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WHO IS GRAFTED INTO WHOSE VINE ANYWAY?
In Romans 11:11–24 Paul compares Israel to the natural branches of a cultivated olive tree and the Gentile believers to the branches of a wild olive tree. The natural branches (Israel) were broken off, and the wild branches (Gentiles) were grafted in (verse 17). The Gentiles, then, have been made partakers of the promises and inherit the blessings of God’s salvation.
It is important to understand how God called Israel to be His people and how they failed to fulfill that calling. As the seed of Abraham, the children of Israel were chosen by God to be a separate people, holy to the Lord. God’s design was for them to be a light to the Gentiles so that they, too, might know God (Genesis 18:17–19; Isaiah 42, 49). Instead, the Israelites chased foreign gods and betrayed their calling (Ezekiel 23; Hosea 11). But God, who knew they would do this, had already promised to restore His kingdom to Israel after they rebelled and then eventually repented (Deuteronomy 30:1–10). So God sent His Son, preceded by a forerunner, to invite Israel to “repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).
However, when Jesus revealed Himself as the promised Davidic King who would restore Israel (Matthew 11—12; Acts 3:19–22), He was rejected by the Jews, exactly as Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 52—53). Jesus therefore called His disciples to fulfill Abraham’s commission to bless the nations (Genesis 12:2–3) by preaching the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations until the end of the world. (Matthew 28:18–20). Paul thus preached the gospel of the Kingdom to the Jews and was repeatedly rejected (Acts 13—28); in consequence, Paul brought the good news to the Gentiles, who in turn became Abraham’s spiritual seed by faith and heirs of the promises to Abraham and his seed (Galatians 3—4). This is what Paul meant in Romans 11 by the Gentiles being “grafted” into the “olive tree” and nourished by the “root” (the promises to Abraham). The Olive Tree thus signifies the collective people of God; both jews and gentiles now know as Israel.The “wild branches” grafted in are Gentile believers; the “natural branches” that are cut off, temporaraly until the fulness of the gentiles come in, are the Jews in unbelief. Jewish believers remain in the tree but are joined with Gentiles and “grafted” into Israel “the body,” the Church (Ephesians 2:11–22).
Paul anticipated a question that would surely arise among his Gentile readers: “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?” (Romans 11:1)—Gentile believers would be tempted to dismiss Israel because it appeared they would never recover. Even today, there are those who advocate supersessionism or replacement theology, which holds that the Church has completely replaced Israel and will inherit the promises to be fulfilled only in a spiritual sense. In other words, according to this view, ethnic Israel is forever excluded from the promises—the Jews will not literally inherit the Promised Land. What then would happen to Israel? What about the Old Testament prophecies that Israel as a nation would repent and be re-gathered to the land in the last days as a permanent possession (Deuteronomy 30:1–10)?
Romans 11 thus conclusively shows Gentile believers that God is not yet “done” with Israel, who has only temporarily lost the privilege of representing God as His people. Since “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” (11:29), “all Israel will be saved” in order to fulfill God’s covenant with ethnic Israel (11:25–28), including the promise of land inheritance (Deuteronomy 30:1–10).
While the “natural branches” were cut off because Israel failed, God’s purposes are not complete until Israel is also grafted back into the people of God to share in the promises to Abraham and his seed. This brings full circle God’s larger redemptive plan (Romans 11:30–36) for both Jews and Gentiles as distinct populations within the people of God in the Davidic (or Millennial) Kingdom. Indeed, the prophets saw this Kingdom as the “final form” of the olive tree, so that Israel—reversing roles—would then bless the Gentiles, enabling them to join the people of God (see Zechariah 8:13, 20–23).
John 8:32 and 1st Kings 18:21
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CATHOLIC/ PROTESTANT COMMUNION -vs- CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL PASSOVER
I’m tackling a topic here that could make some people mad. I want to tread lightly. I understand that I am critiquing and attempting to undermine a strong tradition in Protestant Christianity. I know that the people who keep this tradition are often deeply passionate about it. I know that the regular practice of this tradition honors the God of Israel and keeps the sacrifice of Messiah central in churches. I applaud the intent and fruits of this tradition. I will even admit that, in worshipping with churches, I often partake of it myself. And I forget about differences and disagreements and I genuinely worship nearly every time I do.
But I must critique the tradition of the communion service, a.k.a. the Lord’s Supper. You know what I mean, the thimble of Welch’s and the microscopic wafer of unleavened bread. I read the story of Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, who partook of his first communion in a Baptist church. He asked what communion was. They said, “It is a little like your Passover service.” So that Sunday morning he skipped breakfast to save room. He came looking forward to Gefilte Fish, Brisket, Carrot Tzimmes, and the whole schmear, only to be crestfallen with the appearance of the thimble of Welch’s and the tiny wafer. “Just like Gentiles,” he thought.
Here is my big question: where does Yeshua ever say we are to drink a little juice and eat a tiny piece of bread in remembrance of him?
Here is the fantasy version: Yeshua and his disciples sat on the same side of the table posing as DaVinci painted his famous picture. Meanwhile, Yeshua was reciting the words of institution right out of his pocket New Testament. He took out tiny clear cups made of plastic the size of a thimble. He broke out a metal dish with perfectly round wafers from the Christian bookstore. His deacons came to the front and received the dish and cups from him. The organist played as they passed out the juice and wafers. After eating, they all sang “Blest Be the Ties That Bind.”
That, of course, is not at all what happened.
Here is the real version: Yeshua and his disciples enjoyed a Passover Seder the night before he was killed. They followed an older, simpler version of the same Passover Seder celebrated today in Jewish homes. After the meal, Yeshua broke one of the main symbols of the Seder, a piece of unleavened bread. He asked them to eat it and said it was his body. He led them in drinking the third cup (after the meal) which probably already represented redemption. He said, “do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:25). The “whenever you drink it” part has an obvious meaning: whenever you drink the third cup of Passover (not whenever you invent a new ceremony of drinking a thimble of juice).
Therefore, it is our practice, and that of many Messianic Jewish congregations, to remember the body and blood of our Messiah at the Passover. We do not have weekly, monthly, or quarterly communion services.
What is the origin of the Protestant communion service? Simple: the Catholic eucharist. It is simply a eucharistic sacrament scaled down to a non-sacramental remembrance. Sometimes the practices of Protestantism owe more to the Catholic tradition that preceded them than to the Bible. I do not mean to make light of Catholicism either, but simply to point out that traditions carry over into Protestantism with minor changes. I would assert that much of Catholic tradition is of questionable origin, created in the crucible of a pagan world being Christianized. The magical elements of pagan worship are often baptized and incorporated into Catholic tradition in ways that sit wrongly in my kishkes.
So, are you keeping the intent of Yeshua when you celebrate a communion service? Can your church handle a change back to biblical intention? I don’t want to get anyone fired from a pastorate or split any churches, but what can be done? I hope someday soon, before Yeshua comes, more churches will make Passover an annual tradition and remember the body and blood of Messiah on the third cup.
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United States of Rome
This isn’t no peace train
Christian greetings, in these last days of life on earth. Some may call those of us that preach such things conspiracy theorists; some may just call us nuts. But have you ever noticed those that make such claims are the very ones that believe a 767 actually hit the Pentagon and left no debris, carnage or damage to the lawn? For those that believe the lies, even though overwhelming evidence has been stacked up against them, this newsletter will not affect you. Sadly, in such a heart as this, lies is what eventually becomes their truth. However, for those that see the truth for what it is, isn’t it a great adventure to be able to see the forest for the trees?
I believe the Vatican was involved right at the creation of the United States Government for the sole purpose of future global domination. Can such a statement be proven, or at least given a chance at discovery? Let’s look at the facts shall we?
As we already know, prophecy details who will be “running things” in the last days…
Revelation 13:1-2, 11,12 "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, ... and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast..."
This unholy “trinity” is of course well known among students of prophecy.
1. The Dragon (Satan)
2. The beast rising from the sea (Vatican)
3. The beast rising from the earth (USA)
Common sense grants us the reality of truth quite easily here. Since the Word of God declares the USA will help the Vatican, the enemy of God’s children would naturally make plans to that end. As foolish as it may seem for the devil to do something so transparent, we cannot deny prophetic fact. His foresight is not something mortal man can comprehend. This is why prophecy is set before us in such pictographic manner. A picture is worth a thousand words to those that know the language.
Only those that TRULY want to know the truth will investigate what those pictures in prophecy proclaim. That is the key by which prophetic knowledge is granted. The Lord will only give understanding to those that seek it for righteous reasons. That way, only those that love the Lord can understand the Lord. In short, those that claim the Bible contradicts itself or is nothing more than gibberish believe it to be as such merely because they cannot define the symbols in prophecy. Most fear admitting they simply don't know because their vanity proclaims it makes them look bad. That vital key to understanding is missing, so they will naturally become ignorant of the truth without ever realizing it. Their “thirst” for truth is nonexistent, and therefore their gift of knowledge is held back. They honestly have no clue.
1 Corinthians 2:14, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
With that said, is there evidence to support the fact that Rome has been covertly involved in the USA all along as prophecy stated they would be?
Starting with the basics, have you ever noticed all the Latin terminology on American soil? It’s literally built into the fabric of our existence today. Latin terminology is used for naming medical symptoms or drugs. It’s used in public education. Latin terms run rampant through the law of the land. Colleagues and especially frat houses use its symbolism for all sorts of reasons. Certifications of all sorts from law degrees to a PHD are riddled with the Latin terms. Even everyday conversation finds the use of Latin unavoidable. Rock musicians use Latin in their music as well as their satanic imagery. Truth is, this is a “bona fide” fact of life in the USA today. By the way, even the term “bona fide” is a Latin term! Ergo (also Latin) let’s move on.
