Did Jesus Bear Our Sins? Our Sicknesses? Or Both?

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Was healing included in the Atonement? is a question often asked by Christians pondering the topic of divine healing. A simpler and more broadly understandable question would be: “Did Jesus bear only our sins, or did He bear both our sins and sicknesses?” For that answer let’s look, not to man’s experiences, but to the Scriptures.

DID JESUS BEAR OUR SINS? YES!
Matthew 1:21  “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

An angel had appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that his virgin wife-to-be Mary was miraculously pregnant by the supernatural agency of the Holy Spirit. Joseph was instructed to name the child Jesus, “…for he shall save his people from their sins.

It was God’s intention, from even before Jesus’ earthly birth, that He would be the Saviour, the One who would bear the sins of mankind and thus open the way to salvation by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

Matthew 26:28  “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

At the Last Supper, shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus clearly alluded to the blood He would soon shed at the cross “for the remission of sins.” He was crucified that very week, and rose from the grave on the third day, and as a result has freed us from our sins by his blood (Revelation 1:5).

1 Peter 2:24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Jesus bore our sins. He bore them and the punishment due to them on the cross. This truth is unmistakable and is held dear by all genuine Christians. Our sins had separated us from God the Father. Then the only perfect sacrifice, Jesus the Son of God, came to earth and bore our sins and sin’s penalty upon Himself at the cross on Mount Calvary.

Luke 24:47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

This message of the salvation that Jesus wrought through His death and resurrection is to be preached in all nations. The Son of God died for us, He bore our sins, the perfectly just and holy One on behalf of us lost sinners. He rose from the dead and commissioned His people to tell the world this Good News and to encourage them to faith in Jesus Christ and for “repentance and remission of sins”.

So yes, to answer our opening question, Jesus did bear our sins. Now what about our sicknesses?

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DID JESUS BEAR OUR SICKNESSES? YES!

Matthew 8:16-17  “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, .

The inspired writer of Matthew’s Gospel is generally believed to be the apostle Matthew, one of the Twelve. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Matthew speaks of Jesus healing the sick as a fulfillment of Isaiah’s beautiful prophecy, where the prophet wrote (53:4, KJV): “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:

Jesus bore the infirmities and diseases of the people 2,000 years ago. Jesus still bears the infirmities and diseases of those who come to Him in faith for healing, because the Bible declares that He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Jesus who bore diseases in the first century is “the sameLord who bears our diseases in this 21st century.

IN SUM, JESUS DID (AND STILL DOES!) BEAR BOTH OUR SINS AND OUR SICKNESSES

This is not a new thought that started with the New Testament in the first century. Far from it. Many centuries before Christ came to earth, the Psalmist King David wrote: “Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” (Psalm 103:2-3). A few centuries later — still long before Jesus’ time on earth — the prophet Isaiah wrote his famous 53rd chapter, called by many “the Fifth Gospel.” Isaiah saw and wrote of this twofold blessing the Messiah would bring:

• 1) He would bear our iniquities (vs. 11). With prophetic future insight, Isaiah said, He carried the sin of many (vs. 12). The apostle Peter confirmed this (1 Peter 2:24): He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross.

• 2) Isaiah also saw the Messiah [Jesus] bearing our diseases: (Matthews 8:17, quoting from Isaiah 53:4).
Jesus did both these things while on earth twenty centuries ago. He still forgives sins and heals sicknesses today, because He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb. 13:8).

Look to Jesus the Savior for the forgiveness of your sins. Look to Jesus the Healer for the healing of your sick bodies. “Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:...

