THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE LAW OF JESUS

January 16, 2019

The Law of Moses and the Law of Jesus is different! They are very close when viewed from a Jewish position, but not so close when viewed from a Christian position.

What started me thinking about this is that the Church that I attend has a large stone with the Ten Commandments engraved on it, standing near the main entrance. I have stopped and read that stone a few times and agreed with it. However, it dawned on me that the two greatest commands, affirmed by Jesus, are not even on the stone! If that is not enough, we as Christians do not obey the command to keep the seventh day holy!

After a great amount of thought, I believe that I understand the Law of God a bit better, so I will try to explain my understanding.

First I claim to be a Gentile, not a Jew, so the Law of Moses was not given to me. The Ten Commandments are the human side of the convenient that God made with Israel. If they kept those requirements He said that He would bless them, but if they did not He would curse them. They did not and to this day they live under a curse.

God is always fair and just, so if you think that God is cursing the children because of what their fathers have done, then you are wrong. Every Jew violates the command about the Sabbath and they do not know enough about God’s Word to even understand this!

In Geneses it is said that God entered into His rest. (Gen 2:1-3 NIV) “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Does no one else see that this is prophetic? God has yet to enter His rest! There are babies being shaped in the wombs of mothers, people being called to Heaven and Hell, people being saved and lost, authorities being enthroned and dethroned, and that is just to name a few things that prove God has yet to enter His rest. If that is not enough Scripture says that God is still working (John 5:17 NIV) “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.””

The seven days that are described in the first of Genesis are God’s time, not like our time frame. God’s days are numbered by His accomplishments, not by a set time, as man’s days are. As I understand, the Seventh Day began when Jesus died on the cross, because He said it is finished (John 19:30). That is to say that all of the work of salvation was done.

Because it is the seventh of God’s days, if anyone tries to do any work for their salvation they violate the command that God gave about the Sabbath. In other words, if one attempts to reach God by obeying the Law of Moses, they are claiming they are good enough to stand before God and not be judged. They are working for their salvation.

If you do not understand me then consider Job. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East and yet He could not justify himself when he stood before God. Are you grater than Job?

The Law of Jesus is greater than the Law of Moses. It is based on love, but the Law of Moses is based on obedience. God knows that we are not perfect and are not able to obey the Law, so He gave us a way out. God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory (credit) with anyone. It is the Son of God that suffered and died for our sin. It was a great price that He paid and when anyone attempts to add to that price by claiming to be without sin it angers Him; and it should.

Here is the Law of Moses, written as man writes it.
Ten Commandments list
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall make no idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.

Now here is the Law of Jesus, written as God writes it.
(Luke 10:25-28 NIV) “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.”Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

(1 Cor 13:13 NIV) “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Do you understand that if you obey the Law of Jesus you automatically obey the Law of Moses?

Think about this using the Word of God to guide your thoughts and make up your own mind.

As for me I feel that I must, or rather want to, obey (Mat 10:27 NIV) “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”


DO CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THREE GODS?

December 4, 2018

The Son of God is the Holy Spirit and He was created before anything else was made. The second verse in the Bible says, (Gen 1:2 NIV) “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” You see that He already existed. The verse doesn’t say “Holy Spirit”, but it should be apparent that it is the Holy Spirit.

The Spiritual birth of Jesus was when the Holy Spirit became one with a man. That man was the son of David. (2 Sam 7:12 NIV) “When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.” That offspring is Jesus the son of man and that man became one with the Son of God, who is the Holy Spirit. So, it is better to name Jesus as Jesus Christ (Jesus (the son of David) and Christ (the Son of God)). Jesus was born of the Spirit when he was baptized (Matthew 3:16); just the same as we were (Acts 2:38&39).

Those who do not understand say that we worship three Gods, because we say that God has a Son and we baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, which seems to say that we claim there are three Gods. I have to admit that this accusation puzzled me for quite some time. Scripture states many times that there is only one God (Deu 4:35&38, 1 Kings 8:60, Isa 44:8, 45:5&6, 45:18&22, 46:9, Joel 2:27, Mark 12:29, and I probably missed some). God had not made this clear to me, so I did not have an answer to this accusation.

I was given the Holy Spirit to teach me all things (John 14:26), so every now and then, I would think about this question and the Spirit finally gave me the answer that satisfied me.

I will try to explain the answer that I have, but first let me state something about God that, it seems to me, everyone agrees with and that is “God is everywhere, at all times”.

