Come Out of Her. . .

Revelation 18:4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

We are and have been, at a time when the people and leaders of the world are looking for unity between church denominations and religions (also ethnic backgrounds) through an ecumenical / interfaith movement, God is calling His people OUT of them.

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Pope Francis calls for unity between Catholics and Protestants

To seek unity between the different churches and faiths of the world is a direct rejection of God’s call to “come out.

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Kenneth Copeland Honors Pope’s Call For Christian Unity at Conference

So this message – “Come out of her My people“, is to the people who are members of this new unity of the world and of course, the ungodly unity of the Catholic church and Judaism (Zionism) combination (including those who support the unbelieving Israel and its people) with those of denominational and non-denominational “organized” Protestant & Pentecostal churches that now sound more like the world rather than the Lord.

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Pope Francis: Christians and Jews No Longer ‘Enemies and Strangers,’ but ‘Friends and Brothers’

God has one true church, not a number of different churches, just one ….

Revelation 14:12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Notice that God is saying “Come out of her MY PEOPLE“. This means that God has people within this unified endeavor – false and fallen away churches. There or those that are living up to the light they have received. They are living a true faith according to what they know, and once they see the truth of God’s Word, which the preachers and leaders of these fallen churches have been hiding from them, then they will “ come out ” and join with God’s true remnant people who “keep the commandments (in their hearts- Hebrews 8:10) of God AND the faith of Jesus.

1 Pet 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; …

If you read Revelation 18:4, you will see that Mystery Babylon is guilty of many sins and will receive the final wrath of God before Jesus Christ returns which are the 7 last plagues (Ref. Rev. 9:20).

Anyone who stays in line with the doctrines of these false churches or the fallen Protestant churches will also be guilty of her sins and will also receive of the plagues and be forever lost. So this is a VITAL message to those who have been deceived by these false ministers.

Revelation 18:2-3, “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

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Ten Disturbing Facts About Pope Francis

Famine Of The Word

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Up until a few hundred years ago, economics and even the religious establishment kept the Bible out of the hands of the vast majority of people. But today, when it is widely available, its enemies have found new ways to discredit it in people’s eyes or to just make it seem irrelevant.

Today many homes in Western nations have a Bible somewhere, mostly gathering dust. Few read it, and fewer still understand its meaning and apply its principles in everyday life.

1 Cor 2:14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A RARE AND PRECIOUS BOOK

Before the invention of the printing press, only a very few could own their own copy of even part of the Bible. Some estimate that it took a skilled and rapid writer 10 months to make a copy of it, and a finished and bound copy was worth the price of a landed estate!

Yet Christ told His followers to live by every word of God (Ref. Matthew 4:4). And Paul reminded Christians that the Holy Scriptures are able to make us wise to salvation, and are given by inspiration of God to teach us, correct us, instruct us and thoroughly equip us for every good work ( Ref. 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

God’s people have always loved God’s Word. They knew God’s Word was truth!

Even if they could not own a copy, Christians throughout the ages found ways to hear it read often and even memorized portions of it.

Consider this vignette from the Middle Ages. Many believe that Peter Waldo was converted about 1160, and translated the Scriptures into French to spread the good news to all who would hear him. This led to persecution, as described in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs:

Soon the churchmen in the area, who would not explain the Scripture to the people, ordered Waldo to stop his work or face excommunication. Although Waldo ignored their orders, they persecuted his followers so badly that they were all forced to leave… So perfect were they in their knowledge of Scripture that unlettered country men were able to recite the entire book of Job by heart. Others knew the whole New Testament.

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During those times, because of the scarcity of Bibles and the imminent danger to both the Bible and the person carrying one, it seems potential ministers had to memorize a large amount of Scripture, besides being able to explain it.

The struggle continued through the centuries. Consider that when William Tyndale made his English translation of the Bible, it had to be smuggled into England in bales of cloth or barrels of merchandise. The bishop of London tried to gather up all the copies in his area and publicly burned them. Tyndale himself was kidnapped from Antwerp, tied to a stake, strangled and burned in 1536.

It’s hard, in this time when Bibles are so widely available, to imagine what it was like through most of history, but even today a King James Bible is hard to come by or even dangerous to possess in some nations, where conversion to Christianity can be punishable by death.

PROPHESIED FAMINE OF GOD’S WORD

Considering the proliferation of Bibles in hundreds of languages today—it remains the world’s most translated, best selling (applies to King James Only sales) and most freely given book—the warning in Amos 8:11 is surprising.

In the context of the time of the end marked by heavenly signs (Amos 8:9), Amos quotes God foretelling a time of famine—a famine of His Word. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: ” (Amos 8:11).

Why would this famine come? Because of stealing, injustice, oppression and other sins Amos records. And because the people hadn’t listened to all the previous warnings, had not repented, had “put far off the day of doom (Amos 6:3). The warning was to people who had not listened to God’s Word.

In the time leading up to Amos’ prophecy, God’s Words had been proclaimed through the preaching of Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Joel and Hosea. Today we have all these as well as the rest of the Bible in printed form.  Only but a few of God’s ministers today warn of the consequences of sins and the need for repentance. Like then, today, so few listen.
Amos prophesied during a time of national prosperity, at least for the upper classes of the northern kingdom of Israel. After years of national decline, Jeroboam II seemed to have turned the nation’s fortunes around. But not for long. Perhaps 30 years later Israel would fall to the Assyrians and be taken into captivity from which they have not yet returned.

God’s long patience finally came to an end with ancient Israel, and will again with our modern world. When people ignore His message one too many times, He promises to remove that message, for a time. Isaiah echoes the thought: “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

When will this famine of hearing the Words of the Lord come? We know that it’s already begun; and has been now for some time. And prophetically, it appears to start before the work of the two witnesses who will proclaim God’s Words publicly for three and a half years immediately before Christ’s return (Revelation 11:1-3). How long will it last? This is not stated.

Will it mean all Bibles will be rounded up and burned? This does not seem to be the case, since just having Bibles around doesn’t mean they are read, and many have bible versions that just are not God’s Word. Many have left God’s Word for other versions. The main reason given by most is that the newer versions are easier to understand. This too attributes to the famine of there not being God’s Word near people TO be read.

…and, still there are others that, not only don’t understand, but just simply do not believe.

As Paul said, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? … So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:14-15, 17, emphasis added). Amos also called it a famine of “hearing the words of the LORD.

So it does seem God’s Work of proclaiming His words through His ministers, as well as through the mass media, will be shut off, perhaps through economic downturns, halt on mailing out Christian literature, controls in place to lock out Christian media via the internet, persecution, governmental regulations or a combination of these and other factors.

So what happens when God’s Words are not readily available any more? Apparently some of those who rejected them previously will suddenly notice they are missing, and will conduct a fruitless search throughout the land (Ref. Amos 8:12-13). Isn’t that typical of human condition, to be unaware of what we really wanted and needed until it’s gone?

Preparing for the Famine

So what can we do to prepare now for the famine of the Word prophesied to come?

Like Joseph back in ancient Egypt, we need to be doing this now for the continued years of famine. It starts with hearing God’s Words now, leaving the false ministers alone to their own vices; to turn our hearts to studying God’s true Bible, treasuring His Words and obeying them. God calls on all to repent of sin and to live by every Word of God.

But it’s not just about our own salvation. God is calling many now to help spread His Word. That’s part of the mission He gave His Church, to preach His good news to the entire world (Ref. Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

With the coming famine of God’s Word in mind, His servants today should have the same urgent mind-set that Jesus Christ had in His human ministry. He told His disciples, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” – John 9:4

God has given His Church a job to do—to spread understanding of His Word, to preach the Gospel, to warn the world. And the foundation of that is to study the Bible and understand it ourselves—to prepare ourselves to serve and help those God is calling now and into the future. Let’s do it while there is still time.

Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:…….

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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.

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

1 Timothy 1:10
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;….

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;…

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.

Titus 1:13
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;……

Ephesians 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;…

Colossians 2:22
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;…

Famine: No ministers ministering from the true Word of God, new age Bible versions, lack of attendance of people (means no people ministering to others,), lack of listeners- they are there, but they are not there. False doctrines hinder true Christianity being spoken and heard.

Job 34:4
Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

Footnotes

The Laodicean Church is already experiencing the famine of God’s word! The Laodiceans do not receive God’s Word today, and they never will until they repent! Instead of receiving new revelation from the living God, they have nothing but spiritual starvation.

Meanwhile, God is flooding His very elect with precious new truths! God Who will I believe, will bless and pour out revelations upon us.

Soon, people will not be able to find any spiritual food! People will be crying out for someone to minister God’s Word to them; but then it will be too late physically. God’s very elect will be in a place of safety. Those who paid attention are going to realize what they didn’t do, and what they should have done. God’s Word will cease being preached (except by the two witnesses).

The last verse in Amos 8 brings this book right up to date. It puts these prophecies right into our time.

They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again” (Amos 8:14).

Who are these people who fall and never rise up again? That could only refer to people who received God’s spiritual begettal and who then walked away from it!

Prophecy shows that half of the Laodiceans will not repent, and they are going to lose their eternal lives. How dangerous it is to walk away from God.

If you have received God’s Spirit, you must make sure you are right with God. Many people have fallen away and have become bitter against God! We cannot afford to be wrong about this!  There are people who have fallen and who will not rise again!

The Great Apostasy

Before the second coming of the Lord Jesus…

• (1) The [great] apostasy
• (2) The revealing of the antichrist:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 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. 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;” (2 Thess. 2:1-3).

We are living now, at this moment (and have been for a long time), in the days of that same apostasy, that will precede the continued destruction of the antichrist. The so-called church of our day is such a poor imitation of the true church it is like comparing a ground mole to an airplane. To be more precise it is a spiritual counterfeit having a spiritually adulterous affair with popularity, money, false unity and large buildings.

It is so far from dispersing wholesome Biblical truth, and has been for so long, that the vast majority in our day have never, even once, been in a congregation that closely resembles the New Testament church described in Acts. They have not heard sermons based on Scripture and therefore, aren’t sure what one sounds like. There are a number of reasons why this is so.

Your Favorite Minister…?

First, the ministers, overseers, superintendents, etc. of denominations and religious groups are nowhere near the spiritual caliber they need to be for the office they hold!

The Bible emphasizes holiness in character and soundness in doctrine, and in that order, as being necessary for people to even qualify for such a high, influential office (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1; 1 Pet. 5). But in our day, secular education, money, influence in the community and a musical ability are often the basis of deciding who will or will not be the church leaders and teachers.

The Bible never places a premium on any type of ignorance, but formal education, etc. has never been the basis for ministry, according to Scripture. The Lord Jesus chose the Twelve and four out of that number were ignorant fishermen who reeked with no formal education, but they were qualified to hold the highest office in the church.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

Peter and John might have been rejected in our day, but were qualified in God’s eyes to be among his chief spokesmen because of their heart condition. This was also the basis of choosing a replacement for Judas:

And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” (Acts 1:24-25)

They prayed basically, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs’

Paul wrote about what we would call “smooth talkers” who actually practice to deceive and minister false doctrines:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 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.” (Romans 16:17-18)

Either one of the two Scriptural standards in 1 Tim. 3 or Titus would eliminate 99% of the spiritual leaders in the church (mostly on television) of our hour—together there would be almost a clean sweep.

Our present day “self-proclaimed” spiritual leaders, for the most part, are ignorant of the Scriptures, slothful, worldly, spiritually blind, pleasure seekers, false Bible enthusiast and asleep. The ones that do have zeal seem to be only zealous to spread their unique teaching, which sets them apart from all other groups.

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Back Yard Preachers

Many leaders are there for the wrong reason. We went to one congregation and the present pastor got in that position because he lost his job and needed a source of income! If he didn’t have influential supporters from that group (his immediate family) he would not have been there as pastor. Is it any wonder why people can’t find a sound church in their area?

To have such men that are not Scripturally qualified, as examples and teachers, will result in many souls perishing. The result….taking on false doctrines and false “bible” versions in an attempt to fill the void of their spiritual hunger they were left with from that dead back yard church.

In this day and time now for many years, there are unqualified (and dangerous) spiritual leaders everywhere. Often people want some kind of ministry, but aren’t qualified. They went, but weren’t sent. They answered, but weren’t called.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” (Jeremiah 23:21)

Hence, their influence can be a detriment to others, as well as to themselves. For example, to put a new convert in the position of spiritual leadership, will jeopardize that new convert’s salvation.

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” (1 Tim. 3:5-7)

He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall.

