Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy New Year 2008!

Felix Annus Novus MMVIII vobis sit!

As we enter the new year, the New Testament contains a prophetic foreshadowing of the Lord's imminent return.

2 Peter 3:8 declares that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day".

As Christ was despised, see John 3:26, and since His testimony was rejected by many Jews, see John 3:32, God in mercy turned to the Gentiles, compare with Romans 11:25, "and he abode there two days", see John 4:40.

The Lord Jesus accordingly left Judea, see John 4:3, and departed into "Galilee of the Gentiles", see Matthew 4:15, but then He returned again after two days, see John 4:40.

This is a prophetic foreshadowing of the Second Coming of Christ.

John 4:40 implies that Jesus Christ will return on Earth, after His absence for two thousand years.

When Christ sat on the well at Sychar - the word "Sychar" signifies purchased, see John 4:5 - He spoke to a Samaritan woman of the "gift of God", the "living water", see John 4:10, and compare with John 7:37 - 38. So let it never be forgotten that this "gift of God" costs us nothing, because it cost Him everything.

The Lord God promised after His resurrection to return quickly, see Revelation 22:7, 13 and 20, and compare also with Acts 1:11.

Modern Israel is not much different from Israel 2000 years ago, and it is still heartless indifferent to its heathen neighbors, compare with John 4:9.

The person of Christ - God Himself - is utterly despised in modern Israel, compare with John 8:48, and the testimony of Christ is also still rejected, compare with John 8:13.

Unfortunately the Jewish Priesthood is blinded, compare with John 1:26, and http://ohlundonline.blogspot.com/2007/11/catholic-bishops-barred-from-western.html.

The Sanhedrin is barren, compare with Matthew 23:33, and it leads a spiritually dead and joyless nation, see John 2:3, which is faithless, and is without God and without Temple, see Luke 13:35.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge", was the prophetic utterance of Hosea in Hosea 4:6.

But a new day is dawning, see Romans 11:26: "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance", see Romans 11:29.

How Great our everlasting God is! To everyone who is thirsty, He gives freely of the "fountain of the water of life", see Revelation 21:6 and 22:17.

Christ is our well, our fountain of water, because Jesus is where God meets the sinner, for "no man cometh unto the Father" but by Christ, see John 14:6.

The wilderness, depicts the spiritual state of the unconverted heart, compare with John 4:6.

This well - Jesus Christ - is the place in the wilderness, where God is revealed. Hagar, called it: "the well of him that liveth and seeth me", see Genesis 16:14, and compare with Galatians 4:25.

Christ reveals and manifests God, as He said: "he that hath seen me, hath seen the Father", see John 14:9, and compare with Colossians 1:15 and Hebrews 1:3.

From Genesis 21:17 - 19, we know that God hears, then calls, and finally opens the eyes of the unbeliever, compare with John 20:28.

From Genesis 29:2, we know that three flocks of sheep rest with Christ, compare with John 10:16 and 19:20. It is only in Christ we find rest, see John 14:27.

Your life is hid with Christ in God, see Colossians 3:3. This thing is not known to the world, according to 2 Samuel 17:19. But we should not be ignorant of the Christian believer’s place and portion in Christ, see Romans 8 :17.

Jesus Christ is our well, which provides shelter and protection for God’s people, because without Jesus we can do nothing, see John 15:5.

The time for the Two Witnesses to prophesy in Jerusalem draws near, see Revelation 11:3. "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets", see Amos 3:7.

Christ will come back as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, see Revelation 19:16, with all His saints, see Jude 1:14, and His reward will be with Him, see Revelation 22:12.

After two thousand years of absence, Jesus Christ is finally returning back to Earth, see John 4:40, to rule and reign forever and forever, see Romans 5:17, and Revelation 11:15, 12:5, 20:4 and 22:5.

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place", see 2 Corinthians 2:14.

Watch Jenifer in "Tourner Ma Page", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4NHwWaG_HY.

