Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Why Is The Hellfire Eternal?

Some apostate church denominations say that there is no reincarnation.

When they attempt to show that there is no reincarnation, they can only present one verse from the New Testament, namely Hebrews 9:27. This verse states that: "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment", see Hebrews 9:27.

However, Hebrews 9:27 is on the contrary solid proof for the reality of reincarnation, because this New Testament verse in its context suggests our dying to sin, and not our physical death.

When the spirit leaves the body at death, it faces judgment, so that it can enter a new and different body at a later time. This is what Hebrews 9:27 truly says concerning reincarnation, since it is not the same body which dies again.

Revelation 12:9 says that "the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan". In Revelation 13:5, we can see how that old serpent is reincarnated in our time, and given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and how he continues to occupy Israel for 42 months.

In Revelation 20:2 we lay hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bind him for a thousand years, casting him again into the bottomless pit. Compare also with Revelation 11:7, and Revelation 17:8.

When the thousand years are fulfilled, that old serpent is once again reincarnated and loosed, but this time for only a "little season", see Revelation 20:3.

The reason for casting the devil into the hellfire, where the beast and the false prophet are tormented day and night forever and ever, is because that they otherwise would be able to reincarnate again, but now "there was found no place for them", see Revelation 20:10 - 11.

And those who worship the beast and his image will be tormented for ever with fire and brimstone, see Revelation 14:9 - 11. See also Mark 9:43 - 49.

And "every one shall be salted with fire", see Mark 9:49, for Jesus came to set fire to the earth, see Luke 12:49.

In the end the earth with its work will be burned up, see 2 Peter 3:10.

Nevertheless our citizenship is in heaven, see Philippians 3:20, where our Lord God provides something better for us, see Hebrews 11:40 - the new heaven and the new earth - see Revelation 21:1 - 3.

Indeed our pre-existence is attested by Ephesians 1:4. Jesus also indicated that those around Him would reincarnate and experience His second coming when He said: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled", see Matthew 24:34.

Jesus stated moreover, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away", see Matthew 24:35. "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men", see 2 Peter 3:7.

Now "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord", see Romans 6:23. "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.

"Tunc dicet et his, qui a sinistris erunt: "Discedite a me, maledicti, in ignem aeternum, qui praeparatus est Diabolo et angelis eius", Matthew 25:41.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The New Testament Proves That Reincarnation Is Real

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years", see Revelation 20:6.

The New Testament mention of the first resurrection and of the second death, proves that we humans can go through several incarnations.

Therefore we should ask ourselves: Lord, what do you want done? "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them", see Ephesians 2:10.

But what would you do if you had a rattlesnake in your house? Now Christ "gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father", see Galatians 1:4. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you", see James 4:7.

"The promise that he should be heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith", see Romans 4:13. But one day we will have to move to space in order to survive, see Revelation 21:1.

In Job 14:14 in the Old Testament Job asks: "If a man die, shall he live again?". He gets answered in Job 33:29, "Lo, all these things worketh God twice and thrice with man".

Therefore, when the disciples asked Jesus saying, "Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?", see John 9:2, "Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him", see John 9:3.

Good people are not suffering; rather, those who suffer are reincarnations of people who have sinned in previous lifetimes. Therefore any suffering which is observed comes from a just God. This is the reason why Jesus says: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out", see Revelation 3:12.

Great is the reward to him who overcomes as attested by Jesus: "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God", see Revelation 2:7, and see also Revelation 22:2, 14.

One example of reincarnated people in the New Testament is John the Baptist, who was the reincarnation of Elijah, see Matthew 11:11 - 14. Jesus further prophecied that Elijah would come back once more, see Matthew 27:47 - 49. See also Revelation 11:3 - 14, and for Enoch see Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 1:14, and Enoch did not belong to the "synagogue of Satan", see Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

Now, of John the Baptist it is said that he would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elias, see Luke 1:17.

When Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am", see John 8:58, and "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending", He witnessed that He is the Eternal and the "Almighty", see Revelation 1:8, and see Revelation 22:13, and that He is the "Amen", see Revelation 1:18.