Scripture says blind leaders are spiritually dangerous people:

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matt. 15:14)

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isa. 3:12)

But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law;………………..” (Mal. 2:8)

Blind leaders are everywhere, yet considered reputable and informed. Most, are from Bible colleges and seminaries.

Multitudes of church people are so worn out and tired from working two jobs to make all of the payments they owe, they have little quality time, if any, to read the Bible for themselves.

Their lives are too busy with the cares of this life, temporal pursuits and TV watching to read their eternal contract book with God [the Bible]. They, therefore, just dangerously trust some popular, respected, religious teacher or dear family member who loves them. Since these people are not acquainted with the Scriptures, as they need to be, they can’t discern the deadly errors being taught.

And since these teachers are blind themselves, they can’t feed and warn the sheep as the sheep need fed and warned. Even if the pastors were able to feed the sheep many wouldn’t and if they did the majority of their listeners wouldn’t like it or tolerate it because they are indoctrinated by the world religious systems.

These shepherds get their easy-to-receive sermons out of books, rather than going directly to the Bible for themselves. Many so-called pastors are not able to preach their own sermons from their personal study of the Bible.

Instead of preaching the Word as they are commanded (2 Tim. 4:2), they tell jokes, stories, give book reports and smile a lot to use up the time. The sheep need to be fed wholesome Spiritual food (from a King James Bible), but they aren’t getting it. Hence, they are getting weaker and weaker and dying spiritually.

Levity from the pulpit is another area worthy of criticism. Scripture teaches how the Word of God is to be delivered:

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:7-8)

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (2 Cor. 2:17)

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

A brother in the Lord (anonymous) once went to meeting where the majority of people there were unsaved. The teacher was doing a fine job giving out the Word of God and unsaved people were being convicted, until he changed his tone and told a joke. That killed the conviction that had been there beforehand.

False Doctrine Abounds

There is no doubt that the devil has been busy and very successful tempting people into sin, into reading false “bible” versions (usually because they think they are easier to understand), supporting false ministers, false doctrines.

He has done such an excellent job that the wickedness in the church is so rampant that the divorce rate has exceeded those outside the church and this is not even a concern! This is a whole separate issue in itself, but suffice it to say that a very large percentage of remarried people in the so-called church are actually in adultery, as are their spouses.

This also includes those pastoring congregations and teaching over the radio. Some of these leaders have been remarried two, three and four times. The congregations are polluted with such forms of adultery and almost no one seems to be aware of this or even cares anymore.

But God sees all this adultery. He has not changed His holy standards by the flood of wickedness and unfaithfulness inside the church of our hour (1 Peter 3:12).

All this hurts the holy image of Christianity as a whole. And because of the multiple church scandals, the church (in the eyes of the world) is a joke and lacks the power needed to live holy.

Wickedness, ignorance and religious deception are so prevalent, it is often grieving to attend a church service. It seems to be a repeat fronts Jeremiah’s day:

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” (Jer. 6:10)

Because the sin-filled parishioners are sitting before a blind and ignorant leader (“pastor”) that seems to only want to teach his 20 minute message to appease his audience, and especially the big money-givers, little or no word is being preached. If the word was taught, the people would find it offensive because they are in sin and don’t see any real reason to repent.

Hence, the vital message of faithful and unashamed commitment to Jesus, as well as repentance, holy living and endurance for salvation, has been replaced with:
• (1) tolerance for everyone,
• (2) God loves us all and
• (3) let’s not judge.

It has been this way for decades in many congregations and the people there like it that way. They are comfortable in their sins and no one better bring any kind of conviction upon them, because such won’t be tolerated by the complacent pew warmers or the new age (homosexual) christian.

In many denominational “churches” various potential pastors candidate for the position and ‘one of the so-called elders, who would help decide who would be the next pastor, say we don’t want someone who is going to shove the Word down our throats! The churches want soft, easy and short teachings, entertainment, softball teams, swim ministries and their laughing revivals.

High on their priority list is entertainment. Since so many are already addicted to TV watching—spending multiple hours each day before it, they are in an entertainment mode, which the present church leaders have helped to produce and perpetuate.

Because of the false teachings in our day, especially eternal security and that there is no fiery hell awaiting the wicked.

Multitudes of church people have no fear of God and are primarily pursuing the same temporal and material things that the blinded and dead children of the devil follow after. This has led to untold trouble in multiple areas. Outside the church building, it is hard to recognize a church-goer from a rank pagan in our day.

They both basically talk the same, have the same ambitions and goals that center around money and creature comforts. The power of a godly example is virtually gone from our society and with it many conversions.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 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: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” (1 Tim. 4:1-6)

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.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Multitudes that profess to be Christian are described above—they have a form of godliness but deny its power. The real Christians are commanded to have nothing to do with such religious people, but not in our day, when wickedness and friendship with the world are a priority.

Let’s “unify” seems to be the norm among such groups. They all agree on the Lord’s prayer and apostles creed, but that is not the common denominator for true Christian unity. Holiness and sound doctrine are.

The Apostasy Is Getting Worse

May God help us all continue to live holy and walk in love despite all of the rampant wickedness, damnable doctrine and foolishness being declared in and around the so-called churches and ministries of our day.

But, we really shouldn’t be too surprised by all of this, since apostasy precedes the rise of antichrist who is already here walking and talking to the world.

So are we witnessing this great apostasy that the Bible speaks of? Yes!

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:9-13)

Are you “hated of all nations?” You might then want to take another look at your life and what YOU are doing and saying before a lost and dying world. Are you being “hated” for your witness or speaking of the name of Jesus? This is a Litmus test!

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10:22)

Israeli Report admits they are Descendants of Khazars

By Sartre on December 26, 2014

LEAKED REPORT: ISRAEL ACKNOWLEDGES JEWS IN FACT KHAZARS; SECRET PLAN FOR REVERSE MIGRATION TO UKRAINE

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By Batr Sartre
Are you intellectually and emotionally prepared to confront a new twist to Israeli claims for identity and a political homeland? If you are, test to what extent you have an open mind. The article, Leaked report: Israel acknowledges Jews in fact Khazars; Secret plan for reverse migration to Ukraine, will present a position that is difficult to imagine. When political necessity confronts hallowed claims, what will a determined Zionist do to sacrifice their fundamental assertion for legitimacy? Ponder the significance and full extent of the implications.

Israel seems finally to have thrown in the towel. A blue-ribbon team of scholars from leading research institutions and museums has just issued a secret report to the government, acknowledging that European Jews are in fact Khazars. (Whether this would result in yet another proposal to revise the words to “Hatikvah” remains to be seen.) At first sight, this would seem to be the worst possible news, given the Prime Minister’s relentless insistence on the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” and the stagnation of the peace talks. But others have underestimated him at their peril. An aide quipped, when life hands you an etrog, you build a sukkah.

Speaking off the record, he explained, “We first thought that admitting we are really Khazars was one way to get around Abbas’s insistence that no Jew can remain in a Palestinian state. Maybe we were grasping at straws. But when he refused to accept that, it forced us to think about more creative solutions. The Ukrainian invitation for the Jews to return was a godsend.

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Oy vey, woe is me. How such an admission could be seen as anything but a capitulation to the critics of the legitimacy for the state of Israel? Another critical viewpoint by Wayne Madsen in Israel’s Secret Plan for a “Second Israel” in Ukraine, is the perfect summary of the precarious creditability dilemma that such an admission presents.

Zionists have long argued that the land claimed by Israel was the biblical birthright of the Jewish people who were forced from the land in a so-called diaspora after repeated conquests by various empires. Proof that Ashkenazi Jews, which make up a majority of the Israeli Jewish population, have no historical link to Palestine would call into question the entire premise of Israel as the historical 5,000-year old homeland of the Jewish people.

As expected, the mere disclosure of such a secret government report has intensified the Christian-Zionists Problem – Khazar DNA, as written earlier this year. Never fear there is no shortage of arguments that attempts to discredit any proponent of Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

But in a new article in the journal Jewish Social Studies, Hebrew University researcher Shaul Stampfer argues there is no evidence from Medieval Jewish, Islamic or Christian texts that such a conversion took place.

The silence of so many sources about the Khazars’ Judaism is very suspicious,” Stampfer tells Haaretz.

When persuasion fails, attack the messenger as seen in Must a Jewish State Be Zionist?

Shlomo Sand, a secular Israeli professor at Tel Aviv University, is notorious for his banal theory that Jews today have no connection with the Land of Israel because they are descended from non-Jewish Khazars who converted a thousand years ago in the Caucasus. No unbiased academic takes this seriously.

All this arcane and esoteric disputes surely should be resolved with simple Home genetics kits could identify millions with Jewish roots, right?

Just as the State of Israel has invested resources into the study and promotion of archeology, in part to demonstrate and strengthen the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, by investing in the fields of genetic research and molecular anthropology, Israeli scientists could be at the forefront of this growing field not only to demonstrate the historical connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, but to help refute studies that manipulate data in order to undermine that connection,” said Noah Slepkov, author of the JPPI study.

Slepkov was likely referring to some who claim that the Jews of today are unrelated to the Israelites of the Bible such as Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, whose book The Invention of the Jewish People, which claimed that contemporary Jews are the descendants of the Khazars, Berbers and other groups.

Up to this point the intense push back is expected from the defenders of Israel. Nothing surprising from this response! However, in the essay Top Israeli scientist says Ashkenazi Jews came from Khazaria, not Palestine, the work of a “Johns Hopkins University post-doctoral researcher Eran Elhaik describes a group of widely respected geneticists, including Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology and genetics at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of the 2012 book “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People” is analyzed.”

“Interestingly, while anti-Zionist bloggers have applauded Elhaik’s work, saying it proves that contemporary Jews have no legitimate claim to Israel, some white supremacists have attacked it.”

Now for the surprising variation in critiquing the Rethinking the Khazar Theory! This section is written by no other, than Davis Duke, himself. Review the original article, for a long list of DNA studies that seem to reject and conflict with Eran Elhaik research. Nevertheless, Dr. Duke argues that the claim of special rights for the “Chosen” which resides in the Talmud culture is entirely part of the tribalism no matter the particular genetics of the Zionist.

I have come to believe that the Khazar theory is one more piece of controlled opposition as illustrated in Orwell’s 1984 where Emmanuel Goldstein is supposedly Big Brother’s opposition, but in fact he is part of the Big Brother apparatus.

How convenient it is to suggest that Jews are not a race, not a related people that gives them a unity and strength in conflict with other peoples.

One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism.

Jewish tribalism (racism) and favoritism and preference for fellow Jews combined with discrimination against non-Jews ultimately enables them to take over almost any institution.

Without Jewish racism, Zionism could not flourish, for that is what gives the Jewish extremists its enormous economic, media and political influence.

Christians who propagate the “Khazar theory” should not forget that the Talmud is perhaps the most anti-Christ tome ever written. The Talmud portrays Jesus being boiled in human excrement—“forever”!

The Talmud as well the gospel recounting of the Jewish persecution behind the crucifixion of Christ all took place hundreds of years before any supposed Khazar conversion”

Let’s pull all this information together to sort out a rational understanding of the political considerations that threaten the stability and well being of the planet. Historically it is undeniable that large number of Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia migrated out of that area. Many resettled in Israel. Most adopted pro-Zionist politics. Since the former Khazar empire region was the departing homeland of so many inhabitants who profess to be Jews, it is preposterous to contend that any tribal group can maintain a pure racial identity.

When a Jew resides in Israel are they not called an Israeli? What do you call a Jew living in the Ukraine – a Jew or a Ukrainian? Likewise, when a Jewish migrate from Khazarian descendant moves to Israel and becomes a citizen, do they lose their roots from their own lineage? Whether they purport to be from a bloodline of a racial tribe or simply a convert to a particular religion their association with their country of origin remains.

Could it be that this astounding disclosure of a hidden past is nothing more than a ploy to recapture influence if not actual territory in a former land of settlement? If this is the case, the issue is one of political power and not one of religious inevitability.

Zionism is a political doctrine. All the conflicting genetic research is designed to serve a political agenda. If an Israeli came to Palestine from the Ukraine and practiced the teachings in the Talmud, that person most likely will be a Zionist.

The objection to the state of Israel is that its political precepts and policies are rooted in Babylonian Talmud teachings. When David Duke states that “One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism”, the complimentary lesson is that Zionism cannot be fully comprehended without understanding Talmudic admonitions towards non Jews.

Consequential doctrines that profess superiority privileges should be condemned. Sadly, opposition towards a race, no matter how impure its genes have mixed over the centuries, when its politics maintain Jewish supremacy, is often labeled as anti-Semitic. Natural animosity towards such Jewish chutzpah is defensible in a world which disobeys the true revelations in the Torch.

