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BIBLE STUDIES



1. Is there ever a reason to sin

2. Fear God

3.What is the Seal of God & What is the Mark Of the Beast?

4.Competition & Competitive Sports

5. The 7th Day Sabbath

6.Sunday Myths & Sabbath Truths

7. The State Of The Dead

8. Does It Really Matter What We Eat

9. Forgiveness

10. Prayer Is Essential

11. Temptation

12.Grace & The Law Of God

13.
The Days Of Noah & The Last Days

14. The Ten Commandments

15. Sexual Immorality

16. Obedience

17. Health Reform & God

18. Colossians 2:14 Explained

19. Colossians 2:16 Explained

20. 1 Corinthians 11:6 Explained
Should Women Wear Head Coverings?

21. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Explained
A Compilation of Explanations

22. Does God Have A Limit?

23. Old & New Covenant Explained

24. Genesis 6:2, 4 Explained

25. The Truth About Halloween

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#1 Is there ever a reason to sin? PART 1 OF 4
 
Many will say no, but think yes. Many people and Christians alike think if someone does something to you, you have the right to do something back to them; some may even say, look it says it in the bible (Matthew 5:38) this is true, but Jesus was saying YOU HAVE HEARD (NOT IT IS RIGHT) an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. In the next verse (Matthew 5:39) Jesus tells us to resist evil; evil is revenge against your neighbor. We know revenge is not ours it’s the Lords (Romans 12:19).
 
So what about those people who purposely hurt me and do me wrong, don’t I have a right then to do them wrong? Some may say yes, they deserve to be treated wrong, because of what they have done. What if someone killed a loved one of yours, don’t you have the right to avenge that loved one? Not according to Matthew 5:44. Well Jesus says in verse 43 “Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy, wait many people forget the first sentence YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT HATH BEEN SAID, in other words people have said this is how things are suppose to be, but Jesus the Son Of God is telling you Love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 5:44) and loving your neighbor is of great importance in the bible, it’s one of the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). I could do a whole bible study about love, but let’s get back on topic. So I’m supposed to love my neighbor regardless of what they do to me? Yes according to (Matthew 18:21-22) all the texts are of Jesus speaking, so we know they are important.
 
 
Is there any reason to sin? I heard a person is born this way and they’re grandparents or parents were like this. Are we born into sin or born sinners? We are born into sin, we are born into a sinful world, babies don't right from wrong when they come into this world. They have to be taught how to walk, eat stand up etc. When they are taught right and wrong and they choose wrong THEN, they have become sinners. NO ONE is born a sinner. Sin is the transgression of God's Law (1 John 3:4)


Is there ever a reason to sin?PART 2 OF 4
 
Haven’t we all been redeemed of sin? Shouldn’t that alone tell us there is no reason to sin? When Christ came to die for our sins we became justified by faith (Romans 5:1). What does justified by faith mean? Webster’s meaning of Justification : the act, process, or state of being justified by God : the act or an instance of justifying:vindicationb: something that justifies. How does this apply to what Christ did for us? Christ did all of these things to redeem us from sin, there is nothing no man or woman on this earth can do or could have done to receive justification. What does justification by faith mean? Here are some words by an author that was inspired by God
 
As the penitent sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ's atonement in his behalf and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future life, his sins are pardoned. This is justification by faith. Every believing soul is to conform his will entirely to God's will and keep in a state of repentance and contrition, exercising faith in the atoning merits of the Redeemer and advancing from strength to strength, from glory to glory.  {FW 103.1} 
            Pardon and justification are one and the same thing. Through faith, the believer passes from the position of a rebel, a child of sin and Satan, to the position of a loyal subject of Christ Jesus, not because of an inherent goodness, but because Christ receives him as His child by adoption. The sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, because these sins are borne by his Substitute and Surety. The Lord speaks to His heavenly Father, saying: "This is My child, I reprieve him from the condemnation of death, giving him My life insurance policy--eternal life--because I have taken his place and have suffered for his sins. He is even My beloved son." Thus man, pardoned, and clothed with the beautiful garments of Christ's righteousness, stands faultless before God.  {FW 103.2} 
             The sinner may err, but he is not cast off without mercy. His only hope, however, is repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Father's prerogative to forgive our transgressions and sins, because Christ has taken upon
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Himself our guilt and reprieved us, imputing to us His own righteousness. His sacrifice satisfies fully the demands of justice.  {FW 103.3} 
     Justification is the opposite of condemnation. God's boundless mercy is exercised toward those who are wholly undeserving. He forgives transgressions and sins for the sake of Jesus, who has become the propitiation for our sins. Through faith in Christ, the guilty transgressor is brought into favor with God and into thestrong hope of life eternal.  {FW 104.1} 


Is there ever a reason to sin? PART 3 OF 4
 
So justification by faith tells us Jesus came and died for every sin we will ever commit, so there is no reason to sin. 1 John 3:8 "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. We have got to stop coming up with our own understanding of things and start reading the bible for ourselves. We have to be perfect through Christ (Matthew 5:48), while we are on earth, we can’t decide to stop sinning when we get to Heaven, our characters are the only things that we can take with us to Heaven,our characters have to reflect Christ and not the world.
 
There is a rumor going around that we can’t be perfect, but how can we be like Christ and not be perfect like Him. A great author thinks otherwise

Perfection in Character-building.--The Lord requires perfection from His redeemed family. He calls for perfection in character-building. Fathers and mothers especially need to understand the best methods of training children, that they may cooperate with God. Men and women, children and youth, are measured in the scales of heaven in accordance with that which they reveal in their home life. A Christian in the home is a Christian everywhere. Religion brought into the home exerts an influence that cannot be measured (MS 34, 1899).  {5BC 1085.5} 
     The Life of a Perfect Man.--Our Saviour took up the true relationship of a human being as the Son of God. We are sons and daughters of God. In order to know how to behave ourselves circumspectly, we must follow where Christ leads the way.
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For thirty years He lived the life of a perfect man, meeting the highest standard of perfection (Letter 69, 1897).  {5BC 1085.6}


Is there ever a reason to sin?PART 4 OF 4
 
If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would have sinned, HELL would be our fate with no other options, and the same thing goes for us when Christ returns, if we don’t have the Seal of God, we will be lost. We can’t obtain the Seal Of God (I can give you the bible study I did about the Seal Of God and The Mark Of The Beast) with sin in our lives, Christ showed and told us we can be perfect, if we can’t be perfect, Christ Himself was lying in Matthew 5:48. The world tells us nobody is perfect, but we can be perfect, when we surrender to Christ and let Him control our thoughts and actions we can be perfect, but it's only through Christ living in us (Galatians 2:20). It all starts with surrender, here are a few texts about surrender Matthew 16:4-27, James 4:8, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 2:1-29.
 
“Christ’s church has never been approved or accepted by the world. And it never will be. If you live for Jesus, you won’t have to separate yourself from others' company; they’ll do it for you. All you have to do is live for him. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself reproached, rejected, called evil: “Men shall hate you, and…they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake” .
Yet, Jesus adds, this is the path to true fulfillment. “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” . In other words: “The only way you find meaning in life is by selling out your all for me. Then you’ll find true joy, peace and satisfaction.” Christ tells us, “My church is without spot or wrinkle. So, when you come to me, you must be willing to lay down all sins. You must surrender all to me, die completely to self, ungodly ambition and ego. By faith, you’ll be buried with me. But I will raise you up into new life.”
Think about what it means to be without spot or wrinkle. We know a spot is a stain. But what about a wrinkle? Have you ever heard the phrase, “a new wrinkle”? It means adding a new idea to an existing concept. A wrinkle, in that sense, applies to those who try to improve on the gospel. It suggests an easy way to attain heaven, without full surrender to Christ.
That’s the kind of gospel that’s being preached in many churches today. The sermons are aimed only at meeting people’s needs. As I read Jesus’ words, I see that this kind of preaching will not work. It doesn’t accomplish the true work of the gospel.
Don’t misunderstand: I’m not against preaching comfort and strength to God’s people. As a shepherd of the Lord, I’m called to do exactly that. But if I preach only to people’s needs, and ignore Christ’s call to lay down our lives, then true needs will never be met. Jesus’ words are clear: Our needs are met by dying to ourselves and taking up his cross”.
David Wilkerson
 
THERE IS NO REASON TO SIN, STOP FOOLING YOURSELF BY LISTENING TO OTHER PEOPLE AND FOLLOWING THE WORLD’S VIEWS ON PERFECTION AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AND LET THAT BE YOUR GUIDE, SO YOU CAN MEET JESUS IN PEACE WHEN HE RETURNS.




#2 FEAR GOD-What Does It Mean?


To Fear God is to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding, I say understanding because when we receive wisdom and knowledge we gain understanding of what God’s will is for us. A lot of people think education of worldly things gives you wisdom and knowledge; getting a degree now makes you more important than the next person who doesn’t have one, but the person that doesn’t have any college education, but fear’s God, is better off than the person who has a degree, good job, good life (so call), and doesn’t fear God.

If you’re not fearing God you have no wisdom, knowledge or understanding of God and His requirements of you.
Since I’ve been studying the Word Of God, I see He repeats His Commandments, things he tell us to do, lessons, symbols etc. We’ve all heard that saying practice makes perfect, well I say repetition makes perfect. We don’t learn a song hearing it one time, only a select few are capable of learning things the first time they see
something, or hear something, but for the majority it takes repetition, singing a song over and over, reading a book twice or three times, and trial and error in our daily life’s to gain understanding of things.

The same definitely applies to the Word of God, we have to read it over and over, and when we do we will find the same words that are in Genesis, are also in Revelation and elsewhere with the other books in the bible.
The most important thing we have to do on this earth to get to Heaven is have a genuine relationship with God, I say genuine because we have many relationships with people that are not genuine, and when it comes to a relationship with God, it has to be genuine, and there is only one way to be genuine, FEAR GOD, when we fear God everything else falls into place. What does it mean to Fear God? I will explain in this bible study, giving you proof from the Word of God. If you choose to still do things your way and not how the Word of God tells you too, the FATE of Hell awaits.


Fear God Part 1 of 2

What does it mean to fear God. First let’s look at the last book in the bible, Revelation 14:7”Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters”. We have to start at The Tribulation (which is the time we’re living in today)[The Tribulation starts from Rev. 6:1-19:21]. Revelation 14:7 is The First Angels Message.

So now we have to go back in the books of the bible to understand what it means to fear God, and what do we gain by fearing God? God first told Israel to fear Him in Deuteronomy 10:12-13, it tells us to fear God is to walk in all His ways, love Him, and serve Him with all our heart and soul. Another question is how we do get to the point of walking in His ways, loving Him and serving Him, remember we are sinners incapable of doing right? We are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Christ
is holy so we have to live and be like Him, we do that by living holy lives (1Peter 1:14-16; we have to give up this world to Fear God (1 John 2:15-16).

We can’t be attached to this world and still think we can fear God. To fear God is to love Him, reverence Him, adore Him, hate evil, and obey Him. The fear of God is to hate sin just like He hates it (Proverbs 8:13), so if you do not hate sin you’re not fearing God, many may say it’s impossible to hate something I’m so attracted too, I use to say this as well, but the closer we get to Christ, who we go through to get to the Father (John 14:6), we will draw closer to God (James 4:8). We can’t expect to magically draw to God, it takes time, and it’s a process. Church want put you closer to God, praying once a day or a couple of times a week won’t put you closer to God; don’t get me wrong these steps are important, and it’s a start, but don’t think you’ve made it to getting closer to God and now your fearing Him.


Fear God Part 2 of 2

So we know we need to let go of this world to gain a closer relationship with God and we know we can live holy lives by looking at the example Christ left for us, of His life while He was on this earth. So what do we gain from fearing God? (Proverbs 1:7) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. The text is saying a lot, fools despise wisdom and instruction, you might not even see yourself as a fool, but if we reject God’s wisdom we are the biggest fool, the Word also tells us in (Psalm 32:9) not to be like the horse and mule which have no understanding. We HAVE to FEAR God it’s all throughout the bible. Proverbs 9:10 tells us the same thing the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

What’s so special about wisdom? (Proverbs 3:13-14; Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 4:7; Proverbs 2:10-11). For myself when I understand things, they become real to me; I can know something all my life and still not have understanding of it. When I have understanding I can deal and cope with life a whole lot better. Wisdom and understanding comes from obeying and doing the will of God, and that’s to keep His Law or Ten Commandments (Proverbs 2:1-6). If we’re not keeping all of the Ten Commandments we don’t have wisdom or understanding of God and who He is and we’re definitely not fearing Him. If we break one Commandment we have broke them all (James 2:10-11).

So why is it so important for us to fear God? (Ecclesiastes 12:13) ”Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”.

Just like Daniel purposed in His heart in Daniel 1:8 we have to have that same commitment, and God will give us the strength to Fear Him, because we as His greatest creation reject Him because of sin, so He has to give us the power and strength to overcome that rejection. The Devil rejected God and He brought sin into this world, and if we are born in sin we reject God and His love too, but remember we can overcome only through Christ Jesus interceding for us through our prayers, we have to surrender to Him ( which is the same as surrendering to God, and to surrender is to FEAR HIM).


#3 What is the Seal of God & What is the Mark Of the Beast?

I use to wonder about this as a child, I was told the answer but I didn’t understand as a child, but now as an adult I want a deeper understanding. 

What is a Seal?
(A) An authentic seal must contain three parts: a name, title and territory.
How do we identify the seal placed on The Most High’s people? (Revelation 14:11, 12; Revelation 7:2,3)

A seal shows the authority behind a law. God's seal shows the validity of His law. (Isaiah 8:16)
God wants to put His seal and law into our minds (Hebrew 8:10; Ezekiel 36:26,27)
God deserves worship because He is the Creator. (Revelation 4:11; Exodus 20:8-11, Genesis 2:2-3)

What is the Seal Of God or The Most High then? The Seventh Day Sabbath is the Seal Of God. Exodus 20:8-11 (a) Name:”The Lord your God” (b) Title:”The Lord made…” He is the Creator (c) Territory: “The heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.”

Who is the beast? (A) A kingdom that rises up in a populated area of the world (Revelation 13:1; Revelation 17:15).
A. It is a power that has worldwide influence (Revelation 13:3,8)
B. It is a religious power (Revelation 13:4)
C. It receives a deadly wound that is healed. (Revelation 13:3).

1. “In 1798, he [Berthier]… made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.” (Encyclopedia Americana, 1941).
2. “The Roman question tonight was a thing of the past and the Vatican was at peace with Italy…. In affixing the autographs to the memorable document, healing the wound, extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides.” (“Mussolini and Gasparri Signed Historic Roman Pact” San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 1929.
D. It reigns supreme for 1,260 years (Revelation 13:5)
1. The Holy Roman Empire held civil and religious power from AD 538 to AD 1798.
E. Blasphemous; claims attributes of God and ability to forgive sin. (Revelation 13:5,6: John 10:33; Luke 5:21)
1. “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” (Pope Leo)
2. “God himself is obliged to abide by judgment of His priests, and either not to pardon, or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution.” (Dignities and Duties of the Priest, vol 12, p.27)
F. It is a power that persecuted TMH’s people. (Revelation 13:7)
G. Religious power dominating civil powers. (Revelation 13:7)

1. “Under him was very nearly made good the Papal claim that all earthly sovereigns were [subordinate to] the Roman pontiff…. Almost all the kings and princes of Europe swore [loyalty] to him as their overlord. Rome was once more the mistress of the world.” (Myers General History, page 455).

What is the Mark?
A. “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [from Sabbath to Sunday] was her act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” (C.F. Thomas, chancellor of cardinal Gibbons)
B. “The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” (Decretal De Translat, Episcap, cap.)
C. “The church is above the Bible. And this transference of the Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” (The Catholic Record, September 1, 1923)
The Mark of the Beast is Sunday worship. This is what the Catholic Church claims as the mark of her authority. (Matthew 15:9)
A. “Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday, not from any directions noted in scripture, but from the church’s sense of its own power. People who think that the scripture should be the sole authority should logically become Seventh - day Adventist and keep Saturday holy.” (The Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church Sentinel, May 21, 1995)
B. You can be affected by the mark even if you’re not Catholic!
1. “The bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy,’ but the Catholic Church says: No, keep the first day of the week,’ and the whole world bows in obedience.” (Father Enright, The Industrial American, Harlan, Iowa 12/19/99)
2. “It was the Catholic Church which … transferred this rest to Sunday… Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” (Protestantism Today, by Monsignor Luis Segur, p.213)
Sunday worship will be enforced by law. In the bible Nebuchadnezzar forced everyone to bow down and worship the image (Daniel 3:4,5), the beast will threaten death to those who will not worship on Sunday (Revelation 13:15-17). You can believe it or not, but it will happen.
A. The Catholic Church is already trying to enforce Sunday worship. “The Celebration of the Christian Sunday remains, on the threshold of the Third Millennium, and the indispensable element of our Christian identity… Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” (Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini, Sections 30 and 67)
B. Receiving the mark in your forehead means you think Sunday worship is a good idea and you follow it and you believe it to be the day of worship.
C. Receiving the mark in your hand means you might not believe in Sunday worship but obeying man is easier than standing up for TMH.

Will the USA copy the aims of the papacy?
A. Yes it will.

1. “It’s time for Protestants to go to the shepherd [the pope] and say,

“What do we have to do to come home?” (Robert Schuller, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, September 19, 1987)
2. “The best way to honor Pope John Paul II, truly one of the great men, is to take his teachings seriously; is to listen to his words and put his words and teachings into action here in America. This is a challenge we must accept.” (President George W. Bush, March 22, 2001)

Will the USA and papacy unite? They already have.

1. “Reagan and the Pope agreed to undertake a clandestine campaign to hasten the dissolution of the Communist empire…. This was one of the great secret alliances of all time …. Step by reluctant step, the Soviets and the communist government of Poland bowed to the moral, economic and political pressure imposed by the Pope and the President.” (“How Reagan and the Pope Conspired to Assist Poland’s Solidarity Movement and Hasten the Demise of Communism: An investigative Report.” Time Magazine, 1992, p.28, 35)

2. President Obama has already seen the Pope a couple of times, and the Pope is visiting the USA (Philadelphia) in 2015 to propose a family day aka Sunday worship enforcement day. You don’t have to believe, but you will see the signs. There is more information if you want more. Christ is calling His sheep we know His voice, we need to follow Him (John 10:27)
We have to take a stand NOW for The Most High. (Revelation 18:4). TMH never forces us to do anything He gives us choice (Joshua 24:15) There is no coincidence that the majority of the world worships on Sunday, it’s an agenda, you can take it as it doesn’t matter what day you worship on, and neglect the day TMH has told us to keep holy above any other day, and He gave us specific instructions about His holy day the 7th Day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), but History proves Sunday worship came about because of straight defiance of TMH’s 4th Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). How can we keep ignoring the one day TMH first said to “Remember?” How can the Commandments written by TMH own finger be done away with, or not matter because it happen a while ago and when did TMH give man the authority to change His law in any way shape or form?


What is The Seal Of The Most High God & What is The Mark Of The Beast? Part2

Those who love the world are at odds with God. One can not love the world and also love God, because the god of this world is Satan.
Jesus said...
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19
Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Rom. 8:7
Here, the word carnal means worldly, sinful, lustful, and flesh like.

Remember, in Gen 6:3 we see…
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Therefore, those that are carnal, worldly, flesh like and loving are at odds with God and His kingdom.
Paul tells us that the works of the flesh are…
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. 5:17~21

Anyone that continues in these flesh-loving things are not headed for the kingdom of God but instead hell.
We can determine this very simply by looking in Daniel 7:24, 25
And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Dan. 7:24, 25
This is a definition of the Roman Empire which sprung out of the Grecian empire sometime around 168~167 B.C.

In Daniel 7:7, there is a definition of Rome as being the beast that was more dreadful than the preceding kingdoms, Babylon, Medo-Persia and Grecia. The student must understand and firmly accept that the kingdom that succeeded Grecia was the Pagan form of Roman Empire.
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns. Dan. 7:7
Daniel further goes on to say in Daniel 7:8
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. Dan. 7:8
Now we see that out of this first edition of the dreadful beast came a new version of this beast, which plucked out (from the roots) three of the horns that were before it. Historically we can see that these three horns (or kingdoms) were the Vandals, Ostrogoths and the Heruli; three of the barbarian tribes that were made totally extinct when the papacy used the Roman military to destroy them not only by direct military force but also by intrigue in causing war between each of them at different points in time. When this was completed in or around 508 A.D. the papacy, with the help of the Franks king Clovis was set to become the Abomination (transgression) that maketh desolate. Dan. 8:13

Further proof is found in Daniel 7:20
And of the ten horns that [were] in his head, and [of] the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even [of] that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look [was] more stout than his fellows. Dan. 7:20
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. Dan. 7:23, 24
These four lines of scripture in Daniel prove that this beast could be none other than the Roman Empire in form as a pagan ruler and then in its second, the papal edition, which was no less the ghost of pagan Rome with Christian garb wrapped around its hideous devilish ways.
There are some key characteristics of Rome that are seen in both the Pagan and Papal form. We find this in Daniel 7:25
And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Dan. 7:25
This is a key point for it makes clear that the Roman empire in its two forms (Pagan and Papal) did the very things that Daniel said it would do to prove that it is the fourth beast and totally at odds with God.
This beast power or kingdom spoke words against God. It (the Papacy) claimed to be God!

What could be any clearer than an enemy of God claiming to be God? This is why the Jews were to stone (kill) Christ.
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:33
So according to the law of God (the first Commandment), a created being claiming to be God is blasphemy.
In Isaiah 8:12 we see that this speaking against God as the character of Satan.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isa. 14:12~14

Any person or institution that makes this claim is setting itself against God.
The Roman Empire in its Pagan and Papal forms killed the people of God. They killed over 100 million Christians during the years after Christ and even killed the Jews before Christ. So this is without a doubt proof that this is the Roman Empire.
We can further prove that this is Rome because Rome changed times (the original names of Jewish months in the calendar) which originally was base on a 30-day month and 360 days in a year.
The Roman emperors in attempts to memorialize their names or favorite gods added days to months taking seven months from 30 to 31 days.
Wikipedia tells us…
January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) since January is the door to the year.
The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war.
The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman eragoddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.
Previously, July was called Quintilis in Latin, since it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar, which traditionally set March as the beginning of the year before it was changed to January at the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC. The name was then changed by Augustus to honor Julius Caesar, who was born in July. In the ancient Roman calendar the ides of July fell on the 15th day of the month.
August was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created theJulian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus.
The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin "octo" meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.
The Hebrew months, those given to the world by God are…
Nissan, Iyyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishri, Marseshvan Kislev, Tebeth, Shevat, Adar, Adar L.

Notice that there are thirteen months in the Jewish calendar. This included the month Adar L. This month was added in the leap year. The Romans thought that they could change God’s calendar and then found out that they had to go back to a leap year principal after they found that the lunar and solar rotations were out of sink. So we see that Rome “thought” to change times by changing the calendar. But also note that Rome thought to change days. While she could not change the configuration of a day by adding and hour here are taking an hour away there, she changed a day that began at evening (and the evening and the morning were the first day, second day, third day) and made the entire world accept that a day begins at 12:00 am. Additionally, she attempted to change the configuration of the week by saying that Sunday is the seventh day (at various times in her history times) by saying that the first day is the reason why Christians worship, as a memorial to the creation and then a memorial to the resurrection.

This is changing times and laws without a doubt. For God made the Sabbath a memorial to Him and his work.
He rested as an example of what its to be done on the seventh day.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Gen, 2:2
He blessed that day…
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen. 2:3
He made it sacred…
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen. 2:3
Therefore God made a particular day blessed and Holy. No other day has that characteristic. Not other day carries the exact credentials of God.
This day carries the seal of the living God. It tells us that he created the creation. Therefore it is His. It tells us that the day was set aside by Him and it tells us what was done by Him to memorialize His work. This is no different than Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Forth of July. These are all days that man has set aside as day of memorializing something and there are things that are done on these days as signs of man remembering something be it war, veterans, workers, or giving thanks to God.
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exod. 12:14
And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. Exod. 13:9
Now that we have solid established what a memorial day is, what the Sabbath is, let us determine two things. Who changed it and what would changing it mean.

In 321 A.D. Emperor Constantine by and edict force the world to change their worship from Sabbath to Sunday by the motivation of the church. This again is proof that Rome thinketh to change times and laws.
However, Rome is not ashamed to say that she did this not by the authority of God but by its own authority.
The word of Rome says:
"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ." -Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary. (
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Consider the following…
Catholic Confessions
James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.
"But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify."
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174.
"Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
"Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her-she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority."
John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies (1 936), vol. 1, P. 51.
"Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days."
Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), p.67.
"Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
"Answer. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.'
James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter.
"Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day -Saturday - for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes . Did Christ change the day'? I answer no!
"Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons"
The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.
"The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday."
Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. "To Tell You the Truth."
"For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the[Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible."
Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), p. 50.
"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
"Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
"Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
"Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."
Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About (1927),p. 136.
"Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday .... Now the Church ... instituted, by God's authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday."
Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975),Chicago, Illinois.
"Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
"1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
"2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
"It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible."
T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884.
"I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says: 'No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church."
Protestant Confessions
Protestant theologians and preachers from a wide spectrum of denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical authority for observing Sunday as a sabbath.
Anglican/Episcopal
Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism , vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
"And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day .... The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it."
Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments , pp. 52, 63, 65.
"There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday .... into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters.... The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday."
Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday .
We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church."
Baptist
Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers' conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner , Nov.16, 1893.
"There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week .... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not.
"To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated.
"Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!"
William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in Our Day , p. 49.
"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance."
Congregationalist
Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.
" . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath - . . 'Me Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday .... There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday."
Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
" . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath."
Disciples of Christ
Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.
"'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh to the first day.' Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives' fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio - I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.'
First Day Observance , pp. 17, 19.
"The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change."
Lutheran
The Sunday Problem , a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
"We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both."
Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.
"They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!"
Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and ChurchHenry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.
"The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday."
John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday , pp. 15, 16.
"But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel .... These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect."
Methodist
Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
"Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day."
John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.
"But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken .... Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other."
Dwight L. Moody
D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?"
Presbyterian
T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.
"The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue - the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . . The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath."
Finally my friend, we must go back to our original principal, who has the right to change God’s times and laws? No one. So if neither Jesus nor God changes the law, who did?
It would have to be Satan or his agent on earth. And if his agent changed God’s law then to worship on the day that was instituted by Satan’s agent would be to worship Satan. This would be the mark for Satan’s mark is a false day of worship versus God’s true day of worship.
Remember, the mark of the beast is about worship, not money. The lack of money and its spending power will force all on earth to accept the false day of worship.


COMPETITION & COMPETITIVE SPORTS PART 1

My Testimony this was done a year ago: I use to love basketball and UFC. This bible study is not coming from a person that hates sports; I don’t like competition, vain-glory, emulation and strife. Even today I often see things on the internet and I’m reminded of how much I loved sports, sport teams and stats. The devil even tempts me today; to just see one more match of my favorite fighters on UFC, or to see a game or two of my once favorite NBA team and college team. I go to the school of my once favorite college basketball team, and I can go to the games for free. Understand this everybody; the devil makes his devices readily and easily available to us.

Not even 4 or 5 months ago, I was listening to a sermon and the preacher said something about boxing and how Jesus is not pleased with us beating up each other, and messing up our temples, which are not ours (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Avid competitive sport fanatics know what the players go through to be successful; rigorous training and practice, an average professional player and more than often college players bodies are worn out at an early age. What do they have to show for their hard work? Money for an overworked body and metal trophies enclosed in gold or whatever precious metals; that resembles an idol (Exodus 20:3-5), that they work so hard for to get. Does that prepare you for the kingdom of God? As a fan, you are so busy engaged in watching the players accomplishments, but forget about the accomplishments of the only person we should be fanatics of, Jesus Christ. His accomplishments on earth and paying the ultimate sacrifice gave us life and the chance at eternal life if we choose it.
I got off the subject, but let’s get back. 

