The Price Tag Is Missing

Satan has torn the price tag off of every sin!  That’s right.  Scripture states quite clearly that there is a price to be paid for every sin we commit.  But wait, didn’t Jesus Christ pay the price, or the penalty for our sins when He died on Calvary?  Yes, He did, and when we enter into a valid relationship with our Lord the merits of His sacrificial death are applied to our PAST sins and they are covered by the blood, as they say.  They are removed from us as far as the east is from the west, blotted out, to be remembered no more.  (See Psalm 103:12 and Isaiah 1:18).  But after that marvelous, glorious event, what if we sin again?  Well, “if we (believers) confess our sins (should we slip and fall and sin again), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us (once more) from all unrighteousness” (See I John 1:9).  But that doesn’t conclude the matter.  Read on:

When King David sinned in having an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba followed by having her husband, Uriah the Hittite. killed in battle, Nathan the prophet was sent to David to tell him, “The Lord has put away your sin.  You shall not die” (See 2 Samuel 12:13).  But he told him something more than that.  Nathan informed David, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife….Behold I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun” (See 2 Samuel 12:10-11).  God had forgiven David his gross sins of adultery and murder by proxy, but still He punished David with disciplinary punishment for scorning God’s commandments and giving in to the basest human emotions and desires.  Satan had torn the price tag off of those two sins.  David failed to realize that we reap what we sow regardless of who we are or whether or not we have a relationship with God.  In fact, those afforded the greater light and understanding are punished more severely than those who are not so enlightened, which is only just and proper.  If an eighteen year old son and an eight year old son are guilty of the same offense, the eighteen year old warrants the more severe punishment.

“But “if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and EVERY TRANSGRESSION and disobedience received a just recompence of reward (a corresponding just punishment), how shall we (New Covenant believers) escape (punishment for every transgression and act of disobedience) if we neglect so great salvation (having God’s Holy Spirit imparted to us to keep us from ALL sin)?”  (See Hebrews 2:2-3).  Yes, a salvation so great as to provide us with an avenue of escape from every temptation we face as Christians, for “there has no temptation take you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that which you are able to bear, but will with the temptation (yes, at that same exact moment in time) also make a (God-made) way to escape (hence, a perfect escape route), that you may be able to bear it (bear up under that temptation without ever giving in to it and sinning)”  (See I Corinthians 1-:13)

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Perhaps the only punishment for a believer’s “minor” sin is that spoken of in Hebrews 3:13, where we are told that a believer can become “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  (See also verses 8 and 15).  There are various punishments for sin and many of these punishments are quite automatic just as the punishment for violation of the law of gravity is quite automatic if one jumps off of a ten-story building.
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Never forget, believer, when tempted to do evil or sin in any manner, YOU will suffer the consequences for whatsoever YOU sow YOU will reap.
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Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

The Coming Shock Waves

This nation needs to steel itself and ready itself for a greater shock than the events of 9/11.  I am getting to know the character and mindset of our Creator more and more with each passing day, knowledge that is urging me more and more to a greater and more continuous walk of holiness and abject obedience to Him and His Word.  There must be no more slipping back into my old ways or habits.  But, brethren, we all need to adopt that mindset.
The God of nature is about to use nature to get America’s attention.  He will not rely solely upon Islam’s brutalities.  He knows many Americans will see Islam’s threat as having nothing to do with God judging America, but when nature is in upheaval, well, that will be a different story.  When earthquakes shudder across this country, striking in areas never before having seen such activity in recorded history, when this old earth seems to say to America’s inhabitants, “Get off my back,” well, God is going to get the attention of quite a few whose thoughts are not turned toward Him in the least at the present.
America needs to hear the words thundered to ancient Israel many centuries ago: “Prepare to meet thy God!”

