Allah? or Jesus?

Tell me muslim, what does allah promise YOU? Matt 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him. Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Hebrews 1:3 by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

looking at all these promise from the Lord Jesus, to ANYONE that believes in him, and follows him, tell me muslims? what does allah promise YOU?

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Mr Netanyahu’s speech to Israel. 5/18

Read this speech from the Prime Minister of Israel….. Benjamin Netanyahu, with all Glory to God.

Mr. Nethanyahu said:
Only 70 years ago! The Jews were taken to the slaughter like sheep.

60 years ago! We had no country. No Army.

Seven Arab countries declared war on our small Jewish state, just a few hours after its creation!

We were only 650 Jews, against the rest of the Arab world! NO IDF (Israel Defense Army).
No powerful Air Force, only brave people with nowhere to go.

Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia all attacked us at the same time.

The country that the United Nations gave us was 65 % desert. The country was out of nowhere!

35 years ago! We fought the three most powerful armies in the middle east, and we swept them… yes… in six days.

We fought against various coalitions of Arab countries, which had the modern armies and many Soviet weapons, and we had always beaten them!

Today we have:
*A country*
*An army*
*A powerful air force*
*A State-of-the-Art economy which exports millions of dollars*
*Intel – Microsoft – IBM develops products at home*
*Our doctors receive awards for medical research*

We make the desert bloom, and sell oranges, flowers and vegetables all over the world.

Israel has sent its own satellites into space!
Three satellites at the same time!

We are proud to be at the same rank as: The United States, which has 250 million inhabitants,

Russia, which has 200 million inhabitants

China, which has 1.3 billion inhabitants

Europe – France, Great Britain, Germany – with 350 million inhabitants..

The only countries in the world to send objects into space! Israel is now part of the family of the nuclear powers, with the United States, Russia, China, India, France, and Great Britain.

We have never officially admitted it, (but everyone knows it) and say that only 60 years ago, we were led, ashamed and hopeless, to slaughter!

We have extirpĂ©s the smoking ruins of Europe, we have won our wars here with less than nothing. We built our little “Empire” from nothing.

Who’s Hamas to scare me? To terrify me? You make me laugh!

Passover was celebrated; Let’s not forget what this is about.

>We survived Pharaoh.
>We survived the Greeks.
>We survived the Romans.
>We survived the inquisition in Spain.
>We have the pogroms in Russia.
>We survived Hitler.
>We survived the Germans.
>We survived the Holocaust.
>We survived the armies of seven Arab countries.
>We survived Saddam.
>We will continue to survive the enemies present today too.

Think of any time in human history! Think about it, for us, the Jewish people, the situation has never been better! Then let’s face the world.

Let us remember: All nations or cultures who once tried to destroy us, no longer exist today – while we still live!

Egypt?
The Greeks?
Alexander of Macedonia?
The Romans? (does anyone still speak Latin these days? )
The Third Reich?

And look at us,
>The Bible Nation.
>The slaves of Egypt.
>We are still here.

And we speak the same language! then, and now! Arabs don’t know yet, but they will learn that there is a God ….as long as we keep our identity, we are forever.

So forgive us for not worrying.
>Not to cry.
>Not to be afraid.
>Things are fine here.
>They could certainly get better.

However: Don’t believe the media, they don’t tell you that parties continue to take place, people continue to live, people keep coming out, people continue to see friends.

Yes, our morale is low. So what? Only because we mourn our deaths, while others rejoice in the blood shed. That is why we will win, in the end.

He never sleeps or will ever sleep…. the guardian of Israel…. Yahweh God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Forward this speech to the whole community, and to people around the world. They are part of our strength.

Share on your walls and with all of your friends….

The “effectual call”

Commonly used as a Calvinist euphemism for the gospel. It is anything but the gospel.

Another logical conclusion of Calvinism.

The Calvinist gospel has no power to save. Never did, never will.