I live in America and when I pray I am sure that God hears me. If I am praying at the same time one of my brothers in China is praying I believe that God hears both of us. There are probably millions of Christians that pray at the same time and I believe that God hears each and also hears them clearly. I don’t think that anyone would disagree with that understanding. Even if one doesn’t believe in God, they would have to admit that if there was a God He would have to be able to accomplish that feat.

Now, here is a parable, or allegory that I believe God gave me so that I might understand the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the same God.

Suppose that you have a golden bowl and it is filled with water. Then there is a golden cup made and that cup is dipped into the water and filled with it. So, the water in the cup and the water in the bowl are the same water. Then some of the water in the cup is poured into an iron cup. Is not the same water in all of the containers? Is it not only one water?

I see the golden bowl as a symbol of God our Father, the golden cup as the Son of God, and the iron cup as the son of David. If you visualize the water as a metaphor or symbol of the Spirit of God, then it should be clear that the same Spirit is in all three containers. God is Spirit (John 4:24) and all three are filled with the same Spirit: one Spirit, one God.

If you can visualize God as being in more than one place in any point in time then it should not be difficult to visualize God as being in all containers at any point in time. I say all containers, not just three, because God, the Holy Spirit is in all of His children: given to them when they were baptized (Acts 2:38&39).

I hope this allegory helps you understand as it has helped me. I know that you were given the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, so listen to the Spirit and I am sure that He will make it clear to you in a way that you can also understand.

We do not worship three God’s.


WHY HITLER?

November 20, 2018

I am a student of the Bible. I believe that the entire Bible is true. I try not to pick and choose only verses that support what I believe that is true. This leads to questions such as ‘Why did God say that?’, or ‘How does that fit with the rest of God’s Word?’ and then, when I ask, God usually gives me the answer. Well, God always give me the answer, just sometimes later than I would like.

One of those verses is Romans 13:1. (Rom 13:1 NIV) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I quoted this verse in a small Bible study group and one member of the group, because he was not prepared to accept this part of God’s Word, pointed out Hitler! Well, because I had not devoted any thought to Hitler, I was not prepared to give a really good answer. My only thought, at that time, was that the Bible says God appoints the authorities and Hitler was an authority, so yes God appointed Hitler and it did not matter whether, or not, I understood.

After some thought I realized, or better said, God pointed out to me that Hitler was the easiest of evil authorities to understand!

We all know that Hitler was responsible for the deaths of many Jews. Killing Jews was his second greatest passion: the first being to rule the world. But then if he had become the ultimate authority he would have killed all of the Jews, so maybe killing Jews was his greatest passion!

Because I believe that God knows all things, I believe that He knew what Hitler would do to His chosen people Israel. Not only that, but that He formed Hitler in the womb to do it!

In order to understand why God appointed Hitler as an authority, one has to consider Israel’s past. God chose Israel and made them a great nation. He gave them everything that they could ask for, but over and over they would reject Him as their God and when they did He would send a nation of gentiles to decimate them and make those who were still alive slaves to their captors. God would leave them slaves until they came to their senses and ask for forgiveness. Then He would send a prophet to lead them back to their promised land.

Israel did not learn from their actions and so God finally almost stopped sending a prophet to lead them back home. I say almost, because He sent one more prophet to lead those individuals who properly honored God to Him. That is to say not all of Israel, because all of Israel are not God’s people (Rom 9:6); some are and some are not.

The last thing that God said to the nation Israel are the last two verses in the Old Testament. (Mal 4:5&6 NIV) “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Well, He sent John the Baptist as the prophet Elijah and Israel was not willing to turn their hearts to God, their Father. So, He struck the land with a curse. He turned the land into a desert and ejected Israel from it.

Israel, to this day, will not accept God as their Father. They do the same things that they did when Jesus came. They rely on themselves as their own savior. They believe that they if they abstain from what seem to be the greatest transgressions of the Law that God will forgive the least infractions. It doesn’t seem to matter that God’s Word does not support that view. They commit the unpardonable sin. That is to reject the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins, substituting their own righteousness in place of God’s Sacrifice.

It is easy to understand God’s anger when you consider that God became a man, so that He could die in the place of anyone that would accept His love offering and then have someone reject that gift.

The nation Israel is still under that curse and because they are cursed, God, when the time came for Israel to return to the land, did not send a prophet too quietly and peacefully lead them back. He sent Hitler to drive them back.