Preparing Jewish converts, from the Khazars lineage, need not to be based solely upon DNA. What is important is that the political objectives of Zionism be recognized as harmful to humanity. Religion is not the issue, because Zionists reject their own biblical mores.

Don’t Replace the “Substitute”

by Trevin Wax

 

Regular readers of Kingdom People know that I often stress the cosmic aspects of the gospel and the importance of not limiting the atonement to one theory (namely “penal substitution”).

I warn against over-individualizing the gospel, failing to include the Church as central to true Christian faith, and failing to focus on the lordship of Christ.

These aspects have been missing from gospel presentations in the past, and because of our over-individualized gospel, we have produced individualist Christians who see no real need for the Church and who have little understanding of the mission of God beyond God’s mission to save individual souls. The kinds of disciples we produce are a direct result of the gospel we preach.

I am encouraged to see campus ministers, Intervarsity teachers, youth pastors, and church planters seeking new ways to share the gospel that incorporate the “bigger picture” of salvation that has often been excluded in evangelical gospel presentations. I am cheering on the young ministers who are coming up with creative ways of sharing the gospel.

I have been asked to review and comment on several of the newer gospel presentations. So far, I have been disheartened to see many abandoning penal substitution altogether. Yes, the atonement is bigger and broader than the penal substitutionary model. But to excise the doctrine completely is to greatly damage the biblical witness.

The good of the new evangelistic proposals is in what they add. Many of the newer gospel presentations emphasize transformation instead of just decision. They reveal the communal aspect of salvation, not merely the individual. They focus on how salvation leads us to mission in this life, not merely a heavenly afterlife. I appreciate the way that these presentations describe the purpose God has for the whole world. This is a necessary corrective to previous presentations.

The best part of the new approaches to gospel-sharing are found in the beginning, namely, a strong emphasis on the world being “messed up.” We know it’s true. We feel it in our bones. And because we know something’s wrong, we must be made for something that is “right.” It is a terrific (C.S. Lewis-like) way to bring a person into the Christian story because it disarms (in a good way) the listener by presenting a scenario that most everyone agrees is accurate.

The other terrific part of these gospel presentations is the emphasis on the kingdom community that comes at the end. We must reclaim an oft-neglected aspect of the gospel – that Christ came to create a community, not just to save people here and there. The Church is central to God’s purposes.

But there are some weaknesses in the new forms of gospel-sharing.

1. Evil without “Sin”

The new presentations tend to use the more impersonal word “evil.” But talk about how we are “damaged by evil” gives the impression that we are victims of sin and have no moral culpability before God. Speaking of “evil” in the cosmic sense is good, but we must maintain the biblical teaching that evil runs through each of us and manifests itself in deliberate sinfulness. We are corrupt.

Evil is not just an outside force that holds us in slavery. It is an inside force that runs through us. We choose to not live in harmony with those around us. We choose to not live in harmony with our world. We choose to not live in harmony with God. We’re more than damaged – Scripture teaches we’re dead. Without the proper emphasis on human culpability for sin, we’re going to run into problems later.

2. Explanation of the Cross

The new gospel presentations rightly affirm that “Jesus came to restore the world and everything in it for better.” I enjoy the “already/not yet” paradigm of kingdom eschatology that comes through in these presentations.

Still, I wish for a clearer explanation of why Jesus had to die on the cross. The gospel presentations leave us with vague statements about “evil overpowering” Jesus or the sinfulness of the world “infecting” Jesus instead of the Scriptural description of Jesus willingly taking on our evil and sin upon himself and willingly dying.

The substitutionary atonement gets left out in many of these presentations. Thus we miss the reason why Jesus had to die – not the historical reasons for Jesus’ death, but the theological reasons why this death was necessary. Jesus dying as the Passover lamb is a clear statement that:

  1. Jesus is taking God’s wrath upon himself in place of his people and
  2. A new exodus is beginning.

Most of the new gospel presentations emphasize Point 2, but sidestep Point 1.

3. No faith. No repentance.

The New Testament continually tells people to “repent” and “believe.” Because personal sin is not highlighted much in the early part of these presentations, repentance for the forgiveness of sins is virtually absent at the end.

Regarding faith, I agree that we need to call people to submission under Jesus’ lordship (thus the verse in Romans 10 that speaks of “obeying the gospel”), but this call to submission follows the call to faith in his death and resurrection. We must maintain a proper emphasis on saving faith.

Suggestions

If we are going to keep the substitutionary atonement model in our presentation, we must show that God so passionately loves this world that he is committed to rooting out and purging all evil from it. He is not indifferent to human sin and evil. He loves this world so much that he is rightly wrathful against anything that defaces it and dishonors him.

When I share the gospel, I turn to examples of horrific evil like Nazi Germany or the sex-slave children taken from Indonesia after the tsunamis, etc. This helps people get a good idea of what evil in its worst forms is like and how a good God will not shrug his shoulders at evil. He is just and fair to rid the world of evil.

Then, after people acknowledge that evil exists and that evil must be done away with, I show how (in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s phrase) “the line of evil runs through each us too.” The sin we see in others runs through ourselves, even if we think we’re good. And if God is going to be just and fair, then all human sin has to be judged. All evil has to be purged from the world, which means that all humans are “goners.” “For all have sinned” fits in here.

Once we tweak the beginning of the presentation, the effects on our view of the atonement naturally follow. God steps in to bring redemption to our world in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Human Being that we were all intended to be. He is the Image of God – the true image, whereas the image of God in us is defaced. Jesus fulfills God’s original intention for humanity. Because of that – here comes substitution – He is crucified in our place.

It wasn’t just that Jesus was a great guy who wound up dying for a good cause. He died according to the plan of God because we were so bad, and yet God loved us anyway. The way it sounds in some of the new gospel presentations, the cross looks like a surprise, not like the climax to which the Gospels are all moving.

If God is just and good, he must purge the world of evil. The way he does that and manages to save human beings who bear his image is by sending the His own Son to take the weight of the world’s evil upon himself and have it condemned in his body. God passes judgment on all that’s wrong in the world and all that’s wrong with us when Jesus, the Righteous One, dies on that cross. So evil is defeated, the loving judgment and love-based “wrath” of a good God falls upon Jesus, the sin-bearer dying on the cross.

We need to call people to trust in Jesus for salvation, to trust that the Story is true, to trust that our salvation is in God’s hands, to trust that Jesus’ death reconciled us to God and to others. Surely, we need to have “trust” in these presentations and not just “submit.” If not, we will eventually wind up with converts who are constantly examining themselves saying, Have I submitted enough? Have I committed enough? Have I turned away from enough sin? Am I a good enough agent for the Kingdom? Without trust in God’s mercy and grace at the forefront, we run the risk of turning this incredible story of good news about the world’s true Lord into a heavy burden. If salvation is about being justified by faith in Jesus as Lord, then faith needs to be included in the final point. Right now, faith is absent.

The Question of Future Disciples

When I evaluate a gospel presentation, I try to imagine what kind of disciple the presentation will produce. The gospel presentations of past generations have given us individualistic Christians without an understanding of the missio Dei and the nature of the church. They need to be fixed.

But I hope we don’t trade the inadequate presentations from the past with other inadequate presentations. I can see future generations who have grown up with this newer presentation asking questions like, “What does the gospel say about my guilt? How do I know I’m okay with God? How can I be sure I’ve been doing enough for the Kingdom?” And eventually, we will have self-focused, self-centered Christians who have turned introspective precisely because the gospel presentation they heard and believed did not say much to them about that.

Ironically, whereas our past gospel presentations have sometimes produced self-centered, consumerist Christians with little life change, it is very possible that our current presentations will produce the same self-centeredness, but in different ways.

We need to hold together the biblical understanding of the atonement and the kingdom. Let’s hold together the personal and the communal. Let’s hold together the afterlife and the mission-Life. Let’s hold together the decision and the transformation. Let’s not swing the pendulum too far to one side and make other errors.

The readers of my blog know I harp on the cosmic scope of the gospel because the cosmic implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection are often minimized or missing in evangelicalism today. If it sounds like I’ve done a 180 and am now harping on substitutionary atonement, repentance, and faith, it is only because I don’t want us to abandon the traditional aspects of the gospel. We need to increase our view of the gospel, not replace it with something less.

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Doctrines Matter

I posted this blog with touching mildly on church doctrines because here recently in the ether, doctrines (sound) are being challenged. Of course, this is expected. The war rages on between those within and those who are without. However, what is sad is the fact that more professing Christians are attacking and questioning other Christians; as if they are too extreme or over zealous in their beliefs. 

 

We live in a time period where we cannot waiver in any instance. Attacks from all directions are headed to all righteous avenues. I believe Paul said it best when he stated: 

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

The devil is not going to let up until he’s destroyed by God. So, why should we let up? Why give one inch? It’s therefore wise also that we continue to edify one another: 

1 Corinthians 14:12Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Our light is not only for the lost in the dark but also for those in the body. We are to be zealous, hungry and ready to give an answer and prove all things :

 Romans 14:19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

 

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT DOCTRINE – SOUND (CORRECT) DOCTRINE – MATTERS

 

In writing to Titus about the work of an overseer in the Church, Paul told him that he must, “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.” (Titus 1:9). And, he urged, “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,” (Titus 2:7).

 

Paul told Timothy, who oversaw the Church at Ephesus:

 1 Timothy 4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
1 Timothy 4:1-6Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 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: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

 

Paul even warned Timothy that there would come a time when people “…will not endure sound doctrine;…”:
2 Timothy 4:1-5I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

 

FALSE DOCTRINE OCCURS WITHIN AND WITHOUT THE CHURCH

 

Outside the Church it ranges from the claims of world religions which serve another god, to the teachings of cults of Christianity – groups and movements that, while claiming to be Christian, deny one or more of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

 

Inside the Church it ranges from the watering down of the Gospel, using false Bible versions to the introduction of unbiblical and/or extra-biblical teachings and practices which, more often than not, become a test of ‘true Christianity.’
DISCERNMENT

 

The Bible teaches that Christians should learn to discern. That is, they should learn to test teachings against the Biblical standard. This is done in two ways:

 

a) by relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit who indwells them, and

 

b) by studying God’s Word (KJV)

 These two work hand-in-hand.

 

One can not expect someone who has just accepted Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour to have a full, working knowledge of Biblical theology. The Bible indicates that people come to Jesus because the Holy Spirit draws them and they respond to His invitation. 

 

When someone accepts Jesus Christ, he or she becomes regenerated (born again – a new person, spiritually). Among other things, they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which puts him or her at a great advantage over non-Christians. Paul puts it like this:

2 Corinthians 2:11-16For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 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. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

 

WHAT IS DISCERNMENT?

 

Discernment is the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.

 In Christianity, to discern is

 

[t]o identify the true nature of of a spirit, doctrine, practice, or group; to distinguish truth from error, extreme error from slight error, the divine from the human and the demonic.

– Source: Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Orthodoxy and Heresy, Baker Book House, 1992, Page 115. [1]
The two main Greek words translated as “discernment” are anakrino, meaning to examine or judge closely, and diakrino, to separate out, to investigate, to examine.

 

CHRISTIANS SHOULD GROW IN SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

 

The Bible teaches that all Christians should grow in spiritual discernment.

 

Hebrews 5:12-14For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Paul told the Thessalonians: 

 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 

While he encouraged the Thessalonians not to discount or dismiss the Holy Spirit — by despising that which was being taught as coming from God (prophecy) — Paul instructed them to test everything.

 

In other words, if someone preaches or teaches something that he or she claims was inspired by God, we are not to despise it — which would result in quenching the Holy Spirit.
However, we are to carefully examine that which is being taught.

 

Earlier, Luke called the people of Berea — where Paul and Silas had been sent to preach — “more noble than those in Thessalonica,” because

 

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.Acts 17:11-12

 

Thus the Bereans did not quench the Spirit, but rather tested what was being taught, using Scripture as their guide.

 

HOW TO GROW IN SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

 

The only way to grow in spiritual discernment is

 a) by relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit who indwells every true Christian, and

b) by stuyding God’s Word, the KJV Bible.

 These two go hand-in-hand:

Holy Spirit

 

One can not expect someone who has just accepted Jesus Christ as his savior to have a full, working knowledge of Biblical theology. The Bible indicates that people come to Jesus because the Holy Spirit draws them and they respond to His invitation.

