Planet Earth Has A Glorious Future

Just HOW did you come to believe as you do?  Did you literally pour over the Scriptures day after day, examining, investigating, searching diligently often on your knees with weeping and crying out to God for enlightenment and revelation?  Did you allow yourself to be admonished, taught and corrected by what you found there?  Did you study ALL of the scriptures – the Hebrew scriptures as well as the Greek – or did you primarily study only one-fourth of God’s Word, that section commonly known as the New Testament?

We must not forget that ALL Jehovah’s Witnesses ministers are certain they have been called of God.  The same is true of every Christian Scientist, every Baptist, every Roman Catholic priest, every Lutheran, every Mennonite minister, and I could go on and on.  All are equally certain that upon seeing Jesus Christ face to face they will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

But God, speaking many long centuries ago through His truly ordained prophet Jeremiah, assured His church – His people at large – “and I will give you  pastors (teachers, spiritual guides, instructors) according to mine heart (they will see eye-to-eye with God in what they teach), WHICH SHALL FEED YOU WITH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING” (Jeremiah 3:15).  That is, God’s true spokesmen, are in agreement with themselves and God, possessing a keen and uncanny understanding and comprehension of ALL of Holy Writ – from Genesis to Revelation, after all God shares His own knowledge with them!!  God swiftly brings them to this comprehension and understanding by giving them the appetite of a starving giant when it comes to God’s Word.  They can’t get enough of it.  They can’t read the writings of Zechariah, or Isaiah, or Paul too many times.  Five, ten, fifteen and they are still not satisfied, although swiftly given deep understanding in the Word of God as they read it.

“For yours are a holy people to the Lord your God: the Lord; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6).  The same can be said of God’s spokesmen.  They are a special treasure to God above all the religious instructors on the face of the earth.  They are few and far between and generally unrecognized by the world – even the religious world, and, yes, even the “Christian” world.  And THIS is their cry:

“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; nor are there any works like your works.  ALL NATIONS whom you have made (and didn’t He make us ALL), shall come and worship before you, O Lord (with good reason), and shall glorify your name.  For you are great, and do wondrous things.  You alone are God” (Psalm 8;6:8-10).  Notice, now, David – the writer of this particular Psalm, says ALL NATIONS shall someday come to worship  before God!  Yes, ALL NATIONS, both ancient and modern.  That would include the long dead Babylonians and Assyrians, the Aztecs and the Incas – ALL NATIONS!

“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you” (Psalm 22:27).  If God’s Word is true, and if words mean anything, then this verse of scripture absolutely necessitates a resurrection of ALL humanity.  And they will remember the depravity and heartache of their former lives.  God’s way of life will then be presented and offered to them FOR THE FIRST TIME.  Given this chance, this opportunity, they will readily agree that God’s way is far superior to the way of the flesh and Satan’s deceptions!  And, at last, Satan will be utterly defeated!

In order for someone steeped in an opposing viewpoint to really see God’s truth in a given matter, preconceived beliefs must be temporarily suspended as they will  present a formidable mental block to one receiving the factualness of a different belief.  Satan’s blinding POWER must also be considered in such matters.

Many fail to realize that God gives foundational truth in the Hebrew scriptures.  If one is not well grounded in those scriptures and begins to formulate his doctrine from the Greek scriptures first or primarily, or, in some cases, entirely, then their coming to see the truth in a host of various doctrines is problematic.  They probably will never see what God really has to say in His Word.

Also, the overriding idea that revered theologians of the present and past must indeed “have it together” concerning the doctrines they espouse and hold to be God’s truth, again erects another formidable mental block one must get around one way or another.  The “Christian” Church denomination has Thomas and Alexander Campbell, the Methodists have John and Charles Wesley, the Baptists have J.R. Graves, R.A. Torrey, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, etc.  The Mormons have Joseph Smith.  The Christian Scientists have Mary Baker Eddy.  The Seventh Day Adventists have Ellen G. White.  And the list goes on and on.  It never seems to dawn on the various pastors and preachers that they are leaning on the arm of flesh, looking to men or women to formulate their beliefs and religious practices.  All of these men and women had some truth in what they taught and believed.  Some had a great deal of truth.  Many were eloquent and convincing speakers.  And, when you have believers who fail to really “prove” all things, error can creep in sideways and never be seen as error.  (Some of these “great” theologians also embraced great error).

There is another formidable mental block to the truth entering the human mind – continued sin!  Paul writes, “Sin not…neither give place to the devil.”  (See Ephesians 4:26-27).  All too many prospective ministers and pastors of long standing still live unsanctified lives, allowing sin into their lives – often daily – never realizing they are giving place to the devil to deceive them and prevent truth from entering their minds when they do so.  They study the Greek scriptures first, or almost entirely, again preventing God’s truth from entering their minds and protect them from embracing error.  God’s true prophet Daniel spoke of how he knew he and his fellow Israelites would have to turn from their iniquities in order to understand God’s truth.  (See Daniel 9:13).

Revelation and obedience are conjoined twins, but these are conjoined twins that cannot be separated.  Do NOT seek divine revelation or illumination while practicing sin.  The ONLY revelation you will receive can be summed up in one word: “REPENT!”

POSTSCRIPT:  In Romans 15:3, the apostle Paul quotes directly from the 9th verse of the 69th Psalm.  He then writes:”For whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Hebrew scriptures) were written for our learning, that we (New Covenant believers) through patience (Greek, “endurance”) and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (verse 4).  This is one reason Satan works diligently to turn New Covenant believers away from the Hebrew scriptures – the message and exhortations therein help us endure and give us hope that our God will bring us through to victory!  (Note: Paul quotes directly from the Hebrew scriptures FIFTY-SIX TIMES in the Book of Romans and alludes to the Hebrew scriptures EIGHTY-FIVE TIMES in the Book of Romans.)

In the 10th chapter of I Corinthians, Paul relates the account of how “that spiritual Rock that followed (the fleshly Israelites) that Rock was Christ, (who put to death) in one day three and twenty thousand (disobedient Israelites)!” (see verses 4 and 8).  He then pleads with these carnal Corinthians, “Neither let us tempt Christ (to destroy us), as some of them also tempted (Him), and were destroyed of serpents” (verse 9).  Paul says “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted” (verse 6).  And he concludes, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written FOR OUR ADMONITION upon whom the ends of the world (age) are come” (verse 11).  This is another reason Satan wants to keep believers away from reading and meditating upon the messages contained in the Hebrew scriptures.  He doesn’t want New Covenant believers to really know the God with whom we have to do, that He WILL move dramatically against flagrant sin in the body of Christ, even putting to death unrepentant violators.  (Ananias and Sapphira learned that truth the hard way.  So did some of the Corinthians.  See Acts 5:1-11 and I Corinthians 11:29-32.  MANY Corinthian believers fell ill and MANY died because of unforsaken sin in their lives!)

