. The ability to gather, combine, explain, and reveal, what the entire purpose of the Bible is, in a single publication, is the goal of this book. Evidence, prophecy, history and religion are of no use to anyone unless there is a personal application. We must be able to understand the purpose of the Bible, in context with our own life. The only way that this can be accomplished is if we can understand the big picture of the scriptures and comprehend their relevance, ourselves. Although this was the original purpose of the Bible, religion and men have complicated and clouded the scriptures so that many people find the Bible irrelevant today.

As we begin this journey of discovery, first we must be convinced that the writers of the Bible have told the truth. We must have confidence in the story itself, before our mind can accept what is written. The best way to accomplish this goal is to know and understand the writers and what their objectives were when they recorded these things.

One of the problems that exists in the world today is a lack of knowledge in spiritual matters. Many people have been turned off by religious people, institutions, and their books. While this trend is certainly understandable, considering the false religious climate that exists today, we should also consider that spiritual truth can be known.

If God exists and He wants for us to know Him, then it is certainly reasonable that He has made this possible. Since it was by words that God created the universe, it would also be logical that He would chose to communicate with us by words. The Bible exists as a singular collection of documents which accomplishes this task, with precision. The problem is that not many people today really know what the Bible has to say, or understand its relevance.

There is a story in the New Testament that describes an Ethiopian man of great authority who was traveling along a road in Israel. He was reading from the ancient scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Phillip happen to come along and noticed the young man in deep contemplation. “Do you understand what you are reading,” he asked the Ethiopian. “How can I,” the young man replied. “I have no one to explain it to me.”

At that moment, Phillip got up into the chariot and began to take this young man back through all of the Hebrew prophecies that concern the Messiah, and explain each one to him and what they mean. It was by a careful and thoughtful explanation that this young man was able to comprehend what he was reading.

It is with this goal in mind, that I have written this book. After my own journey of 41 years, seeking to understand what this Ethiopian saw and learned, I am convinced that every person should at least, have the opportunity to see these things for themselves.

This book takes the reader through a process where the story of the Bible is told in a way that allows the reader to understand what the entire narrative is all about. For those who need facts and evidence, this book fully validates each claim that is made. For those who just want to read and enjoy the images that come to our mind when we read the words and storyline, you will be immersed into a period of history that few people have known. For the skeptic and unbeliever, you have an opportunity to examine the vast amount of evidence that exists today, that fully validates that God has proven His existence and His deep desire for you to know Him.

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IMG_2408God has expressed His eternal love to each one of us. He sent His Son to die for our sins and He has brought Him to the earth so that we might see what God is truly like. He also made it abundantly clear that He has chosen only one way that He might be able to save us. It is a plan that He formulated before time existed. He chose to save the descendants of Adam, by a work of salvation that He alone would accomplish. He did this so that none of us could ever boast, or take credit for what God has done.

Salvation is a free gift that God has offered to every person who will simply believe what He has said. If we think that we can make a way of our own that will bring us to God, we are wrong. There is only one, perfect, and complete plan of salvation in which all people of the earth can find and know the One True and Living God.

Isaiah writes that the Messiah will be the only Savior available to all mankind.

Isaiah 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Acts 4:10-12 “let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

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. Read the rest of this entry »


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Today, we are witnessing the unfolding of phenomenal events around the world:

One: a nuclear proliferation treaty with Iran, which greatly jeopardizes Israel.

Two: an American president who is perceived as weak and unwilling to take any serious military action to stop Russia or Iran.

Three: Russian president, Putin, who is using this weakness of president Obama, to move into the middle east.

Four: Increased violence in Israel by Palestinians that may lead to a new war in the Middle East.

These events will only spell certain danger for Israel. The prime minister of Israel; Benjamin Netanyahu, understands this threat. It is certain that he is near the time when he will order a pre emptive strike against Iran. This will draw Russian into the conflict, and likely begin the events of God and Magog, which are destined to be fulfilled just prior to, or just after, the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period. This event may, in fact, be the reason that a seven year peace treaty is signed between Israel and the surrounding nations. This seven year treaty will be the beginning of the seven year Tribulation. Before this event takes place, Jesus will return to remove His church from the world.

We are living during some of the most exciting days of human history. Although the world is not looking for the return of Jesus, we who know Him and love Him, are ever-watching for His soon return. When we see events that are taking place around the world and compare these things with what the Bible states about the last days, we are struck by the similarities.

“Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive
when he returns, we can live with him forever.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:10

Concerning the return of Jesus to the earth, here is what we know for certain: He came before, He promised to come again.

History is replete with many myths. There is no shortage of colorful people who have made grandiose claims over the years of recorded history. There are many critics of the Bible today who claim that Jesus is a fictitious person who never existed. When we examine the actual facts of antiquity, we find that Jesus not only existed and is a genuine person, history has left us a tremendous amount of proof for His existence. The detailed records of the Roman Senate, as well as the Jewish Talmud, both contain specific references to Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. These records are not complimentary nor sympathetic parties, but adversarial and hostile witnesses who describe Jesus as a false prophet, a disrupter of the peace, and the cause of great uprising in Israel during that period of history. The Romans and the Jews had no desire to preserve any record of Jesus life or death, yet this is precisely what they accomplished by their antagonistic comments in their preserved documents.

The records of the Romans and the Jews, both reveal that Jesus was in Jerusalem during the same period of time that the New Testament narrative places Him there.

Near the end of His ministry, Jesus promised His followers that He would come again when everything was ready. There were many events of world history that needed to take place first, before He could return. When theses things were completed, He said that He would come again.

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. —John 14:2-3

When we speak of the “Last Days,” we should understand that this period of time began with the arrival of Jesus on the earth the first time. The last days will be concluded by “The Day of the Lord,” during the Tribulation period. The day of the Lord is specifically detailed in the book of Revelation chapters 6-19.