It is an end run around salvation.

A calvinist preacher, when he preaches is addressing three groups of people. 1. The lost reprobates, who will never be saved, 2 “the elect” those who have responded to “the effectiual call”, and 3 “the elect” who have not responded to the “effectual call” the “effectual call” essentially anounts to a call to service, a tap on the shoulder “hey, you are elect, you were always elect, but you did not know it, but now you do, so now its time to get to work”.

Rightly dividing the Word of truth: a word of caution.

For those of you familiar with it. Two words: STAY AWAY.

For those of you that are not familiar with it, when you DO hear of it. STAY AWAY from it. What “Right division” amounts to is simply repackaged Bullingerism, a 150 year old heresy that that was made popular by E.B. Bullinger.

E.B. Bullinger’s grand father was a man named Heinrich Bullinger, a big fan of John Calvin, who was another notorious heretic of Heinrich’s day.

Read up on it. It is doctrinal poison, and an eschatological house of cards.

I have been down the “Right division” road. Studied it. Examined it. Tested it. I have been to one of their “conferences”. Won’t be at the next one. Nor the next.

Today, it is oft referred to as “the grace movement” “rightly dividing” “mid acts” “right division” etc. They love to stand on 2 Tim 2:15.

I have met a half dozen or so of its biggest promoters, in person. I have watched them preach.

In my judgement, few of them have any discernment at all. They don’t realize it, but they are simply parroting what they have been indoctrinated with, most of which are long standing heresies. They have no doctrinal shoes of their own to wear.

It’s teachers all seem to be looking for an audience and a podium. Vain glory.

Because of their strange doctrines, many are rejects from their home churches, so they start “house churches” and plan and attend “gatherings”, and “conferences” to recruit.

To their credit, as far as I know, there is no charge to listen to them, but to attend their marathon preaching/teaching sessions, you will have to spend a buck or two to rent a room for a weekend or so, unless they happen to be coming to a town near you.

They get pretty ugly when challenged. Steve Atwood accused me of not being saved. Another lady basically had a meltdown and accused me of being a hell bound demon after I confronted her heretical doctrines. NOT the behavior of a saint, but I digress.

While no doubt as well intentioned as they are ignorant, basically what “right dividers”, as they are called today, do is over complicate the Bible, placing undue, and unnecessary “divisions” and distinctions in the Bible where none exist. An un necessary burden of understanding accompanies it.

It evolves into a pigeon hole doctrine that gets worse and worse. As the “right divider” progresses into the doctrine, they “refine” it, if you will.

Some will narrow it down and start to deny Paul’s authorship of Hebrews. (please see my other posts about that.)

Some go further, and narrow their doctrines to only 13 books of the Bible, “Paul’s Epistles” or “The thirteen Pauline Epistles” (Paul wrote 14 epistles).

Still others go a even further and accept only Paul’s four “prison epistles” as “the doctrine for the church today.”

I have saw some that totally dismiss water baptism, and the Lord’s supper as a “thing of the past”, “does not apply to the church today”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Heretics. They create a doctrine and a church far removed from what the Lord Jesus intended in past or present churches.

They are as legalistic about NOT baptizing, and NOT taking the Lord’s supper, as the Catholics are that require both. They lack understanding.

I often call this strain of right divider “Dry cleaners”, as I call myself a wine bibbing, cracker eating, all wet, Independent Baptist.

“Right division” also has an element of Calvinism in it.

I have noticed in “right division”‘s most extreme form, they would have you believe that if you were not saved under “Paul’s gospel”, scripture from his epistles alone, you are not saved at all. A well known heretic, Jean Calvin, also taught that in his institutes.

Logically, such a doctrine this amounts to nonsense. Taken to its logical conclusion, you’ll have to forget that John 3:16 conversion experience, and go back and have someone preach from Paul’s epistles so you can make another altar call for salvation.

