Oct 042015

PROVERBS 6:16-19

“These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.”

The seven things God hates are a catalog of sins summed up in Proverbs 6:16–19. While these aren’t the only sins that should be avoided, they do sum up most of the wicked things condemned by God. The seven things God hates are the sins that deal with the deep heart motives of the individual. The writer of Proverbs points the finger straight at our hearts and our sinful thought processes.

This is in line with our Lord Jesus Christ’s elaboration of the Ten Commandments during His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:21–48). Sin is committed the moment it is conceived in the heart, even before it is actually committed. Avoiding the seven things God hates will help us expose our hidden intentions and motives.

The following is Proverbs’ list of seven things God hates:

1. Arrogant (haughty) eyes: This describes a feeling of pride and looking down upon others (Philippians 2:3, 5–11). When we begin to think of ourselves more highly and with unparalleled importance, we are forgetting the fact that anything good in us is the result of Christ living in us and that the old self is now dead (Galatians 2:20). Often, believers feel superior to other believers when they receive godly wisdom and display amazing tenacity against sin. We fail to realize these gifts were given by God through Christ and fanned into flame by the Holy Spirit and are not due to our own goodness. This sin of pride is so detested by the LORD that Paul was kept from committing this sin by being provided with “a thorn in the flesh” to humble him (2 Corinthians 12:7).

2. Lying tongue: A lying tongue is one that speaks falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others. Lying can be used to impugn the character of a brother or to flatter a friend. It is a most detestable evil to God, who is a God of truth. Nothing we do causes us to more closely resemble the devil, who is the father of lies (John 8:44).

3. Hands that shed innocent blood: This refers to cold-blooded murder. We may never have orchestrated killing someone or never have touched a gun or knife, but in Matthew 5:21–24, Jesus says that anyone hating someone else unreasonably without offering room for forgiveness commits a sin equivalent to murder. John reiterates this concept in 1 John 3:15.

4. A heart that devises wicked schemes: This encompasses thinking or conceiving evil against any individual or group for personal benefit or other misguided objectives, like modern-day terrorists indulge in. Any sin is basically a wicked scheme. David’s sin against Uriah the Hittite and Bathsheba comes to mind (2 Samuel 11). The heart of an evil man continually contrives schemes to bring others to ruin, whether physically or spiritually.

5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil: Those whose feet are quick to rush into evil display no resistance whatsoever to sin. Having many examples in the Bible, and having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; Galatians 5:16), we are expected to be wise in this regard (Romans 6:11–14; Ephesians 5:5, 11). In the Garden of Eden, Eve had the first experience of temptation. She displayed no resistance to the serpent’s temptation. Instead, as soon as the devil attracted her to the fruit, she “saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye” (Genesis 3:6). Eve had sinned at that moment itself. Contrast this with the attitude of Jesus: when tired and hungry after forty days and forty nights of fasting, He refused to yield to the devil’s tempting and killed the temptation in His mind without allowing it to grow into sin (Matthew 4:1–11). “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

6. False witness who pours out lies: This is similar to the sin of the lying tongue mentioned earlier, but this form of lying is given special mention as it could send an innocent person to jail or even lead to him being stoned to death as happened to Naboth, thanks to false witnesses instigated by the wicked Jezebel (1 Kings 21:8–14). The prohibition against bearing false witness is the ninth of the Ten Commandments, and the New Testament is equally condemning of it. Colossians 3:9–10 explains the reason for the continued prohibition against lying. Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and, as such, we reflect His nature. We have been released from our “old self” with its evil practices such as lying and bearing false witness.

7. A man who stirs up dissension among brothers: Brothers are created by God to live in unity (Psalm 133:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:9). Believers are brothers and sisters since they have one Father God and one Brother, Jesus Christ. The Church is also the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25–27). In many situations strife among brothers and even within the church seems unavoidable, but anyone who purposely causes disruption to peace in the body of Christ will displease God above all, since that person gives room for others to sin and for himself to sin further (1 John 2:9–11; 4:19–21). Moreover, Jesus pronounced a great blessing on peacemakers, the privilege to be called “sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).


 from gotquestions.org

Oct 032015


Fox News: “The Vatican is confirming that the only “audience” the pope had while he was in Washington was with a former student and his family: Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who visited Francis with his longtime partner and some friends.