A true New Testament church uses the entire Bible as their authority and the source of their doctrines and practices.  Any group of “Christians” calling themselves a New Testament church and stating they do not get their doctrine out of the Hebrew scriptures are following that “other Jesus” Paul warns about  in 2 Corinthians 11:4.  Never forget that Satan is a super-intelligent spirit being who has deceptive powers so great as to deceive the wisest man who ever lived!  Read I Kings Chapter 11 slowly and carefully.  It is the story of King Solomon’s final days.  And may God grant you the wisdom to know the enemy and use the entirety of God’s inspired Word as your guide, instruction and comfort.  God help you to understand.

“For as in Adam all die (every human descendant of Adam), even so in Christ shall ALL (that same ALL who were descended from Adam) shall all be made alive (resurrected -every atheist, every Hindu priest) in his own order…”  (See I Corinthians 15:22-23).  God has a time-table for bringing all nations, every individual to the truth.  And He is in no hurry to get this done.  Death is no obstacle to Him, as He proclaims, “I kill, AND I MAKE ALIVE!” (See Deuteronomy 32:39).  “(God) will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (His Word – “Thy Word is truth”)…Christ Jesus gave Himself a ransom FOR ALL (no exceptions), to be testified (to ALL) in due time  (according to God’s great time-table)” (See I Timothy 2:4-6).

Biblically ignorant religious types think God is trying desperately to get the world saved right now with most of the world lost to atheism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, false Christianity, etc.  By their calculation God is losing the fight for men’s souls big time.  Satan is more powerful by far at this game of saving or damning to hell.  God can’t even begin to hold a candle to Satan in that department.  Or so the commonly accepted “Christian” teachings in these matters would lead one to believe.

“Well,” they argue, “the Bible does say, “Narrow is the way which leads unto life, and FEW there be that find it” (See Matthew 7:14).  They fail to realize that few find it NOW – in this age of Satan’s rule – because God is not calling most NOW: “For ye see your calling (to salvation), brethren, how that NOT MANY…ARE CALLED” (See I Corinthians 1:26).  Jesus emphatically stated, “ALL that the Father gives me (all that the Father CALLS) shall come to me…(See John 6:37).  He also said, “No man can come unto me except it were given unto him of my Father” (See John 6:65).  But, when God’s great master plan of salvation has run its course, the number inheriting eternal life will not be few.  Instead, we read: “After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, which no man could number (not even a genius mathematician like Einstein), of ALL nations (Babylon  and ancient Persia, Assyria and Saudi Arabia), and kindreds (Apaches and Inca, Hittites and Jebusites), and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb (their Savior), clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying ‘Salvation to OUR GOD which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.’” (See Revelation 7:9-10).  NOTE: All comments inside parentheses are those of the author of this study.

One cannot even begin to piece together God’s great plan of the ages without first obtaining a good overview of ALL the Bible.   One must become as familiar with the writings of Zephaniah and Hosea as he, or she, is with the four gospel accounts and the New Testament epistles.  For ALL the Word of God is inspired and profitable for doctrine (See 2 Timothy 3:16).  One must be willing to let go of preconceived ideas and beliefs, especially when the Word of God reveals such doctrinal beliefs to be erroneous and without support of scripture!  One must be ready to be corrected by God’s Word.  Few can meet these absolutely vital and rigid qualifications.  Hence, few know the truth in such matters.

The “elect” have been predestined from before the foundation of the world to be called to salvation and eternal life NOW, in this age; to have our minds opened to the way back to God during this present human existence.  Our CHOICE is not predetermined, only the TIME of our call, our invitation to join the great universe-ruling family of God.  Looking down the corridor of time, God saw some few of earth’s many  billions living at a time and in a place where the Word of God could and would reach them, where understanding could be given them, and where they could be nurtured in order to grow spiritually.  From that number He selected, or elected, some to be called – that is, after being reached by the Word of God, to be convicted of sin and their need of a Savior, to be illuminated to Christ’s atoning work, and, further, to be illuminated to WHY they are called now – not later.  We are being groomed, as it were, by our Creator to serve under Him in the glorious new age to come when ALL will be granted a full and fair opportunity to join the great eternal universe-ruling family of God!  Praise be to God.

A Jewish Terrorist

The Midnight Hour

I can’t end this day without saying something about the goodness of the Lord and His Word.  Yes, it IS the midnight hour.  It was exactly midnight when I sat down at this keypad.  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that when the midnight hour approaches all is well with your soul.  Who knows what sorrows or conflicts tomorrow might hold.  The 23rd Psalm should comfort us one and all, but why aren’t those who are comforted by the 23rd Psalm comforted just as surely and completely by the 103rd Psalm, the Psalm that assures us our God forgives all of our sins AND heals all our diseases?  Why, if when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the 23rd Psalm is our comfort, why are we not comforted by the 103rd Psalm when illness strikes?
Scripture says faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  I have heard a lot of God’s Word and have hidden it in my heart, able to recall scores of texts in an instant of time.  The words of Moses and Abraham ring in my ears as loudly and truly as the words of Paul or James or John.  We all share a common Comforter, a common Lord, a common heavenly Father.
Both Paul and Peter, in their letters, assure believers that we are but pilgrims on this earth, sojourners, strangers and aliens.  We are citizens of a heavenly country.  As the old “gospel” song says: “This world is not my home.  I’m just a’passing through.”  Just as Kentucky is not my home.  I just happened to have been born there, so with this earth.  It’s not my home.  I just happened to have been born here.  When that day does come that my heart beats its last beat, I will rest with my fathers and joyfully await the sound of the last trump when I will awaken clothed in immortality and truly and eternally born again.  What a prospect!!!!

The Sabbath Was Made For WHO?

