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The following material is provided for information purposes only. Any conclusions or opinions formed should be based on the principles as outlined in Acts 17:11. The material is intended for use as a witnessing tool and to keep you informed so you will not be unaware (Luke 21:34) of what is happening according to Scripture’s
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INTERESTING ARTICLES SUMMARY
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>What is the Gospel?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>When Souls enter the Eternal Forest
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>The End Times shouldn’t be terrifying for Believers
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Does the Bible teach “Reincarnation?”
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Careless Words
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>PRAYING IN JESUS NAME
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Christian Post – Mar.10, 2023 -- There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they're preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, 'you can have a purpose to your life', or that 'you can have meaning to your life', or that 'you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.'
All of those things are true, and they're all important, but they don't get to the heart of the Gospel.
The Gospel is called the 'good news' because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I'm not. And at the end of my life, I'm going to stand before a just and holy God, and I'll be judged. And I'll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness — or lack of it — or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well-being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn't possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn't concerned to protect His own integrity. He's a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead — so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So, the Gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith — and by faith alone.
The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ's life and death is by putting your trust in Him and in Him alone. You do that, you're declared just by God, you're adopted into His family, you're forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
WHEN SOULS ENTER THE ETERNAL FOREST
The Christian Post – Oct. 11, 2022 -- Six people were killed recently when their car crashed into a tree in Lincoln, Nebraska. The friends were on their way home around 2:00 a.m. when the tragic collision occurred. The victims ranged in age from 21 to 26.
These six souls have entered the eternal forest where they will now spend eternity. They had no way of knowing what was about to happen when they entered the vehicle that night. People instantly leave Earth when they die and enter the eternal forest in a split second. And there are only two destinations beyond the grave: Heaven and Hell.
Few people expect to die in their 20s, and certainly not in such a horrific manner. Each of us is a living soul residing within our earthly body. When our body dies, our soul is ushered immediately by angels to the place where we will spend eternity. The sooner you accept the fact that your soul is immortal, the better.
The first two human beings God created had a historic collision with a tree. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating fruit from the tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden, it was a catastrophic crash with worldwide consequences (Genesis 3:1-7). It ignited a fire that continues to burn today.
Billy Joel wrote the song, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” And yet each one of us is culpable for the fire that rages today. “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). You and I are just as guilty of sin as Adam and Eve, and sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23).
The eternal forest contains not only Heaven, but also Hell, which is a cordoned-off section of the forest engulfed in flames. Hell was not originally created for man, but rather for fallen angels. Jesus spoke about “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
Those suffering the agony of Hell cannot cross over to the joy and pleasure of Heaven, and vice versa. Abraham described the separation this way: “Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us” (Luke 16:26).
No reputable historian denies the fact that Jesus of Nazareth lived on Earth and was crucified on a cross 2,000 years ago. Just as Tiberius was the second Roman emperor, Jesus too is a historical figure who lived during that same time period in the first century.
As you investigate the claims of Christ, don’t overlook the tree upon which Jesus was crucified. If you come to understand and believe why Christ’s crucifixion occurred, you will be on the verge of having your sins forgiven. You see, “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
The most important tree in the history of the world is the cross where Jesus died to pay for our sins. Without this tree, we would all be going to Hell. Each one of us is a sinner who deserves God’s wrath and punishment.
Do you see the eternal forest through the trees? The prophet Daniel saw this forest when he wrote, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).
The Apostle John also understood the reality of the eternal forest: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
Cell phones and the Internet do not exist in the eternal forest. Social media will be a thing of the past. All things will be made new for those who enter Heaven (Revelation 21:1-7).
We would have no clue about the eternal forest unless God had revealed it to us in Holy Scripture. You can either take God at His Word and trust Christ to save your soul, or you can live as though everything God has told us in Scripture about Heaven and Hell is false.
But make no mistake about it, my friend. Your beliefs do not change the reality of the only two destinations in the eternal forest. You can bury your head in the sand if you like, but your life on Earth is going to end when God decides to turn off the oxygen tank he has placed within your lungs. And at that moment, you will immediately take a one-way trip to your final destination deep in the eternal forest.
Do you see the forest through the trees? Will you believe the good news concerning what Jesus did on the tree of the cross for you and for your salvation? None of us are told in advance when we will be taking our final breath on Earth. But if you are trusting the risen Savior, you will rise up to Heaven to be with him when your time comes.
I hope the following prayer reflects the desire of your heart:
“Dear Lord, I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. But I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sins. Wash me, Jesus, with your precious blood. Make me your child today, tomorrow and forever. And fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit to live for you every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
THE END TIMES SHOULDN'T BE TERRIFYING FOR BELIEVERS
Charisma News – Oct. 4, 2022 -- At the appointed time, Christ will appear in majesty and splendor and glory and power to bring this fallen world to a grinding halt, a grand finale, a screeching end. It will be a day of reckoning for those who have rejected Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord—a dreadful end for those who refuse to believe Him to be the King Eternal.
But it will be a glorious end for those who have put their faith in Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
The end of history will be a time of utter devastation: "The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare" (2 Peter 3:10). These end-times events and more are described in the book of Revelation, detailing a truly terrifying future for this world.
But I don't want you to be alarmed. God gave us His revelation of the end times not to frighten us but to motivate and encourage us. He wants us to live both with a sense of urgency about His coming and with hope, knowing that He has not forgotten us but wants everyone to come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9).
Remember That Satan is a Defeated Foe
I admit that when I consider the coming judgment of the world, I'm as big a coward as anybody. If God gave me a vote in the matter (which He has not), my vote would be, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus! In fact, come early!"
Not only do I not want to go through seven years or three and a half years of the Great Tribulation—I don't want to go through one minute of it! But whatever God determines that His people will endure, we can be confident that He will sustain us. In fact, we can already read the scoreboard and know how the game is going to end. We can celebrate here and now because Satan is finished.
In 2 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul wrote a word of encouragement for all those who will experience the anarchy, terror and evil of the age of the Antichrist at the end times. He declared, "[T]he Lord Jesus will overthrow [the lawless one] with the breath of his mouth and destroy [him] by the splendor of his coming" (2:8). My friend, there is no long, drawn-out battle. There is no protracted war. Victory will be quick and instantaneous. And I can't wait. I am confident that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (see Psalm 27:13).
Remember Who Is Holding You
How can we be confident that we'll stand firm even in the face of the direst trials? It's certainly not by trusting in our own strength. Our assurance rests solely in Jesus, our Rock and Redeemer, our absolute and unshakable security. In fact, in Matthew 24:24, Jesus warned that false messiahs would come at the end times and perform wonders so spectacular that they would deceive even the elect if that were possible. But of course, it's not going to be possible because those who trust in Jesus are held in His sovereign, all-powerful hand. Nothing and no one can separate us from His love (see Romans 8:31-39; John 10:28-30).