I didn't know it at the time, but a seed was planted 5 months ago, I didn't immediately stop looking at competitive sports, but I begin to see things that I didn't see at first. I begin to see how my body reacted when I saw someone get kicked, punched, dunked on, tackled, and the reaction of the person that was on the receiving end. Our minds should not be trained to look at violence in any form; our body contorts, because our bodies are reacting as if it is physically happening to us, an indicator it’s not of God. God tells us to think on things of good report, lovely, pure. Is beating someone up or beating them in a competition, of God’s will? Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

I keep getting off topic, but the Spirit of God is moving… I just recently as of a month ago stopped looking at sports. God forever wants us to draw closer to Him. I stopped looking at cable and all TV, I thought I had made a huge step, but I was still finding ways to watch the NBA playoffs and finals, UFC and my favorite reality shows. God was tugging on my heart to let all Television including sports go. God gives us light and He won’t give us more light until we obey and follow the light He has already given us. Let’s not grieve the Holy Spirit because of our selfish wants and desires Ephesians 4:27-30 27 Neither give place to the devil.28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 

Ephesians 4:17-32 is telling us how to change and be new creatures in Christ.
NOTHING ON THIS EARTH is worth losing out on Heaven, no TV show, no sports, sports team, wife, children, husband, money, music; whatever it is that takes time away from you drawing close to God.

 
COMPETITION & COMPETITIVE SPORTS PART 2

Some competitive sports are not as violent as others, but they all promote vain-glory, emulation and strife. I will show where those words are found in the bible and what they mean. We have to look at things in a logical, critical and spiritual way. This is how we are to live our lives with the bible as our guidebook, instruction manual and map to Heaven.
Where did Competition come from? The Devil himself, he wanted to beat Michael (Jesus) (Revelation12:7-8) 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
The devil displayed emulation when he wanted be like The Most High Isaiah 14:13-15 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
What does emulation mean? EMULA'TION, n. The act of attempting to equal or excel in qualities or actions; rivalry; desire of superiority, attended with effort to attain to it; generally in a good sense, or an attempt to equal or excel others in that which is praise-worthy, without the desire of depressing others. Rom.11. In a bad sense, a striving to equal or do more than others to obtain carnal favors or honors. Val.5. 1.
An ardor kindled by the praise-worthy examples of others, inciting to imitate them, or to equal or excel them. A noble emulation heats your breast. Contest; contention; strife; competition; rivalry accompanied with a desire of depressing another.
Let’s also go to the bible and see what Paul was talking about Romans 11:14 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. Paul mentions emulation again in a stronger emphasis in Galatians 5:16-21, 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The additional texts are worth reading. Paul then goes on to tell us how God wants us to act and how our attitudes and lifestyle should be in Galatians 5:22. We also see in the same chapter vain-glory is mention Galatians 5:26 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another, Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy 32:21. Many people say the Old Testament isn’t relevant today, many of the Apostles and Jesus Himself, quoted from the Old Testament. The Old Testament wrote the New Testament. Off the subject but I wanted to throw that in there.


 
 
COMPETITION & COMPETITIVE SPORTS PART 3

What does vain-glory mean? VAINGLORY, n. [vain and glory.] Exclusive vanity excited by one's own performances; empty pride; undue elation of mind. He hath nothing of vainglory.Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory. Philippians 2:2
What does strife mean? STRIFE, n. [See Strive.]1. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, eith
er by intellectual or physical efforts. Strife may be carried on between students or between mechanics. Thus Gods contended, noble strife, who most should ease the wants of life.2. Contention in anger or enmity; contest; struggle for victory; quarrel or war. I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon. Judges 12:2.These vows thus granted, raisd a strife above betwixt the god of war and queen of love.3. Opposition; contrariety; contrast. Artificial strife lives in these touches livelier than life.4. The agitation produced by different qualities; as the strife of acid and alkali. [Little used.]
I’ve given definitions of these words in the bible and a clear picture of what God doesn’t want us to be involved in; emulation, strife, and vainglory. I also gave a text about how God wants us to act, there are many more texts, look them up for yourselves for those who seek truth. We need to research and search our hearts to see if what I’ve put together ins this bible study to be true, the bible tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Look these definitions up on the internet, dictionary (words have been changed since the earlier dictionaries).
So we have a clear picture of what God requires of us Christians. Competitive sports promote emulation, vainglory, strife and rivalry, strife and rivalry are one in the same. God gives us a clear picture that we cannot enter into His Kingdom practicing emulation, strife and rivalry in (Galatians 5:20). I know some of you are saying, I don’t play competitive sports so I’m okay, you not okay, because by beholding we are changed. Both Men and Women Must Keep Their Place and Live Above Reproach.--The mind of a man or woman does not come down in a moment from purity and holiness to depravity, corruption, and crime. It takes time to transform the human to the divine, or to degrade those formed in the image of God to the brutal or the satanic. By beholding we become changed. Though formed in the image of his Maker, man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him. As he ceases to watch and pray, he ceases to guard the citadel, the heart, and engages in sin and crime. The mind is debased, and it is impossible to elevate it from corruption while it is being educated to enslave the moral and intellectual powers and bring them in subjection to
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grosser passions. Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate it to meditate upon pure and holy things. {AH 330.2}
God taught us how to treat each other, here are a few texts, look them up and read them and let the Holy Spirit guide your heart (John 13:34, Romans 12:10,16). Some might say what about good sportsmanship, that’s an oxymoron. I can’t hard tackle, punch, body slam or whatever else to my best friend, brother etc. hurt him or I might not hurt them and strife, vainglory doesn’t come into my heart, by default if it’s not of God it’s of the devil, life is not based on how we see things, it’s based on how God sees things, we can’t call ourselves Christians and live the life of person that doesn’t obey the will of God, you are no longer a Christian you are a follower of the devil. Strong language, but its REAL TALK.


COMPETITION & COMPETITIVE SPORTS PART 4

When you see a person beating another person and one is being praised and one is feeling defeated that’s not of Christ. God doesn’t want us to war against each other, that’s nothing but the devil and his agenda to get us to go against God’s will. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Chris
t,10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Competition and competitiveness brings about wrath, envy, vainglory, boastfulness, pride, arrogance and so much more. I’ve seen people become enemies, because of a sports team, they’re not getting paid and the people playing the competitive sports don’t even know them, but they are willing to go to blows and even kill for their favorite sport team(s) and players. People are fans of these competitive sports, in reality you’re a fanatic.
What does that mean? Fans usually have a strong enough interest that some changes in their lifestyles are made to accommodate devotion to the focal object. Fans have a desire for external involvement – they are motivated to demonstrate their involvement with the area of interest through certain behaviors (attending conventions, posting online, displaying team banners outside their homes, etc.). Fans often have a "wish to acquire" material objects related to the area of interest, such as a baseball hit by a famous slugger or a used guitar pick from their musical hero. As well, some fans have a desire for social interaction with other fans. This again may take many forms, from casual conversation, e-mail, chat rooms, and electronic mailing lists to regular face-to-face meetings such as fan club meetings and organized conventions.
There are several groups of fans that can be differentiated by the intensity level of their level of involvement or interest in the hobby (level of fanaticism)[2] The likelihood for a subject of interest to be elevated to the level of fandom appears to be dictated by its complexity. Complexity allows further involvement of fans for a longer period of time because of the time needed to work the subject of interest 'out.' It also contributes to a greater sense of belonging because of the mental effort invested in the subject
Fan loyalty is the loyalty felt and expressed by a fan towards the object of his/her fanaticism. Allegiances can be strong or weak. The loyalties of sports fans have been studied by psychologists.
In conclusion; I know this has been an overload of information, but let the seed grow in your hearts and think logically and critically about your decision to participate in competitive sports; watching competitive sports on TV, the internet, and becoming fanatics of wrath, vainglory, strife and rivalries. People who present truth are doing it out of love, or that should be the notion, I’m presenting truth because I truly have a love for mankind, those who know me, know I do, so pray over this bible study and let God lead you to all truth. God Bless.
 

The 7th Day Sabbath PART 1

Q. Where did the Sabbath come from?
A. Our Heavenly Father. When He created the world He set aside a day to rest, to reflect on His work and He created a day for us to reflect on Him (Genesis 2:2-3). Every day was good except the 7th Day. The 7th day was a day God set aside; He blessed and sanctified this day (Genesis 2:2-3. When God did this He made the 7th day special. This was before any Israelite or Jew came on the scene.
Q. Is the Sabbath apart of the Ten Commandments or the man written Mosaic Laws that Moses wrote under the direction of God?
A. The Ten Commandments are not the same as the Mosiac Laws (which were nailed to the cross) are found in Exodus 20:1-17. The 4th Commandment is the only Commandment God told us to remember, He was speaking to the Israelites, but He was talking to the entire world. The fourth Commandment Exodus 20:8-11
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Q. Are the Ten Commandments null and void today?
A. Of course not, God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger (Exodus 31:18). God makes no mistakes; He knows the beginning to the end. There are laws set into place today that if we break them we are sent to jail; they are stealing, killing, lying, and in some cases adultery. Where did these laws come from? They come from The Ten Commandments, how would man know these laws are wrong if they didn’t get it from God’s Law? If the Ten Commandments are null and void, stealing, killing and lying shouldn’t be laws today; they are the 6th, 8th and 9th Commandments.


The 7th Day Sabbath PART 2

Q. What does man say the meaning of worship and holy is, is there a difference?
A. Many say they are one in the same but they are different. Websters dictionary says WORSHIP means
: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence
: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
HOLY means: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.
Q. What does the bible say about the meanings of worship and holy?
A. Worship- Shehhah “do obeisance to, prostrate oneself before, do reverence to, welcome respectfully
Holy- Qadosh or Qodesh literally means "to be set apart for a special purpose".
Q. Many say we can worship on any day, is that true, and is there a difference between worship and holy?
A. That is true we can worship God freely on any day, He wants us to acknowledge Him and give Him praise and worship Him every day. There is a difference in worship and holiness. Of course He wants us to worship Him every day, but the Sabbath isn’t merely a day of worship, it’s a holy day that God told us to keep holy that He sanctified, blessed, and hollowed at the beginning of time. Why would He go back on His word and tell Jesus to abolish the 4th Commandment when He died on the cross, but keep the other 9? God wants us to not just keep the Sabbath holy but to be holy like He is. 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Peter is quoting from Leviticus 11:44 and Leviticus 19:2.
Q. How do we become holy like God that seems impossible?
A. 1 Samuel 2:2 and Isaiah 6:3 are just two of many examples of passages about God’s holiness. Another way to say it is absolute perfection. God is unlike any other (see Hosea 11:9), and His holiness is the essence of that “otherness.” His very being is completely absent of even a trace of sin (James 1:13; Hebrews 6:18). He is high above any other, and no one can compare to Him (Psalm 40:5). God’s holiness pervades His entire being and shapes all His attributes. His love is a holy love, His mercy is holy mercy, and even His anger and wrath are holy anger and holy wrath. These concepts are difficult for humans to grasp, just as God is difficult for us to understand in His entirety.
Next, what does it mean for us to be holy? When God told Israel to be holy in Leviticus 11 and 19, He was instructing them to be distinct from the other nations by giving them specific regulations to govern their lives. Israel is God's chosen nation and God has set them apart from all other people groups. They are His special people, and consequently they were given standards that God wanted them to live by so the world would know they belonged to Him. When Peter repeats the Lord's words in 1 Peter 1:16, he is talking specifically to believers. As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord. We need to be living by God's standards, not the world's. God isn't calling us to be perfect, but to be distinct from the world. First Peter 2:9 describes believers as "a holy nation." It is a fact! We are separated from the world; we need to live out that reality in our day-to-day lives, which Peter tells us how to do in 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Finally, how can we become holy? Holiness only results from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior (accepting His gift of eternal life). If we have not placed our faith in God's Son alone to save us from our sins, then our pursuit of holiness is in vain. So, we must first make sure we are born-again believers (see John 3). If we truly are believers, then we recognize that our position in Christ automatically sets us apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9). After all, we have a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to "blend in" with the world, but instead living according to God's Word as we study the Bible and grow in it.


The 7th Day Sabbath PART 3

Q. Is the Sabbath important?
A. Of course it is important. Not because I said it is, but because God said it is, the bible was written by God spiritually, He inspired and gave men the words to write. There is no separation from God's Law (10 Commandments), from the Old to the New Testament.
The 4th Commandment is the only Commandment that points to the Creator (Exodus 20:11), and in recognizing the Creator we recognize Creation, and in Creation we acknowledge the 7th Day Sabbath, so to neglect, dismiss and say it doesn't matter which day to worship and keep holy is denying who the Creator is and what HE deems to be holy.
Q. If I worship on Sunday instead of Saturday (Sabbath) does that mean I'm not obeying God?
A. Worship is not meant for only one day. We have to change our mindsets, because giving worship and being holy are two different things. Worshipping or going to church on Sunday is not disobeying God. Disobeying God is not keeping His Law (10 Commandments), if you break one you have broken all of them (James 2:10). Many break the 4th Commandment, by replacing it with the first day instead of the 7th day, even with the replacement the 1st Day (Sunday) isn't kept like the Sabbath, it can't be kept like the 7th Day, or the 1st Day is worshipped and kept holy and the 7th Day is neglected.
Q. So you’re telling me if I don't keep the 7th Day Sabbath that's a part of the 10 Commandments (the 4th to be exact) of the Old Testament, I’m disobeying God?
A. That is absolutely correct. Many excuses have been made for not OBEYING the 4th Commandant of God's Law. It was nailed to the cross, done away with; Paul says we are under grace and not the law. Paul's words are often misunderstood, most of the time for the excuses of not keeping the 7th Day Sabbath and keeping Sunday instead.


The 7th Day Sabbath PART 4

Time to clear up the misconceptions.
Misconception One: Was the Sabbath a Ceremonial Law which was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14? Misconception Two: You can’t judge me if I don’t keep the Sabbath because Paul said in Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: (Colossians 2:16 KJV). What was Paul talking about here?
Answer: The Sabbath was not a part of the Ceremonial Laws it was a part of God’s Law. In Colossians Paul is talking to the Colosse saints, giving them instructions. Colossians 2:14 says Christ blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” This could not refer to the Law of God. God’s law is not contrary to us. “The law is holy and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12).
In Colossians 2:16, Paul is thought by many to have abolished the days God made holy. Is it logical that Paul would have commanded the Gentiles in Corinth and elsewhere to observe God’s festivals (I Corth. 5:7-8), and then contradict himself by telling the Colossians not to observe them? Yet many make Paul just that inconsistent!
You have to do your research of the customs back in the bible days to understand what Paul was talking about in Colossians 2:16. The feast days are talked about in Leviticus 23:33-39. The Sabbaths Days could be on any day of the week, when it was on the 7th Day Sabbath it was called a high day. People were critiquing the Colosse saints, they were new believers so he was encouraging them and telling them don’t let anyone judge you; because you keep God’s Law (10 Commandments, you eat certain meats, and the fact you keep feasts days.
Paul’s plain statement of verse 16 is misunderstood and stretched to say that God’s Holy Days are done away. “Let no man therefore judge you.” Does this say “God has abolished these holy days”? Look at the verse again. It says, “Let no man judge you” concerning these matters. To judge is not to abolish.
The original Greek in verse 16 for “meat or in drink” – en broosei and en posei means “in eating and in drinking.”
Again, there is no mention of the abolition of God’s Law or His Holy Days. The scripture tells us the Colossians were keeping those days. In fact, the very criticism the Colossians were receiving in relationship to the observance of these days proves they were keeping them.
The once-pagan Colossians never kept these Holy Days of God before! They were heathen prior to conversion. Now that they had learned the Gospel, they were keeping holy the days God made holy. And Paul is warning them not to return to or be influenced by their old pagan ways, the ways of those who hated God’s law and His festivals.
Now notice Colossians 2:17, “Which are a shadow of things to come.” Or better translated, “which foreshadow things to come.” Did these Scriptural days foreshadow things to come? Yes they did.
Do the weekly Sabbaths foreshadow good things to come? Indeed they do! The weekly Sabbath is a memorial of creation. Sabbath keeping is a test of obedience (Ex. 16:4-5, 22-31). No one shall enter into an eternal rest unless he first, here and now, is willing to enter into the rest of each Sabbath, each 7th day of the week. And that is exactly what the Colossians were doing – observing the weekly Sabbath.


The Sunday Myths & Sabbath Truths Part 1

Lately I have been hearing a lot of people tell me the reason we don’t have to keep the 7 Day Sabbath kept by the Israelites and the Jews is, because we should rest in Jesus, because He is Lord of the Sabbath Luke 6:5, and in Matthew 11:28 Jesus tell us He will give us rest. Even though we should rest in Jesus, this does not negate the Sabbath.   The famous myth is Colossians 2:14 & 16; Colossians 2:14 says Christ blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” This could not refer to the Law of God. God’s law is not contrary to us. “The law is holy and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12). In Colossians 2:16, Paul is thought by many to have abolished the days God made holy. Is it logical that Paul would have commanded the Gentiles in Corinth and elsewhere to observe God’s festivals (I Corth. 5:7-8), and then contradict himself by telling the Colossians not to observe them? Yet many make Paul just that inconsistent!

Here is even more proof Paul is talking about the Book Of The Law and not the Ten Commandments, in Deuteronomy 31:24-26
And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

The cross reference text is Colossians 2:14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross

Other people say they observe Sunday, because of Christ resurrection, but Christ never told us to keep the day He resurrected holy, neither did the Apostles. Luke 22:19-20 Jesus tells us what to remember him by, which is Communion, the bread is His body and the wine (grape juice) His blood. Jesus never said observe my birthday, my resurrection or the day I died; it’s good to remember these, because it’s a reminder of Jesus’ love and what He did for us, but they’re not celebrations or days to observe. We are a society that loves to celebrate, but when it comes to obeying God we lack that same passion. The REAL celebration is going to come when we get to Heaven. Jesus wants us to focus on preparing for His Second Coming and for the crisis right before His coming. All these celebrations we keep are not necessary, Jesus never told us to celebrate certain days.  

The Sunday Myths & Sabbath Truths Part 2  

The 7 Day Sabbath was set aside from the beginning in Genesis 2:2-3 before Jews, Gentiles and before sin entered the world. The devil is very deceptive; he has convinced man the 7 Day Sabbath is not important and that you can worship God on any day, but why do you choose to keep Sunday holy and observe it over the 7 Day Sabbath? We should worship God everyday, but only one day should be kept HOLY (Exodus 20:8-11). The problem is people don’t recognize the true importance of the Sabbath. They don’t see it points to who the Creator is and how we know who He is (Exodus 20:11).  

When people say the day doesn’t matter or the LAW was abolished, I say according to who, man or God? We have to stop interpreting the bible and let it interpret itself. We need to stop taking one verse and making it the complete gospel. People often take Paul’s words out of context. To truly understand the bible we have to have a Hebrew and Greek Lexicon or Strong’s Concordance with us while we do our studies. We often think every word translated from Hebrew and Greek in the bible means the same as the English language today. To truly study the bible you can’t just take one text and then interpret it to what YOU think it means; witness texts are required. It’s wise to have a history book or know the customs of God’s people in the bible as well. All throughout the bible the Sabbath is stressed as being important; many discredit the Old Testament, because of the New Testament. The Sabbath is a sign or a covenant to God and His people, Ezekiel 20:12, 20 tells us it's a sign because it's how we know who God is and only He can make us holy.

What people don’t understand is Jesus quoted many times from Isaiah and the Old Testament, the Apostles did the same. The Old Testament has prophets not just for the bible days but for the last days as well; Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel were prophets for the last days. Isaiah talked about the importance of the Sabbath in Isaiah 58:13, he also prophesied about the Sabbath being observed in the New Earth when Christ and the saints return from Heaven to earth, after the 1,00 years in Revelation 21:1-5 & Isaiah 66:22-23. 

Another argument is the law was abolished. Many say that Paul said we are no longer under the law in Galatians 3:21-25. Paul is only describing the role of the Mosaic (Ceremonial) Law or how the Law was used. It was compared to a jail cell, a hard school master; these laws were the Ceremonial Law which were nailed to the cross Colossians 2:14.

People don’t know there are 5 Laws in the bible Civil, Natural, Ceremonial, Moral (Ten Commandments) and Health.  Many think the Sabbath wasseparated from the Ten Commandments because it was connected to the Ceremonial Laws, it was only connected to the Ceremonial Laws because of the feast days, it was and never will beseparated from the Ten Commandments. We can't forgetthe Sabbath was established before sin existed (Gen 2:2-3). We have to become bible students, rightly diving the Word Of Truth (2 Tim 2:15), What it comes down to the Sabbath it’s about HONOR. How do we honor, obey and respect God. The bible is our guide book to Heaven and to know what God requires of us.  

The Sunday Myths & Sabbath Truths Part 3 

The Sabbath is a down time from the world, its spiritual time with God. A day set aside by GOD, not man. God knew we were going to forget HIS holy day, that’s why He told us to REMEMBER the Sabbath day to keep it Holy. God told us the day was holy by making it holy ie sanctifying, hollowing and blessing it (Gen 2:2-3, Exodus 20:11). God never blessed, sanctified or hollowed any other day of the week. Why would God tell us to remember and then say it was okay to not keep the day He made holy or forget the day, because Jesus came and died on the cross? Malachi 3:6 tells us God does not change. We have to start thinking critically. Sunday observance doesn’t add up. We can't forget the devil counterfeits everything God does.     

All throughout the bible God tells us to keep the Commandments, Exodus 20:3-17, Proverbs 3:1, John 14:15, Psalm 19:8, Ecclesiastes 12:13, Matthew 5:18-19, Matthew 22:26-40 (The first 4 Commandments tells us how to love God, the last 6 tells us how to treat and love man, that’s why Jesus said in verse 40 these two commandments hang all the law and prophets), John 15:10. The bible has interpreted itself, one verse or two verses can’t throw out all of these texts that stress the importance of keeping the Commandments (Ten Commandments) this is in the Old and New Testament. There is too much evidence on keeping the Sabbath and none for Sunday (Sun-Worship) in the bible. Research Sabbath and Sunday; Google Sabbath change, and all the history of Sabbath and Sunday will pop up. You can change the wording to Sabbath vs Sunday etc..  

The devil was trying his best to get rid of the Sabbath, because he knows the importance of it, he was in the very presence of God in Heaven (Ezekiel 28:14). Under the devil's influence 50 million plus Christians were killed under the Roman Catholic church. We have to know our history as Christians. The man made change from the Sabbath to Sunday came from the Emperor Constantine when he became a Christian. Even though Constantine was a Christian he still wanted to hold on to his pagan rituals, so he changed the Sabbath to Sunday under his authority not God’s. He went on to continue worshiping idols by calling them apostles, saints, the virgin Mary etc. He did this because he wanted everyone to join in his mockery and breaking of the first, second, third and fourth Commandments.

People made the Sabbath so taxing  in those days and when Sunday was first introduced as a family day people preferred Sunday over the Sabbath and eventually people begin to worship and keep holy a false Sabbath. Doesn't the devil try to make us think keeping God’s Law is impossible?  We underestimate the devices of our enemy the devil, he has had plenty of time to perfect his deceptions and he doesn’t sleep; while we are sleeping, he’s setting up his deceptions. One last thing God gave all of the days of the week numbers, but He gave the 7 Day a name the” Sabbath”. The 7 Day is important not because I said it, because God set aside and said it’s special, and holy. The Sabbath is a salvational issue, it’s a covenant between God and man, never to be broken (Ezekiel 20:12, 20). If you know to do right and you choose not to, its a sin (James 4:17).

The State Of The Dead Part 1


What is the state of the dead?
 
Many want to know.  Many have theories and opinions; such as they're smiling down from Heaven, they're still among us, they're on the other side and we can communicate with them. Many have said they have seen and spoken to their dead loved ones.
 
Could those claims be the State Of The Dead?
 
There are over 60 bible texts about the State Of The Dead or the mention of the dead. That shows me God wants us to know the true State Of The Dead. Will our opinions matter come judgment day or the Word Of God? Many have seen they're dead loved ones, but it wasn't them, it was evil angels impersonating there dead loved ones. If Satan could change himself into a snake (Genesis 3:1-6, Revelation 12:9) at the Garden of Eden and a Heavenly Angel (2 Corinthians 11:14, Matthew 4:1-11) when he tempted Jesus, him and his evil angels can impersonate a dead loved one.
 
Let's touch on what is the State Of The Dead.
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 KJV)
 
Since the dead know not anything, and they have no love nor hatred in them, how can they be in Heaven, or living among us in spirit? This verse should end the discussion, but some want more texts and proof, and others want to believe what they want to believe and not what the Word Of God says.
 

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The State Of The Dead Part 2


 
Many times in the bible Jesus tells us the dead are sleeping (John 11:11, Matthew 9:24, Mark 5:39). When a person is in a sleep state they’re in a state of unconsciousness, if you’re not you’re not asleep you’re awake. The theory of my dead loved ones are in Heaven looking down on me is thrown out the window once again, because how can someone that is in a sleep state be conscious. The whole discussion should end right there.
 
People have many more arguments so let’s go further. When we go to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be, well can a person rejoice when they are asleep (I know people walk and talk in their sleep, but they are not aware that they are doing it, if they are they are not asleep anymore)? Psalms 115:17 tells us the dead don’t praise the Lord. Why would dead people who go to Heaven not praise God , it doesn’t make sense, when you get into the Word Of God, pray first and seek His wisdom and His understanding and all of your questions will be answered.
Still not convinced okay, like I said in the first part there are over 60 texts about the dead, hell, death etc. Now these two texts should end the discussion.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first
Revelations 20:4-6
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
 
Okay so the fact that Christ says the dead in Christ will rise first is telling us there is no such thing as my dead loved ones are looking down from Heaven smiling or they are in the midst of us, proud of us. Even though there is comfort in believing this,  it is a deception of the devil to deceive you, the devil doesn’t care how he deceives us; he is the father of lies (John 8:44). If the devil can get the masses to believe this, they won’t believe the dead in Christ will rise first at Christ second coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16). That also means you will fall for the other deceptions the devil has too. So the dead that are not in Christ are in hell right? Let’s clear up something else, hell is not some place where the devil is tormenting people not going to Heaven, this is another lie of the father of lies (John 8:44). Hell is nothing but the grave, 6 feet under; death. The Hebrew and Greek words and meanings are hades and sheol which mean the grave.
 
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The State Of The Dead Part 3


 
Another deception of the devil is the eternal torment or everlasting fire theory. This theory is coming from many verses in the bible. The words everlasting fire and eternal torment don’t translate from the Greek meanings as they do in English. Everlasting in Greek means aion or eon which means a period of time or age.
Matthew 25:41 says Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Jude 7 says Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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.
In Jude 7 we clearly see Sodom and Gomorrah has been destroyed, it’s not still burning. We have to let the bible interpret itself. If we go back to Matthew 25:41 when Jesus is speaking He’s not saying the wicked will be burning up forever in an everlasting fire, it will only be for a period of time or age. We have to become bible students, we have to stop taking things that we hear or have heard from other people. We need to search the scriptures for ourselves.
 
The Old Testament is translated from Hebrew; The New Testament is translated from Greek. It is best to have a Strong’s Hebrew and Greek concordance or a Hebrew and Greek Lexicon alongside your bible. The bible was translated so everyone can understand the Word of God, the bible was kept from everyone in the Dark Ages, but it was translated to English, words translated into English don’t mean the same in Hebrew and Greek. We need to dig deeper and get the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words in the bible. You would be surprise at the meanings of certain words.
 
The devil takes our lack of knowledge and is able to deceive the masses. We need to study to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15).

In Conclusion of this bible study series we have learned that the dead truly know not anything (Ecclesiastes 9:4-6) nor do they rejoice or praise God (Psalms 115:17). We also learn Hell is not a place underneath the earth, hell means the grave in Greek, Greek is the original language of the New Testament. Everlasting and eternal torment means a period of time or an age in Greek. You can look these words up and get the original meanings. One thing I didn’t mention, because the explanation is long, but it’s the parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus in Luke 16 go for the explanation go to the link http://www.facebook.com/notes/emmanuel-godwithus-smith/clarification-about-the-parable-about-the-rich-man-and-lazarus-told-by-jesus-in-/10150395766932804. If you have further questions you can inbox me or email me at presentdaytruth7@yahoo.com. You can also order the Free DVD “State Of The Dead” by Patience Of The Saints Ministries through the Everlasting Gospel Free CD/DVD Ministry at http://www.hsltc.com/FREE-CD-S---DVD-S.html


Does It Really Matter What You Eat? Part 1

MY TESTIMONY: I recently stopped eating all meats about two months ago and I just recently stop eating fish. The Holy Spirit has been telling me to stop eating meat, fish and the dairy products of meat, for the longest time, but I chose to have a blind ear to the reasoning of
God. I’m so thankful for the grace and power of God. I have finally stopped eating meat, fish and dairy products; I still feel I have a long way to go.
I know how it feels to be a slave to food (if you can’t go without a certain type of food, you are a slave to it), especially meat, chicken was my vice, when I was trying to stop eating chicken I started having crazy cravings for it. Once I just had to have a burger, but when I ate it, it didn’t even taste good, so for those trying to stop eating meat and for those who are trying to follow Christ, expect opposition on every hand, pray more and persistently so you can resist temptation.
It matters what we eat God has given us guidelines, first He told us that our bodies are not even ours, and if we defile our bodies, God will destroy us, so God takes the care of our bodies serious business (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
God also gives us instruction, many people will say God allows us to eat meat, and this is true, many don’t understand that the purpose was to shorten our lives, here's a quote that explains God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden, was the food man’s wants required. God gave man no permission to eat animal food until after the flood. Everything had been destroyed upon which man could subsist, and therefore the Lord in their necessity gave Noah permission to eat of the clean animals which he had taken with him into the ark. But animal food was not the most healthful article of food for man.