The Test of a True Spokesman of God

How does one know a minister, a pastor, a preacher is truly “called” of God to represent Him and His Son Jesus Christ and to speak the truths of God to His people and any and all others?  John the Baptist gave us what we might call the litmus test that determines whether one is actually “called” of God to speak the words of God to others: “For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God” (See John 3:34).  But notice the startling words John the Baptist uttered just before making that statement: “No man receives his testimony” (verse 32, last part).  While it is true John was making reference to Jesus Christ when he spoke those words, many other scriptures reveal that God’s truly anointed spokesmen are generally NOT received by the public at large, nor do all fellow believers receive them.  But one thing is for certain: they speak the words of God, that is God, since He is calling and anointing them to speak on His behalf, opens their understanding to comprehend what the scriptures do and do NOT say.
If God says, “Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy,” they say the same thing.  If God says, “”Dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return” and that “the dead know not anything,” they say the same thing.  If God says “the wages of sin is death,” they say the same thing.  Whenever you find a minister, pastor, preacher who is in error in much of what he believes and teaches you have encountered someone who has placed himself in that position and is definitely not called of God to fill that office.
It is because most believers are woefully ignorant of God’s Word that false ministers proliferate in the Christian world.  They can teach or preach whatever they like, or believe, as their hearers don’t know the difference between false doctrine and true doctrine.  That is why you have so many different denominations in the “Christian” world.
Believers are warned to “test the spirits whether they are of God.”  In order to do this a believer must come to know the Word of God intimately well and to believe the Word of God.  But, even more than that, the believer must be obedient to God’s Word as a disobedient walk or lifestyle leaves one wide open to embracing spiritual error!  The apostle Paul warned believers “sin not…neither give place to the devil” (See Ephesians 4:26-27).  When a believer sins he, or she, opens the door wide open for Satan to enter further into the mind, deceiving and planting error.  Failure to walk in continued holiness leaves one wide open to error and to embracing a false minister as a true minister of God.  Just because one speaks well and fervently does not mean he is ordained of God to preach or minister to Christ’s flock.  Something to think about, folks.
Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
Donald Wiley

Did Paul Believe The Scriptures?

In his defense before Governor Felix in Caesarea, the apostle Paul said something very enlightening and revealing.  This is what he said: “But this I confess to you, that according to the way which they (the Jewish high priest and elders) call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW AND IN THE PROPHETS” (See Acts 24:14).
Note well what Paul has just plainly declared.  In modern language Paul had said: “I believe the entirety of the Old Testament,” or “I believe the Hebrew scriptures from beginning to end.”
Had the high priest produced a scroll of the prophet Daniel and read these words from that scroll, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt,” and then asked Paul, “Do you believe that?”  Paul would have answered, “Every single word!” (See Daniel 12:2).  Had the priest pressed him, asking, “Do you mean you think we children of God sleep in the dust of the earth awaiting a resurrection to be granted everlasting life at that moment?” Paul would have said, “That is what I believe and preach wherever I go.”
Had the priest then produced a scroll of the Psalms and read these words to Paul, “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.  His spirit departs, he returns to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish,” and asked Paul, “Do you believe those words, also.”  Paul would have said, “Most certainly.”  Had the priest pressed him and asked, “Do you mean you believe one’s ability to think and form thoughts ceases when he dies?” Paul would have said, “That is exactly what happens and what I believe.”  (See Psalm 146:3-4).
Had the priest then produced a scroll of  the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes, and read these words, “For the living know that they shall die, BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING,” and then asked Paul, “You agree that the dead know nothing, are truly dead and await a resurrection to life???”  Paul would have said, “You got it!”  (See Ecclesiastes 9:5)
Had the high priest thought, I will try one more text, and then produced a scroll of Genesis and read how God told Adam and Eve, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” and asked Paul, “Is this your teaching, too?”  Paul would have said, “It most certainly is.”  (See Genesis 3:19).
Let me ask you something Christian: Would you have answered the high priest in the same manner?  Would you have said you believed ALL things that were written in the law (the Books of Moses) and the prophets?

They Sleep in the Dust

Moses and Elijah – Dead or Alive?