"Turbae autem, quae praecedebant eum et quae sequebantur, clamabant dicentes: 'Osanna filio David! Benedictus, qui venturus est in nomine Domini! Osanna in altissimis!' ", Matthew 21:9.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

When, Where, And Why Was Jesus Born?

Lex malla, lex nulla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

WHEN WAS JESUS BORN?

While the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December, the actual day of Jesus' birth can from the New Testament text be determined to have occurred in September - October.

Jesus' first coming was indeed on 15 Tishri - the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. The harvest of the Earth, the ingathering of the second coming of Jesus Christ, will also occur on the same date.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth", see John 1:14.

The word in the Hebrew for dwelt is succah, and the name of the Feast of Tabernacles in Hebrew is Sukkot, a festival of rejoicing and celebration.

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us", see Matthew 1:23.

Immanuel means "God with us". God had come to dwell with - or tabernacle on Earth - with His people.

"And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb", see Luke 2:21.

The infant Jesus was circumcised on the eighth and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which was a Sabbath day.

We also know that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the sixth month of Elisabeth's pregnancy of John the Baptist.

"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary", see Luke 1:26 - 27.

Since Jesus was conceived six months after John the Baptist, and since a likely date for John's birth can be established with his father Zacharias course of the Temple priesthood, see Luke 1:5, we need only move six months farther down the Jewish calendar to arrive at a likely date for the birth of Jesus.

In the first 200 years of Christian history, no mention is made of the calendar date of Jesus' birth. Not until the year 336 A.D. do we find the first mention of a celebration of His birth.

During the first three centuries after Christ's life on Earth, the event considered most worthy of commemoration was the date of His death. In comparison, the date of His birth was considered insignificant.

The foundation of the modern Christmas holiday is not a very solid one, and Christ Himself, told us to rather commemorate His death than His birth, see 1 Corinthians 11:23 - 26.

The end is always a new beginning.

Concerning the year of Jesus' birth, Jesus was born while Herod the king was still living, see Matthew 2:1.

Herod died in the spring of 4 B.C., according to the Jewish historian Josephus.

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men", see Matthew 2:16.

Jesus was born in the year 5 B.C., since Jesus was under one year, when Herod actually killed the children "from two years old and under".

This means that Jesus Christ actually was born on September 29, 5 B.C, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, nine months after Divine human life had begun at the conception at Chanukah, the Feast of Lights.

WHERE WAS JESUS BORN?

Thus it has been established that Jesus was born on September 29, 5 B.C.

The next question I will answer is where Christ was born.

Jesus of Nazareth, was known to be a Galilean.

The enemies of Jesus said: "out of Galilee ariseth no prophet", see John 7:52, and compare with John 7:41 - 43.

When Jesus was crucified, "Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS", see John 19:19.

In Mark 1:9 it is written that "Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee".

11 years ago I visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on the West Bank. Then I came to understand that that spot not was the place where Jesus was born.

Bethlehem Ephratah, or Bethlehem of the Ephraimites (the British and the Americans of today), has nothing to do with the "Bethlehem of Judaea", mentioned in Matthew 2:1.

When Christ was born, there was a small village in Galilee, in the Jewish homeland, which was called Bethlehem - "Bethlehem HaGalilit" in Hebrew - which was located close to Nazareth.

Of course it would have been impossible for Mary to travel the long distance of 90 miles or 140 kilometers, from Nazareth on the back of a donkey, being 9 months pregnant, and furthermore to a Bethlehem, which lies on today's West Bank, and which was deserted at the time of Jesus' birth.

Bethlehem in Galilee, on the other hand, existed and was located just seven miles, or 12 kilometers, from Nazareth.

"The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up", see Matthew 4:16.

That Christ would be born in Nazareth is confirmed in the Old Testament, because it is written: "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene", see Matthew 2:23, and compare with Judges 13:5.

A short time after Jesus' death, a strong Christian community was established in Bethlehem in Galilee, at the birth place of Jesus.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Galilee, He ascended up to heaven, and He will in like manner return, see Acts 1:11.

Micah 5:2 is a prophecy concerning Jesse, the father of king David: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting".