If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can have peace that transcends understanding because God chose you, loved you and called you. And He's going to keep you safe all the way home. Regardless of present circumstances, regardless of present troubles, regardless of future lawlessness, God's call, His sovereign choice, His predetermined love, anchors us in the midst of crashing waves and stormy seas. Just listen to what Jesus declared about all who believe in Him:
"All those the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away. ... And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." (John 6:37, 39-40)
But that's not all. In John 10:27-29, Jesus said, "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand."
God's sovereign, loving choice should banish fear from our lives. Let the devil mount his fiercest attack. Let the man of lawlessness be revealed; let the Antichrist persecute us. Let all hell break loose and all rebellion break out. It will not shake us. It will never move us. Our stability is not based on our circumstances or our feelings. Rather, it is firmly established in the sovereignty of God's loving choice. We can stand firm because we know how firmly our soul's anchor holds. You can stand firm because it's not about what you are holding onto. It's about who is holding onto you. And the one who is holding you is immovable.
Overcome Your Fear With God's Faithfulness
In light of the teachings of the gospel, we can overcome any fear of the end times by relying on and trusting in God's strength and faithfulness. Moreover, leaning on the everlasting arms of God—His infinite power—moment by moment is our witness to the world that we truly believe in His promises and have anchored our faith in Him and Him alone.
We cannot stand firm, we cannot have stability in life, without being sandwiched between the past promises of God and the present power of God. You see, God is faithful, and He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to bear. God is faithful, and He will give strength when strength is needed. He is faithful to shield us from the spirit of lawlessness at the end times.
And He is faithful to keep us blameless to the day of His coming.
In this life we're sometimes dazed and wounded by trials; we often have losses and sufferings that we don't understand. But God's message here and now for every believer in Jesus Christ is take heart, you are destined for glory. You will reign and rule with Christ. Don't let the world's troubles cloud your vision. Remember your final destination. We know the final score. Jesus is preparing a place for you. Be comforted in the face of trouble.
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH REINCARNATION?
A recent poll found that approximately 33% of United States citizens believe in reincarnation. Many TV shows treat it as fact. Most people involved in yoga and new age spiritually embrace this concept. Because of this, we need to know how to respond. Basically, the concept of reincarnation involves the idea that the soul-life of every human being "evolves" from an inanimate state to plant life, then to animal life, then to numerous human forms on its journey toward perfection, ultimate enlightenment and godhood (called Samadhi in Hinduism).
Some reincarnationists teach that during this transmigration process, the "soul-life" can shuttle back and forth between a human, animal and even mineral state. Others believe in only a progressive evolution of the soul. If the proponents of this doctrine cannot agree on how it works, that makes the concept even more dubious and debatable.
Jesus, on the other hand, taught resurrection—of both the righteous and the wicked (see John 5:28-29). He also validated the doctrine of the resurrection by rising from the dead Himself. Many Far Eastern and New Age groups teach instead that the ultimate end of an advanced soul is a merging with the oversoul, becoming a formless part of the godhead, an infinite existence beyond all distinction and thought. In Buddhism, this final state of de-personalization is called nirvana (a word meaning "blowing out" like the blowing out of a candle).
Strangely, many New Agers and yogis try to prove to the doctrine of reincarnation by using biblical references. Some favorite passages are the angel Gabriel announcing that John the Baptist would come in the "spirit and power of Elijah" and Jesus declaring that John actually was Elijah (Luke 1:17, Matt. 11:14). One way to explain those verses is to go back to 2 Kings 2:9 where Elisha asked to receive a double portion of Elijah's "spirit." He wasn't asking to become a reincarnation of Elijah; instead, he was prayerfully appealing to the prophet for an outpouring of a similar anointing (double strength at that). When you bring that into the equation, it is easy to see that is what Gabriel meant concerning John the Baptist, that he would have a similar anointing and a similar Elijah-like calling—taking the people of Israel back to their spiritual foundation and freeing them from tyranny of false religious ideas.
2 Timothy 1:13
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”
The apostle Paul told Timothy that he should “hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me”. Words are very important, and it is very easy to miscommunicate by using the wrong words. For example, I was a teacher in government schools in England and Wales for many years and well used to teaching students the science national curriculum. So, one day in church, discussing dinosaurs, I remember referring to them as “prehistoric animals”. This was just a label – I have accepted the truth of Genesis and creation since my teens. But the word “prehistoric” has almost new use within a biblical creation worldview because there is no extended period of time before human beings existed on Earth. And in any case, dinosaurs were created on the same day as humans, so the term pre-history really cannot apply.
PRAYING IN JESUS’ NAME
Do you know what it means to pray “in Jesus’ name”? This isn’t simply a phrase to be thoughtlessly tacked on to the end of our prayers. On the contrary, it’s an amazing privilege given to those who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. One way to think about it is that we’re praying something Jesus might pray. You must be His follower before you can do or say anything in His name.
Since God is holy and we are sinful, the only way to approach Him is through His Son, who paid the penalty for our sins and clothed us with His righteousness. That’s why we bring our requests in Jesus’ name—He’s the only way to the Father (John 14:6).
When we belong to Jesus, we approach God’s throne of grace not as beggars but as beloved children and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16-17). Because the Son acts as our intermediary and high priest, we can draw near to God with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need (Heb. 4:15-16).
So, the next time you’re about to end a prayer “in Jesus’ name,” remember what it means. Then ask yourself if your request is something Jesus would want for you.
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INTERESTING ARTICLES SUMMARY
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>The opposition to Holiness is mounting
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Not everyone goes to Heaven
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>A 2,000-year-old warning about a house of spirits
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>The cost of commitment
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Many will knowingly take the mark of the Beast; here’s how you can stay vigilant
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>SOWING TO THE SPIRIT
THE OPPOSITION TO HOLINESS IS MOUNTING
Charisma News – Feb. 26, 2023 -- Have you ever heard the saying, "Being forewarned is being forearmed"? When you know the hurricane is coming, you board up your house and go to safer territory. When you know a severe cold spell is on the way, you make sure that you have proper winter clothing.
In the same way, the Bible not only predicts seasons of great temptation and lawlessness, it also tells us how to survive such times. We can even thrive during such difficult seasons, with the grace and help of God. In fact, the same proven methods for overcoming sin and resisting temptation that apply to everyday life also apply in times of severe pressure and stress. We just need to be more vigilant in putting these methods into practice during times like this.
That's because it's so much easier to swim with the tide, to embrace the prevailing culture, to go with the flow, rather than to push back and resist.
If you decide not to acquiesce to the latest LGBTQ talking points on the job or in school, you will be vilified, marginalized and demonized. You will be excluded, marked, mocked and even canceled. You will be branded a bigot, a hater, a Nazi, to the point of losing promotions, jobs, scholarships and your reputation. Who wants any of this? Better to conform than to resist. At the least, better to be silent. That's certainly what the flesh wants to do.
Yet when we do this, compromising our convictions for the sake of our comfort, we compromise our very souls. This, too, is part of the Lord's warning, and it accurately describes the culture of the day. Lawlessness abounds. Wickedness has increased. The opposition to holiness is mounting. The resistance to the gospel is growing.