Now there are both "vessels unto honour", and "vessels unto wrath", see Romans 9:21 - 22, but "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth", see Matthew 5:5.

"Quamdiu in mundo sum, lux sum mundi ", John 9:5.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Look Unto Jesus, The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith!

It is written in 1 John 3:15 "that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him".

This is one important reason why Jesus declared that the law and the prophets were until John the Baptist, see Luke 16:16.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, or do you believe in a murderer, see John 10:10?

Thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Old Testament "law of sin and death", see Romans 8:2, is replaced by the New Testament "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus", see also Romans 8:2.

The New Testament is the "better covenant", see Hebrews 8:6, because it is "the law of liberty", see James 2:12. We have been "called to liberty", see Galatians 5:13, "and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty", see 2 Corinthians 3:17.

Now the Old Testament vanishes away since it is faulty, see Hebrews 8:7, 13, but the New Testament is eternal, see Luke 16:17, and 2 Corinthians 3:11. "The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you", see 1 Peter 1:24 - 25.

We can choose to follow the Old Testament ministry of death and condemnation, see 2 Corinthians 3:7,9 - or to follow the New Testament ministry of the spirit and of righteousness, see 2 Corinthians 3:8,9.

We can choose to obey the shining serpent Moses, "which put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished", see 2 Corinthians 3:13. Or we can choose to obey our shining Lord God Jesus, see Matthew 17:2, and Revelation 1:14 - 15.

For Christ ends the Old Testament law and brings righteousness to everyone who believes, see Romans 10:4. Before faith came we were servants of sin, and prisoners of the Old Testament law, shut up unto the faith which afterwards was revealed, see Galatians 3:23.

As Christ's New Testament servants of righteousness and of liberty, be not entangled again with the Old Testament yoke of bondage, see Romans 6:18, and Galatians 5:1.

The good and faithful servant of Christ, will be ruler over many things, and enter into the joy of the Lord, see Matthew 25:21.

Like the Old Testament law, the Old Testament prophecies, were until John the Baptist, see Luke 16:16, and are likewise replaced by the New Testament, see John 10:8. Jesus declared accordingly: "take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things", see Mark 13:23.

The New Testament prophecies replace in other words the Old Testament prophecies, just like the New Testament law replaces the Old Testament law.

We confess that Jesus is the "author and finisher of our faith", see Hebrews 12:2, as He proclaimed: "I and my Father are one", see John 10:30.

We are saved by grace, see Romans 11:6, through faith, see Romans 3:22, and it is the gift of our Lord God, see Ephesians 2:8.

When we understand the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, we are filled with all the fulness of God, see Ephesians 3:19, who promised: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee", see Hebrews 13:5.

Satan is the accuser, see John 5:45, and Revelation 12:10. But God is one, see Mark 12:29, and He is the powerful judge, see 2 Corinthians 5:10, and Revelation 19:10.

"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever", see 1 Timothy 1:17. He has made us kings and priests, see Revelation 5:10; a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and a peculiar people, see 1 Peter 2:9, and we shall reign forever and ever, see Revelation 22:5.

"Tu credis quoniam unus est Deus? Bene facis; et daemones credunt et contremiscunt!", James 2:19.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Do You Live By The New Testament Law Of Liberty?

Those of you who regularly read my blog at http://ohlundonline.blogspot.com have certainly remarked that I highlight that the New Testament has replaced the Old Testament.

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill", see Matthew 5:17.

Does this passage mean that the Old Testament law still apply today?

No, the Old Testament law does not apply any more, because Jesus stated, that the Old Testament law and the prophets were until John the Baptist, see Luke 16:16.

Instead, Jesus is referring to The New Testament, which is "the law of liberty", see James 2:12.

The New Testament has been given to us as the "better covenant", see Hebrews 8:6, and as "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus", see Romans 8:2.