Jesus Christ made some statements that are admittedly difficult to understand if one doesn’t have a good comprehension of the scriptures and if one is without the aid of the enlightening Holy Spirit to guide and instruct him.  But then there are some other statements that Jesus Christ uttered that are difficult, almost impossible, to misunderstand.  One of the plainest, clearest statements Jesus Christ ever uttered is found in the 2nd chapter of Mark, verses 27 and 28.  I quote: “And He (Jesus Christ) said unto them (the Pharisees, see verse 24), ‘The sabbath was made for man (Greek, anthropos), and not man for the sabbath.  Therefore, the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
The Greek word anthropos is the word from which we derive the English word anthropology, the study of mankind or humanity.  Notice, Jesus does NOT say the sabbath was made for the Jew, but for mankind – all born human regardless of whether they are caucasian, negroid, asiatic, whatever.  It was sanctified and set apart as holy time at the time of creation.  (See Genesis 2:1-3).  This sanctification of the sabbath as holy time occurred many hundreds of years before the first Jew was ever born.  Adam and Eve were not Jews.
Also, Jesus calls Himself the Lord of the sabbath!  (See Matthew 12:8).  Therefore the sabbath is the Lord’s Day, not Sunday.  No scripture anywhere calls Sunday the Lord’s Day or in any way states that Sunday is sanctified time, holy time, a space of time different than any other day of the week.  The only day of the week that is dramatically different from Sunday is the Sabbath day.  Technically, the Sabbath day is not Saturday per se, but begins at sunset Friday and extends until sunset Saturday.
All of what you have just read is absolute FACT.  One can read the Bible from Genesis 1:1 all the way through to Revelation 22:21 (I have several times) and cannot find one single verse of scripture that sanctifies Sunday as holy time.  Only God’s eternal, changeless Sabbath day is identified as such.  No scripture desanctifies God’s Sabbath or shows that space of time now to be common, ordinary time.
None of the popes were, or are, infallible.  Billy Graham is not infallible.  No Protestant preacher, regardless of how famous he might have become, is infallible.  And they are ALL dead wrong when they claim God’s sabbath was moved from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week.  They unwittingly pervert the few scriptures that mention the first day of the week when they say these texts show that God’s eternal sacred Sabbath was changed from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week.
Jesus Christ has but one flock, one fold, one church, one body of Christ, and that church is a Sabbath observing church.  It is that “other Jesus” Paul warns about that leads HIS followers to embrace and honor Sunday as sacred, holy time (See 2 Corinthians 11:1-4).  That “other Jesus” does not heal his followers of incurable or fatal illnesses.  When they contract such they have only the help of men to sustain their lives – and many die!
I write to you the words of truth and reason.  God help you to understand.

Keep His Commandments AND LIVE!

Nessun Dorma

We have all heard it – more than once.  “Nessun Dorma.”  Type those words in on Youtube.  You will find several people singing that Italian song.  The title means “No One Sleeps.”  As soon as you hear it you will think, “O, yes.  I have heard that song many times.”  The last word of the song is repeated three times.  In Italian it is vincero.  In English it is “I shall win!”
And, yes, I shall win.  My race is not over.  “I have many miles to go before I sleep,” as said the poet.  There aren’t enough of us around to let us die off so quickly.
The apostle Paul warned that the time would come when professing Christians would not endure sound doctrine, but would turn away their ears from hearing the truth (and their eyes from seeing the truth) and would turn to fables.  (See 2 Timothy 4:1-4).  He told even believers of his own era they needed someone to teach them the very first principles of the oracles of God.  (See Hebrews 5:11-12).  And Paul prophesied that it would only get worse, and worse, and worse. The average “preacher” doesn’t even comprehend the very first principles of God’s revelation to mankind given through His prophets, His Son and His Son’s apostles!
I weep for this country.  I really do.  The Orlando gunman’s record worst shooting in American history will soon be eclipsed by another radical Muslim, and then another, and another one after that.  I know what judgment is when I see it.  I endured it personally myself for thirty years.  We are self destructing and helping mightily to bring about our own judgment.  America doesn’t listen and doesn’t learn.  We are a nation consumed with the desire for entertainment and a thousand other passing interests.  The Bible is a closed book even to most preachers.  They are blind leaders of the blind.   Everybody and his cousin is “called to preach.”  Christianity is splintered into so many bickering, dissenting, differing denominations it is impossible to keep up with how many there really are.  Some “authorities” say dozens.  Some say hundreds.  Look in your yellow pages and, if you live in a city of any size, you will find page after page of various and sundry denominations – each one of them certain they are faithful to the Lord in what they believe and teach and yet each different denomination teaching contradictory doctrines and holding contradictory beliefs!!
I shall go back to bed now and take my rest.  Vincero!

Bring Him Home

HUMAN LIFE – WHY?

From the dawn of human history mankind has sought for, dreamed of, aspired to something better, something more enduring, something eternal!  For centuries philosophers and religionists have set forth scores of often conflicting theories as to what life was all about.  Even King David of Israel long ago cried out to the God of Israel, “What is man that thou art mindful of him?”  A good question that!  Why should God care about sinful, rebellious, wayward mankind?  The answer to that question is also the answer to the question of the ages: “Why was man created in the first place?  Why human life?”

Some two thousand years ago God inspired a man to write a lengthy letter that begins to answer  the above questions.  That letter later became part of the Bible and is today known as the Book of Hebrews.  Beginning with chapter 1, verse 1 of that book we read: “God who at sundry (various) times and in divers (different, or diverse) manners spoke in time past unto the fathers (the patriarchs of the Old Testament) by the prophets, has in these last days (the Church Age) spoken unto us (the body of Christ, Christians) by His Son (Jesus Christ), whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds” (verse 2).  (Note: All comments in parantheses are those of the author of this article).

Notice that God the Father has appointed Jesus Christ “heir of all things!”  One translation of the Bible reads: “heir of the entire universe!”

I now direct your attention to a verse of scripture that begins to cast some searching light on this matter of mankind’s incredible potential – the very reason for human life, for YOUR existence.  Let’s begin reading with the 16th verse of Romans 8: “The Spirit (God’s Holy Spirit) itself bears witness with our (human) spirit that we are the children of God: And if (God’s) children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer  with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (verse 17).

Yes, we will be glorified together with Jesus Christ if we continue with Him: “For even hereunto were you called (it was for this express purpose that God first called you into His great family to begin with): because Christ (our forerunner) also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21).

But WHY?  Why would God wish for His sons and daughters to suffer?  And how?  The apostle James answered that question beautifully when he wrote: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers (different) temptations (trials and tests), knowing this that the trying of your faith works patience (serves to produce this godly character trait in an individual).  But let patience have her perfect (maturing) work, that you may be perfect (spiritually mature and complete) and entire (a well-rounded spiritual personality), wanting nothing (lacking no godly character attribute in your spiritual character and personality)” (James 1:2-4).