The Deity Of Christ And MODERN VERSIONS

The Deity of Jesus Christ has always been a strong belief of true Christianity. Likewise, those “churches”, groups, or organizations who do not recognize the Deity of Jesus Christ are easily seen to not be true Christians but rather false religions. The contention regarding the Deity of Christ is certainly nothing new. Ever since the days of Jesus there has been a great dispute as to whether He was God or not. As you know many times the Pharisees took up stones to stone Him because He made the claim that He was God (John 10: 24-33). The Pharisees of His day rejected His claim, so too have many throughout history even up to our present day.
Gnosticism, a pre-Christian pagan religion, is one such group that denies the Deity of Jesus. After the death of Christ, however, Gnosticism began to infiltrate the church (around 85 to 90 AD). Dr. Thomas Holland writing in his Introduction to the Epistle of 1 John makes the following comments, “Gnostics believed in the duel nature of all things. They claimed that whatever is spiritual is good, and what is physical is evil. Since God is a Spirit, He is good and could not have created the physical universe, which they considered evil. They also believed God created other gods (called “aeons”) who created the physical universe.
One such Gnostic, Cerinthus, took the teachings of pagan Gnosticism and mixed them with Christianity. He taught that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary and became the “Christ” thirty years later at the time of his baptism. Therefore, according to this form of Gnosticism, Jesus Christ had a dual nature. He was both Jesus (physical) and the “Christ” (spiritual). At the crucifixion, so taught Cerinthus, the “Christ” departed leaving only the human Jesus to die. He claimed there was no resurrection of the physical body of Jesus. Cerinthus also proclaimed that “Christ” was the aeon (a lesser god) who made the earth…. Much of Cerinthus’ false doctrine can still be seen in the modern teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Most, if not all, Christians recognize the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a false religion. They also acknowledge that the New World Translation, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible, is a corrupt work. What they don’t know is that the modern translation they are using is a close parallel to the New World Translation (NWT). Since we know that the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Deity of Christ and have altered their Bible to correspond with their belief. I thought it necessary to take a look at some of the most important scriptures dealing with the Deity of Christ to see just how the modern translations compare with the NWT and with the King James Version (KJV). Obviously, we won’t be able to cover every verse due to time and space but we will cover as many as possible. Due to the amount of verses we will be looking at I will attempt to keep my comments to as little as possible.
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We will begin examining the belief that Joseph and Mary was His father and mother. Luke 2:33 reads as follows:
New International Version (NIV)- “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)- “And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
New World Translation (NWT)- “And ITS father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it.
King James Version
(KJV)- “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Notice how the NIV, NASB, and NWT all agree in calling Joseph Jesus’ “father”. The KJV rightly states “Joseph” instead of “father” knowing that Joseph was not Jesus’ Father. Let’s look at one more example: Luke 2:43
NIV– “After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
NASB– “and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,
NWT– “and completed the days. But when they wer returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and his parents did not notice it.
KJV– “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
Again, we see that the NIV and NASB agree with the NWT. And again the KJV is careful to call him “Joseph”. Think this is insignificant? Remember the beliefs of the Gnostics and the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s). Any small change is important when it fosters heresy. But believe me it only gets worse from here.
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Remember the Gnostic/JW’s belief that the “Christ” did not die on the cross? They believe that the “Christ” (the spiritual) left, leaving only “Jesus” (the physical) to die on the cross. Let’s take a look at a verse that pertains to this exact issue. Luke 23:42
NIV– “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
NASB– “And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
NWT– “And he went on to say: “Jesus, remember me when you get into your kingdom.””
KJV– “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Again, notice the NIV, NASB, and NWT are all in agreement in having the malefactor call Him “Jesus” (the physical) , his earthly name. This adds to the belief that the “Christ” (the spiritual) had left. However, the KJV rightly records the malefactor as saying “Lord” (the spiritual) thus refuting the belief that “Christ” had left before the crucifixion. Again, this may seem like a small thing to you but it carries a lot of weight doctrinally.
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All are familiar with the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace. Let’s take a quick look at how our Bibles translate Daniel 3:25:
NIV– “He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.
NASB– “He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!“”
NWT– “He was answering and saying: “Look! I am beholding four able-bodied men walking about free in the midst of the fire, and there is no hurt to them, and the appearance of the fourth one is resembling a son of the gods.””
KJV– “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
I don’t think this one needs a whole lot of commentary. I believe you can see the absurdity of the NIV, NASB, and NWT translation of “a son of the gods”. Again, the KJV upholds the integrity of “the Son of God.
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Another attack on the Sonship of Jesus can be found in Acts 3:13, 4:27, and 4:30. For the article we will only look at Acts 3:13:
NIV– “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.
NASB– “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus,…”
NWT– “The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his Servant, Jesus,
KJV– “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his SON Jesus;
Again, the NIV and the NASV stand shoulder to shoulder with the NWT. Now Jesus is no longer a “SON” but rather a “servant.”
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For our next example we want to look at Romans 14:10b&12. Remember we are talking about how the modern versions take away from the Deity of Christ as found in scripture. Romans 14:10b&12 reads as follows:
NIV– “…For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
NASB– “…For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
NWT– “…For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; 12 So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God.
KJV– “…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Here the change is very subtle but has great implications. As you see in the NIV, NASB, and NWT they each say we will stand before “God’s judgment seat” and then we will give an account to “God.” However, the KJV renders it quite different. The KJV says we will stand before the “judgment seat of Christ” and then we will give an account to “God”. Here is a very clear statement by the KJV that Christ is indeed God. Again the NIV and the NASB agree with the NWT in making the change from “Christ” to “God” in Romans 14:10 thus in these verses they deny the Deity of Christ.
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Now we want to look at Philippians 2:6. This is a very familiar verse that should be well-known to most. Pay special attention to the wording of each Bible. (emphasis mine)
NIV– “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
NASB– “ who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
NWT– “who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.
KJV– “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Did Jesus consider Himself equal with God or not? Both cannot be correct! Here the NIV, NASB, and NWT all agree, however, they are in direct opposition to what the KJV says. The NIV, NASB, and NWT clearly contradict the teaching of the Trinity and negates much of the teaching of past church history. It is easy to see how and why the NWT does so but what about the NIV and NASB? Again we see that the NIV and the NASB side with the Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible in detracting from the Deity of Christ.
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Next we want to look at what perhaps is the greatest statement in scripture declaring that Jesus is “God.” Nothing could be more clearer about the Deity of Christ than I Timothy 3:16. Let’s see how the various translations handle this verse.
NIV– “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body,…”
NASB– “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh,…
NWT– “Indeed, the sacred secret of this godly devotion is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh,
KJV– “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
Here it is easy to see why the Jehovah’s Witnesses translated this verse as they did since they completely reject that Jesus was “God manifest in the flesh”. It is quite shameful that the NIV and the NASB have followed along with this corrupt work in changing “God” to “He”. Of course “He” appeared in a body, Paul appeared in a body, you appeared in a body, and I appeared in a body. The NIV and the NASB have completely changed the essence of this verse by translating it as “He”. Despite the overwhelming manuscript evidence the NIV and the NASB alter their text to read “He”. Dean Burgon, perhaps the greatest scholar ever, had this to say, “The reading adopted by the revisors, is not found in more than two copies, is not supported by a single version, and is not clearly advocated by a single Father.