The people who lived before the flood ate animal food and gratified their lusts until their cup of iniquity was full, and God cleansed the earth of its moral pollution by a flood. Then the third dreadful curse rested upon the earth. The first curse was pronounced upon the posterity of Adam and upon the earth, because of disobedience. The second curse came upon the ground after Cain slew his brother Abel. The third most dreadful curse from God came upon the earth at the flood.
After the flood the people ate largely of animal food. God saw that the ways of man were corrupt, and that he was disposed to exalt himself proudly against his Creator and to follow the inclinations of his own heart. And He permitted that long-lived race to eat animal food to shorten their sinful lives. Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years.—Spiritual Gifts 4a:120, 121, 1864
Antediluvian Depravity

640. The inhabitants of the Old World were intemperate in eating and drinking. They would have flesh meats, although God had given them no permission to eat animal food. {Counsels on Diet and Foods page 373} 

not because of the lack of vegetation after the flood. Before the flood man had hundreds of years to become evil, God could not allow that to keep going on, the problem today is that it takes us a shorter time to become wicked.
Even with God allowing us to eat meat He gave us guidelines: These are the list of animals that are clean (we can eat them), Deuteronomy 14:3-20. Land Animals- that chew cud, split hooves. Sea Life- that have fins & scales.
Birds and Fowl- No birds of prey, No Scavenger birds, No flying insects.
Leviticus 7:23 tells us not to eat the fat or blood of any of the clean animals. The life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). Many of the meats sold in the local grocery stores has both fat and blood, the blood gives meat it’s flavor and they often color the meat as well so it looks healthy. Kosher meat does not have blood or fat in it, it’s expensive and hard to find, but if you insist on eating meat the above description is the only option that fits the biblical guidelines of the bible.

Does It Really Matter What You Eat? Part 2

Many beef producers add growth hormones to cattle feed. Those hormones are passed along directly to the consumer's body. Some have even mingled manure and unusable carcase portions of cattle back
into the feed to reduce costs and increase profits. These acts against nature make unclean animals from clean. Imagine a cow thoroughly ruminating on itself or its kind. Such detestable practices are generally considered to be the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE (mad cow's disease). Here are some references on the subject:
There is strong evidence and general agreement that the outbreak was amplified by feeding rendered bovine meat-and-bone meal to young calves. USDHW
Addendum: This resource was removed, but the conclusion may be found here in the first paragraph: Mad Cow
Epidemiological studies conducted in the UK suggest that the source of BSE was cattle feed prepared from bovine tissues, such as brain and spinal cord, that was contaminated by the BSE agent. WHO
The point is that only eating meat deemed to be clean in Leviticus is not enough. God gave us the power of discernment. We are to make a distinction between the clean and unclean. This cannot be overstated. We see a rising trend in unsafe meat production these days. As a society, we are secreting away our elderly who are unceremoniously diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease at alarming rates. Bible health and common sense dictates, to the best of our abilities, we should know the source and quality of the meat we eat. This includes fish and poultry. If chickens are raised in over-populated coups or fish drawn from mercury-polluted waters, they should not be eaten.
When we have done all we can to adhere to the principles of Bible health and ask God's blessing, we can be fully confident that the food we eat is beneficial to our lives.

Does It Really Matter What You Eat? Part 3

We shouldn’t eat meat three days after it has been killed. Did you know the meat you eat doesn’t have a kill date on the package? God gave Moses instructions on their peace offering sacrifices, God allowed them to eat meat,
but there were guidelines, God is an unchanging God, He gave instruction back then and the same applies to us today (Malachi 3:6)
Leviticus 19:5-8
5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.
6 It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.
7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.
8 Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Conclusion: The decisions we make with eating should be governed by the guidelines and instructions of God and His Word. James 4:17 tells us it is a sin to know to do good, but don’t do it. God gives us light, if we deny it, it is a sin, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and the scripture is not talking about death before Christ comes, but after Christ comes.


The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 1

Matthew 24:37-39
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If you want to know about the Days of Noah in full go to my note
Why did Jesus compare the Days of Noah to the Last Days? Noah gave a strange message to the people. Noah told the people, God said the earth will be destroyed by rain (water falling from the sky), I’m sure Noah had to explain what rain was; no one had ever seen rain before or even knew what it was and looked like. The dew from Heaven watered the earth at that time, it was there in the morning. The problem with the people of Noah’s day was there corrupt minds, and their willingness to disobey God.
When I think about the days of Noah I think about Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Why was God so disgusted with man? In Genesis 6:5-7 5 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.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 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.
It’s interesting to know the Plan of Salvation was already in effect before Man was made, so for God to destroy man before Christ came to redeem mankind was crucial. The people in Noah’s day were really wicked! The magnitude of wickedness probably couldn’t be described in scripture. The world is getting back to that state, that’s why Christ has to come!


The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 2

The people in the days of Noah were called antediluvians, which mean ANTEDILUVIAL, ANTEDILUVIAN, a. [L. ante and diluvium, a flood. See Lave.]
Before the flood, or deluge, in Noah's time; existing, happening, or relating to what happened before the deluge.
ANTEDILUVIAN, n. One who live before the deluge.
In the days of Noah, people begin to think they were God and they didn’t need Him. God blessed them with talents, and they lived long lives. The antediluvians began to think they were smart and had wisdom because of their own power. They didn’t look to the one that gave them their talents, wisdom and knowledge; they look to themselves for wisdom, knowledge and they glorified themselves. They sought to only please their selfish desires. Are people like this today?
They are, people are only concerned with their own selfish desires, and money is their god. We have become a cold uncaring, unloving society; a person can get raped, robbed and murdered right in front of someone and they wouldn’t tell the police or care. Hearts are becoming cold like the antediluvians. God told Noah the hearts of men were evil continually
Genesis 6:1-7 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
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.
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
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.
5 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.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 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.
You can’t tell me God’s grace is not close to the limit. Isaiah 55:6 tells us we need to seek the Lord while He may be found, Isaiah was a prophet and he prophesied about the days of his time and the last days. God’s presence is not going to always be on this earth. Once Michael stands up (Daniel 12:1) that’s it; prayers, interceding, second chances all of this will be done. Many people don’t believe God’s mercy will come to an end for this world, but it will. If it happened in the days of Noah it will happened when Probation closes.
History has a tendency to repeat itself,
Ecclesiastes1:9-10 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
PROBATION, n. [L. probatio.] The act of proving; proof.
1. Trial; examination; any proceeding designed to ascertain truth; in universities, the examination of a student, as to his qualifications for a degree.
2. In a monastic sense, trial or the year of novitiate, which a person must pass in a convent, to prove his virtue and his ability to bear the severities of the rule.
3. Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character and being qualified for a happier state.
Probation will end with the present life.
4. In America, the trial of a clergyman's qualifications as a minister of the gospel, preparatory to his settlement. We say, a man is preaching on probation.
5. In general, trial for proof, or satisfactory evidence, or the time of trial.
We are all on trial today, Jesus is in the Most Holy Place interceding, blotting out names or sins in the Book Of Life, and an Investigative judgment is going on right now. The antediluvians had their Probation Period for a 120 years, it started when Noah first started preaching and building the Ark.
A hundred and twenty years before the Flood, the Lord by a holy angel declared to Noah His purpose, and directed him to build an ark. While building the ark he was to preach that God would bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy the wicked. Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation, should find pardon and be saved. PP 92.2.


The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 3

The antediluvians had an ample amount of time to get/make things right with God and get into the Ark. They couldn’t believe rain would come, let alone a flood. In these last days many have said Jesus Is Coming Soon, and years and years have passed by; people have begun to doubt Jesus is coming. People have become comfortable and unconcerned about the Second Coming of Christ. Imagine the antediluvians, year after year hearing/seeing Noah preach and build on the Ark. I know Noah looked crazy building the Ark, preparing for something that had never happened.
Preachers, evangelists and ministers have been preaching and teaching about the Second Coming of Christ, and Christ has not come yet and it seems like the world is getting worse and there is no sign of Jesus. Noah had been preaching and building on the Ark for 120 years and there was no sign of water. People begin to mock and scoff Noah.
It was not multitudes or majorities that were on the side of right. The world was arrayed against God's justice and His laws, and Noah was regarded as a fanatic. Satan, when tempting Eve to disobey God, said to her, "Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4. Great men, worldly, honored, and wise men, repeated the same. "The threatenings of God," they said, "are for the purpose of intimidating, and will never be verified. You need not be alarmed. Such an event as the destruction of the world by the God who made it, and the punishment of the beings He has created, will never take place. Be at peace; fear not. Noah is a wild fanatic." The world made merry at the folly of the deluded old man. Instead of humbling the heart before God, they continued their disobedience and wickedness, the same as though God had not spoken to them through His servant. {PP 96.1}
But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. Surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule, he distinguished himself by his holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness. A power attended his words, for it was the voice of God to man through His servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power, while for one hundred and twenty years his solemn voice fell upon the ears of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, were impossible. {PP 96.2}
Gospel workers of God are being scoffed and mocked today, they are told they are fanatics, it’s not that deep, or they say you’ve gone too far. Have they, can you truly tell a man of God that he is crazy and he’s needs to stop doing the work of God? The antediluvians thought following God was weird and different; and following the world and doing what you wanted to do was seen as normal. When they heard Noah prophesying it sounded crazy and weird, but they had to have seen the sincerity in Noah’s voice, and some were convicted, but over time they let that conviction fade away with the passing of time.
Probation ended for the antediluvians when the Ark was closed by God (Genesis 7:16). When the Ark closed no man, woman or beast could enter the Ark. Probation had ended for all the antediluvians at the time. Probation in the last days will be similar; Jesus will say Let Him that is just be just and he that is unjust be unjust (Revelation 22:11). Wherever a person is with their relationship with God that’s where they will be when Jesus stands up and says it is finish (Daniel 12:1)
When God closed the Ark it was the same thing, if you wasn’t in the Ark when God closed it you was lost. In the last days if you don’t surrender your life to Christ, love and obey God more than anything or anyone on this earth when probation closes you will be lost also.
As the time of their probation was closing, the antediluvians gave themselves up to exciting amusements and festivities. Those who possessed influence and power were bent on keeping the minds of the people engrossed with mirth and pleasure, lest any should be impressed by the last solemn warning. Do we not see the same repeated in our day? While God's servants are giving the message that the end of all things is at hand, the world is absorbed in amusements and pleasure seeking. There is a constant round of excitement that causes indifference to God and prevents the people from being impressed by the truths which alone can save them from the coming destruction. {PP 103.1}
In Noah's day philosophers declared that it was impossible for the world to be destroyed by water; so now there are men of science who endeavor to show that the world cannot be destroyed by fire--that this would be inconsistent with the laws of nature. But the God of nature, the Maker and Controller of her laws, can use the works of His hands to serve His own purpose. {PP 103.2}
When great and wise men had proved to their satisfaction that it was impossible for the world to be destroyed by water, when
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the fears of the people were quieted, when all regarded Noah's prophecy as a delusion, and looked upon him as a fanatic--then it was that God's time had come. "The fountains of the great deep" were "broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened," and the scoffers were overwhelmed in the waters of the Flood. With all their boasted philosophy, men found too late that their wisdom was foolishness, that the Lawgiver is greater than the laws of nature, and that Omnipotence is at no loss for means to accomplish His purposes. "As it was in the days of Noah," "even thus shall it be in the days when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:26, 30. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10. When the reasoning of philosophy has banished the fear of God's judgments; when religious teachers are pointing forward to long ages of peace and prosperity, and the world are absorbed in their rounds of business and pleasure, planting and building, feasting and merrymaking, rejecting God's warnings and mocking His messengers--then it is that sudden destruction cometh upon them, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3. {PP 103.3}
Is the same thing happening today? People who once stood strong for Jesus have fallen into the world, its traditions, and are comfortable living by the world’s standards and not God’s standard of living and obedience to Him. Will you have the mindset of the antediluvians and the people who followed after the world, its traditions and standards? Or will you be bold, righteous and a representative for God like Noah was?


Forgiveness Part 1

The Holy Spirit impressed on my heart to make this bible study at the wee hours of the morning, because someone needs to read this and watch the video at the end of this bible study.
Is it easy to forgive? It’s not easy to forgive, and Christians are no different. What does it take to forgive? It takes the love of Christ within us and obedience to the Word of God. What does the Word of God have to say about forgiveness? First I went to my concordance and it has 4 categories of forgiveness: forgave, forgive, forgiven and forgiveness.
I tackled forgiven{granted pardon} first, everyone wants to be forgiven, this is easy to accept, someone forgiving you for something you have done, and to have that guilt feeling go away, because the person we have done wrong has forgiven us, is a great feeling. We have all transgressed the Law Of God and some feel bad and guilty, so these texts give us reassurance that Christ has forgiven us of our sins (1 John 2:12, Colossians 2:13), and the bible tells us to forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). Not only were the sick healed, but this particular man was forgiven of his sins too (Matthew 9:2)
Forgave {pardoned}: God will forgive us of our iniquities, what a mighty merciful God we serve (Psalm 32:5, 78:38). Let’s forgive one another (2 Corinthians 2:10), even in a heated argument or even after a fight we should forgive one another (Colossians 3:13).
Forgive{to absolve, pardon}: This text is for those pleading for forgiveness of their sins, and feel the guilt that David felt (Psalms 25:18), here is assurance God will forgive us for our sins (Jeremiah 31:34), we can’t ask God to forgive us without forgiving our fellow man (Matthew 6:15), we have to forgive, even when it hurts us to forgive (Matthew 18:2, Mark 11:26), if we simply confess our sins God will forgive us (1 John 1:9).
Forgiveness {pardon}: The purpose of praying for forgiveness (Acts 26:18). Christ paid it all for us to be forgiven of our sins through the shedding of His blood (Ephesians 1:7).


Forgiveness Part 2

Many Christians on fire for Jesus have left the faith, because they felt God wouldn’t forgive them, or they felt unworthy of being forgiven. Many people don’t know the devil can make us think we are thinking our own thoughts, but in reality it is him whispering in our ear, making us think it’s our own thoughts; he also tells us we’re sinners and He pours on the guilt. I have felt this feeling before. The devil wants us to contemplate on our sins, so much that the very sin that we are feeling guilty about, is the same sin we end up falling back into. We also begin to not feel guilty about the sin.  

We have to understand God’s Word is true, and His promises are true today like they were in the bible days.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We must confess our sins to be forgiven of them. This does not mean we can keep sinning and think God will forgive us every time. 

We have to be genuine, and it takes a genuine prayer. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1-6 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  
This is what God does with our sins”He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). Our sins will only come back if we continue in sin and its judgment day (2 Corinthians 5:10). 

Isn’t it reassuring to know God will forgive us? David said it best in Psalm, Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise (Psalm 51:13-15).  

We need to forgive ourselves, others and ask for forgiveness from each other and more importantly God. Repentance means feeling sorry for your sin, and the desire to do what’s right. We need to confess and repent of our sins.

PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL PART 1                                                 

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31. Much prayer is necessary to successful effort. Prayer brings power. Prayer has “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, ... turned to flight the armies of the aliens” (Hebrews 11:33, 34). Jesus lived in dependence upon God and communion with Him. To the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty, men now and then repair; they abide for a season, and the result is manifest in noble deeds; then their faith fails, the communion is interrupted, and the lifework marred. But the life of Jesus was a life of constant trust, sustained by continual communion; and His service for heaven and earth was without failure or faltering. Christian workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength.

They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be rested. Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Well-spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Family prayer and public prayer have their place, but it is secret communion with God that sustains the soul-life. It was in the mount with God that Moses beheld the pattern of that wonderful building which was to be the abiding-place of His glory.

It is in the mount with God—the secret place of communion—that we are to contemplate His glorious ideal for humanity. Thus we shall be enabled so to fashion our character-building that to us may be fulfilled the promise, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16) {HP 83}.  

Prayer is the key to unlock Heaven. Many of us don’t know how important, but simple it is to talk to God. Prayer is free, but yet we don’t take advantage of the gift God has given us and Jesus has made it possible for us to communicate with God through His death and resurrection. We lack many things because we don’t get on our knees and talk to God.  

As Christians we profess to love and care for God so much, but our prayer life is limited to when we wake up and when we go to bed. Most of the time we don’t pray over our food, if there ever was a time to pray over our food it’s NOW, there is so much disease and even if a person chooses to eat healthy ie vegetarian, vegan, health reformer, only God can keep us from getting sick; if there ever was a time to pray it is in the Last Days which is TODAY.  

In this age, just prior to the second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven, such a work as that of John [the Baptist] is to be done. God calls for men who will prepare a people to stand in the great day of the Lord. . . . In order to give such a message as John gave, we must have a spiritual experience like his. The same work must be wrought in us. We must behold God, and in beholding Him lose sight of self.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pp. 332, 333 (1904).
Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus. This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived. We must live a twofold life--a life of thought and action, of silent prayer and earnest work.--The Ministry of Healing, p. 512 (1905).
Prayer and effort, effort and prayer, will be the business of your life. You must pray as though the efficiency and praise were all due to God, and labor as though duty were all your own.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 538 (1881). No man is safe for a day or an hour without prayer.--The Great Controversy, p. 530 (1911).

PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL PART 2  

Prayer is spending time with God, and having Holy Communion with Him. Prayer is an opportunity for us to pour our hearts out to God. Prayer is how we draw close to God. The more time we spend on our knees, having genuine time with God the more we can hear the voice of God speaking to us. Even if we prayed in the morning, over our food, when we get in and out of our car, and lastly at bedtime we would have only spent about 10 minutes a day with God.   We should give God at least an hour of our time each day. We give our time to other things: Work (40hours) School (40 hours) College (20 hours or more), TV (4-7 hours a day), Video Games (4-7 hours or more a day), and Movies (6-10 hours a week). That’s a lot of time we spend with everything but God. We often say we love God and Jesus so much, and can’t wait to see Jesus when He returns. “Oh What a Day Of Rejoicing That Will Be”, but we think we can get into Heaven with a temporary, part time relationship with Christ and God.

We will be sadly mistaken come judgment day. Why do you think Jesus is going to say He doesn’t know you to the people that professed to love and care and adore Him (Matthew 7:21-23)? These same people are going to defend their positions with the defense of their works, and how much they have done for their fellow man.  

Matthew 25:31-46  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  

God is waiting on us to come to Him. It is a choice that we choose God. God will show and give us so much more if we would only come to Him with a sincere heart, and a desire to obey Him, keep His Commandments and became a servant like Jesus became to save and set us free from the bondage of sin when He was on earth.  

Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. What a wonder it is that we pray so little! God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of His children, and yet there is much manifest reluctance on our part to make known our wants to God. What can the angels of heaven think of poor helpless human beings, who are subject to temptation, when God's heart of infinite love yearns toward them, ready to give them more than they can ask or think, and yet they pray so little and have so little faith? The angels love to bow before God; they love to be near Him. They regard communion with God as their highest joy; and yet the children of earth, who need so much the help that God only can give, seem satisfied to walk without the light of His Spirit, the companionship of His presence. The darkness of the evil one encloses those who neglect to pray. The whispered temptations of the enemy entice them to sin; and it is all because they do not make use of the privileges that God has given them in the divine appointment of prayer. Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured [p. 95] the boundless resources of Omnipotence? Without unceasing prayer and diligent watching we are in danger of growing careless and of deviating from the right path. The adversary seeks continually to obstruct the way to the mercy seat, that we may not by earnest supplication and faith obtain grace and power to resist temptation. There are certain conditions upon which we may expect that God will hear and answer our prayers. One of the first of these is that we feel our need of help from Him. He has promised, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." Isaiah 44:3. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, who long after God, may be sure that they will be filled. The heart must be open to the Spirit's influence, or God's blessing cannot be received {Steps To Christ Ch.11}.


#11 TEMPTATION Part 1

Everyone is tempted, even Jesus was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11). How can we resist temptation?

1 Corinthians 10:13 gives us a clear answer There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV).
This text speaks volumes. I'm so thankful God provides many ways of escape, but How many times have you felt as if you can't resist temptation, no matter how much you've tried; by praying, fasting, reading and studying the Word, counseling etc.?

The Holy Spirit revealed the answer to me today. We have desires and wants for the sins the devil tempts us with. Why does he tempt us with the same sin, or the sins that we seem to not be able to resist? We still have the desire and want for those sins, and the devil knows this.
The devil knows our anatomy. He has seen the deterioration of our bodies. He knows our bodies more than we do.

Here's an important fact that we need to know about our enemy the devil; David and Paul tells us our rank when it comes to Angels and us; For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalms 8:5 KJV), Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: (Hebrews 2:7 KJV)

We are made lower than the angels. The devil is a fallen ANGEL; How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (Isaiah 14:12 KJV)
Our enemy the devil actually thought he could beat God; And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9 KJV)

If the devil was that bold to try to overthrow God and take His throne, who are we to him? He is more powerful and smarter than us. That's why it is so important for us to go to Jesus our Savior and Redeemer; only with Christ living through us and us letting Him take control can we then resist the devil.


#11 TEMPTATION Part 2

The devil is the father of lies; 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)
It was in the time of greatest weakness that Christ was assailed by the fiercest temptations. Thus Satan thought to prevail. By this policy he had gained the victory over men. When strength failed, and the will power weakened, and faith ceased to repose in God, then those who had stood long and valiantly for the right were overcome. Moses was wearied with the forty years' wandering of Israel, when for the moment his faith let go its hold upon infinite power.

He failed just upon the borders of the Promised Land. So with Elijah, who had stood undaunted before King Ahab, who had faced the whole nation of Israel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal at their head. After that terrible day upon Carmel, when the false prophets had been slain, and the people had declared their allegiance to God, Elijah fled for his life before the threats of the idolatrous Jezebel. Thus Satan has taken advantage of the weakness of humanity. And he will still work in the same way. Whenever one is encompassed with clouds, perplexed by circumstances, or afflicted by poverty or distress, Satan is at hand to tempt and annoy. He attacks our weak points of character.

He seeks to shake our confidence in God, who suffers such a condition of things to exist. We are tempted to distrust God, to question His love. Often the tempter comes to us as he came to Christ, arraying before us our [121] weakness and infirmities. He hopes to discourage the soul, and to break our hold on God. Then he is sure of his prey. If we would meet him as Jesus did, we should escape many a defeat. By parleying with the enemy, we give him an advantage.

When Christ said to the tempter, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," He repeated the words that, more than fourteen hundred years before, He had spoken to Israel: "The Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness. . . .
And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:2, 3. In the wilderness, when all means of sustenance failed, God sent His people manna from heaven; and a sufficient and constant supply was given.

This provision was to teach them that while they trusted in God and walked in His ways He would not forsake them. The Saviour now practiced the lesson He had taught to Israel. By the word of God succor had been given to the Hebrew host, and by the same word it would be given to Jesus. He awaited God's time to bring relief. He was in the wilderness in obedience to God, and
He would not obtain food by following the suggestions of Satan. In the presence of the witnessing universe, He testified that it is a less calamity to suffer whatever may befall than to depart in any manner from the will of God. {DA Ch.12}
Matthew 4:1-11


#11 TEMPTATION Part 3

We need to always remember through Christ out Savior, Redeemer and Messiah all things are possible; I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 KJV).

We have not because we don't ask. Matthew 7:7 is a promise Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11 KJV).

This doesn't mean any and everything we ask we will get it. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14, 15 KJV).
God gives us a way of escape, if we ask for power, strength and deliverance, God will give it to us, He will also take the desire for sin from us if we ask Him. We need to remember that surrender is necessary to be able to resist temptation and not fall into sin.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:7-10 KJV

#11 Temptation Part 4
 
When we look at the story of Jesus and how He was tempted by Satan, we see that Jesus never failed us (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus never gave into temptation and there was no need for Him to overcome sin. He relied on the Word Of God and He was prayed up. Jesus’ example is the remedy to resist temptation. We have to know the Word of God and it should be placed within our hearts (Psalm 119:11). We should have calluses on our knees from praying , because we are in a warfare. The Great Controversy between good and evil is real. We have to choice every day.  Jesus or Satan?
 
Getting to the root of how to resist temptation takes a closer look at what Jesus did and how He handled situations. When He was tempted He didn’t argue with the devil. His reply to the temptations of Satan was “It is written”.
 
We have to be mindful that the devil knows the bible (Luke 4:10). We have to know the bible for ourselves and let the Holy Spirit rightfully teach us, lead us and give us understanding of the bible. Our own interpretations are not good enough.
 
Many think they can stand toe to toe with Satan, but that’s a theory of television gospel where they teach people they can fight the devil by shaking the bible at him, wear a cross around your neck and as long as you say “I rebuke you Satan” he will flee. All of these silly methods don’t phase the devil.  It’s a joke to him. He knows how we can resist and get him to flee from us that’s why his goal is to keep us from submitting to God.
 
 The only defense is “It Is Written”. We have to be careful, just because Satan flees doesn’t mean he’s not coming back. He returns and often times when we are vulnerable.
 
There is a formula. We have to SUBMIT to God which will give us the ability to resist temptation and when we resist, Satan will have no choice but to flee from us, but how do we submit to God?
 
James 4:8-10
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
 
We have to accept the hand of Jesus. We often have to pray for strength to grab his hand. We have evil hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), that’s why we need clean hearts everyday (Psalm 51:10). We have to stop taking this great controversy that we face every day, where we have to make eternal decisions more seriously. Satan wants to take your soul where Jesus wants to give you eternal life. We have to accept Jesus’ invitation. It’s free of charge no strings attached like the many offers of Satan. Our map to eternal life with our Savior is the bible. We need to get in the Word and pray more. A once a day prayer is not going to make the devil flee from us.
 
It’s going to take total submission and surrender to the Will of God.
 
1 Peter 5:7
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  
 
Jude 24
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
 
Matthew 16:24-26
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 


Grace & The Law Of God Part 1

I hear a lot of people say God’s Law has been abolished or certain commandments are actually tied to the Ceremonial Laws. I even hear that The Ten Commandments are no longer valid because Jesus came and freed us from the Law. God’s grace covers all, no matter what I do; I’ve been hearing this a lot lately It’s time to clear up the speculations and correct error, let’s let the bible do all the talking.
Have you ever been told a story and by the time it came to you it was totally different from the original story? That same thing is happening today, we know it’s the work of the devil, he wants us to be deceived into thinking we are doing what is right and we are obeying God, but in reality we are doing the opposite, because we are blind to the truth or refused to hear and accept the truth.

What is sin? The transgression of the Law “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. (1 John 3:4).

What Is The Law? God’s Law, His Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:3-17 (KJV)
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

What Is the Purpose Of The Law?

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

The purpose of the Law is for us to see and identify what sin is and the sins that are in our lives. The Law can’t save us, but disobedience to it can cause us to be lost. The only thing that can save us is Christ and not just His name or what He did for us through His death, burial and resurrection, but a true genuine love for Him and a relationship with Him. By that relationship we want feel a burden to obey His Law, we will want to obey His Law and become wise and faithful servants (Matthew 24:44-51).

Here Paul breaks down the distinction between God’s Law and sin.

7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 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.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 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. (Romans 7:7-25)



Grace & The Law Of God Part 2

Many discredit, break apart, ignore and even say the Law Of God has been abolished.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)
Abolish means to destroy. Jesus even said that nothing will ever change from the law, Heaven and Earth can pass away, but the Law will never change. Jot is like an apostrophe in the English language and tittle is like the tail on a j or the dot on the i.

