Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Journey from Law to Grace

#851: If there are two facets of the Old and New Testaments that stand out when it comes to the affairs of the Lord and fallen man it is that of the law in the former and justification by faith in the latter. And if there was one issue that the Apostle Paul addressed with passion and admonition it is the relationship between law and grace, particularly when Judaisers infiltrated the early church tempting believers to place themselves again under the yoke of the law.

One theme that I've been reminded of as Yours Truly KJS has been again traversing the Pentateuch recently is the development of the law from God's covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet for all its truth, whilst the law demonstrated how far short we are of the Holiness and Righteousness of God, it could only bridge the gap until something better was in place. The prophet Samuel told Saul that obedience was better than sacrifice (I Samuel 15:22) whilst the prophet Jeremiah spoke of a new covenant with the law now written on hearts and minds (Jeremiah 31:31-33), this being underlined by Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth (I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Keeping in mind that the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples that to love Him is to keep His commandments, we see the transfer of the law, so to speak, from the external to the internal, from the natural to the spiritual, from the old man to the new man. Paul taught the early church that the law was in fact the schoolmaster that came before the appropriation of righteousness by faith (Galatians 3:24) and that the blood sacrifices of animals could not take away the sins of the world (Hebrews 10:4) whereas the precious shed blood of Messiah Yeshua could not only take away our sins but also impute righteousness to believers and meet the requirements of the law.

We see a journey from the wilderness, the apparent harshness of the law of Moses to the promised land of justification by faith. The Father has given us as a free gift of that which we could never earn in the Finished Work of His Son Jesus Christ and an advocate in the Person, power and gifts of His Holy Spirit. He has made True Salvation possible for all by His amazing grace. This is even more wondrous than the glory of the stars above the firmament and the miracle of new life. Perhaps you may wish to consider the scriptures below anew with prayers of thanksgiving ...

"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the (new) covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
~ Jeremiah 31:31-33 ~

"Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams."
~ I Samuel 15:22 ~

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins."
~ Hebrews 10:4 ~

"But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
~ Galatians 3:24 ~

"If you love Me, keep My commandments."
~ John 14:15 ~

"For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes."
~ I Corinthians 11: 23-26 ~

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 30-May-2019

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Book of Tobit

#850: Aside from my now regular reading of accepted canonical scripture, Yours Truly KJS has also been delving not only into The Book of Enoch (well worth a read or three in light of Genesis 6 as a minimum) but also the volume of books known as The Apocrypha. Please be reassured that I am no symphasiser of the Roman Catholic Church or its doctrines but I think that there is some value in reading these post-Bible texts. Earlier this week I read through the book of Tobit and, if I am honest, I was blessed by the story of a righteous man named Tobit, his wife Hannah, his son Tobias, a young lady named Sarah and the archangel Raphael. There are elements of and parallels to Job and Esther in this story and an ending resulting in the praises of God for his provision and deliverance. If you are so minded, have a read! You may also wish to consider these words from Tobit 13: 14-18 in light of established biblical prophecy ...

"Blessed are those who love you!
They will rejoice in your peace,
Blessed are those who grieved over all your stripes,
For they will be glad about you,
When they see all your glory,
And they will rejoice forever.
Let my soul bless God, the great King,
For Jerusalem will be built of sapphire and emerald,
And her walls of precious stones,
And her towers and battlements of pure gold;
And the streets of Jerusalem will be paved with beryl and ruby and stones of Ophir,
And all her lanes shall say "Hallelujah," and shall utter praise,
Saying, "Blessed be God, who has raised you up forever."

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 29-May-2019

Monday, 20 May 2019

For Now We See Him Dimly

#849: Experienced Bible students know that when studying the Word of God one knows when to take scripture literally for the Bible tells us when we are reading prophecy or history or allegory or poetry or parable. The list goes on. Yours Truly KJS is most certainly a believer in the historical authenticity of the Holy Bible because every page is God breathed Truth. I therefore have no problem in taking the Genesis account of Creation literally including the dividing of the waters by a solid, translucent firmament and the amazing implication that the earth is flat and not a sphere. I'll write more on that subject in days yet future but today I want to share something wonderful with you. Back in 2001, I had to leave what was our church after five years of fellowship on account of the doctrine of Cessationism wherein the Lord showed the teaching that the gifts of the Spirit (the charismata) had ceased when the Apostolic age ended and the Bible was compiled. Now one of the scriptures quoted at me was I Corinthians 13:8-12 where in verse 10 the adjective perfect was taught as being the Bible and I believed it meant the eternal state. We read ...

"Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror (glass), dimly (darkly), but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." (I Corinthians 13: 8-12)

My recent investigations as to the reality of the firmament, mentioned directly seventeen (17) times in the books of Genesis, Psalms, Ezekiel and Daniel, led me to many other places. One of the scriptures I turned to was Ezekiel 1:22 which states: "The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the colour of an awesome (terrible) crystal, stretched out over their heads."
Does this photograph show the firmament over Antarctica?
Those inspired words infer that the firmament is crystal or even perhaps crystal glass in appearance and/or structure and when one also reads Isaiah 40:22 and understands that the Lord "sits above the circle of the earth ... Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in." you could be forgiven for thinking that the majesty of God Almighty (El Gibor) is directly above the firmament and by extension above us, literally! Perhaps the Northern Lights are a very real and visible sign of His glory shining or refracting through the firmament.

Now here is my amazing discovery. When Paul wrote "For now we see in a mirror (glass), dimly (darkly), but then face to face" (I Corinthians 13:12) in relation to the ceasing of prophecies, tongues and knowledge, this writer believes that he had the firmament in view, literally. In other words, now we see the glory of God dimly (darkly) through the firmament but then, when we see Him face to face in our new bodies, those spiritual gifts will not be needed and will cease. It has nothing to do with the canon of scripture. This, to me, is a wonderful confirmation that squares the circle when it comes to Cessationism and my spiritual journey since. Praise the Lord!

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 20-May-2019

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The Green Horse of the Apocalypse

#848: The Lord has indeed revealed much to Yours Truly KJS over the last month or three by various means and He is very definitely changing and moulding me as He sees fit. I am especially thankful as it demonstrates His faithfulness and love for someone who is a prodigal in more ways than one.

Those familiar with The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ have heard of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse and that they are white, black, red and pale in colour. Many recognise the colours white, black and red and associate them with the coming of Antichrist, wars (and rumours of  wars) and famine, pestilences et al. In many Bibles, the fourth horse of the Apocalypse is termed pale which is an indistinct colour next to the other three when reading the text in English.

"When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." (Revelation 6:7-8, NKJV)

In my Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, we find that the Greek word translated as pale in Revelation 6:7 is χλωρός or chloros. From chloros we get the word chlorophyll which is the green pigment found in plants. Whilst χλωρός or chloros can mean pale, yellowish green or verdant green, it is not unreasonable to read χλωρός as green and therefore we could read Revelation 6:7 as: "When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a green horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth."

What comes to mind is that the colour green is associated with islam but might also bring the environmentalist movement into view. Many years ago, I remember suggesting that the reason that so many True Believers are beheaded for their faith (see also Revelation 20:4) might be because the chief method of execution enacted by islam is beheading. The fifth seal mentioned in Revelation 6:9-11 states that John "saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held" and that "that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed."

Note that the fifth seal bears witness of the results of the fourth seal. One wonders if we are yet to see the full nature and fruit of rampant islam when it comes to the persecution of the True Church and other infidels if we understand that the fourth horse of the Apocalypse is in fact green rather than pale. This is something to test, pray about and be prepared for.

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 18-May-2019

Monday, 13 May 2019

Biblical Flat Earth Cosmology

#847: For the last 500 years and more so in the last few generations, most people been taught or have come to believe in the idea that the earth is a spinning spheroid orbiting the sum at a distance of circa 93 million miles at a speed of around 65,000 miles an hour. The intent of this article is to encourage Christians and genuine truth seekers to investigate this teaching.

It's a huge step change to even consider that not only is our perception of the world very different to reality but also to consider that many of the building blocks of our society are a very clever, well thought out deception so cunning that most people will not even stop and challenge the status quo for themselves, as is the case with the theory of evolution.

But remember, if you will, this thought. If you want to people to miss the True Gospel and go to a lost eternity, you need to indoctrinate man from birth with the belief that there is no Creator and, by extension,  no devil and no need for a Saviour. If you can convince people that they are glorified apes and that the universe is vast and old, then you have them.

The Book of Genesis in chapter one clearly teaches that the earth was created with a firmament (the Hebrew word rāqîaʿ or רָקִ֫יעַ can be derived as "to beat or spread out thinly") separated between two waters (always plural in Hebrew and never singular), one below on earth and the other above the firmament or Heaven (the Hebrew word Shamayim (שָׁמַיִם) literally means 'heavens' in the plural), suggesting that earth and its atmosphere is covered by a separating canopy over which what we call the heavens exist. If taken literally, the possibility that the earth is not a globe should at least be considered as part of a biblical flat earth cosmology. Psalm 19 tells us that the heavens declare the glory of the God and Romans 1 informs us that since the creation of the world that the invisible attributes of the Lord are clearly seen so that there is no excuse for the unbeliever. What greater glory could there be that the creation account is completely true and that a flat earth still replete with its canopy is literally the footstool of the Lord (Isaiah 66:1).
Just as there is evidently much resistance in the world to the creation account due to the religion of evolution, there would be even more opposition to the masses finding out that they have been sold another lie that if exposed would utterly change their worldview and open the gospel to many. That the so-called scientific community, world governments and even NASA have conspired to hoodwink most of a fallen world really does fulfill Jesus' admonition to be wary of deception in these last days, especially when considering that many NASA astronauts were allegedly 33rd degree Freemasons, thereby being fully aware of which master they serve. I guess that what Yours Truly KJS is saying today is that people should never rule anything out when it comes to Satan's guile and that YOU should check ALL things out for yourself. I shall be addressing this subject again soon. With this in mind, please consider reading and meditating on these inspired words again...