 

When someone accepts Jesus Christ, he becomes regenerated (born again – a new person, spiritually). Among other things, he receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which puts him at a great advantage over non-Christians. Paul puts it like this:

 

1 Corinthians 2:11-16For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 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. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The Bible

 

The Bible (King James only) provides the standard against which all teachings (and other “bibles”) must be tested:

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 

Hand-in-hand

 

This reliance both on the guidance of Holy Spirit and on God’s Written Word should keep Christians focused on God.

 

If Christians were to rely only on their ability to listen to the Holy Spirit, they would leave themselves open to all manner of private teachings and interpretations — without any rules by which to rest such revelations.

 

At the same time, it they were to rely only on their own ability to interpret and apply the Scriptures, they would leave no room for God’s guidance in revealing to them the riches of His Word.

 

As Christians our focus should always be on the living God, with whom we have an interactive relationship.


RELYING ON THE DISCERNMENT OF OTHERS

 

No Christian is an island. There is much to be learned from one another, as we share the wisdom and insights God has revealed to us from His Word, by His Holy Spirit.

 

Sadly, though, many Christians leave the responsibility for discernment almost completely up to others. Their guidance comes primarily from televangelists, authors (and, more often than not, their ghost writers), their pastors, or their favourite websites.

 

That’s like being spoon-fed by someone else — marking one as an infant, rather than as a mature Christian:

 

Hebrews 5:12-14For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
IN CLOSING

 

By all means, let’s learn from one another — eagerly receiving the word, while also examining everything carefully.

Where did Cain Get His Wife?

​For some time now a question arises when either being read from Genesis 4:16 or the land in which it is mentioned…. where Cain had relations with a (his) wife in the land called Nod. If you were to browse the INTERNET on this topic you’d be bombarded with many thoughts or opinions-some documentation, some to be even claiming to be the truth about this “wife” from which seems to have no origin; only speculatory hypothesis from whence this woman may have originated.

 

Looking to the Book of Jubilee, a book recognized as being  historically accurate, however not seen as canonical, bears out interesting facts about Cain. 

 

As can be seen in the Book of Jubilee (Cain and Abel (4:1-12; cf. Gen 4.). “………..and Adam knew his wife again, and she bare him a son, and he called his name Seth; for he said “God hath raised up a second seed unto us on the earth instead of Abel; for Cain slew him.” And in the sixth week he begat his daughter ’Azûrâ.  And Cain took ’Âwân his sister to be his wife and she bare him Enoch at the close of the fourth jubilee. And in the first year of the first week of the fifth jubilee, houses were built on the earth, and Cain built a city, and called its name after the name of his son Enoch. And Adam knew Eve his wife and she bare yet nine son. And in the fifth week of the fifth jubilee Seth took ’Azûrâ his sister to be his wife, and in the fourth (year of the sixth) she bare him Enos.
As we can see further evidence of Cain, not being the seed of Adam because Adam said that it was their second seed, and not the third. The seed of Cain came from the serpent whom beguiled/seduced Eve having relations with Eve, in an attempt to pollute the lineage from which the Messiah would be born through (Jesus). Also further, Cain (regardless of his murder) would have been mentioned as being a son of Adam; and he was not mentioned, only Abel was mentioned as being heir from Adam and then Seth. Cain was not his seed, and thereby excluded as being his son (Gen. 5:1-5)

 

* (Foot note) In closing this thought: Cain married ’Âwân and Seth ’Azûrâ- Cain’s wife was his sister ’Âwân

 

If we do a little digging around in some other books such as the writings of Josephus (a Jewish Historian), Plato (writer and philosopher), and others, others which are credible and often referenced to by many ministers for extra-Biblical documentation we can arrive at many important facts in the history of that period. But one question whom many ask “Where did Cain get his wife?
Well, assuming there were only two people on the Earth, and from Scripture we can see there was only Adam and Eve; from them all people came- ONLY from Adam and Eve- up until the birth of Seth, there were no more men born to Eve. However, there were females, sisters born along side of Cain. We cannot prove by Scripture or factual data was there any other “humans” unaccounted for living in other lands beyond the Garden of Eden.

THREE THINGS:

 

One: What is sad to report is that the church, by and large, has not given, or cannot give the answer to this particular question.

 

Two: This question is obviously a problem to many Christians, and the fact that they cannot answer it, causes many, I believe, to doubt that they can defend the book of Genesis. This also affects their witnessing to non-Christians.

 

Three: for many non-Christians, this is a stumbling block hindering them from believing that they can trust the Bible as being a true record of history, from the first book, Genesis, onwards.

 

But, besides the fact this is an easy question to answer, does it really matter whether or not we can answer it? Should we make an issue of this or not?

Well, first of all, it is vitally important for a Christian to be able to answer this question, as it relates to defending the fact that all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve; and, secondly, that it is only their descendants that can be saved. Let me go through these two aspects in some detail.

ALL “HUMANS” ARE DESCENDANTS OF ADAM AND EVE.

 

In Genesis 4:1-2, we read, “And Adam knew Eve his wife: and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel.” (c.f. Gen. 3) In Genesis 5:3, we read, “And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image: and called his name Seth.

 

* (Foot note) Notice the wording “…in his own likeness, after his image…” You see, Cain was not Adam’s son. He was the serpent’s seed. It does not say this about Cain. Cain was not of Adam’s flesh.

 

We are told certain details about three sons born to Adam and Eve. It is recorded in Genesis 3:20, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Thus all human beings are descendants of the first woman, Eve. There were no other women—just one woman, Eve.

 

In 1 Corinthians 15:45, Paul tells us that “the first man Adam was made a living soul.” In other words, Adam was the first man—there were no other men at the beginning. In Acts 17:26, Paul states that the God who made the world “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;…

 

* (Foot Note) Notice also in verse 26,  the words”bounds of habitation
All “human beings” are related, because they are all descendants of the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve.

 

As marriage in the Bible specifies one man for one woman for life, this means Christians have to be able to explain how Adam and Eve’s sons could marry and have children to propagate the human race. Thus we need to be able to answer the question concerning Cain’s wife.

 

One can actually answer this question with just a little Bible knowledge. Genesis 5:4 tells us that Adam and Eve “begat sons and daughters.” Josephus, the Jewish historian, states that “The number of Adam’s children, as says the old tradition, was thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters.” The point, of course, is that Adam and Eve had many children. When you are living up to a thousand years; one has much time to “propagate.”

 

Anyway, brothers must have married sisters at the beginning. Remember that the law against close intermarriage was not given until the time of Moses—e.g. “none of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him….” (Leviticus 18:6). There was nothing wrong with brother and sister marriages, originally. If you think about it, that is the only way to populate the world, starting with only one pair. Notice that Abraham married his half sister with no condemnation from God, even though this was later forbidden.

 

* (Foot Note): The fact that a law was given to stop the incest marriages tells us that it was being done on Earth before that time, the period to go out being “fruitful and multiplying.” There were NO more humans on Earth in which to multiply with. It all started with Adam and Eve, and of course, the sons of God (Genesis 6:2) leaving their habitation to mix their seed with that of the seed of man (Jude 1:6). For more on this CLICK HERE
Also, as Adam and Eve were created perfect, their genes would have been perfect. As the curse God placed upon creation started to operate only after they sinned, their descendants would not have had many mistakes in their genes. These mistakes (harmful mutations) add up only after a long period of time.

 

*(Foot Note)- During the time of the beginning when giants roamed the earth, the population began to increase, so did sin, that’s when God said: Genesis 6:5-7, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

So brothers and sisters (Adam and Eve’s children) could have married and not had the problems of deformities in their offspring as might well happen today, if such close relatives married and had children. This is because today humans have lots of mistakes—because of the curse—in their genes. Our genes will not allow a child to be born without certain physical issues. This may cause problems when matching pairs are inherited from both parents, as is much more likely with close intermarriage.

 

Some people, though, say that there must have been people other than Adam and Eve because Cain went to the land of Nod and found his wife. Well, first of all, the Scriptures quoted above make it obvious that there was only one man and one woman from whom came all other human beings.
Secondly, the Scripture says that Cain went to the Land of Nod and “knew” (had sexual relations with) his wife. John Calvin (Protestant minister), in his commentary on Genesis, and most other conservative expositors, make the point that Cain was married before he went to the land of Nod.

 

Since men and women lived to be hundreds of years old in the primeval world, populations grew rapidly, and Cain had plenty of time to marry a sister (or possibly a niece), move to Nod, and build a city for his own descendants and others.
ONLY ADAM AND EVE’S DESCENDANTS CAN BE SAVED-“HUMANS”.

 

The most important aspect of the topic is this: if we cannot defend the fact that all humans can trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve, then the our ministering the whole Gospel message may have problems; at least with respect to this subject matter.

 

When the first man, Adam, sinned, he forfeited his right to live with a Holy God. God, who is infinitely just, had to judge this rebellion with death (Physical death). Adam and all of his descendants would have been alienated from God forever. However, God, in His infinite mercy, provided a means of deliverance from sin and its effects (physical death) and eternal separation from the Creator God. In Hebrews 9:22, we learn that “without shedding of blood is no remission of sins.

 

God required the shedding of blood for remission of sin. But, as Adam, the (representative) head of the human race at the time, brought sin and thus death into the world, another Man (another representative,  the second Adam without sin, but also a member of the human race paid the penalty for sin—the penalty of death; the death that we are redeemed from.
John 12:25

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

 

John 8:51

Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”

 

John11:26

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

* (Foot note)-It’s amazing how many people do not take God’s Word literally anymore.

 

The Bible teaches, of course, that the atoning death of Christ was “for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). In fact, it was only when “by one man sin entered into the world” that death came into the world and then “passed upon all men” (Romans 5:12).

 

Thus the idea that there were “pre-Adamite men” or other human-like creatures in the world unaffected by Adam’s sin, is theological nonsense. There could not possibly be unaccounted for “other people” living in other lands (i.e Nod) for whom Cain could have found a wife therein. Had that been the case, God’s Word would have surely followed up with those people; not to mention, they would have been brought up by the New Testament writers as well.

 

As by the offense 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” (Romans 5:18).
Since all men and women “true humans” are descendants of Adam and Eve and “all the world” has “become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19), and since “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11), all people—of every age and every place—can be saved, if they simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31).

 

2 Corinthian 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.

 

This wonderful solution to the problem of sin and death is beyond anything we humans could ever imagine. God made another Adam! He, Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, the perfect sinless Son of God, came to earth to be a man born of a woman—a perfect man—man as God intended man to be. 

 

1 Corinthians 15:45

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 

Paul calls Christ the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). The “God-man died” on the cross of Calvary and “became sin for us,” and then was raised from the dead, so that we might have a living sacrifice—a new representative head (1 John 2:1). Only as we are united to Him do we have the gift of eternal life with our Creator (John 14:20).
Just think of what Jesus Christ has done for us. He became a man (but is also God) God and Man (Son of Man) in two distinct natures, but One person, forever, so we will always have a Saviour (Hebrews 7:25).

 

What a wonderful message! What a wonderful Saviour! What a blessed Redeemer! What a God of Grace and Mercy! Oh, how we should praise Him—and for those of us who do love and trust and serve Him, we will praise Him forever and ever. Amen or Oh me?

 

* (Foot Note)-This is why we are commanded to preach the Gospel to “every creature.” This is why we can talk about our brothers and sisters in Christ, and this is why we need to be able to answer questions such as, “Where did Cain get his wife?” without speculating that God created any (non-existent) “other people,” or that there were “soul-less humans” at that time. Hence giving way to a false doctrine that there were other “people” already living in the land the Bible calls “Nod” (Gen. 4:16).

The Nephilim

Numbers 13:31-33 says, “But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
When Moses sent his spies to scout the Promised Land so the children of Israel could enter it, the spies reported seeing beings there who were giants. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there were races of people at that time who were so large, that regular sized men appeared as “grasshoppers” before them (other references can be found in Deuteronomy 2:10-11, 2:21 and 3:11 or the story of David and Goliath for starters). And we see that when the great servant of the Lord, Joshua, was sent to conquer the Promised Land that God commands him to kill all of the men, women and children of these giant races. They were to be wiped as if any remnant of their kind would post a great danger.

 

So what is this all about? The Bible of course has the answers. Since the day satan was removed from his position serving God and cast out of godly service as the first sinner and a traitor (Ezekiel 28), he has been conspiring to try to thwart God’s plan of creation and redemption for humanity. And part of his conspiracy is what caused the flood in Genesis. This conspiracy is going to play out all the way to the End of Ages and as we know will end with our King and Saviour Jesus Christ being triumphant over satan and his armies.