Jesus also said that: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled", see Matthew 5:18. Now, this is said because "there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek" see Romans 10:12. Jesus also tells us this in order for us to remember that Jesus speaks Hebrew, see Acts 26:14, and that the Israelites are adopted as sons, since to them was given the divine glory, the New Testament law, the service of the Lord God, the promises, and the ancestors of Christ, who is God; see Romans 9:4 - 5.

Jesus teaches us furthermore in Matthew 5:19 to not break the New Testament commandments, compare with Matthew 22:37 - 40, and He makes clear that we can work on the Sabbath day, see Luke 13:10 - 16, and that there is no such thing as clean or unclean food, see Matthew 15:11. Christ has made us free from the Old Testament "yoke of bondage", see Galatians 5:1. It is moreover explained: "Bear ye one another's burden and so fulfil the law of Christ", see Galatians 6:2. In the Lord Jesus we are "free indeed", see John 8:36.

If righteousness would come by the Old Testament law, then Christ would have died in vain, see Galatians 2:21. Everything should therefore be done to the glory of our God, see 1 Corinthians 10:31.

In my previous blog I hint at how churches which relies on tithing not trust Jesus to supply their needs; compare with Philippians 4:19. Jesus also concluded: "In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men", see Matthew 15:9.

There is a spiritual warfare taking place between the powers of darkness and the powers of light, see Ephesians 6:11 - 18. The sword of the Spirit is the word of God, which is Jesus and The New Testament, see Ephesians 6:17.

Sodom will suffer divine vengeance of eternal fire, see Jude 1:7 and Revelation 11:8, and the angels of Satan are cast down to hell, see 2 Peter 2:4.

Also Satan himself - the accuser Moses - see John 5:45, who is called "great dragon", "old serpent", "Devil", and "Satan", see Revelation 12:9 - the accuser of our brethren is cast down - see Revelation 12:10 and see also Luke 10:18, who accused them before our God day and night.

Moses shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb, see Revelation 14:10, "day and night forever and ever", see Revelation 20:10.

"For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil", see 1 John 3:8, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil Moses, see Hebrews 2:14.

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ", see 1 Corinthians 15:57. "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." See Romans 11:36.

"Ecce dedi vobis potestatem calcandi supra serpentes et scorpiones et supra omnem virtutem inimici; et nihil vobis nocebit", Luke 10:19.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Do You Give To Jesus With A Cheerful Heart Or Tithe By Mosaic Law?

"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows", 1 Timothy 6:10.

Now money per se is of course not the root of all evil, but the love of money is.

Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, did this because of love of money, see John 12:5 - 6. Judas betrayed the Lord God for 30 pieces of silver, see Matthew 26:14 -15. And the Pharisees also derided Jesus, because of love of money, see Luke 16:14.

Now, the law and the prophets had its time until John the Baptist, see Luke 16:16. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ", see John 1:17. And we know that the devil is the father of lies, see John 8:44. But the first Christians repented from their sins, and realized the truth, and burned their Old Testaments "before all men", see Acts 19:19.

"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump", see Galatians 5:9. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the joke of bondage", see Galatians 5:1.

Jesus said: "Freely ye have received, freely give", see Matthew 10:8. We were not redeemed with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, see 1 Peter 1:18 - 19. As a royal priesthood, see 1 Peter 2:9, we Christians should therefore not tithe one another. Biblical tithe is outright fraud!

If you choose by obligation to submit yourself to part of the law of Moses, you are obligated to keep it all. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the Law, to do them", see Galatians 3:10. If you tithe by obligation then you are bound by all the law, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace", see Galatians 5:4.

Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, but we lift up and honour Jesus in civilization, compare with John 3:14.

Jesus abolished the Old Testament laws, and nailed them to the cross, in his flesh, see Colossians 2:14, and Ephesians 2:15.

Christ also never commanded the Christians to follow the Levitical law. Otherwise we should be like the Pharisees He warned us from, see Matthew 16:6, and we would have to find Levite Priests that serve in the Temple Sanctuary, and give tithes of animals, fruit and grain, see Matthew 23:23. Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, see Luke 12:1.