Why do you think Jesus found it necessary to say what he said in Matthew 5:17-18?

Jesus was constantly being accused of breaking the Law, being in error or doing something wrong. Read these proof texts Matthew 9:3, 11,14; Matthew 12:2, 10; 15:1-2; 17:24; 19:3; 22:34-36.
How important is God’s Law?
David proclaims “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth”. (Psalms 119:142).

The Commandments are not just mentioned, obeyed and observed in the Old it’s in the New as well.
Old Testament New Testament
Commandment # 1 Exodus 20:3 Matthew 4:10
Commandment # 2 Exodus 20:4-6 1John 5:21 & Acts 17:29
Commandment # 3 Exodus 20:7 1Timothy 6:1
Commandment # 4 Exodus 20:8-11 Hebrews 4:4,8,9 (The word "rest" in verse #9 = "sabbatismo" = "A keeping Sabbath" in Strong's #4520
Commandment # 5 Exodus 20:12 Matthew 19:19
Commandment # 6 Exodus 20:13 Romans 13:9
Commandment # 7 Exodus 20:14 Matthew 19:18
Commandment # 8 Exodus 20:15 Romans 13:9
Commandment # 9 Exodus 20:16 Romans 13:9
Commandment # 10 Exodus 20:17 Romans 7:7

Some try to dispose of the Ten Commandments on the basis of the “new” commandments of love that Christ introduced. It is certainly true that Jesus laid down two great laws of love as a summary of all the law, but did He give the idea that these were new in point of time? The fact is that He was quoting directly from the Old Testament when He gave those new commandments. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18). Certainly, those penetrating spiritual principles had been forgotten by the legalists of Christ’s day, and they were new to them in relation to their life and practice. But they were not intended by Jesus to take the place of the Ten Commandments.

When the lawyer asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment in the law, he received the answer: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37–40).

Notice that these two love commandments simply summed up “all the law and the prophets.” They all hang upon these two principles of love. Christ was saying that love is the fulfilling of the law just as Paul repeated it later in Romans 13:10. If one loves Christ supremely with heart, soul, and mind, he will obey the first four commandments that have to do with our duty to God. He will not take God’s name in vain, worship other gods, etc. If one loves his neighbor as himself, he will obey the last six commandments that relate to our duty to our fellow men. He will not be able to steal from his neighbor, lie about him, etc. Love will lead to obeying or fulfilling all the law. Joe Crews


Grace & The Law Of God Part 3

What is grace and what does it do for us?
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:11-12)
God’s grace is the fruits of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.(Galatians 5:22-23)

Does God’s grace blot out the Law, so are we no longer under the Law?
Often we hear this argument in an effort to belittle the law of God: “Well, since we are not under the law but under grace, we do not need to keep the Ten Commandments any longer.” Is this a valid point? The Bible certainly does say that we are not under the law, but does that imply that we are free from the obligation to obey it? The text is found in Romans 6:14, 15. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

How easily we could prevent confusion if we accepted exactly what the Bible says. Paul gives his own explanation of his statement. After stating that we are not under the law but under grace, he asks, “What then?” This simply means, “How are we to understand this?” Then notice his answer. In anticipation that some will construe his words to mean that you can break the law because you are under grace, he says, “Shall we sin (break the law) because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid.” In the strongest possible language Paul states that being under grace does not give a license to break the law. Yet this is exactly what millions believe today, and they totally ignore Paul’s specific warning.

If being under grace does not exempt us from keeping the law, then what does Paul mean by saying that Christians are not under the law? He gives that answer in Romans 3:19. “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Here Paul equates being under the law with “being guilty before God.” In other words, those who are under the law are guilty of breaking it and are under the condemnation of it. This is why Christians are not under it. They are not breaking it—not guilty and condemned by it. Therefore, they are not under it, but are under the power of grace instead. Later in his argument, Paul points out that the power of grace is greater than the power of sin. This is why he states so emphatically, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Grace overrules the authority of sin, giving power to obey God’s law. This is the effective reason that we are not under the law’s guilt and condemnation and also why Paul states that we will not continue to sin.

Suppose a murderer has been sentenced to death in the electric chair. Waiting for the execution the man would truly be under the law in every sense of the word—under the guilt, under the condemnation, under the sentence of death, etc. Just before the execution date the governor reviews the condemned man’s case and decides to pardon him. In the light of extenuating circumstances the governor exercises his prerogative and sends a full pardon to the prisoner. Now he is no longer under the law but under grace. The law no longer condemns him. He is considered totally justified as far as the charges of the law are concerned. He is free to walk out of the prison and no policeman can lay hands upon him. But now that he is under grace and no longer under the law, can we say that he is free to break the law? Indeed not! In fact, that pardoned man will be doubly obligated to obey the law because he has found grace from the governor. In gratitude and love he will be very careful to honor the law of that state which granted him grace. Is that what the Bible says about pardoned sinners? “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Here is the most explicit answer to the entire problem. Paul asks if the law is nullified for us just because we have had faith in Christ’s saving grace. His answer is that the law is established and reinforced in the life of a grace-saved Christian.

The truth of this is so simple and obvious that it should require no repetition, but the devious reasoning of those who try to avoid obedience makes it necessary to press this point a bit further. Have you ever been stopped by a policeman for exceeding the speed limit? It is an embarrassing experience, especially if you know you are guilty. But suppose you really were hurrying to meet a valid emergency, and you pour out your convincing explanation to the police-man as he writes your ticket. Slowly he folds the ticket and tears it up. Then he says, “All right, I’m going to pardon you this time, but …” Now what do you think he means by that word “but”? Surely he means, “but I don’t want to ever catch you speeding again.” Does this pardon (grace) open the way for you to disobey the law? On the contrary, it adds compelling urgency to your decision not to disobey the law again. Why, then, should any true Christian try to rationalize his way out of obeying the law of God? “If ye love me,” Jesus said, “keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Joe Crews

The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 1

Matthew 24:37-39

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


If you want to know about the Days of Noah in full go to my note http://www.facebook.com/notes/emmanuel-godwithus-smith/the-days-of-noah/10151287598827804

Why did Jesus compare the Days of Noah to the Last Days? Noah gave a strange message to the people. Noah told the people, God said the earth will be destroyed by rain (water falling from the sky), I’m sure Noah had to explain what rain was; no one had ever seen rain before or even knew what it was and looked like. The dew from Heaven watered the earth at that time, it was there in the morning. The problem with the people of Noah’s day was there corrupt minds, and their willingness to disobey God.

When I think about the days of Noah I think about Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Why was God so disgusted with man?

Genesis 6:5-7
5 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.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 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.

It’s interesting to know the Plan of Salvation was already in effect before Man was made, so for God to destroy man before Christ came to redeem mankind was crucial. The people in Noah’s day were really wicked! The magnitude of wickedness probably couldn’t be described in scripture. The world is getting back to that state, that’s why Christ has to come!


The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 2

The people in the days of Noah were called antediluvians, which mean ANTEDILUVIAL, ANTEDILUVIAN, a. [L. ante and diluvium, a flood. See Lave.]
Before the flood, or deluge, in Noah's time; existing, happening, or relating to what happened before the deluge.

ANTEDILUVIAN, n. One who live before the deluge.

In the days of Noah, people begin to think they were God and they didn’t need Him. God blessed them with talents, and they lived long lives. The antediluvians began to think they were smart and had wisdom because of their own power.

They didn’t look to the one that gave them their talents, wisdom and knowledge; they look to themselves for wisdom, knowledge and they glorified themselves. They sought to only please their selfish desires. Are people like this today?

They are, people are only concerned with their own selfish desires, and money is their god. We have become a cold uncaring, unloving society; a person can get raped, robbed and murdered right in front of someone and they wouldn’t tell the police or care. Hearts are becoming cold like the antediluvians. God told Noah the hearts of men were evil continually.

Genesis 6:1-7 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
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.
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
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.
5 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.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 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.

You can’t tell me God’s grace is not close to the limit. Isaiah 55:6 tells us we need to seek the Lord while He may be found, Isaiah was a prophet and he prophesied about the days of his time and the last days. God’s presence is not going to always be on this earth. Once Michael stands up (Daniel 12:1) that’s it; prayers, interceding, second chances all of this will be done. Many people don’t believe God’s mercy will come to an end for this world, but it will. If it happened in the days of Noah it will happened when Probation closes.

History has a tendency to repeat itself

Ecclesiastes1:9-10 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

PROBATION, n. [L. probatio.] The act of proving; proof.

1. Trial; examination; any proceeding designed to ascertain truth; in universities, the examination of a student, as to his qualifications for a degree.
2. In a monastic sense, trial or the year of novitiate, which a person must pass in a convent, to prove his virtue and his ability to bear the severities of the rule.
3. Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character and being qualified for a happier state.
Probation will end with the present life.
4. In America, the trial of a clergyman's qualifications as a minister of the gospel, preparatory to his settlement. We say, a man is preaching on probation.
5. In general, trial for proof, or satisfactory evidence, or the time of trial.

We are all on trial today, Jesus is in the Most Holy Place interceding, blotting out names or sins in the Book Of Life, and an Investigative judgment is going on right now. The antediluvians had their Probation Period for a 120 years, it started when Noah first started preaching and building the Ark.

A hundred and twenty years before the Flood, the Lord by a holy angel declared to Noah His purpose, and directed him to build an ark. While building the ark he was to preach that God would bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy the wicked. Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation, should find pardon and be saved. PP 92.2.


The Days Of Noah & The Last Days Part 3

The antediluvians had ample amount of time to get and make things right with God and get into the Ark. They couldn’t believe rain or water would come from the sky, let alone a flood. In these last days many have said Jesus Is Coming Soon, and years and years have passed by; people have begun to doubt Jesus is coming or they think they have plenty of time. People have become comfortable and unconcerned about the Second Coming of Christ. Imagine the antediluvians, year after year hearing and seeing Noah preach and build on the Ark. I know Noah looked crazy building the Ark, preparing for something that had never happened.

Preachers, evangelists and ministers have been preaching and teaching about the Second Coming of Christ, and Christ has not come yet and it seems like the world is getting worse and there is no sign of Jesus. Noah had been preaching and building on the Ark for 120 years and there was no sign of water. People begin to mock and scoff Noah.

It was not multitudes or majorities that were on the side of right. The world was arrayed against God's justice and His laws, and Noah was regarded as a fanatic. Satan, when tempting Eve to disobey God, said to her, "Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4. Great men, worldly, honored, and wise men, repeated the same. "The threatenings of God," they said, "are for the purpose of intimidating, and will never be verified. You need not be alarmed. Such an event as the destruction of the world by the God who made it, and the punishment of the beings He has created, will never take place. Be at peace; fear not. Noah is a wild fanatic." The world made merry at the folly of the deluded old man. Instead of humbling the heart before God, they continued their disobedience and wickedness, the same as though God had not spoken to them through His servant. {PP 96.1}

But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. Surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule, he distinguished himself by his holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness. A power attended his words, for it was the voice of God to man through His servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power, while for one hundred and twenty years his solemn voice fell upon the ears of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, were impossible. {PP 96.2}

Gospel workers of God are being scoffed and mocked today, they are told they are fanatics, it’s not that deep, or they say you’ve gone too far. Have they, can you truly tell a man of God that he is crazy and he’s needs to stop doing the work of God? The antediluvians thought following God was weird and different; and following the world and doing what you wanted to do was seen as normal. When they heard Noah prophesying it sounded crazy and weird, but they had to have seen the sincerity in Noah’s voice, and some were convicted, but over time they let that conviction fade away with the passing of time.

Probation ended for the antediluvians when the Ark was closed by God (Genesis 7:16). When the Ark closed no man, woman or beast could enter the Ark. Probation had ended for all the antediluvians at the time. Probation in the last days will be similar; Jesus will say Let Him that is just be just and he that is unjust be unjust (Revelation 22:11). Wherever a person is with their relationship with God that’s where they will be when Jesus stands up and says it is finish (Daniel 12:1)

When God closed the Ark it was the same thing, if you wasn’t in the Ark when God closed it you was lost. In the last days if you don’t surrender your life to Christ, love and obey God more than anything or anyone on this earth when probation closes you will be lost too.

As the time of their probation was closing, the antediluvians gave themselves up to exciting amusements and festivities. Those who possessed influence and power were bent on keeping the minds of the people engrossed with mirth and pleasure, lest any should be impressed by the last solemn warning. Do we not see the same repeated in our day? While God's servants are giving the message that the end of all things is at hand, the world is absorbed in amusements and pleasure seeking. There is a constant round of excitement that causes indifference to God and prevents the people from being impressed by the truths which alone can save them from the coming destruction. {PP 103.1}

In Noah's day philosophers declared that it was impossible for the world to be destroyed by water; so now there are men of science who endeavor to show that the world cannot be destroyed by fire--that this would be inconsistent with the laws of nature. But the God of nature, the Maker and Controller of her laws, can use the works of His hands to serve His own purpose. {PP 103.2}

When great and wise men had proved to their satisfaction that it was impossible for the world to be destroyed by water, when

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the fears of the people were quieted, when all regarded Noah's prophecy as a delusion, and looked upon him as a fanatic--then it was that God's time had come. "The fountains of the great deep" were "broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened," and the scoffers were overwhelmed in the waters of the Flood. With all their boasted philosophy, men found too late that their wisdom was foolishness, that the Lawgiver is greater than the laws of nature, and that Omnipotence is at no loss for means to accomplish His purposes. "As it was in the days of Noah," "even thus shall it be in the days when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:26, 30. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10. When the reasoning of philosophy has banished the fear of God's judgments; when religious teachers are pointing forward to long ages of peace and prosperity, and the world are absorbed in their rounds of business and pleasure, planting and building, feasting and merrymaking, rejecting God's warnings and mocking His messengers--then it is that sudden destruction cometh upon them, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3. {PP 103.3}

Is the same thing happening today? People who once stood strong for Jesus have fallen into the world,  its traditions, and are comfortable living by the world’s standards and not God’s standard of living and obedience to Him. Will you have the mindset of the antediluvians and the people who followed after the world, its traditions and standards? Or will you be bold, righteous and a representative for God like Noah was?


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY INTRODUCTION

All throughout this bible study on the Ten Commandments; typology is going to be used to give a deeper and better understanding of God’s Law.
The doctrine of typology seems to be largely neglected in the modern church either because of ignorance or because of exposure to some proponents who have grossly distorted this interpretative method. Some may have heard such fanciful typological interpretations, that they automatically tend to shy away at any mention of the word type or typology

It is exceedingly unfortunate that modern scholarship has succeeded in almost eliminating the investigation and teaching of typology as a valid interpretive pursuit. So much has been lost of the richness and practical illustrative value which I believe God intends we should have through an understanding of types... Typology is a bad word in many theological circles, but it is not difficult to see that God has a use for it, even if we do not. It is easy to see why many have reacted adversely to this field of biblical interpretation, for one only needs to read some of the writings of the past centuries to see the tendency to overreach in this obviously fascinating use of figurative language.

Many who depreciate and minimize typology do so because of the firm conviction that it is an area that by its very nature is vague and uncertain. Some feel that typology admits of no definite or fixed rules that would give direction and restrain conjecture. To the contrary, it is to be seen that guiding principles can be established.

What is typology?

The study of spiritual correspondences between persons, events and things within the historical framework of revelation. Types are pictures, object-lessons, by which God taught His people concerning His grace and saving power. The Mosaic system was a sort of kindergarten in which God's people were trained in divine things, by which also they were led to look for better things to come.
The older version of Webster's (1828) is more bibliocentric defining type as...
1. The mark of something; an emblem; that which represents something else. Thy emblem, gracious queen, the British rose. Type of sweet rule and gentle majesty.
2. A sign; a symbol; a figure of something to come; as, Abraham's sacrifice and the paschal lamb, were types of Christ. To this word is opposed antitype (see Gk antitupon). Christ, in this case, is the antitype.
The 1828 Webster's has defines antitype as...
A figure corresponding to another figure; that of which the type is the pattern or representation. Thus the paschal lamb, in scripture, is the type of which Christ is the antitype. An antitype (see Gk antitupon) then, is something which is formed according to a model or pattern, and bearing strong features of resemblance to it.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Part 1

Many believe that the Ten Commandments have been done away with, because of Jesus coming to die on the cross to free us from the bondage of sin; the excuse today is we are under grace so we are no longer under the law. Many say this because they misinterpret Paul; see my bible study on Grace and The Law Of God

What are the Ten Commandments
#1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

#1.Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).

It’s interesting that God chose “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” as the first commandment. Israel had just been brought out of Egypt, out of bondage, and God chose to remind and show them His Law by writing them with HIS finger (Exodus 31:18). The Israelites had been accustomed to the gods of the Egyptians and since they were under the rule of Pharaoh many forgot about the God in Heaven.

Why did God tell the world especially His followers, His people, His chosen not to have gods before Him? God is a jealous God; He tells us this in verse 4 of Exodus 20. Have you ever been jealous? Of course, when we were children we didn’t like someone taking the time, affection and love from our parents, that belonged to us. We felt we deserved all of our parent’s time, love and affection. This is how our Heavenly Father feels; he needs and wants our time, love and affection. He doesn’t want anything or anyone to take the place of Him. If you were married or had a boyfriend or girlfriend would you want your significant other to share their love and affections with someone else?

How does one put other gods before God? First what are gods? There is only one true, living God, and that is our Heavenly Father. If worship is given to any god outside of God in the bible, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1) it’s a false god. Israel had begun to doubt God when they were in Egypt, many lost hope and believed God wouldn’t free them, and they begin to worship the Egyptian gods, getting comfort out of a god they could see and touch. Ba’al was the Israelites god of choice, for some reason this non-living god gave them comfort.

The TYPE is Ba’al for the Israelites, they treated this god with the same respect they treated the Heavenly Father. They made sacrifices, they worshipped and praised it. The Anti-Type for us today is Television, sports, fashion, material possessions, entertainment, entertainers, celebrities, work, games, video games etc. If you spend more time with these things than God, these things have replaced God. If you don’t spend time with God because you’re spending so much time engaged in these gods, it’s time to make a change. Most of the things mentioned above you don’t need to be consumed with anyway i.e. television, sports, fashion, entertainment etc. These things are not preparing you for the crisis that’s soon approaching which will come before the Second Coming of Christ.

Choose God today. God is jealous and He wants all of our love and time, He understands we need to work, go to school and take care of our duties, but to neglect him and spend hours on end in our leisure time and not spend a moment with Him and we profess to love Him is having other gods before Him, which is breaking His first commandment. Tomorrow will God be your first and last or will other gods replace Him?


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 2

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
#2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Commandment # 2

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:4-6

God is very adamant about us worshipping any other god, making images; and worshipping those images. Aren’t we Christians a lot like Israel? Before God gave Israel the Ten Commandments THEY made a covenant to God (Exodus 19:2-19), but shortly after, they were in need of a god, they were so in need that they threatened Aaron’s life if he didn’t build them a statue made of gold (Exodus 32:1-6). God repeatedly warned the Israelites to not build or worship idols (Exodus 20:22-23). He went into detail, God is a God of order and detail; Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God (Leviticus 26:1).

More detail about Aaron and the golden calf

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returned to their old superstitions. The "mixed multitude" had been the first to indulge murmuring and impatience, and they were the leaders in the apostasy that followed. Among the objects regarded by the Egyptians as symbols of deity was the ox or calf; and it was at the suggestion of those who had practiced this form of idolatry in Egypt that a calf was now made and worshiped. The people desired some image to represent God, and to go before them in the place of Moses. God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose. The mighty miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea were designed to establish faith in Him as the invisible, all-powerful Helper of Israel, the only true God. And the desire for some visible manifestation of His presence had been granted in the pillar of cloud and of fire that guided their hosts, and in the revealing of His glory upon Mount Sinai. But with the cloud of the Presence still before them, they turned back in their hearts to the idolatry of Egypt, and represented the glory of the invisible God by the similitude of an ox!

In the absence of Moses, the judicial authority had been delegated to Aaron, and a vast crowd gathered about his tent, with the demand, "Make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. The cloud, they said, that had heretofore led them, now rested permanently upon the mount; it would no longer direct their travels. They must have an image in its place; and if, as had been suggested, they should decide to return to Egypt, they would find favor with the Egyptians by bearing this image before them and acknowledging it as their god.

Such a crisis demanded a man of firmness, decision, and unflinching courage; one who held the honor of God above popular favor, personal safety, or life itself. But the present leader of Israel was not of this character. Aaron feebly remonstrated with the people, but his wavering and timidity at the critical moment only rendered them the more determined. The tumult increased. A blind, unreasoning frenzy seemed to take possession of the multitude. There were some who remained true to their covenant with God, but the greater part of the people joined in the apostasy. A few who ventured to denounce the proposed image

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making as idolatry, were set upon and roughly treated, and in the confusion and excitement they finally lost their lives.

Aaron feared for his own safety; and instead of nobly standing up for the honor of God, he yielded to the demands of the multitude. His first act was to direct that the golden earrings be collected from all the people and brought to him, hoping that pride would lead them to refuse such a sacrifice. But they willingly yielded up their ornaments; and from these he made a molten calf, in imitation of the gods of Egypt. The people proclaimed, "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." And Aaron basely permitted this insult to Jehovah. He did more. Seeing with what satisfaction the golden god was received, he built an altar before it, and made proclamation, "Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord." The announcement was heralded by trumpeters from company to company throughout the camp. "And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink and rose up to play." Under the pretense of holding "a feast to the Lord," they gave themselves up to gluttony and licentious reveling.

How often, in our own day, is the love of pleasure disguised by a "form of godliness"! A religion that permits men, while observing the rites of worship, to devote themselves to selfish or sensual gratification, is as pleasing to the multitudes now as in the days of Israel. And there are still pliant Aarons, who, while holding positions of authority in the church, will yield to the desires of the unconsecrated, and thus encourage them in sin.

Only a few days had passed since the Hebrews had made a solemn covenant with God to obey His voice. They had stood trembling with terror before the mount, listening to the words of the Lord, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." The glory of God still hovered above Sinai in the sight of the congregation; but they turned away, and asked for other gods. "They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox." Psalm 106:19, 20. How could greater ingratitude have been shown, or more daring insult offered, to Him who had revealed Himself to them as a tender father and an all-powerful king! {Patriarchs & Prophets Page 316-317}

So we see the TYPE is Israel and the golden calf, Nebuchadnezzar made an image too after his dream was revealed to him by Daniel (Daniel 2:24-45; 3:1-7). The ANTI-TYPE today is American Idol, the wording is so blatant how could YOU not figure out what they’re imitating (Ecclesiastes 1:9); history is repeating itself. All the award shows: Oscar’s, Golden Globe, Stellars, Hip Hop, VMA’s, ESPY’s etc. These award shows are giving glory and praise to MAN, it’s a mockery when these artists, actor’s, athletes and entertainers thank God for being praised for their achievements. These same people giving thanks to God are doing the opposite of His will on purpose on a daily basis.

Jesus never told us to remember him by wearing a necklace chain of the cross. Communion is how we remember Jesus (Luke 22:16). All these jersey’s of sports athletes, we wear them proudly, boasting about our favorite players, but can’t spend a minute a day learning more about Jesus; and how to live a righteous and holy life. There are so many other graven images. I’ll mention more another time.

The purpose of this bible study is not to make people look bad, point out faults of others; it’s only to reveal present truth. God wants us to wake up and start preparing for the Second of His Son Jesus, which is right around the corner. We have to be obedient and obey God’s Law to see our Lord and Savior in peace. Let’s repent and come before God humbly, asking for forgiveness, strength and power to do His will.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 3

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
#3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Commandment #3

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

God is serious about obedience and respect. He took out time to address it in the first three commandments, He also reminded Israel again in Leviticus 19:12. How does one take God’s name in vain? God’s name is Holy and Reverend; He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name Psalm 111:9. People that call themselves Reverend, need to stop calling themselves that, God, and His name is Holy and Reverend. People don’t understand they are taking God’s name in vain.

Among the members of many families there is practised the habit of saying loose, careless things; and the habit of tantalising, of speaking harsh words, becomes stronger and stronger as it is indulged, and thus many objectionable words are spoken that are after Satan's order and not after the order of God.... Burning words of passion should never be spoken, for in the sight of God and holy angels they are as a species of swearing. YI SEPT 20, 1894.

We use God’s name in common use so much it’s ridiculous, we even use His name in curse words; I’m not going to mention them but people know them. How can we take the holy name of God and take it from a sacred use and downgrade to a secular use. We even use his name in everyday conversation ie Oh my G! Lord have mercy! Lord help us!, Jesus Christ!, we even play with saying baby Jesus as a joke. We can see this in TV shows, movies, it’s everywhere, the blatant disrespect and the using of God’s name in vain, by conversation and the blunt of jokes is rampant these days.
We treat God like He’s one of us, there’s even a song called “If God Was One Of Us”, if He was, He would be wicked (Jeremiah 19:7). For those of us who look at the Devil’s Mind Control Box aka Television we would see how often God’s name is being used in common use and disrespectfully.
God’s is not pleased with the disobedience of His people, who say they love Him, but they continually take His name in vain. God’s wrath is coming; many people avoid talking about God’s wrath (Psalm 75:8, Isaiah 26:21, John 3:36, Revelation 20:15). There are many traits of Our Heavenly Father : loving, kind, merciful, gracious, jealous, vengeful (Romans 12:19). Do we believe Jesus is coming to turned sinners into saints?

If we only knew the severity of what’s going on right now, but the thing is we can know, if we open up our bibles and read about it, Jesus himself tells us the signs and what to look for. We have no clue because we willingly let ourselves go under mind control through the distractions of the devil.

I end this bible study with the Word.

Job 35:13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Psalms 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Malachi 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Mark 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 4

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
#4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Commandment 4

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it (Exodus 20:8-11).

I think the Sabbath is my favorite Commandment; it’s the only Commandment that points to the Creator, and what He has done. It’s the only commandment that God tells us to remember. Many people say they believe in a Creator but reject and neglect His Holy Sabbath day. Well I did a 4 part bible study on the Sabbath, enjoy your Sabbath!

The 7th Day Sabbath PART 1

Q. Where did the Sabbath come from?
A. Our Heavenly Father. When He created the world He set aside a day to rest, to reflect on His work and He created a day for us to reflect on Him (Genesis 2:2-3). The 7th day was a day God set aside; He blessed and sanctified this day (Genesis 2:2-3. When God did this He made the 7th day special. This was before any Israelite or Jew came on the scene.

Q. Is the Sabbath apart of the Ten Commandments or the man written Mosaic Laws that Moses wrote under the direction of God?
A. The Ten Commandments are not the same as the Mosiac Laws (which were nailed to the cross) are found in Exodus 20:1-17. The 4th Commandment is the only Commandment God told us to remember, He was speaking to the Israelites, but He was talking to the entire world.

Q. Are the Ten Commandments null and void today?
A. Of course not, God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger (Exodus 31:18). God makes no mistakes; He knows the beginning to the end. There are laws set into place today that if we break them we are sent to jail; they are stealing, killing, lying, and in some cases adultery. Where did these laws come from? They come from The Ten Commandments, how would man know these laws are wrong if they didn’t get it from God’s Law? If the Ten Commandments are null and void, stealing, killing and lying shouldn’t be laws today; they are the 6th, 8th and 9th Commandments.

The 7th Day Sabbath PART 2

Q. What does man say the meaning of worship and holy is, is there a difference?
A. Many say they are one in the same but they are different. Websters dictionary says WORSHIP means
: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence
: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
HOLY means: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.

Q. What does the bible say about the meanings of worship and holy?
A. Worship- Shehhah “do obeisance to, prostrate oneself before, do reverence to, welcome respectfully
Holy- Qadosh or Qodesh literally means "to be set apart for a special purpose".

Q. Many say we can worship on any day, is that true, and is there a difference between worship and holy?
A. That is true we can worship God freely on any day, He wants us to acknowledge Him and give Him praise and worship Him every day. There is a difference in worship and holiness. Of course He wants us to worship Him every day, but the Sabbath isn’t merely a day of worship, it’s a holy day that God told us to keep holy that He sanctified, blessed, and hollowed at the beginning of time. Why would He go back on His word and tell Jesus to abolish the 4th Commandment when He died on the cross, but keep the other 9? God wants us to not just keep the Sabbath holy but to be holy like He is. 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Peter is quoting from Leviticus 11:44 and Leviticus 19:2.