THE DAYS OF NOAH

 So let’s start with Matthew 24:26. In Matthew 24 Jesus discusses the temple in Jerusalem being destroyed while it was still under construction. This prophecy of course came true in 70 AD when Titus destroyed the temple and Israel as a nation. Everything else in Matthew 24 is discussing the period known as The Tribulation. We know this from Matthew 24:3 which states: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

So clearly we see these are questions regarding the end times. And in Matthew 24:36-37 The Word says: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

Jesus explains that the times on Earth will be like the days of Noah before the flood. So now we should look to those times to see what made them unique. In Genesis chapter 6 the Bible states: “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…” Verse 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.
Now many people have debated whether the term “sons of God” refers to angels or men; and this is precisely why we have to examine the Bible as a complete book and not just hang ideas on one verse. First of all, the Hebrew words for the “sons of God” is B’nai Ha Elohim, which would mean these are Heavenly beings, giving credence to them being fallen angels. Then we see the children of these sons of God and daughters of men were “mighty men” and “of renown.” They were also “giants.” Something in their genetics made them super-sized people; and it was their fallen angelic parentage.

 

But again, we must keep searching the Bible to make certain of meaning. The Bible is self-confirming and one passage of Scripture can always be confirmed by another. We see the term “sons of God” next used in the book of Job. Job 2:1 states: “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
The Hebrew term here once again is B’nai Ha Elohim. As we know these sons of God here are clearly Angelic beings who are presenting themselves before The Lord (in Heaven). satan is among them (who of course is a fallen cherubim – a type of Heavenly being). So there should be no mistaking what the Hebrew term now means. The implication here is that fallen angels married human women and produced children with them. And this act was so abhorrent to The Lord that He punished them. First with the flood and then with imprisonment.

 

In Jude 1:6-8 the Bible states: “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. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

 

Here we see a reference to angels who left their “habitation” and are reserved in chains until Judgment Day. So which angels could these be? Clearly we should all agree that this is not a reference to satan. satan is not in hell. He is roaming the Earth seeking to destroy and deceive as many people as possible (see Job 2 again where the devil says he was walking “to and fro” on the Earth).
The devil and most of his fallen angels are on Earth doing spiritual warfare with and using evil men and women and will not be sent to Hell until their time of Judgment (Revelations 20). The fallen angels being referenced in Jude are the same angels who had relations with “the daughters of men” (human women). We see the immediate reference to Sodom and Gomorrha afterwards indicating sexual sin (in addition to other lascivious behaviors, the men of Sodom were sexually attracted to the male angels staying with Lot).

 

And as for the “habitation” the angels left, it is the spiritual realm. Many scholars say this habitation refers to the fallen angels leaving Heaven, but again that would not explain why they would already be in hell under chains until Judgment Day since the fallen angels are not in Hell yet. Let’s look at this again…..

 

Looking at 1 Peter 3:19-20 we see more confirmation: “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

 

So again we see there are spirits who are “in prison” meaning they are already in bondage of Hell. Hell or Sheol at this time, was the holding place for the unsaved who died and Jesus went there to make a triumph over them (Colossians 2:15). And plus, verse 20 makes it clear that the disobedience of these spirits took place at the time of Noah, right before the flood! So again, it all comes back to this time and the specific activity that caused some of the fallen angels to be put in prison before Judgment.
The book of 2 Peter gives even further confirmation: 4-6For 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; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;…

 

The angels who are already in Hell are again linked to Noah. Plus there is a reference to the sexual sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

So the question at this point is: why were fallen angels doing this? Why was this such a serious offense that the offending angels were put in Hell immediately? The answer lies in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall break thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This amazing, beautiful verse is the first promise of a redeemer, our Messiah Jesus Christ. The Lord is telling satan that the seed of a woman will eventually crush him. Now we know all over the Bible the lines of genealogy are described through men. The same for a seed (i.e., the seed of Abraham). But the one seed spoken of from a woman is Jesus Christ (“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,…“)

The only way we could be saved was through a virgin birth, with the Lord providing the baby to a virgin woman. Jesus being both 100% man and 100% God allowed Him to take all sins of humanity and save us all. So satan, seeking to stop this plan thought of a way to corrupt it: by having fallen angels taking women and having children with them! By doing this he could ruin the lineage of the coming Messiah by making Him part fallen angel. To no surprise, the people who were becoming increasingly mixed with fallen angels were becoming increasingly evil.

 

The corruption was so bad the Lord states: Genesis 6:5-7 ,”And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.


THE LORD SHOWS REGRET FOR EVEN MAKING ANY LIVING CREATURES BUT NOAH FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF GOD.


In addition to being a faithful servant to The Lord, Genesis 6:9 tells us that Noah was “perfect in his generations.” As opposed to referring to his moral perfection (and Noah of course being a man, was not perfect) this phrase meant was that Noah’s lineage was 100% human.

 

Noah did not have any Nephilim in his family line (However, his son Ham may have married the seedline of Cain) so he (Noah) was able to carry on the lineage that would lead to Jesus Christ. Thus the flood was not the judgment out of anger many make it out to be. It was a necessary act to prevent the extinction of humanity and allow us to have salvation through the Messiah. The lineage that led to Jesus was preserved through Noah. Genesis 11 goes to great detail to list the lineage going from Noah to Abraham; so there is a record.

 

Of course satan continued to conspire against the Lord from that point and continues today. The repeated temptation of the Israelites to worship him (in the form of other gods like Baal, Molech ‘and today Allah’ formerly known as Baal), tempting Christ in the wilderness and then going into Judas to provoke the conspiracy to have Christ killed.

 

All these things fulfilled the Lord’s plan because He all along knows what is going to take place and moves all things, good and evil towards His Ultimate just and righteous Purpose. So in the end times will the Nephilim return? It’s possible.

 

Many speculate the alien phenomena could be a “disguise” for this. If “aliens” exist, they are nothing like humans, they are fallen from all that they ever knew, and along with that, their previous states of appearance; thereby possibly looking like the most current depictions of “aliens.”

The main point for the Christian is to not be deceived by any of this. Instead, let us rejoice in knowing that no matter what the adversary attempts the ultimate victory lies with Jesus Christ our Risen Saviour.

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Atheism & Free Will

by Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Renowned atheist Carl Sagan began his immensely popular book Cosmos with these words: “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.1 What do today’s atheists mean when they use the term Cosmos? The modern “scientific” idea is that the Cosmos is completely, entirely, and altogether materialistic, composed of matter and energy, and contains nothing immaterial or “not-matter.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines “materialism” as, “The theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.2 As it now stands, the ideas of the Cosmos or of “nature” have been redefined to include only physical matter and energy. Evolutionists Hewlett and Peters demand that “to be scientific in our era is to search for solely natural explanations.3 Physicist Paul Davies correctly stated, “The materialist believes that mental states and operation are nothing but physical states and operations.4 Evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin admitted that evolutionists “have a prior commitment, a commitment to naturalism…. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine foot in the door.5
What are the logical implications of the idea that everything in the Universe consists solely of matter and energy? At first glance, the materialistic idea may not seem very profound or Earth shattering, but a deeper probe into the concept reveals that some of the most fundamental aspects of humanity are at stake. In this article, we focus on one feature of humanity that must be denied if materialism is accepted: human free will. You see, if matter and energy are all that “really” exists, then the notion must be rejected that there is a human will that directs the decision-making process. In short, if you, as a person, have ever made a single real decision; if you have ever freely chosen to do or not do anything, then atheism cannot be true. This is the case because your decision would be the result of something “more than” matter. It could not be explained by a naturalistic “cause and effect” chain of chemical events. If there is a “you” inside your body that freely chooses this or rejects that, then the materialist understanding of the Universe is false.

Modern leaders in the atheistic community admit as much. Sam Harris, recognized in skeptical circles as one of the four leading voices of modern atheism, penned a book titled Free Will. In that short volume, he wrote: “Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making…. We do not have the freedom we think we have.6 He further stated, “I cannot determine my wants…. My mental life is given to me by the cosmos.7 Again, “People feel (or presume) an authorship of their thoughts and actions that is illusory.”8 And, “What I will do next, and why, remains, at bottom, a mystery—one that is fully determined by the prior state of the universe and the laws of nature (including the contributions of chance).9 As he begins to summarize his views toward the end of the book, he says, “You will do whatever it is you do, and it is meaningless to assert that you could have done otherwise.10

Why does Harris demand that free will is non-existent? His commitment to materialism paints him into this corner, which is obvious from his statement: “In improving ourselves and society, we are working directly with the forces of nature, for there is nothing but nature itself to work with.11 On the second-to-last page he writes, “Am I free to change my mind? Of course not. It can only change me.12

There are striking ironies in the position that Harris and others take as they deny their own free will and their readers’ as well. First, why in the world would these men write books and articles in an attempt to persuade anyone to believe their “no free will” position if the reader cannot decide for himself to change his mind? What is the point of trying to convince a person who believes in free will, if that “belief” is nothing more than the consequence of the cause-and-effect, natural processes that are banging around in his brain? If the reader does not have the ability to choose his or her belief, what is the point of trying to “show” the superiority of the “no-free-will” position? According to Harris and crew, you believe what you believe because of the physics of the Cosmos working in your brain, and how in the world words on a page could change those physics would indeed be a mystery worth uncovering. The fact that modern atheists are writing books to convince people that there is no free will belies the undeniable fact that humans have free will.

Second, Harris’ concluding statement brings to light another glaring difficulty in the no-free-will position. He says, “Am I free to change my mind? Of course not. It can only change me.13 Wait just a minute. Who is the “I” or the “me” in the sentence? If there is no free will, and humans are simply the combined total of the physical processes at work in their brains, then there should be nothing more than the “mind” in Harris’ sentence. The fact that he can differentiate between “himself” and his “mind” shows that there is something more at work than determinism. A purely physical entity such as a rock or atom does not have the ability to think in terms of “I” or “me.” In truth, that Harris is conscious of an “I” or of a “self” contradicts his claim that free will does not exist.14
In addition, it seems humorous and superfluous for people such as Harris to write an “Acknowledgements” section in their books. Why thank people and acknowledge their contributions to your work if they could not have done otherwise? He writes, “I would like to thank my wife and editor, Annaka Harris, for her contributions to Free Will. As is always the case, her insights and recommendations greatly improved the book. I don’t know how she manages to raise our daughter, work on her own projects, and still have time to edit my books—but she does. I am extremely grateful to have her in my corner.15 That’s all well and good, but since she has no free will, she didn’t choose to help Sam. It was thrust upon her by the nature of the Cosmos. Why thank a person who stays with you and helps you due to no choice or decision of her own, but due to an unalterable course of cause-and-effect actions in her brain? Why not thank the computer that “typed the words so faithfully as I hit the key strokes,” or the oxygen that “so generously entered my lungs and allowed my cells to function,” or the light that “so gracefully bounced from the screen (or page) to my eye, allowing me to see”? That Harris thanks his wife and not his computer gets to the point that there is something very different about the two entities. You thank a person because that person helped you (but could have chosen to do otherwise).

On February 12, 1998, William Provine, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the distinguished Cornell University, took to the podium on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was invited to deliver the keynote address at the second annual Darwin Day, a day dedicated to commemorating the life and teachings of Charles Darwin. In an abstract of that speech on the Darwin Day Web site, Dr. Provine’s introductory comments are recorded in the following words: “Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly. 1) No gods worth having exist; 2) no life after death exists; 3) no ultimate foundation for ethics exists; 4) no ultimate meaning in life exists; and 5) human free will is nonexistent.16


Provine’s ensuing message centered on his fifth statement regarding the lack of human free will.

