THE GOSPEL: x J.G. WHITE. Dist: Health – Character Education Inst.

Every Bible Doctrine and teaching, is based upon the fact of Creation: the very relationship of man to God demands the same fact; and therefore very effort of man to find restoration for himself or for others, is an effort to find the way back to the Creator: and the Sabbath is the SING and the Memorial of it all.

These principles are basic to all Gospel teaching:

One of the most asked and the most perplexing questions, we can ask is : “IF GOD IS LOVE…WHY WAS SIN PERMITTED?

  2 Thessalonians 2:7   “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

Many are very surprised that sin began in all places i n heaven.

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

NOTE(JB): WHY? After untold time, did Lucifer become discontent with his lot? Well the Word answers this with:

 Isaiah 14:12-14 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

NOTE(JB): Can you not help but see, that God has no use for the high-minded, to proud and pride filled?    Look…..

 Ezekiel 28:1-4  “The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:”

NOTE(JB): prince of Tyrus, is Lucifer, now named Satan, in the Hebrew SA-TAN, meaning the opposer.  Yet, most people think he does not exist, but he’s a Santa Clause type myth, the Christians use to scare their children into behaving! Yet he is as real as The Creator, who created him.

 Revelation 13:18  “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.

NOTE: …” for it is the number of a man….”  Please know that Satan IS NOT a man , but an angel! A superior one at that, read Ezekiel 28th chapter! No the 666 is but a human being, a succussion of men, who have led a specific power, that the Bible in Daniel calls a beast power, namely that one man or a small group of men run both the civil government and the religious government as one! Look at the Muslim world, whose many governments dictate that all worship as they dictate, or you are punished. Read about the Dark Ages in medieval Europe!

Many people are perplexed in attempting to understand how it is that God can be a God of infinite wisdom, power and love, and still permit sin, with its trail of sickness, misery, wretchedness. calamity, sorrow and death, with which this world has been filled with for nigh unto 6,000 years. This makes it very difficult for them to accept John 3:16’s ” For God so loved the world…”

(1) Why did God let Satan sin, and thus bring sin into existence?

(2) Why did He allow Satan to tempt Eve and Daniel, thereby bringing sin on earth?

(3) Why did God wait 4,000 years after the fact, before sending a Redeemer, Jesus Christ, prolonging the misery of the world?

(4)  If God intended to set-up His Kingdom on earth and take possession and put an end to sin after Jesus christ did come and defeated Satan, why wait still another, to date about 2,000 years? Why not all at once?

Men say: If He were infinite in wisdom, He would know how to avoid all this. If He were infinite in power, He would be strong enough to execute better plans which His infinite wisdom would suggest; and then they say, If He were infinite in love, such a love would cause His wisdom to devise a better way, and His infinite power would be to control, within the billions of galaxies?  And be able to execute it. Thus a dilemma.

Humans live through all types of horrors, trails, and defeats, and begin to doubt that God is all the Bible says He is! As horrible as these thoughts are, they can’t be ignored, because our very Salvation depends upon the very Character of God, as well as the principles of His universal government!

The teachings of the Cross, is not enough, we must also teach the life of Jesus upon this earth that He lived as both God and MAN! That He never used His divinity, for His own purposes, nor safety! The death, and the wounding of His flesh body was proof of this!

THE PRINCIPLES INVOLVED:

It would be inconsistent for the Infinite God to expect us to love Him, unless He loves us, agree?

 Romans 5:8  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

But to make it possible for us to see His love we must have two things:

(1) Evidence of it

(2) Ability to understand it.

Note(JB): Please try to look at the facts given us i n His Word: The entire Heaven, lived with the knowledge that Jesus, The Father’s Creative Agent, by whom all things were made, thus as the Creator, only He can be our Redeemer, and then 4000 years after Adam, Christ died on the Cross!  Now all you parents, and you dear readers, would you be willing to give your child’s live for the sake of others? Would anyone of YOU, trade places and die in place of another? God gave His Son as payment for all sins! how’s that for showing His love for us all?

Men have said, and many believe, all the universe began by the super-explosion of a small very dense rock.

QUESTION: Where did this dense rock come from? Who made it?  How could it contain all the materials we know needed to be used, for trillions of stars, planets, that are within the billions of galaxies?  The Big Bang and Evolution are nothing more than man’s attempt to explain our existence with a Creator God! Is it a now more plain that we are dumbing gown our education for children? Beyond being Created in the God’s image, what is there of an import for us? OUR FREE WILL,   … for with it we can choose, to accept, or to choose to deny God, and that takes LOVE! Love on both sides!

 Colossians 1:16-17″ For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

NOTE The word consist, this phrase would convey the proper meaning, Held together by His Power.

Every thing is held together by attraction, yet for all of human knowledge, science says the Bumble Bee should not be able to fly, and we don’t know what keep the atom together, it shouldn’t. Science knows not many things, they call it THEORIES!

Hebrews 1:3″ 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;”

 Jeremiah 9:23-24 “ Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

And so He made people patterned after Himself, and gave them minds able to understand Him and appreciate Him and able to love and delight do His will.  So God;s happiness is in people not things……

 Isaiah 43:7″ Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

 Psalms 149:4″ For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.”

 Psalms 147:11 “ The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”   fear = to be in awe of, to revere.

 Isaiah 35:10″ And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

God, can’t get His glory, nor pleasure, through the sorrow or misery of His people, but only through their happiness!It is only IN HIM via Christ, that we can have true peace of mind and worry free, and not be afraid, for in Him shall sorrow and sighing flee away! THEREFORE,His Pleasure and His happiness are bound up jin the happiness of His children, YOU and ME! THEREFORE…..how can we insure, the greatest happiness for both God and mankind?

We humans have a greater capacity for intellect than any animal, we know that with a lot of patient training a dog can learn the meaning of about a 1,000 words, and can even reason, or think, in a limited basis, but no dog can:

(1) be able to know and understand God, the source if gifts and happiness.

(2) Will not understand in a measure the thoughts and the will of God.

(3) Is not able to understand that the Will of God is right, and that failing to do His will is wrong.

(4) must be able to make the right choice, regarding the Will of God.

Setting aside the human dream of and for evolution, it is only mankind, that has the intellect to make the choice, to adhere to the four examples above.  It is a great help, if one accepts the simple fact that intellect ca n only be produced or come from a superior intellectual Being, right? Remember dead stuff, is dead, unable to produce life in any way, shape or form!

Thanking YOU for your time:  NEXT: CHARACTER [the ONLY thing we are able to bring with us to Heaven with Jesus!}

Comments?  Questions?   John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

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CREATION- and it’s Relation to Redemption and our Re-Creation.

My thanks to J. G. White and his distributors Health & Character Education Institute.

It really should be a very simple matter, for anyone to understand, that the acceptance of God’s Creatorship, would be fundamental to ne redemption.

 Ephesians 3:10-11 “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:”

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

 John 1:13-14 “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

NOTE(JB): Who fails to see that person is Jesus Christ, The Father-God’s Creative Agent?

Every Christian Doctrine has its roots in the doctrine of Creation, therefore anyone who refuses to believe in the Creation, as set forth in Genesis, cannot and will not understand redemption and our RE-CREATION, as one must know:

(1) The condition and status of man at Creation,

(2) By what means he lost that condition,

(3) By what means he may regain it,

(4) What the condition is which he is to regain it.