(*I am not going to cover all the evidence for the reading “God”, as found in the KJV, in this blog. I will, however, devote another whole blog to I Tim. 3:16. In it we can look at the reading “God” in much greater detail.
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Perhaps one of the most favorite verses of the modern version propionate is I John 5:7. I John 5:7 is one of the clearest verses on the Trinity in the entire Bible. Here we see clearly that Jesus and God are one. I John 5:7 reads as follows:
NIV– “For there are three that testify:
NASBFor there are three that testify:
NWT– “For there are three witness bearers,
KJV– “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (emphasis mine)
Here you can see that the NIV and the NASB are again in agreement with the NWT. They each omit the wonderful phrase “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” which plainly speaks of Jesus’ Deity. Again we can see that the NIV and NASB have sided with the NWT in denying the Deity of Christ. There is so much controversy regarding I John 5:7 I will discuss this verse in greater detail in another essay.
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(*I know this was another rather lengthy blog but I felt it was necessary considering the subject we were dealing with. The Deity of Christ is of vital importance to the Christian and we must be sure that the Bible we are using upholds the Deity of Christ in every point. As the writer said at the beginning this is by no means all the verses where the modern versions take away from the Deity of Christ. I could have easily listed many more but I believe the ones listed at least make you aware of the problem in modern versions. The argument is often made that the modern versions don’t completely deny the Deity of Christ. To this I will agree. There are still some verses in the modern versions that attest to the Deity of Christ. However, as you have seen, it is a whole lot harder to prove the Deity of Christ in the modern versions than it is in the KJV.
The question must also be asked, “what will they alter in the versions that are yet to be translated?” If they have went this far out of the way to water down the Deity of Christ one would have to wonder when they will eventually do away with any reference to the Deity of Christ. As I have shown you the KJV is far superior in presenting and preserving the Deity of Christ. As Christians we must reject any translation that deals treacherously with the Deity of Christ. It is our job to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” If we will do this honestly we will cling to the Bible that without question bolsters the Deity of Christ. And that Bible is the King James Version. THE END.
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Perseverance

According to dictionary.com perseverance means continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

Don’t quit! Keep going! We need to learn to persevere, because God wants us to. As we persevere we become closer to God.  We persevere for a better life. The grace of God is a treasure. God is the treasure and all who ever need. Don’t leave it here. Spread God’s Word. The Grace of God is all we need.

TESTING OF FAITH (BEING TEMPTED) LEADS TO PERSEVERANCE
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:2-4)

By being tested we gain perseverance. Perseverance gains maturity and completeness.

SUFFERING LEADS TO PERSEVERANCE
“[3]And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
[4]And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
[5]And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Even suffering can lead to perseverance. Perseverance turns to character which turns to hope.

MORE VERSES ON PERSEVERANCE
“[11]Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:11)

“[4]So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
[5]Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
[6]Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;” (2 Thessalonians 1:4-6)

“[5]And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
[6]And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
[7]And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
(2 Peter 1:5-7)

“[2]I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
[3]And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Revelation 2:2-3)

“[9]I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9)

PARABLES TO READ
Matthew 13:1-23 (The Parable of the Sower)
Matthew 13:24-30 (The Parable of Weeds)
Matthew 13:31-35 (The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast)
Matthew 13:36-43 (The Parable of the Weeds Explained)
Matthew 13:44-46 (The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl)
Matthew 13:47-52 (The Parable of the Net)
Matthew 13:53-58 (A Prophet Without Honour)

HOW TO PERSEVERE
Maintain contact with Christ (Christ alone is our security)
Maintain contact with other Christians
When we maintain contact with Christ we study the Word of God (KJV), We go to Him in prayer. We have a personal relationship with Christ. A lifelong commitment. We give our personal time all to Him.

When we maintain contact with other Christians we give each other encouragement. We share the Word with each other. We help each other live a Christlike life. We fellowship together.

When we maintain contact with both Christ and other Christians we build a Spiritual hunger. A hunger to want to know more and seek more.

New Living Translation EXPOSED!