Several years later, Provine continued to hold to this position. He appeared in the Ben Stein documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed in 2008. In his discussion about Darwinian evolution, he said, “It starts by giving up an active deity, then it gives up the hope that there is any life after death. When you give those two up, the rest of it follows fairly easily. You give up the hope that there is an imminent morality. And finally, there’s no human free will. If you believe in evolution, you can’t hope for there being any free will. There’s no hope whatsoever in there being any deep meaning in life. We live, we die, and we’re gone.17 
The late Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick concurred with Provine. He wrote in his book

The Astonishing Hypothesis: “‘You,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.18 


In his million-copy international best-selling book The Selfish Gene, renowned atheistic writer and speaker Richard Dawkins explained the evolutionary ideas that force atheism to deny human free will. He asserted that humans are “survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve selfish molecules known as genes.19 Since Dawkins views humans as a compilation of physical genes fighting for survival, he must insist that these genes instinctively strive to live and pass on their information. That being the case, every human action must then be a product of the physical “gene” forces at work in the human body and brain. Human actions cannot be the result of some type of personality or free will according to this notion. In his attempt to flesh out his view more thoroughly and give answers to behaviors that have traditionally been attributed to human free will, he expounds on the selfish gene idea: “This gene selfishness will usually give rise to selfishness in individual behaviour.20 When explaining the relationships that survival machines (humans) have with each other, he stoically quips:

To a survival machine, another survival machine (which is not its own child or another close relative) is part of its environment, like a rock or a river or a lump of food. It is something that gets in the way, or something that can be exploited. It differs from a rock or a river in one important respect; it is inclined to hit back. This is because it too is a machine that holds its immortal genes in trust for the future, and it too will stop at nothing to preserve them.21

Dawkins’ ultimate explanation for human behavior is that we do not choose the way we relate to each other, but are driven by our genes to use or exploit other humans to produce the greatest chance to pass on genetic information.

It is often the case that many atheists attempt to distance themselves from the views of Dawkins, Harris, and other free-will-deniers. They contend that, even though they are atheists, they still believe that humans have free will and choose their own behavior. They do this because they know, deep down in their heart of hearts, that they have chosen their behaviors in the past. The problem with their mode of operation, however, is that atheism necessarily implies that free will cannot exist. If humans actually make their own, personal decisions, then something must be at work that is more than nature—which is over and above the natural, physical movement of atoms. There must be a human mind, or soul, or spirit that is supernatural—that controls the movement of the physical body. A person can choose atheism, or he can accept human free will, but not both and still be logically consistent.
Atheist Dan Barker, prolific debater and author, feels the tension between atheism’s denial of free-will and the fact that humans know that they make personal choices. His solution is simply to redefine the term free will. In his debate with Peter Payne, Barker stated: “I happen to think that we have the illusion of freewill…. I’m a strict determinist. We are natural creatures. The material world is all there is. We actually don’t have what we would call libertarian freewill.”22 In his book, godless, Barker stated: “I am a determinist, which means that I don’t think complete libertarian free will exists. Since we don’t know the future…we have the illusion of free will, which to me is what ‘free will’ actually means.” Barker recognizes that humans certainly feel like they make decisions, but his atheism demands that they cannot do so. In order to hang on to his atheism, and allow for “free will,” he changes the definition of free will to “thinking that you are actually making a free will choice when you are not.23

Barker is not the only atheist that is forced to turn to this “illusion of free will” idea. Anthony Cashmore, biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, penned an article alleging that human free will does not exist. He wrote: “It is my belief that, as more attention is given to the mechanisms that govern human behavior, it will increasingly be seen that the concept of free will is an illusion.24 According to Cashmore, you are reading this article because your genes and your environment have forced you to. You are not responsible for your decision to read this article, and based on your alleged evolutionary history and your environment, you could not choose to be doing anything different than what you are doing now. You are literally a slave to your genes and your environment. As Cashmore wrote: “[A]n individual cannot be held responsible for either his genes or his environment. From this simple analysis, surely it follows that individuals cannot logically be held responsible for their behavior.25
One of the most damaging lines of reasoning against the illusion idea put forth by Barker and Cashmore is the way in which these men attempt to convince their readers of its truth. Cashmore used five-and-a-half pages to argue that our society should disregard the outdated concept that humans are responsible for their behavior. Barker has been in more than 80 moderated debates attempting to bring people over to his view. But if Cashmore and Barker are right, then there is no way we can disregard the concept of free will, due to the simple fact that we did not choose it in the first place. If humans are not responsible for their beliefs or behaviors, then the generally held concept of free will is nothing more than an evolutionary, environmental by-product. According to their line of thinking, if we believe in free will at the present, and act on that belief, we are not responsible for it. If they are right, why in the world would they attempt to urge the scientific community to change its mind about free will, if the community does not have the power to change its mind? Why spend time and effort arguing against free will, if your audience does not have the freedom to choose to accept or reject your reasoning anyway? The fatal flaw of the “no free will” argument is that it demands that the person making the argument has the free will to do so, and it tacitly assumes the parties evaluating the argument have the power to accept or reject it.

If humans are survival machines that cannot make any real choices, then all “persuasive” arguments would be worthless. Those who believe in God are programmed and forced by their genes to do so. Those who believe there is no God are equally products of their bodily physics. If humans don’t change their minds, but, as Harris claims, their minds change them, then why attempt to change believers’ minds, since they don’t really have “minds” and their brains are going to “believe” whatever their genes tell them anyway?

Atheists actually have to assume free will in order even to discuss the topic. It’s as if they are saying, “I want you to turn your eyes to look at me so that I can show you that you really can’t see anything.

Television personality Bill Nye the “Science Guy” found himself in a terrible quandary when asked about human free will. In a video on the subject titled, “Hey Bill Nye, Do Humans Have Free Will?” he stated: “But clearly, I know I have made decisions based on things that happened around me that I wouldn’t have made without being informed by history or what I noticed. I know I have. Now if that turns out not to be true, I’d be very surprised.26 Near the end of the video, however, he then backtracks and claims that our decisions really are the result of the quantum physics at work in our brains. Then he claims: “At some level there is randomness in what we think, because we are made of chemicals that have randomness.” Then he said, “I mean, I don’t mean to skirt your question.27 Actually, skirting the question was exactly what he was doing. He has to admit that he makes choices, but his atheistic naturalism forces him to back peddle and attribute those “choices” to chemistry and physics. His video is the epitome of atheism’s failure to deal with the fact of human free will.
In June of 2015, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne delivered a lecture at the Imagine No Religion convention in Vancouver, Canada. His speech was titled, “You Don’t Have Free Will.” It is one of the clearest examples of the new age atheistic position. Based on his atheistic beliefs, he argues for a purely deterministic world in which human free will is nothing more than physical processing at work, molecules moving to the beat of the laws of physics. Addressing his primarily atheistic audience, he says, “Now many of you don’t accept that. You don’t believe that you are robots made out of meat, which is what I’m going to try to convince you of today.” He takes this position, because if atheism is true, and there is nothing supernatural, then (as he says), “Our behavior is absolutely determined by the laws of physics.28

Coyne takes serious issue with his fellow atheists who claim to be naturalists and determinists, but who attempt to say that humans do have some kind of free will. He correctly shows that atheistic naturalism cannot permit any type of free will.
Those atheists who are trying to accommodate both ideas, according to Coyne, are simply playing “semantic tricks” trying to convince people “that we are still okay even though we are meat robots.29 Coyne went on to say, “As Anthony Cashmore said, ‘We have no more free will than a bowl of sugar.’” Coyne then added his own words, “We are bowls of sugar, just very complicated ones.” Coyne does an excellent job of proving that atheism demands that human free will cannot exist. What he fails to do, however, is prove that free will does not exist. He claims it. He asserts it. But he cannot prove his false assertion. The reason for that is simply because humans really do have free will.

At one point in his speech, he attempted to deal with the biggest problem that the “no-free-will” idea encounters. He tried to tackle the question of why he would try to persuade anyone to believe his view, since, according to his view, no one can choose any beliefs. His argument was that, just like kicking a dog teaches the dog to avoid harm, presenting the material he was presenting may “teach” a human to adopt his viewpoint, even though humans would just be reacting to his material, not choosing to believe it.

So, Coyne says, “Why did I get out of bed this morning? I thought, I hope to persuade people, and that was determined by the laws of physics.” He goes on to say, “Even our very desire to try to change people’s minds. The fact that I’m up here trying to do this is determined by my own, you know, physical constitution and environment. That is the infinite regress and the sort of annoying thing about determinism. It’s turtles all the way down.

Let’s analyze Coyne’s statement. Who is “annoyed” by this “infinite regress” of physics? Is it Coyne? Why, if he is just doing what his chemistry is forcing him to do, does he get “annoyed” at this? Who, exactly, is it that is getting annoyed at the situation? Is it Coyne’s physical, meat robot self? Obviously, the fact that he is “annoyed” speaks to there being something more to Coyne than molecules in motion.

NO MORAL RESPONSIBILITY

Consider the chain of implications. First, if there is no God, then this material world must be all there is. There can be nothing supernatural. Second, if the physical world is all that exists, then all entities that are made of matter must be driven solely by physical laws. Third, since there is nothing supernatural (according to this view), then there can be nothing more-than-matter inside of humans that can choose anything. Free will cannot exist in an atheistic world. But do not stop there. If humans cannot make decisions, then what is the necessary implication of that belief? What would that mean in regard to morality, crime, punishment, etc.? The necessary implication is that humans are not morally responsible for any of their behavior, any more than a rock, squirrel, or turtle is.

In Coyne’s speech, after making one of his points about most of his audience being determinists, he said, “Almost all of you here don’t believe in moral responsibility. Think about that.” He went on to say that because of his belief in determinism, “I don’t consider myself morally responsible, because I don’t have a choice.” Cashmore said the same when he stated, “From this simple analysis, surely it follows that individuals cannot logically be held responsible for their behavior.30 While the atheists who deny free will attempt to conjure up a world where no moral responsibility brings about a modern utopia, nothing could be further from the truth. The rapist blames his genes. The murderer blames his chemistry. The adulterer points the finger at his environment. The thief “cannot help himself.” The perjurer acted only in response to molecular motion in his brain. The school shooter followed his urge to kill as many students as possible. The suicide bomber could not have chosen otherwise. An environment saturated with such thinking would hardly be described as a utopia.

Along these lines, Coyne said, “Whether or not you are the kind of person who accepts other people’s notions of morality is something that you have no control over. And if you don’t, that’s something you don’t have any control over either.

Let that sink in….
If you think it is “morally” acceptable to fly a plane into a building in an attempt to kill as many people as possible, you could not think otherwise and you are not “morally” responsible for doing anything wrong. Truly, the denial of moral responsibility is one of the most fallacious and harmful implications of the false idea of atheism.
we are to be “scientific” about these matters, we must take what we know to be the case and find the explanation that best fits the facts. If we are honest, each of us knows that we have freely chosen attitudes and behaviors. We know that we could have chosen differently. And we often feel the guilt of having chosen wrong, or the triumphant feeling of having chosen right. In all honesty, you know that you could choose to quit reading this article right now, or you could continue. Your freedom is not an illusion, but is an actuality: a statement of the way things really are, not the way they only seem to be. Since that is the case, we must take the fact—our free will—and find an explanation that best fits the fact. Atheism cannot account for human free will. Atheists who are consistent with their belief are forced to admit this is a logical implication of it. Therefore, if humans have free will, and atheism implies that they do not, then atheism is false. On the other hand, the idea of a supernatural God endowing humans with a mind, consciousness, and soul fits perfectly with the fact of human free will. Thus, the person who is trying to “follow the evidence where it leads” must conclude that human free will proves a supernatural Creator exists.

WHY CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE NO CHOICE?

As I have studied atheistic books and writings and watched several videos, I’ve tried to put my finger on why atheists do not want to believe they choose. They all admit that humans think we are free to choose, but they insist that we are not really choosing anything. They maintain that there is really no “Sam Harris” upstairs, or Jerry Coyne “in there somewhere.” They insist that “Richard Dawkins” is just another name for the physical molecules that make up a certain body, and that there is no real soul or personality of a non-material nature “in there.” If there really is such a thing as free will (and there is), why would a group of people choose to deny it in spite of the evidence that proves it exists? Why don’t they want to be viewed as free moral agents who deserve praise for their morally correct actions and who deserve blame for their moral failures? An exhaustive list of possible reasons why this is the cause is impossible, but Coyne did give us one very telling idea.

Near the end of Coyne’s speech, he attempted to explain the benefits he sees in adopting the idea that free will does not exist (not to be tedious, but keep in mind that he does not really think you can adopt it; instead, you are forced to accept whatever your chemistry determines). He said that a benefit of denying free will is that you would have a “lack of regret for bad things that happen. It takes away a certain amount of guilt feelings from you. You don’t have to beat yourself up over, ‘I should have done this instead of that.’” There you have it. Humans, from the beginning of Creation, have looked for ways to plead “not guilty” in the face of their own sins. We have attempted to blame everyone else except ourselves for our moral failures. Humans have tried to blame God, their parents, their genes, their society, their spouses, their circumstances, and everything under the Sun for the selfish, sinful choices they have made. The next step with this approach is to say that, since we cannot choose our behavior, then “punishment is not justified for retribution (people get—or should get—what they deserve).31

Notice the reasoning. If I can say that I cannot help myself (I cannot choose differently), then I do not have to feel guilty for the things I do wrong. Furthermore, if I did not choose the immoral actions that I committed, then neither society (nor God) can punish me for doing immoral things. Truly, the Proverbs writer accurately stated many years ago, “Evil men understand not justice” (Proverbs 28:5). The atheistic position not only rejects the concept of free will, but then jettisons the concept of justice as well.
Yet how acutely aware we humans are when injustice has been done to us.