However, "The labourer is worthy of his reward", see 1 Timothy 5:18, and of course the New Testament and gospel ministers deserves to be well paid, and are worthy to be greatly honoured, compare with 1 Corinthians 9:13 - 14.

There is also nothing wrong with the give-to-get mentality, see Luke 6:38, because we live under the New Testament "law of liberty", see James 2:12, and "God loveth a cheerful giver", see 2 Corinthians 9:7.

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God", see 1 Peter 4:10: "And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely", see Revelation 22:17.

Do you choose Jesus, or do you choose the robber Moses, compare with John 18:40?

Through Jesus we are equal unto the angels, see Luke 20:36. That Jesus Christ died for us is surely the greatest news ever.

There are different religions, which believe that Moses is a prophet. We see right now how Satan tries to cast out Satan. This tells us that his kingdom is about to fall, see Matthew 12:26.

As Christians we believe in the Lord God Jesus, see John 1:1 - 3, and Romans 9:5, and that He has created all things, see Revelation 1:8, 11, 18. The obvious reason then that it is stupid to be atheist and to believe in the evolution theory is because nothing upon nothing by nothing produces nothing. By grace we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, and not by ourselves: it is the gift of God, see Ephesians 2:8.

If nothing moves nothing happens. If you need something, ask the Lord Jesus in faith, and it shall be given you, see Matthew 7:7.

"Date, et dabitur vobis: mensuram bonam, confertam, coagitatam, supereffluentem dabunt in sinum vestrum; eadem quippe mensura, qua mensi fueritis, remetietur vobis ", Luke 6:38.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Why Did Jesus Call For Elijah - Matthew 27:46?

Jesus is the only man that ever has ascended up to heaven.

It is written that "no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven", see John 3:13.

There are some pastors, both in America, and here in Europe - most of them are not Greeks, or not even Jews - who wrongly claim that the Old Testament is the perfect word of God.

Either you believe in the New Testament, or you believe in the Old Testament, see 2 Corinthians 3:11, and Hebrews 8:7, 13.

You cannot have it both ways.

Or as it is written: "Be ye not unequally joked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?", see 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 15.

The New Testament clearly explains, that neither Enoch nor Elijah, went up to heaven, see John 3:13. This will however happen, see Revelation 11:12.

What did Jesus really mean then - on the cross - when He said "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani", see Matthew 27:46 - 50?

As the Gospel of Matthew states, the people around the cross at the crucifixion, heard Christ cry out twice - not against Judas who betrayed Him - but against Elijah, see Matthew 27:47, 49.

Of course Jesus did not cry out against God since He is God, see Titus 2:13, and everyone around Him knew that Christ is God, see John 8:58.

But, why did Jesus in this way attack the prophet Elijah of Revelation 11:3 - 14?

Do you remember the mount of transfiguration, in Matthew 17:3? There Moses and Elijah appeared unto Jesus. Now, Jesus is the Lord God Almighty, which already has been proven, see 1 John 5:20.

Moses is Satan - and The Antichrist - if you so will, see Jude 1:9, and see Revelation 11:7. Now, Elijah, at this stage, is a mixture between good, and evil, since He believes in both the New Testament, and in the Old Testament, see http://www.two-olive-trees.org/.

This is the reason why there will be two witnesses - except the Antichrist - present, who witness for 1260 days, at the 42 months long coming occupation of Israel, see Revelation 11:2 - 3, "until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled", see Luke 21:24.

The reason for God having two witnesses, is so that the in the Old Testament misled, yet believing brother - Elijah - can be sanctified and saved by the in the New Testament believing brother in Christ, compare with 1 Corinthians 7:14. In the same way Greece will save Israel, thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, see John 10:16, and Colossians 3:11.

Thus, The New Testament is the story about our Lord God Jesus, and of Satan Moses, and of the two witnesses, symbolically called Elijah and Enoch. Some people think that the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah. Well, Moses will also be present, but in the evil role of the Antichrist.