This prophecy in Micah has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. The Jews are absolutely correct when they say that Jesus Christ not is the person to whom Micah 5:2 - 4 directly refers.

Thus Christ was born in Bethlehem in Galilee, seven miles, or 12 kilometers, from Nazareth.

WHY WAS JESUS BORN?

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment for Christians of the ancient promise which God made. Everything about Jesus was focused on one thing and it all centers on the coming kingdom of God.

God comes, in Jesus of Nazareth, to be our Savior and to enable and empower our faith.

To accomplish His purposes, God needed to become one of us – He had to become human – so that He could die. In other words: Jesus was born to die.

Jesus was born to rule forever over the coming kingdom of God, see Luke 1:32 - 33, and He understood this.

Shortly before His crucifixion, Christ declared to Pilate: "Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth", see John 18:37.

"And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent", see Luke 4:43.

The reason Jesus was born, was to be King and to rule forever, see Matthew 2:2.

CONCLUSION

Jesus Christ was born on September 29, 5 B.C. - in Bethlehem in Galilee, close to Nazareth in Israel - to rule forever and forever over the coming Kingdom of God.

Watch Lorie in "Sur Un Air Latino", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_9kX6S8zZM.

"Postquam autem traditus est Iohannes, venit Iesus in Galilaeam praedicans evangelium regni Dei et dicens quoniam impletum est tempus, et adpropinquavit regnum Dei; paenitemini et credite evangelio", Mark 1:14 - 15.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas - We Are Promised Universal Restoration!

Res severa est verum gaudium. (Seneca)

Jesus Christ is the Lord: "Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began", see Acts 3:21.

Merry Christmas and enjoy Your each moment to a maximum!

An Asteroid may hit Mars in January.

Right now astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an Asteroid named 2007 WD5 that is expected to cross the orbital path of Mars early next year.

Calculations by NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory indicate that the 164-ft wide Asteroid may pass within 30,000 miles of Mars at about 6 a.m. EST on January 30, 2008, see http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn13129-asteroid-may-hit-mars-in-january.html.

Right now Asteroid 2007 WD5 is about half-way between the Earth and Mars, and closing the distance to Mars at a speed of about 27,900 miles per hour.

If 2007 WD5 were to thump Mars on January 30, 2008, it would hit at about 30,000 miles per hour, and might create a crater more than half-a-mile wide, see http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/21dec_2007wd5.htm.

Mars is very important for our future and as a backup planet, compare with Revelation 21:1.

The Asteroid also eventually threatens the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, see http://marsrover.nasa.gov/home/index.html, compare with Luke 21:25.

Mars is currently without any defense and is thus exposed to high risk from this Asteroid threat.

Another Asteroid could hit Earth February 2019.

Luke 21:11 states: "fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven".

In Luke 21:26 we accordingly read of "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken".

Astronomers are carefully monitoring the Asteroid - the rock is estimated to be 2 kilometers or 1.4 miles wide - to determine whether it is on a collision course with Earth, since it is large enough to destroy a continent on impact.

Initially NASA predicted Worldwide Holiday on February 1, 2019, see http://www.4to40.com/fastforward/index.asp?id=523&category=english.

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken", see Matthew 24:29, and compare with Acts 2:19 - 20 and Hebrews 12:26.

Early calculations indicated there was a risk the Asteroid - known as 2002 NT7 - would hit the Earth on February 1, 2019. But scientists later said that the Asteroid 2002 NT7 not is expected to make a deep impact, but rather to miss the Earth by a whisker.

But what if the Asteroid goes round its orbit again and score a direct hit shortly later? We do not know what that Asteroid is made of and that might influence the way it is affected by the Earth’s gravitational pull.

The Book of Revelation speaks of an Asteroid, which collides with the Earth, see Revelation 8:10 - 11.

Do we have the capability to anticipate an Asteroid impact or to prevent it?

There is really not a whole lot we can do today, because the warning time prior to impact is very short.

And Comets, for example, are found only months before entering the inner solar system.