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The New Living Translation (NLT) is straight from Hell.  On their official website, NLT advertises with the slogan, “Accuracy you can trust.
Unfortunately, the NLT is not very accurate.  The fact that the word “begotten” has been wrongfully removed from John 3:16 should be enough reason for every Christian to trash their NLT.
In fact, I would rip it into shreds first to ensure that no one else is poisoned by it.  To say that Jesus is God’s “only son” is a lie!  In fact, God has many sons according to Scriptures such as 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.
Biblically, God has MANY sons, but Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son.  So you see, ANY bible which removes the word “begotten” from John 3:16 becomes heresy.  This includes most modern bibles such as the perverted New International Version (NIV), The Book For Teens (TBFT), the New Living Translation (NLT), the New Believer’s Bible (NBB), the Lying… I mean Living Bible (LB), and many more.  It is tragic!
Let’s face it, the corrupters who are publishing demonic bibles are all out to make a fast buck, filthy lucre!  In order to reach the largest market base possible, they trim and water down the Scriptures as much as tolerable.  This is evil.  God hates Bible corruption —Deuteronomy 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”  Well, the NLT butchers have diminished God’s Word by subtracting “begotten” from John 3:16.
The NLT was published in 1996 by Tyndale Publishers.  Few Christians realize that there have been over 200 new Bible translations published just within the last 30 years.  It’s blatantly obvious that this evil is the result of much greed and love for money (1 Timothy 6:10).  The NLT is based upon Kenneth N. Taylor’s corrupted Living Bible (1971).  His perverted Living Bible sold over 40 million copies in North America alone. Taylor died in June of 2005 at age 88.  It is wicked to corrupt the Word of God (2 Peter 3:16).
Now comes the damnable New Living translation.  Although the NLT preface claims that 87 scholars were involved in the word of translation, I have to seriously wonder if any of them really loved Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:7 reads, “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…
How could any professed Christian who loves Jesus be involved in a “bible” translation that perverts the Word of God.  The fact that dozens of different ecumenical groups were involved in the work of translation speaks volumes as to the devil’s attempt to water down the Word of God.  Increasingly, modern “bible” translations must be more politically correct in order to sell at high volumes.  So as the world plunges further into the depths of wickedness and apostasy, new translations must follow along if they are to sell.  Take a look at The Book For Teens bible, which is based upon the New Living Translation, not one mention is made of the blood of Jesus in the section on “Salvation through Jesus Christ” (Page A47). The blood of Jesus is a taboo subject nowadays amongst many pseudo-Christian groups, thanks to heretics like John MacArthur.
As further proof of corruption, Billy Graham endorses the NLT on the front cover jacket.  Billy Graham is Mr. ecumenical himself, who has done more to unite apostate protestants with the Great Whore of Catholicism than anyone else.  2 Corinthians 6:14-17 commands us to separate from the unbelieving world, NOT yoke up with them.  Ephesians 5:11 tells us to reprove the works of darkness, NOT fellowship with them.
Billy graham is on the devil’s side, a friend of the world, and the enemy of God (James 4:4). The Catholic Church is straight out of the pits of Hell and it’s about time that ALL the preachers around the world start proclaiming it.  Billions of souls are headed for destruction because of compromised and cowardly pastors and preachers who are afraid to offend anyone. Speak the Truth!  Offend them!  Their souls are at stake!

CORRUPTED SCRIPTURES IN THE NEW LIVING TRANSLATION
Deuteronomy – “sodomite” changed to “temple prostitute
1 Kings 14:24 – “sodomites” replaced with “shrine prostitutes
1 Kings 15:12 – “sodomites” replaced with “shrine prostitutes
1 Kings 22:46 – “sodomites” replaced with “shrine prostitutes
2 Kings 23:7 – “sodomites” replaced with “shrine prostitutes
Matthew 17:21entire verse omitted
Matthew 18:11
Matthew 19:9half of the verse is omitted
Matthew 23:14entire verse omitted
Mark 6:11 – half of the verse is omitted
Mark 7:16 entire verse omitted
Mark 9:44, 46entire verses omitted
Mark 11:26entire verse omitted
Mark 15:28entire verse omitted
Mark 16:9-20entire passage is questioned by a footnote that says, “The most reliable early manuscripts conclude the Gospel of Mark at verse 8
Luke 4:8 – “get thee behind me Satan” is omitted
Luke 17:36 – entire verse omitted
Luke 23:17entire verse omitted
John 1:10 – says God created everything “through” Jesus instead of “by” Jesus as the KJB teaches
John 1:41The NLT leaves out the phrase, “Which is by interpretation, a stone.”  Hence, the critical distinction between Peter asthe stone” (petros), and Jesus as “The Rock” (Petra) is obscured.  This was no doubt deliberate to please Roman Catholics who falsely teach that Peter is the rock upon which the church is built.  The Bible states in no uncertain terms, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
John 3:16 – the all important word “begotten” is omitted, thus denying the deity of Christ
John 3:13 – “which is in heaven” is omitted John 5:4 – entire verse omitted
John 7:53 – 8:11entire passage is questioned in a note which says, “The most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include John 7:53 – 8:11
Acts 8:37entire verse omitted
Acts 12:4 – changes “Easter” to the incorrectPassover” (See Numbers 28:16,17 and Acts 12:2 in the KJB)
Acts 17:29completely removes theGodhead
Acts 28:29entire verse omitted
Romans 1:20completely removes theGodhead
Romans 16:24entire verse omitted
Philippians 2:6removes the wordequal,” thus denying Christ’s deity
Colossians 1:16 – says God created everything “through” Jesus instead ofby” Jesus as the KJB teaches
Colossians 2:9completely removes theGodhead
1 Timothy 3:16 – “Godis omitted, saysChrist appeared in the flesh“, thus denying the deity of Christ
1 Timothy 6:5 – “from such withdraw thyself” is omitted
Hebrews 1:3the all-important wordsby himselfare omitted
1 Peter 4:1 – “for usis omitted
1 Peter 4:14half of the verse is omitted
1 John 3:16completely removesthe love of God
1 John 4:3the all-important wordsChrist is come in the fleshare omitted
1 John 5:7-8Trinitarian clause omitted
1 John 5:7half of the verse is omitted, thus denying the Godhead
1 John 5:13half of the verse is omitted
Revelation 1:11first half of the verse is omitted
Revelation 5:14 – “him that liveth forever and ever” is omitted