Do you believe in the Old Testament "ministration of death", see 2 Corinthians 3:7, or in the New Testament "ministration of the spirit", see 2 Corinthians 3:8, and see also Revelation 6:8?

I do not bother to argue with muslims, since they think that Moses is a prophet. Some of the muslims will anyway luckily be saved and converted into believing in the one and only God Jesus, see Revelation 14:15, but unfortunately not all of them, see Revelation 14:19.

The New Testament clearly underscores that Moses is Satan. How can you then believe in a religion, which has Satan as a prophet?

Moses is The Accuser, who is Satan, see John 5:45.

"Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?", see Luke 18:7, and compare with Revelation 6:10.

Do you believe in The New Testament, or do you believe in The Old Testament?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, or do you believe in Satan?

When magic is treated as real, darkness has no power over it.

"Stipendia enim peccati mors, donum autem Dei vita aeterna in Christo Iesu Domino nostro", see Romans 6:23.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"Thy Word Is Truth" - John 17:17

There are seven mysterious characters in the book of Revelation:

1. The woman, see Revelation 12:1 - 2,
2. The dragon, see Revelation 12:3 - 4,
3. The man child, see Revelation, 12:5,
4. The archangel Michael, see Revelation 12:7,
5. The remnant, see Revelation 12:17,
6. The beast out of the sea, see Revelation 13:1 - 8, and,
7. The beast out of the earth, see Revelation 13:11 - 18.

In Revelation 12:1 it is written: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:".

Now that we have freedom and liberty in Christ, see Galatians 5:1 - and are saved by believing on the Lord Jesus, see Acts 16:31 - we see the ultimatum of the gospel, see Matthew 25:46 : to surrender to Christ and live, see Revelation 22:5, or to rebel and die, see Matthew 25:41.

As God revealed Himself at the cross, so must the child of God also surrender at the cross, see Luke 9:23. This is made possible by our physical birth, when it is followed by our spiritual birth, see John 3:5.

Turn your passion into a tool for Christ. "A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment into victory", see Matthew 12:20.

You cannot run from God. It is a race you cannot win, see 2 Corinthians 5:10 - 11, and Revelation 20:11 - 15.

We know that the word of the Lord is truth, see John 14:6, and John 17:17.

He who comes to Jesus, He will in no way cast out, see John 6:37. This is the reason for the following words to Christ: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created", see Revelation 4:11. Jesus answers: "Well done, thou good and faitful servant", see Matthew 25:21.

How do you feel about Satan's time being short, see Revelation 12:12?

"Videte itaque caute quomodo ambuletis, non quasi insipientes sed ut sapientes", Ephesians 5:15.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Are You On The Winning Team?

We cannot be neutral or turn a blind eye to the sudden deterioration of the situation in the Middle East, because it involves Bible prophecy.

The latest escalation was initiated by Hezbollah, with its border ambush that kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. Their initial opening shots and hammering of hundreds of rockets into Israel, is what the New Testament calls "the beginning of sorrows", see Matthew 24:8.

At the cross God did in Jesus what man was unable to do, namely wash us from our sins, see John 1:29, see also Romans 11:27.

The souls of all of humanity is at stake with the Antichrist, who is promoted by darkness and is demon possessed, see 2 Thessalonians 2:9.

If Israel can be defeated, then the word of Christ - the New Testament - falls flat to the ground. The restoration of the Kingdom of Israel is namely of outstanding importance in the New Testament, see Acts 1:6, and Romans 11:28 - 29.

In the two last chapters of the book of Revelation we have however the happy ending, see also Luke 21:24, and Galatians 4:30.

War is a terrible thing, but unfortunately peace can be worse, see 1 Thessalonians 5:3. Everything is however predestinated, see Romans 8:29, and Revelation 14:20.

There is no way you can combat the evil victoriously on your own. It is Christ or it is Satan. Are you victorious over the powers of darkness or are you serving these powers?