The architectural style of all government buildings of the USA are of Roman Catholic design. Of this there is no doubt. Notice the Pantheon on the left built between 118-135AD by the Romans for the sole purpose of worshipping Pagan gods. Notice the dome? The Roman columns? The phallic spire? Remind you of anything you see here in America?
On the right we see the Pagan dome atop this nations Capital building. And below we see even more Pagan styles on both the Supreme Court and U.S. Bank buildings. Is all this mere coincidence?
As you enter this nations Capitol building you see the Pagan god Mars enshrined in all his glory! We have been taught since day one that this was a Christian nation at birth, yet all around us we see buildings built in its infancy that declare no such thing! Christians may have started this nation, yes. But the Catholic church took it when the Government was forming. Again, I ask is all this Roman architecture mere happenstance?
It’s not just the Federal buildings either. Have you been to your county seat lately? If this is all just a coincidence, then why are there literally hundreds of county offices with Roman architecture throughout the nation? What of the capital buildings for each state? Notice the picture on the left of the Illinois State Capital building. Is that not Roman Catholic in design as well?
Some will say this was a “Protestant” nation if nothing else in its infancy. But when you look at all the buildings in the federal and local level sporting what appears to be spin offs of the Vatican itself, I wonder who started such a rumor? It's obvious why.
Do you recall the old silver dimes we used to use back in the 1960’s? Were you aware that was the Pagan god “Mercury” on that coin? Take a look at the two pictures…
The coin of the left is of course the discontinued American dime. That coin on the right is the ancient Pagan Denarius. Notice the SAME Pagan god “Mercury” on it? It’s not just the coins either. Take a look at the back of your dollar bill. Notice the pyramid with the eye in it with the solar blaze behind it? (below center). That happens to be the “eye of Horus” or eye of Satan as it is formally known. The Roman Catholic Bishop on the left stands before the same symbol as he “officiates” in a Catholic mass. And the image on the right is from a Roman Catholic Monastery in Greece. Imagine that! The eye of Satan watching over the Roman priests.
INTERESTING FACTS TO PONDER
• Rome in the 1st century ran things from "Capitaline hill"
• Wash DC today runs things from "Capital Hill"
Both had "domes" on their buildings. The word "Dome" comes from "domas" which is used in words like dominate, domineering, domesticate... etc Domas also "means" the "presence of God" or "presence of the Divine" You can now find domes on on all state capital buidlings, as well as many churches and schools. Captial hill dome is an exact duplicate of the Vatican dome
To give you an idea of just how evil this symbol is. Notice this picture (on left) of Aleister Crowley, who was dubbed “the wickedest man alive” before his death in 1947. He is wearing upon his head the “eye of Horus” as a sign of Satanic worship and acceptance. This man, a proclaimed 33 degree Mason was reported to have single-handedly been responsible for the birth of Satanism into modern American civilization. He spawned more disciples to Satan than any other man alive to date. He was a self-proclaimed “Magus” in the Pagan church for many years as well. His anti-social values and legendary rebellion towards authority catapulted him as an icon which in turn generated “hero worship” by many young people, especially rock musicians of the 60’s and 70’s. This man’s symbol for Satan’s “watchful eye” has always been a major symbol in Catholicism from its infancy. So much so that they insisted upon its appearance upon the American dollar!
The military protecting our sons and daughters reflect this Roman beast’s Pagan gods as well it seems. Notice the medals pictured below that are handed out by this Vatican controlled American governing force.
Besides the obvious Satanic Pentagrams (upside down star) one can see images of Pagan gods all over them. And yes, that statue in New York harbor is of the Pagan goddess “Liberty!” (Now, let’s look at the churches of today. All of them sport the vulgar steeples, the solar wheels, Celtic crosses, phallic windows and other Catholic images. The Southern Baptist church (left) for example has claimed all along to have sidestepped Rome’s infiltration from day one. I can recall years ago when I frequented Baptist churches in my adventures seeking the true church how they would speak of their denominations birth process. This church quite boldly proclaims they were never affected by Rome in any way shape or form. They even had a small booklet called “the trail of blood” that seemed to validate their Roman avoidance. Yet they too display the steeples, stained glass windows, solar wheels, phallic window styles, and gothic format in almost all their churches. Their doctrinal stand is also an echo of Catholic Paganism with their state of the dead doctrines to prophetic definitions. Even their traditions have been adopted from Rome. They embrace everything from Easter Sunrise services, to Sunday keeping itself. ALL of this is strictly from Roman Catholicism.
No church is safe from the infiltration of this beast because sin always comes off as the attractive and more convenient method by which to worship the God that never changed. Even the Seventh-day Adventist church itself (right), which once was the most vocal church on earth exposing Roman Catholicism. It too has fallen to temptation and is now known to embrace all that Rome has to offer. Notice the huge phallic tower, and the Roman Catholic shaped Miter of Dagon the fish god in the doorway of the Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist church. I have never been inside the church, but one can imagine how bad it is when they have such a grand display out front. You would be literally shocked if you ever saw what the leaders of this church have actually put in writing over just the last few decades alone!
Rome has even clawed her way into the educational system of this nation. Ignoring for a moment the obvious Roman architecture of all major Universities today, one can see the very same philosophy of Roman Catholicism running rampant through the halls of higher education. From evolution being taught as scientific fact, echoing John Paul II's statements in 1998, to the stealthy suggestion of Roman Catholic doctrines being taught throughout.
Looking at the grade schools and high schools we now see we have to deal with the altered historic records designed to hide the truth about why people came to this nation in the first place. It wasn’t British taxation that forced this nation’s birth. It was clearly recorded many times over that people being cut in half, buried alive, and burned alive by Roman Catholic priests caused thousands to brave the dangerous high seas for a better land not yet affected by Roman rule. People don’t risk life and limb for a few dollars per year being wrenched from their hands. Revolutions are the end result of such acts. Only certain death would force entire families to leave their homes for uncharted lands! Want proof? Look at the insane taxation in the USA today. Has this caused a mass exodus? Over 60% of your income is taxed now! Yet they want us to believe a tax rate of around 2.5% forced people to leave Britain? No wonder this is called “higher” education. You literally need to be high on drugs to fall for it.
Look at your calendars! The days of the week are named after Roman gods. Who are in turn named after the planets. Who are in fact named after Pagan gods. Wow! Vicious circle eh?
Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
English Day Name Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Anglo-Saxon Day Name Sunnan daeg
(Sun god) Monan daeg
(goddess of moon) Tiwes daeg
(Tyr / Mars) Wodens daeg
(Odin / Mercury) Thurs daeg
(For Thor / Jove) Frige daeg Satern daeg
Products you buy in the local market have Roman inspired names or symbolism all over them. Yes, all roads truly do lead to Rome! The prophecy is plain! ALL the world wonders after this beast! Not just the churches and government agencies, but ALL the world wonders after this beast!
When you look at how the USA is running around the planet playing the part of global policeman, as well as passing strange laws right here in the states, it kind of makes you wonder if this too is a fingerprint of mother Rome. As most are aware, Hitler himself was a Catholic. But that’s truly neither hear nor there when it comes to what he did in his day. The fact of the matter is, HITLER IS DEAD is he not? Yet, when you look around at today’s laws in the USA as well as the media control, homeland, or should I say, ROME-Land security, and FEMA prison camps cropping up all over the nation you begin to realize that Hitler wasn’t really the problem back then at all. If it was Hitler that masterminded all those unjust rules and regs, then why is it covertly happening today long after his death with absolute replication? Simple, Hitler was merely a puppet of ROME! No other explanation is plausible here! Common sense can now prevail! We know just by breathing that Rome has their hand in all things great and small today simply because it is the prophecied beast. Only a fallen angel with a longer lifespan and an intelligence that far outweighs that of man could mastermind such a conglomeration as this! But, I’m a conspiracy theorist eh? Hitler and Rome? Am I kidding? Can I PROVE IT?
Without pasting all the photos I already have online in my “Hitler & RCC” page, let us instead look inside Rome’s walls to see if my claims can be verified. Before doing so, what was Hitler flag? A swastika right? Now when you adopt a symbol for a flag you do something with graphic purpose as well as permanence do you not? You don’t just haphazardly go about such a task as this. Even the USA took their time in selecting the stars and stripes. So a flag is something that means a great deal to a nation. However, what if that nation is being controlled by another? Then something important to the controlling nation would find its way upon that flag! The FACT the swastika was FIRST inside the Vatican as well as displayed within their Cathedrals long before it was on Hitler’s flag, PROVES the Vatican was the controlling entity here! In fact, they are being SUED AS WE SPEAK for what they did in this war. Hitler’s flag was nothing more then the Vatican’s way of declaring their controlling involvement in all he was instructed to do. Why else did he have so many meetings with the pope of his day and all those bishops and cardinals?
