Saturday, July 29, 2006

Will There Be A Rapture?

Jesus came to redeem man, and Jesus' resurrection guarantees the resurrection of everyone, see 1 Corinthians 15:20. The only requirement for being included in the resurrection is to be born again, see John 3:3.

Now the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, see John 1:17. For we are not saved by works of righteousness, but only according to His mercy, see Titus 3:5.

Now Christ is over all, because He is God blessed for ever, see Romans 9:5.

Moses was a cold blooded murderer who killed an Egyptian, see Exodus 2:12, and he almost destroyed the whole nation of Israel in the wilderness. Of the more than 3 million Jews who left Egypt for Israel, only two persons - Joshua and Caleb - entered the Holy Land under the leadership of Moses, see Deuteronomy 1:35 - 38. We know furthermore that Moses was a devil worshipper who worshipped the serpent and "made a serpent of brass", see Numbers 21:9, but more on that another time.

Nevertheless, it is written in John 4:22 that the "salvation is of the Jews". And whosoever accordingly calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved, see Romans 10:13. Now the true circumcision "worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh", see Philippians 3:3 - 7, because "there is neither Jew nor Greek...", see Galatians 3:28.

Jesus is the resurrection and life, and the Christian believer will never die, see John 11:25 - 26.

There will be a rapture and the rapture of the believers is Satan's final defeat, see 1 Corinthians 15:50 - 57. "And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power", see 1 Corinthians 6:14.

But some events will occur before the rapture:

1. The falling away, see 2 Thessalonians 2:3,
2. The man of sin is revealed, see 2 Thessalonians 2:3,
3. The end of the church age, see Revelation 3:17,
4. The two witnesses shall prophesy, see Revelation 11:3 - 14,
5. Jesus comes to gather His elect, see Matthew 24:24 - 31.

Now then what is the rapture?

The rapture means "caught up" and it comes from the Latin Bible, where 1 Thessalonians 4:17 talks about "rapiemur": "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words", 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 18.

Other examples of the rapture in the New Testament are to be found in Hebrews 11:5, and in Revelation 11:11 - 12. However, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God", see 1 Corinthians 15:50, and what qualifies to have part in the first resurrection is in Revelation 20:4.

The resurrection and the rapture are basically the same. The only way to cross from evil to good is through Jesus. Only the cross of Christ can protect humanity from the wrath of God.

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation", Hebrews 9:28.

"Ait ad illum Iesus: “ Nemo mittens manum suam in aratrum et aspiciens retro, aptus est regno Dei", Luke 9:62.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The New Testament Is The Better Covenant

There is nothing more important than the word of Christ.

For we "are not under the law, but under grace", see Romans 6:14. Forget therefore those things which are behind, and reach forth unto those things which are before, see Philippians 3:13, now that we are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, see Romans 8:17.

The New Testament is the better covenant, and it is established upon better promises, see Hebrews 8:6. The New Testament contains all the good of the Old Testament and in addition to that, exceeding abundantly above all that we can imagine, compare with Ephesians 3:20.

Jesus has offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, see Hebrews 10:12, and everything is put under His feet, see Matthew 28:18, and 1 Corinthians 15:27. Thus there is no salvation or victory outside of the cross of Christ, see also Acts 4:12. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God", 1 Corinthians 1:18.

If you believe on Jesus, and open your heart and confess your sins, God is planning the greatest move and blessing you have ever known, see John 10:10 and 1 John 1:9. Whatever you need is in the cross. Remember though to speak to our rock - Christ - and not to smite it.

In the Old Testament in Numbers 20:7 - 11, the Lord commanded Moses to speak to the rock, in order to get water out of the rock. But what did Moses do? Moses actually rebelled against God and smote the rock twice. Yet water came out abundantly. This prefigured how organized Judaism would do with Jesus, see 1 Corinthians 10:4. Now why did water still came out of the rock although Moses in this way greatly disobeyed the Lord? Romans 5:20 has the answer: "the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound". God loves His people, see Romans 11:1, and "the gifts and calling of God is without repentance", see Romans 11:29.

The first name in the New Testament is the name of Jesus, and the last name in the New Testament is the name of Jesus. He who knows the beginning knows the end. Let him who thirst therefore come to Jesus and drink, and out of the belly of the believer shall flow rivers of living water, which is the Holy Spirit, see John 7:37 - 39, compare also with Revelation 22:17.