In Jesus we are triumphing over principalities and powers, see Colossians 2:15, "thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ", see 1 Corinthians 15:57.

Jesus is coming soon, believe the gospel, see Mark 1:15, and get ready, see Matthew 24:27, Jude 1:14, and Revelation 1:7.

Are you on the winning team?

"Dixit ei Iesus: 'Ego sum resurrectio et vita. Qui credit in me, etsi mortuus fuerit, vivet; et omnis, qui vivit et credit in me, non morietur in aeternum. Credis hoc?' ", John 11:25 - 26.

Friday, August 04, 2006

"Have The Mind Of Christ" - 1 Corinthians 2:16

With Jesus Christ there are good news, but the end for the enemies of the cross of Christ is destruction, see Philippians 3:18 - 19.

In Revelation 11:18 we also have the promise that those who destroy the earth will be destroyed.

In the same manner the man of sin is also doomed to destruction, see 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

According to Romans 3:2, the Old Testament serves as the oracles of God. Concerning the future of Jerusalem - which in the book of Revelation is called the "great city" - the following is said in the book of Lamentations: "How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!", see Lamentations 1:1, and compare with Luke 13:33 -35, Revelation 11:8, and Revelation 17:18.

Now through Jesus, we Christians "are more than conquerors", see Romans 8:37, "having the riches of the glory of his inheritance", see Ephesians 1:18, since our citizenship is in heaven, see Philippians 3:20, where we have our "holy city, New Jerusalem", see Revelation 21:2.

Don't worry about anything, see Philippians 4:6, because through Jesus we have received "all things that pertain unto life and godliness", see 2 Peter 1:3, and even the "divine nature", see 2 Peter 1:4.

Without Jesus we can do nothing, see John 15:5. Now, there is no halfway between heaven and hell, see Luke 16:26. This is the reason why Peter said: "We ought to obey God rather than men", see Acts 5:29. The cross of Christ is therefore not an option, but it is a necessity.

Accordingly, we must place our faith exclusively in Jesus Christ, since our glory comes from what He did at the cross, see Galatians 6:14. By repenting and returning unto Christ we build up ourselves in our most holy faith, see Jude 1:20. This is done by putting away all strange gods from among us, see 1 Corinthians 10:14, and serving the Lord Jesus only, see Acts 4:12.

Jesus doesn't share His glory with anyone, see John 5:23, and Hebrews 1:3, 8. The Lord Jesus Christ alone is God, see 1 Timothy 3:16, the blessed hope, great God, and our Saviour, see Titus 2:13, "the true God, and eternal life", see 1 John 5:20, and the Father of all, see John 14:9. See also John 1:3, and Colossians 1:16. Yes, everything is created by our Lord Jesus Christ, see Hebrews 1:2.

Thanks to the cross of Jesus Christ the believer doesn't need to worry anymore, because with the cross there is prosperity, happiness, and salvation, see Romans 1:16. For the preaching of the cross is unto us who are saved the power of God, and the wisdom of God, see 1 Corinthians 1:18 - 25.

Now, it is the will of God that the Christian believer prosper, see 3 John 1:2. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ", see Colossians 2:8. Let instead the words of the New Testament fill your mind, rule your heart, and guide your tongue.

"Have the mind of Christ", see 1 Corinthians 2:16, and Philippians 2:5. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom", see Colossians 3:16, and so your full potential will be unlocked, see Philippians 4:13.

"Venite ad me, omnes, qui laboratis et onerati estis, et ego reficiam vos", Matthew 11:28.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Jesus Saves The Best For The Last

He who knows the beginning knows also the end.

Man's rebellion against God started in Babylon, and it will also end in Babylon. Adam was buried in Jerusalem, and Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive", 1 Corinthians 15:22.

Jesus is the last Adam: "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit", see 1 Corinthians 15:45. If you believe in the resurrection, then you also believe in the rapture - and there is no answer but Jesus Christ.

The first miracle Jesus did was in Cana of Galilee.