Interlocking swastika design in pavement of “Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens” in France. (Official name is The Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Amiens” Wikipedia Encyclopedia states in writing that Amiens Cathedral is famous for having altered Swastika symbols on its floors
The church (Cathedral of our Lady of Amiens) was rebuilt after a fire in 1218AD by Roman Catholic Bishop Evrard de Fouilloy. (Robert called of Luzarches) Re-building of this church was of course LONG before Hitler was born! Seeing how the swastika was found first on Roman Catholic churches, is it not plausible that Hitler was instructed by the Church of Rome to use such a symbol? I find it hard to believe that Hitler chose this as his symbol merely because he saw it etched in an Etruscan fibula (a crescent shaped pin) inside the Vatican itself one day. A man such as Hitler does not base his “flag” on a mere bobble. The etching of the swastika on that ornament speaks much bolder then the jewelry it graces! It was Rome’s symbol first! It is Rome's symbol today!
As this Newsletter was being researched I found something rather peculiar that you may find interesting. We already know Rome controls this nation. However, where you also aware that the U.S. Military has decided to grace us with the Roman Catholic swastika in a most grandiose format? Like the aerial pictures of the White House, Pentagon, and U.S. Capital showing their satanic symbolism. Symbolism that can ONLY be seen from above by the way. We now see the following images using Google Earth. Just across the bay from San Diego lies the United States Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. Do you see anything strange about the shape of that military building? They only do these "overhead" symbols for Satan. Fact is, unless you happen to be flying way overhead and actually looking down at that very moment, no man on earth would ever realize the building is built this way. Another fact is, this is restricted air space. So no man is going to see this! PLUS, even if a commercial flight did fly overhead, they would be too high up for anyone to catch this. When I copied this picture using the "Google Earth" software I had to zoom in to just under 1200 feet to get a clear enough picture. When I zoomed to 30,000 feet where most airplanes fly it was impossible to find.
(Copy and paste -> 32 40'34.09" N, 117 09'27.96 W into Google Earth to see for yourself)
Strange factoid #1: Where you aware that on the eve of Hitler's 116th birth anniversary, the College of Cardinals, headed by none other then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger himself, elected Ratzinger to be the next pope of Rome. This is all despite the fact that he was a member of Hitler Youth as well as an anti-aircraft gunner for Nazi Germany during their heyday. Ratzinger was also a war prisoner of the Allies that eventually defeated Hitler! By the way, Ratzinger is GERMAN to boot!
Strange factoid #2: Wilhem II, Emperor of Germany said, "The Pope said to me...that Germany must become the sword of the Catholic Church.”
That’s right! Hitler was the first to use the term “New Order” which has now been changed slightly to “New World Order.” Who started using the term AFTER Hitler? First the Pope’s of Rome, then George Bush senior, and now George W. Bush. By the way, those are Roman Catholic prelates he is smiling with. Notice the Maltese cross on the prelate shaking his hand? That was also a favorite of Hitler's Nazis. Looking at how the USA emulates Hitler’s patriotic marketing, dishonest politics, and covert martial law agenda to the letter, one can easily see that the Roman puppet master is still in control.
Even the KKK can thank Roman Catholic symbolism for their hooded robes of old. Notice the Roman Catholic priests “dressed to kill” in a Vatican ceremony below.
No too long ago I received an article from a subscriber that detailed how the American government is selling our Country out from under us. The article was of course sparked by the Bush administration’s desire to sell 6 U.S. sea ports to United Arab Emirates. Problem with that fact is, most people are unaware that the Washington Times reported not too long ago that as a nation we have 3200 sea ports which are already 80% owned and operated by foreign countries. The only reason people got their blood up about the recently reported 6 sea ports is because of their Arab shoppers. Fact is, the American government sold us out a LONG time ago and all the lazy watchmen blessed them greatly with the go ahead with their complacency. This is no different than the Clinton administration when it shut the national parks down for a few days “claiming” a national emergency. When in fact it was done so they could post new blue signs on all National Parks that read, “Property of the United Nations." Why would they sell those lands out from under us? Common sense. It allows more control over the land that could in fact become a refuge for modern day Wesleyans when, Rome's mark, (sunday worship) is enforced.
The Vatican itself is the first and only "global" governmental structure today. It has agreements to their desires in 174 nations at present, and those that refuse to bow to Rome end up in war with the USA. Prophecy clearly states the USA will give power unto the Vatican whenever it is needed. These 6 ports are merely long range palm greasing, rest assured.
Satan knows the people on the earth are mostly in his camp at present, so a few wicked movements of politicians and big government won't concern the complacent couch potatoes much. The ones it does alarm are so small in number that he figures they could only generate little if any opposition in Washington or any other government entity. (He of course fails to realize we have a God) So why not go for the odds on favorite
The USA with all its Roman laws, Latin terms, Vatican inspired churches, money inscribed with Catholic symbolism, Catholic controlled Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court is finally spilling its wolverine undercoat into reality. The USA was created by the beast in Rome so as to have a long range supply of tools to get their global aspirations realized.
The Vatican has all along been a multicultural church / nation. Is it any wonder the USA is also multicultural? You can find catholic churches in absolutely every single nation on earth now. So it's only natural that an exact copy of its structure would echo in this land seeing how they run all aspects of its government anyway. Prophecy did say the USA would create an image of the beast, and now we see that it's happening on EVERY aspect of reality. Truth is, I don't see the USA as "selling out" at all with these 6 ports. I see the Vatican simply setting up shop from across the ocean a little more "out in the open" now then in the recent past. Rome has pushed its ecumenical movement far longer with big government then it has with the churches. That's why a LOT more sea ports are in the hands of other nations then we all first realized. The Arabian sales were just the catalyst that got a few eyes to open is all. And guess what? It’s been a few weeks so… all is forgotten. Ahhh yes, the blessings of MSG and cable TV! What a combo meal!
When you understand prophecy and see the facts as they are laid out before you, you can’t help but to see the one world government is already set up. All they are waiting for is the final go ahead in Rome. Before doing so of course, certain nations need to comply or be forced to comply so they can assure they have their money making commodity in the bank as it were. They don’t want a repeat of what happened with Hitler.
The Roman Catholic Vatican is the only nation on earth that was designed from day one as a GLOBAL entity. The word “Catholicism” is a Latin term meaning UNIVERSAL. It is obvious that by naming this denomination thusly, they planned from day one for global dominance. But then, those of us that study prophecy already knew that.
What amazes me is how most people missed the obvious. The Vatican is a puny nation. They don’t even have a military. Yet, because they are setup with governing institutions, (they call them churches) in all nations now, they have both a political as well as religious stand globally. Not even a dozen superpowers can hope to match their control grid! And rightly so. Only a supernatural fallen angel straight from the pits of hell itself could set a trap like this. Man could in no way hope to even come close even if he had many nations behind him! And NO, I am not glorifying Satan by any means. This validates and confirms the prophetic Word of the very God we worship! HE TOLD US ABOUT THIS BEFORE IT HAPPENED!
Looking back for a moment we can see that yes, Rome wanted to take over back in Hitler’s day, but all her ducks were not in a row. Certain feathers were ruffled that forced them to back off and hide out for a few decades. So they infiltrated, and schmoozed their way into every church that opposed them and every government entity they could to make sure this day would come. This is why you see governing agencies like FEMA with toys like the train you saw at the top of this Newsletter. That train was designed for transporting prisoners on US soil to the many camps throughout the land. Many of these camps are only accessible by rail. That my friends are an exact duplicate of Hitler’s, or should I say Rome’s prison camp design from the start.
These rail cars can hold scores of prisoners each. Eye witness reports have come in more than once already stating they have human shackles in these cars. Do you recall the executive orders that spoke of seizing the American people for work forces under federal supervision? (E.O. #11000.) The “laws” Revelation 13 speaks of are already on the books.
By the way, I have it on good authority that Gunderson Rail Car Company received a contract by the United Nations to build over 400 more of these boxcars. And seeing how they aren’t making them fast enough. Trinity rail Group joined in the work just a few weeks after 911 to help in the manufacturing of these boxcars. With all that said, are you aware that a Halliburton subsidiary received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities." (FEMA prison camps) They are claiming it’s to curb the massive influx of immigrants to our land. Yet, at the same time the Bush administration is removing the security forces from our borders to allow for the NWO. So, who’s fooling who? They are playing with the borders to manufacture the “ok” for such detention centers, even though no immigrants are in them. If those rail cars were manufactured for reasons other than as I mentioned, and with as many as were built, one would think they would be seen by a lot more people by now. So I ask, why all the secrecy if it’s for our benefit in the first place?
One other obvious fact about Roman Catholic influence in this land of ours is the now widely publicized acceptance of torture by our governing officials. Besides the obvious atrocities even the “controlled” media can’t seem to contain, were you aware that as of January 2005 we have been testing torture on what the government calls “Christians” at Oxford University! Torture was invented FIRST by Rome! And the Roman Catholic priests used it to kill over 500 million people! So.. is it any wonder they are “testing” it again? And does it have anything to do with the fact John Paul II reinstated the office of Inquisition back in 1991? Why set up such an office if there is no use for it?
And now this…
Vatican changes heart over Crusades - again
Reopens debate on war for 'noble aim' of regaining Holy Land for Christianity
Posted: March 25, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Despite a 2000 request for "pardon," widely interpreted as an apology to Muslims for the Crusades, by the late Pope John Paul II, the Vatican reopened the debate last week with a conference that characterized the wars fought centuries ago as defensive measures taken with the noble aim of regaining the Holy Land for Christianity, according to the London Times.
The conference, held at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, brought together scholars from around the world who were anything but apologetic for the series of wars fought by European Christendom over 750 years ago.
…While agreeing the Crusaders were sometimes undisciplined and committed acts of cruelty, it was true of the Muslims and troops, even now, in "all ideological wars." The worst excesses of the Crusaders, Riley-Smith said, were generally reserved for the Orthodox and heretics. Those who seek forgiveness for the Crusades, he said, "do not know their history."