Thus, if there’s no knowledge of the first, there can be no complete knowledge of the other three, agree?

Therefore, if a person does acknowledge God as their Creator, they are therein acknowledging God’s Sovereignty over them, and their duty is then to serve and obey their Creator. AMEN?

On the plus side, all those who uphold this truth of Creation, will gain Heaven’s power, that shall fortify them into not swallowing the doctrines of me, who insist upon glorifying themselves, rather than God, with their human interpretations of the The Holy Bible!

Note(JB)  As of 2015, according to the Vatican, whose information gathering ability is equal to any nation’s CIA, earth has some 43,000 “Christian” denominations!  How’s that even possible from ONE BIBLE, without human interpretations? Any Holy Bible in print today, (  no not all are equal, for a study I rely on the King James Version, only) can show any reader the simple path to salvation and redemption in Jesus Christ!

Yet our accepting the Creator’s Creation, as written, will also tend us to follow and obey His Royal Law, [James 2:8] , yet please know that even faithfully attending Church Services on the Sabbath day, does not by and of itself constitute Sabbath Keeping. To do that, we must put away our things, including thoughts of work, or play, that we may all enter into thoughts of God, and renew our vows to do His will in all things, as we are told in….

Isaiah 58:13-14 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

NOTE(JB):  Yes, I know of about 25 reasons people use, to deny the Seventh-Day Sabbath, but not a one is Biblical, even Rome claims, the Bible does not support the change, she has done it on the strength of own will! By accepting the 321 A.D. of Constantine, the Roman Emperor, “All shops shall close on SUNDAY, for it’s a feast day in honor of the Venerable day of the Sun, but Saturday shall be a work day!” This Emperor was the head of the religion that worshiped the Sun, coins show his face, and the sun on one side and his face and Cross on the other! Typical politician then and now!

We must know, and learn, just what happened at the fall, because of sin, and yes redemption was offered, [ Genesis 3:15 as the first promise],. But even though the original meaning of the Sabbath continued an other was added because of man’s changed condition from loyalty to transgression.  Before sin came, man needed but one thing,.. an Institution to tie his to his Creator in adoration, love and worship, and service. Adam and Eve were to tend to the garden remember? But man fell away from his loyalty and from the basic truth of the Sabbath Institution. I n his changed condition now as a sinner, man now in need of a Redeemer as well as a Creator.  Thankfully our Creator and Redeemer are ONE, in Jesus Christ. Due to the simple fact that only a Creator, can also RE-CREATE us, and so restore man to his original condition! Thus, both Creation and Redemption, to a certain extent were involved in the Creation Process:   to wit….

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

NOTE(JB): Who can’t tie this Reconciliation, to Christ’s edict: “Love thy neighbor, as thyself”?  Sadly this world sees precious little of this love!  So why is this?

 Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 4:21-24“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ”

NOTE(JB): No person, is able to change their baseline character, beyond putting on an act. It is ONLY via the power of the Holt Spirit, after we have asked for him to enter our hearts/minds, as willing participants in our change, from sinners to sinless beings. over time. Sanctification comes at our accepting Jesus as our Personal Savior, but Justification, is the work of a lifetime for most of us! {Yes The Father can do this instantly, as He so did via Enoch and Elisha.  Man, in and by himself, can’t make anything holy, not ever water!

Therefore, the Sabbath, is a wonderful institution, it shows the reason why The Father has jealously guarded it through the ages, but also the why Satan has made it the main focus, of his incessant attacks, even by changing its day, from changing the day from the Seventh Day to the First day of the week via his deceived people.

NOTE(JB) Seven day week, where did it originate?                                                                                           (1) The 365 1/4 days for a year, came from Earth’s rotation, around the Sun.

(2) The month? The Lunar cycle around earth 29-30 days,

(3) The 24 hour day? The rotation of earth on its axis, 12 hours of light, 12 of darkness.

(4) So how about the 7 day week?

Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

     Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

NOTE(JB) Anyone with an I.Q. greater than a BOX of ROCKS,m should know that DNA, the building blocks of all life forms, holds all the information, specific to that life-form, agree? Now information come from non-living things? Or does it come from am intellectual being! If you agree with the latter, evolution must be  a lie by mankind, fully backed by Satan!  As life, ONLY LIFE, can bring life…..

John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

I(n this way, the Sabbath now automatically applies to redemption without any changes in the Sabbath Institution, but merely by the change in man’s condition [character]  and need. The same authority, power and ability are used in RE-CREATION as in the original Creation. Therefore the one Sabbath Institution must of necessity carry both lesson and verses to serve this purpose.

BASIC SCRIPTURES CONCERNING THE SABBATH:

Only three texts a need be consulted to discern that this double meaning of the Sabbath has been in vogue since the fall of man in the Eden.

(1)  The 4th Commandment itself gives the first lesson Exodus 20: 8-11.

(2) Exodus 31: 13 holds the Sabbath to be the SIGN of sanctification which can only come through redemption.

(3) Ezekiel 20:12 teaches the same lesson.

Thus keeping the true Sabbath, and in the Biblical guidelines, has always , since the fall, included the acceptance of the Redeemer and receiving from Him the Redemption He was ministering.

WHO IS THE TRUE GOD?

God, the Sovereign ruler of the Universe, is distinguished as the True god from all the false gods men have invented. He is the God by whose power all things and all life forms were created and re-create those whom love and obey His Son, Jesus Christ, via a Personal relationship, from the prayerful life and Bible studies, and a life of giving of self, to others.

God’s Holy Sabbath ‘s are a memorial to His Creation, and our sign to Him that we believe and accept His grace and love, in and through Christ, as our Creator and Redeemer as well as our final RE-CREATOR.

No man can cause even one thing to grow, bh himself. “There’s life within the seed, there’s power i n the soil, yes, but until and unless infinite power is exercised day and night, the seed will yield no return. The showers of rain must refresh the thirsty fields; the sun must impart its warmth; and electricity must be conveyed to the buried seed. Then and only then, can the life which the Creator has implanted, He alone can call forth life. All life grows and develops by the power of God.  Please read Psalm 104:

 Psalms 104:30 “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.”

  Revelation 20:14-15″And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Note(JB): Same earth but cleansed by the Lake of Fire, across all earth, to cleanse, to purify and to remove all vestiges and evidence of man’s previous inhabitation. Please note only the Just, shall leave this earth, with Jesus, at His Second Coming, and for the 1,000 years. After this the The New Jerusalem [Revelation 21:2] will descend upon this earth, upon the very ground that God promised to Abraham, with all of heaven and the Just. At the that time the wicked shall be resurrected within the same bodies they had, with the same deformities and ills they had at death, The all KNEES shall bow, even Satan’s and they shall be cast into the lake of fire, and reduced to ashes, evermore.

THE CREATOR IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

The greatest thing and the most vital point in all of the Ten Commandments is that they present the expressed will of the Creator; and the simple fact is that they are from the Author, of the law, the Creator, j is found ONLY nj the FOURTH Commandment.

Note(JB): Please note below, that this includes His SEAL OF OFFICE: find His Title… GOD,    HIS NAME…LORD, and His Dominion….. HEAVEN AND EARTH,  just as any seal of office from a Notary Public to the President of the U.S.A……HALLOWED, to make holy, to set aside for a Holy Purpose, for us to worship HIM!