NLT PERVERTS THE GODHEAD!
1 John 5:7 is a vital Scripture that EVERY Christian should know.  This Scripture clearly proclaims that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are ONE.  But, the NLT says otherwise…
KJB – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
NLT – “So we have these three witnesses.
What blasphemy!  Many Christians have bought into the lie that 1 John 5:7 wasn’t in the originals —IT! WAS!  It depends on which originals you’re talking about.  The Textus Receptus (or received text) from which our reliable King James Bible comes DOES contain 1 John 5:7.

1 John 5:7 in the NLT greatly contradicts John 10:30
I and my Father are one.” –John 10:30  KJB
It also contradicts Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
The NLT Bible corrupters even removed the Godhead from Romans 1:20
KJB – “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:
NLT – “From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
One of the most popular attacks that unbelievers launch against Christians is to say that the word “trinity” is not even found in the Bible.  The best defense is to show them the multiple Scriptures in the Word of God which teach about the GODHEAD.  Tragically, the word “Godhead” isn’t even mentioned in the NLT.  What?!  Yes, that is correct…some “accurate” translation huh?  This is why I confidently say that the New Living Translation is straight from Hell!  Here’s Acts 17:29 compared…
KJB – “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
NLT – “And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
Many cults (such as Islamic Muslims and Jehovah Witnesses) acknowledge the existence of a god, but deny the Godhead.  It is tragic that so many believers are supporting these modern versions that maliciously attack the Godhead and Jesus’ deity.  Look what they’ve done to Colossians 2:9
KJB – “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
NLT – “For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body.
I noticed a tiny asterisk mark (*) next to Colossians 2:9 in the NLT.  I looked to the bottom to see what the footnote said… “Greek in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”  Do you see what is happening here?  To make everybody happy, the NLT Bible-corrupters completely removed “Godhead” to appease the liberals, but then they’ve also placed the truth in a little footnote in an attempt to appease conservative protestants.  Why in the world would they not place the literal Greek translation in Colossians 2:9, why would they put the correct Greek translation in a tiny footnote at the bottom of the page?  Do you know what happens in the making of a new “bible”?  It’s kind of like the bargaining table at contract time between the union and company management.
All the different religious denominations are invited to the bargaining table and a meeting is held to decide what COMPROMISES must be made to make the “new” “bible” acceptable to their particular denomination. This is all done in an attempt to reach the largest market base possible. By the time the new corrupted bible is finished, without fail, the Godhead (Trinity) and the deity of Jesus Christ are greatly diminished. This is why I love the old King James Bible, it proudly proclaims the Godhead and the deity of our Precious Lord Jesus Christ!

NLT PERVERTS CHRIST’S DEITY!
One of the most important verses in the Bible is John 3:16.  As mentioned earlier, the NLT perverts this verse by removing the word “begotten,” thus saying that God only has one son.   But 1 John 3:1 in the KJB reads, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”  Clearly, God has many sons, but Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son of God, which makes Jesus God.
KJB – “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.” – John 3:16
NLT – “For God so loved the world that he gave he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

THE NLT TEACHES HERESY!
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26  KJB
The NLT also corrupts 1 Timothy 3:16
KJB – “…God was manifest in the flesh…
*TBFT – “…Christ appeared in the flesh…
Jesus claimed to be Almighty God in Revelation 1:8.  For anyone to diminish 1 Timothy 3:16 to a mere “Christ appeared in the flesh” is ridiculous!  Any idiot knows that Jesus appeared in the flesh!  But the KJB declares that GOD was manifest (or revealed) in the fleshly body of Jesus Christ.  It angers many people when you promote the deity of Christ, thus the reason why ALL modern bibles attack Jesus’ deity.
Again, the NLT perverts Philippians 2:5-6
KJB – “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
NLT – “Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.
The NLT cleverly corrupted Philippians 2:6 by removing the word “equal.”  In so doing, they have lowered Jesus to the god of the Jehovah Witnesses.  JW‘s teach that Jesus is “a god,” but not Almighty God, which is a lie of the devil.  By saying that Jesus is “equal” with God, the KJB is clearly declaring Christ as Almighty God.
As further proof of the NLT attack on Jesus’ deity, look at Colossians 1:16
KJB – “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth…
NLT – “Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth.
Blasphemy!
The KJB declares that Jesus created all things, but the NLT wrongfully teaches that God created all things through Jesus. This is exactly what the Jehovah Witnesses cult teaches. JW‘s deny Christ’s deity (as do most cults). JW‘s teach that God created everything THROUGH Jesus. On the contrary, the KJB proclaims in Colossians 1:16 that Jesus Christ created all things Himself. It is wicked heresy to say that Jesus did not create the universe by His own Word. John 1:10 reads, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” Sadly, the NLT perverts this Scripture also, claiming that God created the universe “through” Jesus instead of “by” Jesus as the Word of God teaches in the KJB. The JW‘s would be proud of the NLT. Listen friend, you need to burn your NLT because it dishonors and dethrones the Lord Jesus Christ.