The apostle Paul, under inspiration of God, assures all true and obedient followers of Jesus Christ that they are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, that is, whatever scripture says Christ is heir to is ours also.  We will share it with Him to one degree or another!  And “he that overcomes (the pulls of the flesh, the evil attractions of the world about him, and the deceptions of Satan the devil) shall inherit ALL THINGS, and I will be His God, and he shall be my son” (See Revelation 21:7).  And don’t think God is unable or unwilling to generate as close a relationship between Himself and His sons (and daughters) as is experienced by a loving human parent and their human offspring.

But verse 16 of Romans 8, which we just read, cannot be rightly understood apart from the two verses preceding it.  Those verses read as follows: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY (and they ONLY) are the sons (and daughters – children) of God.  For you have not received the spirit of bondage (to sin) again to fear (the final wages of sin – death), but you have received the Spirit of adoption (or even better, “sonship”) whereby we cry, ‘Abba (Aramaic term meaning), Father” (verses 14 and 15).

And if you really do have God’s Spirit leading in your life – without which you are not even a child of God – then verse 13 will find fulfillment in your life: “For if you live after the flesh (merely following the pulls and pathway of human nature), you shall die (make no mistake about it), but if you through the Spirit (the only way possible) do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body (sinful thoughts, speech and actions), you shall live (eternally).”  And when this apostle warns you shall die, if habitually following the pulls of the flesh, he means the second death – eternal death – as we will ALL die the first death whether godly or ungodly.  The ONLY exception to that rule is those believers yet alive at the time of Christ’s return.  They will be changed from mortal to immortal without ever experiencing death!  (See I Corinthians 15:51-54 with I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Now, returning to our passage in Hebrews 1, we read: “Who (Jesus Christ) being the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power (or “His power-filled word of command”), when He had by Himself purged our sins (having been totally abandoned by the Father while hanging on Calvary as He had become an abomination in God’s sight when taking the sins of the whole human race upon Himself at that moment), sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (God the Father), being made so much better than the angels (having experienced human life for thirty-three years with all the temptations of the flesh), as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (the angels)” (verses 3-4).

Being  joint-heirs with Christ, we now see that we shall also inherit a better name than the angels, for “are they (the angels) not all (nothing more than) ministering spirits, sent forth to minister (serve, assist, aid, etc.) for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (verse 14).  The apostle Paul added something even more astounding to this divine revelation when he wrote: “Do you not know that the saints (overcoming believers) will judge the world?  And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest  matters (now, in this life, meaning in the church)?  Do you not know that we shall judge angels?  How much more things that pertain to this life? (See I Corinthians 6:2-3).

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him (and to love God is to obey Him and keep His commandments).’  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.  For the Spirit searches all things (all the scriptures, Hebrew and Greek scriptures), yes, the deep things of God” (See I Corinthians 2:9-10).

“Therefore let no man boast in men, for all things are yours, whether…the world…or things present or things to come – ALL ARE YOURS!” (See I Corinthians 3:21-22).  THAT’S what it means to be a joint-heir with Jesus Christ.  You become an heir of it all – everything – THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!!  So don’t envy Trump, Gates, or Oprah.

“And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.  He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces (should they rebel) like the potter’s vessel – as I also have received from my Father” (See Revelation 2:26-27).

“To Him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21).  A throne that rules the entire universe – ALL THINGS!

“And  behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one ACCORDING TO HIS WORK” (Revelation 22:12).  “He who overcomes shall inherit ALL THINGS (resurrecting power, healing power, creative power), and I will be His God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7).

But our Lord issues a fearful warning to all of His followers: “Behold, I am coming as a thief (without warning).  Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his (white) garments (spotless from sins defilement), lest he walk naked (of righteousness) and they see his shame” (Revelation 16:15).

Believers are not “locked in” to a walk of obedience.  We can backslide, fail to make the grade, so to speak.  We can turn back to the world.  (Demas did – see 2 Timothy 4:10).  The apostle James warned that to be friend of the world, loving the evil things this world offers up, is to be an enemy of God.  (See James 4:4 with I John 2:15-17).  Demas became an enemy of God.  We can, too.  And there will be no enemies of God in His eternal kingdom.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us (does not appreciate this as being a true statement of fact), because it did not know Him (crucifying Him, thinking Him to be a mere man, a false messiah).  Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself (by resisting Satan’s deceptions and pulls of the flesh), even as He is pure” (I John 3:1-3).

So WHY human life?  It was clearly stated in the very beginning when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (See Genesis 1:26).  God is bringing many sons and daughters to glory.  (See Hebrews 2:10).  Human life is phase one of a two-phase process of creation.  Phase two begins the moment we are converted, have our past sins forgiven and washed away and have God’s Spirit imparted to us following genuine, life-lasting repentance and baptism.    Phase one takes an average of nine months to complete.  Phase two takes the remainder of our lives!  Phase one can suffer an abortion.  Likewise, with phase two.  Demas was aborted.  Judas was aborted.  Solomon, YES SOLOMON, was aborted.  (Haven’t you ever read I Kings, Chapter 11 coupled with David’s warning to Solomon given in I Chronicles 28:9?)  There is no respect of persons with God.   The apostle Peter wrote that “the Father..without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work” (See I Peter 1:17).   It doesn’t matter whether  your name is Saul or Solomon.   Paul warned Timothy: “If we deny Him, HE ALSO WILL DENY US!”  (See 2 Timothy 2:11-13).  It matters not whether you are a believer, a minister, or an apostle, even a writer of scripture – Solomon was!  And Judas is called an apostle in Matthew 10:1-8.

NOTHING outside of you, yourself, can force you out of God’s safekeeping.  Only sin committed by YOU can do that.  The prophet warns us that our sins can separate us from the Lord our God – sins that are continued, sins we are unwilling to abandon.  God  does not welcome rebels into His eternal kingdom – and continued sin is rebellion against God.  It defiles our garments and can leave us naked, naked of righteousness, naked of forgiveness, naked of an inheritance – and we are but heirs of eternal life at the moment, not yet inheritors.  (See I Peter 3:7; Hebrews 1:14; Titus 3:5-7).

“Be not deceived (believer), God is not mocked (you can’t put one over on Him), for whatever a man sows (believer or unbeliever), THAT he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows (present, continual tense) to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season (at Christ’s return and the resurrection) we shall reap (life everlasting) if we faint not (grow weary of following the Lord and throw in the towel)” (See Galatians 6:8-9).  Those words were written to BELIEVERS, not to the world at large!