QUESTION: As God’s chosen day for worship is the Seventh Day, from Friday sunset to Saturday’s sunset, to whom do we give our worships to on Sundays????, Is it not man?

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

His Authority to give law rests upon His power to create, and sustain life, and thus give reason we should obey Him, rather than men, in Rome, is that HE CREATED US! If that fact be not stated in the law the Identity of the Author as The Creator is removed from the Law and then the Author is then not identified and unstated and there is no authority to back up the Law! Thus the duty of men to obey God has disappeared. The fourth Commandment plainly states and showing that Creation is from God as its source, and His authority, and right, to rule the universe, thus giving Him the right to expect our worship and obedience. All this presents the Sabbath as divinely appointed memorial of these two principles which must continue as long as God shall live, and reign over created beings. Therefore, the Sabbath cannot change as long as God shall live. It is far more important to teach men that the SABBATH CANNOT CHANGE than to discuss arguments claiming that it has been changed! The former shuts out the latter, and its need!

When this question is fully investigated, the claims that the Sabbath has been changed are found to be of human origin, and the subtle efforts to undermine the authority of God and divine obligation to obey Him. The Bible throughout maintains that the Moral Law in its entirety is eternal, as God is eternal!

TRUTH & ERROR IN  THE LAST DAYS.

He who truly recognizes God as his Creator will use his body his mind, his talents given, and his possession gathered, to do the will of The Father, and glorify Him at all times. This is the purpose, and the very reason why the knowledge of  Creation must be preserved, and taught in all the earth until the end of these days.  Yet we have been told that….

 2 Peter 3:3-5 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:”

Are men not busy, filling earth with false doctrines, as well as fancied ideas about our origins, that in truth have no scientific foundations, even thought they are espoused by Scientists?   A quote from George McCready Price in Review & Herald Oct.28, 1920.

The history of modern apostasy shows conclusively that when men lose their faith in a real Creation, the next step is to deny the fall of man, and then to deny the reality of and the necessity of such teachings for more than half a century, the rising generation has never been taught the great truths lying as, and as, the very foundation of Christian Religion.”

Fellow believers, this was written almost a century ago, and nothing has changed, for the better, HAS IT??????

Thanking YOU for your time.  Next- The GOSPEL and THE CREATION.   [They go hand  in hand]

Questions?  Comments?   John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

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GOD’S TEN COMMANDMENTS. Marvin Moore- Signs of the Times Feb 2018.

My many thanks to this fine Magazine’s editor and author of this article Marvin  Moore. (John B)

God has given mankind but TEN Laws. that He asks us to keep, but what laws does God keep?

NOTE(JB): God runs the entire Universe with ten laws, and if mankind followed these ten in both the spirit and the letter of the Laws of God, mankind would not need the millions of laws, nor the many, many lawyers that we are burdened with today, and 1,000’s more laws are added each year!  IF. . . .IF. . . we humans just lived by and within the last six from Exodus 20: 12:8 to 17 just think how wonderful life could be!

FOLLOW ALONG WITH ME ON A BIT OF LOGIC. . . . . 

If you will. The apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” Jesus Himself said the greatest of all the laws is to, ” love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul,” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38.

Now when we say that God is love and that His law is based upon love, we mean that all relationships between intelligent beings, including our relationships with Him and His relationship with  us, should be based on love. God’s Ten Commandments define what these loving relationships should look like for us humans as we relate to Him and one another. But what about God? He’s a living Partner in our loving relationships with Him, so it seems only logical that His relationships with us, should also be defined by certain laws, right? What laws of love, does God keep? What are His “TEN COMMANDMENTS”?

After all God gave men the Ten Commandments, to instruct us humans how to relate to Him and to one another…….   agree?

OUR TEN  COMMANDMENTS:

Well you many have said, Yes God should keep the Ten, just as He expects us to do as well, Amen? That seems logical at first glance but let’s review them shall we? Let’s see if we can expect Our Heavenly Father, to keep His own laws?

(1)  Exodus 20:”1-3 And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

This means that we humans should not put anything ahead of our relationship with God, right? However, since God is God and there is no other, how can He put any other god above Himself???? Therefore this law is for us humans alone.

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

This one tells us that we should not make images of wood or stone and worship them, not to kiss any part of them, nor bow before them as they do i n Rome! This then, is the Second law that can’t apply to God!

(3)  Exodus 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

Does it not strike you, dear reader, as odd to think God would need to be careful, as to how He spoke to Himself?  This law also is for mankind alone.

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

The above is the Seventh-day Sabbath, what the Vatican in error calls the Jewish Sabbath, for God created the Sabbath, some 2,000 years before the Bible speaks to a people called the Jews in Ester.    Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Note (JB):    There’s nothing, any human can do to make something or a day as HOLY, this only God is able! NO not even “holy” water! All men can do is to set a thing or a day aside for a holy usage.   Yet look at the Bible’s words……..

 Luke 13:14 “And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.”

NOTE(JB): Christ here specifically asked all that needed healing to come to Him in the six work days, and not on the Sabbath, yet read John 5 1-17 and know that most of his written healings were on the sabbath, but only for those who believed upon Him! Thus ifj sa widow’s roof is leaking, it’s OK to patch it on the Sabbath, and do good, but replace the roof on a work day! Note the difference?  So does God saved a life, that’s in danger, due to no fault of the person?  I know not! Yet as the Sabbath IS the MEMORIAL TO HIS CREATION WEEK,  does God honor the Sabbath and do no work?  Someday soon, we shall see this with our own eyes!

(5) Exodus 20:12 ” Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

As God The Father, and God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, have been from eternity passed, to eternity future, there’s no parentage involved, thus this commandment can’t apply to God, nor any member of the Godhead.

(6) Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.”       NOTE(JB) it is murder we are not to do. Thus we can kill one who is trying to murder another, if only to stop the attempt. “To lie in wait.” is always criminal.

However, as HE is the Creator of all life, He has the right to take our lives when He sees it best. Read Genesis 6th chapter as the reason for the world-wide flood, that wiped out all land life, at the time, but those inside the ark. { JB..remember science knows not everything, they only think they do!  For example, DNA is information  and information can ONLY come from a source of intelligence, and not out from nothing,can it?]

(7) Exodus 20:14 “shalt not commit adultery.”

NOTE(JB): Sadly many think their marriage vows mea: “Forsaking no others”. Any sex, outside the sanctions of marriage, is called Fornication, but the Commandments go deeper, into the Spiritual meanings, as in unjustified anger, against your brothers or sisters, [any human being as all are His children] in guilty of murder!   Matthew 5:22 “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, {fool] shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

This also goes for # 7: Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”   However forget this verse, as God can’t be bound by it…. just read…..

  Luke 1:35  “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.”

NOTE(JB): This is the how, that the human flesh and the Divine Jesus became one! Thus making Jesus our kinsman Redeemer!  Ruth 4:14.

(8) Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.”                                                                                     Psalms 50:10″ For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

As The Creator, HE is the OWNER of all things, thus how can He steel, from Himself? Read VS 12, and know this can’t apply to God!

(9) Exodus 20:16 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

 Titus 1:2″ In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”  Therefore, I propose that this is another of our Ten, that for God, this does not apply, for He can not lie! Plus we all can count on Him to be perfectly Honest with us. Please know He uses only TRUTH AND LOVE, to draw us to His side! Satan shall never use either of these two, but all else, he shall and does!

