THE REVELATION TO SHOW SERVANTS WHAT MUST SOON TAKE PLACE.

May 16, 2013

Rev 1:1 (NIV) The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

That is the first verse in Revelation. It is written to all of the servants of Jesus Christ and because we have the advantage of knowing history, then we can better understand Revelation than all of those before us.

How close are we to what must soon take place? Well, “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.” (Rev 16:12 NIV) The Euphrates has been drying up for the last ten years!

I just read an Islamic website that reported a plague of snakes was a result of the fall of the water levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers! Hummmmm

There is only one more bowl to be poured out. (Rev 16:17 NIV) The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”

Revelation 20 says that Satan will be released for a short while and he will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth (all of the nations). Surely, it is apparent that the nations are all gathering together against Israel, which are God’s people.

We are clothed with Christ (Gal 3:27) and God tells us to keep our clothes with us, so that we do not go naked and be shamefully exposed (Rev 16:15) In other words, do not worry about the end of time. Just keep listening to God by reading His Word and His Word is mostly about Jesus Christ (Our Clothing).


WHY GOD ALLOWS SIN.

March 14, 2013

This is a basic question and a standard excuse for atheist to be atheist. They see themselves as more moral than God, because they would not allow the innocent to be hurt. However, they do not understand God, or why He allows sin and because they have decided not to honor God, they cannot understand.

As I have said before “God lives by His own rules”. I would use the word “laws”, but that word brings a knee jerk reaction among Christians that have not yet contemplated God’s law.

A long time ago, when I was young, someone (I do not remember who), told me that if I wanted to understand something that someone else said, or believed, or even did, that it would help, if I tried to think as they do. You have probably heard it said as “Walk a mile in their shoes”. I have found it to be very helpful, not only for understanding others, but also for understanding God.

Now, before you go off on a tangent and say that we cannot understand God, and what He does, I must point out that He has given us a manual and a teacher, so that we can understand. That is how I know that He lives by His own rules and when you contemplate His Word and listen to the Spirit that lives within you, then you will also understand. Not because I said anything, but because you searched it out yourself: with the help of the Spirit.

God’s rule for dealing with others is “Do to others as you would have them do to you” It is a plain and simple rule that fits all interaction among people. If anyone follows the rule, or obeys it, then it should be obvious that we do not need the Ten Commandments. All of the law hangs on this Command. If we obey the second most important rule, then there would be no murder, thefts, or any other sin.

OK, so you ask ‘How does this relate to why God allows sin’?

Do you want anyone to force you to do anything? Of course not, so keeping the second greatest command in mind, then you should not force anyone to do anything.

God does not want anyone to sin, but He lives by His own rules and His rule prevents Him from stopping anyone from sinning.

Those who do not know God only see the physical world and do not understand that God made us to exist forever, so if someone is mistreated in this world, it seems to them as a terrible thing: and it is. However, we will go on to the life after this part and we will understand that all sin is really against God, more than against the person.

If someone should steal everything that you have, did they really steal anything from you? If God owns everything, and He does, then what can anyone steal from you?

The same goes for your life! Did you give yourself life, or did God give it to you? Anyone that steals, or murders, sins against what God has created. That is not to say that we do not suffer because of sin, but it helps to know that God will dry our tears and make us forget the sin of this world.

Do not look for your reward in this life. Have faith in your Father. Hebrews 11:39&40 (NIV) “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

Everyone, that God saves, will live by His law and there will be perfect peace in Heaven.


HELL IS NOTHING

January 16, 2013

This is basically an open letter to all my atheist friends. I just want to put your mind at ease. Let me say it a bit more accurately HELL IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Notice that I did not say that there is no Hell, only that Hell is nothing. Well, you shouldn’t have any fear of nothing; should you?

Suppose, just for arguments sake, there is a God. That is not to say that there is, only that there could be.