Will we stand tall for the world to see, or will we cower? Will we hold to God's truth regardless of cost or consequence, or will we rationalize our spineless choices? Will we have the courage to do what is right even when it makes us unpopular, or will we succumb to the pressure to conform? Put another way, which is more important to us, being accepted by God or being accepted by people? Whose favor do we value more? Whose praise do we live for?
In the words of Paul, "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Gal. 1:10). That is some straightforward language.
In that same spirit, Jesus said to religious leaders in His day, "How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God" (John 5:44)? As John recorded later in this same book, "Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him [referring to Jesus]. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God" (John 12:42–43).
Does that apply to any of us? Do we care more about human opinion than divine opinion? Are we more interested in the praise of people than the praise of our Lord? Are we more focused on temporal favor than eternal favor?
May the Lord open our eyes to eternal realities and deliver us from the fear of man and the desire to be praised by man. As a colleague of mine once said, "When you are on your knees [meaning, in prayer], the praise and the criticism go right over your head."
Or perhaps this question will help us get the right perspective: Would you rather be rejected by God or by people? Chew on that for a moment. How you answer that question will have eternal repercussions.
NOT EVERYONE GOES TO HEAVEN
Bill Wiese, the author of the New York Times best-selling book "23 Minutes in Hell," has a staunch warning for universalists who believe everyone will go to heaven.
"These people fail to realize that God is a God of justice and judgment," Wiese says. "They say God is love, and that He would never allow such suffering, for people to go to hell. Believe everyone gets a free pass. The Universalist tries to support their beliefs with Scripture, but I'm here to tell you that the Universalist teaching is false and heretical."
Wiese refers to British evangelist John Blanchard's book, "Hell on Trial," to explain the origin of universalism.
"It's when Satan brushed aside God's warning and said to Eve, 'You will surely not die,'" Wiese says. "But Jesus said in John 11:25-26, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.'"
Jesus said in Luke 13:3: "I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
Wiese says many universalists use five specific scriptures to support their beliefs and teaching. But, he says, they don't incorporate the verses around those scriptures to get the full meaning of what is being said. "You can't just pick out the one verse. You have to read all around it."
Those scriptures, which Wiese explains thoroughly in this video, include: 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20; and Romans 5:18.
Those looking for further proof, Wiese says, should seek no further than Acts 4:12, which reads:
"There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Also, Matthew 7:13-14, which reads, "Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it, because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
"These Scriptures are pretty clear," Wiese says.
Here is a summary of some of the Scripture that Bill cites in his 23 Minutes in Hell Video at: https://youtu.be/NHYQk0tkyik
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will be gathered in a pit, a prison type cell, the chambers of Death; Isa 24:22; Prov. 7:27
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will hardly be able to move: Isa. 14:9,19
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Hell will be excited to receive you. It will stir up the dead before you; Isa 14:9,10
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will be like a man who has no strength, adrift among the dead; remembered no more: Psa. 88:4,5
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Your eyes will waste away because of affliction: Psa. 88:9
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will be met by ferocious demons, reptile in appearance
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There is no water in hell: Zeck. 9:11
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will be in total darkness: Lam. 3:6; Exo. 10:21
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>The Lord will no longer hear your prayers: Lam. 3:8
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Fire, coal and brimstone will continuously rain upon you
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There will never be peace for you: Isa: Isa 57:21
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Your punishment will be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah: Math. 10:15
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>No one will know you or remember you: Isa. 26:14; Deut. 32:26
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There is no air/breath in Hell: Isa. 42:5
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There is no sleep, Rev. 14:10,11
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There is no rest,: Isa. 57:20
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>There is no peace Isa. 57:21
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Worms (Maggots) will consume your body and will never die: Isa. 14:11; Job 24:20
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>It will be everlasting terror: Psa.73:19
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>You will be continuously Tormented: Math. 18:34; Luke 12:47; Psa. 50:22
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Evil angels of destruction will be set upon you: Psa. 78:49
A 2,000-YEAR-OLD WARNING ABOUT A HOUSE OF SPIRITS—AND WHAT IT FORETELLS TODAY (Excerpt)
Charisma News Oct. 2022 -- Is it possible that the entities we have known as "gods of the ancient world" have come back and are affecting your life right now?
Could their existence explain everything that is now transforming our culture, our families, our children, our businesses, our government and our technology?
If so, which gods have returned? What does the future hold? What is the most critical thing you need to know?
In his latest blockbuster bestseller, "The Return of the Gods," Rabbi Jonathan Cahn asks and answers these chilling questions—and many more. The book is published by Charisma Media and released in Sept. 2022. Those who have seen advance copies of "The Return of the Gods" are calling it his most important book ever. "It is so explosive that I have no idea what will happen when it goes forth," says Cahn. "But we must speak the truth regardless and let the chips fall where they may."
A House of Spirits
Cahn says that the mystery of "The Return of the Gods" opens up an entirely different dimension—a dimension that lies behind everything now taking place in our culture, from current events, news and the movements of our time, to what we see on our TV and computer screens and what our children are being taught in their classrooms.
The book begins by describing the ancient entities known as the shedim, where Cahn uncovers the first and most important revelation underlying the mystery of the gods. He explains the ancient transformation concerning the gods that changed world history and opens up a two-thousand-year-old warning involving a house of spirits and what it foretells concerning the modern world.
Cahn reveals how the gods of the ancient mystery have come into our world. He outlines the dark trinity—three specific gods—and how they have changed our culture; how the gods are working and moving in all that is taking place around us; how they are initiating social upheavals and cultural revolutions, maneuvering politics and transforming our world—and even our lives.
Finally, Cahn opens up the meaning and significance of it all, what it will lead to and what we need to know and do.
Cahn writes that in the ancient world, the gods were everywhere.
Wherever there were people, there were gods. They reigned over nations, cities, cultures, nature, the underworld and the heavenlies. Their presence permeated the lives of their subjects. The people were bound to them.
The Bible reveals that behind the "gods" of the nations were spirits. In Hebrew they were called the shedim. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses speaks of these spirits: "They sacrificed to demons [shedim], not to God, to gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear" (Deut. 32:17, NKJV). When Israel turned away from God, they turned to other gods and idols, behind which were spirits—entities.
The word appears again in the book of Psalms: "They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons [shedim]" (Ps. 106:36–37, NKJV). In ancient Babylonian writings the word shedim or shedu speaks of spirits, protective or malevolent. These entities also appear in many other places in Scripture.
But, Cahn writes, in the fourth decade of the first century, the message of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life in the death and resurrection of the Messiah, Yeshua or Jesus, went forth from Jerusalem. The gospel and the Word of God crossed into the pagan world. That crossing would change the course of world history.
"The message of God now entered the lands of many gods and idols—the Word of God now touched the realm of mythology," he writes. "The Spirit of God now moved through the world of spirits. When the two worlds met, there was intense conflict. The rage of the pagan world against the gospel would grow so fierce that, in time, believers would be imprisoned, crucified, burned and sent into the arenas to be killed as entertainment before cheering spectators. The fury of the gods and the ferocity of the spirits were now deadly."
