Jul 272014
 

Our post today reflects on why we are each individually responsible for our sinful actions. It’s true that our ‘default’ nature is a sin nature and the reason it’s so easy to think – and then act upon - wrong motives. God gave us free will and He won’t make us love Him, He won’t make us stop sinning, and He won’t prevent us from going to hell if that’s what we’re determined to do.

But, we are living in the age of grace, which is the new covenant God made with humanity, and it cost God the life of His own Son as a sacrifice for our sins. His blood now covers every sin committed by those who accept by faith that this is true, and that makes our choice to love Him meaningful to Him. In even more grace, He has made it impossible for us to mess up our eternal destiny if we accept and trust in His Son for our salvation.

“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15.

There’s nothing we have that God needs; Job 35:6-7 says our righteousness doesn’t help Him and our sinfulness doesn’t hurt Him. They only impact us and those around us.

Click on the blue headline link above and read from the www.gotquestions.org website some of the reasons we know that our God is fair and just.

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Jul 132014
 

According to Oswald Chambers, “Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not devoted to Jesus Christ.”

That is absolutely true.  In the Gospel of Luke 14:26 he writes that, “If any man come to Me, and hate not…  he cannot be My disciple.” 

We cannot be Christ’s disciples unless we love Christ better than anything in this world, and are willing to part with that which we may have to, in order to keep following Him.

Click on the blue headline link above for The Conditions of Discipleship, from www.utmost.org.

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Jun 292014
 

Israel Today: “Finding a red heifer is like finding a needle in a hay stack. But early this week some overly industrious Jew managed to do just that in the United States of America.

This finding is all the more intriguing considering that on the coming Sabbath (Shabbat) Jews will read in the synagogues the Torah portion that begins with one of the mysterious commandment of the Red Heifer: “Tell the Israelites to procure for you a red heifer that is free from every blemish and defect and on which no yoke has ever been laid…” (Num. 19:2ff).

The Red Heifer is an extremely rare creature. According to Jewish tradition, during the two thousand years from the time this commandment was given until the destruction of the Second Temple in the first century AD, only nine red cows that met the biblical criteria were ever found.”

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Opinion: And 10 is one of the Bible’s perfect numbers.

“#10: Ten is made up of the sum of 4 (the world) and 6 (man). The decimal system is based on 10, suggested by the 10 digits of the hands and feet. Ten begins an altogether new series of numbers.” (see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 2, front of this website)

1 year down – 2 years to go:

Before calling this a fulfilled prophecy, remember that Jewish law requires keeping the young cow under strict care until it reaches three years old. During this time, leaning on the cow, riding it even once, or even putting a piece of cloth on its back disqualifies it from becoming a Red Heifer.

Strict rules also apply to its color. Two single hairs of a color other than red automatically disqualify it from becoming a Red Heifer. A Red Heifer candidate that that was discovered in 2000 was disqualified after two black hairs were found on it.

Why red?

Genesis 36:1 “Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.” Edom is Hebrew for red.

Hebrews 12:16: “See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.”

God tells Daniel that in the last days, “many shall be purified and made white”; a reference to the purification ritual of the Red Heifer:

Daniel 12:10 “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”

The color red is a topic of our book Antichrist: The Search for Amalek, we note that the color red is associated with evil:

Excerpt: Addendum II, Edom is Hebrew for “red.”

The Bible associates war, sin, and Satan with the color red.

Red” in Hebrew is Edom Genesis 36:1

And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau” (Gen. 25:25, emphasis added).

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isa. 1:18, emphasis added).

“Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another” (Rev. 6:4, emphasis added).

“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads” (Rev. 12:3, emphasis added).

“And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Rev. 17:3, emphasis added).

The universal color of communism from the handbook of Karl (Mordecai) Marx, who was Jewish, is red.

The Nazi swastika is black on a white circle set in a red background.

Before Jesus returns, He ends the hatred between Jacob and Esau:

Isaiah 63:1-3 The Second Coming; God ends the evil in Edom

“Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah (Edom’s capital), This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—

“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

 Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?

 “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.”

The Purpose of the Red Heifer sacrifice:

  • This was a ceremonial ritual in the Old Testament sacrificial system,  Numbers 19:1-10.
  • There will be again be a temple of God in Jerusalem, Ezekiel chapters 41-45.
  • The antichrist will desecrate the temple (Matthew 24:15), and for that to occur, there will have to be a temple in Jerusalem once again.
  • In order for a new temple to function according to the OT law, a red heifer will have to be sacrificed for the water of cleansing used in the temple.
  • When a red heifer is born (which is quite unusual) it might be a sign that the temple will soon be rebuilt.

“A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They are to be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin” (Numbers 19:9).

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Jun 222014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Unforgivable Sin?

Author and I were just discussing the other day about the unforgivable sin mentioned in Matthew 12:31, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Our words went back and forth and we agreed that it was “the rejection of the message of salvation.” An unregenerate person is an unbeliever and, as such, they cannot believe the things

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Jun 152014
 

Revelation Timeline: Part 1: The Church Age (Chapters 1-3) Part 2: The Rapture and Throne Room (4-5) Part 3: The Tribulation Begins (6-12) Part 4: The Great Tribulation (13-19) Part 5: The Millennium and Beyond (20-22) Revelation 6:9-11 “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain

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Jun 082014
 

Jack Kelley’s wonderful website www.gracethrufaith.com is featured today. On Friday Jack was asked two questions that I have often debated and are discussed in our book. 1. Rapture, What Rapture? (I have heard well intentioned Christians firmly state that those Christians who do not believe in the rapture will be left behind). 2. Is Psalm 83 a Prophecy or a

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Jun 012014
 
SUNDAY POST: In The Shadow of Your Wings

Today’s post is a devotional dedicated to breast cancer patients. It was written by Sue Sewell, a breast cancer survivor, at bible.org. Everyone today is likely to personally know a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. For the past few months, a young relative of ours was busy working on her Ph.D. and planning

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