NLT PERVERTS ACTS 12:4!
The NLT perverts Acts 12:4 by changing “Easter” to “Passover.” Numbers 28:16-17 clearly teaches that the seven days of unleavened bread FOLLOWED the day of Passover. Acts 12:2 in the KJB tells us that the days of unleavened bread were already being observed, which means that the day of Passover was OVER! So when the NIV and the NLT say that Herod was waiting for the Passover in Acts 12:5, they are lying! The KJB wisely uses the proper word “Easter” because the Passover had already occurred.

NLT COMPLETELY REMOVES THE WORD “SODOMITE” FROM THE BIBLE
God describes homosexuals with the word “sodomite” for a reason. Jude 1:7 reads, “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.” The word “sodomite” comes from the city of Sodom, a city so vile and wicked that God decided to utterly destroy it by reigning down fire and brimstone from Heaven. To call homosexuality, “sodomy,” implies the judgment of God upon the wicked sin of homosexuality.
The modern definition of sodomy is NOT the Biblical definition. Sodomy in the Bible is defined as sex between two men, or two women (homosexuality and lesbianism). We read of the woeful homosexuality problem in Sodom in Genesis 19:4-5. American society (and the world) has plunged horribly into wickedness and apostasy, even to the extent of corrupting the Bible for the sake of being politically correct to make money. Now there’s even a homosexual bible.

GET A KING JAMES BIBLE!
The 1611 King James Bible is TRUSTWORTHY. We don’t rewrite Shakespeare because we can’t understand the archaic English; rather, we study it in the beauty in which it was written. To retranslate Shakespeare into modern English would be a literary tragedy. This it is a woeful tragedy what modern “bible” corrupters have done to GOD’S WORD. In the King James Bible we have the preserved and inspired Word of God. The Bible is to be studied, not read like a comic book or magazine. Too many believers have bought into the lie that we need a new Bible, and another, and another… where will it end? …The Satanic Bible?

(*The Bible For Teens)

How to Grow Strong in Your Faith

In Romans 4, Paul tells us Abraham grew strong in faith and urges us to walk in Abraham’s footsteps. To believe like he believed. How do we do this?

In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told.  He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:18–21)

Look to God’s promise not your circumstances.

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations;” (18)

Abraham’s situation looked bleak. God promised him multitudes of descendants, but the only problem was he was well past child producing. “he considered not his own body now dead,…” He also considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Not only was Abraham almost 100 years old, but Sarah his wife was very old, and she had never been able to have children her whole life. How are they going to have children? If Abraham had based his hope on his circumstances he would have given up. But In hope he believed against hope—God’s promise gave him hope in his hopeless situation. He put his hope in God’s promise, not his circumstances.

We may feel hopelessly unrighteous. We may feel like God could never forgive us for the sins we have committed, that he would never accept us. But we must not look at ourselves, just like Abraham didn’t look at himself, but like Abraham, we must believe God’s promise of grace. He counts me righteous in Christ!

Our teenager may seem hopelessly lost. Our finances may be out of control. We may lack direction for our lives. Our marriage might be frustrating or our church might be a mess. Look to Jesus Christ! Don’t look to yourself. Look to the promise of the gospel—everyone who believes in him shall be saved. Look to his promises to draw near to those who draw near to him. Promises to hear and answer our prayers.

Give glory to God

he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (20–21)

Abraham strengthened his faith. Here’s how: “but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” Begin to give glory to God—start thanking and praising him for his every promise. Thank him for saving you and declaring you righteous in him. He has promised to be with us when we pass through the waters and walk through fire. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He has promised that nothing will be able to separate us from his love. He has promised to give us everything we truly need to glorify him. He has promised that we can do all things he requires through Christ who loves us. Praise him for these things!

We can look to our circumstances—it may not LOOK like God is being faithful. It may not FEEL like God is with us in these waters. It may FEEL like he has abandoned or forsaken us. We may not SENSE his love. But WE MUST NOT WAVER CONCERNING THE PROMISE OF GOD! Rather, we grow strong in our faith as we GIVE GLORY TO GOD, as we are fully convinced that God is able to do what he had promised.

In Psalm 43:5 the Psalmist says “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?
hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Keep thanking God, keep praising him in faith in the midst of your hard times. Say, “Jesus thank you that you are with me. Thank you have promised that your steadfast love never ceases. Praise you that your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”

Growing stronger in our faith is not complicated. Look to God’s promise and glorify him. So, what are you going to believe today—God’s word or your circumstances? God’s promises or your feelings? God’s bedrock pledge of faithfulness or your wavering emotions? Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and strengthen your faith.

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

An important portion of Scripture that refers to the filling of the Holy Spirit is Ephesians 5:17-21:

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

In these verses being filled with the Spirit is contrasted with being filled or drunk with wine. The idea is one of being controlled by God’s Spirit rather than by other forces. When we are filled by the Spirit, we see a resultant attitude of joy and thanksgiving. We also see a relational posture of humility toward God and of submission to one another.