THE COST OF COMMITMENT
Christian Headline News – Oct. 20, 2022 -- Towards the end of Christ’s ministry, he cautioned his followers against underestimating the level of commitment required to be his disciple. To drive the point home, he compared that commitment to the way a builder counts the cost before beginning to construct a tower and to a king who measures the strength of his army against the enemy’s forces before engaging in battle (Luke 14:25-33).
This teaching was important because Jesus understood that maintaining one’s commitment is much more difficult when it begins to cost us more than we would prefer to pay.
Christ commanded total commitment from his disciples—above their commitment to family, friends, and most of all themselves—because he knew they could not comprehend what it would cost to follow him. As such, weighing that cost was less about what they would have to pay than about what they were willing to pay.
Understanding that distinction is just as important for us today as it was for his disciples nearly two thousand years ago
For a long time, Christians in America have had the luxury of knowing that the true cost of what we could expect to pay for following Jesus was unlikely to exceed what we were willing to pay. But as circumstances change and that cost becomes less certain, many have already begun to waver in their commitment to the Lord. And while it’s unlikely that the price to follow Jesus will rise to the point of death, only God knows where it will ultimately fall.
So, take some time today to ask the Holy Spirit to help you examine by which measure you’re counting the cost of discipleship.
Have you put limits on how much you’re willing to pay to follow Jesus?
Is your commitment based on what you want it to cost or on what Christ says it could cost?
It’s all right to hope for the former so long as you are prepared to pay the latter.
MANY WILL KNOWINGLY TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST; HERE'S HOW YOU CAN STAY VIGILANT
Charisma News – Jun.. 18, 2022 -- The Great Tribulation period will feature persecution to all who do not take the mark of the beast.
This period of tribulation will bring a period of hardship that has never been experienced since the world began and there will never be any other of such magnitude. It is going to be a host of great affliction that will be unbearable for those who endure it.
However, the level of difficulty and persecution that people will face during the Great Tribulation will be the reason why many people will take the mark of the beast and forever be separated from God.
The Bible does not go into detail about the mark, but one thing we do know is anyone who accepts the mark of the beast is automatically disqualified from entering heaven because they have been marked with the identity of the antichrist. What the Bible reveals to us is that accepting the mark is a declaration of worship.
There is a way to avoid this and that is to accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and life, and to heed the words of Jesus from Matthew 24:17-19: "Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. Let him who is in the field not return to take his clothes. Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse in those days!"
This is a time where people may not understand that taking the mark has an eternal consequence, and yet they will have no option but to take it. The words of Christ are reliable and true. He spoke of the Great Tribulation so that we will be ensured that we will not experience it. It is better to hear, read or preach about the Great Tribulation and not experience it. There are believers who do not take their walk with God seriously. This is not the year to take your walk with Christ lightly. History is moving toward the Great Tribulation. The stage is being set for the arrival of the Antichrist.
Interesting Info Note: We see many precursors to this mark happening in our world today. However, 2 Thess. 2:3,4, 6-8 says “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin (The Antichrist) is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains (The Holy Spirit working through the Body of Believers, Christ’s Church) will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed”. The true mark of the Beast will not be applied until the Antichrist is revealed.
No one knows the day the “Hinderer” will be taken out of, not even Jesus. Only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36). It could be today! If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, Today is the time to do so!!
SOWING TO THE SPIRIT
Are you planting seeds that result in a good harvest for you and others?
In all of our choices, we either sow to the flesh or sow to the Spirit (Galatians 6:8). We plant seeds that affect what kind of person we’re growing into and the level of impact our life will have for the Lord.
The “flesh” is the part of us that wants to live and act independently of God. We all must deal with the strong pull of this attitude; it doesn’t simply vanish when we’re saved. However, the Holy Spirit ensures that we’re not enslaved to the flesh. He begins to change us so we can live according to the truth. The choices we make contribute to the process of transformation, and when they’re in alignment with the Spirit’s work, they plant good seed that results in even more new growth.
When you’re sowing to the Spirit, you’re accepting God’s truth into your mind and heart. The fruit of the Spirit grows naturally from this seed of godly truth and influences every aspect of your life. When you feed your spirit with the things of God, you’re going to become stronger, more Christlike, and full of His life in your thoughts and actions.
Are you feeding your spirit or the part of you that wants to act independently of God? Choose to sow seeds that build you up, letting streams of living water flow from you to nourish others (John 7:37-39).
In Touch Ministry
THE GRACE THAT WE STAND IN IS MORE THAN WE DESERVE
SECTION II - SPECIAL ARTICLES/ BOOK REVIEWS
IN THIS SECTION:
· WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? (WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS)
· WHAT’S IN A NAME?
· "BOB PIERCE - THIS ONE THING I DO" - A BOOKREVIEW/SUMMARY
· "THE HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE" - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
· "SIGNS OF THE TIME” - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?
By D.E. Davis
For Christians, we are told in Scripture in 2Cr 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. For those who turn away from God, we are told that they are eternally separated from God and go to a place called Hell. Rev 14:11 says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.
The question that everyone ponders is: What really happens after we die? Do we just lay dormant until the Lord takes us to be with him or until judgement is handed out at the Great White Throne as called out in Rev. 20:11? Are we conscience? Do we feel, touch, think, recognize loved ones, know what is happening around us? All questions that we have ask ourselves, no doubt, at some time in our life.
My own personal review of the Scriptures has led me to believe that after we die, even though our body may be dead and buried, our Spirit is alive and fully conscience. Chuck Missler likens this state of conscienceness to the software that runs the Computer; once the hardware goes, the software remains intact and available for further applications.
There are two illustrations in the Bible that makes it clear as to what happens after death, when we're in the spirit.
The first one is illustrated in the Luke account of Lazarus and the rich man in Chapter 16. After death, Lazarus, a man of God, is escorted into Abraham’s Bosom, a holding compartment in Hell for the Believers prior to the Cross. The non-believing rich man was "buried" and went into a separate compartment in Hell (Hades), apart from Abraham’s Bosom, where he was in Torment according to Scripture. Both were in a Spirit state; yet by the account, they could see each other and speak to each other.
The second account is in Revelation, where John is taken (in the Spirit) to Heaven to see those things that shall come to pass prior to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth, or Second Coming (not the Rapture).
I had to conclude from the study, based on the following Scripture, that all of the senses we have here on earth will be with us throughout eternity, even unto death.
