Who Knows The Truth?

Posted in: Spiritual Truths, The Word- Jul 02, 2017 No Comments

I echo the words of Paul in Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”

“I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.” [2 John 1:4]

The acceptance and practice of the truth bring a unique joy into people’s life such that they never remain the same again. The truth always comes through a medium to which only a handful have always warmed as in the case of John the baptist in his mother’s womb.

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost” [Luke 1:41].

It’s amazing that in speaking the truth, it does make people angry and offended, some start calling us heretics and antichrists. Is this new? No, not at all.

Jesus was called Belzebub, Paul was called a plague and profane person – why? Because they refused tradition and religion, but spoke only the truth.

How saddened is God because of His people’s level of ignorance and the willingness to remain in the same?

He says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” [Hosea 4:6]

There are two very strong words we must take seriously in that verse: Ignorance and Knowledge.

Ignorance is Dangerous

Ignorance is Dangerous!

Webster’s English Dictionary defines ignorance as “a lack of knowledge, understanding, or education,” and also “the state of being ignorant. It is also defined as “the state of being uninformed.”

Google dictionary defines knowledge as “facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject”. Or “awareness or familiarity gained by experience”.

Often times, I have noted that people can remain in ignorance because of laziness, arrogance and pride. They refuse to search the Scriptures as Jesus commanded and when they hear the truth, they feel condemned by it and often respond out of anger and frustration.

Unfortunately, when people behave this way, they do not know that they are resisting the Spirit of God. They are slaves to the spirit of religion.

They have restricted and defined the boundaries for which God must talk or walk with them. They have caged the Word of God and each time the Word of God tries to turn things around and liberate them from this spirit, they exercise their flesh and resist Him.

Another major thing I have noted about those who are sent by God to share the truth is that they are usually hated and only a small percentage try to reason with them. Take Jeremiah, Jesus and Paul in their generations, what they tried to share were not generally accepted.

The truth must come to the Bride of Christ to cleanse her of the deception that has perpetuated through the Adamic nature in Man. It is Truth that will set her free from this fallen nature. Philosophy or academics cannot help her.

“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” [Ephesians 5:27]

On the other hand, the truly spiritual man, walking with the Lord has willingly yielded himself to Christ thereby allowing His Spirit to dictate the tune of their walk, which is the result of liberating truth.

Every person comes into the world with a blank template. Over time, the pages of the template get written with knowledge and experiences.

Paul said, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” [Romans 10:14]

We come to God through the knowledge of Christ after hearing the Gospel preached. We hear. We know. We believe. We accept. We become children of God. It is a knowledge that starts the process.

Even believers who started well in Christ in Galatia started resenting Paul because he told them the truth as they refused to grow up from being kindergartens.

I would like to draw our attentions to Chapter 1, where Jesus gave the interpretation of what John was seeing to John. John saw three things:

#1. “seven golden candlesticks”.

#2. “in Jesus’ right hand seven stars”.

#3. “out of Jesus’ mouth went a sharp two-edged sword”.

Jesus knew John lacked the understanding of the vision he was seeing, but immediately He opened his understanding to what these things are.

“The book of Revelation is a spiritual book of spiritual truths and spiritual experiences addressed to a spiritual people which can be perceived and received only by the spirit!”

Paul revealed what the sharp two-edged sword was, that is, the Word of God. So Jesus never bothered to talk about that, but He talked about the other two in verse 20.

#1. seven golden candlesticks = seven churches.
#2. in Jesus’ right hand seven stars = angels of the seven churches.

Knowing fully well that there is no private interpretation of the Scriptures. The Scripture is full of types, parables, codes and strange language. These are only for the spiritual at varying levels of development.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” [John 10:28]

One question you and I should be asking ourselves that we seem to overlook is: “How did Paul discern these things and wrote about them?”

Written in Coded Language for the sons of God

Written in Coded Language for the sons of God

Paul told us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. When Jesus walked the earth He never told His disciples that the Sword of the Spirit was the Word of God, and if He did, we never saw it in any of their writings.

Paul told us about Melchizedek. How did he know? Jesus said we must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, but the disciples could not handle that truth. So Jesus stopped there. Paul expanded on that teaching in Romans 8 and Hebrews 6. And so many other teachings.