Q. How do we become holy like God that seems impossible?

A. 1 Samuel 2:2 and Isaiah 6:3 are just two of many examples of passages about God’s holiness. Another way to say it is absolute perfection. God is unlike any other (see Hosea 11:9), and His holiness is the essence of that “otherness.” His very being is completely absent of even a trace of sin (James 1:13; Hebrews 6:18). He is high above any other, and no one can compare to Him (Psalm 40:5). God’s holiness pervades His entire being and shapes all His attributes. His love is a holy love, His mercy is holy mercy, and even His anger and wrath are holy anger and holy wrath. These concepts are difficult for humans to grasp, just as God is difficult for us to understand in His entirety.
Next, what does it mean for us to be holy? When God told Israel to be holy in Leviticus 11 and 19, He was instructing them to be distinct from the other nations by giving them specific regulations to govern their lives. Israel is God's chosen nation and God has set them apart from all other people groups. They are His special people, and consequently they were given standards that God wanted them to live by so the world would know they belonged to Him. When Peter repeats the Lord's words in 1 Peter 1:16, he is talking specifically to believers. As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord. We need to be living by God's standards, not the world's. God isn't calling us to be perfect, but to be distinct from the world. First Peter 2:9 describes believers as "a holy nation." It is a fact! We are separated from the world; we need to live out that reality in our day-to-day lives, which Peter tells us how to do in 1 Peter 1:13-16.

Finally, how can we become holy? Holiness only results from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior (accepting His gift of eternal life). If we have not placed our faith in God's Son alone to save us from our sins, then our pursuit of holiness is in vain. So, we must first make sure we are born-again believers (see John 3). If we truly are believers, then we recognize that our position in Christ automatically sets us apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9). After all, we have a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to "blend in" with the world, but instead living according to God's Word as we study the Bible and grow in it.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 5

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
#5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet
Commandment 5

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

The first 4 Commandments dealt with our relationship with God, the remaining 6 deal with our relationship with each other.

The Child's Indebtedness to Parents. --Children should feel that they are indebted to their parents, who have watched over them in infancy and nursed them in sickness. They should realise that their parents have suffered much anxiety on their account. Especially have conscientious, godly parents felt the deepest interest that their children should take a right course. As they have seen faults in their children, how heavy have been their hearts! If the children who caused those hearts to ache could see the effect of their course, they would certainly relent. If they could see their mother's tears and hear her prayers to God in their behalf, if they could listen to her suppressed and broken sighs, their hearts would feel and they would speedily confess their wrongs and ask to be forgiven.

Children, when they become of age, will prize the parent who laboured faithfully, and would not permit them to cherish wrong feelings or indulge in evil habits.

A Command Binding on All. --"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." This is the first commandment with promise. It is binding upon childhood and youth, upon the middle-aged and the aged. There is no period in life when children are excused from honouring their parents. This solemn obligation is binding upon every son and daughter and is one of the conditions to their prolonging their lives upon the land which the Lord will give the faithful. This is not a subject unworthy of notice, but a matter of vital importance. The promise is upon condition of obedience. If you obey, you shall live long in the land which the Lord your God gives you. If you disobey, you shall not prolong your life in that land.

Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person. God Himself, who has placed upon them a responsibility for the souls committed to their charge, has ordained that during the earlier years of life parents shall stand in the place of God to their children. And he who rejects the rightful authority of his parents is rejecting the authority of God. The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submission, and obedience to their parents, but also to give them love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succour and comfort them in old age.

God cannot prosper those who go directly contrary to the plainest duty specified in His word, the duty of children to their parents. . . . If they disrespect and dishonour their earthly parents, they will not respect and love their Creator.

When children have unbelieving parents, and their commands contradict the requirements of Christ, then, painful though it may be, they must obey God and trust the consequences with Him.
Many Are Breaking the Fifth Commandment. --In these last days children are so noted for their disobedience and disrespect that God has especially noticed it, and it constitutes a sign that the end is near. It shows that Satan has almost complete control of the minds of the young. By many, age is no more respected.

There are many children who profess to know the truth who do not render to their parents the honour and affection that are due to them, who manifest but little love to father and mother, and fail to honour them in deferring to their wishes or in seeking to relieve them of anxiety. Many who profess to be Christians do not know what it means to "honour thy father and thy mother" and consequently will know just as little what it means, "that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."

In this rebellious age children who have not received right instruction and discipline have but little sense of their obligations to their parents. It is often the case that the more their parents do for them, the more ungrateful they are and the less they respect them. Children who have been petted and waited upon always expect it; and if their expectations are not met, they are disappointed and discouraged. This same disposition will be seen through their whole lives; they will be helpless, leaning upon others for aid, expecting others to favour them and yield to them. And if they are opposed, even after they have grown to manhood and womanhood, they think themselves abused; and thus they worry their way through the world, hardly able to bear their own weight, often murmuring and fretting because everything does not suit them.

No Place in Heaven for Ungrateful Children. --I saw that Satan had blinded the minds of the youth that they could not comprehend the truths of God's word. Their sensibilities are so blunted that they regard not the injunctions of the holy apostle:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the [new] earth."
"Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord." Children who dishonour and disobey their parents, and disregard their advice and instructions, can have no part in the earth made new. The purified new earth will be no place for the rebellious, the disobedient, the ungrateful son or daughter. Unless such learn obedience and submission here, they will never learn it; the peace of the ransomed will not be marred by disobedient, unruly, unsubmissive children. No commandment breaker can inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Love to Be Manifested. --I have seen children who seemed to have no affection to give to their parents, no expressions of love and endearment, which are due them and which they would appreciate; but they lavish an abundance of affection and caresses to select ones for whom they show preference. Is this as God would have it? No, no. Bring all the rays of sunshine, of love, and of affection into the home circle. Your father and mother will appreciate these little attentions you can give. Your efforts to lighten the burdens, and to repress every word of fretfulness and ingratitude, show that you are not a thoughtless child, and that you do appreciate the care and love that has been bestowed upon you in the years of your helpless infancy and childhood.

Children, it is necessary that your mothers love you, or else you would be very unhappy. And is it not also right that children love their parents, and show this love by pleasant looks, pleasant words, and cheerful, hearty cooperation, helping the father out-of-doors and the mother indoors?
Deeds Considered As Though Done to Jesus. --If you are truly converted, if you are children of Jesus, you will honour your parents; you will not only do what they tell you but will watch for opportunities to help them. In doing this you are working for Jesus. He considers all these care-taking, thoughtful deeds as done to Himself. This is the most important kind of missionary work; and those who are faithful in these little everyday duties are gaining a valuable experience {AH Ch. 50 pg 292}.

The bible has instructions for parents as well: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24).
Even Christ chastens those that He loves, parents should do the same. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent (Revelation 3:19).

The devil has and has always had plans to destroy Christian’s principles and values, starting with the family. These plans of Alice Bailey, an open occultist and founder of Lucifer Trust aka Lucis Trust which is located in UN, reveals his plans. Alice Bailey came up with a 10 Point Plan, here is #2 and 3 of her plan

2. REDUCE PARENTAL AUTHORITY OVER THE CHILDREN
She said; Break the communication between parent and child (Why?). So that parents do not pass on their Christian traditions to their children, liberate children from the bondage of their parent traditions (how?)
a) Promote excessive child rights; (1997-1998 South Africa introduced Child rights legislation – UNICEF Charter; Today a child is able to say to parent ‘I do not want to hear that, I don’t want to do what you are telling me. Teachers cannot talk to children, children step up and say I have my rights, you cannot talk to me like that).
b) Abolish corporal punishment; (this has been made law). On the other hand the Bible says ‘Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell.’ (Proverbs 23: 13-14)
N.B. Jesus said in the last days – wickedness will increase, there will be
rebellion and children will not obey their parents. It is not a trend,
It is organized.
c) Teachers are the agents of implementation – from workshops, teachers tell children ‘your parent has no right to force you to pray or read the Bible, you are yourself, have a right of your own, you need to discover yourself, self expression, self realization, self fulfillment are all buzz words.
In the West when the child is 7 yrs, the teachers begin to say to the child ‘you have a right to choose whether you want to follow the faith of your parents or not, parents are not allowed to enforce their faith upon you.’ Question is, what type of decision can a 7 year old make?

3. DESTROY THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN FAMILY STRUCTURE
OR THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN FAMILY STRUCTURE (Why?).

It is oppressive and that the family is the core of the nation. If you break the family, you break the nation. Liberate the people from the confines of this structure (How?)
a) Promote sexual promiscuity – free young people to the concept of premarital sex, let them have free sex, lift it so high that the joy of enjoying it(sex) is the highest joy in life, fantasize it, that everybody will feel proud to be seen to be sexually active, even those outside of marriage. This is contrary to the word of God which says “… But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints… for this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5: 3-5)
b) Use advertising industry, media – T.V., magazines, film industry to promote sexual enjoyment as the highest pleasure in humanity.
Have they succeeded? Have they done it? If you want to see whether they have succeeded or not, go to the advertising industry, it does everything to catch your attention and today almost no advert comes out without a sexual connotation. Even when they advertise ice cream, they must show you a thigh of a woman and a bikini, they must do something to set off a trail of thoughts. They will show you more thighs than ice cream. Why? Because, that is what must be in the minds of the people.
N.B. Advertising industry pops out so much money towards their advertisements to the T.V. and radio {The New Age Guru}.

Have you notice the roles of parents and children have changed over time in entertainment ie movies, television shows etc? Children are taking back to their parents; they are disobedient and even get rewarded when they get in trouble by their parents, the parents are trying to keep the peace in the home by giving their kids gifts. These images that parents and kids see begin to manifest over time and entire generations pick up these images of how parents and children are suppose to act toward each other.

The 5th Commandment is no longer valid to the world of course, but to Christians as well, because these negative images have become a part of their life and society.

Dishonoring your parents is talking back, arguing, deceiving and being misleading, lying, mistreating, and the most important one disobeying.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 6

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
#6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Commandment 6
Thou shalt kill Exodus 20:13

This should be clear cut, but some people don’t see anything wrong with murder. Statics show that homicides are at a low in the US, but prophecy tells us that they will rise the closer we get to the crisis before Christ Second Coming

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 Matthew 24:9.
Humans have special dignity and worth and human life is to be treated as of special worth since we are made in the image of God.
When we disregard what God says to us about the special value of human life, we begin to diminish the value of human life and we remove the only inherent hedge against murder. What has happened in our own culture after we removed God and prayer from the public schools a generation ago? Now we can’t stop the killing - IN THE SCHOOLS! As our belief in God has declined, murder has become epidemic.

The human slaughter that occurred in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia illustrates what happens when a society disregards God’s word about the inherent value of humanity. Remove the foundation for the preservation of human life and you remove the restraint against murder. As Dostoevsky put it, “If there is no God, all things are permitted.” Or in the words of T. S. Eliot, “If you would not have God, then you should pay your respects to Hitler and Stalin.”

Perhaps you are thinking, “What has this got to do with me? I haven’t murdered anyone and never will.” I am afraid this commandment is a little more relevant than you might think.

Jesus says there is a very real connection between unjust anger and murder (Mtt. 5:21-22). John says hatred is tantamount to murder (1 Jn. 3:11-18) because hatred is what leads to murder and is caused by the same deficiency that leads to murder - a failure to value human life and treat people with the special dignity of creatures made in the image of God.


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 7

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
#7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Commandment #7
Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 KJV)

Committing adultery is more than cheating on your spouse, it’s deeper than that, and our evil thoughts are sin too; Jeremiah 17:9-10 tells us why: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Sexual sins are derived from adultery, lustful thoughts get people in a lot of trouble, and as a result we have pedophiles, molesters, and rapist, because of lustful thoughts, and minds not subjected to Christ. The world aids and promotes these sexual sins and addictions, because it is easy access to get to porn; see young ladies and small teens on the internet dancing, getting naked and being provocative on the computer screen; TV, movies and music videos contribute to the lustful thoughts and eventually the breaking of the 7th Commandment. Technology has played a major part in increasing sexual sins, crimes and lustful thoughts, even when you wasn’t thinking lustful thoughts, images, metaphors, and sexual connotations aid in putting lustful thoughts in your mind.

Jesus tackled the issue of adultery head on. It was an issue back then and sure is a big issue today.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (Matthew 5:27-32 KJV)
I leave you with this quote:

God’s Law the Way to Happiness—Previous to the destruction of the old world by a flood, its inhabitants were reeking in corruption. Sin and crime of every description prevailed. The state of the world now is fast reaching the point when God will say to it, as He did anciently: “My Spirit shall not always strive with man.” One of the grievous sins existing in this degenerate age of corruption is adultery. This shameful sin is practiced to an alarming extent. The Sabbath and the marriage institution were ordained of God in Eden to be preserved sacred and holy. Both of these institutions of divine appointment have been disregarded and set at naught by men and women whose hearts are fully set in them to do evil.

Adultery a “Christian” Sin—But if the transgressors of the seventh commandment were to be found only among those who do not profess to be Christ’s followers, the evil would not be a tenth part as great as it now is; but the crime of adultery is largely committed by professed Christians. Both clergymen and laymen, whose names stand fair upon the church record, are alike guilty.

Many who profess to be the ministers of Christ are like the sons of Eli who ministered in the sacred office and took advantage of their office to engage in crime and commit adultery, causing the people to transgress the law of God. A fearful account will such have to render when the cases of all shall pass in review before God, and they be judged according to the deeds done in the body.... Adultery is one of the terrible sins of this age. This sin exists among professed Christians of every class....

Christians are called to lay their bodies a living sacrifice upon the altar of God. “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as taints of sin or pollution. No lame sacrifice could God receive. No injured or diseased sacrifice would God accept. The offering given to God was required to be sound, in every respect without blemish, and valuable.

Origin of Impure Acts—None can glorify God in their body, as He requires, while they are living in transgression of the law of God. If the body violates the seventh commandment, it is through the dictation of the mind. If the mind is impure, the body will naturally engage in impure acts. Purity cannot exist in the soul of one who yields his body to impure acts. If the body is serving lust, the mind cannot maintain consecration to God. To preserve a sanctified mind, the body must be preserved in sanctification and honor. The mind will then serve the law of God, and yield willing obedience to all its claims. Then, with the apostle, such can yield their members as instruments of righteousness unto God....

those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” [Romans 6:12, 13].
If the bodies professedly laid upon the altar of God should pass that scrutiny that was given the Jewish sacrifice, how few would stand the test and be pronounced perfect before God, preserved unto holiness, free from the taints of sin or pollution. No lame sacrifice could God receive. No injured or diseased sacrifice would God accept. The offering given to God was required to be sound, in every respect without blemish, and valuable.

Origin of Impure Acts—None can glorify God in their body, as He requires, while they are living in transgression of the law of God. If the body violates the seventh commandment, it is through the dictation of the mind. If the mind is impure, the body will naturally engage in impure acts. Purity cannot exist in the soul of one who yields his body to impure acts. If the body is serving lust, the mind cannot maintain consecration to God. To preserve a sanctified mind, the body must be preserved in sanctification and honor. The mind will then serve the law of God, and yield willing obedience to all its claims. Then, with the apostle, such can yield their members as instruments of righteousness unto God....


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 8

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
#8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet
T
hou shalt not steal Exodus 20:15.

Sticky fingered people know they are wrong when they steal. God said it was wrong before time began, and modern laws say the same. It’s something about a person taking your belongings and claiming them as theirs that’s wrong. Some people have an issue with stealing and it’s an addiction. We have to pray for those individuals.

The TYPE is stealing people’s personal belongings, money, property and stealing from God.
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation (Malachi 3:8-9).

The ANTI-TYPE is stealing God’s time, stealing people’s affections (people flirting with no intentions or interest in the person). God’s Sabbath is any old day and is not kept and celebrated; all God asked for is one day to remember Him by, “Remember the Sabbath Day” (Exodus 20:8).
Both public and private sins are included in this prohibition. The eighth commandment condemns manstealing and slave dealing, and forbids wars of conquest. It condemns theft and robbery. It demands strict integrity in the minutest details of the affairs of life. It forbids overreaching in trade, and requires the payment of just debts or wages. It declares that every attempt to advantage oneself by the ignorance, weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the books of heaven.{Patriarchs and Prophets page 309}

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. (Proverbs 10:2)
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:28-30)


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 9

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
#9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor Exodus 20:16.
Bearing false witness means to lie.

God does not like lying in any way, shape or form.

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Proverbs 12:22 - Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
God is pretty cut and dry, no getting around it; He doesn’t like LIARS.

There were many false prophets in the bible days and Jesus speaks about false prophets in the Last Days. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Of Olives was powerful and prophetic. He starts off telling His disciples don’t be deceived, here the TYPE is the disciples the ANTI-TYPE is Christians:

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (Matthew 24:4-5)
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 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.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 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 (Matthew 24:23-26).

The TYPE here is the false prophets of Jesus’ time the ANTI-TYPE is ministers not preaching the WHOLE Word of God. Question if a preacher, pastor, minister, evangelist, representative of God etc. is not speaking the whole truth according to the bible, and wouldn’t that make them bearers of false witnessing? There are a lot of false prophets in our days too; everyone wants to be a prophet and has been anointed by God, not that I’m knocking anybody, but I’ve heard and talked to some of these so call prophets and their main thing is to predict a person’s future; by telling you how many blessings are coming your way (your breakthrough is near), giving good reports, and emotional filled speeches.

A prophet’s job is not to predict a person’s future, (they can if God tells them too), but their job and mission is more about warning the people about the approaching judgments of God and how to prepare for them. Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Jesus and many other prophets warned the people about the approaching judgments of God; how to prepare for them and to turn from their wicked ways .

Many false prophets and so called pastors, bishops, ministers, and I don’t know why anyone wants to call themselves reverend (Psalm 111:9) are telling lies in the pulpit. They’re not warning the congregation about the approaching Time Of Trouble, how to receive the Seal Of God and avoid the Mark Of The Beast.

Timothy was right on point when He spoke about the Last Days and how men will be deceived, and will be deceiving.

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; (1 Timothy 4:1).
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;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry (2 Timothy 4:3-5).


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS PART 10

1.Thou Shalt Have No Other god’s Before Me
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image
3. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain
4. Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy
5. Honour Thy Father & Mother
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill
7. Thou Shalt Commit Adultery
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
#10. Thou Shalt Not Covet

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's (Exodus 20:17).

Covetous leads to greed, jealousy, emulations, wrath, variance, competition and so much more.
'He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.' - Proverbs 15:27
'The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. ' - Proverbs 21:25-26

'Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.' - Proverbs 30:8-9

'For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.' - Isaiah 57:17
'They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.' - Habakkuk 1:15
'Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ' - Matthew 6:19-21

'Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?' - Matthew 6:25-26
'For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?' - Matthew 16:26
'Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' - Hebrews 13:5

'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. ' - 1 John 2:15

Covetous leads to emulation:
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

KJV Dictionary Definition: emulate
emulate
EM'ULATE, v.t. L. oemulor; Gr. strife, contest.
1. To strive to equal or excel, in qualities or actions; to imitate, with a view to equal or excel; to vie with; to rival. Learn early to emulate the good and the great. Emulate the virtues and shun the vices of distinguished men.
2. To be equal to.
Thy eye would emulate the diamond.
3. To imitate; to resemble. Unusual.
Convulsion emulating the motion of laughter.
EM'ULATE, a. Ambitious. Little used.
emulated
EM'ULATED, pp. Rivaled; imitated.
emulating
EM'ULATING, ppr. Rivaling; attempting to equal or excel; imitating; resembling.
emulation
EMULA'TION, n. The act of attempting to equal or excel in qualities or actions; rivalry; desire of superiority, attended with effort to attain to it; generally in a good sense, or an attempt to equal or excel others in that which is praise-worthy, without the desire of depressing others. Rom.11. In a bad sense, a striving to equal or do more than others to obtain carnal favors or honors. Val.5.

1. An ardor kindled by the praise-worthy examples of others, inciting to imitate them, or to equal or excel them.
A noble emulation heats your breast.
2. Contest; contention; strife; competition; rivalry accompanied with a desire of depressing another.
Such factious emulations shall arise.
emulative
EM'ULATIVE, a. Inclined to emulation; rivaling; disposed to competition.
emulator
EM'ULATOR, , n. One who emulates; a rival; a competitor.
emule
EMU'LE, v.t. To emulate. Not used.
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EM'ULOUS, a. L. oemulus. Desirous or eager to imitate, equal or excel another; desirous of like excellence with another; with of; as emulous of another's example or virtues.
1. Rivaling; engaged in competition; as emulous Carthage.
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EM'ULOUSLY, adv. With desire of equaling or excelling another.

God’s Ten Commandments are highly important. We can’t disregard His Laws. God’s Law is not a trivial matter; they are to be taken serious. In the end there are going to be two groups: those who have the patience of the saints:

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). , who will be sealed and those who reject God’s Law and have the Mark Of The Beast
(Revelation 14:9) And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
I end this bible study with John 14:15 from the words of Jesus “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. Is keeping the Law of God important to you?



Sexual Immorality Part 1

Another touchy subject. Only God could give me the boldness to speak on this subject matter.

My Testimony

I was addicted to porn, self abuse, lusting and I have committed adultery. I was always taught growing up that porn was a man's thing and that's what we liked, and nothing was wrong with. Society says its okay. Those sexual sins I mentioned above have caused me many problems and guilt on a extreme level.

One thing I've learned is when you don't feel guilty for the sins your committing, you are in a dangerous state. Your gambling with your salvation, and if you died in that state you would be lost.

In my walk with God, He has been showing me what I need to let go of to be released from those demonic addictions. TV played a part, even down to commercials, the devil has his hand in everything on this earth.
He knows our weaknesses and he preys on them. Sex is everywhere ie TV, advertising, fashion(what we wear). We do not understand the magnitude of how deep the devil is influencing people that are at the head of broadcasting, TV producers, fashion designers etc.

Did you know that evil angels aka demons are arousing you, trying to get you to perform and engage in sexual sins and immorality, THEY are putting evil thoughts in your mind, making you think these thoughts are your own.
The devil has us hypnotized by his deceptions. Jesus couldn't have said it best when He told those particular Jews who their Father was: 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) Read versus 31-59 to understand the text.
Adultery and fornication are at the top o the list for sins that will keep us out of Heaven, these two are mentioned before killing and stealing all throughout the bible. This is what Paul had to say

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)

We know the world is lost, but the sins of the day adultery and fornication are plaguing the church at an all time high. No one is talking about it, because no one wants to step on anyone's toes. Ministers and pastors are going to have it worse come judgement day, because over the years they have continually given the people watered down sermons and precious truths.

Paul's last words

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. (2 Timothy 4:2-5 KJV)

Can we not see the condition of the world, are the signs of Christ coming not evident? The devil gives us more distractions the closer it gets to the second coming of Christ. We have to let go of our sins. That's what Jesus came and died for.

These sexual sins are the devils speciality. You would be surprised who in the church are struggling with these addictive sins. No one is addressing them and people are becoming comfortable in them, because they don't see the evil in these sins. The church is suppose to be a hospital. It has become a bandage clinic.

We now have to search our bibles for the truth, we should have been doing it before. If there never was a time to get in the Word Of God its now. pray first, pray for the Holy Spirit, come humbly.
We need to pray more, study more, have holy communion with God. Today is the day that you make a decision to serve God and not the devil. That's all that God needs is a decision to do better and He will help you every step of the way.


Sexual Immorality Part 2

The sexual sins prevalent today are not new sins, if anything people have found new ways to perform these sins, because nothing is new under the sun.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV)
The world teaches, be yourself and follow your heart, but what does the bible say. First of all following your heart is dangerous.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV)

We need to be true followers of Christ. 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 KJV)
Many say they follow Christ, but they don't even attempt to obey Him.The only time you follow your heart is when you have given it to Jesus.
Lets dive deeper into sexual immorality.
We know how the world views sex and immoral acts, but what matters is what the Word Of God says.

We are warned many times in the bible to not associate with people that openly commit sin and especially sexual sins. I wonder why sexual sins are mentioned before any other sins. I think it's because God knew sexual sins would plague us more than any other sin.

Paul warns about sexual sins and the associations with people who commit these sexual sins acceptingly.

I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:9-11 KJV).

Since sexual sins were a hot topic in the bible days and should be avoided, by disassociating yourself from people who engage in these acts, we know times have gotten worse, so it's best that we take heed to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

God is serious about sexual sins and certain sins, because they are mentioned repeatedly in the bible. That means God is showing the importance of avoiding acquaintances with people who commit the sins and the need to let go and give these sins over to Jesus.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 KJV)

We are the Laodicea Church. Many think they are rich and are in need of NOTHING.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:15-17 KJV)

This is why people reject religious literature, church is a social club, sermons are a time to catch up on sleep, religious post get few likes, but a post talking about scandal and other entertainment gets a 100 likes. Our priorities are out of order.

The devil has used sex to get God's people to fall. He's doing the same thing today. He did it to the Israelites just before they crossed the Jordan river into the promised land.
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baal–peor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal–peor.
And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. (Numbers 25:1-9 KJV).
God is not playing with sin. It has to be eradicated and the only way to do it, is with fire. The time is now to seek God. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isaiah 55:6 KJV)
T
his some of me, some of Christ mess has to stop.
These texts are talking about the church, that's the only place where you will find a form of godliness.

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:5-7 KJV)


Sexual Immorality Part 3

I mentioned in part one of this bible study/testimony and mini sermon, that I was addicted to porn and self abuse came along with it. For a long time I wondered why couldn't I just stop sinning, I knew what was wrong, I prayed about it, but I couldn't stop.

It is extremely hard for Jesus to clean a dirty home with us still in it, we have to step aside and get out the way. We have to understand divinity and humanity have to come together.

Remember Jesus can't make us obey. We have to have faith in what He can do and has done for us and works come into play too.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:20, 26 KJV)

The Holy Spirit revealed three key things I had to do. Study the Word of God, Pray more earnestly, & Change my diet. Believe it or not your diet plays a major part in your state of mind and ability to do the will of God.
Study The Word Of God & Prayer:

Make time, the devil purposely wants us to be so busy that we don't have time for God. Between kids, school, work, church(the devil uses everything against us), entertainment and leisure time, we have little or no time with God. We spend more time on our phones than with Holy Communion with God.

Health

The devil uses the food we eat as a defense against us. Whatever we eat
goes into our blood, and our blood goes to our brain, which houses the mind. If we are putting bad foods in our body can our minds be in sync with God, can we hear His voice, can we clearly see the devices of the devil?

When it comes to sexual sins we have to let go of a lot of things that incite and trigger the sin(s). Television is one of the major things we need to limit and cut out of your life. Trust me, your not missing out on anything.
Commercials are sexually explicit or there are innuendos in them about sex. One time I saw a tooth paste commercial with sexual innuendos in it. Pay attention to commercials the next time you watch TV. Movies are the worst. They have gotten worse, every movie has a sex scene.

The devil goes for our subconscious not our conscious. There are subliminal messages in everything. The devil wants our minds. Look how the devil got Eve he played with her mind, he had her lying on God.
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Genesis 3:3 KJV)

This is what God said

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV).
You see how the devil had her say what God said, which she got wrong, and the devil convince Eve God was hiding information from her. The devil is the master of deception.

The devil had David lust after a woman he saw bath. David had women for days, but he let the devil convince him he needed that one so bad. The devil is doing the same tricks, schemes and deceptions today. If he can convince us we need these sexual sins he has done his job.

We have to cling to Jesus more and more in these last days. The devil is desperate these days. I'm sure the devil created the phrase if I go down I'm taking as many people with me. That's what he's doing. We have to study more, pray more, get rid of and let go of the things we know are holding us back from a closer and deeper relationship with Christ.



To obey or not obey? Obedience is the answer Part 1.

Before man was created the highest treason was committed with Lucifer in Heaven, he went against God and His law and instead of obeying God he went against God

Revelation 12:7-9
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place fo
und any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Because Lucifer now called the devil disobeyed God He can never get into Heaven and his fate has been sealed; the Lake of fire was made for him and HIS evil angels (Matthew 25:41)

Obedience was the first command of God to Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:15-17
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Patriarchs & Prophets Page 53

Like the angels, the dwellers in Eden had been placed upon probation; their happy estate could be retained only on condition of fidelity to the Creator's law. They could OBEY and live, or DISOBEY and perish. God had made them the recipients of rich blessings; but should they disregard His will, He who spared not the angels that sinned, could not spare them; transgression would forfeit His gifts and bring upon them misery and ruin.