"Westerners should not be embarrassed by the Crusades," Spencer concluded. "It's time to say, 'enough,' and teach our children to take pride in their own heritage. They should know that they have a culture and a history of which they can and should be grateful; that they are not the children and grandchildren of oppressors and villains; and that their homes and families are worth defending against those who want to take them away, and are willing to kill to do so."
This article is nothing more than a pack of twisted historic facts concerning the Crusades of Rome against the Muslim nation. All I see the Vatican doing here is trying to give the Crusades a facelift so as to gain their much desired real estate. There was nothing noble about all that killing no matter how much you gild the lilly. History has already verified that the Vatican covertly created the Islamic faith so as to create a religion that would make it a holy act to run rampant across the land killing off Jews and Christians. Once they conquered Jerusalem the Vatican would step in and exact payment as was previously agreed. When the Muslim’s refused to give up Jerusalem, Rome responded with the Crusades! That is recorded historic fact. What this article is preaching is nothing more than a collection of lies designed to gain acceptance for another Vatican Holy War against those that won’t allow the Vatican its unbiblical claim to Real Estate in Jerusalem.
The stage has been set. They are proclaiming this “noble aim” that makes the Crusades appear dignified only to gain control of the "Holy Land" for themselves. They also make such “noble” claims to seed the "approval to kill" in the hearts of many around the world. Perfect timing I say, after so many have been conditioned by the entertainment industry into thinking less and less about murder now-a-days.
Whether it's a bluff to make the Muslim bow or not makes no difference. The fact they spoke of such things in a positive manner is all that's needed in the global arena. Especially today when the bulk of the human hearts are exactly as Christ said they would be in Matthew 24:37 Soon the Sabbath keeping child of God will be considered worthy of death for the same "noble" reasons. Rome has all along stated to kill for their cause was a good thing. In fact, they have put it in writing many times!
"The Catholic Church has persecuted ... when she thinks it is good to use physical force she will use it... Will the Catholic Church give bond that she will not persecute?... The Catholic Church gives no bonds for her good behavior." -Western Watchman, Dec. 24, 1908
"The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out." - Public Eccliastical, Vol. 2, p.142.
Mr. Raywood Frazier, in the booklet "Catholic Words and Actions," presents documentary proof of the intensive persecution of Protestants and non-Catholics in Columbia, South America, between 1949 and 1953. The Catholic Church had the support of the Columbian government in the destruction of many churches, and the liquidation of more than 1,000 documented cases -- some of whom were shot, drowned, or emasculated. He says there is evidence of over 60,000 killed. Pope Pius XII awarded the President of Columbia with one of the highest awards which the Church bestows, and praised Columbia for its example of the Catholic faith." (Pp. 59,60)
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We will begin to walk through the passage and you will hopefully note that a more consistant and biblical exegesis of the passage is possible and actual.
Daniel’s 70 Weeks – The Catholic Secret Rapture Gap Theory Debunked...Again.
Though the Dispensational “Gap Theory” was reviewed in a previous post, it would do us a great service if we reviewed the basic idea and spend more time discussing the problems with the view. Remember in the previous post we noted that even leading Dispensationalist argue that the Daniel 70 week prophecy is the linchpin for the Dispensational model. The primary focus and necessary component of that model in the Gap theory.
It is necessary for the Dispensationalist to make the case that there is a gap of indeterminable time between the 69th and 70th weeks. This “gap” is needed in order to create…
A Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church the Catholics invented to prevent true christians from reading the Book of Revelation that declares the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ, little horn of Daniel!
A seven year tribulation, even though Christ said 5 times it was 3 and a half years!
Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7,Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:14,, Revelation 13:5.
A rebuilt temple
The re-institution of the sacrificial system
The rise and rule of an Antichrist
A time of fulfillment of the Old Testament promises to Israel
All of the above are exclusive to the Dispensational system and the Gap theory is the necessary component that allows for these events to take place. But before examining the Dispensational gap theory let us examine the different ways the time text of this passage has been interpreted throughout the centuries
There are basically two ways to interpret the time text of the 490 years in the Daniel 9 passage. The first is called the Consecutive Theory. The second is the aforementioned “Gap Theory.” The gap theory has two viewa, one the has been promoted by reformed theologians in some circles and by some Classical Premillennialist and the Dispensational Gap theory. The first of the two gap theories is also called the Covenantal Gap Theory. We will examine the Consecutive theory first.
First though, let us examine the passage in question and look at the time text and it’s stated divisions. I will place in bold the three different divisions of time.
24 ” Seventy weeks are determined…
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
25 ” Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street[c] shall be built again, and the wall,[d]
Even in troublesome times.
26 ” And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
THE CONSECUTIVE THEORY
The consecutive theory is exactly what it sounds like. They proponents of this view argue that the natural and most literal interpretation of the 490 years is as one consecutive block of 490 years. The seven weeks and 62 weeks are consecutive by everyone’s consideration. These divisions (which will be discussed in great detail later) are more than likely the division of the time to rebuild the city and the time rebuilt the wall and the “silent” period from the end of the prophets until the ministry of Christ.
The consecutive theory argues there is no break between the the seven and the 62 and then there is no break between the 62 and the one giving us a consecutive 70 weeks with no break in time and no gaps whatsoever. This is the natural reading of the passage as the very first words of the prophecy dictate. It states there 70 weeks are decreed. There is no warrant to assume these are 70 random weeks spread out over time. These weeks are consecutive just like the 70 years of captivity that they are patterned after (see previous post).
If one uses the decree of Artaxerxes I in 457 BC as the call to rebuild the city, then the first 483 takes us to roughly 27 AD which is probably the most accurate date for the beginning of Christ’s ministry since it is now believed that Jesus was actually born in 3 or 4 BC. This leaves the ministry of Christ taking up the first half of the last week. The implications of this will be dealt with later as the purpose of thios post is to deal with the timing aspect and the Gap Theory.
The Covenantal gap argues that there is a Gap of 40 years that goes from 30 AD – the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (see above) – and concludes with the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. Yhe covenantal gap is the time period given to the Jews to repent. This would be patterned after the Ninevites were given 40 days then God’s chosen people would be given 40 years, or a Biblical generation, to repent.
This gap is inserted in order to include the events of the destruction of the Temple and the city. We will see in a later post that this is not necessary.
This is the most common gap theory. This theory postulates that with the rejection of Jesus by the Jews, the Messianic promises and the kingdom were postponed until some time in the future. This is needed so that the promises that were given to the Jews might be fulfilled and so that when Jesus does return it will be as the jews originally assumed, a warrior and king.
So as a result the church will be raptured and the tribulation description found here and in Matthew 24 will take place. It is believed that the entire 7 year time period – one week – has been pushed out of the current context and designated a future fulfillment time.
There are several problem with this theory as were discussed previously but will be reviewed here for your benefit.
There is nothing in the passage that allows for the postponement of the 70th week
There is no Biblical precedent for a gap to be placed into a prophetic passage with a time text
As discussed in the last post this does a great disservice to the proclamation of God’s Holy Word and the trustworthiness of His declarations
For a theological view that prides itself in using a literal hermeneutic it is odd that it refuses to take the time texts literally
This makes for some really long toes!
SOME REALLY LONG TOES
Daniel 2: 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
This popular prophetic passage is often used by Dispensationalist to describe the four kingdoms of the earth that stretch throughout time. Rather than having them end with the birth of God’s eternal kingdom, Dispensational argue for a “rebirth” of a kingdom when the postponed 70th week is realized. This includes the “rebirth” of the Roman Empire in our near future (European Union?). Since the 70th week includes the above mentioned nation then that nation must be reborn as well. This means that the toes “stretch out” over a very long period of time from the fall of the Roman Empire to it’s rebirth some time in our future. . Gary DeMar has described this theory jokingly (and quite accurately) as “silly putty exegesis!”
It will hopefully be clear there is no need to place a gap of any length during the 70 week prophecy. They are consecutive and without break. There is no need to take the events of the life of Christ and postpone them into some future that the author – and the Lord Himself – never intended.
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The Importance of Right Doctrine
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Doctrine in the Old Testament has the meaning of “what is received”1 or “something heard; news or announcement.”2 The idea of revealed teaching is chiefly expressed by “Tora,” which occurs 216 times and is rendered as “law.”
In the New Testament, two words are used in describing doctrine and they both mean “the act and the content of teaching.” It is used of the Pharisees’ teaching3 and several times in the Pastoral Epistles.4
It is clear from Scripture that doctrine refers to the body of teaching that is the truth claims of Christianity.5 This includes foundational principles – such as who Jesus is – and more minor principles – such as what Christians should or should not eat. Whether it is of crucial or secondary importance, all the teaching that comprises Christianity is called doctrine.
Is There Such a Thing as “Correct Doctrine”?
There are two levels to this question. First: is there such a thing as absolute truth (objective right and wrong)? Second: is Christianity a religion of absolute truth with one set of doctrine, or is it a collection of subjective philosophical advice that people can tinker and tailor with to fit their situation?
To clarify, absolute truth is that which corresponds to reality. It is the way things objectively, unequivocally are. Christianity is a religion of absolute truth because it is grounded in history. Either Jesus was born, crucified and raised or He was not. It cannot be both. Something cannot have occurred in history and yet still be “true for you but not for me.” We may not always know exactly how historical events occurred, but we can do our best to search for what truly took place. Only when we as Christians are in search of true history can we understand our faith in its entirety.