Paul taught about the union of Christ and His Bride and linked it with the union between a man and his wife. Why do we never ask: How was this? Where did he get these things from? The devil? Christ? How?

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” [2 Peter 1:3]

We must remember that God has GIVEN unto the Church all things that pertain unto life and godliness.

Yes, the River is there for all and Jesus comes, crying out, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” [John 7:37]

It is for ANY MAN who is thirsty. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” [Matthew 5:6]

Paul shared some insight. He kept the saints in remembrance of the necessity to read and study the scriptures. To Timothy, he said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15]

Paul himself was studious. “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.” [2 Timothy 4:13]

Paul knew, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” [John 16:13]

Jesus had laid the foundation upon which Paul was building, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” [John 5:39]

Paul himself said, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” [1 Corinthians 3:11-13]

How much of what you know right now can you allow to be tested by the fire of criticism from people? If it is tested, what shall remain ashes or precious metal?

Many always forget that the Word of God has been tested by fire. In fact, there are two types of gold in the Bible. The gold of man and the gold of God.

James the apostle said, “Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” [James 5:3]

The gold of man, which speaks of self-righteousness, with time gets rusty and cankered. The other is the gold of God, of which Jesus Christ spoke thus: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;” [Revelation 3:18]

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” [Psalm 12:6]

We should have a great respect for the apostle Paul. We should admire his courage, honesty, the strength of faith, and a deep testimony. I truly love his deep insights and find them equally applicable to the Church today. He was a true witness of the resurrected Christ.

Paul said, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” [Galatians 1:11–12]

God is not partial. Like the song Jim Reeves sang, “It is no secret what God can do, what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you…” If He did it for Paul, why not you and me?

Moses spoke of God, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.” (Deuteronomy 10:17)

The Truth will set YOU Free

The Truth will set YOU Free!

Peter the apostle said, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” [Acts 10:34]

Paul testified of this about the nature of God, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” [Romans 2:11]

James the Apostle also witnessed, “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” [James 2:1]

Remember, Jesus said, “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” [Matthew 18:16]

In 1 Corinthians 2:14 Paul wrote, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

As you take time to study, the time will come when you will be as confused as the Ethiopian Eunuch who wrestled with Isaiah 53 and just could not fathom it. But God in His infinite mercies will send a Philip who will ask you, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” (Acts 8:40).

Understandest thou what thou readest?”

I remember growing up as a young believer and I would hear pastors/preachers preach from 2 John 1:1, “The elder unto the elect lady and her children….”, and they would go on eulogise about an elderly lady in that church to whom John was writing. I lived in that understanding, which clouded my knowledge of other scriptures; it shackled me from the truth!

Oh, most of those preachers meant well, but they were wrong! The Elect Lady was simply the Bride of Christ in waiting or should I say the saints of God in the Church. How do we know this? The context and two specific verses.

2Jn 1:13 “The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.”

3 John 1. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Who is the ELECT sister? Is it not the local assembly of saints in another location? Then how did YOUR children became MY children?

John was simply referring to “that” assembly and “this” assembly.

The bottom line is that is that if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the Land as God promised; it has never been for just Paul or the apostles of old alone, but anyone who is open for the tabernacle of the Lord to dwell with him.

We have to remember that God will not give what is holy to dogs nor cast His precious pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). This is His nature and He will not go against His own nature.

You only have one chance and one opportunity to fulfil the divine destiny to which God has called you to in this life. The Spirit of God is available to help (1 Corinthians 2:13).

You can either choose to believe that God has a great plan and a great purpose for your life, and that He will give you just as much time and attention to be able to fulfill that divine destiny as He would anyone else – or you can choose to believe that our God is not who the Bible says He is.

If you believe that the Holy Bible is truly the inspired and infallible Word of God – then you have to believe what the above 4 verses are trying to tell you. God cannot lie, and neither can His Word!

This revelation is money in your bank if you can receive it, believe in it, get established in it, and act upon it in this life.

David, in his time, “tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,” that future world is now upon us, even the Kingdom of Christ and His God.

If you can establish your mind on this revelation to become a major foundational truth in your walk with the Lord, God can then take full control of your life and remove all obstacles, barriers, and hindrances of tradition and religion that will keep you from experiencing the full experience in the realm of His perfect will for your life, where an incredible adventure awaits you.