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

Just as HE can’t steal, He can’t covet, as all things are His to begin with!

As all can plainly see, the Ten Pillars of righteousness are for us humans, and not for God!

NOTE(JB): For all my Catholic friends, you need only to compare YOUR Bible’s Exodus 20, with your Book of Catechism and note the differences! The SECOND Commandment is gone the Fourth has been changed to the First day from the Seventh day, taken from Revelation 1:10 is “The Lord’s Day,” taken from  Isaiah 58:13 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:”

To learn which day is this read again the fourth Commandment! Then read Daniel 7:25 for the reason why?

Then Marvin Moore concludes with his own list of commandments that God keeps!

(1) I’ll always love you.

 Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.”  Even in sin will He keep searching for us….Luke 15:3-7 “And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

(2) I will always be with you.

 Deuteronomy 31:6″ Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”   :Hebrews 13:5  “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” As all are sinners, He keeps loving us and drawing us to His side with love and truth.

(3) I will not ever force you to believe in Me, nor obey Me.

 Matthew 11:28-29  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

(4) I will convict you of the wrong things you do.  NOTE(JB) can we call this our conscience?

 John 16:7-8 “ 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:”

Yes, even in this it is we…. we must ask for the Holy Spirit, and invite Him into our hearts/minds, again it’s our free-will choice! It’s the Holy Spirit, that will rebuild our character to be as Jesus, thus ready for heaven’s eternity!

(5) Will always forgive you.

 1 John 1:9-10  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   Jeremiah 17:9  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”    God does!

(6) I will dwell in you.

  John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”   John 17:11  “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

(7) I will give you wisdom to understand my Word.

 John 17:17  “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”   John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

(8) I’ll not keep a record of your sins….  

Revelation 20:11-13  “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”    Isaiah 44:22  “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. ”

(9) I will prepare a better place for you, to live than on this broken planet.

John 14:1-3  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. 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. ”    2 Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. ”

NOTE(JB): Same earth, but renewed, and cleansed by the Lake of Fire!

 Revelation 21:3-4  “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Note(JB) There shall be those in heaven, whose loved ones are not there, God will remove their memories of them, so that the unjust ones are “Blotted Out” meaning that is as if they had never even existed! How can it be “Heavenly” IF ALL ARE MOURNING FOR OUR LOST LOVED ONES?????  God is much to kind and loving for that, and man’s ideas from Satan, ever-burning hell-fires, for sinners, MUST MEAN that God gives then eternal life also? How cruel a thought????? How can one love a God like this????? Yet do not most churches so teach this????? DECEPTIONS UPON DECEPTIONS, just as in Genesis 3:1-5.  It shall be only the Just that shall meet Jesus in air, and be with Him, for the 1,000 years, the unjust shall not ever leave this earth, period!

(10)  I will come again:

 John 14:3  “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.”

This being one of the most frequently written promises, and one that all of heaven is most anxious to keep!  The Holy Bible, being The Word of God,  [John 1:1-3, 14] has many promises with it, be free to read and find them and make up you own God’s Commandment list! 

Thanking Y O U, for your time.  Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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Gambling.. is it really that bad? Miguel Valdivia- Signs of the Times, Feb 2018.

HI. My name is Paul, and  I AM A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER. iT’S BEEN 40 DAYS SINCE MY LAST BET!

Forty days ago, I didn’t realize i was a compulsive gambler. However, when my employer  confronted me for embezzling, it finally hit that I am and shall always be a compulsive gambler. I am currently attending, and shall for as long as I am allowed to continue will do so. Now I am a member of Gambler’s Anonymous, and my habit has cost me a great career, and I am losing everything that I’ve worked for with the exception of my wife and children. My Dad has not spoken to ne since this news came out, and my older sister, is willing to help my wife and children, but she wants nothing to do with me! I can’t blame her.

“If someone had told me twenty-seven years ago, as I made my first bet, at thirty-nine years of age, that I’d lose everything and be in a place where there are no freedoms, I’d have  told them they were crazy because I’m an intelligent person and I can control my gambling. Yet the cold, hard facts are that gambling took over my life, and ruined it. Plus ruin the lives of my family. It’s an insidious addiction. You will do things that no rational person will do, and you never ever think of the consequences, and I am here to tell anyone will to listen and learn from my mistakes that there are horrific consequences for the actions of a compulsive gambler.

Paul, is hardly alone, for there are some 10 million of them in the U.S. alone, for 3 millions of them the compulsion is so serious, and so powerful, that health professionals label it PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING. A condition as serious as substance abuse, depression and antisocial behaviours, Problem gamblers are more likely to abuse alcohol, to miss work and to commit fraud, theft, or embezzlement. Plus, there’s a strong link between compulsive gambling and suicide.

*Unfortunately, defenders of legal gambling claim it represent but one more risk, in the sense that “all of life is a risk.” The will say, “Just as all of life is a risk, and filled with uncertainties, just as walking across a street,j or driving your car, or climbing aboard an airplane… so playing the slot machines or betting on  sports is no different! It just a way of realizing the randomness of thing is life and hoping for the best.”

GAMBLING IS BIG BUSINESS!

(jb) Apparently. those who supply the means to gamble, justify this dirty business with the same rationale that the mob  uses…., “We only supply what the public wants”! Well today’s amoral society wants it all, but with any of the consequences, but that’s not possible! If one want to go swimming one must get wet!

Although most major sports have gambling connections, gambling is not a game! {JB if YOU call Russian roulette a game, then gambling is also a game right?} It’s a very serous business, {Just tell your “BOOKIE” you are not going to pay him, and see what’ll  happen}

This “Business”, has millions of supporters, and many powerful lobbyists, and the statistics will shock you!  Some form of LEGAL betting is available in the U.S. in all states but Utah and Hawaii. NOTE LEGAL! 2014 this “Industry” set a new record jin revenues, $68l.7 BILLION, in revenues. Gamblers in the U.S. lost a staggering $119 billion in 2013.

The National Council on Problem Gambling and other sources note the following statistics: 15%  of Americans gamble at least once a week. That’s about 6 million adults and one-half a million teens. American sports fans wage $36.5 Billion, of that $35 billion or 97 % will be placed illegally through illicit offshore websites, and sports bookies.

Internet gambling is as easy and with the same anonymity as porn sites, which is also popular. If anyone stops to consider all the damage done to families of a compulsive gambler;er, it must raise more than eyebrows, about what is the public’s responsibility about gambling’s legality.  Should we, Mr and MRS public oppose all forms of gambling  with reasonable restrictions?  Such as limited to a percentage of income, on an annualized basis?  [ JB…What’s your ideas? ]

GAMBLING IS NOT INNOCENT, NOR VICTIMLESS.

I personally oppose gambling for many reasons. It’s not an innocent activity. Many people get hurt, and the lure of “Quick riches” seems to affect the poor most readily! [JB have you ever seen a person buying $100.00 worth of lottery tickets, when you knew that they could not afford it?, I have, it hurts many]

Moreover, gambling operates on the basis of deceit. I downplay the miniscule change of winning. Casino’s always set the odds to the house, and there’s not ever any visible clock in the place, and alcoholic drinks are free or very low-cost, all for a good reason for the house!