In regard to the current situation, Romans 1 reads almost like a prophecy,

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:

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.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” (1:18-22, emp. added).

I was just a meat robot.” “My selfish genes drove me to….” “The physical properties in my brain forced me to act that way.” “I could not have chosen differently so I’m not morally responsible.” These and other empty excuses will not be accepted by the Maker on the Day of Judgment.

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.” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

ENDNOTES

1 Carl Sagan (1980), Cosmos (New York: Random House), p. 4.

2 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (2000), (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin), fourth edition.

3 Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters (2006), “Theology, Religion, and Intelligent Design,” in Not in Our Classrooms, ed. Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch (Boston, MA: Beacon Press), p. 75, emp. added.

4 Paul Davies (1983), God and the New Physics (New York: Simon & Schuster), p. 82.

5 Richard Lewontin (1997), “Billions and Billions of Demons,” in The New York Review of Books, 44[1]:31, January 9.

6 Sam Harris (2012), Free Will (New York: Free Press), p. 5, italics in orig.

7 Ibid., p. 19.

8 Ibid., p. 24.

9 Ibid., p. 40.

10 Ibid., p. 44.

11 Ibid., p. 63.

12 Ibid., p. 65, italics in orig.

13 Ibid., italics in orig.

14 For an extended discussion of consciousness and Creation, see Bert Thompson and Brad Harrub  (2004), “The Origin of Consciousness: Part 2,” Reason & Revelation, 24[2]:9-15, https://goo.gl/M9Drix.

15 Harris, p. 67.

16 William Provine (1998), “Evolution: Free Will and Punishment and Meaning in Life,” http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/darwin/DarwinDayProvineAddress.htm, emp. added.

17 Ben Stein and Kevin Miller (2008), Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (Premise Media), emp. added.

18 Francis Crick (1994), The Astonishing Hypothesis (London: Simon and Schuster), p. 3.

19 Richard Dawkins (2006), The Selfish Gene (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press), 30th Anniversary edition, p. xxi.

20 Ibid., p. 2.

21 Ibid., p. 66.

22 Dan Barker and Peter Payne (2005), “Does Ethics Require God?” http://www.ffrf.org/about/bybarker/ethics_debate.php.

23 Dan Barker (2008),godless (Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press), p. 128.

24 Anthony Cashmore (2010), “The Lucretian Swerve: The Biological Basis of Human Behavior and the Criminal Justice System,” PNAS, 107:10, http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/02/04/0915161107.full.pdf+html.

25 Ibid.

26 Bill Nye (2016), Big Think, “Hey Bill Nye, Do Humans Have Free Will?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITdMa2bCaVc.

27 Ibid.

28 Jerry Coyne (2015), “You Don’t Have Free Will,” Imagine No Religion Convention, Vancouver, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca7i-D4ddaw.

29 Ibid. All other quotes from Coyne’s speech have the same bibliographic information unless otherwise noted.

30 Cashmore.

31 Coyne.

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Are you born again? There is a chance you might be religious but not saved!

REGENERATION


BIBLE VERSES ABOUT REGENERATION

Preaching about the doctrine of regeneration isn’t done anymore. There are many people who call themselves Christians who are not Christians. Many people have all the right words, but their heart is not regenerate. By nature man is evil. His nature leads him to do evil. An evil man cannot change himself and will not choose God.  That’s why Jesus said in John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.


What is regeneration?

Regeneration is a work of the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual rebirth where man is radically changed. 

Another phrase for regeneration is being “born again.” Man is spiritually dead, but God intervenes and makes that man spiritually alive. Without regeneration there will be no justification or sanctification.

QUOTES

We believe, that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man’s free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God.”  – Charles Spurgeon

Regeneration is something that is accomplished by God. A dead man cannot raise himself from the dead.” – R.C. Sproul

God’s family, which comes into being by regeneration, is more central and more lasting than the human family that comes into being by procreation.”  – John Piper

The true Church preaches REGENERATION; not reformation, not education, not legislation, but regeneration.” – M.R. DeHaan


MAN HAS A HEART OF STONE.

Man is radically depraved. He does not desire God. Man is in darkness. He cannot save himself nor will he desire to save himself. Man is dead in sin. How can a dead man change his heart? He’s dead. He can do nothing without God. Before you can understand regeneration, you have to understand how fallen man truly is. If he is dead how can he be brought to life by himself? If he is in darkness how can he see the light unless someone shines the light on him?

Scripture tells us the unbelieving man is dead in his trespasses and sins. He is blinded by satan. He is in darkness. He does not desire God. The unbelieving man has a heart of stone. His heart is unresponsive. If you use spiritual defibrillator paddles on him nothing will happen. He is depraved to the fullest extent. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The natural man does according to his nature.


Let’s take a look at John 11. Lazarus was sick. It is safe to assume that everyone tried to do everything humanly possible to save him, but it didn’t work. Lazarus died. Take a moment to realize that Lazarus is dead. He can do nothing on his own. He’s dead! He can’t wake himself up. He can’t snap out of it. He can’t see the light. He won’t obey God. The only thing that is going on in his life at the moment is death. The same thing goes for an unbeliever. He is dead in sin.

In verse 4 Jesus says, “…This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

In John 11 we see a picture of regeneration. It is all for God’s glory. Man is dead, but out of His love and His grace (unmerited favour) He makes man alive. Jesus makes Lazarus come alive and now he is responsive to the voice of Christ. Jesus says, “…Lazarus, come forth.”
Jesus spoke life into Lazarus. 

Lazarus who was once dead was made alive. By the power of God alone his dead heart started to beat. The dead man was made alive and could now obey Jesus. Lazarus was blind and could not see, but through Christ he was able to see. That is Biblical regeneration!
1. John 11:43-44 “, And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

2. Ezekiel 37:3-5, “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

3. Ephesians 2:1, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.



    YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.

    You will know a true believer from a false believer by their fruit. A bad tree will not bear good fruit. By nature it is a bad tree. It is not good. If you supernaturally change that bad tree into a good tree it will not bear bad fruit. It’s a good tree now and it will bear good fruit now.


    4. Matthew 7:17-18, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.




    TAKE A MOMENT TO LOOK AT EZEKIEL 11:19

    We see the regenerative work of God in this chapter. Notice that God is not teaching works. Notice that God is not saying, “you have to obey to be saved.” He’s teaching regeneration. He says, “I will take the stony heart out of their flesh” It’s not something He is trying to do. It’s not something He is working on. They will no longer have a heart of stone because God clearly says, “I will take the stony heart out of their flesh” God is going to give the believer a new heart.
    What does God go on to say? He says, “That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them.

    There are two unbiblical views on salvation. One of them is that you have to obey (works salvation) to be saved. You have to keep on working for your salvation. God says, “I am going to put a new spirit within…” them. You don’t have to work for it. God says He is going to give you a new heart to obey.
    Another unbiblical stance is that the grace of God found in Christ is so amazing you can sin all you want. Maybe they won’t say it with their mouth, but that is what the lives of many professing Christians say. They live like the world and they think they are Christian. It’s not true. If you are living in sin you are not a Christian. Ezekiel 11 reminds us that God will remove their heart of stone.

    God says that, “…they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances,” God has made that man a new creation and now he will follow God. To sum it up. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone. We are saved by Christ. We can’t work for our salvation. It is a free gift that you don’t deserve. If you had to work for your salvation it would no longer be a gift, but something done out of debt. We don’t obey because obeying saves us. We obey because through faith in Christ we have been supernaturally changed by God. God has put a new spirit in us to follow Him.

    5. Ezekiel 11:19-20, “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”


    ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?

    You become a Christian not when you pray a prayer, but when you are born again. Jesus tells Nicodemus that regeneration is a must. You must be born again! If regeneration does not occur your life will not change. There are no steps to being born again. You will never find a how-to manual in the Scriptures for regeneration. Why is that? Being born again is a work of God. It is all by His grace.

    The Bible gives an overwhelming amount of evidence for monergism (regeneration is exclusively the work of the Holy Spirit). God alone saves us. Salvation is not the cooperation between God and man like what synergism teaches. Our new birth is a work of God.

    Those who put their trust in Christ alone will have new desires and affections for Christ. There will be a spiritual rebirth in the lives of believers. They will not desire to live in sin because of the indwelling Spirit of God. This is not spoken about anymore because in many pulpits across the world even the pastor is not born again!


    6. 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.

    7. Titus 3:5-6, “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;”

    8. 1 John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    9. John 1:12-13, ”

    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: 

    Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    10. 1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


    THOSE IN CHRIST WILL BE A NEW CREATION.

    We have a low view of the power of God. We have a low view of the power of salvation  Salvation is a supernatural work of God where God makes a man a new creation. The problem is that most people have not been supernaturally changed. We try to water a seed that has never even been planted. We don’t know what salvation is and we don’t know the gospel. We give unconverted people full assurance of salvation and we damn their souls to Hell.

    Leonard Ravenhill
    said, “the greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy, then put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.” God really makes people new creatures! For those who have put their trust in Christ it is not something you are trying to be, it is something you have become by the power of God.

    I talked to a man the other day that said, “I try to help people so God will help me.” It is a good thing to help people, but I talked to the man and I knew he never put his trust in Christ. He was not a new creation. He was a lost man trying to earn favour with God. You can stop your fornication, your drunkenness, your pornography, and still be unregenerate! Even atheists can overcome their addictions by their own willpower.

    The regenerate man has a new relationship with sin. He has new desires. He has been given a new heart for God. He grows in his hatred for sin. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “…old things are passed away;…
    He despises his old ways, but he grows in his love for the things that God loves. You can’t train a wolf to be a sheep. A wolf is going to do what a wolf desires to do unless you change him into a sheep. In many churches today we try to train unconverted people to be godly and it won’t work.

    A lost man in religion tries to do the things he hates to be in right standing with God. A lost man in religion tries to stop doing the things he loves. He is involved in a web of rules and legalism. That is not a new creation. A new creation has new desires and affections.

    Charles Spurgeon gave an amazing illustration of being regenerate. Imagine if you have two plates of food and a pig. One plate has the best food in the world. The other plate is filled with trash. Guess what plate the pig is going to? He is going to the trash. That is all he knows. He is a pig and nothing else. If with the snap of my fingers I can supernaturally change that pig into a man he will stop eating the trash. He is not a pig anymore. He is disgusted by the things he used to do. He is ashamed. He is a new creature! He is a man now and now he will live the way a man is supposed to live.

    Another illustration of the regenerate heart: Imagine an unconverted man being late to work. He is having a terrible day and he is rushing. Before he steps out the door his wife says, “can you take out the trash?” The unconverted man is angry and he goes crazy. He yells at his wife in anger. He says, “what’s wrong with you?” He goes to work and brags about the things he said to his wife. He doesn’t think about it at all. 6 months later he is converted. He is a new creation this time and the same scenario happens. He’s late to work and he’s rushing. Before he steps out the door again his wife says, “can you take out the trash?” In anger he yells at his wife and does exactly the same thing he did before.

    Some of you may ask, “so what’s the difference?” 

    This time as he shuts the door he feels like a knife just stabbed him in the heart. He gets in the car and as he is driving to work he feels miserable. He goes to a meeting and he’s so burdened that he says to his boss “I have to call my wife.” He gets out of the meeting, he calls his wife, and he begs his wife to forgive him. 

    When you’re a new creation, sin burdens you. Christians can’t tolerate it. David was broken over his sins. Do you have a new relationship with sin?


    11. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

    12. Ephesians 4:22-24,That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    13. Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

    14. Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”




    STOP STRIVING TO ENTER INTO HEAVEN BY YOUR OWN MERIT. FALL UPON CHRIST


    Let’s go back to the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born again. Nicodemus was a very religious Pharisee. He was striving to earn salvation by his works. He was known as a religious man and he had a high position among the Jews. In his mind he has done everything. Now imagine how he feels when Jesus says, “…ye must be born again.