· THE ABILITY TO LOOK/SEE - Luke 16:23;Rev. 1:12;4:1,4; 5:1,2; 6:1,2,8,9; 7:1,2; 8:2; 9:1,17; 10:1,5; 13:1,2,3;14:1,6; 15:1,2; 16:13; 17:3,6; 18:1; 19:11,17,19; 20:1,4,11,12; 21:1,2,22; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO HEAR - Rev. 1:10; 4:1; 5:11; 6:1,3,5,6,7; 7:4; 9:13,16; 10:4,8; 12:10; 14:2,13; 16:1,5,7; 18:4; 19:1,6; 21: 3; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO BEHOLD ( to obtain knowledge of: understand: perceive) - Rev. 5:6,11; 6:5,8,12; 7:9; 8:13; 13:11
· THE ABILITY TO REASON - Luke 16:30
· THE ABILITY TO CRY (even though there will be no more crying in Heaven) - Rev. 5:4,5; Luke 16:24
· THE ABILITY TO SPEAK - Rev. 5:13; 10:9; 21:6,15; Luke 16:24, 29,30,31
· THE ABILITY TO FEEL/TOUCH - Luke 16:23, 24,25
· THE ABILITY TO REMEMBER - Luke 16:25
· THE ABILITY TO WONDER - Rev. 17:6
· THE ABILITY TO WRITE - Rev. 1:11; 10:4; 19:9
· THE ABILITY TO QUESTION - Rev. 7:13
· THE ABILITY TO TAKE (THE BOOK/ROD) - Rev. 10:8,9,10
· THE ABILITY TO FALL (ON KNEES) - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO STAND - Rev. 13:1
· THE ABILITY TO WORSHIP - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO PERFORM TASKS - Rev. 11:1
God has promised in 1 Thess 4:16 and 1 Cor. 15:52,53 that one day, we shall be reunited with Him in body and will be transformed and conformed to Him - in the twinkling of an eye. We are also told in Scripture that we shall see Him face to face- see the Lamb that was slain for you and me. We know by His Word, that we will Praise Him, Worship Him and Rule with Him.
One thing in the study that I found extremely fascinating was the difference in treatment between Lazarus and the non-believing rich man. Scripture says that Lazarus was escorted to Heaven by an Angel, but there is no indication in Scripture about how the rich man arrived at Hell. Could it be that God had a specific purpose why He chose not to tell us in Scripture?
Finally, knowing that others may have varying interpretations of these Scriptures, I strongly urge you to review the Scriptures yourselves to determine what you find as the truth according to God’s Word.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
For those who wish you had some other name because you don't like the name you were given, you had better think twice. It is most likely that the name your parents picked out for you was not their choice but God's choice. Let’ s face it, the word of the Lord is true. That's why in Eph. 1:4, God proclaimed that He had chosen us from before the very beginning of the world.
If you follow the Genealogy of Adam in Genesis, Chapter 5 (*) you will receive an insight into what importance God put in names - It's an exciting message:
Mahalalel The blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His Death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, Comfort
Now let us look at God’s Plan for Redemption:
"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."
Let us now look at the Genealogy of Abraham (*):
(*) Source: Chuck Missler’s Briefing package: “A Walk Thru the Bible”
WELL YOU SAY! BUT THAT WAS ALL OLD TESTAMENT AND WOULDN'T BE APPLICABLE FOR TODAY - WOULD IT?
Well, let us see.................. As a Christian, did God not choose you by name at the same time he chose Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph - before the very foundation of the world? If God had a purpose for their name, would you expect anything less for your name since He chose you at the same time?
As a Christian, You ought to thank God daily that you, by your given name, was written in the Lamb's book of life before the very foundation of the world and that you will be a partaker in all the promises of Rev 21:27.
Within the last couple of years, researchers have found many startling discoveries through the use of super computers, specifically, hidden codes that God supernaturally placed within the Hebrew text of the Bible. Over 2000 years ago, the names of historical and current leader’s names were placed in the Bible. Such names as Adolph Hitler, Eichmann, Arafat, Peres, Rabin, Rabin's murderer Amir, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Saddan Hussein, George Bush, Schwarzkoph, Peter Arnet (CNN), Timithy McVeigh, Bill Clinton.
Do you think that God would limit His calling out to just those who had a highly visible historical impact on this world? There is no doubt that He had a purpose in doing this, if nothing else, just to get your attention that He is the Creator; that He alone knows the beginning from the end.
It is my firm belief that as we advance further with our computer technology and peel back the layers of the Hebrew text of the scriptures, we will make many more startling and exciting discoveries. One being that God has written each and every one of our names in His Word.
HERE IS WHAT GOD SAID: Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."
BOOK REVIEW by D. E. Davis (September 1997)
BOB PIERCE -"THIS ONE THING I DO"
By Franklin Graham with Jeanette Lockerbie
It is amazing the worlds that open up to an individual, once the Power of the Holy Spirit comes upon him. Just three years ago, where once I was blind to Missions, to all the inspired men and women God has called to service and the multitude of people all over the world who have been saved, new worlds are ever opening to me to see how awesome the power of God is in our Christian lives.
Such was the power and strength of faith Bob Pierce had in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is difficult for me to even attempt to assess where God has put Bob along with other past great men of the faith, but from what I read about his life with Christ, he certainly had his eyes focused on Jesus! I personally feel inadequate and humbled to even put in words, my thoughts about this man. Bob was a man Blessed by God. I feel sad that I never had an opportunity to know him, but look forward to meeting him one day in heaven.
If ever there was a verse of scripture that represented Bob Pierce, it had to be the title of this book as taken from Philippians 3:13,14 ".......this one thing I do,....I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ."
Bob was raised in Los Angeles and at the age of 12, gave his life to Christ and was baptized in the Nazarene Church. "God simply called me to give my heart to Jesus, and I followed Him." He died in 1978 of leukemia but lived his life for Christ in between in between those dates as if Christ was coming tomorrow and he still had to witness to the whole world before dawn broke. Throughout his career, he dedicated his life mainly to Missions and over the years was responsible for founding such World re-noun programs as "World Vision", an organization dedicated to meeting the emergency needs in crisis areas such as Korea after the Korean war. During that time of need, he established a Korean Orphanage, serving over 30 thousand Korean war orphans. Bob was also responsible for starting the World re-noun Korean Orphan's Choir. As an outgrowth of "World Vision" he founded "World Medical Mission" which covered all emergency medical needs in countries all over the world which had no medical facilities. He was also founder of "Samaritan's Purse" and organization dedicated to funding World emergency need, no matter where they were. These organizations are still meeting the needs of those in crisis today.
If his work through these organizations was not enough, he became a United Nations War Correspondent during World War II; was Co-founder for "Youth for Christ"; and became a Motion Picture producer/Radio program host, author and a lecturer, but first and last, he always considered himself an evangelist! Even though Bob knew that he was "extraordinarily gifted by God, he was never impressed with himself - he considered himself just an earthly vessel, available at all times for the exclusive use of the Lord".
In his own words, he had "many flaws, failings but had abundant faith in God who lives and cares about people."
If I had to pick four areas of the Christian life that I feel truly represented Bob Pierce, they would be 1) Unwavering Faith, 2) Compassion for others, 3) Obedience to God and 4) Commitment to accomplish the Will of God in his life.