Now that you realise that God is no respecter of persons, you can begin to eat from where Paul, Lazarus, Mary, the apostles and all the saints of old ate from – the Table of the Lord.

This is what Jesus has to say, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” [John 6:45]

Ignorance is a Shackle

Ignorance is a Shackle

Paul came and shared with us, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” [1 Corinthians 15:51-52]

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Church is still struggling to understand what “the last trump” is and what it means to “be changed”. After 2000 years? It is sad. Very sad.

In Matthew 16:17, we read this, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

Who is going to be able to hear the teachings of the Spirit? The one who spends time with Him. It is as simple as that, God is not partial.

“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” [Proverbs 8:34 emphasis mine] It is the soul that waits and watches that will also hear.

As you begin to get understanding and enter into maturity in understanding the truth of God’s Word and awareness of His plan for His people, the potential of pride will be there, too. “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity (love) edifieth.” [1 Corinthians 8:1 emphasis mine]

It must be added, however, that with every revealed mystery of Scriptures is a responsibility. That responsibility is humility. Not everyone will receive the good Word of the Lord with joy like John the Baptist.

Apart from some who would leap at the entrance of the Word like John the Baptist, there are three other categories of your hearers. Some will hear and do nothing about what they heard.

God has prewarned that some will refuse to listen. “But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.” [Zechariah 7:11]

There will always be a Jannes and Jambres, an Alexander or Diotrephes who prefer to resist the truth and wallow in ignorance like the five foolish virgins who refused to make adequate preparations.

Understanding of the Holy Scriptures

At such times, what would be your response? Call fire and brimstone down upon the hearers for rejecting the Word, like the sons of thunder tried to do? (Luke 9:54)

Or run away as Moses did when they rejected, pushed him aside and said to him, “Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?” [Acts 7:27]

The choice is yours. But as Jesus said, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” [Mat 10:27]

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” [Matthew 5:15]

You owe it to God and the love of the Body of Christ to share the truth with His people. He has taken the time to invest in you and you cannot shut up because of rejection or persecution.

We are to remain humble amidst of negative and ignorant criticisms. But above all, we are to be patient and remain in love through prayer for the ignorant who reject the truth.

I conclude with the words of Peter, “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” [2 Peter 1:11]

 

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Distractions & The Fourth Dimension

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Inhabitants of The Earth

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“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” [Revelation 12:12].

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The Secret Rapture!

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Why Do The Righteous Suffer?

Posted in: Spiritual Truths, The Word- Apr 30, 2013 9 Comments

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Posted in: Testimonies- May 07, 2010 53 Comments

For three years, Satan taught me some of his best kept secrets.

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Fight For Your Body!

Posted in: Be Healthy, The Word- Aug 14, 2017 No Comments

In Jude 1:9 we read, “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

In fact, the World English Bible (WEB) translation says it like this, “But Michael, the archangel, when contending with the devil and arguing about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him an abusive condemnation, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!”

Devil Contended for the Body of Moses

There was something quite serious about the body of Moses that Satan had to try his best to get his hands on it. We can only ask: Why? Moses was dead, his spirit was gone back to his Maker (Ecclesiastes 3:21) and his soul to Abraham’s bosom, that is, paradise (Luke 16:22).

Naturally, his decaying body was meant to return to dust in accordance with the order of things (Genesis 3:19).

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” [Ecclesiastes 12:7]

Knowing the character of Satan, we can have an idea of why he was doing this. One, possibly because he believed that Moses’ body belonged to him due to his sinful past.

Two, possibly because he wanted to inhabit the body and use it for his own purposes, like the demoniac of Gadarene (Luke 8:27).

Three, possibly preserve and hang it in his temple for his children of disobedience to make a mockery of as they did of the body of Saul and his sons (1 Chronicles 10:10-11).

Fourth, simply because he is the accuser who just hates anything good and holy (Revelation 12:10).

Lastly, possibly because he is a thief, robber, and destroyer (John 10:10). But, why did God not allow him to have the decaying body and use as he pleases? Would the body not return to dust as recorded in Scriptures?

Why was God interested in keeping the body of Moses?”