    We see this all the time today. I go to church, I’m a deacon, I’m a youth pastor, my husband is a pastor, I pray, I give tithe, I’m a nice person, I sing in the choir, etc. I’ve heard it all before. There are many religious people who sit in church and hear the same sermon over and over, but they are not born again. Before God your good works are nothing but filthy rags and Nicodemus knew it.
    When you start comparing yourself with others who profess to be Christian then you run into problems just like Nicodemus. He looked just like the other Pharisees who professed to be saved, but we all know the Pharisees were hypocrites. You say, “well I look like everyone else around me.” Who says everyone else around you is saved? When you compare yourself to man you are trapped in the problem. When you start comparing yourself to God you will start searching for the solution. Nicodemus looked at the holiness of Christ and he knew he wasn’t right with the Lord.
    He sought desperately to find the answer. He said, “…how can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus was dying to know how he can be saved. He knew his own efforts would not help him. Later on in chapter 3 verse 15 Jesus says, “…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    Just believe! Stop striving to earn salvation by your own merit. You must be born again. Those who repent and put their trust in Christ alone will be regenerate. It is a work of God.

    Believe that Christ is who He says He is (God in the flesh.) Believe that Christ died, was buried, and rose from the grave defeating sin and death. Believe that Christ has taken away your sins. All your sins are gone. Through faith Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. Believe in the blood of Christ. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Evidence that you have truly relied upon the blood of Christ is that you will be regenerate. You will be given a new heart for God. You will come from darkness to light. You will go from death to life.

    15. John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

    16. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    PAUL WAS A VERY UNGODLY MAN. 

    Before conversion Paul threatened and murdered God’s people. Paul was a wicked man. Let’s fast forward Paul’s life after conversion. Now Paul is the one being persecuted for Christ. Paul is the one being beaten, shipwrecked, and stoned for Christ. How did such a wicked man change? It was the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit!

    17. 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.

    JESUS SAYS, “MAN MUST BE BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT.”

    Many people teach that Jesus is referring to water baptism, but that is false. Not one time did He mention baptism. On the cross Jesus said, “it is finished.” Romans 4:3-5Romans 3:28Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; and Romans 5:1-2 teach that salvation is by faith apart from works.

    What was Jesus teaching then? 

    Jesus was teaching that for those who put their faith in Christ they will be a new creation by the regenerative work of the Spirit of God as we see in Ezekiel 36. God says, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:…

    18. John 3:5-6, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.


    LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EZEKIEL 36.

    First, notice that in verse 22, God says, “…but for my holy name’s sake…” God is going to change His children for His name and for His glory. When we allow people to think they’re Christian, but they live like demons that destroys God’s holy name. It gives people a reason to mock and blaspheme the name of God. God says, “…for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned…

    Christians are under a huge microscope. When you get saved in front of your unbelieving friends they look at you more closely. They think to themselves, “is this guy serious?

    When God has supernaturally changed someone the world will always notice. Even if the unbelieving world never worships or acknowledges God, He still gets glory. The world knows that the Almighty God has done something. If there was a dead man on the ground for 20+ years you are going to be stunned when that dead man miraculously becomes alive. The world knows when God has regenerated a man and given him new life. If God doesn’t regenerate a man then the world is going to say, “some God He is. There is no difference between him and me.

    God says, “And I scattered them among the heathen,” Notice in Ezekiel 36 that God says, “I . . .” a lot. God is going to separate a man from the world. God is going to give him a new heart. There is going to be a clear difference with how a converted man lives his life and how an unconverted man lives his life. God is not a liar. If He says He is going to do something then He is going to do it. God will do a mighty work in His people. God will cleanse the regenerate man from all of his filth and all of his idols. Philippians 1:6 says, “…he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

    19. Ezekiel 36:22-23, “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

    20. Ezekiel 36:24-27, “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.


    GOD WILL PUT HIS LAW IN YOUR HEART.

    Why is it that we don’t see God working in the lives of many professing believers? It’s either God is a liar or someone’s profession of faith is a lie. God says, “I will put my law in their inward parts” When God writes His laws on man’s heart that will enable man to keep His laws. God is going to put the fear of Him in His people. Proverbs 8 says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:”
    Men don’t fear God today. The fear of God stops us from living in rebellion. It is God who gives us the desire and the ability to do His will (Philippians 2:13). Does that mean a believer can’t struggle with sin? No. 

    In the next paragraph I will talk more about the struggling Christian.
    21. Jeremiah 31:31-33, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    22. Hebrews 8:10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”


    23. Jeremiah 32:40, “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.


    CHRISTIANS CAN STRUGGLE WITH SIN. 

    Once you start talking about obedience many people are going to scream, “works” or “legalism.” I’m not talking about works. I am not saying you have to do something to maintain your salvation. I am not saying that you can lose your salvation. I’m talking about evidence of being born again. Christians do indeed struggle with sin. Just because Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead doesn’t mean Lazarus didn’t still stink because of his previously dead flesh. Some Christians still struggle with the flesh.
    Still struggle with our thoughts, desires, and habits. We may be burdened by our struggles, but we cling to Christ. Please understand that there is a huge difference between struggling and practicing sin. Christians are dead to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin. We have new desires to follow Christ. We have a new heart that enables us to obey Him. God’s great goal is to conform us into the image of Christ. Remember? In Ezekiel God says He is going to cleanse us from our idols.

    A converted man will no longer be for the world. He is going to be for God. God is going to separate that man for Himself, but remember he can struggle and he can wander off from God. What loving parent doesn’t discipline their child?

    Throughout the life of the believer God is going to discipline His child because He is a loving father and He will not allow His child to live like the world. Often God disciplines us with a strong conviction from the Holy Spirit. If He has to He will cause things to happen in our lives as well. God will not let His child go astray. If He lets you live in rebellion then you are not His.

    The Pharisees were not born again of the Holy Spirit. Notice that God didn’t lay a finger on them. They never went through trials. In the world’s eyes they would be seen as blessed. However, when God leaves you alone and doesn’t work in you that is a curse. David was broken, Peter was broken, Jonah was thrown overboard. God’s people are going to be conformed into His image.

    Sometimes genuine believers grow way slower than others, but God is going to do what He said in Ezekiel 36 that He was going to do.

    24. Romans 7:22, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

    25. Hebrews 12:8-11, “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.


    PUT YOUR FAITH IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST. 

    Examine your life. Are you born again or not? If you are not sure or if you need a better understanding of the gospel that saves I encourage you to click here for a full gospel presentation.

    The Internet Was Just Taken Over by a Global Monopoly, And No One Even Noticed

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    By Claire Bernish

    On Saturday, the United States ceded oversight of one of the Internet’s most basic and fundamental functions — the so-called “root zone,” which governs new domain names and addresses — handing it over to a small non-profit group by allowing a 47-year contract to expire.

    For decades, the U.S. Commerce Department held a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — whose executives and board of directors must now report to an Internet “stakeholder community,” loosely comprised of academics, activists, engineers, government officials, and corporate interests.

    In theory, this advisory panel could revoke ICANN’s authority entirely should it not live up to expectations — but all actions “are supposed to be done by consensus.”

     

    With the lapse of the contract, the U.S. fulfilled its objective to “privatize” the Internet — something proponents claim would help bolster its integrity around the world. As the Internet rapidly expanded around the planet, many felt U.S. oversight anachronistic.

    “This transition was envisioned 18 years ago,” said Stephen Crocker, board chairman of ICANN and an engineer who helped develop early Internet protocols, in a statement cited by AFP, “yet it was the tireless work of the global Internet community, which drafted the final proposal, that made this a reality.

    This community validated the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. It has shown that a governance model defined by the inclusion of all voices, including business, academics, technical experts, civil society, governments and many others is the best way to assure that the Internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the Internet of today.

     

    But the move didn’t come without vehement opposition, including from some U.S. lawmakers who felt giving up oversight could permit less scrupulous regimes to seize total or partial control of this vital Internet function — with potentially disastrous results.

    Attorneys general from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Nevada staged a last-minute effort to intervene, by requesting a temporary restraining order which was heard in federal court in Texas on Friday. Despite their understandable fears the contract lapse would put the U.S. and the Internet in uncharted territory — and could threaten the integrity of .gov addresses and more — the judge denied their request.

    Opposition to handing oversight to ICANN has largely, but not entirely, come from the GOP. Sen. Ted Cruz asserted this week after a failed attempt to halt the move by adding legislation to a funding measure,

     

    President Obama intends to give increased control of the Internet to authoritarian regimes like China, Russia, and Iran. Like Jimmy Carter gave away the Panama Canal, Obama is giving away the Internet.

     

    Technical experts say it isn’t as simple as ‘giving away’ the Internet, since the U.S. didn’t ‘own’ it in the first place; but placing control of the root zone — officially, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) — in the hands of ICANN does present pertinent questions.

     

    As the Chicago Tribune reports:

    While the Internet itself was designed to function without a central authority, ICANN has played a small but crucial role since its founding in 1998 at the urging of the Clinton administration, replacing a program run under the authority of the Defense Department. ICANN oversees the process of assigning domain names and the underlying Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses, allowing users and anyone on the Internet to navigate to sites such as Washingtonpost.com. Private companies called registrars and approved by ICANN – such as GoDaddy.com or Name.com – sell the domain names to companies or individuals.

     

    ICANN’s decisions haven’t been without controversy, however, and the U.S. had the option of offering the contract to another entity.

     

    “Somebody has to be responsible for this. This is a common space,” explained Garth Bruen, a cybersecurity expert who sits on an ICANN advisory board, as quoted by the Tribune. “There’s no checks and balances anymore. . . . Before, there was a threat of accountability.”

    And as The Economist noted, whoever controls the Internet’s “address book” also holds the power to censor — any domain name can be revoked and the website no longer found.

    Critics have also noted the eagerness of proponents of the transition, such as notorious globalist George Soros, as an indicator ceding control should be considered more carefully — or at least delayed significantly to give the American public some say in the matter.

    Still, experts say such fears are wildly overblown.

    “There is absolutely no way that this is going to imperil freedoms,” asserted Matthew Shears, director of Global Internet Policy for the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based advocacy group largely supported by the tech industry, per the Tribune. “There is absolutely no way that this is going to allow Russia or Iran or anybody to take control of the Internet. This has nothing to do with that.”

    Whether the transition will ultimately prove beneficial or detrimental likely won’t be fully realized for some time.

    Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

     

    The Jews: Seed of the Serpent Dominating the World

    DISCLAIMER: There is no one race that can claim a higher level of righteousness than any other, by virtue of its lineage. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of Yah.” (Romans 3:23) Nor is any one race totally evil. The Jews are no exception. There are good people in every race and every religion; and there are bad people in every race and every religion. This article focuses on crypto-Jews: Jews that are united in a covert agenda to dominate the world. Some of these crypto-Jews are the descendants of Abraham and are Hebrews by blood. Others are not, although they call themselves Jews and are the first to play the race card, complaining of “anti-Semitism” to silence those who oppose their secret agenda for global control.

    He knew them.


    He heard the derision in their voices. He sensed their growing hate.


    He felt the presence of deliberate unbelief, of crafty hypocrisy. He recognized them.


    He met their malevolence head on and said:


    “Heaven and earth may pass away, but My words will not pass away. Behold, your house, your nation, your religion is left unto you desolate. Forsaken. Cursed.”


    And Yahushua, the anointed Messiah, turned and walked away.


    But then He paused, just a moment, and with tears in His eyes, shook the dust from His feet.



    Faced with malice, scorn and hatred, Yahushua knew precisely what the Jews, fighting against Him, were. He knew their origins. He said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44, KJV)
    Ye are of your father, the devil. No harsher words, aimed at any other group of people, are recorded in Scripture. Yahushua loved the Israelites! But it was precisely because He loved them, that He would not abandon them without adequately warning them of their origins and what was in their heart.
    The truth is, the Israelites were the worst of the worst. It was for this reason the Saviour was sent to them! Had the Messiah been sent to others, they would have gladly received Him. Over and over again, the Bible records how the Saviour was accepted and welcomed by the Samaritans, the Syro-Phoenicians, the Greeks and even the Romans. After revealing His divine mission to the Israelites, Scripture records the sad statement: “After these things Yahushua walked in Galilee; for He would not want to walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.” (John 7:1, KJV)
    The very ones chosen to receive the Messiah, were the very ones who rejected Him and sought to kill Him.
    As far back as Abraham, Satan knew through which lineage the Redeemer would come. Yahuwah promised the childless Abram: “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3, KJV) This was a clear reference to the coming of the Promised One. Thus, Satan focused his vast intelligence and mightiest efforts to corrupting the lineage of Abraham even more than it already was as a result of the fall.

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