But what did Jesus do as His first miracle? Did He heal the sick or did He raise up the dead? No, but Jesus did actually turn water into wine at a wedding feast, see John 2:1 - 11. The governor at the wedding feast said: "Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now", see John 2:10.

Now, why did Jesus turn water into wine as His first miracle? Jesus first miracle to turn water into wine was God's manifestation of the world to come: In the world to come we will have eternal life. In the world to come we will have perfect health. Jesus is the fountain of life, who gives us the "water of life freely", see Revelation 22:17.

Jesus wanted also to show that through Him we can live our earthly lives more abundantly, see John 10:10. He provides us with financial wealth, see Philippians 4:19, like He did to this poor couple who was getting married in Cana, but lacked enough money to buy wine for the wedding feast.

There is, however, one condition for Jesus to help and save us. In the last words of Jesus' mother Mary in the New Testament she tells us what it is: "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it", see John 2:5.

In other words we have to obey Jesus, and why not start to do that immediately, since anyway "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth", see Philippians 2:10. Satan has many names, like Jehovah or Allah or Buddha, but there is only one name which can save us and that is the name of Jesus, see Acts 4:12. There is no salvation outside of the cross of Jesus, return therefore to the Lord Jesus and serve Him only, because Christ meets our every need. "Little children, keep yourselves from idols", see 1 John 5:21, and "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith", see 2 Corinthians 13:5.

The reason why the New Testament has replaced the Old Testament is because the Old Testament is faulty, see Hebrews 8:7.

The Old Testament is the work of fallen angels and dead men, but Jesus is "the author and finisher of our faith", see Hebrews 12:2.

This is the reason why Jesus tells us to "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees", see Mark 8:15.

Jesus explains in John 10:8 that the Old Testament prophets "are thieves and robbers", who came to steal, and to kill, and to destroy the Jewish people, see John 10:10. But Jesus is the physician, who came to heal the sick and to save that which was lost, the lost sheep of the house of Israel, see Matthew 9:12, Luke 19:10, and Matthew 15:24, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly", see John 10:10, and Matthew 1:21.

The body of Moses was a vessel which contained the devil, see Jude 1:9. In the Old Testament the person, who is called Lord is often Satan. Satan is for example the Old Testament God of David, who moved him to number Israel, see 1 Chronicles 21:1, and 2 Samuel 24:1. In the New Testament "God is love", see 1 John 4:16, whereas the Old Testament God creates darkness and evil, see Isaiah 45:7.

This is an explanation why Jesus calls the Old Testament God - the devil, a murderer, and a liar, and the father of lies, see John 8:44. When Satan tempted Jesus, he also quoted the Old Testament, see Luke 4:10 - 11, since Satan rules by religion. Now these things are written as examples for our admonition, see 1 Corinthians 10:11.

There are two laws according to Romans 8:2:

1.The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, and
2. The law of sin and death.

The first of these two laws represents the New Testament. The second of these two laws represents the Old Testament.

The New Testament ministers are thus ministers of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, see
2 Corinthians 3:6. But the Old Testament "ministration of death" is without glory, see 2 Corinthians 3:7, is abolished, see 2 Corinthians 3:13, and done away with in Christ, see 2 Corinthians 3:14.

Now then "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law", see Galatians 3:13, in abolishing "the law of commandments", see Ephesians 2:15. Thus "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth", see Romans 10:4.

The New Testament is symbolically the good wine of the first miracle of Jesus, see John 2:1 - 11, which was entrusted to the Greeks and is preserved by them. Thus the Greeks are symbolically called the "new bottles" in the New Testament, see Matthew 9:17, and Jesus exulted in His coming glorification, see John 12:23. We know that the "salvation is of the Jews", John 4:22, and that "there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek", see Romans 10:12.

However, Jesus saves the best for the last, for in these last days, He promised to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, see Acts 2:17.

"Gratia enim estis salvati per fidem; et hoc non ex vobis, Dei donum est: non ex operibus, ut ne quis glorietur", Ephesians 2:8 - 9.