The human body is an incredibly awesome machine, specially designed to perform incredible feats and so unique that no two bodies are the same. The Reader’s Digest Book of Facts has these 15 key facts about the human body:

  1. The stomach’s digestive acids are strong enough to dissolve zinc. Fortunately for us, the cells in the stomach lining renew so quickly that the acids don’t have time to dissolve it.
  2. The lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid end to end, they would stretch 2400km (1500 miles).
  3. A man’s testicles manufacture 10 million new sperm cells each day – enough that he could repopulate the entire planet in only 6 months!
  4. Human bone is as strong as granite in supporting weight. A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support 9 tonnes – that is four times as much as concrete can support.
  5. Each finger and toenail takes six months to grow from base to tip.
  6. The largest organ in the body is the skin. In an adult man, it covers about 1.9m2 (20sq ft). The skin constantly flakes away – in a lifetime each person sheds around 18kg (40 lb) of skin.
  7. When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day you shrink back to your former height. The reason is that your cartilage discs are squeezed like sponges by the force of gravity when you stand or sit.
  8. The average person in the West eats 50 tonnes of food and drinks 50,000 litres (11,000 gallons) of liquid during his life.
  9. Each kidney contains 1 million individual filters. They filter an average of around 1.3 litres (2.2 pints) of blood per minute, and expel up to 1.4 litres (2.5 pints) a day of urine.
  10. The focusing muscles of the eyes move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout, you would need to walk 80km (50 miles) every day.
    Strong Body

    Strong Body

  11. In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat (combined) to bring a half gallon of water to boil.
  12. A single human blood cell takes only 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.
  13. A foreskin, the size of a postage stamp, from circumcised babies take only 21 days to grow skin that can cover three (3) basketball courts. Amazing isn’t it. Thanks to science. The laboratory-grown skin is used in treating burn patients.
  14. The eyes receive approximately 90 percent of all our information, making us basically visual creatures.
  15. The female ovaries contain nearly half-a-million egg cells, yet only 400 or so will ever get the opportunity to create a new life.

As you can see, what is bad in these functions of the human body? Are these things working against God? In fact, these functions are glorifying God that He is awesome and these things are not the result of a random or accidental existence. They were created as accordingly.

And an atheist will come and start preaching that there is no God? No wonder David called him a fool (Psalm 53:1). I wonder how an atheist can believe the sun exists when he never sees the light!

The flesh is an enemy of God. The flesh has works or activities contrary to the nature of God. Paul says the flesh has works or acts by which it is known.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” [Galatians 5:19-21]

The flesh and the body are two different entities. One is what God wanted, but the other is contrary.

The body is a victim of the crafty entity called the flesh. Peter the apostle called it filthy, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”. [1Peter 3:21]

Paul the apostle called it, “body of sin”, that is, a nature that sits on the body or manifests itself using the body as a tool (Romans 6:6). Again, I reiterate that the body is a victim of the flesh.

The body, on the other hand, is called the temple of God (John 2:19,21). Paul was quite direct in his description of the body in 1Corinthians 6:19 by saying, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

That body is a treasure to God. God is wholly interested in that body. In fact, He disapproves the neglect of the body.

“Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” [Colossians 2:23]

Jesus did not neglect His physical body. In Hebrews 10:5, it says, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”

God took care of Jesus’ body. That body never tasted corruption. In fact, it was that SAME body, which was crucified on the Cross that God adopted and redeemed in the resurrection. Same body, just transformed into another.

Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

Acts 13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

So, if Jesus took care of His own body, why should you not do same? Why would you sit back and let the devil contend for your body through sicknesses such as cancer, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, HIV, and other diseases? You must fight like Michael!

Paul explained, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” [Romans 8:23]

If God is interested in your body and calls it His home (temple), why should you allow rats (sicknesses), snakes (devils) and scorpions (sin) to take it over? Paul says whosoever (or whatever) defiles the body, him shall God destroy. It is a very serious matter to God and you must see it as such as well.

Healthy Lifestyle

You must fight for your body, protect it from being snatched by the devils, sickness or sin. God’s plan is to make your body impenetrable by the sting of death and the power of the grave. You must agree with Him and fight for your body.

Live a healthy lifestyle, avoid damaging your body through poor hygiene, when it gets invaded by “strangers” such as viruses, fungi, protozoa, and bacteria, refuse to give in and do everything to chase them out!

“The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.” [Psalms 18:45] There was a legion inside a man in Gadara, Jesus simply asked it to leave. Do the same. Ask the strangers to leave and refuse to compromise their presence, they are trespassers! Above all, become entangled with the Spirit of God.