Those not intimately acquainted with the scriptures, knowing only bits and pieces of scripture, are certain that godly folks, saved individuals, most certainly do go to heaven when they die.  Just their bodies die.  The real “you” lives on either in heaven or hell.  That is the popular concept of many.  This belief is embraced by them due to the fact that they have in their minds a scripture here and a scripture there that SEEMINGLY supports such a view.  One such text upon which they rely to “prove” their belief is the account given in Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9 of the “Mount of Transfiguration” experience where Jesus takes Peter, James and John with Him up into a high mountain and “was transfigured before them (they saw it with their own eyes), and His face did shine as the sun and His raiment was white as the light” (See Matthew 17:1-2).  The very next verse in that text in Matthew says: “And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with Him” (verse 3).
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So, there you have it.  Moses and Elijah are not dead, awaiting a resurrection to restore them to life.  They are very much alive.  Right?  Not so fast.  Keep reading Matthew’s account and you will read these words in the 9th verse: “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, ‘Tell THE VISION to no man, until the Son of Man be risen again from the dead.'”
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Note well, what they saw was only a vision – NOT REALITY.  And it was a vision of a FUTURE EVENT!  Also note that one of the people taken up on the mountain with Jesus was Peter.  Let’s allow Peter – one who was there that day – to explain to us what this VISION portrayed: “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you THE POWER AND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty (His majestic SECOND COMING), for He received from God the Father honor and glory when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory (during the “Mount of Transfiguration experience”), ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’  And this voice which came from heaven we (Peter, James and John) heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.” (See 2 Peter 1:16-18).
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God the Father gave Peter, James and John a glimpse into the future with this vision.  They saw Jesus Christ returning to earth in glory with Moses and Elijah beside Him as Paul says the dead in Christ are resurrected first!  They saw a FUTURE event in this VISION.  They saw what was to come thousands of years later – NOT what was then a reality.
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Moses is dead, folks.  So is Elijah.  So are grandma and grandpa.  Preachers had better start reading their Bibles a little bit more thoroughly and allowing scripture to interpret scripture.  Elijah’s chariot ride did not take him to the third heaven, trillions of light years from earth.  It didn’t even take him to the second heaven, that great expanse of space wherein are billions of galaxies.  It took him up into the first heaven, the sky in which we now fly in aircraft.  And it brought him back to earth, or are you, too, ignorant of the Bible books of 1st and 2nd Kings and 2nd Chronicles?
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God have mercy on those ignorant of His inspired Word as they are ripe for Satan’s clever deceptions.  I assure you many anointed teachers of God’s Word see clearly the truths given above.  But huge numbers of well-meaning “preachers” do not.  They, therefore, become the blind leading the blind.  They may see clearly some basic Bible truths, yet remain  blinded in many all-important areas.  Someday God will sort them out.  Those truly converted children of God so deceived will suffer the loss of many rewards, though.  And that is truly tragic.
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Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

A World Empire Is Now Forming

At its greatest extent, the ancient Greek Empire under Alexander the Great (circa 323 B.C.) included the modern-day territories of Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Syria, as well as other neighboring territories.  (You might notice that all of the nations named above are totally, or almost totally Muslim save for the one nation of Israel.  Keep that in mind as you read what follows:
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I now begin quoting solely from the prophetic Book of Daniel: “He (God) gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.  He reveals deep and secret things” (Daniel 2:21-22).  “There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known…what will be in the latter days (our time and beyond)” (verse 28, Daniel 2).  “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25).  “But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (Daniel 7:18).
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In the 2nd chapter of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a dream in which he saw “a great image.”  This image took the form of a man, but its form was awesome.  Daniel, in giving the interpretation of what the image signified told King Nebuchadnezzar that “after you shall arise another kingdom (the Medo-Persian Empire) inferior to yours, then another, a third kingdom of bronze, WHICH SHALL RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH.” (See verse 39).  Daniel then mentions a fourth, and final, kingdom, an empire most all Bible scholars agree is the Roman Empire.  But note well, it is THE THIRD KINGDOM OR EMPIRE that is prophesied to RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH.  The third empire, the empire that followed the Medo-Persian Empire and preceded the Roman Empire was the Greek Empire.  The ancient Greek Empire did NOT rule over all the earth THEN, but scripture MUST be fulfilled!
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Do not confuse the ancient Greek Empire with the modern nation of Greece.  The ancient Greek Empire was comprised of nations that today are either wholly or partially Muslim.  It is Islam that is prophesied to yet rule over ALL the earth, yes, the entire world.  It probably won’t occur in your lifetime, nor in the lifetime of the next generation, but, if God’s Word is true, it will come to pass, and woe be to that generation that lives to see it happen for their hearts will fail them for fear in seeing what is coming on this earth.
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Oh, one other thing.  Don’t look for Jesus Christ to return soon or even in your own lifetime.  Contrary to popular religious opinion, much prophecy must yet be fulfilled before He can return.
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“Now we beseech you, brethren, by (or concerning) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him (our “rapture”) that you be not soon shaken in mind (mentally distressed), or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us (apostles), as that day of Christ is at hand.  LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS, for that day shall not come except 1) there coming a falling away first (from Christianity to Islam), and 2) that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he as God SITS IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, showing himself that HE is God” (See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).
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God’s temple hasn’t even been rebuilt yet, friend.  There must first be a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem for this world accepted deceiver to sit in before Jesus can return.  That’s WHY no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return as no one knows WHEN that temple will be rebuilt.  But when that event occurs, the Christians alive on the earth at THAT time will know “His coming is nigh, even at the doors.”
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Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

Of All Sad Words of Tongue or Pen

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, It might have been.”
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“And wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He (God) has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all….” (Daniel 2:38).
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That is one of the saddest, most poignant verses in all the Bible.  It really is.  Read it again, slowly.  God was speaking to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon when He said that.  He reigned in the Sixth Century B.C.  Do you know how much of the earth was populated with men, animals and birds in the Sixth Century B.C.?  Most all of it, save for some islands and, perhaps,  the arctic regions.
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Had Nebuchadnezzar believed God, made the effort, constructed the sea-going vessels, marshaled a navy, America might be known today as New Babylon???
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When men fail to believe God and fail to act upon His Word due to that unbelief, the cost is incalculable!  But when they believe God and act upon His word, the benefits and the rewards are staggering.   A word to the wise……
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Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