Now someone may object, 'but consider the great King David of Israel'. Well, first of all King David of Israel was a thief. He stole Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, although King David already had a multitude of wives, see 2 Samuel 11:3 - 4. Secondly King David of Israel was an adulterer, see 2 Samuel 11:4 - 5. Thirdly King David of Israel was a murderer, since he arranged for the death of Uriah the Hittite, see 2 Samuel 11:15.

What does it mean for Israel today that King David of Israel was a thief, an adulterer, and a murderer?

God spoke after the evil deeds of King David of Israel and the word of the Lord to King David and to Israel is: "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife", see 2 Samuel 12:10. Another Old Testament prophet, namely Zechariah, is more explicit. Zechariah says: "And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein", see Zechariah 13:8.

I pray that Israel will step forward now and come clean before Jesus. Because the New Testament promises that "all Israel shall be saved", see Romans 11:26. All the exceeding abundantly good promises for Israel and the Jewish people and the restoration of Israel is in the New Testament, as even the Jewish high priest Caiaphas acknowledged when he prophecied concerning Jesus: "it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not", see John 11:50. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose", see Romans 8:28.

Someone else may object in the vain stupidity of clinging to the Old Testament laws: "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars", see Proverbs 9:1. Oh yeah, you have learned that these seven pillars are the seven lower sephiroth, and you think you are able to defeat Satan with that wisdom. "But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God", see 1 Corinthians 1:24, and "we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory", see 1 Corinthians 2:7; see also John 12:20 - 23. Jesus Christ blotted out "the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it", see Colossians 2:14 - 15.

That old Canaanite serpent, see Revelation 12:9, is spiritually ruling "the great city", see Revelation 11:8 - seven hilled Jerusalem, "BABYLON THE GREAT", see Revelation 17:5 - 6. Now when you see this "king of fierce countenance", who understands "dark sentences", see Daniel 8:23, and opposes Jesus, see 2 Thessalonians 2:4, be sure that the victory already has been won through Jesus, see 1 Corinthians 15:57, and Revelation 15:2.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour", see 1 Peter 5:8. "Resist the devil and he will flee from you", James 4:7, because "greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world", see 1 John 4:4.

"Unus Dominus, una fides, unum baptisma", Ephesians 4:5.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Jesus Is The Only Answer

People got problems. Now they are solved through the blood of the everlasting covenant, see Hebrews 13:20. Jesus is the true shepherd of the sheep and the God of peace.

Jesus is the way, see John 14:6, who has given us one heart and His peace, so that our heart neither be troubled nor is afraid, see John 14:27.

Jesus promised that the person who loves Him and keeps His words would receive prosperity as the expression of God's love towards him, see John 14:23. If we ask anything according to His will, in the name of Jesus, He hears us, see 1 John 5:13 - 14. We have already eternal life, and whatsoever we ask will come true, see 1 John 5:15, and John 14:13 - 14, because Jesus is not here: "for he is risen", see Matthew 28:6.

In which way then is Jesus the only answer? Or to put it in other words: what is Jesus doing for us?

First Jesus is our High Priest, see Hebrews 8:1, and "King of Kings and Lord of Lords", see Revelation 19:16. Jesus has washed us from our sins in His own blood, see Revelation 1:5.

Now Jesus didn't die for a bunch of nobodies, but He has made us kings and priests, see Revelation 1:6, and 1 Peter 2:9, and He wants us to reign forever, see Revelation 22:5, and John 3:16.

In Luke 4:18 we see further that Jesus gives us:
1. Financial wealth,
2. Emotional peace,
3. Physical health,
4. Spiritual enlightenment, and
5. Liberty, see also John 8:36.

When our Lord God talks to us He says: "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more", see Hebrews 8:12. Now Jesus has made us to taste "the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come", see Hebrews 6:5. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new", see 2 Corinthians 5:17.

"Et pax Christi dominetur in cordibus vestris, ad quam et vocati estis in uno corpore. Et grati estote. Verbum Christi habitet in vobis abundanter, in omni sapientia docentes et commonentes vosmetipsos psalmis, hymnis, canticis spiritalibus, in gratia cantantes in cordibus vestris Deo", Colossians 3:15 - 16.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled - John 14:1

Cast away all your doubts and fears simply by believing in God Jesus, see John 14:1, and 1 John 4:6 - 19. Se also Luke 8:50.

Everything is created by Jesus, see John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, and Revelation 4:11.

Jesus died for all of us, see 2 Corinthians 5:15, and He rose the third day, see 1 Corinthians 15:3 - 4. We will thus all appear before the judgment seat of Jesus, see Romans 14:10 - 11, and 2 Corinthians 5:10.