Remember, Jesus warned that many would seek to enter into eternal life and would not be able.  They would fail to count the cost.  They would not have sufficient commitment to finish the race.  (See Luke 14:25-35).  They would begin to build only to find they were unable to complete their building.  Multitudes are deceived into thinking all they need do is believe Jesus Christ died for them and presto-chango that’s it.  It is finished!  They think their salvation was completed before Jesus Christ even died or rose again for our justification.  Those often quoted words, “It is finished” were uttered from the cross BEFORE Jesus had even died, and he was referring to the completion of all prophetic scriptures that had to be fulfilled, finished, completed, discharged  before His death.  That is WHY He said, “I thirst.”  When they gave Him to drink He then finished fulfilling that last prophetic text from Psalm 69:21, and said “It is finished” and died.  He was NOT referring to our salvation having been finished at that moment, but to the last prophetic scripture having been finished or discharged before He could die.

No one is finally and completely saved by Jesus’ death!  “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 (shed) blood, WE SHALL BE SAVED from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies (due to our sins and rebellion), we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, MUCH MORE, being reconciled, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE” (See Romans 5:8-10).  NO ONE is finally and completely saved by Jesus Christ’s death.  His death reconciles us to God, justifies us of our past sins.  But there is MUCH MORE following that reconciliation for WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE!  So says YOUR Bible!  A book most believers are woefully ignorant of.  It takes Jesus Christ in His capacity of High Priest to bring you, or anyone else, into full salvation.  Paul warned: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain, you are yet in your sins” (See I Corinthians 15:14,17), as it takes a LIVING Savior to save you!

Those who unwittingly pervert that text in John 19:30, the passage where Christ utters the words, “It is finished,” do the same with many other texts, such as the passage in John 10:27-29, where Jesus says none can “pluck” a believer out of God’s hand.  They fail to realize that the Greek word translated “pluck” in that verse is the Greek word for FORCE, and is so translated in Acts 23:10 and other passages.  Nothing, no one, not even Satan and all his demons can force a believer out of God’s safekeeping and control.  But a believer CAN remove himself from God’s care and control.  We are not locked in.  “Sealed with the Spirit” does not mean “locked in by the Spirit.”  One needs to look at the Greek there also.  It means “approved” by the Spirit.  God’s gives us His Holy Spirit, approving that our faith and repentance is genuine.  See Ephesians 1:13.  No scripture even implies that we are locked in to obeying the Lord by being sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Any one of us can become a Demas, a Solomon, or a Judas.  You DO know Solomon became a rank idolator in later life, don’t  you?  (Read the entirety of the 11th chapter of I Kings that speaks of Solomon’s rank and continued idolatry.  NO MAN can serve two masters, not even Solomon!)

God’s purpose for human life is that we become like Him, molded and fashioned into His image through process of time finally to be born of him through a resurrection, having been begotten by Him through faith, repentance and baptism.  THAT is rightly dividing the Word of God.

Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),          Email: donaldwiley797@yahoo.com

 

Donald Wiley, 902 Pleasant Court, Brookville, OH 45309    Tel. No. (937) 270-5681

 

P.S.  Satan is good at his job of deception.  He is without peer or equal in this regard.  That is WHY the “Christian” religion has been divided and subdivided again and again into dozens and dozens of differing, contradictory, human organizations – each calling themselves this or that “church.”  Half-a-dozen Methodist ministers lay hands on a young Methodist Bible college graduate and pronounce him “ordained,” signing a piece of paper identifying him as such In print.  A group of Baptists, or Pentecostal, or Presbyterian clerics do the same with one of their own.  Each then see themselves as ordained ministers, ordained by God, called by God, representing God though teaching a host of conflicting, blatantly contradictory doctrines.  And all is confusion.

True teachers of God’s Word are few and far between.  Generally they are scorned by the religious of the world and are themselves viewed as imposters since they don’t have man’s credentials: the ordination certificate and/or the minister’s license.  Just as one can live a long life and never meet a converted Jew face to face, as only a small remnant of the Jewish population is elected to salvation in this present age,  so, too, one can live a long life and never meet face to face with a truly anointed teacher of God’s Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so, as, like the elect Jew, their number is rather small.  The plain and simple truth can often be mistaken for arrogance and pride.  God’s spokesmen have often been viewed as such, angering religious leaders to the point that they even gnashed on them with their teeth and stoned them to death.  (See Acts 7).  How angry does a religious person have to get that he actually bites you and beats you to death!!!  And what arrogance and pride fills the hearts of such personalities????  My closing word of advice: “Prove all things!  Test the spirits whether they are of God.  Hold fast to that which you find to be proven by scripture.”

 

 

 

A Personal Note From Donald Wiley

I put Satan on notice a long, long time ago that he might knock me flat on my face a thousand times, but that I would get back up.  And I have ALWAYS gotten back up.  Actually, I should have said, “I’ll bow down again,” meaning I would again bow before the throne of the Most High, my Creator, and re-commit my way unto Him.  I have kept that promise.

I revel in the fact that I am now 74 years old.  I have attained that stated threescore and ten spoken of  by Moses in Psalm 90:10, one of the few Psalms penned by Moses.  That, of course, would mean  I passed the halfway point a long time ago.  Most of the grains of sand are in the bottom of the hourglass now.  But the glass is fogged and the grains are so small, it is impossible to tell the number that remain in the top of the hourglass.  But the Spirit of my Master in many ways and circumstances assures me that there are, indeed, several grains still remaining.

I have never had a vision, nor have I ever heard an “otherworldly” voice, but my Creator has spoken to me through His sacred Word ten thousand times.  I have had several dreams that I am content and sure were of divine origin, prompted by the Lord or one of His messengers.  I have had countless answers to specific prayers, often within minutes or hours of uttering the prayer.   My life has been undeniably preserved on many occasions.  I have been   divinely healed on many occasions down through the years.  (In May of 2016 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer).   I have been rescued from drowning in the Kentucky River.  I have survived an automobile wreck that the difference of one split second, or one or two miles per hour  vehicle speed would have resulted in my instant death.    I have been rushed to the hospital in the back of a speeding ambulance in respiratory distress.    And I could go on and on and on, relating similar instances.