Some of the confusion over the timing of the Rapture has resulted from a lack of knowledge regarding the term: “The Day of the Lord.” This term is always used to describe the return of the Messiah to the earth, at the end of Daniel’s seventieth week; the seven year tribulation period. In 1 Thessalonians, chapter 4, Paul describes a very specific event in which He states that this information he is giving us, came directly from Jesus (by the word of the Lord).

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. —1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

The Greek word for “caught up” is Harpazo.

Harpazo means “to be snatched away or taken away by force.”[1] It is a word in the Greek language that is used to describe a general who takes hostages by force. Harpazo is also used in the New Testament as translated—by force.

When this verse was translated from Greek into Latin, the word that the translators used here for “caught up” was the Latin word “Rapturo,” which is where the English word “Rapture” originated from. This is why we use the word “Rapture” to describe the event of Jesus’ return for His church, as described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

“We’ll be ‘caught up’ (Rapturo) with them (together with our loved ones) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Once again, this event is not the Second Coming of Jesus that is commonly spoken of. At the Rapture, we meet Jesus in the air, the atmosphere above the earth; not “tera firma,” earth itself.

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

Jesus is coming for His church prior to His return at His second coming, when He will be returning with His church.


Notes:
[1] New Testament Greek Lexicon, Strong’s Number: 726


Jesus Sheep-14David’s description of the Shepherd in the 23rd Psalm who cares for and loves His sheep, is a fitting illustration of the Messiah’s love and care for His sheep, who He came to redeem.

Sheep are undoubtably the dumbest and most helpless of all animals. Unable to care for themselves, they will soon perish without the attentive care of a good shepherd. Sheep cannot find food or water for themselves; they must be led to green pastures and cool waters. Very often sheep will fall and turn upside down with their hooves pointing into the air. Unless the Shepherd comes to their rescue and turns them right side up, they will die. David referred to this frequent event as being “cast down.”

Psalms 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

On four occasions, David asks of his own soul; why are you cast down?

Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

David had apparently seen the sheep many times in this precarious position with their feet pointed up into the air—hopeless, and helpless unless he came as their shepherd and turned them right side up. This reminded him of those times when his own heart was discourage—turned upside down, and God came as his Shepherd to give him hope and help. Read the rest of this entry »


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If you have ever wondered how God could love and care for you when there have been so many difficult and painful events that have happened in your life, this article may be of some use to you.

As we examine the arrival of Jesus into the world, we must ask the question: Why would God allow His Son to be born under such difficult and dangerous circumstances? From the moment that Jesus was born, His life was in jeopardy. King Herod of Judea knew about the prophecy of Micah—describing the Messiah as born in Bethlehem. In fear of losing His rulership, he dispatched soldiers to kill every baby boy, under the age of two years. We know that God loves His Son. The question is: how is it loving to allow someone who you care for—to suffer?

Matthew 2:16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.

The Bible records a great number of trials and difficulties during the first two and the last three and one half years of Jesus’ life. The Father ordained that His Son would suffer so that He might learn obedience.

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. Read the rest of this entry »


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Jesus InterestingA Unique Life

There is one man who is so distinct amongst all other men who have lived upon the earth, that He is worthy of careful examination. Many people have great difficulty with the Christian church and organized religion–and so they should. The religions of men are frequently a catastrophe of errors and diversely opposite from who Jesus is and what He represents.

Jesus is not a religion, He is not a church. He claimed to be God, living within the flesh of a man, and the only Savior of the world. Either He is a liar, a man delusional, or He was telling the truth. It is our responsibility to examine the evidence for His life and determine if He is who He claimed to be.

Jesus never commanded men to join a particular church or religion, He said “Follow Me.”

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The stunning accuracy in the Lord’s prediction of the precise events of Tyre as told by Ezekiel–were fulfilled to the letter by the invasion of Nebuchadnezzar, and later by Alexander the Great.[1] After thirteen years of unsuccessful offensives by Nebuchadnezzar against Tyre, Alexander destroyed the city in one of the most brilliant engineering feats of all history. Taking the rubble onshore from the former old city of Tyre, Alexander build a causeway out to the new city of Tyre one half mile offshore, and besieged and captured the once impregnable city.[2]

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Isaiah 714The importance of the Virgin Birth of Jesus–cannot be overstated. If Jesus had not been conceived by the Holy Spirit and was instead–the result of a union between a human father and mother–He could not be the Savior of the world.

In the first prophecy of the Bible, the Messiah is described as One born by (The Seed of a Woman) without the aid of a human father.

Genesis 3:15a “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Read the rest of this entry »


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Nail through footAmongst the incredible prophecies of the Old Testament which Jesus fulfilled–there are a few which defy logic. How could a person engineer the events of their own death so that a normal procedure of that death would be omitted?

The Old Testament prophecy of the Passover Lamb–which Jesus perfectly fulfilled:

Numbers 9:12 “They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones. According to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.”

How Jesus orchestrated this event in the narrative of the New Testament:

John 19:31-33 “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

Happenstance–or a supernatural engineering of events? Read the rest of this entry »


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Serpent on a PoleWho could have imagined that the circumstances surrounding the serpents described by Numbers Chapter 21, would be a representation of what Jesus would accomplish for us at the Cross? Those bitten by these “fiery serpents” were able to prevent their death by simply lifting up their eyes to look at the serpent on the pole which Moses had made.

Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

[1] Jesus later described this event in the desert as a foreshadow of the time when He would also be “lifted up” on the cross–so that anyone who would look to Him for their salvation–would also be saved.

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 3:14-15 (Jesus Speaking) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.Read the rest of this entry »