For the Calvinist, the logical sum total is that no one was saved until Calvin came along and wrote his institutes. Ridiculous.

For me, that would mean after 40 years of being saved, I would have to go back for a “do over”, because the preacher was NOT preaching from Paul’s epistles when I got saved. He was preaching from John 3:16 when I responded to the love of Jesus and was saved by his grace.

I guess no one got saved before Paul came along. Again, Calvinism ends with this same foolish, cult mentality.

I am not pushing my pet interpretations or doctrines here, and it is not a salvific issue. But “right division” will drive a wedge between you and your church, and your fellow believers. In the end, it will leave you confused, and stunt your doctrinal growth as a Christian.

Mark and avoid these teachers.

While their doctrines are bad enough, their METHODOLOGY and eschatology is even worse, and their greatest error. And as mentioned before, that error rooted in Bullingerism and dispensationalism. Trouble is, most don’t realise it.

The greatest foundational error of “right division,” as it’s commonly called today is this:

Instead of looking for HARMONY and agreement in the Bible, and the scriptures, they cherry pick and contrast perceived “differences” in the scriptures and “divide”, and separate them. In most cases there are none there. They approach the Bible with pre suppositional biases, and draw out what supports their doctrines.

In most cases “divisions” and “differences” are simply a matter of interpretation. They are not there, and if there IS a difference, it doesn’t amount to beans anyway.

They also make a big deal about Paul, Why? I do not know. Most don’t know beans about Paul either. Paul’s foundational doctrines were no different than the ones before him. (see Acts 26:22-23)

Christ is not divided. ALL of his prophets and apostles shared the same fundamental doctrines. Be not deceived. Look for HARMONY throughout the scriptures. In closing, again, mark and avoid these false teachers.

I have several blog posts here about this recent heresy sweeping through the churches via social media. (“Fundamental errors of MAD, “more mid acts errors” “why Paul was different” “Did Paul write Hebrews?”).

Take a look.

God bless you!

Why Paul was different.

There is much debate, and a lot of ignorance about Paul these days. I hope this chapter helps you in your study and understanding.

The reason Paul was “the apostle to the gentiles” is quite simple, and it is not because of what these heretical preachers and teachers these days like to preach.

Paul did not preach anything fundamentally different than the 12. They ALL preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, as did Moses, Jesus and the prophets.

The reason Paul was different:

Paul had a passport. He could TRAVEL.

Paul was a free born Roman citizen, but he was also Jewish. And a Pharisee. How does a Jew become a free born Roman.

I reason that Paul’s father served in the synagogue in the free city of Cilicia, the town where Paul was born. Cilicia was a Roman province, which made him a free born Roman citizen.

Paul was a Pharisee. Pharisees had authority in the Jewish churches and synagogues.

The leaders of these synagogues, once Paul’s allies, eventually turned against Paul and sought to kill him.

Paul was uniquely qualified, at a unique time in history.

Only a Roman citizen was allowed unrestricted travel anywhere in the Roman empire. Non Romans did not have that privilege, ESPECIALLY non Roman Jews. Paul did.

The 12 apostles were all non Roman Jews, and were limited (initially) to the confines of Israel. Unless of course, they were traveling with a ROMAN CITIZEN. Like Paul.

Paul also had another credential the 12 did not have, but not a “different doctrine”

Paul was a Pharisee, and a highly honored one at that. A Pharisee had unlimited, anytime access to any pulpit, in any synagogue, in any nation in the Roman empire.

1 Cor 9:1. Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

Acts 26:22-23 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

I have several Posts about Paul. Take a look!

God bless!

The pattern of the Jewish wedding in the New Testament and Revelation. The short version.

A few scriptures pointing to the pattern of the Jewish wedding in the New Testament. There are many more.