Genesis 3:4-8
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

We have heard and read the story of Adam and Eve and the fall of Lucifer many times, especially as kids. Have you ever thought about why they sinned and the results we will have if we continue to disobey God? The results are all the same, destruction comes at the end if we continue to disobey God and His law. The devil’s fate is a long and stretched out death (Revelation 20:10), and that’s because he was in the presence of God, he alone was the covering cherub, every time he left the presence of God’s the other angel’s could see the glory of God shining on his body and countenance. We were made lower than the angels (Psalms 8:5, Hebrews 2:7) and that’s why the devil’s fate is greater.


To obey or not obey? Obedience is the answer Part 2.

The results of disobeying

Genesis 3:16-19
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tre
e, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

So often disobedience feels good, taste good, smells good and looks good, but we often don’t ponder on the results & consequences of our disobedience, we allow the devil to convince us into thinking disobeying God is the most fun and joyous thing to do. Eve was deceived into thinking disobeying God would give her more knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom comes from God (Proverbs 9:10). The works of the devil is to deceive, he is often called the great deceiver or the father of lies (John 8:44) in scripture. He convinces us that doing wrong is good, but unless we submit to God we will never be able to resist the devil

James 4:7
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God has given us hope

1 Corinthians 10:13
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
We can defeat this device of the devil called disobedience; we can stand against the other devices as well. Paul has given us hope as well under the counsel of God and understanding through the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 6:10-13
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We have to understand, what we are up against, we can’t be passive and think we can defeat the enemy with our own feeble strength. The enemy feeds off our evil and deceitful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). WE need to stop thinking so highly of ourselves and understand our true state and condition. The enemy is deceiving us into disobeying God and we seriously don’t think we are in the wrong; one of the many wiles of the enemy. Many people say money over everything and family first, well I concur Obedience and God above EVERYTHING!

Matthew 10:32-39
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.


Health Reform & God Part 1 

What does Health and Reform mean?

HEALTH, n. helth. [from heal.] That state of an animal or living body, in which the parts are sound, well organized and disposed, and in which they all perform freely their natural functions. In this state the animal feels no pain. This word is applied also to plants. 1. Sound state of the mind; natural vigor of faculties. 2. Sound state of the mind, in a moral sense; purity; goodness. There is no health in us. 3. Salvation or divine favor, or grace which cheers God's people. Psalm 43:5. 4. Wish of health and happiness; used in drinking. Come, love and health to all; an elliptical phrase, for, I wish health to you. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

REFORM, v.t. [L. reformo; re and formo, to form.] 1. To change from worse to better; to amend; to correct; to restore to a former good state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals. The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age, but that of a good one will not reform it. 2. To change from bad to good; to remove that which is bad or corrupt; as, to reform abuses; to reform the vices of the age. REFORM, v.i. To abandon that which is evil or corrupt, and return to a good state; to be amended or corrected. A man of settled habits of vice will seldom reform.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary  

So when we combine Health & Reform we have Health Reform which means: Sound state of mind; natural vigor of faculties, sound state of the mind, in a moral sense; purity; goodness. To change from bad to good; to remove that which is bad or corrupt; as, to reform abuses; to abandon that which is evil or corrupt, and return to a good state; to be amended or corrected.


Health Reform & God Part 2  

How important is health to God?  

3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's  

*Many people dismiss 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 because Paul is talking about sexual sins, but that does not change the fact that our bodies are not ours and we shouldn’t do whatever to and with our bodies. The same principle still remains. We are actually breaking a lot of commandments when we treat our bodies the way we do, since we have been BOUGHT with a price these bodies we have are not our own and if don’t do what the owner has told us to do with our bodies we are stealing, we are thieves, and if we dress up the bodies however we want to we are defacing the temple of God.  

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.     What is the glory of God?   God’s glory is not just his physical features, but it’s also His character. I can go into a deeper study if someone will like to point out this. God’s character is talked about all throughout the bible; one place is in Galatians 5:22-23.

1 Corinthians 10:31 is misinterpreted and people say it doesn’t matter what I eat or drink. Eating and drinking to the glory of God is doing it according to His Will. 

Philippians 3:19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)   

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread (over eating), and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.   

One of the many downfalls of Sodom and Gomorrah was over eating, God takes being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle seriously. God has told us not to have any other god’s before Him and Paul tells us not to make our bellies our God in Philippians. So the conclusion of the whole matter is Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13, Deuteronomy 10:12-13).


Health Reform & God PART 3
 
The Guidelines for eating meat

No Disease-Deuteronomy 14:21, Malachi 1:13, Acts 10:14
Clean Animal-Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14, Acts 10:14
No Organs -Exodus 29:12-14, Leviticus 4:7-11
No Blood-Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 17:11, Acts 15:20
No Fat-Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 17:11
Eat Within 3 Days-Leviticus 7:17, Leviticus 19:6-7
 
The time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth.  {7T 135.1} 
 
Hosea 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

It is not the will of God that men and women should die prematurely, leaving their work unfinished. He would have us live out the full measure of our days, with every organ free to do its allotted work. 

Many complain of the providences of God when disease and death remove members of the household; but it is unjust to charge God with what is but the sure result of their own transgression of natural laws. – {CTBH 90.1}


 

 

Colossians 2:14 Explained


When some read in the New Testament about sabbath days that were shadows of the body of Christ and that passed away at the cross, they become confused and declare they mean the weekly Sabbath. They do greatly err and lead many uninformed people into error. Let us turn to Colossians 2:14-17 and read about the abolition of these sabbath days that were in the law and that enjoined meat offerings, drink offerings, new moons, and festivals: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ... let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday [a feast day, A.S.V.], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

There was nothing in the Ten Commandment law about meats, drinks, new moons, sabbath days (plural), or feast days. All these were in the law which the Lord told Moses to command to the people. The weekly Sabbath is not mentioned in these texts. Paul says plainly that he is speaking of "sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come," and not of the weekly Sabbath which was a memorial of something that happened in the past at creation.

The fourth commandment does not tell us to keep the seventh day as a type of something to come. It says: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. ... For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

There is all the difference in the world between a typical shadow and a memorial. A shadow points forward, and a memorial points backward. The contrast is as distinct as that between night and day. And to show that He never had the weekly Sabbath in mind, the Holy Spirit distinctly mentioned "sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come." Of course the word "days" in this text (Colossians 2:14-17) is supplied, but this is justified by the fact that the word "sabbath" in the Greek is in the plural. Anyone may confirm this by consulting any Greek lexicon.

The King James Version uses the word "holyday," and some may content that it means "the weekly Sabbath" and the expression "sabbath days" means "the yearly sabbaths." The American Standard Version uses "feast day" instead of "holyday." This is correct. For the word translated "holyday" here is from the Greek hoerte, and in John 5:1 this word is used to designate one of the yearly festivals of the Jews: "After this there was a feast [hoerte] of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem."

This is one of the holy days that Paul spoke of as having been abolished. Thus do the evidences multiply that it is absolutely wrong to tell people that these verse prove that the weekly Sabbath was abolished. We should further observe that "shadows" point to Jesus as a Saviour from sin and we observed with that in mind. But the weekly Sabbath was made for man before sin ever entered into the world. The shadows pointing forward to His death as an atonement for sin certainly were not instituted until after sin. But the Lord's rest day existed before man needed atoning blood to save him from his guilt. Now since the weekly Sabbath was instituted before sin, just as was the marriage institution, it was not a shadow of Christ's death as a Saviour from sin; and His death never brought it to an end any more than it brought the marriage institution to an end. Both institutions came to us from the sinless Garden of Eden.

Paul's very language to the Christians at Colosse proves he had reference to the shadowy ceremonies which pointed forward to and ended at the cross. Notice carefully his words inColossians 2:14: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross."

As plain as he can make it, Paul declares they were "ordinances" that were nailed to the cross. They were ordinances that would be "contrary" to the faith of Christians to observe. In fact he declares that the observance of these would be "against us." Now for the use of some good common sense. Would it be contrary to Christian faith and practice and against Christian principle to refrain from idolatry, profanity, Sabbath desecration, dishonoring parents, murder, theft, adultery, lying, and coveting? How could it be "contrary" to Christian principle and "against us" to refrain from the immoralities and vices condemned by the Ten Commandments? How unreasonable to think that Paul was arguing thus! He was talking of another law which enjoined meat offerings, drink offerings, the observance of feasts, new moons, and yearly sabbaths.

Ceremonies Cease at Calvary
Why would the observance of these ceremonies after the death of Christ be contrary to Christian faith and teachings? The answer is easy. Take the Passover sabbath that came during the first month every year. The killing of the Passover lamb typified the death of the Lamb of God. To offer it after His death would be saying, in figure, that Jesus had not died. It would be a repudiation of His death and atoning blood. Surely such an observance would be contrary to the teachings of Christianity. The apostle Paul declares, "For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7). All the other typical ordinances in this law pointed to the death of Jesus on the cross, too. All these feasts, meat and drink offerings, and sabbaths that were nailed to the cross, Paul declares, were "a shadow of things to come"; and then he adds, "But the body is of Christ." That is, the body, or substance, that casts these shadows was Christ's body on the cross.

Now even a child knows that late in the afternoon when a tall tree casts its shadow eastward, one can begin at the farthest end of the shadow and follow it until he gets to the tree, or body, that casts it, and there it ceases. Just so, we may go back to the time when "by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin," and there a merciful God promised to send a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15), a Substitute, to die in man's place. To keep man continually reminded of this fact and to supply him with a means of expressing his faith in the coming sacrifice, God instituted these ceremonies. Most of them were given to man immediately after the fall; later several others were added, and all were included in the law which was not written on tables of stone.

Follow these shadowy ceremonies all the way from Eden to the time of Moses, and from then through the wilderness journey, and then on for hundreds of years after the settlement of Canaan, and at last to Calvary; there they cease. So it would be "against us" and "contrary" to our faith to observe these ceremonies after Jesus' death. To do so would be to deny that He had died. Not so with the other law. It is just as necessary to refrain from idolatry, profanity, Sabbath desecration, murder, adultery, and theft after the cross as before. In fact it was the violation of these principles that caused the death of Christ. Could they have been set aside or changed to accommodate the carnal mind, Jesus need not have died.

Now with these truths before us, let us again read Colossians 2:14-17 and see how plainly Paul reveals that he had not reference to the Ten Commandments: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."



Colossians 2:16 Explained Part 1

Never have I a heard a scripture like Colossians 2:16 get interpreted in so many different ways and it almost always has something to do with the relevance of the Sabbath or the Ten Commandments or both. But I have also seen it used to the opposite extremes where some Christians say that Colossians 2:16 is why we must still observe the various holydays and new moon festivals associated with the ceremonial law.
So what was Paul saying to the Colossians? Was he telling them all the Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross and they no longer have to love God with all their heart might and soul and love their neighbour as themselves? Or is Paul saying that the Seventh Day Sabbath has been nailed to the cross? This is the day God blessed and sanctified, the day that He told us to “remember to keep it Holy”, that one day a week that we are supposed to rest in Him by spending quality time with Him, family and other Christians. Is it now only nine Commandments? Doesn’t God tell us in Isaiah 58:13-14 that we are to call His Sabbath a delight and that it is a love Commandment like the other nine?And now to the other end of the scale, there are others who believe Paul is saying not to let anyone sit in judgment on you if you choose to keep the various ceremonial holydays that pointed forward to the work that Jesus did on the cross for us through His death and resurrection? Could this be the truth? The final point for Colossians 2:16 is, some say Paul is also pointing out that we can eat and drink any food we desire, including the foods that God said were unclean (unhealthy) such as pork? So what is the real truth?
Colossians 2:14 by translationIn order that we can understand Colossians 2:16, we need to understand what Paul is saying two verses earlier in verse 14. Colossians 2:14 reads, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” So what exactly was nailed to the cross? The King James Bible is essential in understanding these verses as they have translated this passage very accurately. If you try to study this passage using other translations, you will only end up coming to the wrong conclusion or no conclusion or just confusion.The keywords to understanding this verse are, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances.” The Greek word for blotting is “exaleipho”, pronounced “ex-al-i'-fo”. Strong’s dictionary gives the definition; “to smearout, that is, obliterate (erase tears, figuratively pardon sin): - blot out, wipe away.” The next keyword in this verse is “handwriting” and the Greek word is “cheirographon”, pronounced “khi-rog'-raf-on” and the definition is, “something handwritten (“chirograph”), that is, a manuscript (specifically a legal document or bond (figuratively)): - handwriting.” And the last and final very important word we need to look at is “ordinances”, Greek word is “dogma”, pronounced “dog'-mah” and the definition is “a law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical): - decree, ordinance.”
Did you note that last one? It means “a law”, and what type of law? The two words we should be very familiar with now are “ceremonial” i.e., “Ceremonial law” and “ordinances” which comprise all the things contained within the Ceremonial law. Having established it is the Ceremonial law, there is no way one can say that the Ceremonial law is the Moral law. The moral law is the Ten Commandments and is a law of love and the law we will be judged by. James 2:11-12 “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” And 1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is transgression of the moral law, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

The two methods for making atonement for sin
When the Israelite sinned, what did he do to make atonement for his sin? He obeyed the law of sacrifices, the ceremonial law. When he broke law number 1 the moral law, he had to obey law number 2, the law of sacrifices to receive forgiveness for his sin. What do we do today if we sin? We genuinely repent of our sin and ask Jesus for forgiveness, which by faith and the grace of God our sin is remembered no more. Jesus permanently put an end to the ceremonial, sacrificial system when He cried out, “It is finished” and bowed His head and died. An unseen hand tore the temple curtain from top to bottom signifying the end to the Ceremonial system once and for all. As Paul puts it, Jesus “...took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Colossians 2:14.Jesus did not nail love to the cross; He nailed the law the Israelites had to obey to make atonement for their sin up until the time that He took the place of that law by being that one and perfect sacrifice for all time. Hebrews 10:8-10 says, “Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the (ceremonial) law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do your will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

The ordinances are symbolic of the whole plan of salvation. Once this has been properly presented it should not be difficult to understand. There is no way this passage could ever be referring to the Ten Commandments. If it were the Ten Commandments, then they would be the Moral law and the Sacrificial law and that would nullify the whole plan of salvation into meaningless nonsense. It is an absolute impossibility for the moral law to be both laws, it can only be the law of love that it is.Unclean foods or sacrificial offerings?Having covered Colossians 2:14, let’s move onto Colossians 2:16. It reads, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” Modern translations, that I should point out come from a different and less reliable source of manuscripts than the King James Bible, translate the first part of this verse to, “do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink.” The remainder of this verse refers to holydays, new moon festivals and Sabbath days, which are all part of the ordinances of the ceremonial law. So apart from the issue of meat and drink or food and drink, the whole passage refers to the ordinances. 

Therefore the context of the passage is just that, the ceremonial law with the exception of “meat and drink”.

Why would Paul be talking about unclean food while talking about the sanctuary system? And where are unclean drinks spoken of in the Bible? There are strong drinks and unclean containers but never specifically unclean food and drink. So could Paul be speaking of something that had “meat and drink” in regards to the sanctuary system? There are in fact “meat and drink offerings” in the sanctuary system and they are referred to constantly in the Old Testament when speaking of making atonement for ones sin in regards to the ceremonial law. Ezekiel 45:17 is one of the clearest verses that gives insight here. It reads, “and it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.”
Colossians 2:14-16 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [sin]… 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink [offerings], or in respect of an holy day [feast], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” Parenthesis are added.Here we have the perfect parallel to Colossians 2:16 that clearly states “meat and drink offerings” that were definitely part of the ceremonial law, which involved these offerings in the feasts and new moons and ceremonial holyday sabbaths (plural). There were many ceremonial sabbaths such as Passover, feast of weeks and the Day of Atonement just to name a few.
Who wrote the book of Hebrews? Maybe Paul also wrote this book. While the author of Hebrews talks about the sanctuary system in regards to atonement for our sins, we also find “meats and drinks” referred to and the context is definitely not about unclean foods. Have a close look at the following passage and you decide if the context of this passage is about unclean foods or sin. Hebrews 9:8-12 “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”


Colossians 2:16 Explained Part 2
What did Paul mean by a Shadow of things to come?
 
 
This is what “Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible” says in regards to Colossians 2:16 about a “shadow of things to come.”
“Colossians 2:16 - Or of the Sabbath days - Greek, “of the Sabbaths.” The word Sabbath in the Old Testament is applied not only to the seventh day, but to all the days of holy rest that were observed by the Hebrews, and particularly to the beginning and close of their great festivals. There is, doubtless, reference to those days in this place, since the word is used in the plural number, and the apostle does not refer particularly to the Sabbath properly so called. There is no evidence from this passage that he would teach that there was no obligation to observe any holy time, for there is not the slightest reason to believe that he meant to teach that one of the Ten Commandments had ceased to be binding on mankind. If he had used the word in the singular number - “the Sabbath,” it would then, of course, have been clear that he meant to teach that that Commandment had ceased to be binding, and that a Sabbath was no longer to be observed. But the use of the term in the plural number, and the connection, show that he had his eye on the great number of days which were observed by the Hebrews as festivals, as a part of their ceremonial and typical law, and not to the moral law, or the Ten Commandments. No part of the moral law - no one of the Ten Commandments could be spoken of as “a shadow of good things to come.” These Commandments are, from the nature of moral law, of perpetual and universal obligation.”
 
 
Writing to non-Jews, or Gentiles, Paul wrote, “And if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:28-29. This passage teaches that a Gentile, if he “belongs to Christ,” is mystically injected into “Abraham's seed,” which according to Isaiah 41:8 is Israel. In Galatians six, Paul summarized his doctrine by saying that anyone, circumcised or uncircumcised, who becomes a “new creature” through faith in Jesus, is now part of “the Israel of God”, verses 14-16. See also Romans 2:28-29. Thus before the cross we had a literal Israel but now those that are Christ’s after the cross are a spiritual Israel.


Colossians 2:16 Explained Part 3

Scriptures Used to Support Keeping the Feasts The minority that still insist we should be keeping the various feasts use many scriptural references to support their practice, however, most of them are references to times that were before their fulfilment and the cross. Keep in mind that if you feel a particular scripture is not perfectly clear, we can still be sure by the fact that Paul and the Bible never contradicts himself or itself.There is no mistaking that Paul informs the Colossians that the ordinances were contrary to them and against them. Paul found that many were still keeping the feasts and had to teach them that these feasts were bondage and were nailed to the cross. As we covered earlier in Galatians 4:9-10, we saw the same situation as with the Colossians and Paul again had to explain that these ordinances were fulfilled. After Israel had been keeping these feasts for so many hundreds of years and almost by habit, it took a while with Paul’s guidance to show that this was no longer required.

Picture of the feats days calendar Truth, Present, Bible, Help, Studies, Health, Life, Save, Christ

Matthew 26:2, 17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 2:41-42; Luke 22:1, 7-20; John 2:13, 23; John 6:4; John 13:1-30 - These scriptures are before the cross and this feast was fulfilled literally at the cross.1 Corinthians 11:23-29 - In this passage, Paul speaks of communion which was first instituted on Passover as this was the perfect opportunity before His death. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says “For AS OFTEN [as often as you choose] as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till he come.” The death of Christ replaced Passover as He became our Passover. See also Wednesday crucifixion theory.

Feast of Unleavened Bread - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:6-8 Matthew 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 2:41-42; Luke 22:1, 7 - These scriptures are before the cross and this feast was also literally and spiritually fulfilled at the cross.Acts 20:6 - Reads, “after the days of unleavened bread” with no reference to it actually being kept.1 Corinthians 5:6-8 - When you look at the context of this passage, you can see that Paul is not speaking literally of keeping the feast, but is symbolically saying that Christians should continually keep themselves free from the defilement of sin. That is, “old leaven” should be kept purged from his soul. Paul is using this symbolic example to show that in the same way a little leaven leavens a whole mass of dough, so just one sin or sinner can send a corrupting influence through the whole church.

Feast of Pentecost - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:15-21 Acts 2:1-21 - This is Pentecost itself and is where this feast met its literal fulfilment.Acts 20:16 - Paul says “if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.” Paul was certainly not going to keep the day after saying keeping these days were against us, contrary to us, bondage and were nailed to the cross. Many others were still keeping these days which Paul used to his advantage to preach the Gospel and this was the perfect opportunity to correct those that did not yet understand they no longer needed to keep these days as he did with the Galatians and Colossians.1 Corinthians 16:8 - Paul says “But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.” As we already know, this feast was being unnecessarily kept as seen by Paul’s letters and he would correct all on the day.

Feast of Trumpets - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:23-25 Matthew 24:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 11:15 - These verses refer to the sound of the trumpet blown with the second coming of Christ and are incorrectly linked to the blowing of trumpets which was done just before the Day of Atonement.Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary says: “the blowing of trumpets represented the preaching of the gospel, by which men are called to repent of sin, and to accept the salvation of Christ, which was signified by the day of atonement. Also it invited to rejoice in God, and become strangers and pilgrims on earth, which was denoted by the feast of Tabernacles, observed in the same month. At the beginning of the year, they were called by this sound of trumpet to shake off spiritual drowsiness, to search and try their ways, and to amend them. The day of atonement was the ninth day after this; thus they were awakened to prepare for that day, by sincere and serious repentance, that it might indeed be to them a day of atonement. The humbling of our souls for sin, and the making our peace with God, is work that requires the whole man, and the closest application of mind. On that day God spake peace to his people, and to his saints; therefore they must lay aside all their worldly business, that they might the more clearly hear that voice of joy and gladness.

Day of Atonement - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:26-32Acts 27:9 - This feast met its literal fulfilment when the sanctuary was cleansed as shown in Daniel 8:14. See Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary above on the blowing of trumpets.
Feast of Tabernacles - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:33-44 John 7:1-2, 8, 10, and 14 - These scriptures are all before the cross and so are not relevant. This is one feast that has not yet met its literal fulfilment but was still nailed to the cross and now only has a spiritual application. Acts 18:21 - Every commentary I studied agree that this is actually referring to Pentecost that has met its literal fulfilment. “Jamieson, Fausset & Brown” commentary quotes the following: “I must ... keep this feast - probably Pentecost, presenting a noble opportunity of preaching the Gospel.” “Adam Clarke's” Commentary on the Bible: “I must … keep this feast - Most likely the Passover, at which he wished to attend for the purpose of seeing many of his friends, and having the most favorable opportunity to preach the Gospel to thousands who would attend at Jerusalem on that occasion.

Last Great Day - Found in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:36 John 7:37-38 - This passage is before the cross and so is not relevant. This is part of the Feast of Tabernacles and so likewise has also not met its literal fulfilment but was still nailed to the cross.

The confusion of Galatians 4:9-10 and Colossians 2:16 Galatians 4:9-10 like Colossians 2:16 has also been abused in both ways as part of Satan’s plan to keep people confused but most importantly, away from one of the Commandments of God. Some have concluded that since the Sabbath of the Lord is a day and Galatians 4:9-10 uses the word day, and Paul speaks of bondage, then the fourth Commandment must be bondage and done away with.As shown earlier, the Ten Commandments are the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25), and Galatians 4:9-10 speaks of bondage which the “Law of Moses” (ordinances) was. It had ceremonial feast Days, Monthly new moon festivals and Yearly ceremonial sabbaths that all ended at the cross. Not so with the Ten Commandments which are to last as last as long as Heaven and Earth (Matthew 5:17-19.) Compare this passage with Colossians 2:14-16 that Paul also wrote.Galatians 4:9-10 “But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days, andmonths, and times, and years.”Colossians 2:14-16 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that wasagainst us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; … 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink [offerings], or in respect of an holy day [Holy days], or of the new moon [months], or of the Sabbath days: [years eg; Passover sabbath etc.]” Parenthesis are added.There is no doubt that the Greek word for “ordinances” means the ceremonial law or the Law of Moses. Strong’s definition is “a law (civil,ceremonial or ecclesiastical): - decree, ordinance.
Part two of the Thayer Dictionary sheds even more light.


Is it a sin to still keep the various ceremonial sabbaths?So Paul definitely refers to the ceremonial law as a law of bondage, but is it a sin to still keep these obsolete holydays if we want to? It certainly would be if one were to still sacrifice animals as this would deny the work of Jesus on the cross. This is what Paul said to the Romans in Romans 14:5-6One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”When you study the whole of Romans chapters 14 and 15, it becomes clear that several misunderstandings existed between Jewish and Gentile Christians in relation to certain customs which were sacredly observed by one but disregarded by the other. 

The primary subject of dispute was concerning meats and days. Some converted Jews retaining respect for the Law of Moses abstained from certain meats and still observed the ceremonial holydays while the converted Gentile understood that Christianity put him under no such obligation or regard to these ordinances.It also appears that mutual and heartless judgments existed among them and that brotherly love and reciprocal tolerance did not always prevail. Paul exhorts that in such things no longer essential to Christianity, that even though both parties had a different way of thinking they might and probably do still have an honest and serious regard for God. Paul further explains they should not therefore let different sentiments hinder Christian fellowship and love, but they should mutually refrain and withhold and make allowance for each other and especially not carry their Gospel liberty so far as to prejudice a weak brother or a Jewish Christian. So here Paul tells the Romans not to judge a weak brother and if he still feels he needs to keep any of the holydays unto the Lord then let him do so.It is not a sin to desire to be obedient to God, and even if Seventh day Sabbath keepers do not have to keep the Seventh day Sabbath any longer they are also not in any trouble for doing so. They are just trying to obey God because they love Him. However, if the Sabbath is eternal in nature as are the other nine Commandments, and those that know the truth choose the way of denial and excuses, they most certainly could be in trouble. If you are ever not sure, “then do the safe thing.”

Colossians 2:16 passage summary Paul tells us in Colossians 2:14-17 that the ceremonial law was nailed to the cross and we do not need to observe these various holydays, many of which were sabbaths, and monthly new moon festivals. This system pointed forward to Christ and the work He did on the cross through His death and resurrection. Paul also called it a law of bondage and said it was against us and contrary to us but he also clearly told us not to sit in judgment of anyone who feels need to still keep those days.This should also be a lesson to those who constantly condemn those who know they should still be keeping the fourth Commandment being the Lord's Sabbath that He wrote in stone. To do so is not Christ like love and dangerous to do so. 

If Paul says don’t judge your brother for keeping a temporary law that pointed forward to Christ, then how much more should those that believe it is now only nine Commandments not judge those who understand that the Bible reveals it is still Ten Commandments. Especially when Jesus says in Matthew 5:18-19, “For verily I say unto you, Tillheaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”Those who enjoy keeping God’s Seventh day Sabbath also know that if you break one Commandment you are guilty of all. James 2:8-12 “If you fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbour as thyself, you do well: 9 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”But as for those temporary ceremonial sabbaths, keep them if you feel that is what you need to do but know that Paul and our Lord made it quite clear that these ceremonial holy days ended at the cross. For even more detailed information on Colossians 2:16 and keeping the feasts, see Colossians 2:16 and the ordinances and the feasts.



"Should Christian women wear head coverings?"

Answer:1 Corinthians 11:3-16 addresses the issue of women and head coverings. The context of the entire passage of 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 is submission to the God-given order and "chain of command." A "covering" on a woman's head is used as an illustration of the order, headship, and the authority of God. The key verse of this passage is 1 Corinthians 11:3"But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God." The implications of this verse are found in the rest of the passage. The order is: God the Father, God the Son, the man or husband, and the woman or wife. The veil or covering on the head of a believing Corinthian wife showed that she was under the authority of her husband, and therefore under submission to God.

Within this passage is also verse 10: "For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels." Why is that important to angels? The relationship of God with men is something that angels watch and learn from (1 Peter 1:12). Therefore, a woman's submission to God's delegated authority over her is an example to angels. The holy angels, who are in perfect and total submission to God, expect that we, as followers of Christ, be the same.

This covering not only means a cloth but also can refer to a woman's hair length. How can we say that? We must take this verse in the context or the setting in which it is presented. "Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering" (1 Corinthians 11:14-15). Therefore, in the context of this passage, a woman who is wearing her hair longer marks herself out distinctively as a woman and not a man. The Apostle Paul is saying here that in the Corinthian culture, when a wife's hair was longer than her husband's, it showed her submission to his headship. The roles of the male and female are designed by God to portray a profound spiritual lesson, that is of submission to the will and the order of God.