If there is a God, then one could assume that He has complete control, because if He did not, or does not, then He cannot be God. I don’t know if you can grasp this or not, but it seems to me that in order to have complete control, He would have had to make everything. I have control over many things, but I do not have complete control over anything, not even the things that I make, because I did not make the materials from which I make things. Perhaps you are different from me. Have you ever created something from nothing? If you think deeply, you must admit that you did not create yourself, so it would be absolutely impossible for you to create something from nothing because you exist and you did not create yourself.

Now, if that God was absolutely fair and just, and He would have to be, because not to be would mean that He was not perfect and therefore could not be God. In order to be God one must be perfect. Any flaw would be proof that being was not, is not, God.

Sorry if I am boring you with all of this God talk, but the idea of Hell comes from God talk, so one must understand, at least a little God before one can understand Hell.

The Bible seems to say that Hell is a place where no one would want to go, but think about it. The atheist will no longer be bothered by any God talk! As a matter of fact, those who are thrown into Hell are thrown out of Heaven and God will not even think about them ever again.

Because the wicked did not care about the maker of all things, not even enough to recognize the existence of their maker, God will respond in kind. That is fair: isn’t it?

Because you do not recognize Him and do not want Him to rule over you, He will grant your desire. God lives by His own laws and the second most important law is ‘do to others, as you would have them do to you’. God does not want to live with you just as much as you do not want to live with Him. Therefore, He will honor your wishes and cast you out of His presence. That is fair, isn’t it?

Because God would not want anyone to kill Him, He will not kill anyone. Your life is permanent, not your physical life, but you will always be conscious. You will always know who you are and where you are.

Now, everything that you have enjoyed on this earth really belongs to God and because you do not want anything to do with God, you will not be able to enjoy anything that is His.

God has given you a body to enjoy everything that belongs to Him, so you will no longer have a body, because you do not want anything from Him. You will no longer hear anything, taste anything, smell anything, or feel anything. That is what you wanted: to be rid of God and all that He is and does: isn’t it?

If you are using the mind that, God gave you, you might have noticed that I said you would feel no pain and yet Scripture says you will be thrown into the lake of fire! You are also thinking that Scripture says that you will be tormented forever and you are thinking that a God of love would not, or could not torture anyone forever and you are correct. The torment that you will suffer will come from your own mind. Not physical pain, after all you have no body, or nerves to feel physical pain. You could have had everything, but because you did not appreciate anything, you have NOTHING (Hell) and you will have it forever.

So really, you have nothing to fear from Hell, unless of course, you are wise enough to fear nothing!


CHRISTIANITY and ISLAM

October 12, 2010

 

I have not written anything lately, because I find everything in the Bible fits together; like a jigsaw puzzle. When I start explaining something I believe God has given me, I find myself going off the subject because I begin to explain how I view another piece of the puzzle: because one has to understand the second piece before one can understand the first piece.

Well, this is too important piece of understanding to give up on. So please bear with me and I will try to stay on the subject.

I am going to try to explain the differences between Islam and Christianity. I am commanded by God to speak the truth as I understand it: because I am a Christian. I am charged with this simple rule no matter who I am speaking to, so I will speak the truth to both Christians and Muslims.

Both religions have a book from which they gain understanding from. Christians use the Bible and Muslims the Koran. Some confusion results when the gods spoken of in the two books are viewed as the same god. With only a little comparison, it is clear that the god of Islam is the mortal enemy of the God of the Bible.

Both gods claim that they do not change. The God of the Bible says that He has a son. The god of Islam says he has no son. If the God of the Bible says that He has a Son and then says he does not then He would have changed. So the two are not one.

The most important message of the Bible is that we all fall short of the glory of God, that we all need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus. This work was completed with the death of Jesus and all that was written about it completed within 100 years after his death.