Once we see that Christianity and the Bible are historically reliable, we then need to understand God and what He has revealed to us. We must wrestle with another question: is the God of the Bible one who has a specific set of doctrines, or one who allows multiple variations of doctrine to fit each person’s need? The former is true, but the latter is more popular acceptable in culture.
Correcting Wrong Doctrine
The Bible makes clear that there is right doctrine and wrong doctrine. It is also clear that we should guard right doctrine and teach it carefully, while we are to rebuke false doctrine.6 In the Old Testament, there were God’s prophets and false prophets. When Satan tempts Jesus, he quotes Scripture, but he distorts it.7 We clearly see that there is a right way and a wrong way to use Scriptures. Jesus opposed these false teachers, no matter who they were and what their societal status may have been. Jesus modeled that He would confront anyone who taught wrong doctrine.
Most of the epistles include some sort of warning against false teachers and were sometimes written for the purpose of exhorting the readers to guard right doctrine. Even if the epistle does not include the words “false teacher” or “doctrine,” it is clear that many of the epistle writers were counteracting false teachers and their teaching.
1 Timothy 4:15-16; 1:3-7
2 Timothy 4:2-5
Titus 1:9-16; 2:1
2 Peter 2:1-3
1 Peter 3:15-18
In Galatians 2:11-21, we see how wrong thinking affects a church leader and has the potential to affect those under his influence. Paul rebukes Peter (who was with Jesus, and one of the early church leaders!) because of his bad doctrine, which was affecting him and his hearers. Specifically, Peter feared the ‘circumcision group’ (a group teaching bad doctrine) and was being influenced to believe that Gentiles needed to behave like Jews to truly be saved. Because of this, Peter did not eat with the Gentiles. When Paul “saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel” he rebuked Peter. Paul knew that if Peter started believing another gospel that this would be very detrimental to both Peter and others that he influenced.
We are to be like our Father in thought, attitude and action. That means that we cannot understand Him enough. We must commit our lives to learning about Him, being willing to change our thinking about any aspect of life. This only happens by pursuing and guarding right doctrine.
Guarding Doctrine and the Canonization of the Bible
Even though the Bible we read today was not canonized until the 4th century, God’s Truth – which was written in the letters that circulated the early Church – was strictly guarded. The New Testament documents did not become authoritative for the early Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; rather, the Church included them in its canon because it already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognizing their innate worth and apostolic authority.8 Therefore, the only thing that has changed is not that we have the complete Scripture (because we have always had the revelation of how to love God, (1st John 5:3 and John 14:15) and others) it was just that the people guarded the truth that was revealed to them up to that point.
To be sure, the formation of the Bible does not guard it from being distorted; it just solidifies what should not be distorted. It sets parameters on what should be protected. It actually gives us a specific task. Rather than guarding ‘truth’ that is indeterminate, God tells us what is true and says, “Guard it.”
Major and Secondary Issues of Doctrine
Many ask, “Can I just focus on the major issues of doctrine and not worry about the smaller stuff?” The Bible does show that there is a hierarchy of learning. However, it is never seen in Scripture that we ought to focus on more important matters and not worry about the less important. In fact, whenever the Bible shows a difference between the two, it is not to show that there is such a hierarchy, but to reveal the wrong understanding of hierarchy.
An argument could be that in this text we witness Jesus Himself say that there are some matters of the law that are more important than others. This would mean that some teachings of God are more important than others. For the reader to stop there would be exegetically irresponsible. As we read the context in addition to the affirmation of the end of v. 23, “You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former,” it is clear that Jesus’ point was not to show that there are more important teachings than others in the Scriptures, but that if you are to practice the smallest of teachings, how do you not practice the major strands of doctrine?
Jesus’ assumption in this text is twofold: first, that the professing believer understands both small and large teachings in Scripture. Second, you should not practice one and neglect the other. He never assumes that one should take credence. It would be unbiblical to say that Jesus teaches us to focus on “major” doctrines versus “minor.” As it is written; A little leven levens the whole lump! Galatians 5:9
Why Even Bother?
Even people who dearly love Jesus often say: “We can’t know everything about Scripture. How do we know who is right on what issue?” “Why even bother trying to fully understand the book of Revelation when all we need to know is that we win in the end?” “I don’t want to make my devotional time overly-intellectual.” “I would rather trust the Spirit than analyze a sermon.”
Although we are to be sympathetic to believers with such baggage, it is also our duty as to help them understand that this kind of thinking leads to people saying that God gave us Scriptures but did not mean for us to understand it. This fatalistic thinking is unbiblical.
Although we cannot know all things, we can know some things. We might get discouraged because of the complex nature of God’s Word, but to simply be hands-off is bad stewardship. We cannot allow disagreements from other denominations about a doctrine discourage us from understanding more about God and His ways.
Truth and Insight Are Not Synonymous
Be weary of teachers that interpret the Bible in a new and innovative way. Maybe you have heard someone say, “I like this or that teacher because they present the Scriptures in a way that I have never heard before” or “I am amazed at how I can get something different out of a passage each time.” The danger is not these statements themselves, but that neither of these statements asks the question, “Is what I am hearing true?” The person seems to focus more on new insight and fresh ideas than critically assessing if this is what Scripture actually teaches.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Does Knowing Too Much Hinder Your Affection for Jesus?
No, it informs your worship! Knowing more about God and His story allows us to better understand our faith and to worship Him more clearly. As God designed it to be, our mind and our heart work in sync; what we know affects how we feel. The epistles’ designs even demonstrate this. They give teaching about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, etc. (the indicative) and then instruction on how to live in light of this teaching (the imperative).
What Guarding Right Doctrine is Not
Sadly, if the pursuit of right doctrine is not done in a godly manner, it can bring about discord and idol worship. Discord occurs when people either do not rebuke with humility or do not receive correction with humility. The result is fractured relationships. Based on the dreadful experience, the rebuked person can very easily end up approaching Scripture in a skewed manner. However, when people disagree with humility, damaged relationships and skewed Bible study are not the result. Disagreements do not have to cause discord and hinder people from pursuing sound doctrine. Those who disagree in a godly manner can diverge and still have dialogue because the goal is glorifying God, and edification of the body. We need to pursue godliness and disagree with humility (without resulting in discord).
Another danger is idol worship. The Bible is clear that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.9 Paul is teaching that knowing something in itself is meaningless – or harmful – if it is not accompanied by love. The result is that the person will become boastful and not demonstrate love.
Having biblically sound doctrine allows us to maximize our capacity to worship God. Worshipping God and building up of the body are the focus; this is why Satan tries to fill us with lies about the importance of growing in this area.
Why Do People Believe it is O.K. to be Biblically Illiterate?
Satan’s job is to deceive.
We are lazy.
We do not want to offend anyone or seem arrogant. Therefore, we live our lives as practical postmodernists who say there is not absolute truth.
What are practical ways you can begin to search and guard sound doctrine?
Have you ever been told something about Scripture only to later find out that it was actually unbiblical?
2 Timothy 4:3-4
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Question: "Why is sound doctrine so important?"
Answer: Paul charges Titus, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). Such a mandate makes it obvious that sound doctrine is important. But why is it important? Does it really make a difference what we believe?
Sound doctrine is important because our faith is based on a specific message. The overall teaching of the church contains many elements, but the primary message is explicitly defined: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures [and] . . . he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This is the unambiguous good news, and it is “of first importance.” Change that message, and the basis of faith shifts from Christ to something else. Our eternal destiny depends upon hearing “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:3; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
Sound doctrine is important because the gospel is a sacred trust, and we dare not tamper with God’s communication to the world. Our duty is to deliver the message, not to change it. Jude conveys an urgency in guarding the trust: “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3; see also Philippians 1:27). To “contend” carries the idea of strenuously fighting for something, to give it everything you’ve got. The Bible includes a warning neither to add to nor subtract from God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19). Rather than alter the apostles’ doctrine, we receive what has been passed down to us and keep it “as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).
Sound doctrine is important because what we believe affects what we do. Behavior is an extension of theology, and there is a direct correlation between what we think and how we act. For example, two people stand on top of a bridge; one believes he can fly, and the other believes he cannot fly. Their next actions will be quite dissimilar. In the same way, a man who believes that there is no such thing as right and wrong will naturally behave differently from a man who believes in well-defined moral standards. In one of the Bible’s lists of sins, things like rebellion, murder, lying, and slave trading are mentioned. The list concludes with “whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-10). In other words, true teaching promotes righteousness; sin flourishes where “the sound doctrine” is opposed.
Sound doctrine is important because we must ascertain truth in a world of falsehood. “Many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). There are tares among the wheat and wolves among the flock (Matthew 13:25; Acts 20:29). The best way to distinguish truth from falsehood is to know what the truth is.
Sound doctrine is important because the end of sound doctrine is life. “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Conversely, the end of unsound doctrine is destruction. “Certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 1:4). Changing God’s message of grace is a “godless” thing to do, and the condemnation for such a deed is severe. Preaching another gospel (“which is really no gospel at all”) carries an anathema: “let him be eternally condemned!” (see Galatians 1:6-9).
Sound doctrine is important because it encourages believers. A love of God’s Word brings “great peace” (Psalm 119:165), and those “who proclaim peace . . . who proclaim salvation” are truly “beautiful” (Isaiah 52:7). A pastor “must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9).