John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (alluding to the time before the fetching of the bride when the bridegroom builds the couple a home on his fathers property, or as an addition to his father’s house.)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (alluding to the Nuisan, the point in the betrothal where the bridegroom is told to “fetch your bride”. This being after he has completed the bridal chamber, and the father approves. He goes to get his bride, surprising her, usually in the dead of night.

1 thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (rapture of the bride immediately following the harvest of the barely, the dead in Christ shall rise first, the dead NT saints.)

1 cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (Paul).

Eph 5:31-32 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (John the Baptist).

Rev 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Rev 22:7 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. The Lord loves us. He will not ever abandon, nor forsake us. Considering the character and nature of my Jesus, how anyone could believe he would allow his bride, HIS BODY , to go through the fires of the tribulation is beyond me. (As if we Christians aren’t persecuted enough.)

Pre tribulation rapture deniers don’t understand that there will be different companies of saints that come after us.

We are not in the company of saints that are killed, or go through the tribulation. Nor are we in the company of saints alive when we return with the Lord. And the ONLY reason THESE saints are not raptured is simply because they were NOT SAINTS at the time of the rapture.

There WILL be believers that go through the fire, but only because they were not believers at the time our Lord Jesus calls his saints home to the marriage supper. They believed during the tribulation.

Personally, I feel most of these will be former muslims and atheists,
That stands to reason since the removal of the worlds Christians would leave 1.5 billion of them, as well as another 1 billion atheists in China to rule by default in our absence.

This also bears witness to our Lord’s loving nature, showing us that even in the fire, his hand of grace and mercy is still extended to anyone that believes on him.

Part 2

Many folks view the book of revelation with anxiety,fear, and intrepidation. A believer that understands it should view it with excitement amd anticipation. Jesus has an amazing future planned for his saints. We are not appointed to wrath.

Revelation is a book of blessings. It contains a wedding narrative. There are more blessings in the book than any other book of the bible. The Jewish wedding begins with blessings.

“To him that overcometh” are at least 14 promises, I count 21 all total, that Jesus personally makes to us. This is the Ketubah, the unconditional promises the groom makes to his bride. These promises are always recited to the bride in the presence of the city elders on the wedding day after the groom arrives back home with his bride. You will see the Ketubah and the elders in Revelation 2-4.

My Lord also personally promises me in John 14, rev 3:10 , and many other places that I will be spared the hour of trial that will come upon the whole earth. He also promises me that I will sit with him in his throne, in the city of God, with power over the nations. And there are so many other blessings. Next time you read it, look for the promises and the blessings. Just a few reasons why Revelation is my favorite book of scripture. It makes my day to be reminded of my glorious future Jesus has planned for us. ketubah is part of the Jewish wedding. It is found in the opening chapters of revelation. After the groom returns to the father’s house with his bride, the elders are called.

It is read in the presence of the city elders and the bride.

The bride had to be on the premises before the elders would come Usually 7 blessings, but there are 14 “to them that overcometh” this is the marriage contract, and it must be done first, and initiates the wedding.

Afterwards, the bride blesses her groom “thou art worthy oh Lord” 7 blessings. , a glass is broken,

Then the groom shows his bride her new home for the first time. “I go to prepare a place for you”( “A door was opened in heaven”) ”

They usually spent 20- 30 minutes alone here. “(And there was silence in heavenf for half an hour”). Finally alone, and away from the guests and the festivities, He lifts her veil and gifts are exchanged (examination and rewards at the Bema, casting crowns)

After this, they then rejoin the festivities and he reveals his wife to them unveiled for the first time. They are officially man and wife at this point. “Blessed are those that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb”

I ‘ll add that ALL attendees to the wedding are given white robes “kittles” it is a requirement in the Jewish wedding.

After the final meal, the marriage supper , the wedding party THEN all picked up, and went BACK to the bride’s MOTHER’S house (the nation Israel) for another even LONGER feast “many will come from the east and the west, and sit down with Abraham” this is the party for the surviving tribulation saints. They are given the kingdom as mortal citizen saints. WE rule and reign over the gentiles as immortal kings and priests, along with David and the 12 in glorified bodies over the nation Israel. (Says NO Scofield bible)

What is rapture?