Entangled Body

Entangled Body

You must look for the adoption of your body by the Lord. This is extremely important. But how do you do this? By using all sorts of medicine?

Again, Paul gives us the insight in 1Corinthians 6:17, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

You are to be joined unto Christ. That is, become ONE with Him, as in marital union. Though separate persons yet one.

He says, your body needs to be adopted and redeemed. So, God gave you the Spirit of adoption. The Spirit is mortifying (subduing, suppressing, subjugating, controlling, restraining, get under control; disciplining, chastening, punishing, denying) the deeds (an action that is performed intentionally or consciously) of the flesh.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” [Romans 8:15]

Just as when a man adopts a child and calls him his son. But adoption is just the beginning, there must be a complete redemption. This process, at the moment, is a gradual process.

Strong’s Concordance tells us that redemption is a translation of the Greek word, apolutrōsis (pronounced ap-ol-oo’-tro-sis). It means a complete riddance. Riddance of what? Riddance of corruption and decay!

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” [1Corinthians 15:52-54]

How unfortunate it is that the vast majority in the Church today have equated this transformation of the body to the disappearance. This misunderstanding that came through the religious spirit has so much misguided the decision of many against the truth.

No brethren, sit down and STUDY at the feet of the Holy Spirit to learn and buy the truth that must not be exchanged for social acceptance.

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” [John 8:12]

If you cross reference what Paul was saying in 1Corinthians 6:19 with what Jesus was saying in John 8:12, then you would see the future of your body.

When you become one with the Lord, you will become ONE Spirit with Him. When you become one with Him IN YOUR BODY, then you will be able to do exactly as Jesus was able to do, too.

“What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” [1Corinthians 6:16]

Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye.” (Matthew 6:12). If you engage your eye with evil, then your body, though adopted, will not experience redemption.

“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” [Matthew 6:23]

Darkness is death! But darkness is swallowed up by light.”

“The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”  [Proverbs 20:27]

When the spirit of a man abides in the Presence of the Lord, something beautiful happens to it, it glows. Jesus describes it like this, “…. the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” [Luke 11:36].

Candle of the Lord within us is the means by which light or inspiration or enlightenment or illumination or understanding come to us.

The medium of the light is the candle, but what happens when the candle itself is turned into the light because it has become one with the Light.

Fight For A Redeemed Body!

Fight For A Redeemed Body!

We see the one who missed out on the Lord’s redemption in Revelation 18:23, “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”

Again, He emphatically stresses the UNION of the candle and its Source in Revelation 22:5, “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

Does this mean the elimination of your person? Of course not, but the description of the fullness of God in you. A complete entanglement between your body and the Spirit of God has taken place. The mortal (perishable) has taken on immortality (imperishable).

Funnily enough, some people protest that I use science and things in our environment to explain Scriptures. That is just preposterous because Paul and Jesus used a similar approach as well. Is the Parable of the Sower not scientific? God even used the romantic expression of the Songs of Solomon to explain our relationship with Christ.

A professor of quantum physics explained quantum entanglement like this, “If Alice and Bob both read this morning’s New York Times, they will have perfectly correlated information. And if Charlie comes along and reads the same paper later on, he will be just as strongly correlated with Alice as Alice is with Bob, and Bob will be just as correlated with Charlie as he is with Alice. But if Alice reads her quantum newspaper and Bob reads his, they will learn almost nothing until they get together and share their information. Now, when Charlie comes along, Alice and Bob have already used up all their ability to be entangled, and he’s completely left out. Entanglement is monogamous—if Alice and Bob are as entangled as they can be, neither of them can entangle with Charlie at all.”

This fully explains the marriage union, especially between Christ and His Bride and the rejected ones who are shut out of the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 22:15).

In My Father's House There Are Many Mansions

Golden Skyscraper by MichaelGaida@PixaBay

Then how do we get entangled with the Light? Quantum physics describes entanglement as “a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance—instead, a quantum state must be described.”

In other words, the particles, though distinct, cannot be described as being independent of one another. It is an object that has experienced irradiation. There is a fusion that has taken place. The original object can never be the same again – it is changed into a new permanent state!

John the Apostle describes it like this, “And the Word was made flesh…. full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). The Truth of God must soak into every fibre of your body and become your body and in return, your body must become the Word.