“Why me, Lord?” I have often asked.  Why preserve my life with a divine hand of deliverance via angel or some other inscrutable method.   I can’t sing.  I play the keyboard in a mediocre fashion.    I have brought horrible reproach upon your name and cause dozens of times.  I have no family depending upon me for their continued well-being or survival.  Why me, Lord?  Why me?  You have no idea the umbrella of protection that has been over me for many decades.  It is as if God had said long ago regarding yours truly, “I’ll let you stray, yes, time and again.  But I will suffer no man to do you harm.  Your life I give to you as a prey.  You are bought with a price.  You are mine!”

I would say I look forward to tomorrow with eager anticipation, but I have had too many dreams – some I would call nightmares –  wherein I have been shown this great nation’s days of peace and prosperity are numbered.    I fear that someday all too soon we will look back on 2016 as one of the most peaceful, uneventful years this nation ever experienced, for we have been weighed In the balances of the Most High  and found wanting.

I am merely one of many objects of God’s grace.  Grace is not merited.  It is not deserved.  It is poured out on one whose sins are as scarlet, whose iniquities are red like crimson.  To such human objects of His grace, God says: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…..”

The process of sanctification has been a very slow process in my life.  But I have found that with each passing decade there have been strides.  Progress has been made.  But, as the poet once put it, “I have many promises to keep, and many miles to go before  I sleep.”

The PURPOSE of my existence is no different from your own, whomever my  reader might be.  We are all created to be conformed to the image of our Elder Brother and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ IN THIS LIFE!!!   That’s WHY you were born.  It is why I was born.  It is the reason time and matter were brought into being by the  Most High.  Those two properties (time and matter) have afforded our Creator with what He deemed He needed in order to fulfill His desire when He said long ago, “Let us make man in OUR image and after OUR likeness!”   Creation is a two-step, or two-fold process.  First the physical, then the spiritual.  Physical creation of the individual takes roughly nine months.  Spiritual creation, bringing forth the new personality in Jesus Christ takes a lifetime.   To live long enough to discern this eternal truth is to live long enough to be of real service to the Most High.

Although the Lord might not have had control of my early years, even the first few decades of my life, He DOES have full and final control of my seventies and beyond should He be so gracious as to allow me to attain to great age as He has so blessed some members of my extended family.  (I have an aunt who is ninety-nine years old.  Her sister, another one of my aunts died very recently at age ninety-six!)

Although I live alone, I am never lonely as the Spirit of the Lord communes with me daily – almost on a continual basis.  Several times a day I feel His promptings to turn off the television, or cease whatever pursuit I might be on at the time, and to listen to His voice.  That voice comes to me through the Holy Scriptures.  I ever have a Bible close at hand that I can open up and allow His Spirit to guide me to the passage or passages through which He desires to speak with me.  Oftentimes what He gives me is for another, and I find myself sitting at the keyboard of this computer typing the words that His Spirit pours into my mind.

No, I have never HEARD a voice other than the voices of fellow human beings.  Nor have I ever been given a vision.   Such communication I believe is reserved for God’s prophets.  I do believe such exists, though.  Occasionally He speaks to me through a dream, but most always, I would say 99% of the time, He speaks to me through His Word, and when I hear that “voice” it is as clear as a bell and unmistakably the voice of the Lord.  Generally, He does this by bringing to my mind a passage of scripture, and then another, and another, and another, tying them together in such a way that full and complete understanding comes just as though all of the passages of scripture to which I have turned were joined together in one great paragraph!

As scripture so clearly affirms, our Lord is “a revealer of secrets.”  “He reveals the deep and secret things: He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.”  This is the God Daniel knew, and this is the God I have thankfully come to know.  (See Daniel 2:22, 28-29 and 47).

I have written many many articles over the years, many of them dealing with what some would call “problem” scriptures. The Lord has graciously given me understanding in many passages that others seem to have difficulty understanding. This understanding came only after the Holy Spirit inspired me to read the entirety of God’s Word, Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 many, many times, including all the census chapters and begats. (When I say many, many times I mean literally dozens and dozens of times. No speed reading, but careful reading and contemplation of verse after verse, often referring to various lexicons, a Jewish Bible and a couple of Greek-English interlinear New Testaments).

If the Lord continues my life, I will be seventy-five this coming November. I still work six days a week, doing janitorial work for a couple of companies in the Troy-Dayton area. I use the pay therefrom, plus a small social security pension, to pay for the ink cartridges, paper, envelopes, stamps, etc. to support this tiny ministry of the printed word, sending my articles to well over two hundred pastors and Bible teachers throughout the United States and three foreign countries (Peru, Chile and England).  I also send out mini-articles via Email and blog the same on my Internet website, www.thebiblicalprophets.com.

This God of glory declares: “I change not!”  He is, indeed, the same yesterday, today and forever!  And He declares, “You will seek me and you will find me when you search for me with all your heart.”  But the sad truth is that few do so.  They might give Him lip service and sometimes turn a thought or two toward God and His counsel from time to time and, therefore, find Him quite distant, quite intangible, a mysterious being that seems to have little if no real interaction with His creation.  Yet He cries out, “Behold me, behold me,” to those whom He has chosen.  (See Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Jeremiah 29:13 and Isaiah 65:1).

I have already mentioned how my Creator – our Creator, the Creator of all that exists – had intervened on several occasions, sparing my life.  It was only after several such astounding incidents that it dawned on me that these were not coincidences as a coincidence happens infrequently, not time and again.  That is what makes the event a coincidence.  I could go on and on recounting experiences wherein in reflection I realized that the Most High had moved in order to preserve my life.  I now relate a few more:

Years ago, while driving in Tennessee late at night, I took an entry ramp onto an interstate highway and drove on that highway for a mile, or two when it dawned on me that I had not seen any traffic ahead of me, nor, as I looked in my rearview mirror, could I see any traffic behind me.  I then realized that I had not seen a single vehicle in the opposite lanes of traffic.  I thought this was odd as I was near a major Tennessee city at the time and was certain, even though the hour was late, that there should indeed be other vehicles on the roadway.  Something (I believe an angel or God’s Spirit, though I do not know this) impressed upon me to stop the car immediately.  I did so, bringing the car to a rather sudden halt.  As I said, there was no traffic In front of or behind me, so no one was endangered by my stopping so suddenly in the middle of an interstate highway.   As I gazed out my front windshield, I was staggered to realize that the highway ended but 20 to 30 yards in front of my car.  An overpass had not yet been constructed.  Had I driven one minute longer I would have sailed off into space, crashing on to a completed highway below.  I immediately turned the car around, driving back in the same lanes as there was no traffic on this unfinished roadway.   As I got back to the entry ramp I had used I noticed that vandals, or the wind perhaps, had removed the orange barrels blocking the entryway.  I then drove away on another road.  (I cannot now recall whether I stopped and replaced a barrel or two.  I hope I did).