So how can a person be filled with the Holy Spirit? To be clear, there is an important difference between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit. All believers in Jesus Christ have God’s Spirit living within them, or dwelling within them (John 14:16, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 4:30); but not all believers live filled or controlled by the Spirit’s power. Some Christians describe this distinction by saying believers have all of the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit may not have all of them. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of our salvation but we are filled by Him when we submit to Him.

The filling of the Holy Spirit, then, can vary in the life of each believer. Negatively, a believer in Christ can “quench” or “grieve” the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30). Sinful actions can hinder the work of God’s Spirit in his or her life. In contrast, when a believer in Christ lives in obedience to God’s will and commands, he or she should expect to see God’s Spirit living through them.

Some suggest that the filling of the Holy Spirit is an emotional experience that takes place at certain moments, but the concept of “filling” in Scripture is one of being controlled or influenced by the Holy Spirit. At times living a Spirit-filled life may include emotional or mountain-top experiences. But the idea of being filled by the Spirit is more about an ongoing sense of God’s Spirit working in a person’s life, not a one-time experience. As the believer lives out his or her faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit increasingly controls or fills his or her life; this leads to joy, thankfulness, and right relationships.

51 Names and Titles of Jesus

Who the KING JAMES BIBLE Says Christ Is

 

The KJV is filled with many references to who Jesus is, His life, His Lordship, and what He came to do. Here’s just some of those names, titles, and verses from God’s true Word in English.
As we read through, we can’t help but give Him thanks and praise, Our Savior and Lord who sets us free…

51 NAMES AND TITLES OF JESUS:

1Almighty One – “…which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.Rev. 1:8
2.  Alpha and Omega – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.Rev. 22:13
3.  Advocate – “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:1 John 2:1
4Author and Finisher of Our Faith – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Heb. 12:2
5.  All Powerful – “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Matt. 28:18
6.  Bread of Life – “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.John 6:35
7.  Son of God – “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.Matt. 3:17
8.  Bridegroom – “And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.Matt. 9:15
9.  Head Corner Stone – “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.Ps. 118:22
10. Deliverer – “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.1 Thess.1:10
11. Faithful and True – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.Rev.19:11
12. Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.John 10:11
13. Great High Priest – “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.Heb. 4:14
14. Head of the Church – “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,Eph. 1:22
15. Holy Child – “…grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.Acts 4:29-30
16. I Am – “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.John 8:58
17. Immanuel – “…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.Is. 7:14
18. Unspeakable Gift – “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.2 Cor. 9:15
19. Judge – “…it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Acts 10:42
20. King of kings – “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.Rev. 17:14
21. Lamb of God – “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.John 1:29
22. Light of the World – “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.John 8:12
23. Lion of the Tribe of Judah – “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.Rev. 5:5
24. Lord of All – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Phil. 2:9-11

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25. Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;1 Tim. 2:5
(*NOT Mary, Catholics!)
26. MessiahHe first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.John 1:41
27. Mighty One – “…and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.Is. 60:16
28. One Who Sets Free – “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  John 8:36
29. Our Hope – “…God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;1 Tim. 1:1
30. Peace – “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;Eph. 2:14
31. Prophet – “But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.Mark 6:4
32. Redeemer – “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:Job 19:25
33. Risen Lord – “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:1 Cor. 15:3-4
34. Rock – “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.1 Cor. 10:4
35. Propitiation (for Our Sins) – “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.1 John 4:10
36. Saviour – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:11
37. Son of Man – “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.Luke 19:10
38. Son of the Most High – “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:Luke 1:32
39. Supreme Creator Over All – “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.Col. 1:16-17
40. Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:John 11:25
41. The Door – “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.John 10:9
42. The Way – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6
43. The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1
44. True Vine – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.John 15:1
45. Truth – “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.John 8:32
46. Overcomer – “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.Rev. 3:21

47. – 51. Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Is. 9:6

All this…and so much more.
HE ALONE IS WORTHY!
JESUS!

“Heavenly Father,
Help us to focus on the greatest gift of all, our whole lives through. Thank You for sending Your Only Begotten Son, that we might be saved through Him.
In the powerful Name of Jesus,
Amen.”

(*Emphasis mine)

See the Son of Man coming in the clouds?

Please remember when Jesus Christ comes for His followers, He will arrive in the clouds, in the air. Like a thief He will appear unexpectedly, but His appearing will be missed by none. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will be no secret and not at one location or another. Further, while His body will have been glorified, the marks of Love suffered in His body for us will remain unhealed.
Whether we are “gathered” or “caught up” to be with Him “in the clouds,” it will be a supernatural event and beyond our ability or control. Upon seeing Him, we shall be changed, for “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Finally, in both Matthew and Luke God has warned us not to heed nor give in to false or misleading reports of His appearing. Jesus was specific in saying “go not forth” and “go not after them” So do not go, not even out of curiosity.