But why is hair an issue in this passage? The Apostle Paul is addressing something in the Corinthian culture that was being allowed to disrupt the church. Women in service in the pagan temples had their heads shaved. It marked them as pagan temple prostitutes. Paul says in this passage that a woman who is shorn or shaved should be covered (1 Corinthians 11:6), for a woman shorn or shaved of her hair had lost her "glory," and she was not under the protection of a husband. A shorn head without a covering was equivalent to saying, "I refuse to submit to God's order." Therefore, the Apostle Paul is teaching the Corinthians that hair length or the wearing of a "covering" by the woman was an outward indication of a heart attitude of submission to God and to His established authority. This was important because the Corinthian church was to be separate from the corrupt pagan culture of Corinth (2 Corinthians 6:17).

God's order is that the husband is the head of the wife as God is the head of Christ, but there is no inequality or inferiority implied. God and Christ are equal and united, just as the husband and the wife are one. This is not a passage that teaches the woman is inferior to man or that she should be submissive to every man. It is teaching God's order and spiritual headship in the marriage relationship. In the Corinthian culture, a woman who covered her head during worship or when she was in public displayed her submission to authority.

In today's culture, we no longer view a woman's wearing of a head covering as a sign of submission. In most modern societies, scarves and hats are fashion accessories. A woman has the choice to wear a head covering if she views it as a sign of her submission to the authority of her husband. However, it is a personal choice and not something that should be used to judge spirituality. The real issue here is the heart attitude of obedience to God's authority and submission to His established order “as to the LORD” (Ephesians 5:22). God is far more concerned with an attitude of submission than an outward display of submission via a head covering.First Timothy 2:9-10, "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God."

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1 Corinthians 14:34-35 explained
A compilation of explanations

1 Corinthians 14:34-35: "Let women keep silent. . ." Paul was responding to questions from the Corinthians. Paul's assertion (and Christ's) is that "the Spirit is given to every man." The Greek word for "man" here meaning humans-both genders-"there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Statements in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 never ORIGINATED with Paul. Paul repeated them to the Corinthians in disbelief. This is evident in verse 36 “What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?”  The Greek word "WHAT?" means an exclamation of absurdity. Paul said that they WERE NOT commands from the Lord but "ignorance" (verse 38) Christ taught that the women and men are both the church of Christ.

The custom back then was for the women to sit on one side and the men on the other side of the church. The women were asking questions and chattering to their husbands which sat on the other side of the church. If they, women, will learn any thing Let the women ask their husband when they get home. In other words, it is improper to sit in church chatting with your husband while the service is going on. All eyes on Jesus. The scripture in question must be interpreted in light of 1 Corin. 11:5 where it is clear that Paul understood that women were permitted to pray and prophesy in public worship so long as they were properly dressed.

If you notice in :34 the scripture says "your women", and if you do a word study, then you'll realize that it is in referrence to men's wives in the church....not women in general, because the Lord's house is a house of order, and if a man's wife is asking him questions concerning the Word of God during the teaching then she causes, not only him to be distracted from hearing the Word, but also others in the congregation! The Holy Spirit doesn't interupt Himself! Amen!

To understand 1 Corinthians 14:34-36 one must understand what was happening during that early time of the church. Paul had a group of excited people who want to learn or speak in church. This event caused mass confusion to many and great disorder to the church itself. In order to gain control of this situation Paul asked the women to listen first, ask questions second (when there was time to explain what was going on). Remember, Christianity is new. Thus a formed, controlled environment was being encouraged. Just as a mother may silence a child in church, it does not mean he/she can never speak again or be used by God. It was done out of respect in order to help the child and church mature.


These were Greek churches (Ephesus, Corinth). Among the Greeks public women were disreputable. To Greeks, for a woman to speak in public would cause the remark that she was shameless. Virtuous women were secluded. Hence it would be a shame for women to speak in the church assembly. Please note there is no hint of such a prohibition to any churches except Grecian. Wherever it would be shameful, women ought not to speak. Also see in the Bible that many (Jewish) women prophesied and/or were prophets..


Can Women speak in Church? A deep in-depth study
(1 Tim. 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:34-35)
PART 1

1 Timothy 2:11-12
Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

What is this passage of scripture saying? We must remember that it is just as sinful to bind more than what God has revealed in the inspired word, as it is to tolerate less than what is commanded.
  1. Does this statement forbid a woman from all teaching?
  2. Does this context forbid women to ask or answer questions in a public adult Bible class?
We must be careful to not be more lenient that God intended nor should we be too strict. One error is as wrong as the other. Some have taken extreme positions concerning this verse, which do not harmonize with other verses in the New Testament.

What is meant by: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection"?
This reveals a difference in roles of men and women. There is an equality in the inheritance of men and women but we do not have the same role.
Even the men in the church do not have equal roles. All are commanded to submit to the rule of the elders, if the local church has them.
KJV: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection."
NASV: "Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness."
"Silence" or "quietly" is from "Hesuchia" [hay-soo-khee'-ah] (hJsuciva)
"To rest, to cease from labor. To lead a quiet life, said of those who are not running hither and thither, but stay at home and mind their business."
Thayer's English Greek Lexicon of the New Testament
Hesuchia is also used in 2 Thess. 3:12

2 Thessalonians 3:12
Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
Paul says while you're at work, you remember that you're not the boss, you are the employee. That puts you in a submissive role. You may be a equal human being with equal rights, but at work, you don't possess an equal role along with the boss.
Does that mean that while at work you cannot say anything? That you can't make a sound? No one teaches this! It just means that we are to remember that we are to work "with quietness". We aren't to act as one in authority when we are not!
Women must accept their role in the body of Christ as those who learn "in silence (quietness) with all subjection."

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
Just as God the Father is the head of Christ in the scheme of redemption, man is the head of women. Even though Christ is equal to the Father and possesses the fullness of the Godhead, (not some kind of lesser god) He still humbled himself under the authority of the Father, and is not cheated or less holy for doing so!
Likewise the women, though they are equal members and joint heirs of the blessings in Christ, are instructed to humble themselves according to God's will under the authority of the men.
1 Timothy 2:11-12 Does Not Forbid All Teaching By Women

1 Timothy 2:11-12
Let a woman learn in silence [hesuchia].with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence [hesuchia].

Does this passage forbid all teaching? NO! The emphasis is: "over the man"

1. Women Are To Teach Women
Titus 2:3-5
The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

2. Women May Teach Men In The Assembly
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

3. Priscilla Was Involved In Teaching Apollos

Acts 18:25-26
This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscillaheard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

4. Women Are Commanded To Teach
2 Timothy 2:2
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men [anthropus] who will be able to teach others also.
anthropos (a[nqrwpo"), is used generally, of a human being, male or female, without reference to sex or nationality.
Vine, W. E., Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
aner (ajnhvr, is never used of the female sex; it stands (a) in distinction from a woman,
Vine, W. E., Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
"Man [anthropus] shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' (Matthew 4:4)

Genesis 5:1-2
In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
The woman's authority to teach has only one exclusion: they are forbidden to teach "over the man", but they are still are to teach!
At What Age Does A Boy Become A Man?
The Bible doesn't reveal that to us, but at age 12, Jesus is called a "child" by the Holy Spirit.

Luke 2:42-43



Can Women speak in Church? A deep in-depth study
(1 Tim. 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:34-35)
PART 2


And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy [child- KJV] Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it.
Just because one is baptized does not make one a man or woman. To say that a woman cannot teach a boy is to bind where God has not bound.

A Woman Is Not To "Teach" A Man
"Teach" is from "Didasko"
didavskw: "To hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses."
Thayer's Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament
Didactic: "To teach, used or intended for teaching or instruction."
Webster's Dictionary
Discourse: "A long and formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, lecture, treatise, dissertation."
Webster's Dictionary

Matthew 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
Jesus had didactic discourses with them in order to instruct them.
1 Tim. 2:11-12 does not forbid a woman from asking or answering a question in a public adult Bible study. Some teach that this verse prohibits a woman from doing either, because in doing so, they might actually teach a man something pertaining to the will of God. It is important that we harmonize this verse with all the other verses of the N.T., and that we also understand the definition of "teach."
There is a difference in what is told to men and women.

Titus 2:15
Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Titus could publicly speak, exhort, and rebuke both men and women with "all authority," but a woman is not authorized to do so "over a man", because Paul said that she was not "to exercise this authority over the man."
However, asking and answering questions, as well as making comments in a public adult Bible study where men are present, does not violate this passage of scripture. While participating in these activities, she is not taking the leading role over the men as the instructor, the teacher, or the one who is exercising authority over the men, but she is remaining in her submissive role under the men. The argument that she may not teach anything in any way (i.e. read scripture, ask or answer a question in a Bible class) in the presence of a man because she would be doing some teaching, is not consistent with the teaching and admonishing (Col. 3:16) which she does in songs and hymns and spiritual songs in the public church assembly.

"To Usurp Authority" is from "Authenteo"
"to govern one, exercise dominion over one: I Tim. 2:12"
Thayer's Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament
"authenteo, to exercise authority on one's own account, to domineer over."
Vine, W. E., Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
"have authority, domineer over someone"
Bauer, Gingrich, and Danker, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature
"Authenteo: to act of oneself; thus, to dominate, exercise authority over, I Tim. 2:12"

The New Englishman's Lexicon
"to have full power over."
Liddell, and Scott, Abridged Greek-English Lexicon
"to control in a domineering manner - 'to control, to domineer.' 'I do not allow women to dominate men' 1 Tm 2.12"
Louw, and Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains

When a woman submissively asks or answers questions, or makes comments in a Bible study (where men are present) she is not dominating or taking over the class, but is simply a participant in the class that is being led by a teacher.
This is why a woman can "teach and admonish" men in her singing. When doing this she is not leading or domineering over men, although she is participating in the teaching process.
If and when she attempts to take over or to lead the class, and becomes domineering in any of our worship activities, then we would have a problem!
This is what the women in Corinth appear to have begun to do in the assembly in 1 Cor. 14:34-35; some became a domineering factor in the church. But the women weren't the only ones out of order; several of the men were guilty of disorderliness as well.

1 Corinthians 14:27-30
If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
"Keep Silent" is from "Sigao" [see-gah'-o]

Corinthians 14:28
But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
1 Corinthians 14:30
But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
1 Corinthians 14:34
Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
These instructions were given to accomplish the goal given in verse 33 and 34
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

1 Corinthians 14:40
Let all things be done decently and in order.
The context indicates that both men and women were out of order in the church.
Does This Passage Forbid All Speaking By Women?
1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.





Can Women speak in Church? A deep in-depth study
(1 Tim. 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:34-35)
PART 3

"Speak" is from "Laleo" [lal-eh'-o]
1. If a woman is literally forbidden to speak at all, how can she sing?
Ephesians 5:19
Speaking [laleo] to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
2. How could she confess Christ before the assembly prior to her baptism?

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

3. How could a woman confess her public sins?
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
4. How could a woman tell her children to be quiet?
5. How could she say "amen" at the close of a prayer?

1 Corinthians 14:15-16
What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?

The spiritually ungifted brethren present said "Amen" at the giving of thanks in the assembly (1 Cor. 14:16). The women are to "subject themselves as the Law also says". This indicates that we can look at the practice under the Law and learn something about the acceptable practice of women in the public assembly. If women could say "Amen" in the assembly under the Law, there is no reason to forbid it today.

Nehemiah 8:2-6
So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose... And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
"They are to be submissive, as the law also says" (1 Corinthians 14:34)
Paul is referring to a problem in Corinth. He is not speaking to all women in 1 Cor. 14:35.

1 Corinthians 14:35
And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
Why Paul wasn't addressing all the women in general:
  1. Not all of the Corinthian women had husbands (1 Cor. 7).
  2. Some of the women who had husbands weren't married to Christians (1 Cor. 7).
  3. The questions of even those women who were married to Christians probably couldn't have been answered by some of their husbands, since many were still carnal (I Cor. chapters 1 & 3).
  4. We know that even knowledgeable husbands don't know the answers to a lot of things.
  5. Logically, the only individuals who would be able to answer all questions about what had been said would be those who had spoken.
For these reasons, we can rationally conclude that in this passage of scripture, Paul was telling the wives of the public speakers to wait and ask their husbands their questions at home. They were to learn in an orderly fashion by waiting to ask their husbands at home.
Still, the instructions are based on the fact that,"it is shameful for women to speak in church"!
May a woman then, play a part in the activities of the church? Absolutely! If she is a faithful Christian, she is as much as a part of the church as the men are. The exception to that rule is that she is not to play a leading, domineering role men are authorized to perform.
Again, to bind more than that is to miss the mark, and to allow or tolerate less than that is to sin as well!

There Is A Restriction On Women That is Not Placed On Men
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
  1. Men were told to not be speaking two or more at the same time.
  2. Women were told to not be speaking at all.
  3. The context involves speaking in the assembly.
 
 
1 Timothy 2:8-15
There is a difference in roles of men and women. Always has been and always will be.
There is an equality in our relationship to God.

Galatians 3:28-29
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
Yet there is a difference in roles God ordained for men and women.
Two Reasons For Different Roles Are Given In 1 Timothy 2:8-15
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

1. The First Reason Given: The Order Of Creation.

Paul does not go into detail, but enough is given to show that we must consider what is revealed in the first three chapters of Genesis. Male and female relationships are some of the greatest influences in human society and they are based on Creation. This is one of the reasons we must understand the Creation\Evolution controversy. If Evolution is true, we eliminate the foundation of everything the Bible reveals including the relationship men and women have with each other.




Can Women speak in Church? A deep in-depth study
(1 Tim. 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:34-35)
PART 4

From the Creation account in Genesis, we know:
  1. Both male and female are made in the image of God.
  2. Both male and female have dominion over the earth

Genesis 1:26-28
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
In Genesis, Creation is described two times. In chapter one, there is a general account of the creation of everything. In Chapter two, there is more specific account of creation of men and women. The Holy Spirit revealed because of what happened at Creation, there is a difference in the roles of men and women today.

A. In The Creation Account, The Male Is Central In The Narrative
There is evidence of male headship from the fact that the male is the center and the subject of the entire narrative. All the action and events revolve around the man. He is the subject; all else is brought into the story in relation to him. He is the "star" of the story, he occupies center stage.
Everything else, including the woman, has a supporting role.
  1. The male is the first to be created (2:7). (firstborn)
  2. The garden is prepared for him, and he is placed within it (2:8).
  3. The male, not the female, is given the name borne by the human race as a whole: "Man" (1:26-27, 5:2).
  4. God speaks to the male (2:16); he is the first to receive divine revelation and instruction. (Just as a CEO or General uses a "chain of command")
  5. The animals are brought for naming to the male, not the female (2:19-20).
  6. The woman is made from the man, not the man from the woman (2:22).
  7. The woman is also made for the man and brought to him. the man was not made for the woman (2:18, 22).
  8. It is the man who speaks and makes a theological comment upon the woman's creation, not vice versa (2:23).
  9. It is the male who names the female, not the woman naming the man (2:23).

The whole narrative in Genesis 2 is the story of how God created the man and provided in every way for his well-being. The man is the central character through the entire account of the creation of mankind.
When God created the human race, He placed the man squarely in the center of His creative work. The other activities recorded in Genesis 2 are all relative to the man's existence, nature, and needs. This includes the creation of the woman. All of this strongly implies that the man is the one to take the lead in the commands given by God to subdue the earth.

B. The Male Was Created First
The creation order implies male headship. It was not an accident nor was it random chance.
The Holy Spirit revealed that the order of creation of the man and woman was on purpose and it demonstrates the headship of the male.
Feminist Argument: Animals were created before man, but they are not the head of man, therefore, man is not the head of woman.
1 Timothy 2:12-13
And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 
For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
C. The Woman Was Created From The Man
The fact that the woman was created from the man implies male headship. Man is the source of the woman; the woman is derived from the man.

Genesis 2:22
Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
The female's being derived from the male does not necessarily, in and of itself, confer headship upon the male. We would not know that this is an indicator of male headship except for the revelation of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 11:3-8. In His decision to bring woman into existence out of the man, God established an appropriate and everlasting symbol of his intention for man to exercise headship over the woman and for the woman to exist in a relationship of dependence upon the man.
Feminist Argument: Man is from the dust of the ground. Dirt is not the head of man, therefore, man is not the head of woman.

1 Corinthians 11:3-9
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
The New Testament commentary is the decisive factor in this argument. We know it is a valid argument because the inspired Apostle Paul himself uses it. When feminists reject it, they are arguing against Paul, and ultimately against the Holy Spirit who inspired him.
D. The Woman Was Created for the Man
Male headship is implied in the fact that the woman was created for the man. Not only was she created from him; she was also created for him. Though the man was created first, he was not intended to exist alone for very long. God declared,

Feminist Argument: God is called man's helper 16x. (Same word, "ezer" is used). 
Man is not the head of God, therefore, man is not the head of woman.
Genesis 2:18
Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (NASB)
The woman was brought into existence for the express purpose of meeting the needs of the already-existing male, and to enable him to lead a fulfilled life. The woman was created for the man; the man was not created for the woman. This is an indication of the roles of the male being the leader and the woman being the helper for the male.
This is confirmed 1 Corinthians 11:9 and is given as a proof of male headship

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:9
For indeed man was not created for the woman's sake, but woman for the man's sake.

This New Testament commentary on Genesis 2:18 cannot be ignored or explained away.


Can Women speak in Church? A deep in-depth study
(1 Tim. 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:34-35)
PART 5

That God describes the woman as a helper suitable for or corresponding to the man does reflect the ontological equality between the sexes, but in no way does it require functional equality.
"Ontology" - The branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being.
It shows that in her essential being, woman, unlike the animals, is on an equal plane with man; but it does not negate the role of subordination established by God when he created the woman for the man, i.e., for the sake of the man or as a helper for the man.

E. The Man Named The Woman
A fifth argument for male headship from Genesis 2 is the fact that the man gave the woman her name
Genesis 2:23
And the man said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
The naming process began with the animals

Genesis 2:19-20
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. And the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field...
The fact of Adam giving names to the animals indicates his authority over them. 
In like manner, when God brought the newly-formed woman to Adam, he named her as well. This implies his authority over her.
Giving a name to another does not always imply headship or authority.

Genesis 16:13
Then she [Hagar] called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees [El-Roi]; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?"

Exodus 16:31
And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Even though the act of naming another did not always imply authority, in Genesis 2 the act of naming is consistent with the fact of male headship, and is another example of how the male is central in the narrative of creation. Because of this latter fact alone we may speak of it as a proof of male headship at least in an indirect sense, even if it is not so in a direct sense.
Since God was certainly in sovereign control of the whole creation event, we must conclude that these specific facts and arrangements were not accidental but were deliberately chosen by God to teach us of God's own appointment of the male to the role of leadership.
The Second Reason Given — Eve Was Deceived.
Does the fact that Satan chose Eve for this first temptation imply that women as such are spiritually weaker than men? Do they have some kind of inherent weakness that makes them more vulnerable to temptation and sin, as some think 1 Peter 3:7 is suggesting? (being the weaker vessel)

Why Did Satan Choose Eve?
The question of why Satan chose Eve as the object of his temptation is made all the more relevant by Paul's remark that "it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression" (1 Tim. 2:14) 

This text does mean something.
Does it mean that Eve was chosen because Satan considered her more deceivable, more vulnerable than Adam? Was Eve the "weaker vessel" - emotionally or intellectually?

The Bible does not reveal Satan's motive for beginning with Eve. It just records the fact that Eve was the first to be tempted and deceived, and the first to sin. We are not told whether it was part of a deliberate strategy of Satan, or if his choice was just random. But the fact that we do not know for sure why Satan chose Eve does not negate the force of 1 Timothy 2:14, which says that Eve's being the one who was deceived does have something to do with women's being prohibited from teaching men and having authority over men in the New Testament church.

The really significant point is that (according to 1 Timothy 2:14) it is not the transgression itself but the deception that is being held against Eve. The fact that Eve was deceived by the Devil is in some way related to the fact that women are not permitted to teach men and have authority over men in the church. We simply cannot deny this connection. The problem, though, is to explain it. 

Exactly what is the connection?
It is possible that there is something inherent in women's nature that somehow makes them more vulnerable to deception concerning spiritual matters and therefore less qualified to teach men and have authority over men in the context of the church. This would be consistent with Peter's description of woman as the "weaker vessel" (1 Peter 3:7). Peter does not explain the nature of this "weakness," nor does he suggest that it constitutes some kind of flaw or fault in women. Whatever it is, it would be consistent with the role for which God created woman in the first place. That is to say, the characteristics that make a woman more strongly suited for her intended role in the family and church make her weaker with reference to what is required for duties of headship and leadership. Such characteristics probably have to do more with her emotional rather than her intellectual nature.
Whatever this "weaker" nature may be, it is possible, if not likely, that this is what Paul has in mind as underlying the fact that Eve was deceived by Satan whereas Adam was not, and that this is the very same thing that disqualifies women from teaching men and having authority over men. If this is so, then the reason for this disqualification is not Eve's sin at all. Neither is the disqualification some kind of penalty, either for her sin or for allowing herself to be deceived.
It is simply some inherent, created female characteristic that manifests itself in susceptibility to this kind of deception.

1 Tim. 2:13 gives as the primary reason for the prohibition the fact that Adam was first created, then Eve. In other words, the prohibition is grounded in creation, not in some aspect of the Fall. To say that what is true because of creation is also a part of the penalty for the Fall seems inconsistent. But if the prohibition is related to some inherent female characteristic which itself is related to vulnerability to deception, as the first explanation suggests, then 2:14 is also basing the prohibition on human nature as created, and not on the Fall as such.
Adam's Responsibility And Male Headship
One other point must be noted concerning the sin itself, namely, the connection between Adam's responsibility for that sin and the fact of the male headship that was already established in Genesis 2. Both the Genesis context and Biblical teaching as a whole seem to point to the fact that Adam, the male, bears a greater responsibility for the first sin than Eve. This is exactly what we would expect if Adam was already the appointed head of that two-member family.

Following the sin, when God came to confront his human creatures in their guilt, he specifically addressed the male:
Genesis 3:9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?"
Why does God first of all specifically call Adam into account for the sin? Because he is the appointed head. As the head of the human family he had the greater initial responsibility for righteousness and thus received the greater blame for the sin.
God didn't call both of them together, but he called the head. As the God-appointed head, Adam bore the primary responsibility for their actions. Adam held the position of being responsible for sin entering the human race even though Eve sinned first.
The New Testament confirms this understanding. It reveals that Adam is the one who is singled out and held responsible for the consequences of the Fall for the human race.
Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Romans 5:14
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Romans 5:15-19
But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.
Why is such responsibility laid on Adam? The only thing that can explain the clear teaching concerning Adam's greater responsibility is his immediate headship over Eve and his ultimate and representative headship over the entire human race.
She sinned first, but Adam was held accountable because he was the one ordained by God to be the head. The relationship of men and women are not just for marriage. There is a special relationship within marriage, but the difference in roles are for all men and for all women.
Marriage Is Not In The Context of 1 Timothy 2:8-15!
Verse 15 She shall be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

She is not to seek the role of the male, but role for which God created her.




Does God have a limit? Part 1


We have been taught that God ONLY displays love and that we can sin until the Second Coming of Christ returns. People have taken grace and made it mean something that it’s not. Grace DOES not blot out sin. It only covers sin, and that cover is removed every time we choose to sin. Through the inspiration of God, Titus tells us what grace has done for us and what it teaches us. 

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Let’s answer the question. Does God have a limit? Ecclesiastes explains why the things of the past will happen once again
Ecclesiastes 1:9
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 

Yes He does. We see in times past that God has a limit. His mercy runs OUT! He gave the antediluvians 120 years to get on the Ark (Genesis 6:3). They’re hard hardened hearts kept them from heeding the message of God spoken by Noah.

The inhabitants of the antediluvian world turned from Jehovah, refusing to do His holy will. They followed their own unholy imagination and perverted ideas. It was because of their wickedness that they were destroyed; and today the world is following the same way. It presents no flattering signs of millennial glory. The transgressors of God's law are filling the earth with wickedness. Their betting, their horse racing, their gambling, their dissipation, their lustful practices, their untamable passions, are fast filling the world with violence. {DA 633.2} 

Had the antediluvians believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh. But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God's prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction. {PP 97.2} 

2 Peter 2:4-7
4 For 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; 
5 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; 
6 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;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 

God has a LIMIT!



Does God Have A Limit? Part 2


Isaiah 55:6-7
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

There are limits even to the forbearance of God, and many are exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun the limits of grace, and therefore God must interfere and vindicate His own honor. . . . {AG 51.5} 
When the Lord comes forth as an avenger, He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its purity and kept themselves unspotted from the world. {AG 51.6} 

The time is very near when men will reach the prescribed limits. They have now almost exceeded the bounds of the long-suffering of God, the limits of his grace, the limits of his mercy. The record of their works in the books of heaven is, "Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting." {RH, December 21, 1897 par. 7} 
The Lord will interfere to vindicate his own honor, to repress the swellings of unrighteousness and bold transgression. He will not be left without witness.

Genesis 18:20-33

20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: 
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. 
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. 
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. 
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. 
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.




Does God Have A Limit? Part 3

God’s wrath rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah, some say it was only because of the homosexuality, that’s not the only sin that caused the wrath of God to come upon Sodom and Gomorrah, it was more than that, but the homosexuality was the limit. 

Lot was instructed to get him and his family out of Sodom, as we can see in the text they mocked him in verse 14. 

Genesis 19:12-14
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 

Genesis 19:16
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 

Genesis 19:24-29
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.


Does God Have A Limit? Part 4

The angels revealed to Lot the object of their mission: "We will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it." 

The strangers whom Lot had endeavored to protect, now promised to protect him, and to save also all the members of his family who would flee with him from the wicked city. The mob had wearied themselves out and departed, and Lot went out to warn his children. He repeated the words of the angels, "Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city." But he seemed to them as one that mocked. They laughed at what they called his superstitious fears. His daughters were influenced by their husbands. They were well enough off where they were. They could see no evidence of danger. Everything was just as it had been. They had great possessions, and they could not believe it possible that beautiful Sodom would be destroyed.  {PP 159.3}  
     
Lot returned sorrowfully to his home and told the story of his failure. Then the angels bade him arise and take his wife and the two daughters who were yet in his house and leave the city. But Lot delayed. Though daily distressed at beholding deeds of violence, he had no true conception of the debasing and abominable iniquity practiced in that vile city. He did not realize the terrible necessity for God's judgments to put a check on sin. Some of his children clung to Sodom, and his wife refused to depart without them. The thought of leaving those whom he held dearest on earth seemed more than he could bear. It was hard to forsake his luxurious home and all the wealth acquired by the labors of his whole life, to go forth a destitute wanderer. Stupefied with sorrow, he lingered, loath to depart. But for the angels of God, they would all have perished in the ruin of Sodom. The heavenly messengers took him and his wife and daughters by the hand and led them out of the city.  {PP 160.1}  
     
Here the angels left them, and turned back to Sodom to accomplish their work of destruction. Another--He with whom Abraham had pleaded--drew near to Lot. In all the cities of the plain, even ten righteous persons had not been found; but in answer to the patriarch's prayer, the one man who feared God was snatched from destruction. The command was given with startling vehemence: "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." Hesitancy or delay now would be fatal. To cast one lingering look upon the devoted city, to tarry for one moment from regret to leave so beautiful a home, would have 
                                                                          
cost their life. The storm of divine judgment was only waiting that these poor fugitives might make their escape.  {PP 160.2}  
     
But Lot, confused and terrified, pleaded that he could not do as he was required lest some evil should overtake him and he should die. Living in that wicked city, in the midst of unbelief, his faith had grown dim. The Prince of heaven was by his side, yet he pleaded for his own life as though God, who had manifested such care and love for him, would not still preserve him. He should have trusted himself wholly to the divine Messenger, giving his will and his life into the Lord's hands without a doubt or a question. 

But like so many others, he endeavored to plan for himself: "Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: O, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live." The city here mentioned was Bela, afterward called Zoar. It was but a few miles from Sodom, and, like it, was corrupt and doomed to destruction. But Lot asked that it might be spared, urging that this was but a small request; and his desire was granted. The Lord assured him, "I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken." Oh, how great the mercy of God toward His erring creatures!  {PP 161.1}  
     
Again the solemn command was given to hasten, for the fiery storm would be delayed but little longer. But one of the fugitives ventured to cast a look backward to the doomed city, and she became a monument of God's judgment. If Lot himself had manifested no hesitancy to obey the angels' warning, but had earnestly fled toward the mountains, without one word of pleading or remonstrance, his wife also would have made her escape. The influence of his example would have saved her from the sin that sealed her doom. But his hesitancy and delay caused her to lightly regard the divine warning. 