Those who know my personal history know that for many years I lived outside the law and that I abused drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD and various barbiturates.  On one occasion, while being injected with a liquid barbiturate, too much was given and I immediately lost consciousness and would certainly have died had not the “friend” removed the needle from my arm and had another “friend” assist him in pulling me up out of the chair I was sitting in and walked, dragged, pulled me about until the circulating blood brought me back to consciousness.  And, as I stated in my previous letter, I could go on and on detailing time and again when I now have no doubt my Creator moved to preserve my life.  And, whenever I think of the many instances wherein it is apparent my life was quite obviously spared and spared miraculously, this scripture comes to my mind: “For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called (called into a relationship with the Most High through a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ).  But God has chosen THE FOOLISH THINGS (describes me to a tee) of the world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world (me again) to confound the things which are mighty.  And base things of the world (yours truly once more), and things which are despised (yep, ditto), has God chosen, yes, and things which are not (are of no reputation, just big zeros – me again), to bring to nought things that are (of reputation, honor, etc.)” (See I Corinthians 1:26-28).

When we make contact with the Eternal God of this universe, and I mean real valid contact where we enter in to a living, valid, tangible relationship with Him, He then commits Himself to our eventual spiritual perfection.  It is what is uppermost on His mind, driving Him on at white hot heat, at least as far as we, as individuals, are concerned.  The apostle Paul speaks of this eloquently in his letter to the Ephesian brethren, “Unto EVERY ONE OF US is given grace (unmerited favor) according to the measure of the gift of Christ…for the perfecting of the saints…Till we ALL come…unto a perfect man, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST” (See Ephesians4:7-13).

With some of us, the Most High goes a step further not only forgiving us of our depravity and rebellion but then choosing to USE us in the here and now to further His kingdom always and ever respecting our free will – NEVER forcing us to go His way, or making us choose the righteous course over the way of the flesh.  Therefore, some of us so forgiven and in the family of God, can find ourselves slipping back into sin!  God must then discipline or chasten us in order to bring us back into submission to Him and His cause.  Upon full submission and surrender to Him once again, He then begins to use us as He sees fit “as the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (See Romans 11:29), that is, He doesn’t change His mind and write us off as sons and servants.  The stupendous merits of our Savior’s shed blood is even applied to those sins committed after conversion once we have truly repented and turned back to God and His way.

God’s hand is still upon my life.  He communicates with me quite continuously through His holy Word and, from time to time, in dreams.  I have not the slightest fears regarding the end of my life, the process of death, and an eventual face-to-face meeting with our Lord.  Indeed, I look forward to that hour with eager anticipation.  It is WHY I was born!  It is why YOU were born.  You were NOT born to merely live a few decades, even nine or ten, and then pass into oblivion as the continuing circle of life proceeded without you.   You were born to bear the image of your earthly parents temporarily as the image of your Creator was formed and fashioned in you through process of time – an image we are to bear throughout all eternity, yes, throughout all the ages to come.

The Spirit of the Living God impresses upon me daily that the Most High is definitely not through with me yet.  Although some would call it wicked presumption, I am certain my earthly pilgrimage has not yet run its course.  My service to the Most High is not complete.  There is a door ahead of me I have yet to walk through.  He will open the same at the proper moment and I will serve Him even further then.

I would again caution my reader: “It is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God, so that EVERY ONE OF US shall give account of himself to God’” (see Romans 14:12).  Thank God, for those of us who have been forgiven our sins will be remembered no more.  They have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west.  Yes, even though those sins were red like crimson, though they were scarlet, now, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are as white as snow.  (See Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 103:12 and Hebrews 10:17).

This modern, neon-lit, technologically saturated world can be overpowering in its swift ability to overshadow and suppress the reality of the spirit world and the spiritual life.  The physical is just that – physical.  One can see it, hear it, feel it, sometimes even smell and taste it.  Not so with the spiritual world.  It comprises another dimension that can only be appreciated, or experienced, as one fully surrenders themselves to their Creator through surrender to the LORDship of Jesus Christ as it is by and through and for Him that all things were created!  Those who fail to so surrender themselves are, as it were, on the outside looking in.  The spirit world remains a nebulous, wispy, ethereal, intangible something that one must just accept by faith and hope for the best.  Therefore, to them at least, death remains a scary matter.  Of course, it is only natural to be a bit reticent concerning the unknown.  I must admit I have never died before.  I have come close on several occasions.  But that’s just it!  Much CAN be known about death and the spirit world if one is in fellowship with the Most High and will allow that Eternal Being to communicate to them through His Word.

Well, I didn’t intend that this become a teaching article.  The Spirit prompted me to sit down at this keyboard and write, so I did.  May I evermore move when the Spirit bids me do so.  It’s about time that became my continuous mindset.

Keep your eyes and ears open regarding the Islamic world.  Times, events and people are even now being jockeyed about so as to bring to pass many unfulfilled prophecies that MUST find fulfillment before the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God and His Christ.  And before that moment arrives this world and its inhabitants are in for a very rough ride, and, believe me, that is a gross understatement.  And, I assure you, the United States of America is not exempted from what lies ahead.

“The righteous perish, and no man lays it to heart, and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous are taken away from the evil to come” (See Isaiah 57:1).

May the God of all grace grant you that peace that surpasses all human comprehension is my prayer.

Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

The Other Jesus!

Did you know the Bible speaks of two individuals called Jesus, and, no, I am not speaking of Joshua the son of Nun for whom the Old Testament Book of Joshua is named.  I am speaking of a second Jesus mentioned in the New Testament.  Are you surprised?  Notice these words of the apostle Paul as recorded in the 11th chapter of 2nd Corinthians: “Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me” (verse 1).  Paul says he is about to write something that might appear at first to be utter foolishness, but he asks the Corinthian believers to bear with him and hear him out.  He then writes: “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy, for I have espoused (promised) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste (pure) virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent (Satan) beguiled (or deceived) Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that comes (speaking of the deceivers that would rise up after Paul’s departure) preaches ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if you receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which you have not received, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (verses 2 through 4).