No windows, no clocks, all for the single purpose of hiding the passage of time! Plus all machines operated by the gamblers, are preprogrammed to hit near misses, two cherries instead of three, to keep you putting in your money, and keep “On the JOB” so to speak! Yet the problems go even deeper than this, consider these factors:

(!) Gambling promises easy gains:

There’s  little or no effort in gambling. motivated by the chance of becoming rich quickly. by luck. In contrast the Bible tells us to invest our time and energy in labor that supplies our needs and those of our families.

 Proverbs 12:11 “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”

To bring it in today’s language: “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies, have no sense.”  Or this one:

 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

NOTE(JB) It says would not work,j it did not say COULD NOT WORK!

GAMBLING EXPLOITS THE POOR:

Gambling depends upon the losses of many, for the benefits of a few. Records show that most losses are from the poorest of us, trying to “FIX” their financial woes. But that’s false hope, that stops them in their tracks, towards a solution. The false hope, as ALL gambling has its odds with the house or the person, because they know that gambling does not pay , if they are the one’s gambling! When the last time YOU saw a horse bet on people? Thus this false hope of instant riches, keeps many on the path of financial responsibility, and into ruin.

GAMBLING misuses our God-given resources.

Psalms 24:1 <<A Psalm of David.>> “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

The Lords Jesus taught that we are to be good stewards, and shall be helt to account as God’s servants….

  Matthew 25:14-30″ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Note(JB) The Outer Darkness is eternal death, the “Blotting out” means removed from the memory of all beings, thus as if they’ve not ever even existed!

Can you even imagine if the billions of dollars spent on gambling, each year was spent \on the poor for their education and health and housing, and disease prevention, how different this world would be?

GAMBLING IS FOUNDED UPON GREED, A SIN.

Gambling is the human attempt to gain something, without providing anything in return, that’s of a real value. Money has no value beyond what it can be traded for of things of value. It’s only paper.  The TENTH Commandment tells us not to covet another’s possessions  [Exodus 20:17] …

 1 Timothy 6:9-11″ But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”

GAMBLING OVERLOOKS GOD.

Finally gambling opposes the principle of trusting God, to provide our needs. It is motivated by our discontent with our material blessings, all of which comes from God, and it leads us to trust other resources that are in direct opposition to the way God provides for us.

SO, IN CONCLUSION:

How should we all avoid it and warn others of its dangers?

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

  Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

FAQs ABOUT THE PROBLEM GAMBLING:

Isn’t problem gambling just a financial problem?

NO! Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has financial consequences. If society could pay all of the problem gambler’s debts, they would still have the problem, with their uncontrollable obsession to gamble.

Can people who don’t gamble daily still be considered problem gamblers?

YES! The frequency of anyone’s gambling is not the problem, even though they may go on a “Gambling Binge” once or tw3ice a year, they are still rated as problem gamblers.This will be evident in their families lives, as well as their own.

How can people become addicted to something that isn’t a substance?

Although a substance that’s eaten or drunk,, or injected or ingested in some way, problem gamblers, receive a “HIGH” the same as those on drugs or alcohol. They try to get to the same state of Euphoria they get of winning. Just as with other addictions, they need to increase the “DOSAGES” over time! Thus spend their way in debts, over their heads. The more they feel this rush, the more they gamble, like a vicious circle, leaves then open to get stuck on other addictions with drugs or booze.

Can children and those under 18 develop problem gambling?

Yes! Research shows that those who began gambling as a child, will be far more likely to develop problem gambling, when they reach adulthood.

ARE NOT ALL PROBLEM GAMBLERS REALLY WEAK-WILLED AND IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE?

NO! Many, who develop this problem are viewed as strong-willed and responsible by those who love them. Precipitating factors can be drastic changes in circumstances, as retirement, or job related stress or eve a the death of a loved one

WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE BECOME PROBLEM GAMBLERS?

ANYONE, under the above conditions, can fall into this trap, IF…j they are not aware of them,

Problem Gambling hotline:  1-800 522-4700. or http://www.ncpgambling.org

The answer to any and all human problems is JESUS CHRIST! Speak to Him each day!

Want/Need more? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist Church any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10AM, and learn God loves you very much more than you ca n know!

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I SEE, I WANT, I TAKE. QUESTIONS OF STEWARDSHIP

 Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Has not humanity taken this to overboard conditions, by greedy exploitations? Look at these verses, and and think.

Luke 16:2 “And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.”

Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Proverbs 21:5 “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”

Has, in all honesty mankind not operated as the Proverb above states?  Until laws were enacted that forced the open-pit miners, to leave the surface repaired and planted back to a wild state? Only in the last 50 some odd years?

Let’s take a look at what Jesus wants for us, a Spiritual Life, and not a life after the Flesh, which is subjected to LUST OF THE EYE, LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE PRIDE OF LIFE.  The three deadly sins of mankind.

Jesus presented a picture of the Spiritual life for in Matthew.

Matthew 13:3-7 “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: ”

The Sower is Christ, and the seeds are His Word, The Holy Bible. The first speaks to seeds that fell by the wayside, we can think of this as those people who outright reject the words, as they refuse to listen.

The second fell upon stony places, or hard hearts, with very little compassion or will to learn, something new.

Some seeds will fall upon those who are all by themselves, surrounded by naysayers, atheists ect, and their negativity soon smothered out God’s truth, and choked them with falsehoods.

Matthew 13:22-23 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The above passage is self explanatory, right? Yet most, I believe, would accept the vast majority of people especially in the so-called, ‘Developed world,’ are far too materialistic, far too busy gathering stuff! Yes this man has had Caddy’s, Lincoln’s, several big boats, yet none of these inanimate objects, cared NOT  one whit about me, Stuff’s like that, it can provide no true happiness, within these things. Yes we could record a message, and then play it back to self, the message can be anything you want, but when you record, :”I love YOU!” just how much meaning does it project?

Yes, sadly today, there’s many a “Prosperity Preacher ,” but sadly the Only prosperity they seem to be concerned about is their own! The Bible speaks to many very rich men, Abraham, Job, and some others, yet most are down to earth, simple people, living simple lives, but honest and good.

Mark 12:41-44 “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

This false “Prosperity Theology”, just as any good counterfeit, does contain truth, but this false doctrine, comes woven with a little, truth, that comes with carefully chosen deceit. Yes God The Father, wants us to prosper, in things we need, and even  things we want, up to a point! When we put our focus on stuff, we tend to lose sight of Jesus.

 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The greatest problem with this type of theology is that our giving, somehow obligated God to make us rich. Sorry He is God, not Santa Clause, making the giver, motivated to give not our of any Spiritual Principle, but rather by the selfish desire to get more and more money! Yes, I’ve known a few millionaires, in my day, sadly not one was satisfied with what they had, and always seeking ways to get more! Never seen any of them truly happy and content! God never wanted us to live this way. But how does this theology hurt us and or the Church?

First: pure materialism, in its very nature, tends to blind us, making it more and more difficult to detect our other sins. Much like the butcher’s thumb on the scales, if you will. We all in this case, tend to fixate upon the object of our desire. Much as King David, who already had 10 wives, saw his neighbor’s wife bathing, desired her, to the point that while at war, he made sure that her husband was up front and killed! Did David pay a heavy price? Well, his new “wife”‘s first born died shortly after birth, and another son Absalom, led a rebellion against him, and was killed.