GATHERED

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:22-31
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:27
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Luke 17:22-24
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.I Thessalonians 4:17
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19-20

CHANGED

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. I John 3:2
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. I Corinthians 15:50-53

STAND FAST IN THE LORD

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.Mark 13:21-26
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;Luke 17:20-28
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Ephesians 6:11-12
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.Philippians 4:1

I AM NOT THE CHRIST

Christ is singular.
Jesus is the Christ, Messiah or Anointed One.
Anyone who focuses on Christ without acknowledging Jesus as the ONLY Christ is a liar and a deceiver wresting the scriptures to their own destruction.
The purpose of THEChrist in you, WHOM Paul preached, was in hope of presenting us “perfect in Christ Jesus.
There are subtle variations being paraded in semi-scriptural garb. John the Baptist was “filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” and yet John clearly communicated “I am not the Christ.
Know the Word of God and you will know the Truth, because Jesus Christ is both.
All scripture should be read within the context with which it was written, but here are a few to get you started. Please look them up to be sure of what God is saying.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4-5
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” Col 1:27 & 28
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” “And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. Luke 1:13-15 & 20
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Matthew 1:1
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:16-18
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.Matthew 1:21-25
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;Mark 1:1
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.Luke 1:31
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.John 1:1-4
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.John 1:14-15

WE ARE ADOPTED

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:5
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will Ephesians 1:5

ONLY ONE CHRIST JESUS, BUT MANY ANTICHRISTS

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16

Why Hasn’t Jesus Come Back Yet?

It has been around 2,000 years since Jesus left Earth, and many wonder why he has taken so long to return. In his book, Why I Am Not a Christian, atheist Bertrand Russell accused Jesus of breaking his promise to return.¹ So is it possible that Russell is right, and Jesus did break his promise?

The Apostle Peter predicted scoffers like Russell would point to Jesus’ delay as a broken promise. He writes, “…by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”²

Perhaps Russell and other scoffers should have looked closer at Peter’s words, as well as what Jesus said about the timing of his return, and the events that would precede it. Jesus did say that, although no man would know the exact timing of his return, certain clues would tell us that it is drawing near.³

Additionally, the Old Testament prophets and Jesus’ apostles also provide insight about what the world scene will look like just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Let’s look briefly at a few of these clues to the general timing of Jesus’ return:4

•Major earthquakes
•Worldwide famine
•Wars
•Worldwide epidemics
•Persecution of believers
•Gospel proclaimed worldwide
Earthquakes, famines, epidemics, and wars have occurred throughout human history, but Jesus said there would be a noticeable increase of such events prior to his return.5 Persecution of believers began with the apostles and is on the increase today. More Christians are being persecuted for their faith now than at any time in history. Jesus tells us that such persecution will continue until his return, as will the worldwide proclamation of the gospel.

According to Jesus, when all of these events capture the world scene, we are to “look up,” for his return will be soon.6 Although Bible scholars don’t agree on all the details regarding Jesus’ return, many believe that the time Jesus spoke of is rapidly approaching. Paul told believers to be ready and “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”7

So why is he delaying so long to fulfill his promise?

Peter explained the reason for Jesus’ delay, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”8

Peter was writing to believers who were experiencing trials and persecution. They wanted Jesus to come sooner rather than later. However, Peter tells them that God’s first priority is to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world, reaching as many people as possible.

The above post was excerpted from the article “Is Jesus Coming Back?”

1. Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian (New York: Touchstone, 1957), 16.

2. 2 Peter 3:4.

3. Matthew 25:13.

4, Matthew 24:3-14.

5. Matthew 24:3-51.

6. Luke 21:28. Titus 2:13.

7. 2 Peter 3:8-9.

8. Matthew 24:14.

The Fountain of Life

by Stephen Davey

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
” (Matthew 26:27-28)

Imagine digging in your back yard while planting some flowers. You overturn a slab of sod and a thin spurt of water shoots upward. You watch as the water trickles onto a patch of brown, dry grass, and to your amazement, the grass slowly turns green. The water then flows toward your tomato plants and immediately the wilted leaves stand upright and the tomatoes blush red. You run into your house, grab a cup, and run back out to this tiny fountain. You fill your cup, then drink it in one long gulp. Suddenly, you feel invigorated.
You run back into the house, look in the mirror, and notice that some of your wrinkles are ironed out, leaving a youthful complexion that you haven’t seen in years. Your jaw drops in amazement as the realization hits you: you have discovered the Fountain of Youth!
What would you do with this fantastic discovery? Would you share it with your spouse, your children, your older sister or brother? Would you tell your mother who is dying of cancer?

Would you invite all of the families in your neighborhood to a barbecue and give them all they wanted to drink? Of course you would! Who would be selfish enough to keep so great a discovery to himself?
Yet we, who have been partakers of the greatest discovery the world has ever known—namely, eternal life through faith in Christ—keep it to ourselves most of the time.

Has it ever occurred to you that the more you value Christ’s sacrifice, the higher your priority will be in sharing Him with others? If you do not consider His mercy to be the most significant thing that has ever been given to you, then you will not consider it worth sharing. This would be the most terrible of all tragedies. For if there is one discovery that should never be hidden nor taken for granted, it is the fountain of living water which Christ has offered through His gift of salvation; a fountain wide enough for all to drink and deep enough for all to bathe.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

How well are you doing at sharing your faith with others? Are you taking Christ’s sacrifice for granted, covering it over with dirt and hoping no one will ever know that you are a Christian? Let me urge you to fervently tell the world about this miraculous, incredible discovery . . . the Fountain of Living Water.

Read John 4:1-45