Paul the Apostle made it easier to understand, he says, “…. and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Never to be separated from Him again.

 

 

 

 

References:
#1. Jude 1:9
http://bible-illustrated.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/Jd09.html
https://www.patreon.com/BibleIllustrated
#2. Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing
http://www.caltech.edu/news/quantum-entanglement-and-quantum-computing-39090
#3. Trevor Noah’s Tweet Controversy
http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/940771-trevor-noahs-tweet-controversy
#4. Quality Images from Pixabay
https://pixabay.com/

Generation of Vipers!

Posted in: Spiritual Truths, Spiritual Warfare, The Word- May 05, 2017 4 Comments

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” [Matthew 3:7] Read more »

God Can Save The Hardest of Sinners!

Posted in: Testimonies- Apr 18, 2017 No Comments

He was a hardened criminal, a terror and killer, one whom men of the security agencies will never forget in a haste. A man mountain, towering about 6 feet 5 inch, well built, dark skinned and sweltering eyes, he carried out his operations, Read more »

Are Atheists More Intelligent?

Posted in: Replying Atheists- Sep 02, 2016 No Comments

This was a conversation between and atheist named “Corey” and myself on YouTube.

Atheist Corey:
In the realm of what we know to be real (our own lives until we die) that sacrifice doesn’t claim to do squat right? So all the claims that our sins are washed away don’t take affect until we die correct? Wow thanks lord god for trying to make us believe so seriously unbelievable stuff… If anything (if you are right about jesus) when I die he is going to be like “you secular people are among the brightest, I have deep respect for you because how could I expect intelligent people such as yourself to believe that crazy shit. You may enter the magical kingdom!”

Brother John:
Understanding will make the difference. That is why God is wise and Man is foolish – he always thinks he is more intelligent than the Creator because of his tiny knowledge, which does not span beyond his environment.

Life Challenge

Life Challenge

Sin brought death into the world. Death means the absence of God or detachment from God. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” [Leviticus 17:11] The perfect life is in God; God’s life cannot suffer or experience death because God cannot sin. The blood of animals was not perfect to become a substitute or give life back to the dying Man. So, God decided to use His own ENDLESS life so as to give life back to Man. It is akin to resuscitation. God gave life back to Man in order to destroy death in him.

Conclusion:
So, are atheists more intelligent? No, atheists are not smarter or more intelligent, they just make their brains think backwardly when it should be advancing. I would like to conclude with a tweeted quote from Trevor Noah:

Christ & Christopher Hitchens

Christ & Christopher Hitchens

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” [Leviticus 17:11]

 

Overcoming Jezebel!

Posted in: Spiritual Warfare, The Word- Jan 19, 2016 1 Comment

In the history of mankind, there is no other name that is as synonymous to whoredom, manipulation, fatality and witchcraft combined as that of Jezebel. Delilah, Rahab or Herodias are nowhere near Jezebel’s notoriety!

See the testimony of a man (Joe Dee – not real name) about his experience: Read more »

Defeat of Jezebel

Posted in: Spiritual Warfare, The Word- Jan 17, 2016 1 Comment

This is the part two of the Jezebel Series. If you have not read the part one (Overcoming Jezebel!), I encourage you to do so before you read this second part. These the remaining characteristics of Jezebel.

It Must Be in Control. It wants to be in control at all times. It does this through Read more »

Christ or Christmas?

Posted in: Spiritual Truths, The Word- Dec 22, 2015 No Comments

Again on December 25 of this year the majority of the Christian world (Christendom) will celebrate the birth of Christ through many handed down traditions including, setting up a decorated tree, exchanging gifts, spreading folk tales about Santa Claus, festivities, lighting decorations, just to name a few, and the most common of greetings – Merry Christmas.

Where does the annual celebration of Christmas come from? You might be amazed at what can be found in the Bible regarding the origin of Christmas and finding out the actual season of Christ’s birth. It is a LITTLE KNOWN FACT OF THE BIBLE.

Few people realize that the origins of a form of Christmas was pagan & celebrated in Europe long before anyone there had heard of Jesus Christ.

No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night.

This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ’s birthday as Christmas, on December the 25th?

The answer lies in the pagan origins of Christmas. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast.

born-christian-christmas

Christ is Born

In Rome, the Winter Solstice was celebrated many years before the birth of Christ. The Romans called their winter holiday Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture. In January, they observed the Kalends of January, which represented the triumph of life over death. This whole season was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.