Paul was not an alarmist, nor was he a false accuser.  When he said there would be those who would arise amid the Christian assemblies who would preach and present “another Jesus,” he knew what he was talking about.  When he told the Corinthian assembly they might well tolerate and accept such preaching, he knew what he was talking about then, too, for he well knew the Corinthians – far better than they knew themselves.

Also note that Paul warned “another spirit” would be received – a clever counterfeit of the real Holy Spirit sent forth from God by His exalted Son Jesus Christ, and that “another gospel” message would be preached and accepted by those to whom it was spoken and presented!  Many today have been duped by Satan into worshiping that “other” Jesus, wholeheartedly believing they are indeed worshiping the true Lord Jesus Christ.  They have been deceived into accepting and believing a false gospel and have also received another spirit!  Millions have been so deceived!

Paul goes on to write in this 11th chapter of 2nd Corinthians,  that there are “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, and no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (verses 13 through 15).  Paul then goes on to say again, “Let no man think me a fool” as he knows some in the Corinthian assembly would think such an idea preposterous.  (See verse 16).  How could there be another Jesus, another gospel, another spirit with false apostles, men transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ and masquerading as ministers of righteousness?  What a fantastic claim some would think.  Paul then goes on in verse 26 of 2nd Corinthians 11 to speak of “false brethren.”  Satan duplicating everything – another Jesus, another gospel, another spirit with false apostles and a church filled with false brethren!  What a fantastic idea!  Yes, an idea and a work of Satan himself.  And Satan is good at what he does – a master craftsman.  Satan’s counterfeits bear a startling resemblance to the true and genuine.

The first characteristic the Bible gives us regarding Satan’s character is that he is subtle – “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field” (Genesis 3:1).  Someone who is subtle moves in such a manner as to be extremely difficult to detect.  Satan employs super-human cunning in his efforts to deceive mankind.  And he does not limit his field of operation to simply propagating other religions, such as Hinduism, Taoism or Islam.  As just stated, your Bible warns that Satan presents to the world “another Jesus,” and sends forth false ministers who preach “another gospel” and that he also sends forth “another spirit” that unsuspecting, scripturally ignorant men and women accept and receive, believing they have received God’s Holy Spirit!  (Again see 2 Corinthians 11:3-4).  Of course these false ministers, being deceived themselves, actually believe themselves to be true ordained ministers of Jesus Christ.  It was of these types Jesus spoke and warned about when He said, “Many (note well, not a few, not a handful, but MANY) will say to me in that day (of His coming kingdom), ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (preached, taught) in your name (by your authority, called by you to preach), and in your name have cast out devils (some even having a “deliverance” ministry), and in your name done many wonderful works (established food banks, sent out and supported missionaries, etc.)?’  And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you.  Depart from me, you that work iniquity.’” (See Matthew 7:22-23).

It was “another Jesus” they served.  It was “another gospel” they proclaimed.  It was “another spirit” they had received, thinking God had given them His powerful HOLY Spirit!  Yet Jesus had plainly and  clearly stated that “when He the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into ALL truth….and He will show you things to come” (See John 16:13).  And Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth” (See John 17:17).  God’s Holy Spirit of truth guide’s the Lord’s truly called and ordained spokesmen of God into a deep understanding of ALL the truth of God – ALL the Bible, and shows them “things to come,” that is opens up Bible prophecy to their understanding and comprehension.  They can as easily expound the writings of Zechariah or Ezekiel as the writings of Peter or Paul.  The deceived false ministers of that “other Jesus” have no comprehension of the prophets, spurning their writings and crowing “we don’t get our doctrine out of the Old Testament.”

Of course a deceived individual doesn’t realize he is deceived.  He is absolutely certain he is a true representative of Jesus Christ.  That’s why when seeing Jesus Christ in person they will argue that they preached by His authority and had a ministry of His calling and anointing!  (See Matthew 7:22-23 once again).  They are without a clue that Satan has deceived them into following his counterfeit Jesus.

This is part of the “mystery of lawlessness” spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2.  To most, it is indeed a great mystery that men and women could “preach Jesus” and yet that Jesus they preach be a counterfeit Jesus and they themselves unwittingly serving Satan as his ministers!  How many believers today have accepted that “other Jesus.”  How many have received “another spirit,” a spirit that is completely incapable of bringing them into true, lasting holiness, empowering them to say “NO!” to the pulls of the flesh and attractions of this present evil world??!!  How many are believing “another gospel,” a message that is not “good news” at all but a clever counterfeit message presented by the craftiness of Satan himself?!

The REAL Jesus of your Bible lays down absolutely rigid, unchangeable CONDITIONS for all who would be His followers – especially His ministers.  “And there went out great multitudes with Him, and He turned, and said unto them, ‘If ANY man come to me, and hate not (love far, far less) his father, and mother, AND WIFE, and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, he cannot be my disciple.  And WHOSOEVER does not bear his cross (putting self to death daily), and come after me, cannot be my disciple’” (See Luke 14:25-27).  And, in His very next breath,  the REAL JESUS cautioned His listeners to “COUNT THE COST!” (verse 28).  He then warned against laying the foundation, engaging in warfare with the flesh, the world and Satan, and then having insufficient commitment and understanding to finish the race.  (See verses 29 thru 32).  “So likewise, WHOSOEVER he be of you that forsakes not ALL that he has, he cannot be my disciple” (verse 33).  Jesus then sums up this short, startling discourse with the words: “He that has ears to hear, let him hear” (verse 35).

Jesus knew you cannot force-feed spiritual truth and that only those hungering and thirsting after righteousness would comprehend what He was saying.  Are YOU in that category?  Are YOU hungering and thirsting for righteousness, or are you a follower of that “other” Jesus who assures you that  all He asks from you is that you believe He died for you.  There’s no “cost” to count.  There’s no cross to bear.  He bore it for you.  Don’t be bothered about sin in your life.  It’s the human condition.  It’s all under the blood.    That, friend, is the teaching of that “other” Jesus!

Remember, the REAL Jesus warned, “strait (difficult) is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and FEW there be that find it” (See Matthew 7:14).   The Mormons believe they have found it.  The Roman Catholics believe they  have found it.  Dozens and dozens of differing, bickering, deceived denominations believe they have found it.   And, of course, YOU believe you have found it.   Reader, I urge you to think on these things, for it IS possible you have not found the narrow way to the REAL Jesus yourself!

Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley, 902 Pleasant Court, Brookville, OH 45309, Tel. No. (937) 270-5681

Email: donaldwiley797@yahoo.com