The word of wisdom is “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28, NKJV). If we can apply this to sound doctrine, the lesson is that we must preserve it intact. May we never stray from “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
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William Tyndale invented the English word, "Passover" in 1539 as a synonym to the Jewish Feast of Unleaven Bread. In 1611 the KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE Translators as well as all others in Europe during that time period used the word Easter in Acts 12:4 meaning, "Passover".
Acts 12:4 - Passover and Easter Are One In The Same
Acts 12:4 (KJV) "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."
Acts 12:4 (NKJV) "So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover."
The presence of "Easter" in Acts 12:4 in the KJV is perhaps the best-known and most-discussed "translation error" in KJV-only discussions. Mountains of articles and commentaries have been written on this single word, whether the Greek word "pascha" should be translated as "Easter" or "Passover" in this verse. It is my goal in writing this article to not simply reiterate what is amply found elsewhere, but to provide a fresh perspective by slicing through the rhetoric and simplifying the issue by providing some brief history, clear definitions from scripture and often-ignored facts.
Early English Bibles
In the late-14th century, when Wycliffe translated the first English New Testament, the English word "Passover" did not even exist yet! In the 29 places1 "pascha" occurs in the New Testament, Wycliffe used "pask" or "paske"2 - a modified version of "pascha" (following the Latin Vulgate word "pascha" which is essentially identical to the Greek word). In Tyndale's 1535 translation, most instances appear as "ester" - the three exceptions are Matt 26:17 (which has "paschall" lamb but is called the "ester" lamb just two verses later), Mark 14:12 ("pascall" lamb and "ester" lamb in the same verse), and John 18:28 ("paschall" lamb). Tyndale translated the NT before translating the OT, and although the church in general at that time (and prior) thought of the Jewish "Passover" and the Christian "Easter" as basically synonyms, Tyndale invented a new English word "Passover" when translating the OT, since "Easter" was somewhat of an anachronism since Christ's crucifixion and resurrection hadn't occurred until the NT. After Tyndale's translation, English translations began using "Passover" more and "Easter" less although it was still common to think of them as referring to the same time. For example, the 1539 Great Bible has "Easter" 15 times, and the 1568 Bishops' Bible (of which the KJV is a revision) only has "Easter" twice (John 11:55 and here in Acts 12:4).
Side note: Luther's German Bible ("the word of God in German" according to many KJV-only supporters) has "Oster" (Easter) and related words in all places, with the exception of Heb 11:28 ("Passa"). Conversely, the Reina-Valera ("the word of God in Spanish") has "Pascua" (Passover) in all 29 places (including Acts 12:4), as well as in Luke 23:54, John 19:31 and John 19:42.
It is my position that "Easter" in Acts 12:4 in the KJV is not an error, if understood that from the early church until relatively recently "Passover" and "Easter" were basically synonyms and used interchangeably. The event referred to in Acts 12:4 is the Jewish week-long feast of unleavened bread (not the Christian commemoration of Christ's resurrection, nor a pagan festival), and to refer to it as "Easter" was common, even though it is no longer so. Where I do think that great error exists is in the KJV-only arguments as to why "Easter" is correct while "Passover" is wrong. Let's look at some of those arguments, comparing to what scripture says:
Basic Definitions vs. KJV-only Arguments
Most people know "Passover" is a Jewish feast associated with when the angel of the Lord "passed over" the houses of the captive Jews in Egypt (Exodus 12), but many people are fuzzy or confused on the details, so we'll start with a basic, Biblical definition of "Passover".
Lev 23:5-6 (KJV) "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread."
Num 28:16-17 (KJV) "And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD.  And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
2 Chron 35:17 (KJV) "And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days."
Looking at those verses, it seems pretty clear that "Passover" is the 14th, and the "Feast of Unleavened Bread" starts on the 15th and lasts for 7 days (until the 21st):
Many KJV-only authors and supporters then argue that since Passover preceeds the Feast of Unleavened Bread, then when Herod took Peter (Acts 12:3) right before or during the "days of unleavened bread", then Herod could not have been waiting for "Passover" since it was already past, and thus the correct translation cannot be "Passover" but instead must be "Easter" (and understood a pagan holiday, not the Christian commemoration of Christ's resurrection)3.
KJV-only supporters who use the above line of argumentation need to do a little more study. There are two serious flaws in their thinking. First, they have forgotten that although for non-Jews days start and end at midnight, for Jews days start and end at sundown. This is crucial! Yes, the 14th is "the Passover" because that's when the Passover Lamb is sacrificed, but it is not until later that night that the Passover Feast (the eating of the lamb) takes place - in other words, the Passover Sacrifice is at the end of the 14th while the Passover Feast is on the beginning of the 15th:
Exodus 12:8 (KJV) "And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it."
Deut 16:6b-7 (KJV) "there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.  And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents." (the sacrifice takes place as the sun is going down (the afternoon, as the day is ending), then it is roasted and eaten later in the evening (when the new day has started))
As such, we now see there are at least two days associated with "Passover" in scripture. The 14th (the "Day of Preparation") when the Passover Lamb is sacrificed, and the 15th when it is eaten. Both appear to be the same "day" to us (for we think of days as ending Midnight), but on the Jewish calendar, it is two different days: the preparation/sacrifice day and the feast day.
The black/white patter in the top row indicates time of day,
the center of the black being midnight and the center of the white being noon.
The second flaw in the above KJV-only line of argumentation flows from the first. Because of forgetting that to the Jews, a "day" starts and ends at sundown, it is erroneously believed that the feast happens on the same day as the sacrifice and thus it is then claimed that "Passover" can only refer to the 14th and cannot be applied to the entire time in general4 - for if could be shown that the entire week could also be referred to as "Passover", their arguments fall flat. Since we see from the above information that the Passover Feast happens on the 15th, and the "Feast of Unleavened Bread" is on the 15th, it becomes clear that these "two" feast are one in the same! The Passover Feast is the feast on the 15th, and starts the week-long "feast" of eating unleavened bread. Does scripture confirm this, by ever using the term "Passover" to apply to the "Feast of Unleavened Bread"? It sure does!
Eze 45:21 (KJV) "In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten."
Luke 22:1 (KJV) "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover."
We now see that "Passover" can mean only the day of the 14th, the event of sacrificing and eating spanning the 14th and 15th, or even the entire week of unleavened bread which starts with the sacrifice and meal. So when we read in Acts 12:4 that Herod captured Peter during the "days of unleavened bread" and wanted to wait until after "pascha" to deal with him (to please the Jews, by not having a man killed during the week-long holiday), we see that translating "pascha" as "Passover" is correct, and the KJV-only arguments as to why "Passover" is wrong are based on faulty premises and misunderstanding of both Scripture and the Jewish calendar.
In my main comments above, I explained why "Passover" is a correct translation "pascha" in Acts 12:4. However, I did not address the common secondary argument common in KJV-only discussions of this verse. I will briefly address it here:
"Easter comes from the ancient pagan festival of Astarte/Ishtar, and Herod as a pagan was waiting for that event."
There are several problems with this argument:
• First, the idea that Easter is derived from Astarte/Ishtar5 seems to come first- or second-hand from Alexander Hislop's 1853 book The Two Babylons. As far as I can see, Hislop repeatedly makes the assertion of the connection between Easter and Astarte, but never provides any sources for his claim6. What is entirely ironic is that Hislop is not arguing that "Easter" was associated with Astart at the time of Herod - his argument is that "Easter" was originally entirely Christian but was corrupted by the Roman Catholic Church incorporating elements of pagan religions (including Astarte) in the 5th century A.D.7, long after Herod died. Despite this alleged connection of Astarte with Easter, many scholars now think this connection is a "false etymology", meaning that it is only assumed correct because of the similar sounds between "Easter" and "Ishtar". Instead, the name "Easter" is probably derived from the Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess (post-dating Herod) of "Eostur"8 (and for those anti-Easter folk out there: even if the name has some pagan origins does not mean the Christian commemoration is therefore also pagan).
• Second, there is not a shred of evidence that Herod was waiting for any pagan festival - it is pure, unsupported speculation in an attempt to make "Passover" into a bad translation. Instead, the passage tells us that Herod took Peter because "it pleased the Jews" - I think waiting for a pagan festival would have the opposite effect, as would killing Peter during the Holy week of Passover. For that matter, so would waiting to observe the Christian commemoration of Christ's resurrection.
• Third, to the KJV translators, "Easter" was not a pagan holiday, but a Christian one. They observed Easter and many of the calendar charts in the front of a 1611 KJV are based on Easter9. If "Easter" is a pagan holiday, the KJV translators were pagan.
• Forth, the 1828 Webster's dictionary, which many KJV-only supporters claim is the dictionary to use to define words in the KJV, gives the definition of "Easter" as "A festival of the christian church observed in commemoration of our Savior's resurrection. It answers to the pascha or passover of the Hebrews, and most nations still give it this name, pascha, pask, paque."
In conclusion we see that a little research in word etymology revels the truth that both the truth seekers are correct. The meaning is of the full week Passover/ Easter because the two words were used interchangeably during that period of time IN 1611.
And the KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE is again proven to be the only true English word for word translation of the Word of God to the English speaking people around the world. It is my position that "Easter" in Acts 12:4 in the KJV is not an error.
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TRADING TRUTH for UNITY
Compromise: An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concession. A concession to something that is harmful or depreciative.
Conviction: A fixed or strong belief.
Unity: The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. Singleness of purpose or action; continuity.