Then about 500 years later the Koran was dictated to Mohammed by an angel. An angel is only a messenger. An angel can be a messenger of Satan or a messenger of God. The message reveals whether it comes from God or Satin. If God sent His son to bear the punishment for the sins of the world and someone, or something denies that claim, then that someone or something would be an antichrist. They would be an enemy of the God of the Bible. The Words of the Bible warn of the coming of an antichrist 500 years before he or it came!

I will admit that one book is true and one is a counterfeit. Can a counterfeit be created before the original?

The God of the Bible gave man a golden rule and that is “Do to others what you would have them do to you”. If everyone obeyed that rule there would be world peace. There would be no murder, theft, lies, or any other offense against anyone. There would be no police, government, or rulers of any kind, as there would be no need for them. You would not want to rule over another, because you do not want to be ruled over. There would be no Islam; because Islam demands submission and submission would not be necessary if everyone followed the second royal law.

The God of the Bible does not violate His own rules. He does not demand submission to Himself. Everyone has the power to do anything he or she wants. No one is forced to glorify the God of the Bible, but those who think about it will do so from their heart. Those are the ones who will live with God and be happy forever. They are the friends of God and when this is all over, God will throw His enemies out of His kingdom, just as any one would. Who wants to live forever with their enemies?

As a Christian, I understand that every Muslim is the enemy of the God of the Bible, an antichrist, but as a Christian, I am commanded to love my enemies! That is not to say hug and kiss them, but to “do to them as I would have them do to me”, so if you follow Islam, let me warn you. You will indeed spend eternity with your god. When Allah is thrown out of the presence of God, you will also be thrown out! You will spend eternity with a god that commanded his followers to kill and lie in order to further his cause and his cause is to have everyone declare him God! If Allah wants you to lie to others, in order to further his cause, is he lying to you?

Whether you are Christian or Muslim, think about what I have said. The God of the Bible will not stop you; because He has nothing to fear, but Allah would and he will even have you killed for it!


WHAT WOULD A MUSLIM PRESIDENT DO?

March 29, 2010

 

First I must say that this country is basically a Christian country so any Muslim candidate would probably have to come from outside the USA. Though it is illegal to become president unless one is born a citizen, if enough bribes are paid, and the importance downplayed sufficiently it might be possible to circumnavigate the law.

It would be vitally necessary to hide the fact that he was a Muslim, both before the election and also after it. Before, because he would not stand a chance of being elected, and after to hide the motive for all of the damage he would do to the country. The USA is said to be an enemy to Islam and there would be no reason for a Muslim to attempt to become president other than to destroy this country.

One way to hide his religion would be to attend a Christian church before the election. There would be no reason or gain to continue after the election, unless it was becoming too obvious that he was Muslim. He could even justify lying about being a Christian, because Islam allows lies to further its goal of world dominance.

As president he could not pardon his fellow Muslims who have been imprisoned, but if he could close the prison, which would cause them to be moved to a less secure facility then perhaps they could escape. Even if they were not successful they would have a chance to kill more Americans before they were recaptured.

Perhaps he and those who help him could change the way the enemies of this country are tried for their crimes. If foreigners are given the same rights as natives and are not read their rights there is no way they can be found guilty. The truth is we can not even convict our own criminals and even if we could there is no room in prisons for them.

Those who do not understand that the president was a Muslim would not see clearly what was transpiring and would be clueless as to what was happening. Those that do understand the ways of Muslims would understand if the president bowed to a Muslim king and made statements such as Islam is a peaceful religion. That is if we would ever elect a Muslim president.

The president would believe that he would go down in history as the greatest president of the USA; because Muslims would write U.S. history after he destroyed it and he would be the one mainly responsible for the fall of the great Satan.

Anything that the president could do to weaken this country he would do. If he could weaken the economy, or cause civil unrest he would do so. It would be a wise move to make it seem as though it was an attempt to socialize the country instead of the real goal which would be to destroy it.