While her body was upon the plain, her heart clung to Sodom, and she perished with it. She rebelled against God because His judgments involved her possessions and her children in the ruin. Although so greatly favored in being called out from the wicked city, she felt that she was severely dealt with, because the wealth that it had taken years to accumulate must be left to destruction. Instead of thankfully accepting deliverance, she presumptuously looked back to desire the life of those who had rejected the divine warning. Her sin showed her to be unworthy of life, for the preservation of which she felt so little gratitude.  {PP 161.2}  
 
We should beware of treating lightly God's gracious provisions for our salvation. There are Christians who say, "I do not care to be saved unless my companion and children are saved with me." They feel that heaven would not be heaven to them without the presence of those who are so dear. But have those who cherish this feeling a right conception of their own relation to God, in view of His great goodness and mercy toward them? 

Have they forgotten that they are bound by the strongest ties of love and honor and loyalty to the service of their Creator and Redeemer? The invitations of mercy are addressed to all; and because our friends reject the Saviour's pleading love, shall we also turn away? The redemption of the soul is precious. Christ has paid an infinite price for our salvation, and no one who appreciates the value of this great sacrifice or the worth of the soul will despise God's offered mercy because others choose to do so. The very fact that others are ignoring His just claims should arouse us to greater diligence, that we may honor God ourselves, and lead all whom we can influence, to accept His love.  {PP 162.1}  
     
"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar." The bright rays of the morning seemed to speak only prosperity and peace to the cities of the plain. The stir of active life began in the streets; men were going their various ways, intent on the business or the pleasures of the day. The sons-in-law of Lot were making merry at the fears and warnings of the weak-minded old man. Suddenly and unexpectedly as would be a thunder peal from an unclouded sky, the tempest broke. 

The Lord rained brimstone and fire out of heaven upon the cities and the fruitful plain; its palaces and temples, costly dwellings, gardens and vineyards, and the gay, pleasure-seeking throngs that only the night before had insulted the messengers of heaven--all were consumed. The smoke of the conflagration went up like the smoke of a great furnace. And the fair vale of Siddim became a desolation, a place never to be built up or inhabited--a witness to all generations of the certainty of God's judgments upon transgression.  {PP 162.2} 
     
The flames that consumed the cities of the plain shed their warning light down even to our time. We are taught the fearful and solemn lesson that while God's mercy bears long with the transgressor, there is a limit beyond which men may not go on in sin. When that limit is reached, then the offers of mercy are withdrawn, and the ministration of judgment begins.  {PP 162.3}  
     
The Redeemer of the world declares that there are greater sins than that for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Those who hear the gospel invitation calling sinners to repentance, and heed it not, are more guilty before God than were the dwellers in the vale of Siddim. And still greater sin is theirs who profess to know God and to keep His commandments, yet who deny Christ in their character and their daily life. In the light of the Saviour's warning, the fate of Sodom is a solemn admonition, not merely to those who are guilty of outbreaking sin, but to all who are trifling with Heaven-sent light and privileges.  {PP 165.1}  
     Said the True Witness to the church at Ephesus: "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:4, 5. 

The Saviour watches for a response to His offers of love and forgiveness, with a more tender compassion than that which moves the heart of an earthly parent to forgive a wayward, suffering son. He cries after the wanderer, "Return unto Me, and I will return unto you." Malachi 3:7. But if the erring one persistently refuses to heed the voice that calls him with pitying, tender love, he will at last be left in darkness. The heart that has long slighted God's mercy, becomes hardened in sin, and is no longer susceptible to the influence of the grace of God. 

Fearful will be the doom of that soul of whom the pleading Saviour shall finally declare, he "is joined to idols: let him alone." Hosea 4:17. It will be more tolerable in the day of judgment for the cities of the plain than for those who have known the love of Christ, and yet have turned away to choose the pleasures of a world of sin.  {PP 165.2} 
     

You who are slighting the offers of mercy, think of the long array of figures accumulating against you in the books of heaven; for there is a record kept of the impieties of nations, of families, of individuals. God may bear long while the account goes on, and calls to repentance and offers of pardon may be given; yet a time will come when the account will be full; when the soul's decision has been made; when by his own choice man's destiny has been fixed. Then the signal will be given for judgment to be executed. {PP 165.3}  



Does God Have A Limit? Part 5

God’s wrath rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah, some say it was only because of the homosexuality, that’s not the only sin that caused the wrath of God to come upon Sodom and Gomorrah, it was more than that, but homosexuality was the limit. You will find out in this study what four things caused the demise of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Ezekiel 16:49-50
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. 

"Pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness," are as deadly foes to human progress in this generation as when they led to the destruction of Sodom.  {Ed 209.3}  
     Teachers should understand these things, and should instruct their pupils in these lines. Teach the students that right living depends on right thinking, and that physical activity is essential to purity of thought. {Ed 209.4}

Idleness and riches make the heart hard that has never been oppressed by want or burdened by sorrow. The love of pleasure was fostered by wealth and leisure, and the people gave themselves up to sensual indulgence. "Behold," says the prophet, "this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 

And they were haughty, and committed abomination before Me: therefore I took them away as I saw good." Ezekiel 16:49, 50. There is nothing more desired among men than riches and leisure, and yet these gave birth to the sins that brought destruction upon the cities of the plain. Their useless, idle life made them a prey to Satan's temptations, and they defaced the image of God, and became satanic rather than divine. Idleness is the greatest curse that can fall upon man, for vice and crime follow in its train. It enfeebles the mind, perverts the understanding, and debases the soul. Satan lies in ambush, ready to destroy those who are unguarded, whose leisure gives him opportunity to insinuate himself under some attractive disguise. He is never more successful than when he comes to men in their idle hours.  {PP 156.2} 
     
In Sodom there was mirth and revelry, feasting and drunkenness. The vilest and most brutal passions were unrestrained. The people openly defied God and His law and delighted in deeds of violence. Though they had before them the example of the antediluvian world, and knew how the wrath of God had been manifested in their destruction, yet they followed the same course of wickedness.  {PP 157.1}  

Aren’t these same things going on today? Fullness of bread means over eating, we know what pride means, and idleness is not using your time wisely. Lastly we see true marriage and God’s Natural Laws have been trampled on. Marriage was instituted for a woman and a man, blessed and sanctioned by God.

Then marriage and the Sabbath had their origin, twin institutions for the glory of God in the benefit of humanity. Then, as the Creator joined the hands of the holy pair in wedlock, saying, A man shall "leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one," He enunciated the law of marriage for all the children of Adam to the close of time. That which the eternal Father Himself had pronounced good was the law of highest blessing and development for man.  {AH 340.4}  

God’s wrath is coming to a limit. Jesus warns us of the signs of His soon coming in the Matthew 24. So my question to everyone is why do we linger like Lot and his family when the angels told them about the soon coming destruction? God is calling us out of Babylon today which is the world, where every uncouth thing is being done. God’s true marriage is trampled on, His holy Sabbath disregarded, parents killing their kids, kids killing their parents. Kids are being molested by their parents, kids are raping their parents. People are killing one another for senseless reasons, crime is on the rise, there is no peace and safety like politicians are telling us, Why are we eating the way we do? There are TV shows promoting gluttony, which is iniquity, and shows promoting fornication, stealing, cheating, gossip and the breaking of all of God’s 10 Commandments. We need to wake up people and heed the The Three Angels Message. 

Revelation 14:6-12
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 

Q. How do we escape the wrath of God?
A. OBEDIENCE TO GOD & His Law (10 Commandments) 

John 14:15
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

Psalms 119:142
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 

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

Revelation 22:14
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


Old & New Covenant Explained Part 1
 
Q. What does covenant mean? 

A. COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]
1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.
2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.
3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man's perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.
The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.
The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.
4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.
COVENANT, v.i. To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind ones self by contract. A covenants with B to convey to him a certain estate. When the terms are expressed ti has for before the thing or price.
They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15.
Noah Websters Dictionary
 
There is debate going around about the Old and New Covenant. Some say the Old Covenant was done away with and we have a New Covenant, there is some truth in that, but that’s not entirely right.  Others say the Old and New Covenant are one in the same. Whatever may be your view, this bible study should give a clear understanding. This bible study will answer your questions if you had them about what is the Old and New Covenant, was the Old Covenant done away with, is it one in the same and the most important question; who changed it and why.
 
Let’s take a look at other covenants in the bible. Genesis 3:15 is a promise given to us that God has put in us a natural hatred for sin, and if acted upon we can gain Victory Over Sin (Jude 24, 2 Peter 1:4, 10-11, Matthew 5:48, Ephesians 5:27), because remember the Fear Of The Lord is to hate evil (Psalm 8:13). There is another covenant in the bible among many others; Genesis 9:8-17. God is telling Noah and his sons that He will not destroy the earth by a flood again. We know God is going to destroy sin forever by fire (Revelation 20:10, 15)
 
There are other covenants in the bible as well, but he specific Covenant we will discuss is God’s Moral Law (Ten Commandments).


Old & New Covenant Explained Part 2
 
The Old Covenant is the Ten Commandments written in stone with the finger of God
Exodus 31:18
18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
 
God’s Moral Law is in Exodus 20:3-17
 
God has given us His holy precepts, because He loves mankind. To shield us from the results of transgression, He reveals the principles of righteousness. The law is an expression of the thought of God; when received in Christ, it becomes our thought. It lifts us above the power of natural desires and tendencies, above temptations that lead to sin. God desires us to be happy, and He gave us the precepts of the law that in obeying them we might have joy. When at Jesus' birth the angels sang,--
 
"Glory to God in the highest,
          And on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14),
they were declaring the principles of the law which He had come to magnify and make honorable.  {DA 308.1}
 
     When the law was proclaimed from Sinai, God made known to men the holiness of His character, that by contrast they might see the sinfulness of their own. The law was given to convict them of sin, and reveal their need of a Saviour. It would do this as its principles were applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit. This work it is still to do. In the life of Christ the principles of the law are made plain; and as the Holy Spirit of God touches the heart, as the light of Christ reveals to men their need of His cleansing blood and His justifying righteousness, the law is still an agent in bringing us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul." Psalm 19:7.  {DA 308.2}
 
     "Till heaven and earth pass," said Jesus, "one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." The sun shining in the heavens, the solid earth upon which you dwell, are God's witnesses that His law is changeless and eternal. Though they may pass away, the divine precepts shall endure. "It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail." Luke 16:17. The system of types that pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God was to be abolished at His death; but the precepts of the Decalogue are as immutable as the throne of God.  {DA 308.3}
 
     Since "the law of the Lord is perfect," every variation from it must be evil. Those who disobey the commandments of God, and teach others
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to do so, are condemned by Christ. The Saviour's life of obedience maintained the claims of the law; it proved that the law could be kept in humanity, and showed the excellence of character that obedience would develop. All who obey as He did are likewise declaring that the law is "holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12. On the other hand, all who break God's commandments are sustaining Satan's claim that the law is unjust, and cannot be obeyed. Thus they second the deceptions of the great adversary, and cast dishonor upon God. They are the children of the wicked one, who was the first rebel against God's law. To admit them into heaven would again bring in the elements of discord and rebellion, and imperil the well-being of the universe. No man who willfully disregards one principle of the law shall enter the kingdom of heaven.  {DA 308.4}


Old & New Covenant Explained Part 3
 
Old Covenant (Before it was given)
God’s people agree to the covenant
 
Exodus 19:3-8
3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 
7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 
8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. 
More details in Exodus 24
 
Old & New Covenant Explained
 
Jeremiah 31:31-33
31 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: 
32 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: 
33 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. 
 
What this text is talking about is the Old Covenant was physical, what I mean is they literally had the Law of God in their possession(Exodus 25:21, Josh. 3:15-16; 4:7-18, Josh. 6:4-20, Hebrews 9:1-4) to always remember it and the Sanctuary message reveals God’s Moral Law is always binding  (Exodus 25:8-9, Psalm 77:13). The New Covenant was established so God’s Moral Law would be placed in our hearts.


Old & New Covenant Explained Part 4
 
Hebrews 9:15-28
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 
 

Though this covenant was made with Adam and renewed to Abraham, it could not be ratified until the death of Christ. It
      had existed by the promise of God since the first intimation of redemption had been given; it had been accepted by faith; yet when ratified by Christ, it is called a new covenant. The law of God was the basis of this covenant, which was simply an arrangement for bringing men again into harmony with the divine will, placing them where they could obey God's law.  {PP 370.4} 
 

The New Covenant foretold by Jeremiah and reiterated by Paul

Hebrews 8:6-13
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 
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: 
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 
 
 

 Old & New Covenant Explained Part 5

 
CONCLUSION
 
The Old Covenant was God’s Moral Law written on stone
 
Exodus 34:1-9
1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 
2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 
3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. 
4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 
8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. 
9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance. 
 
I know some might have seen Hebrews 8:13 and have said “see it says the old covenant decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away, so that means the Ten Commandments are done away wrong here is more insight into that text
 
The superior excellence of the priesthood of Christ, above that of Aaron, is shown from that covenant of grace, of which Christ was Mediator. The law not only made all subject to it, liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unable to remove that guilt, and clear the conscience from the sense and terror of it. Whereas, by the blood of Christ, a full remission of sins was provided, so that God would remember them no more. God once wrote his laws to his people, now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retain them; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to profess them, and power to put them in practice.
 
This is the foundation of the covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and with comfort. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God will make the ministration of the gospel so effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts. Oh that this promise might be fulfilled in our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers so that great numbers may believe, and be turned to the Lord! The pardon of sin will always be found to accompany the true knowledge of God. Notice the freeness of this pardon; its fulness; its fixedness. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies: unpardoned sin hinders mercy, and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings. Let us search whether we are taught by the Holy Spirit to know Christ, so as uprightly to love, fear, trust, and obey him. All worldly vanities, outward privileges, or mere notions of religion, will soon vanish away, and leave those who trust in them miserable for ever.
Matthew Henry Bible Commentary
 
The Old Covenant written on stone by God was made by the Israelites to obey God’s Law, carried in the Ark of the Covenant by the Israelites. The New Covenant (obedience to God’s Moral Laws) is now written in the hearts of men, same Old Covenant (obedience to God’s Moral Laws).
 

Genesis 6:2, 4 explained Part 1
 
Did fallen angels procreate with humans and create a superhuman race that God had to destroy in the flood? Is the book of Enoch a book written by Enoch?
 
Let’s ask the question, if angels could procreate you think God would allow HIS angels to procreate with sinful women? Another question, are fallen angels sons of God? We will discuss later in the study what is defined as sons of God.
 
Did Enoch write a book? Some believe he did. Let’s look at this quote from the Spirit Of Prophecy.
No Moral Darkness So Dense—Enoch walked with God, while of the world around him sacred history records, “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.” Enoch’s righteous life was in marked contrast with the wicked people around him. His piety, his purity, his unswerving integrity were the result of his walking with God, while the wickedness of the world was the result of their walking with the deceiver of mankind. There never has been and never will be an age when the moral darkness will be so dense as when Enoch lived a life of irreproachable righteousness (Manuscript 43, 1900).
Enoch the First Prophet—Enoch was the first prophet among mankind. He foretold by prophecy the second coming of Christ to our world, and his work at that time. His life was a specimen of Christian consistency. Holy lips alone should speak forth the words of God in denunciation and judgments. His prophecy is not found in the writings of the Old Testament. We may never find any books which relate to the works of Enoch, but Jude, a prophet of God, mentions the work of Enoch (Ibid.). S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 1, Page 1088

Genesis 6:2, 4 explained Part 2

Did fallen angels procreate with humans and create a superhuman race that God had to destroy in the flood? 

A quote from the Spirit of Prophecy

Those who honored and feared to offend God, at first felt the curse but lightly; while those who turned from God and trampled upon his authority, felt the effects of the curse more heavily, especially in stature and nobleness of form. The descendants of Seth were called the sons of God--the descendants of Cain, the sons of men. As the sons of God mingled with the sons of men, they became corrupt, and by intermarriage with them, lost, through the influence of their wives, their peculiar, holy character, and united with the 
                                                                           61
sons of Cain in their idolatry. Many cast aside the fear of God, and trampled upon his commandments. But there were a few who did righteousness, who feared and honored their Creator. Noah and his family were among the righteous few.  {3SG 60.2}  
     The wickedness of man was so great, and increased to such a fearful extent, that God repented that he had made man upon the earth; for he saw that the wickedness of man was great, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  {3SG 61.1}  

     The curse did not change at once the appearance of the earth. It was still rich in the bounty God had provided for it. There was gold and silver in abundance. The race of men then living were of very great stature, and possessed wonderful strength. The trees were vastly larger, and far surpassing in beauty and perfect proportions anything mortals can now look upon. The wood of these trees was of fine grain and hard substance--in this respect more like stone. It required much more time and labor, even of that powerful race, to prepare the timber for building, than it requires in this degenerate age to prepare trees that are now growing upon the earth, even with the present weaker strength men now possess. These trees were of great durability, and would know nothing of decay for very many years.  {3SG 61.2}  

A movement has been created from people, first thinking fallen angels procreated with humans and created a super human race and second they believe this is true because of a book they think Enoch wrote. 
Let’s examine Genesis 6:1-2,4

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 

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. 

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.

Notice there is a distinction between sons of God and daughters of men. Why doesn't the text say sons of men? The text says sons of God because sons of God mean servants of God, His followers. The descendants of Seth were considered to be the sons of God (Genesis 4:26) and the descendants of Cain were considered to be the sons and daughters of Cain. 


The mingling of the servants of God and the people that rejected God caused the wickedness of man to grow greatly.  That’s why it is mentioned in the text twice in verse 2 and 4. This is true in the bible when the sacred is mixed with the profane wickedness abounds (Isaiah 5:20-24). The children of Israel and us today have this same problem as well, and like Jesus said “as in the days of Noah so shall the coming of man be”. Man will become as corrupt as the antediluvians in the days of Noah. 


Genesis 6:2, 4 explained Part 3
 
 Did fallen angels procreate with humans and create a superhuman race that God had to destroy in the flood?

Let’s look at Job 1:6

Job 1:6
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, AND Satan came ALSO among them.
 
This scripture here answers a lot of questions about the sons of God being fallen angels.  First of all there is a distinction in the sons of God and Satan.  Satan came along with the sons of God to a meeting, where he stated the only reason Job was so faithful to God was because of the things God gave him.
 
What does it take to be a son of God?
 
Let’s let the bible interpret itself. Let’s look at John

John 1:10-12
 
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
 
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
 
12 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:
 
It takes power from God to become a son of God and you have to receive Jesus which means to obey Him. Fallen angels cannot be sons of God, because we know Satan and his evil angels have fallen from Heaven (Revelation 12:7-9) because they transgressed the Law of God and made their final decision to not choose God and chose to do their will.
Romans also tells us more about the sons of God
 
Romans 8:14-17
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 
15 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.
 
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 
In 1 John 3:1-2 John talks about the sacrifice of Jesus and the love the Father has for us that we can be called sons of God. To be called the servants of God is a Heavenly titled. Fallen angels are NEVER, EVER going to be like Jesus.
 
1 John 3:1-2
1 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.
 
2 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.
 
Sons of God are not angels in Genesis 6:2, 4. Heavenly angels wouldn't be procreating with sinful man? Why would God allow fallen angels to procreate with sinful man? The book of Enoch has so many fallacies it would take two or more pages to reveal them. One major fallacy the book of Enoch states is that angels are able to forgive sins and the list goes on. I hope this bible study has given light on the subject of who are the sons of God.



THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN Part 1
 
October 31st Halloween. The one day out of the year when kids and adults can pig out on free candy. The one time of the year when kids can go to a stranger’s house and accept treats or tricks. What makes this okay on this day? Halloween is a popular pagan holiday among the world, but why are Christians celebrating this day. Dressing up in bible characters is not changing the meaning and history of Halloween. Why do pumpkins have faces, why are people getting enjoyment out of scaring people? Find the answers to these questions and more in this in-depth study about Halloween.
 
HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
 
Celtic New Year
 
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil's birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.
 
DRUIDS
 
The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.
 
DIVINATION
 
Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.
 
SACRIFICES
 
These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death - Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.
 
8th CENTURY
 
In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.
 
THE MIDDLE AGES
 
In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic - like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.
 
CHURCH INVOLVEMENT
 
This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.
 
All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That's where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.
 
MODERN HALLOWEEN
 
Now let's look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn't the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids' practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don't comply.
 
You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.
 
At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!
 

You say, "Well, we don't take it seriously." But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

Pastor Pat Holliday




The Truth About Halloween Part 2

How this must Grieve the Lord!
 
Scriptural References:
 
Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.
 
 
 
The following was taken from the PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL on October 24, 1994 in the children's section called "Chalk Talk":
 
Vocabulary - Costume (Kas toom): The style of dress, including accessories, of a certain country, period or profession.
 
Druid (droo id): A member of a Celtic religious order in ancient Britain, Ireland and France.
 
Halloween (Halo ween): The evening of Oct. 31, which is followed by All Saints' Day.
 
Samhain (Sa man): The demonic god of death worshipped by the Druids.
 
Q. When and where did the customs that eventually evolved into Halloween begin?
 
A. Three hundred years before JESUS was born; among a group of people called the Celtics who lived throughout the British Isles, Scandinavia and western Europe.
 
Q. Who started it?
 
A. A secret society of priests and pagans called the Druids, who served the demonic god of death -- Samhain.
 
Q. How did the custom begin?
 
A. Each year on Oct. 31, the Druids celebrated the eve of the Celtic new year with the Festival of Samhain.
 
Q. What did the Druid priests do during the festival?
 
A. They would go from house to house demanding all sorts of foods to offer to Samhain. If the village people would not give them the foods, they would speak a curse over the home. History claims then that someone in the family would die within a year. This was the origin of "trick or treat."
 
Q. Where did the Jack-O-Lantern come from?
 
A. When the Druids were going house to house seeking food for Samhain, they would carry a large turnip that had been hollowed out. A face was usually carved on one side and a candle was placed inside to provide light as they walked from house to house. The Druids believed a SPIRIT inhabited the turnips and helped the Druids carry out their spells. The name of the SPIRIT eventually became JOCK.
 
Q. How did pumpkins come to be used and where did the name Jack-O-Lantern come from?
 
A. When the practice came to America in the 18th and 19th centuries, turnips weren't that prominent, so the pumpkin was substituted. JOCK became Jack, who lives in the lantern or Jack-O-Lantern.
 
Q. Where did the name Halloween come from?
 
A. During the ninth century, the pope declared Nov. 1 be called All Saints' Day and would be set aside to honor all the martyred saints of the Catholic church. Oct. 31 became the eve of All Saints' Day. The Mass said on All Saints' Day was the Allhallowmas. Over the years, the evening before All Saints' Day became known as All Hallow's Eve, All Hallowed Eve, All Hallow E'en and finally Halloween.
 
Q. Where did the tradition of dressing in costumes come from?
 
A. In Ireland, during the festival of Samhain, children would dress like IMPS and fairies to lead the ghosts and goblins out of town after the Feast of Samhain. In England, after All Saints' Day was created, children would dress in each other's clothes and go door-to-door begging for soul cakes.
 
"HALLOWEEN, TRICK OR TREAT?
 
You can call a duck a horse, cow, cat, etc., but it is still a duck. You can call what you do a "fall festival", "alleluia party", etc., but you are still observing halloween, even if you dress up as bible characters. Halloween is the highest satanic holy day of the year.
 
On October 31st, the high priest of all witch covens are required to make a human sacrifice. God condemns witches and everything to do with them. The head of the first satanic church said, "a witch is a witch", when referring to black and white witchcraft. All their power comes from the devil.
 
People think it's funny to scare people to "death". II TIMOTHY 1:7 says, "For God has not given to us the spirit of fear...". So guess who is scaring you?
 
Tell your children the truth about halloween. Revelation 21:8 says liars won't make it to heaven. Then, parents, you will be doing your job as the high priest of the family like you are suppose to be. If you open your doors to pass out tracts, you are still observing halloween. Why don't you pass them out another time?
 

Stop being worldly, Christians."

Pastor Pat Holliday





The Truth About Halloween Part 3

Spirit of Halloween
"For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft," 1 Sam. 15:23,
WITCHCRAFT - SATANISM
Witches are for Halloween or for superstitious primitives in seventeenth century Salem. That seems to be the "modern" outlook sophisticated skepticism and a knowing smile when it comes to witchcraft.
And yet Time's recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of "the other side," from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus "witches and warlocks" . . . And occasionally the headlines shatter our complacency with the terror of Manson-style violence.
Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States. This issue is becoming debatable inside of Christian circles because of the rise of the occult in America.
Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.
Children are in costumes and masks with Halloween pumpkins of 'Jack O' Lanterns' name for (Will Wisps) an ancient symbol of a damned soul, too long considered harmless fun, and innocent pranks.
Halloween is celebrated masquerading as Church fund-raising bazaars decorated with black cats and witches; skeletons, scarecrows, haunted houses, bats, vampires and dummies in coffins. It should not be integrated with the holiness of the scared house of God. It's wicked and brings curses, (Deut. 11-36, 28.)
Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and 'trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a "middle" approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as "Bible characters" instead of demonic and occult figures.
Some Churches are now seeing the influence of its fruit. One cannot deny the occult-metaphysical nature of Halloween is not in line with the Christian in character. Despite this clear contrast, Christians defend their complicity in the holiday asserting their "liberty" in Christ from the bondages of "legalism," declaring it is only innocent fun! God never gave us liberty to engage ourselves in evil!
"Learn not the way of the heathen . . . for the customs of the people are vain," (Jeremiah 10:2-3).
"And what concord hath Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate," (II Corinthians 6:15-17).
THE SPIRIT WORLD
The Bible clearly teaches that there is both a natural, material world as well as an invisible and spiritual world. The domain of physical human beings is the physical world, whereas the "heavenlies" are people or occupied by spirit beings. Among these spirit beings there are two classes, the good and the evil.
In the Scriptures, both holy and unholy spirit beings are designated as angels (Revelation 12:7). Unusually the unholy angels are referred to as demons, translated in the King James Version as devils.
They are called seraphim, cherubim, angels, principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, (Ephesians 6:12), thrones, dominions (Colossians 1:16), fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4), spirits in prison (I Peter 3:18-20), demons, seducing spirits (I Timothy 4:1).
There are an "innumerable company of angels", (Hebrews 12:22). They are referred to as "mighty angels" but they are not almighty (2 Thessalonians 1:7). One angel destroyed 185,000 of the Assyrian army in a night (2 Kings 19:35),. One angel rolled away the stone from the tomb of Jesus and one angel will bind Satan and cast him into the "bottomless pit". They are glorious beings according to Luke 9:26 and they seem to posses great knowledge but they are not omniscient -- all know. The angels are "all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister (serve) for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:13-14). They are also responsible for 'taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ' (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).
The chief of the fallen angels is an archangel who has at least forty names given in Scripture. Some are proper names, others are descriptive. For example, in Revelation 12:10 he is called the "accuser of the brethren". He is called "that old Serpent", (Revelation 20:2), indicating his guile, Lucifer, "Son of the Morning", (Isaiah 14:12), his title when he fell. Devil means "accuser or slanderer", and it is of Greek origin (Revelation 12:9). Satan means "adversary or resister", and is of Hebrew origin; "Apollon", means "destroyer", the term " Dragon". speaks of his power. He is also called "Prince of devils." (Matthew 9:34), "Prince of this world", (John 12:31), "Belial", is implied to be his title in II Corinthians 6:15. In II Kings 1: 2, 6, 16, he is referred to as "Beelzebub", implying a prince of demons. As Dr. Lewis S. Chafer says, "In power, prominence and importance, Satan appears in the Bible second only to the Trinity."
Two of his most powerful names are:
" The prince of the power of the air", (Ephesians 2:2) and " the god of this world", (age) (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan's origin is shrouded in mystery. There are two passages of Scripture to explain his origin. Ezekiel 28:11-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17.
The Bible warns: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour," (I Peter 5:8).
He is after you, your family and your children!
Pastor Pat Holliday