Jews condemn Hitler for the atrocities that he was responsible for; and rightly so. However, if they examined their own actions as closely as they examine Hitler’s, they might understand that their sins, or the greatest sin that anyone can commit, which is to reject God’s Sacrifice, caused God to send Hitler.

You would be wrong if you think of me as an anti-Semite. I am just the opposite as I would love to see all of Israel turn to God, accept His Sacrifice, and live.


NO MAN “EVER” PAID THE TITHE

November 2, 2018

Lately God has been teaching me about His Tithe. It is nothing like the understanding that man has, and is trying to teach you and me There is always an exception, but most of us have been taught that God gave the increase of the land to the Israelites and then demanded that they give 10% back to him. That is a total corruption of Tithing.

Most teachers believe that the Church needs money to exist. That is what the world teaches and we are a product of the world so it seems logical to us. However, if we believe that, then we place money and our own ability to handle money above our trust in our Father.

So, you ask, or you should ask “What do you mean when you say no man ever paid the tithe”?

The basic misunderstanding is thinking that God gave 100% of the increase of the land to His children. God said that ten percent “Belonged to Him”. He only gave Israel a method to determine what He wanted marked as His so that it could be kept separated from what was theirs. We are taught that God gave 100% to Israel and then demanded that they give 10% back, but He actually gave 100% of what was Israel’s to Israel and kept 10% of the increase of the land for Himself.

(Lev 27:30 NIV) “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.

You see that it never belonged to anyone other than God. It was not Israel’s that they could give it to God. It belonged to God and never belonged to Israel.

Actually, it was God that gave the Tithe.

The first two years God took all that was His (The Tithe) and spent it on a feast for His children. God only relied on His children to properly take care of the Tithe that belonged to Him.

The third year God’s Tithe was to be taken to the store house, so His priest and everyone else could share in God’s wealth.

So you see that no man ever gave the Tithe. Also, if you think about it the Tithe is no longer required to be counted, because God has cursed Israel, so He would not continue with a ritual that was created to show them how good He was to them.

You see that the purpose of the Tithe was to show Israel that God would give 100% of everything that He kept for Himself to them, if they would only believe in Him! They did not believe, so God no longer gives “His Tithe” to them.


DO YOU BELIEVE GOD?

March 9, 2016

Or, do you only believe “in” God?

Do you believe that there is only one true God, and that God has a son that allowed himself to be sacrificed as payment for your sins, and anyone that calls on his name will be saved?

Fine, even Satan believes that! However, Satan does not believe God. He does not believe that God is infallible. Satan believes that he can take control of this universe and be the one in control. He believes that he can make this universe his and be its God: to make this universe anything that he thinks it should be.

We look at this and say to ourselves, “What a fool Satan is”.

Well, instead of looking at someone else, perhaps we should look inward and ask ourselves if we are doing the same thing.

At this time, in this country (United States), I see the same attitude that Satan has, but it is among my brothers.

Be patent and let me explain.

(Dan 4:17 NIV) “‘The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.’

God says the same thing in Romans.

(Rom 13:1 NIV) Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

You see, my brothers believe that they are in charge, and they choose the authorities. They believe that they can make this country great, but they have lost their confidence in God and replaced it with a false confidence in themselves. They are placing their trust in man and do not even realize that is what they are doing!

This universe does not belong to man or Satan. It belongs to God and God chooses the authorities; man does not.

If I were to vote I would be proving, by my actions, that I did not believe Daniel 4:17 or Romans 13:1.

My brothers do not understand, even though they have ears to hear and eyes to see!

The one who believes in this country, and teaches others to do so, is building on the foundation of Jesus Christ using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay and straw, not on the Spirit. The Spirit says God is in control, not man.

(1 Cor 3:18&19 NIV) Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”;

The wisdom of this world says we must choose a leader that will do God’s will and they do not understand that the rulers of this world are doing God’s will!

Don’t you see that the man that is president now was chosen by God, because he would turn the United States against Israel?

(Rev 16:14 NIV) They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
(Rev 20:7&8 NIV) When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth–Gog and Magog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.

Theses are prophecies that are being fulfilled now. All of the nations of this world are allied with Iran against Israel. Israel, because they still do not believe God will protect them, will attack Iran and the final battle will begin.

Daniel was told “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.” This is the time of the end and the words are no longer sealed! We can all understand if we listen to God instead of man.


THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION

December 17, 2015

(Mark 13:14 NIV) “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
(Mat 24:15&16 NIV) “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
(Dan 12:9 NIV) He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.

This is the time of the end and so the words are no longer closed up and sealed.

The statue that king Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was/is explained in the second chapter of the book of Daniel.

I must plagiarize some of Daniel’s writing because it parallels my understanding. ‘No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to you this mystery, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown me what will happen in days to come. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you may know the interpretation and that you may understand.’

The key to understanding this abomination is the statue that king Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. This statue represents all of the governments of the earth. You see, all of the governments of the earth are abominations to God.

In the Kingdom of God, when everything is as it should be, there will be only one government, only one King, and only one God.

All of the governments of the earth attempt to take the place of God. They make laws to force the people do what they want. All of the prophecies that God told Israel that a king would do to them are true of any government of men that has ever been on this earth.

Governments are really only agents of wrath (Rom 13:4). However, the people view governments as an authority that will make life better for them! How can an agent of wrath take the place of God and make things better? Governments or authorities were established by God to punish those who do wrong, not to solve all of our problems and make life perfect.

Abominations that cause desolation are like antichrists in that there are many of them. As Scripture says anyone who denies Jesus is an antichrist (John 2:18-22). Just as there are many antichrists there are many governments that bear the title of ‘the abomination that causes desolation’. Actually they all bear the same title and they have all caused desolation.

However, there is one supreme antichrist and that is Satan, and there is one supreme government that causes desolation and that is Islam.

“O” yes, Islam is a government as well as a religion. It was created by Satan and the sole purpose of Islam is to destroy the true God’s kingdom on this earth. The kingdom of God is in us (Luke 17:20&21) and Islam is commanded, by their god of death and destruction, to destroy us, thereby destroying the kingdom of God.

The abomination that causes desolation is the statue in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, spoken of in Daniel (Dan 2:31-35). It represents all of the governments, kingdoms, democracies or any form of authority that exists on this earth and they will be completely destroyed: swept away without leaving a trace (Dan 2:35).

Soon all of the governments of this earth will attack and defeat Israel and as one they will stand on the Holy Mountain, but just as it is said, the statue will be destroyed by a rock, not cut out by human hands, and that rock will become a mountain and fill the whole earth.

(Mark 13:14 NIV) “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

The words are no longer sealed and we can understand.

I have no plans to visit Judea, so I have a pretty good head start toward the mountains.

Having said that, I know that God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, until all of those who worshiped Him were safely away. I view this as an example of the end, so I do not think I will be on this earth to view God’s wrath.


IT IS NOT RADICAL ISLAMIST

May 14, 2015

That is right those who commit atrocities in the name of Allah are not radical Islamist. They are fundamental Islamist.

Jews and Christians are the children of the God of the Bible and the Koran demands that the followers of Allah kill the children of God.

The differences between the two religions are very clear and easy to see if you compare what a fundamentalist of either religion do.

A fundamentalist is one who rigidly adheres to the basic principals of their religion.

The fundamental Christian will do absolutely nothing to harm anyone; even their enemies! They will not lie to, or kill their enemies, because their religious guidebook forbids it.

The fundamental Islamist will lie to their enemies and kill them if they do not surrender to them and their god, because that is what their religious guidebook demands.

Islam singles out Jews and Christians as their enemy. The goal of Islam is to destroy all of the children of the God of the Bible. Islam must control the entire world in order to accomplish its basic goal of destroying God’s children and that is the cause of the recent wars and strife that the world is facing.

God and Allah cannot be the same God. Both claim they are God, but they have entirely opposite goals. Allah teaches hate, but God teaches love. Allah teaches it is right to lie to others, but God teaches it is not right to lie to anyone. Allah teaches it is right to kill those who do not summit to it, but God teaches it is not right to kill anyone.

Isn’t it clear that Islam was founded by the enemy of God and its goal is to oppose God?

Would a god that teaches it is right to lie to others, not lie to them? Would a god that teaches it is right to kill others, not kill them? Who, in their right mind, would worship such a god?

If we use the term “Radical Islamist” to identify terrorists, that commit atrocities in the name of Allah, we give Islam a free pass and it is not blamed as the root cause. The true title of those who kill in the name of Allah is “fundamentalist” and Islam “is” the root cause of the atrocities.

Those who say that Islam is a religion of peace are not fundamentalist. There are many who call themselves Christians that are not fundamentalist as well. Both are lukewarm and really have no religion, they only think that they have.