From the Beginning, Bob knew his calling was for Missions to the Asian Countries. His first mission led him through Hawaii to Hong Kong and eventually to China. Getting to China was his first big test of faith - he had no money, even for the first leg to Hawaii. Bob held the opinion that God knows ones needs already and if He has called you to a task, He will provide and enable you - just move out! He did just that and went to the L.A. airport that day without any money in his pocket. His faith paid off as God provided the funding for each leg of his trip just at the moment he needed it. This was the norm rather than the exception throughout his career as an evangelist. What ever it was, where ever it was, if God called, Bob would act no matter what the circumstance......he knew that God would always provide.....and He did!
Bob had a compassion for the spiritually and physically suffering of the world. "He was the friend of the little people, the forgotten, the hurting, the maimed, the unheard and the unsung". Bob's theme was "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God". It was Bob's personal belief that "wherever you find men and women who really love Jesus Christ, you find the compassion of Christ spilling out of them to meet human need." Over the years World Vision, Samaritan's Purse and other organizations like them; one in particular, Mission Aviation Fellowship Pilots (MAF), who flew Missionaries around the world in crisis situations, helped so many helpless and needy men, women and children. They knew first hand the healing power of God.
Bob dared it all to be obedient to the Lord's call. Once he had in focus the mission that God wanted him to accomplish, he followed in Faith to bring the unsaved to Christ. It was his opinion that " If you are an ambassador, act like one!"- no matter where you are. Bob would bring to memory how other great men of Faith were obedient even in the face of death. During World War II, a young South Korean Pastor, Mr. Im was mistaken for a North Korean Communist and imprisoned. During his internment, he would go around camp singing "Jesus Loves Me" and other Christian songs. He not only uplifted and inspired other fellow Christian prisoners to come together, he brought many more to Christ. Together he and another prisoner, Chaplain Voelkel, established a Bible Study where over 6,000 prisoners finished a six month Bible Study. Six Hundred (600) of those finishing the Bible Study became pastors and came back to Korea to preach the Gospel. In another instance, he related how a Korean school teacher was put to death in front of his students because of his faith and obedience to the Lord.
To be an ambassador for the Lord "is one of the greatest things that could ever have happened to anyone - to let God put a fish hook into you so deep that there is no way of ever getting off the hook."
"Bob did one thing all of his life, and that was to lead people to the foot of the Cross where they would put their faith in a risen Lord Jesus Christ. He lived every minute completely amazed that God could use him. No matter how much he was able to do in how many places, it was never enough." This was the kind of commitment Bob made to Jesus; "to commit yourself, give yourself away to God irrevocably, forever. Say to Him, go ahead and burn me up. Spend me. Eat me up. Use me for you Glory." And that's exactly what he did.
Being a man of God was not always easy for Bob and he paid a high price. In one measure or another he had to forsake his wife, his family, his Mother and Father, his brothers and sisters and other worldly possessions to follow Jesus. He not only lost his health, he lost his Daughter, Sharon, to death.
Committing your life to Christ in a Godless society is never easy; many times you feel like you may be the only one putting your life, your self image, your social acceptance on the line. As Bob came to realize, ". Someone has to go and pay that humiliating price of literally letting your ego be stomped on- not just pushed in and suppressed, but laid out there for people to stomp on. We need to do this by the grace of God with love and patience: sow the seed on rocky soil, nurture it, and maybe never be applauded."
Committing your life to Christ really comes down to this; What really matters
to you in Life?
On his death bed in the City of Hope, Bob left us this one message - "I don't care what you have attempted. What you have succeeded at, or what has been your work in Christ's name while you are here on earth - only one thing matters when you have reached the last step before you go to stand before Christ:
- Did you tell men and women who Jesus is?
- Did you bring them to some comprehension of His redeeming love?
- Did you make it plain to them that He alone can pay their way to heaven throughout His atoning death on the cross?"
Such was the life of a man of God, Bob Pierce.
HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE
ACT 17:11 - Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Other reading: "The Hebrew Factor" by Yacov Rambsel
Prepared by D. E. Davis
Daniel 12: 4 - "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Here is undeniable proof, the third in the series, that every word, every letter and every punctuation in Bible text was put their by the inspiration of God. It gives new meaning to the words "increase knowledge". It's just one of the many signs, and without a doubt, the most exciting revelation that God said he would reveal to man in the "end time". As you will see, God has put his signature throughout the Bible, has revealed History before it ever happened, all through hidden codes that were supernaturally placed into text which was written over 2,000 years ago; which could only be found with today's computer technological advances. The codes are found in what scholars call "Equidistant Letter Sequences" or ESL. That is, each sequential letter in an encoded word or phrase was found the same distance apart numerically; The exact interval designed by God.
Actually, the discovery of hidden codes in scripture dates back to before WWI and it was not until 1988 that the use of computers were able to detect a significant amount of coding in scripture. Since then, the research that Grant Jeffrey and others have done has just exploded and new discoveries are happening every day.
Here is a summary of what has been found and outlined in Grant's book, referenced above. It is my understanding that he is in the process of writing another book to tell what he has found subsequent to "The Signature of God".
Luke 21:15 - " For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay (refute) nor resist."
Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."
THE SIGNATURE OF GOD
What follows is what most of the human race would find hard to believe. It unfathomable to think that the Hebrew Bible, containing 304,805 Hebrew letters, written by 40 individuals could contain hidden messages that if one letter was taken out of the text, one word was removed, the hidden message could not be revealed......yet the message has been sustained for over 2,000 years and has been revealed to man just as Jesus said it would be. Jesus has actually placed His name and other messages about Himself into text which proves he is the creator of all; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God has personally signed scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments in various ways. For example in the Old Testament, he has encoded his name, Jesus, in the following scripture:
THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM ANCIENT TIMES UNTIL TODAY
God has also encoded unbelievable detail about many of the things we read about and which touch our lives daily. For example, he outlines:
PLACES AND THINGS
· Gen. 2: 4-10 - The key word "Eden" was spelled out sixteen (16) times in the span of 379 Hebrew letters. The letters were all equidistant from each other.
· Gen. 2 - In this chapter which deals with the garden of Eden, scientists found encoded in the Hebrew text, Twenty-five (25) names of trees that were in the
Garden of Eden.
· Gen. 1:1 - Starting with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "Tav", the word "Torah" was found every 50th letter.
· Ex. 1: 1 - Again, starting with the first appearance of the letter "Tav" and counting every 50th letter, the word "Torah" was spelled. Num./Deut. - In the book of Numbers the word "Torah" was found spelled backwards every 50th letter. In the book of Deuteronomy, "Torah" was found again spelled backwards, but this time every forty-ninth (49) letter.
NAMES AND EVENTS
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - Beginning with the second to last appearance of the Hebrew letter "bet" in this passage, they found every Thirteenth (13) letter, the phrase "b'yam marah Auschwitz" which means "in the bitter sea of Auschwitz." Also encoded in this passage were the names of the other Nazi Concentration camp, "Belsen".
· Deut. 33:21 - Beginning with the letter (resh) that appeared in the Hebrew word "Yisreal," and counting every twenty-second (22) letter from the left to right they found the phrase "re'tzach alm" discribing the Holocaust, which when translated, means "a people cry murder, slaughter."