The United States Constitution and has been called "a bundle of compromises". Compromise in man's relationships with each other is a necessary means of living together in an imperfect society. Concessions are made every day by all of us, and we are admonished in the word of God to make them. The Scripture instructs us in Romans 12:18
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
That means giving in to get along. So, what is all this about compromise in the church? Well, while compromise is a necessary evil that we all must live with while we live among each other, there is one person in the universe with whom we cannot compromise. God Almighty will not compromise with you or with anyone else. Real compromise is always at the expense of something one desires to do, or what one believes. In the case of Christians, there is the matter of convictions: A fixed or strong belief. We are being asked to give up convictions and to compromise for the sake of unity;
We hear among believers today the catch-phrase "doctrine divides". We will agree with that. Jesus said,
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34.
He was totally uncompromising with those of his time. It was either his way, or not at all. What a narrow minded bigot! How could anyone say
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.
He is God. His doctrine was divisive. He was uncompromising and got himself crucified for it. It is unpopular. Doctrine divides! Is then doctrine important, or should it give way to believers all getting together under the banner of "love"? Let's see what the Scripture says:
Luke 4:32 "And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power." Christ's doctrine astonished those of his day, not only because it was delivered in power, but because it was radically different than the "status quo" of the religious world.
John 7:16 "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." He stated flatly that the doctrine he preached was from above. With him there was no room to compromise. He was not interested in "getting along" with his religious contemporaries. He was interested in pleasing his Father.
1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Paul's admonition to young Timothy was to give attention to doctrine. Yes, that horrible item was an absolute essential for Timothy in his ministry.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. It is clear that in order to do God's will, it is essential to learn sound doctrine.
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. These elders were honored because they laboured in the Word and doctrine. I am sure they would be labeled Bible Believing independent Baptists now-a-days. They refused to compromise in this most important arena.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Here we discover that one of the purposes of God inspiring the Holy Scriptures was to profit us with his doctrine. It is PROFITABLE!
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. The word of God is to be preached and doctrine is its cornerstone.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Aha! Have we discovered anything yet? We live in the time spoken of. Men will not endure sound doctrine. They (get it!) HEAP to themselves teachers. How is this done? Through the medium of television. They are instructed to disregard doctrine. They are told to emphasize the things they have in common.
Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. Sound doctrine is necessary to exhort or teach.
Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: Last, but not least, there should be doctrine, and it should be "sound". Sound as in: "free from defect, decay or damage; deserving confidence, trustworthy."1
A unity based on compromising strong belief is a shallow, fragile and ungodly unity. Believers (if they are really true believers at all) are selling God out (compromise) for the sake of an unscriptural unity. In the sixties and seventies, the ecumenical movement paved the way for the present-day fountain of all compromise, the charismatic movement. Those involved may be truly born again Christians. They may be sincere. They view the divisions among Christians as an evidence of Satan's work.
They have found one "experience" they all have in common; regardless of their differing "theological positions" that unites them all. That experience is the so-called baptism of the Holy Ghost with the accompanying speaking in tongues. Once someone has "received" the "Holy Ghost" and spoken in tongues, their Christianity has been validated. No matter if they are Roman Catholic, Assembly of God, Lutheran, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, or even Mormon. All varieties of belief are now acceptable if one has had the "experience"!
This unholy alliance will eventually be responsible for damning the souls of millions, as members of the Roman Catholic Church are accepted in the "Evangelical" community as true believers. Their unscriptural doctrines and false gospel will not bring them safely home to God, but will lead them down to hell. Revelation, chapter 17 discloses a city harboring a religious system that deceives the whole world!
The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:17,18 "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." John the human author of the book of Revelation says in Revelation 18:4,5 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."
This present day church is pictured for us in Revelation 3:14. Read it carefully. "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 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: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
What is he saying? He is standing at the door of his Church, the present 20th century apostate church, and asking if there is anyone there who desires truth, holiness and godliness. If you will open the door he will come and fellowship with you in spite of the wickedness of the remainder of his saints. Will you?
Compromise is the great wickedness of the present day church. We have not written the above to pretend we are any better than anyone else. We are simply sinners saved by the grace of Almighty God, with a great desire to lead God's people out of the apostasy of these wicked times into a sweeter fellowship with Christ, based on obedience to the truths revealed in his Holy Word. I invite your response.
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“And These Three Are One”
A Case for the Authenticity of 1st John 5:7-8, Rooted in Biblical Exegesis
This exegesis is dedicated first and foremost to my Lord and Saviour Jesus, The Christ, Yeshua Hamashiach, who revealed Himself to me in His written word--perfectly preserved by God himself, (Psalm 12:7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Recognizing that, as Martin Luther once said, "The King James Holy Bible is like a lion; it does not need to be defended; just let it loose and it will defend itself," I hereby construct this defense out of genuine gratefulness for the infallible Word of God as contained in the Authorized King James Bible. Without a perfectly preserved Written Word, neither I, nor anyone would know anything of a personal relationship with the one true Living Word. Smile.
Secondly, it is dedicated to the many men, women, and children who gave their lives that I might have the The Word of God in English, a privilege which I do not take for granted. Thank-you for your sacrifice and may the Lord reward you richly in His kingdom.
Last, but not least, I dedicate this exegesis to my former seminary professor, Fred Iglesia. No biblical scholar that I have had contact with has exhibited such humility and self-sacrificing devotion toward his students. He taught that there are only three main things in life regarding true religion as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. They are; Observation, Interpretation, and Application.
The whole world may observe what is written. Then, the whole world fights over the interpretation of what is written. Then he would pause and look down for a moment, and when he looked back up at us, with a tear in his eye, he said, and that is the greatest hindrance to getting around to applying what is written. Thank you eternally. I have the highest respect for you and I pray for you Professor Fred.
AND THESE THREE ARE ONE
I John 5:7-8, commonly referred to as the Johannine Comma, has been one of the most hotly debated passages with regard to its authenticity for over a century. Because it is one of those few passages included in the Textus Receptus which has a weak attestation from Greek manuscripts, many a student has paced his study for hours struggling with the question as to whether or not the Comma is a legitimate part of the Holy Scriptures.
The hasty dismissal of this passage in most modern versions of the Bible is largely due to the fact that it is only found in eight of the five hundred Greek manuscripts that witness to the fifth chapter of I John. Consequently, it is almost unanimously regarded among modern textual critics as a later scribal emendation. The primary English translation that contains the Johannine Comma is the Authorized King James Bible which is based upon the Greek Textus Receptus. The passage reads:
7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
All modern translations (NAS, NIV, RSV, NLT, LB et. al.), on the other hand, are corrupt and based upon the Latin Vulgate Alexandrian text-type found in the Catholic, Jehovah Witness bibles including the NIV (i.e. Sinaiticus and Vaticanus). These are the same versions commonly read as: “7For there are three that testify: 8the spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”
There is only one common thread in all the modern versions that has been well documented over the years. They all attack the Deity of Jesus Christ. If there is no Trinity then Jesus was lying when he said, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.
And John 16 when Jesus said I must go, nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more. Matthew 3:16, And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
John 10:30, I and my Father are one.
It is written John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
There are currently 233 different Jesus’s out there (English versions) on the market. They all have marketing campaigns to sell their bibles to increase their revenue, not heal and save people. Anyone can make up their own version of what they believe God should have said. The ESV & NASV, with the NKJV, & NIV, & the NWT(JW's), and all others, are not in any way, by Copyright Law even close to the original. The King James Holy Bible.
Except for the AV1611, corrected spelling & brought up to date in 1769, which is the Bible we have today, all "new versions" are from two corrupt MSS, found in a trash can in a catholic monastery. This has been documented, some research on your part, will show that. The hype is "older MSS are better", "more accurate", "this verse should actually read as this new version", etc,etc. If folks want a "modern version" without buying one, take a marker and go through a KJAV1611 Bible, and mark out what you think is not needed.
As anyone can clearly see, there is a substantial omission and consequent mix-up of the text. The modern versions arrive at such a rendering by completely removing verse 7, as found in the AV; then, the phrase "in the earth" is excised and the first phrase of verse 8 (There are three that bear witness) becomes verse 7.Thus, the entire arrangement and sense of the passage is altered and is no longer the Word of God but the word of man.
Unfortunately, this altering of the text is often accepted without question. In fact, the issue is rarely, if ever, reasoned through in modern times. Accusations against the passage's authenticity are simply announced as though they were facts. Such conclusions imply that there is no evidence that can be mounted in favor of the Comma's genuineness. This, however, is far from the truth. The purpose of this study is to construct such a case. In doing so, I will apply ten exegetical tools to the text of I John 5:7-8, gearing them toward the issue of authenticity.
The Word of God tells us that Jesus isn’t ‘God’s human son’, rather, that Jesus, who is co-eternal with God (that means that like God, he existed forever) became human. Jesus was God - eternal and perfect - but he became human so that he could enter into our world and die for humans which paid the penalty for sin in full.
The Word of God shows this is something to marvel at: ... Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)
The actual ‘mechanics’ of how God had a human son are not explained to us, but we are left in no doubt that Mary’s conception and pregnancy are miraculous - Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Read chapter 1 of the gospel of Luke to see the angel tell Mary that she will conceive of the Holy Ghost. Removing the Trinity would remove the Virgin Birth, which, again, as always, is the attack on the deity of Jesus being the Christ, the anointed one, the prophesied messiah, the ONLY WAY to the Father. If they can get rid of the trinity, which is only found in the King James Holy Bible, then they can get people to believe that salvation only comes through the Catholic Church, as are the current teachings of the Catholic Church today.