I was teaching Sunday school one morning and briefly mentioned the rapture of the bride, After I finished, a lady asked me to tell her more about the rapture “I never heard of such a thing”.

I was astonished. I could not believe she had never heard of the rapture. Since that time, This lady is in her 70’s, and I learned in short order that she was a former Jehovah’s witness from her youth.

I gladly explained to her essentially what I will share here in this post.

I have never been exposed to a lot of other religion’s doctrines, and was unaware that rapture is absent in many religions and cult doctrines.
This alone sets Christianity apart.

I have learned that rapture is basically un heard of, and rarely mentioned outside Christianity, and even IN Christianity, many sects and false teachers (Arnold Murray “we’re not gonna fly outta here”) flat out deny the rapture of the bride.

This heresy, and the ignorance of folks like Mr Arnold robs many good Christians of peace, and erodes the believer’s sense of accountability. But enough about foolish teachers.

Rapture is one of the greatest gifts Jesus has promised to his bride.

My explanation is intentionally short, and is a good summation of our blessed hope that I pray will be a blessing to others seeking understanding of this wonderful gift the Lord has promised to us.

Feel free to share this with anyone who will listen, or to encourage a fellow believer.

As I meditated on this afterwards, I really came to appreciate what a blessing we have in the rapture. As time went on, I ran across others who had never even heard of what I had previously taken for granted. This morning,
I answered this question again to a lady posted in a rapture forum on facebook, and felt led to write it down in a more permanent medium.

So here it is. “What is rapture?, can somebody explain it to me?”

My response:
“Gween, the Rapture is a lot of things: I could go on for hours, but here is a short version.”

First off, it means to remove, to catch away. The groom taking his bride in the Jewish wedding is a picture of his appearing. Jesus is alluding to the Nuisin part of Jewish wedding in (John 14). The disciples knew exactly what he was talking about. (See my other posts here about Jewish weddings and the wedding narrative in Revelation.)

Rapture also means, among other things, to spare from wrath.(Rev 3:20) Enoch and Elijah are examples. The ark was a type of rapture.
Paul calls rapture “our blessed hope” It could happen any minute.

The rapture has many implications:

For one, accountability.

Looking for Jesus to appear at any moment, and be taken back to the Father’s house for tbe marriage of the Lamb (John 14:3), and also judgement,(concerning rewards, not salvation), and giving an account of our lives to our Saviour is a great motivator and restrainer for the believer.

That IS accountability, and we should live our lives so as to not stand ashamed if called before the Lord right now.

The removal of the body of Christ, the living believers alive at the time will “take us out of the way”, which will allow the beast to rise.

So what do we look for?
Before the rapture:, The dead in Christ will rise before the living. (1 Thess 3:13-17)
This is the harvest of the New Testament saints, and those OT saints, if any, not raised in Matthew 27:52-53. (See my post “the first resurrection harvest in this same blog”.

Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up, meet the Lord in the air, and return to the fathers house for the marriage of the Lamb (John 14, rev 19)

The removal of over 70% of the USA, and 80% of the western nations will leave atheist China, allied with Russia (the dragon and the bear), and Islam’s 1 billion Muslims caliphate (the leopard) as the 3 dominant powers left on the earth. They will rule by default for a time. (See my post “the catalyst that begins the tribulation)

It is not hard to imagine what the world would be like in the days that follow. It will be hell on earth here.

But for us, we will be with Jesus at the marriage supper of the Lamb. ( Rev 5, rev 19)

After the tribulation, we return with Jesus , and rule and reign with him in his kingdom. We are not appointed to wrath , we have a lot to look forward to. That ought to make any believers day, and give an unbeliever a moment of pause.

“Therefore, comfort one another with these words”

God bless you.