· Adolph Hitler
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - The word "Hitler" spelled out in Hebrew was found every twenty-second (22) letter.
· Deut. 33:16 - Beginning with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "mem" and every two hundred and forty-sixth (246) letter from left to right you find that the coded letters spelled out the phrase, "Melek Natzim," which translates as the "king of the Nazis."
· Deut. 32:52 - Beginning with the appearance of the first letter (aleph) and counting from left to right every six hundred and seventy (670) letters, the name "Aik'man" is spelled, which is the Hebrew form of the name "Eichmann."
· Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
· "Sadat occurred together with the name of the leader of the Moslem Brotherhood assassinating team that killed him.......it contained the year of his assassination, 1981, and the words "president," "gunfire," "shot'" and 'Murder".
· Desert Storm
· Beginning in Gen. 1:7 and continuing through the rest of Genesis, Grant Jeffrey indicated at the Prophesy Conference in Irvine,Ca. on 27 Sept. 1996 that they had recently found information in hidden code in scripture relating to Desert Storm. I believe more details will be available in Grant's next book.
· The French Revolution
· Gen. 39,41 - "Another passage in the Book of Genesis revealed a cluster of encoded words that deals with the French Revolution. The following words are clustered ogether" "Mapecha HaSarfatit" which spells "the French Revolution" in Hebrew, "Louis," the name of the French king, and the word "Beit (house of Bourbon,") his royal dynasty. In the same cluster were the following words: "Hamarseilles" (the name of the French anthem) and the word "Bastillia" (the infamous French prison for political prisoners........"
OTHER HISTORICAL INFORMATION
· Word pairs - "In their initial experiment, .......the scientists arbitrarily chose three hundred (300) Hebrew word-pairs that were logically related in meaning, such as hammer and anvil, or tree and leaf, or man and woman." ".....the researchers were astonished to find that every single word-pair had been located in Genesis in close proximity to each other."
· King David's Ancestors
· Gen. 28 - " Every one of the five Hebrew names of these ancestor of King
David (Pharez, Zerah, Boaz, Obed, Jesse) were found encoded at forty-nine (49) letter intervals, hidden within the text of Genesis 38".
· Famous Jewish Rabbi - "The Jewish people celebrate the memory of their famous sages by commemorating their date of death. Incredibly, the computer program found every single one of the sixty-six names of these famous rabbis embedded in the text of Genesis paired at significantly close proximity with their actual date of birth or their date of death."
IS THE HEBREW BIBLE UNIQUE TO GOD' S INSPIRED EMBEDDED CODES?
Grant points out that "The researchers attempted to reproduce these results by running the computer program on other religious Hebrew texts outside the Bible, including the Samaritan Pentateuch. .......the researchers could not detect word pairs in the Samaritan Pentateuch or any other Hebrew text outside the Bible. In fact, an exhaustive analysis reveals that no other Hebrew text outside the Old testament contains these mysterious codes, not even the Hebrew apocryphal books written during the four hundred years before the birth of Christ"
A WORD OF CAUTION
"No one can search the Torah using these codes to foretell future events. The reason is that it is impossible to extract the encoded information unless you already know what the future facts are." "The prophet Isaiah warned against false prophets and declared that only God can Prophesy future events accurately
(Isa. 46: 9,10).
"Computer tapes are now available so that anyone with a computer can personally verify the existence of these codes beneath the text of the Scriptures.
As Christians, we can stand firm in the word and shout for joy. God has given us "the words and the wisdom that none of our adversaries will be able to refute or contradict", no matter how much they try!
PRAISE THE LORD!
SIGNS OF THE TIME
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Prepared by D. E. Davis
June 10, 1997
How do we know that Jesus is the one true God when there are so many religions, cultures and cults that claim that they serve the one true god? How about Buddha, Allah?
Scripture says that God alone knows the beginning from the end. The way that God establishes His authority is through Biblical Prophesy. There are over 500 prophesies that were prophesied over 2,000 years ago that have all come to pass. There are still some Old Testament that have yet have to be fulfilled (Daniel Ezekiel), but there has never been an event prophesied that has not come to pass in it’s time. 100% accuracy tells us that the God of the Bible is the only true God. No one else in the history of the world, living or dead, can make this claim.
In Matthew 24:3, just before Jesus' ascension into heaven, the disciples of Jesus ask Him what would be the sign of His second coming. Over the centuries various groups have attempted to guess when Christ would return to the earth to claim His inheritance as promised throughout scripture. As we know, no one has been right yet!. God clearly states in Matthew 24:36 that no man, not even the angels, know the day or the time when Christ will return. Only God the Father knows.
This summary is clearly not another attempt to forecast this event. This summary does, however, attempt to provide an awareness of what is happening around you so that you will not be caught unaware. (Ref. Luke 21:34 and Matthew. 24:42).
ACT 17:11- Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true.
----------------------THE SIGNS OF THE TIME-------------------
Grant Jeffrey has done a wonderful job of providing critical information about events that are happening in this generation that all Christians need to know; Events that were prophesied over 2,500 years ago. Approximately 90% of the material contained herein was extracted and summarized from Grant's book. I highly recommend reading this book as it contains so much more that you will want to know.
THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL
The rebirth of Israel was prophesied in several scriptures throughout the Bible. Isaiah 66: 8 predicted that Israel would be born again in "one" day. Ezekiel 4:3-6 and Levitcus 26:18 foretold the exact number of days that it would take Israel to re-establish themselves as a nation in the last days. ( The exact calculation can be found in Grant Jeffrey's book referenced above). On May 14, 1948, the Jews proclaimed their independence of the reborn state of Israel.....The exact day that was predicted over twenty-five (25) centuries ago.......No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history."
PRESENT ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
In Psalms 83:2-8, God inspired King David to predict that upon Israel's rebirth as a nation it would be immediately surrounded by their enemies. The modern names of those nations named in scripture include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria....the nations that have now joined the Palestinians in their attempt to destroy Israel.
In Gen. 12: 3, God has promised to punish those nations that come against Israel. "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
RESTORATION OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
When Israel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in approx. 562 B.C., Israel was no longer allowed to speak the Hebrew language, but had to learn the language of the Chaldeans. The Lord predicted, however, through Zephaniah 3:9, that he would restore a pure language to Israel so that they may "serve him with one consent". It was in the early part of this Century that the Hebrew language was revived from the dead language. Today, Hebrew is a living language to over 5 million Israelis.
THE FERTILITY OF ISRAEL
In Isaiah 27:6; 35:7 and Joel 2:23, the Lord prophesied through these prophets that the deserted, unproductive, barren land of Israel would once again become productive in the last days and that Israel would experience tremendous increases of rain. Ever since Israel has returned to the land, they have flourished in the land and now supply over 90 percent of the citrus fruit consumed in Europe. Rainfall has increased by more than "10 percent every decade for the last century and Israel has planted in excess of two hundred (200) million trees and transformed the complete environment of the Promised Land." According to the United Nations, Israel is now "the most agriculturally efficient land on earth."