We, are all, or least almost all, are somewhat familiar with the story of Eden, Satan and, the forbidden Fruit story of Genesis 2 and 3rd chapters . In the which Satan convinced Eve that God was withholding a truth and a gift, from them by disallowing this fruit to be eaten. He deceived her by, by saying that God lied, eating it’s fruit would not cause their death, instead it would make the far more wise and be a god!

Ever, wondered, what life and history would have been like, IF ONLY Eve had closed her eyes, and walked away?  Knowing that both Adan and Eve, were immortal, then? But lost that because of sin!

The “Casting of eyes upon….” was the second problem Joseph had to over come, the story of Potiphar’s wife desired him…. {Genesis 39:7}….

James 1:13-15 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Sorry Mr. Flip Wilson, The Devil can’t make anyone do that which they do not want to do! So how important is our “Eye-control”?

Matthew 5:29-30 “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Is it not better to lose the eyes than to lose the whole body? Is t not better as written in Proverbs, “It’s better to be a living dog, than a dead lion.”

THE SECOND STEP:

The second step is to keep dwelling on a thing or things wanted. Remember, each and every Advertisement you see or hear, has but one single and solitary purpose, to get you to buy that product, period. They do that, by hooking you into thinking “I do indeed deserve to have that.”  The next step is to get you to thinking, “I want, no I NEED that.” Many in the entertainment industry, try to “SELL” us on the fact, that they have absolutely no impact on our morality, yet they turn to the Ad agencies, to finance their products on T.V.

How many of you, think that any organization is going to spend a Million dollars for a 15 second ad during the Super Bowl, if ads did not work, in getting you and me, to buy and buy and buy?  So how can one resist all temptations?  Most Thrift Stores have a shelf where they have used Bible for a buck or less buy one … IF…  you do not have one.

James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

This old man, found himself so far into a deep hole that I had look up just to see the bottom, back in 1995, In prayer, with tears {of self-pity?} rolling down my cheeks, I asked God to help me to teach me His ways of living this life. I’ve not ever been in want for anything since, proving, at least in my mind, Our Heavenly Father’s ways are best, as He knows best! He wants nothing but good for us, remember 3 John 1:2- earlier?

However it’s not enough to protect your exterior of self, the inner you must also undergo a change, within your character, as IT, is the only part of you that we can take to Heaven! All the JUST, living or dead, shall be instantly changed at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds,   1 Corinthians 15:50-55.

Job 14:14 “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”

Please….. NEVER, EVER, take the words of men, for the Word of God learn that for self! Popular today is the teaching that at His return, all humans shall have 7 seven years to draw to God, and then he saved. There is not yet any Bible printed by men, that shows us this doctrine, but Satan has deceived much of the world, into think he’s non-existed,j right? Any natural disaster is blamed on God, rather than upon him, please think!

Therefore follow this….Matthew 12:43-45 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”

Yes, if asked Jesus can clean you from any addiction or habit, if you are honest with Him, but if you then return to your old ways,, as written, life shall much worse than before.

Here’s a two-fold answer: Colossians 3:2-4 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Therefore, in place of TAKING, we begin to giving to others, of our excess…

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

John 3:15-18 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

QUESTION:  Is there ANYONE left out from the word, WHOSOEVER?

Thanking Y O U, for your time. Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

WANT/NEED more? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist church any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM, and learn what it cost Heaven to pay for human sins.

Other sites: AFTV.ORG   BLBN.ORG   REDEEM.international Amazingdiscoveries.org itiswritten.com  bonesinstones.blogspot.com

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THE TRINITY. Loren Seibold, and Signs of the Times Dec., 2017 issue.

    THE TRINITY— what Christians call the Godhead— has been, and still is a controversial Christian teaching,  especially for the Jews holding to only the Old Testament, and even today, as “THREE IN ONE” is a most difficult concept to grasp for many!

Note(JB):  Genesis 2:22-24 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Just as the The Holy Bible called Adam and Eve, the married man and woman, as ONE FLESH, we know that they are not physically as one body, but separate and individual bodies, as a woman and a man united in Holy Matrimony, as One! The same fashion, with the Godhead, as each is “THE SAME SUBSTANCE(*NB God, The Father, God, The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, each having a function, a purpose to bring all humans to The Father-God, through Christ Jesus as their personal Savior, in a loving relationship with obedience.         If it helps think of each as a “Cubicle of their own”, all within the “Office of the Godhead” They have always been, and will always be, eternal.

(*NB) At Least until His birth,as a child of Mary and thus a “Son” of God, being both human flesh and Divine God, who never used His powers as God, for His own purposes, but for others’ healing!Since His resurrection He’s had a “Glorified Body” but a flesh body, forever!  1 Timothy 2:5″For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

And Now Loren’s story:  In the late fourth century a young man born in Roman England was captures by marauders, who brought him to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. His name was Patrick and you might not ever of heard of him, were it not for the fact that in his captivity he learned about christ Jesus and spent his enslaved years strengthening his faith through study and prayer. Eventually he was able to flee his owner and make his way back to Britain, where he undertook formal studies and eventually ordained in France.

One day Patrick had a vision in which he heard the people of Ireland calling him “We appeal to you, holy slave boy, to come and walk among us.” So, Patrick returned to Ireland as a Christian Missionary, baptizing and ordaining priests. Though other missionaries had worked in Ireland, none were as successful as Patrick.

There are many stories and legends about Patrick, but one that’s especially loved is how he taught his uneducated pagan hearers that God was One God but also three Individuals. He held up a sprig of clover, a very common plant in Ireland,. “This is three leaves, but still one leaf” he explained “So it is also with God, God is one, but that one is three: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 John 14:16-18″And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

NOTE(JB): Most of you have either a cell-phone, or a radio or a T.V, and all get a signal, for a tower/transmitter, for you to get information. Well think of The Father, as the transmitter and the Holy Spirit as a receiver, that upon your invitation shall reside within you, and your willingness to obey, will by this method learn of God’s will! 1 Corinthians 3:16″Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”    1 Corinthians 6:20″For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

“Bought for a price?”  Yes Christ paid for your life, with His own!We  are all sinners and the wages of is death, a death that Christ died for on our behalf! But one must read the Bible to learn and know this, right?

YES, A MOST PUZZLING DOCTRINE.

The proposition that God is “composed,” of three separate but equal and completely united personalities— Father Son and Holy Spirit— may the most frequently discussed church doctrine in the History of Christianity. Strict Monotheists, One God only as the Jews and Muslims, and others, have misunderstood it as evidence that Christians are polytheists, or believe in many Gods. Even Christian believers have wrestled with it. The seventh-century English minister Robert South once wrote” As he that denies this fundamental religious article of the Christian religion, may lose his soul, so that he that much strives to understand it may lose his wits.”

AS important as it is to believe, the teachings if the Trinity, You can be assured that it is not necessary that one understands the precise mechanism of this blending of three Individuals in one God> As with many things about god, we can not understand it with our mortal and finite minds. What we are expected to understand of this Trinity, is  that they each work together to show us God’s love for each one of us. agree?

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

To Israel, there was one One God. Surrounded by foreign nations, with multiple gods and goddesses, God insisted that Israel confine itself to one, and The One Real God. Deuteronomy 6:4-5″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.”

Genesis 1:1″In the beginning <re’shiyth> God <‘elohiym> created <bara’> <‘eth> the heaven <shamayim> and <‘eth> the earth <‘erets>.”