The festival season was marked by much merrymaking. It is in ancient Rome that the tradition of the Mummers was born. The Mummers were groups of costumed singers and dancers who traveled from house to house entertaining their neighbors. From this, the Christmas tradition of caroling was born.

In northern Europe, many other traditions that we now consider part of Christian worship were begun long before the participants had ever heard of Christ. The pagans of northern Europe celebrated the their own winter solstice, known as Yule.

Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year. As the Sun God grew and matured, the days became longer and warmer. It was customary to light a candle to encourage Mithras, and the sun, to reappear next year.

Huge Yule logs were burned in honor of the sun. The word Yule itself means “wheel,” the wheel being a pagan symbol for the sun. Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, and the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual. Hollyberries were thought to be a food of the gods.

Decorated Christmas Tree

Decorated Christmas Tree

The tree is the one symbol that unites almost all the northern European winter solstices. Live evergreen trees were often brought into homes during the harsh winters as a reminder to inhabitants that soon their crops would grow again.

Evergreen boughs were sometimes carried as totems of good luck and were often present at weddings, representing fertility. The Druids used the tree as a religious symbol, holding their sacred ceremonies while surrounding and worshipping huge trees.

In 350, Pope Julius I declared that Christ’s birth would be celebrated on December 25. There is little doubt that he was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans (who remained a majority at that time) to convert to Christianity.

The new religion went down a bit easier, knowing that their feasts would not be taken away from them.

Christmas (Christ-Mass) as we know it today, most historians agree, began in Germany, though Catholics and Lutherans still disagree about which church celebrated it first.

Exchanging Gifts

Exchanging Gifts

The earliest record of an evergreen being decorated in a Christian celebration was in 1521 in the Alsace region of Germany. A prominent Lutheran minister of the day cried blasphemy: “Better that they should look to the true tree of life, Christ.”

The controversy continues even today in some fundamentalist sects.

So, what do you want to celebrate Christ or Christmas?”

If it is Christmas, you now know what you are truly celebrating – the son of Isis, an abominable act in God’s sight, but covered with the Name of Jesus Christ. Is that not an insult?

Pause. Think on this for a moment.

If it is Christ, then you must obey His Word: “Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the LORD’s house.” [Isaiah 52:11]

Paul re-echoed those same words in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18. He added, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” [Galatians 5:9]

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” [Revelation 18:4]

The truth of the matter is that Christmas is a distraction from Christ. It is meant to look like Christ – “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” – an anti-Christ!

So, what should you do instead? Celebrate Jesus daily in YOUR own life, by fellowshipping and celebrating with Him in your soul and how you live.

If God was in Christ Jesus, walking on the face of the earth among humanity, when do you think He would prefer to be born? Festival of Debauchery (takes place on 25th December) or Feast of Tabernacles (September/October – six months after the Jewish Passover)?

Christ or Christmas?

Christ or Christmas?

 

This article is a slightly edited version. The original author seems to be anonymous. So, the credit remains with the original author. Thanks.

References:
1 Earl W. Count, 4000 Years of Christmas, (New York: Henry Schuman, 1948), p. 11.
2 Cyclopeadia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, (1882), Vol. 2, p. 276.
3 Charles F. Vinson, “Why the World Needs Christmas”, The Plain Truth, Vol. XXXVIII (December 1973), p. 19.
4 Werner Keller, The Bible as History, (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969), p. 353.
5 Francis X. Weiser, The Christmas Book, (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1952), p. 31.
6 Keller, p. 352.
7 Mary Imogene Hazeltine, Anniversaries and Holidays, (2nd ed.; New York : Harper & Bros., 1954), 178.
8 “Christmas”, Encyclopedia Britannica, (1955), Vol. 5, p. 642A.
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15 Joseph Gaer, Holidays Around the World, (Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1953), p. 133.
16 Barrie Ruth Straus, The Catholic Church, (Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1987), p. 36.
17 Maymie Richardson Krythe, All About Christmas, (New York: Harper & Bros., 1954), p. 3.
18 Encyclopedia Britannica, p. 642A.
19 Keller, p. 353.
20 “Christmas”, Man, Myth & Magic, Vol. 4, p. 480
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22 Keller, p. 353.