THE UNWALLED CITY
Ezekiel 38:11 speaks of the future invasion of Gog and Magog (Russia) saying "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of un-walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates". Grant explains that "even army bases and Israel's settlements in the West Bank and Gaza have no walls today.........How could Ezekiel have known twenty-five centuries ago that the development of modern weapons such as bombs, airplanes and missiles, would have made walls and gates irrelevant for defensive purposes in the last days. In the ancient past even small villages as well as cities depended on walls for defense against invading armies."
PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE
Revelations 11:1, 2 foretells of Israel rebuilding the Temple in the last days. There is much controversy between the Israelis and the Muslim's because the Dome of the Rock (Al-Aqsa Mosque) it is believed, sits on the very spot where the Temple is suppose to be built. In recent years, however, aerial Infra-red photography shows that this may not be the case. Ezekiel 44:14-18, tell about the sacred vessels and linen robes that must be used in the Temple. "The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already prepared over 75 of the objects, vessels, and linen garments required for future Temple service.......over 500 men from the tribe of Levi have already been trained to fulfill the duties of Temple worship and sacrifice."
Just recently in the Washington Post on May 28, 1997, it was reported that a 10 month old heifer named "Melody" is the first red heifer to be born in Israel in over 2,000 years. "In ancient times, the ashes of a red heifer were mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple."
THE REBUILDING OF BABYLON
We know that the old city of Babylon (now called Iraq) will be built again in the end times because Isaiah 13:6, 19 foretells of its destruction. In Isaiah 34:8-10 it is prophesied that the rebuilt City of Babylon will burn for ever.
"As unlikely as it seems, the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein has spent over one billion dollars rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon and intends that it will become the center of their future renewed Babylonian Empire. Interestingly, the whole city of Babylon was built over an underground lake of asphalt and oil."
THE ANOINTING OIL
The prophet Daniel prophesied in Dan. 9:24 that the when Jesus returns, that the most Holy of Holies will be anointed with the anointing oil. "One of the five ingredients, afars' mon, was thought lost forever, when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the only two groves of afars'mon trees in existence were burned
to the ground. Incredibly, several years ago, archeologists in Israel found a clay flask buried near the Dead Sea caves filled with the ancient oil of anointing. Scientists confirmed that the oil is two thousand years old and is composed of the precise ingredients described in Exodus 30:25,26."
Matthew 24:7 prophesied that in the last days "For nation shall rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers (various) places." Grand Jeffrey writes regarding these matters:
· Pestilence - In 1991, the Central Intelligence Agency produced a report which "concluded that up to 75% of the population of Africa living in the area south of the Sahara Desert may become infected with AIDS over the next 12 years. This will mean the death by AIDS of over three hundred million people in Africa alone. In July 1991, the South African Medical Journal reported that a staggering 47% of black male and female blood donors tested positive for AIDS during 1989."
In Nov. 1996, the Associated Press reported that "Sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed 12 million times a year in the United States - including a staggering 3 million cases among teen-agers".
· Famine - The United Nations today "claim that over thirty million in Africa are now at risk of dying from the most devastating famine in this century. The UN estimates that one billion people are in danger of starvation while another billion lack proper nutrition. North American food reserves (grain and corn) are at the lowest level in sixty years."
· Major killer earthquakes – “Major Killer earthquakes (7.2 or greater on the Richter scale) occurred only once per decade throughout history until our century. However, since A. D. 1900, the growth in major earthquakes has been relentless. From 1900 to 1949 it averaged three major quakes per decade. From 1949 the increase became awesome with 9 killer quakes in the 1950's; 13 in the 1960's; 56 in the 1970's and an amazing 74 major quakes in the 1980's. Finally, in the 1990's, at the present rate, we will experience 125 major killer quakes in this decade."
WORLD WIDE COMMUNICATION
In Revelation 11:9,10, it is prophesied that during the tribulation period, the antichrist will have the two witnesses that God sent killed and their bodies will lay in the street for three and a half days while the whole world watches.
Did not the whole world watch Desert Storm on CNN television? With all the technological advances in telecommunications, including the recent opening of the World Wide Net to our computer industry, any event happening in any part of the world can now be viewed while it is happening. The prophesy of the two witnesses could literally be fulfilled today. This could not have happened just 10 or 15 years ago.
INCREASED KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL
Daniel 12:4 prophesies how much knowledge and travel will increase in the end time. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end: Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."
Today, it is estimated that "Human knowledge is growing so quickly that it literally doubles every twenty-four months." With the discovery through the use of modern "Super" computers by Grant Jeffrey and other researchers of the hidden codes that God supernaturally designed into the original Hebrew text of the Torah describing not only the history of the world in advance, but also verifying his Authority through His personal signature throughout his scripture, we realize that God chose this generation to reveal this unique aspect about himself.
It is also amazing that in this century, we have gone from horses to cars, from cars to supersonic spacecraft; not only can we now travel the world in a matter of hours, but in the case of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery, we can now travel at speeds in excess of eighteen thousand miles per hour.
REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Daniel 2:40-44 predicts that the old Roman Empire will be revived in the end times into a ten Nation alliance. We currently see the foundation being laid today through the European Economic Community. "In 1957, six (6) Countries signed the Treaty of Rome laying the foundation for the future United States of Europe.............Since then the Maastricht Treaty consolidated the fifteen (15) Nations of the European Union into the worlds first superstate." All it will take is the re-shuffling and/or the consolidation of Nations to bring this prophesy to a literal fulfillment.
ODDS THAT THESE PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED BY CHANCE IN THIS GENERATION
"In the Bible there are several types of generations. One generation is defined as the length of life of the average person - seventy or eighty years. However, a generation of governing is usually defined as forty years,...........During the last two thousand years since the days of Christ, there were fifty such forty-year generations. Therefore, the odds are one chance in fifty that any one of these specific prophecies happened by chance in our generation rather than some other generation."
"The odds that more than one event happening in our life time are:
"Another way of looking at this is that the chance that the prophets of the Bible correctly guessed these prophecies is also one in 97,500 trillion............in other words, it is simply impossible that men alone could
have written the Bible without the supernatural assistance and inspiration of God."
Matthew 24:32-35 - "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Luke 21:28 - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
ANTI-CHRIST TO BE REVEALED
As of today, no one knows who the Anti-Christ is, but we do know what God has told us about him:
Many people try to spiritualize or say the events prophesied in the Bible are just symbolic. Any doubt about how God handles these prophetic events should have been erased on May 14,1948. God is literally fulfilling scriptural prophesy before our very eyes. Can we expect anything less for those few remaining prophesies for which He has promised the world; 1) the removal of the one who restrains the man of lawlessness/Sin (the rapture of the Church), 2) His second coming to take possession of His inheritance, 3) The millennial kingdom and 4) the new heaven and new earth.
Ezekiel 33:6 - "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."