The Hammer of Truth

I spent some time in the early morning hours re-reading many of my email articles sent forth over the last few weeks.  In doing so, I was greatly reassured that I had sent forth no error.
Something else that reassures me that I am in fellowship with the Lord in the things that I write is His quickness in healing me of any illness or disease that strikes me.  A raging flu-like illness that necessitates I miss two days of work (unheard of for Don Wiley) is totally and completely cured within 72 hours due to prayer alone.  (I DID take three Ibuprofen capsules I had on hand for a terrific headache).
One of Satan’s oldest and most convincing arguments against God’s truth is “all these people can’t be wrong!”  It is an argument he has employed down through the ages.  He has not abandoned it, because it is so effective with many.  “Billy Graham can’t be in error,” many argue.  “Look at how marvelously God used this much respected minister for decades, drawing hundreds of thousands into the church through his ministry.”  So the argument goes.  It never dawns on such minds that a similar argument could be made for many popes!  Look at the charismatic John Paul II.  He touched millions of lives, was adored and respected around the world.  Surely he was divinely anointed of God and a modern-day spokesman for God and the truth.  Yet Billy Graham’s Baptist doctrine and Pope John Paul’s Roman Catholic doctrine differed widely in what was actually God’s “truth.”
A well-meaning, honest-hearted, clean-cut, seminary trained minister surely cannot be in error in what he teaches, can he?  Well, if all such “ministers” were in absolute agreement with one another in what they teach and see as Bible truth that argument might hold some water.  But they aren’t.  You have Baptist ministers, Methodist ministers, Episcopalian ministers, Pentecostal ministers, etc., etc., etc., all differing widely with one another as to what the scriptures teach.
God is going to hold each of us individually responsible for what we accepted as truth.  There is a judgment of believers that lies ahead of us all.  We will give account to the One who knows us best.  He just might hand us a Bible and say, “Show me why you believed as you did.  Show me why you held firmly to your religious practices.”  How would you fare?
Remember, with God ALL things are possible.  Time holds no limitations for God.  He is able to judge billions of individuals one at a time, examining every moment of our lives and do so at a point when time is no more.  We will not be judged for our sins.   Jesus Christ took care of that.  We WILL give account for all else – and, brother, that’s going to cover a lot of territory.
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Phase One of Creation

Phase One is our physical creation.   Phase Two is our spiritual creation.  Phase One is more or less completed in nine months, the gestation period before we are born.  It, of course, continues until we reach full maturity generally a couple of decades later.  Phase Two usually overlaps Phase One as it begins the moment we repent, place our faith in Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins, and then fully surrender our lives to Him as our Lord, Guide and Instructor.  With many this begins early on in life, hence, there is an overlapping with Phase One.  Sometimes, though, there is no overlapping of Phase One and Phase Two as some do not enter into a vital life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ until later on in life, perhaps in their third, fourth, fifth, or even later decade of life.
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Many believers do not grasp that there is a Phase Two in their creation as they have been misled to believe that one is finally and completely saved and sanctified the moment they are brought to repentance and a faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice on their behalf.  Some modern versions of the Bible foster this belief due to a mistranslation of the Greek text in several critical scriptures.  Then, too, they are further led deeper into error on this point by preachers and ministers who themselves have been deceived in this matter and who then assure their congregations that the moment they repent and believe they are then finally and completely “saved.”  (Some ministers do add that they must yet be baptized in order to complete the process).
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One classic text that has been mistranslated in the King James Version of the Bible is that found in 2 Corinthians 2:15, “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that ARE SAVED, and in them that perish.”  The Greek word translated “are saved” in that text is actually in the aorist tense, and, therefore, should more correctly be translated “are being saved,” and is so translated in several more modern versions of the Bible.
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But Romans 5 contains the passage that is most defining in this matter: “But God commends His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood (forgiven our PAST sins), WE SHALL BE SAVED (future progressive tense) from wrath through Him (through our continued relationship with Jesus Christ).  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE” (See verses 8 through 10).  It takes a living Savior, acting as your High Priest before God the Father, to finally and completely save you.  In this office, performing this function, Jesus Christ is continuing Phase Two of your creation, transforming you into His image and glory.  Pretty neat, huh?
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Christ’s servant,
Donald Wiley