NOTE(JB): GOD <‘elohiym> is plural, thus GODS, as all three members of the Godhead were involved in the Creation!  This is what happens when we do NOT read the words that are there, , and accept their fullest meanings, but rather put our own understanding in its place.!

Isaiah predicted as much in:  Isaiah 7:14″Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”     Isaiah 9:6″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.”

Note(JB): If we look at John 1:1-3 and 14  we know that Jesus is The Father’s Creative conduit, therefore it is Jesus in Genesis 2:7  that made Adam…Genesis 2:7″And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Man became what?  A living soul. Thus a soul is NOT any add-on feature, as man became a living soul. thus all life that moves and breathers is a living soul, period! Yes slugs are souls. Souls, Breath of life, Spirit are oft interchangeable in The Word. Ecclesiastes 12:7″Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”     Yours and mine,last breath shall,return to He who created it! Now does your breath, think? Is it alive? Can it move under its own thoughts? NO, breath is air, wind, but it may contain your DNA, for God to reconstitute His own! Resurrection! Never ask how, God said it, accept it!  How the Jews got their thinking that Jesus was to be as another King David, and throw out the Romans, is a fact that is not Biblical, but of their own desires!  Read Isaiah 53rd chapter.

 Job 19:25-27″For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

When Jesus arrived with the claim to be The Messiah, {Yah’s Savior The Anointed One} He upset the “SETTLED”, belief, that God could only be  understood in only one way. Jesus’ miracles and His teachings were so astonishing that even His enemies had to admit that He had an unusual relationship with God. In fact when asked to describe this relationship he said:

 John 10:30-31″ I and my Father are one.   (31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Note(JB): Why did they TRY to stone Him?  For Blasphemy, they saw a flesh man, claiming to be God! But look……  As Cardinal Giuseppe Santo, who became Pope Pius 10th ( 4 August-1903 to 20 Aug., 1914) said this : “The Pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. O n the contrary he is Jesus Christ, under the veil of flesh”  Is this not also blasphemy?   Yet look at what was written about 500 years before Christ…

2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?”

 Daniel 7:24-26″And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Note(JB): This Vatican power structure shall face God’s Judgment at the end of Flesh Man and the return of Jesus! For HE is the Rock…..Daniel 2:44-45 “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”

Only God;’s kingdom shall remain, and shall be established upon this same earth, 1,000 years after His Second Advent Revelation 20 – 22.”Behold I come quickly!”  So WHOM DO Y O U obey God or men? Worship on the SEVENTH day or on the First day Sun (god) Day? All those paintings with “Halo’s” around the heads, is in fact the SUN god disk! Right out od Egypt and Babylon paganism!  Matthew 23:9 “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

Please know, that will not be mocked!     Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”         A kind warning to the Vatican’s people,j and their souls. (JB)

YOU SAY: “I FEEL ALL ALONE”.       GOD SAYS,  Hebrews 13:5″ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

BACK TO THE STORY:   this confession that He Himself was God so angered the Jews that they sought to crucify Him, which gave Him the opportunity to prove His divinity by becoming to life after being dead

The Holy Spirit may be the most mysterious and difficult One form humans to describe, of the Three Persons of the Godhead. Jesus referred to the Spirit as the Entity that would continue to provide guidance after He returned to Heaven…..

 John 15:26 ” But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”

 John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

NOTE(JB): There are those who understand that the Holy Spirit, is but a force, But how can a “FORCE”, teach anyone, or cause one to remember? To lead Luke 4:1.  To be received as a gift from The Father, ( when asked for) Luke 11:13. To give one the ability to speak another language, they have not ever known before… Acts 2:4  {JB I speak Dutch and English would love to learn Mandarin, If God sends me to China, the Holy Spirit shall help me learn to speak it!]   Ephesians 4:30 how can a “Force” be grieved? For that is the unpardonable sin, that can NOT be forgiven in this world, nor the next!

This is but a small sample of verses that reference to the work of the Holy Spirit that it’s clear enough that He’s not just an indirect way to speak of God;’s influence— but that He is an actual Individual.

THE EARLY CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE.

The Bible never uses the word TRINITY, but there are a few New Testament references to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as a combined Entity. Each of these Divine Individuals is described clearly and all Three are often even mentioned in the same passage, look……

1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Note(JB): Others hold that this Holy Spirit is the Spirit of The Father-God,only and not a separated individual that’s also Devine. But then the why of their mentioning as separated Beings? Case in point…..

 Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Yes, we are Sanctified by Jesus Christ, and our accepting Him and His gift, at the cost of His own life, but it is the workings of the Holy Spirit, within us, at our request, and willingness to surrender our will, that the Holy Spirit is them able to change our characters, to become over time, the character that Jesus displayed.

 1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ” 

Note(JB): Please do not get the impression, that The Father-God wants yes and no people, He want individuals with a free-mind, not robots.  Look….

Isaiah 1:18″ Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

 

So, with no clear theology of the Trinity in the Scriptures, early Christians struggled to know how to regard Jesus  and the Holy Spirit. The apostle John clearly understood the Holy Spirit to be a Person in His ow n right, yet independent, yet co-operative with both The Father and The Son. In fact , John quoted Jesus: “John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

Note(JB): “…he shall be in you…” True, BUT only as we invite Him in, each day, with a surrendered will.  (This is the ‘die to self”), so we can live in Christ, spiritually speaking!

Church councils took up the question of the Trinity again and again, during the early period of Christian history. One of the final products of their study, the fifth century Athanasian Creed, explained the The Trinity while warning against polytheism {many gods} . It described “One God in Trinity….There is one Person… of The Father, another of The Son, and another of the Holy Spirit, yet they are THREE Gods, yet but ONE GOD!

Even still, today, the Catholic Church forbids to speak,j and say there’s three Gods. Thus, even with these words, the early Christians scholars showed that even if God is Three, these Three aren’t separate. To think that we must pray, to speak, to One for one thing, and to speak to An Other for other things, is wrong. Thinking that the Three are in any competition with each other is clearly wrong, and that understanding of the Trinity, is misunderstood!You and me, can pray to anyone, as all prayers are heard by all Three. Neither can we divide them, nor able to love One more than the Other.

FUNCTIONALLY SPEAKING.

Perhaps the best way to explain the Three Persons of God, is to see Them in
Their purpose of, and for Salvation, our Salvation.

God, The Father is the Foundation and Originator of everything. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”      Genesis 1:1 In the beginning <re’shiyth> God <‘elohiym>  [this word is plural as in Gods] created <bara’> <‘eth> the heaven <shamayim> and <‘eth> the earth <‘erets>.

NOTE(JB): I’d be remiss, if we did not touch upon this fact…..John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

So, Who is the Word?    John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

This can only be Jesus Christ Himself. agree?

Yet, an Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotence, God Who is also invisible to us, and distant it not at all easy for finite human to relate to. When it came to implementing the plan for Salvation, God needed “One like a Son of man”  (Revelation 14:14) to be a healer, a teacher, and to show the physical side of the FAther,. as well as One to be a sacrifice of atonement. {“At one with’} . As Jesus, born of flesh woman, Mary, Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are– yet He sinned not. [ Hebrews 4:15] . As we can read in John1:14, above, Gos was seen in the person of Jesus as merciful, and gracious, filled with love for each of us as sinners, Had the power over death, and Who in Heaven mediated our prayers to The Father.. [1 Timothy 2:5].