It would be a real feather in his cap when he belittled the leader of Israel and you can be sure he would. One of the very important things he would strive to do is to destroy the bond between Israel and the USA. That could be easily accomplished by demanding the ridiculous.

You might ask yourself if God would allow this to happen and the answer is not difficult to ascertain. We have decided to choose our own leaders, not relying on God and God lets man sin. How else can a stiff-necked people like us learn if He doesn’t let us make mistakes? If we elected a Muslim for our leader God would know it even before the man was born!

It seems to me to be a necessary step toward the end of time. You see Israel will not depend on God to protect them. In the past they have made alliances with many foreign countries instead of relying on God alone. That does not please God. It seems that the whole world will turn on Israel in the end times and so this country must also turn.

If we ever elect a Muslim for president he will think he is having great success, but he would only be doing God’s bidding. That is the one true God’s bidding. Israel will finally have to put their trust in the one true God, because there will be no one else to turn to. Once again God will rise up and defeat the enemies of Israel, but this time it will be the last time.

That is, if we ever elect a Muslim president.


HELL IS NOT A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD!

March 16, 2010

 

The world seems to think God invented Hell for anyone that will not obey Him, but the world does not know or understand God. Hell is not designed as a punishment.

God will ultimately grant the desires of everyone’s heart. Those who love God and want to live with Him forever will get their wish. Those who hate God and do not want to live with Him forever will also get their wish.

This life is the time of decision. God has granted every one the right to decide where they wish to spend eternity, but the choice will be permanent.

It helps to understand everything if you know that death is only separation. The first death is physical. It is separation from the earth and everything in it. The second death that is spoken of in the Bible is separation from God.

God does not want to be separated from anyone, but He has given us the power to decide for ourselves if we want to live with Him or not. Love is not one sided. No one can make another love them, not even God. God can make one obey Him, but not love Him. No one, not even God wants to live with an enemy. There can be no peace if you live with your enemy and the life after the first death is forever, so living with your enemy forever would mean there would be no peace forever.

Bearing this in mind, we can see the Hell is not basically a punishment, but a separation. It is described as burning sulfur, but how can Hell be described? We do not even have an idea of what it would be like to be separated from God. We have been given life in God’s universe. We breathe God’s air, drink His water, live in His country, think with the mind He gave us, and work with the hands He gave us. If I tried to list everything God has given us, I could not.

I think the fire of Hell is a spiritual fire. Notice Isaiah 6:6&7 where the live coal does not burn, but removes guilt. Those in Hell will always be reminding themselves of their guilt with no chance of it being removed.

To say God is love, as the Bible does, and then say He will punish those who do not return His love, with an everlasting punishment, for not returning that love does not make any sense to me. However, it does make sense that at some point in time those who do not want to love God will be rejected by Him. It truly would be hell, to be separated from God forever, with no hope of reconciliation.

Bare in mind that Satan himself along with the worst of the worst men will be in hell and God will not intervene. Could there ever be any rest in Hell? Would anyone want to have to watch his or her back forever? Will not Satan be the king of Hell? Will he take out his frustration on his subjects? Who would stop him?

Having said all of this Hell actually would be a punishment, if only viewed from one angle, even though it was not designed by God to be so. The people of this world cannot understand spiritual things, so to them it seems only punishment. That is the only view they can see.

No one in Hell will blame God for his or her plight. They will know and understand it and say to themselves ‘It was my own damn fault’ (sorry that was just words from a song that got stuck in my mind).


THE ONLY GOD THAT IS POSSIABLE IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE.

March 8, 2010

If you have read my last post, you can see that there has to be a God. Something or someone had to create this universe.

Therefore, you ask why I made the statement that the only God that is possible is the God of the Bible. Well, not being a scholar of other religions I can only make that statement based on what I understand about what a God would have to be and then apply it to Christian and other religions.

A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. (Religion – Wikipedia Encyclopedia)

First, just so you understand what I mean when I use the word God, let me quote the first definition of the word “God” in the American Heritage Dictionary. “God”, a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.