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him..", Revelation 1:7, and Jude 1:14 - 15, when He returns from heaven, see Acts 1:11. "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be", Matthew 24:27.

By fighting "the good fight of faith", see 1 Timothy 6:12, and by earnestly contending for the faith, see Jude 1:3, the Christian believer lays hold on eternal life.

But how do we know that Jesus is coming soon?

One sign is the false prophets who come to us in sheep's clothing, see Matthew 7:15. Even the children of the kingdom itself will be cast out in outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, see Matthew 8:12, since they "depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils", see 1 Timothy 4:1.

Therefore even all the brethren must be warned, and the feebleminded comforted, see 1 Thessalonians 5:14.

There are also plenty of other signs that we really must get ready for the return - Revelation 19:16 - of our King Jesus, like Matthew 24:5 - 7, and Luke 21:10 - 11, and Luke 21:25.

What God has to say is in the New Testament.

What you have to say is meaningless unless you can say it with the New Testament words of the living God.

Through death Jesus destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, see Hebrews 2:14.

God has called us unto holiness, see 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 Peter 1:16, and Jude 1:20, and through the blood of Jesus Christ we are cleansed from all sin, see 1 John 1:7.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved", Romans 10:13.

"Omnis, qui ultra procedit et non manet in doctrina Christi, Deum non habet; qui permanet in doctrina, hic et Patrem et Filium habet", 2 John 1:9.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Be Prepared To Live And Reign With Christ For A Thousand Years

It is difficult to think about the restoration of the world even before the battle of Armageddon has taken place, see Revelation 16:16. A third part of mankind will survive Armageddon, see also Revelation 9:15 and 18.

Jesus was crucified on wood and this means that trees eventually no longer will be able to grow on earth. But we will make heaven home to the trees, and trees will be very appreciated on Mars, see Revelation 22:2.

After Armageddon comes 1000 years of peace and plenty, see Revelation 20:4, and we need to be prepared for it: "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love", 1 John 4:8.

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie", see Revelation 22:14 - 15.

"Tunc ait illi Iesus: 'Converte gladium tuum in locum suum. Omnes enim, qui acceperint gladium, gladio peribunt' ", Matthew 26:52.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Walk In The Victory!

When Isaac blessed Esau he promised him the fatness of the earth and the dew of the heaven above, see Genesis 27:39. And Isaac continued and told Esau: "by thy sword shalt thou live", see Genesis 27:40.

The sword Isaac referred to here was ultimately "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God", see Ephesians 6:17.

In the New Testament we learn that everybody can be perfect just as God is perfect, see Matthew 5:48.

Jesus said: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you", see Luke 10:19.

"Resist the devil, and he will flee from you", as it is written in James 4:7, "because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world", see 1 John 4:4.

There are fantastic men and women living among us today. However, we should never idolize the mortal, before the eternal, see Acts 5:29. Our God is everlasting and unchangeable, see James 1:17. Knowing that, we need to "put on the whole armor of God", see Ephesians 6:11, and to walk in the victory, see Colossians 2:10 - 23.

"Nolite dare sanctum canibus neque mittatis margaritas vestras ante porcos, ne forte conculcent eas pedibus suis et conversi dirumpant vos", Matthew 7:6.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday, USA!

"And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life", see 1 John 5:20.

"Hic est panis, qui de caelo descendit, non sicut manducaverunt patres et mortui sunt; qui manducat hunc panem, vivet in aeternum ”, John 6:58.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

To Every Problem There Is A Solution

Jesus urges us to not worry, see Matthew 6:34, and to not fear, but to only believe in Him, see Luke 8:50.

There is salvation in no one else and in no other name than the name of Jesus, see Acts 4:12. The Christian inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, will never fade away, and is reserved in heaven for us, see 1 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, and Revelation 21:1.

The only way to win the war against the devil is to have faith in Jesus and in His word - the New Testament - see Romans 10:17, and Ephesians 6:10 - 18. Jesus is the way, the truth, and eternal life, see John 3:16 and 14:6.

Thus Satan will shortly be trampled under our feet, the feet of the Romans, which are Rome, and New Rome - Constantinople - as promised, see Romans 16:20. For 2000 years now we have understood that Jesus is our Saviour and great God, see Titus 2:13.

The kingdom of Jesus is without end, see Luke 1:33, and He died for it and for us, see John 11:50, and 1 Peter 1:18 - 20.

Thanks to Jesus we find solutions to every possible problem, and nothing will ever be impossible for us, see Matthew 17:20.

"Patientia enim vobis necessaria est, ut voluntatem Dei facientes reportetis promissionem", Hebrews 10:36.