It is written: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. And, 1st Timothy 2:5, for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
The gospel of John, which is written in very symbolic language at the beginning, speaks about ‘the word becoming flesh’. ‘The word’ is Jesus - who was with God in the beginning - and he became flesh - this is what ‘incarnate’ means - to be made flesh. This makes it clear that Jesus is the eternal God who became human.
Well, actually, when we say ‘God’ we could almost mean three people - God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit. These three are called ‘the trinity’ and each one is called a ‘person’ of the trinity. It is quite hard to understand how these three work together. Some people find it easier to understand with an analogy - so, for example, God is like water - ice, water and steam are all water but they are all different. The analogy fails at various points but that might be a way to start to get your head around it. So a few things about the trinity that we should keep in mind: There is only one God - so even as we talk about the three persons of the trinity we are talking about one God. All three persons of the trinity are God. If you want to look at some verses, you could look at Deuteronomy 6:4, Galatians 1:1, John 1:1-18, and Matthew 28:19.
There is relationship in the Trinity - the Son (Jesus) is obedient to the Father (Luke 22:42); the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son (John 16:15ff). So the three persons of the trinity are the same God, but they are each distinct. They have different roles, but each action any member of the trinity might do is God’s action, regardless of who did it.
The Triunity (Trinity) of God in the Old Testament
God is One? “echad”
Does the Old Testament contradict the doctrine of the Trinity? Contrary to the claims of some, that desire to abolish the law and the deity of Jeshua, the Old Testament teaches both the oneness and plurality of God.
Jews say that the Shema (pronounced "Shmah"), "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord" contradicts the Christian doctrine that Jesus is God. In addition the Shema, there are a number of other Old and New Testament verses that proclaim that God is one). However, the triunity of God is taught throughout the Old Testament, even in the Shema!
Oneness implies plurality
How can a statement of oneness imply plurality? In the Shema, the word translated "one" from the Hebrew is echad, which demonstrates compound unity of oneness. Specific examples of how echad demonstrates compound unity are found below:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one [echad] flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
And the whole earth was of one [echad] language, and of one [echad] speech. (Genesis 11:1)
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one [echad], and they have all one [echad] language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Genesis 11:6)
Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one [echad] people. (Genesis 34:16)
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one [echad] voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. (Exodus 24:3)
And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one [echad] cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. (Numbers 13:23)
The whole congregation together [echad] was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore, (Ezra 2:64)
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one [echad] heart, and one [echad] way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: (Jeremiah 32:38-39)
These are a few of the many examples of how echad is used to show the unity of oneness. How would the Hebrew be different if God had wanted to express absolute oneness? There is another Hebrew word, yachid, which is used to express the idea of absolute oneness. Examples of it are shown below:
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only[yachid] son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Genesis 22:2)
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [yachid] son from me. (Genesis 22:12)
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [yachid] son: (Genesis 22:16)
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only [yachid] child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. (Judges 11:34)
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate [yachid] and afflicted. (Psalm 25:16)
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling [yachid] from the lions. (Psalm 35:17)
God setteth the solitary [yachid] in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)
For I was my father’s son, tender and only [yachid] beloved in the sight of my mother. (Proverbs 4:3)
O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only [yachid] son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us. (Jeremiah 6:26)
And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only [yachid] son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. (Amos 8:10)
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only [yachid] son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)
Of course, the last verse is a famous messianic prophecy proclaiming how the Messiah would be killed (see Jesus Christ - Messiah of the Rabbinical Writers). If the Shema had intended to express absolute oneness, it would have used the Hebrew word yachid instead of echad. However, the word yachid is never used in reference to God (Elohim)!
The Hebrew word translated "God" is the word El or Elohim. Elohim is the plural form of El. The plural form is used 2607 of the 2845 times the word "God" is used in the Old Testament. Not only is the word for God usually used in the plural form, but several verses refer to God as "Us":
And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: (Genesis 3:22)
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. (Genesis 11:7)
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8
An example of how the Hebrew word Elohim is used in the plural is that it is translated "gods" (referring to idols) 235 times in the Old Testament. It is exactly the same word that is translated "God," referring to the Almighty. An example is given below:
I am the LORD thy God [Elohim], which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods [Elohim] before me. (Exodus 20:2-3)
God the Father
Not only is the plurality of God found in the Old Testament, but the members of the triunity are also defined. Several Old Testament verses tell us that God is our Father:
Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? (Deuteronomy 32:6)
He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. (Psalm 89:26)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. (Isaiah 63:16)
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth? (Jeremiah 3:4)
But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me. (Jeremiah 3:19)
God the Son, the Word
The Son is also found in the Old Testament:
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (Psalm 2:7)
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2:12)
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? (Proverbs 30:4)
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
God the Holy Spirit
The third member of the triunity of God, The Holy Spirit, is also found extensively in the Old Testament:
Genesis 1:2 -1 Samuel 11:6 -Psalm 106:33 -Ezekiel 3:24 - Genesis 6:3 -1 Samuel 16:13 -Psalm 139:7 -Ezekiel 8:3 - Exodus 31:3
1 Samuel 16:14 -Psalm 143:10 -Ezekiel 11:1 - Exodus 35:31 -1 Samuel 19:20 -Isaiah 11:2 -Ezekiel 11:5 - Numbers 11:17 -1 Samuel 19:23
Isaiah 30:1 -Ezekiel 11:24 - Numbers 11:25 -2 Samuel 23:2 -Isaiah 32:15 -Ezekiel 36:27 - Numbers 11:26 -1 Kings 18:12 -Isaiah 34:16
Ezekiel 37:1 - Numbers 11:29 -1 Kings 22:24 -Isaiah 40:13 -Ezekiel 37:14 - Numbers 24:2 -2 Kings 2:16 -Isaiah 42:1 -Ezekiel 39:29
Numbers 27:18 -1 Chronicles 12:18 -Isaiah 44:3 -Ezekiel 43:5 - Judges 3:10 -2 Chronicles 15:1 -Isaiah 48:16 -Joel 2:28 - Judges 6:34
2 Chronicles 18:23 -Isaiah 59:21 -Joel 2:29 - Judges 11:29 -2 Chronicles 20:14 -Isaiah 61:1 -Micah 2:7 - Judges 13:25 -2 Chronicles 24:20
Isaiah 63:10 -Micah 3:8 - Judges 14:6 -Nehemiah 9:20 -Isaiah 63:11 -Haggai 2:5 - Judges 14:19 -Nehemiah 9:30 -Isaiah 63:14 -Zechariah 4:6
Judges 15:14 -Job 33:4 -Ezekiel 2:2 -Zechariah 7:12 - 1 Samuel 10:6 -Psalm 51:11 -Ezekiel 3:12 -Zechariah 12:10 - 1 Samuel 10:10
Psalm 104:30 -Ezekiel 3:14 -Malachi 2:15
Triunity of God in the Old Testament
Finally, there are a number of verses in the Old Testament in which the triunity of God is directly expressed:
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? (Proverbs 30:4)
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:1-2)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:1)
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. (Isaiah 48:16)
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (Isaiah 61:1)
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. (Isaiah 63:9-10)
Some of the verses above include all members of the triunity (Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 48:16, and Isaiah 61:1). Therefore, the Old Testament does reveal the Christian concept of the Godhead, with God being one God, consisting of three persons. How can God simultaneously exist as both singular and plural? It is a logical impossibility if God were restricted to the three dimensions of space and one dimension of time of our physical universe. However, the attributes of God, given by the Bible, provide a reasonable explanation of how this paradox can be resolved.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5
I will always believe and trust what God said in Psalm 12: 6-7, The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Shalom Dan McGowen TRUTH or CONSEQUENCES All10commandments@gmail.com
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A brief synopsis of what the Mark of the beast is, and is not.
I have had time to pray and then begin writing for these last days to help people prepare for the great tribulation and what to look for and what to do to be ready.
I am currently working on a subject that most in America and the world are lied to about.
"666 is NOT the Mark of the Beast." open your Bible and let’s see what God says it is.
Revelation 13:16-18, And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
So we see that God says that 666 is the NUMBER of the beast, not the Mark!
666 is the number of the beast and IS the number of "a" man, The Pope. It has always been.
VICARIUS FILII DEI
THE LITERAL MEANING: VICARIUS - substituting for, or in place of
FILII - means son
DEI - means GOD
V = 5
F = no value D = 500
I = 1 I = 1 E = no value
C = 100 L = 50 I = 1
A = no value I = 1 --------
R = no value I = 1 501
I = 1 --------
U/V = 5 53
S = no value
-------- 112 + 53 + 501 = 666
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE IDENTIFY EXACTLY, WHAT THE MARK IS!
If we do not, then how will anyone know if they have it or not!
It is a matter of life or death!
It is easy to know WHAT the MARK is.
First, lets see who the 1st beast IS, then once we KNOW who the 1st Beast IS, all we have to do is see what they claim their MARK IS!
The 1st Beast is the well known throughout all history to be the papacy. With the Pope at the head, (the number of A MAN.)
"Of course the change (from the 7th Day Sabbath, Saturday, (Genesis 2:2) to the 1st day, Sun-day-Sun-Worship) was her act ..... and the act is the MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." (signed by H.F.Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated Nov. 11, 1895)
"Sunday rest / worship is our MARK of authority ... the Catholic Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." (Catholic record of London, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923)
So NOW WE KNOW FOR SURE EXACTLY WHAT THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS!
So, here is the WARNING to our brothers and sisters as the warning of the watchman!
The MARK of The Beast is SUNDAY rest and worship, NOT 666!
By Dan McGowen
TRUTH or CONSEQUENCES