It is only logical to say that any religion that claims man can become God is flawed from the very start. Because the universe has to have been here before a man could have materialized, therefore man could not have made the universe. That includes any religion that claims reincarnation as there would have to be man, animals, or bugs before the universe.

As I pointed out in my last post, the universe is finite and therefore had to be created. That brings to mind the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. The answer depends on ones beliefs. If you believe in the God of the Bible, the answer is the chicken because God made it, but if you believe in evolution, your answer is the egg, because what ever laid it was not a chicken.

Any religion that promotes more than one God cannot be correct in their beliefs. If there were more than one that was the originator and ruler of the universe and if there were more than one who was perfect, omnipotent, and omniscient how would anyone know? They would be indistinguishable. They would always do the same thing, always say the same thing, and always do so perfectly. If any one of them did anything differently, they would prove themselves not perfect and therefore not God. It makes no difference if the gods were two or a thousand. The Bible says man is made in the image of God. I have many parts, but all of my parts are me. God may have many parts also, but if so, they are all parts of one God.

I had intended to group the religions of the world into those that worship many gods and those who think man could reach some form of enlightenment, along with atheism; which is a religion (A cause, a principle, or an activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion. (American Heritage Dictionary)), but that information is easily found and it would only serve to lengthen and maybe confuse some.

Personally, I have to laugh at anyone who believes one can reach a plateau of spiritual enlightenment and not even understand there is one God! But then I also have to laugh at those who believe in science and not in God. Science has really found the evidence of God and yet will not admit it. Scientists call it “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” when it really is “Light” and should be proclaimed physical evidence of God!

Intelligence is wonderful until it confuses instead of enlightens.

Anyway, it only takes a basic understanding of science to understand that the matter that makes up the universe is slowly (our concept of time) being dissolved and therefore is finite. Therefore, it had to be made and man could not have made it if there were no men. It does not take a lot of intelligence to see that God came before the universe, but one can use the gift of intelligence to deny it!

I do not think anyone believes in an idol or carved figure anymore, though I could be wrong. Usually an image is used to represent a god or system of belief and even Christians make that mistake. We often have paintings that represent Jesus and then there is the cross that is used to mark Christian Churches.

That leaves Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Christianity is really only Judaism that is taken to completion, so the two are really the same religion.

So what is left? Only Islam and Islam has some problems that stop me from believing in it. It is not logical to require a follower to murder someone if they do not say Allah is God.

First, anyone who believes there is no God would have no problem with saying anything to save his or her life. The words would mean nothing. If Allah is God then he would know what a man believes in his heart and again the words would mean nothing. Because no one knows what another really believes the words again would mean nothing.

The words would only mean something to someone that believes Allah is not God and that would be Jews and Christians. The words were only coined to give license to murder those who know the real God.

If Allah is God, he should be able to do his own killing and if he really is God then he would be the only one that truly knows who believes and therefore the only one that is qualified to take the life of an unbeliever, if that is he believes it is necessary in the first place.

If you are a Muslim and you believe someone should be murdered for not repeating Allah is God then don’t you see that you have to murder everyone? There is no way that you can be sure that anyone that says Allah is God truly believes it, and if someone does not truly believe it then what good is it? You cannot be sure that even your own brothers are truly Muslim! Anyone can mouth the words!

Then one has to seriously question a god that would require someone to carry out a command that is not possible to accomplish in truth. Could that god really be God?

Islam is truly a religion of submission, but it is a submission to men and not God. It is a religion where men murder in the name of a god. Moreover, they do so for personal gain, for what good is it to a God that already knows what is in some one’s heart?

If you believe me to be wrong then tell me how I am wrong, but do not brother trying to explain to everyone that I am not intelligent. I will not argue that. One because it isn’t relative and to do so will only show the lack of thought to what I said and prove the insulter foolish, and two because you just might be right!