Just as Jesus predicted, The Holy Spirit speaks to us in subtly ways through our minds and emotions.

 2 Peter 1:19-21 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

He, also guides us as we study the Bible….. John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

He, The Holy Spirit is also the Voice of our conscience….  Romans 9:1 “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,”

He, even enables us to worship and to fellowship together, as Sons and Daughters of God, though Jesus Christ….2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” <<The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.>>

It is He that gives us spiritual talents:  1 Corinthians 12:6-12″And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Note(JB): Here, again is the many as one body idea of the Trinity. the Godhead Union.

It is also HE, Who provides us the power we need to overcome sins and to give us the victory over our temptations…2 Timothy 1:7″For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Therefore, seen in this way, The Holy Trinity presents God to us in Three separate Persons, each intended to be accessible to human beings with our differing personalities and needs. Yet do NOT misunderstand: That I can see the Holy Spirit changing my life doesn’t mean that Jesus is uninterested in my , or your’s growing in grace. That Jesus served as the sacrifice for my sins on Calvary doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love just as much. That God is the judge of sin doesn’t mean that Jesus or the Spirit are unconcerned about it , or you and me. They are indeed Three in One, and all Three love you and me!

 

 

 

 

 

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DID a LOVING GOD, REALLY MAKE A DEVIL?

Adapted from Amazing facts’ “Hidden Truth” magazine, with my many thanks. (John B)

Most people in the world are being totally ‘bamboozled’ by a highly successful, and evil genius plotting their destruction, and most sadly, they refuse to even acknowledge his very existence, and they also do God’s! This brilliant, but totally depraved being is often called the devil, or Satan. This name from the Hebrew, SA-TAN, means the opposer, as he is in total opposition to all that God is, and stands for!

 Isaiah 5:20 “”Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

How does this verse not fit, the morals of the days, since the 1960’s?  The complete selfishness of abortions, or the so-called “Gay” lifestyles? What is there to be gay about, playing with HIV? What IF…if all humanity chose to be gay? Humans would be EXTINCT, in one generation, is that normal? We all, in moments of desperation, thought of robbery , so solve our financial shortcomings, but few actually act upon this thought!  Look at what was written almost 2,000 years ago, and ask self, “ARE WE THERE YET”?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Many believe, that Satan, is but a symbolic figure, used to frighten children into good behaviour, by frustrated parents, if this is the case, then many Luciferians are worshiping a nothing! However the Words of God, The Holy Bible, says he is very real, and runs this earth, and represents the very essence of consummate evil.

This fallen angel, was the leader of angels, and was the protector of the Mercy Seat, in heaven, until he chose, because all of the Angels and all humans, have the gift from God, a free-will, thus the ability to chose or reject God Himself!

WHY?

Love, to be honest, and true, can not be forced, nor co-erst into existence, it must come from a willing heart/mind! God uses only love and truth, Satan will not ever use these two, but will use everything else, including murder!

Yes, murder….. read the stories of Joseph, or Moses as a baby, of Herod’s quest to kill all males under two years old, to kill the Baby Jesus, in the vicinity of Bethlehem, as Satan’s attempt upon their lives. Sadly, the insurance industry, is only to happy to reject your claim, on the grounds the storm being an “ACT OF GOD”, when it was Satan’s power that caused it!

He is forever subverting families, churches, {most worship on Sunday not the Seventh-day Bible’s Sabbath} and even entire nations. You can’t think that a leader of North Korea, is so silly, to think he and his 20 million people, can match the USA’s 320 millions, in a war? This is Satan, leadership in this man!  All he can do is rob, kill and destroy, he is powerless to create, yet wants to sit upon God’s throne!

 Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

 Ezekiel 28:18 “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”

Ezekiel 28:15 “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

Satan WAS created perfect, until he in his mind, was not satisfied, with his station, he wanted to be a god! It was Jesus who was given the tasks of Lucifer, now named Satan! He was once, one of the two angels that stood on either side of God’s throne, and symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant’s Mercy Seat.

It was Satan’s plans for escalating immorality, sorrows and pain, that follows, even human destructions, and sin are succeeding to an incredible degree. Millions of abortions, each year, on this earth, will be his testimony, and ours!  His plan for your life is death, eternal death, the Bible’s second death!

Revelation 2:11 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

This “Lake of Fire” shall engulf the entire earth, this earth’s surface will be cleansed of all sin, death, and all humanity’s construction shall be reduced to ash, including all pollution, then the saints of God, in Christ, shall see His creative powers for themselves, as He re-creates, Eden over all the earth!

Satan’s plans for YOUR life….. is death, eternal! What does the Bible have to say about this powerful force in this world?

 Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

The very fact that the Bible speaks of Satan by his given name Lucifer, and his first home, Heaven, is a very strong indicator, that he’s not just a fable in a red Halloween Costume, with horns and spear-point tail and a pitch-fork. Thus for many, the question remains: “Why would a loving God make a devil”?

 Ezekiel 28:15 “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”… [ lawlessness iniquity]

 Ezekiel 28:14″ Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God:….. “

Ezekiel 28:12-13 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

God did NOT create the devil, he was perfect from the beginning……. Ephesians 3:9 “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

 Psalms 99:1 “The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. “

Scriptures show Satan, before he fell into sin, was highly respected, and a cherished angel, of flawless beauty, and brightness. {Ezekiel 28:13}.

BUT WHAT LED LUCIFER TO SIN,AGAINST GOD?

 Ezekiel 28:17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”

Please read, again Isaiah 14: 12-14. from above.

He suffers, from the same things many of us suffer from: Pride of self, Discontentment, and self – exaltation, to the point of delusions,  thus the worse one to deceive, is self! Satan actually hoped, somehow, to unseat God, and the demand that all worship him. It was the worse kind of treason, ever. Centuries latter he even had the gall, to try to tempt Jesus….

Matthew 4:8-11 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

In the last days, God The Father, call us all to worship Him….Revelation 14:6-7 “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Please read Exodus 20:8-11, and see all the items mentioned in common!  The 4th Commandment, not the 3rd one of Rome’s Catechism book, which removed the 2nd, and split the 10th! Who are they trying to fool besides self? Yet Satan will try to force all to worship him on his chosen day, Sunday……

 Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

God said, in Exodus 20:3 “…Thou shalt have no other gods before me…”   But Satan knows if you do NOT worship God, it’s just like you are following Satan himself.

All the Bible shows is that sin originated within Lucifer, who became the devil we call Satan, he was the very first Created being, ever, to go up against God’s kingdom. Only the Bible explains the true origin of sin, and the evils it brings.

AMAZING FACT:  The Bible never portrays Satan as wearing red,m sporting bat-wings, trailing a pointed tail, complete with horns and pitch-fork. This comes from Greek mythology, and this monstrous distortion pleases the devil. Satan was a beautiful angel of light who still can so appear, as such……

 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”  [Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:14-19.]

Note (JB): Ever see any “Magician” perform the levitation trick, where he or she, is “floating” about a foot above the ground? How do you think they do that? Easy they call upon Satan who send a fallen angel, we can’t see, to hold them up, from the ground, and even carry them around! Besides there are NO Ghosts, only Satan’s demons, who know yours, and mine, passed on loved ones, real well, and in a fuzzy way look and sound just as they, who are dead. They know all the secrets of all of us, so we are so… so easy to fool!

Many Thanks to Brother Doug Batchelor and his organisation AFTV.org

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