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day."
~ Genesis 1:1-8 ~

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat."
~ Psalm 19:1-6 ~

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools."
~ Romans 1:20-22 ~

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 13-May-2019

Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Book of Enoch

#846: If you have ever wanted more detail of what the world was like before the Great Flood of Noah, particularly on the sons of God a la the Nephilim (the fallen ones), The Book of Enoch will fill in the gaps and also furnish the reader with vital information on demonology and spiritual warfare that will serve many believers well in the days to come which will conclude with the Great Tribulation.and the parousia of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Whilst the true reasons for the removal of I Enoch (and The Apocrypha as a whole) are not fully understood, one can be certain that Christians (particularly in the west) are ill prepared not only for current deceptions (the pre-tribulation rapture theory being one) but also those to come. For that reason alone, Yours Truly KJS recommends that believers avail themselves of a copy of The Book of Enoch and ready/study it intently. You will then understand why Jude cites it and other New Testament writers allude to and confirm it. In the meantime, this writer will be searching the rest of The Apocrypha for more scriptural treasures ... 

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 12-May-2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Ten Commandments

#845: Having just watched a portion of the excellent DVD "REVEALING God's Treasure" (go to ArkDiscovery.com for further information) wherein the late Ron Wyatt explains his journey to finding the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, Yours Truly KJS just wants to acknowledge the wonder of God and His grace towards this particular sinner and the absolute necessity that we ask the Holy Spirit to write the Ten Commandments upon our hearts as the world hurtles towards the Great Tribulation and the dreaded mark of the beast.

All I ask is that you consider these hallowed words wherein the Lord Jesus Christ hangs the Ten Commandments on two precepts in Matthew 22:34-40 and, the full discourse of God's rules for living in Exodus 20:1-17 thus ...

But when the Pharisees heard that He (Jesus) had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40)

And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
#1 You shall have no other gods before Me.
#2 You shall not make for yourself a carved image - any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
#3 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
#4 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
#5 Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
#6 You shall not murder.
#7 You shall not commit adultery.
#8 You shall not steal.
#9 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
#10 You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour's." (Exodus 20:1-17)

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 08-May-2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

The Lake of Fire: The Ultimate Gospel Witness

#844: Sometimes in life there is but a simple message that needs must be transmitted and the simplicity of the True Gospel meets that need. Lately Yours Truly KJS has been thinking on the number of people who have lived on planet earth since the Creation narrative around 6,000 years ago. Perhaps 10 million, perhaps more. Considering that hell (sheol) was created with fallen angels in mind, it is galling to try and imagine how many lost souls are destined for the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) and just how big it will be. A place of eternal judgement and anguish, a pit of doom and a place where many of the people we know - family, friends, colleagues, strangers and even our enemies - will certainly end up.

"Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honourable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it." (Isaiah 5:13-14)

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)

"And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15)

If nothing else, this should motivate and stir up believers to pray and witness to the True Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17). We should adorn the spiritual armour of Ephesians 6:11-18, specifically with our "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace" and get out there while it is still day and we can still work.

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 07-May-2019

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Leviathan's Ruse Volume One (Alexander Lawrence)

#843: The main reason that you've not seen anything published by this last week is because Yours Truly KJS has had his nose in not a few books, the main one being the excellent 2016 treatise by (Watchman) Alexander Lawrence entitled "Leviathan's Ruse Volume One: The Comprehensive Guide to the Battle Between Good & Evil)" (ISBN 9780997257809). This is a book wherein in the author quite rightly deserves his moniker as a watchman. There is plenty of deep research and an overflowing avalanche of information here that challenges the reader to revisit some of the major presuppositions made by many end times expositors and bible scholars. There are six ruses to be discussed and Volume One essentially covers the first three ruses as identified by Alexander Lawrence as end times prophecy confusion, occult knowledge/wonders and materialism.

www.leviathansruse.com

At a time when there are many people out there espousing their interpretation of biblical eschatology, it is refreshing (and encouraging) to find an author and book highlighting the serious dangers of the false pre-tribulation rapture theory being expounded as fact by a major portion of Church seminaries (or perhaps cemeteries?), pastors and teachers that will likely be a significant contributor to the prophesied mass apostasia (falling away) before the revelation of Antichrist and the actual occurrence of the harpazo (rapture) - something highlighted by this writer in this recent article. I recommend that you prayerfully consider reading this book (see the above link for more information).

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 04-May-2019