The revelation Friday turned the table on the narrative of Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who went to jail after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The Vatican on Friday distanced Francis from Davis, saying his encounter with her was by no means an endorsement of her cause. In the same statement, the Vatican said the only real audience the pope had was with a former student.

A Vatican assistant spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, confirmed the student was Grassi. A video posted online shows Grassi embracing the pope and introducing him to his partner, as well as an Argentine woman and some Asian friends.”

Opinion: Is the Pope Catholic? Having once been a Catholic, and having many relatives of our family still in the denomination, Pope Francis is causing a split between conservative and liberal Catholics not seen since the great schism of 1054 AD.

But if you have left the church, don’t expect an open dialogue with them; expect the Catholic members to talk about these issues only among themselves, for now.

Make no mistake, this is painful for conservative Catholics. The Pope’s early words, “who am I to judge?” in reference to gay people in the church, and for atheists to “obey their conscience” to find salvation, was explained away with conservative talking points like “he didn’t mean it that way” or “there is no daylight between the Pope and same-sex marriage”, but the meeting with a same-sex “family” will not be so easy.

Breitbart writer Ben Shapiro said this: “Clearly, the Pope believes that his need for leftist media approval to push his leftist agenda – radical environmentalism, redistributionism, pacifism – trumps emphasis on key elements of Catholic doctrine. If Francis has to buy off the press with stories ripping Kim Davis and championing papal tolerance for homosexual couples, that’s because he has something bigger at play. Evidence continues to mount that Pope Francis is a devotee of liberation theology, the Marxist theology prominent in Latin America and decried by Pope John Paul II (“does not tally with the church’s catechism”) and Pope Benedict XVI (“singular heresy”).

Conservative Catholics still revere Pope John Paul and yearn for the time when another hero of conservatism will put an end to the current turmoil. After all, didn’t John Paul partner with Reagan and Thatcher to help collapse the Soviet Union?

But this is a different time. The world is witnessing the birth pangs spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24:8.

Nations are lining up for wars that were prophesied as long as 3000 years ago and since Bible prophecy is virtually ignored in most churches, few are even remotely aware of the signs of the times, just as Peter prophesied 2000 years ago:

“Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to 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 creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4

And don’t blame just the Catholics. Protestants and Evangelicals alike are ignoring the signs in the same way that the teachers of the law did when they were rebuked by Jesus:

“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;  and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.   A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” Matthew 16:1-4

Sep 272015


Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles: The seventh feast on the Jewish calendar is called Sukkot, or Tabernacles, which is Latin for booth or hut.

Sukkot begins tonight at sunset and ends at sunset Sunday, October 4.

The final Blood Moon of the tetrad (4) will be Sunday night to Monday morning making this the only blood moon to occur in a Shemittah year; when debts are forgiven.

Historically, blood moons occurred at or around the time of events that greatly affect Israel.

In the past five hundred years, four successive blood moons have occurred four times but only the 1967 occurrence happened on the year of the event:

1492: The Edict of Expulsion began in Spain. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella gave the Jews fourteen days to convert to Christianity or leave Spain forever. Four successive blood moons occurred in 1493–94.

1948: In fulfillment of Isaiah 66:7–8, Israel was reborn in one day. Four successive blood moons occurred in 1949–50.

1967: In the Six-Day War, Israel preempted an attack from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai. Israel was reunited for the first time since AD 70. Four successive blood moons occurred in 1967–68.

In 500 BC, the prophet Joel foretold in 2:30–31 that God would use heavenly phenomena before the day of the LORD. His description was later repeated by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:19–20: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

Two blood moons occurred at the destruction of the Temple in AD 70.

Since the 4 blood moons began on Passover, April 8, 2014, important events have occurred concerning Israel:

  • The emergence of ISIS
  • A vicious war between Israel and Hamas
  • Israel excluded from Iran nuclear talks
  • Iran nuclear deal signed with P5+1 western nations
  • Vatican signs a treaty supporting a Palestinian state
  • Iran sends first ground troops to Syria
  • Iran supplies Fateh 110 missiles to Syria
  • Russia to supply  S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran and Syria
  • Putin orders Russian troops and heavy arms to Syria
  • Hezbollah has joined in with Russian troops

Click on the headline link above for the Feast of Sukkot.

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