Most of the options that do not resemble a Hollywood movie involve deflection techniques that require many years of preparation or even decades.

Other than stockpiling food and supplies, and evacuating the regions most likely to be affected, we will have no choice but to hunker down and take the impact.

What levels of impact hazard risk are acceptable or tolerable for our national governments?

Watch Donald Duck, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAHk8nPAa-8.

The will of God is anyway, that all men be saved, see 1 Timothy 2:4, because "God is love", see 1 John 4:8, and "Love worketh no ill", see Romans 13:10.

"Quia et ipsa creatura liberabitur a servitute corruptionis in libertatem gloriae filiorum Dei", Romans 8:21.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Who Will Be Rich In The World To Come?

Pecunia non olet.

In the New Testament, the poor are the objects of God's special concern, not his disregard.

The Pharisees, the followers of the teachings of the Old Testament, meant that poor, diseased, and unfortunate persons, are rejected and accursed by God.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells the story about the poor beggar Lazarus, who was thought by the Pharisees to be cursed by God, because of his poverty and disease, see Luke 16:19 - 31.

But Christ teaches us, that this poor beggar Lazarus is the one who ends up in paradise, and that the rich man of this story is the one, who is sent to be tormented in the flames of hell.

This parable was a warning to the covetous Pharisees - who scoffed at poor people - that they too, like the rich man in the parable, would be engulfed in the flames of hell.

Jesus therefore said to them: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God", see Matthew 19:24.

Prosperous persons should read the New Testament to avoid the rich man's fate of this parable.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus", see Philippians 4:19.

From John 18:36 we know that God's kingdom not is from this world; and watch Lorie in "Je Vais Vite", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlgzQ3pgTxM.

So the question we must ask ourselves is, who will be rich in the world to come?

Jesus commanded His people to make friends by means of unrighteous Mammon, in order for them to be received into God's everlasting habitations, see Luke 16:9.

The reason why Christ calls wealth "mammon of unrighteousess", see Luke 16:9, is because money often is used for unrighteous purposes. We prefer for example to invest in unnecessary wars or in drugs, instead of in food to the hungry, or in health care and education for children.

More and more people in Europe, and right here in Belgium, have lived on social welfare their whole lives, without ever working one single day.

The modern welfare state must of course care for the weak, the poor, and the needy, but without forgetting the basic principle "that if any would not work, neither should he eat", see 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

Economic prosperity is usually a sign of God's special grace, but not necessarily, and compare with 1 Timothy 6:10 and James 5:1 - 6.

"Quodcumque facitis, ex animo operamini sicut Domino et non hominibus, scientes quod a Domino accipietis retributionem hereditatis. Domino Christo servite", Colossians 3:23 - 24.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A New Global Space Exploration Initiative Is Needed

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via. (Seneca)

It is in the long-term interest of humanity to invest more in space exploration.

2 Peter 3:13 highlights the importance that we "look for new heavens and a new earth".

If we have no planet to live on, there will be no need for education, because then there will be no children to educate.

Recent findings show that our planet is in worse shape than feared, and compare with 2 Peter 3:11 - 12.

Luke 17:29 - 30 states that fire and brimstone will rain from heaven and destroy all.

The intensity and the numbers of Earthquakes and Tsunamis are increasing all the time, compare with Matthew 24:7, Revelation 6:14, and Revelation 16:18.

The seas are getting poisoned, the rainwater is polluted and no longer safe to drink due to its acidity. Ultimately all living things in the oceans are doomed to die, see Revelation 16:3.

The polar caps are melting faster and faster. And in a few years, the icemasses of Greenland and the North Pole will totally be gone.

Luke 21:25 warns of "the sea and the waves roaring", and the gospel predicts that the flood will come and take all away, just as in the days of Noah, see Matthew 24:37 - 39.

But do not worry, see Philippians 4:6, because the human civilization is for ever, see Ephesians 3:21.

We will however have to move on to a new planet without sea, see Revelation 21:1.

This planet Earth is our cradle, but not our final destination; watch Worlds Apart in "On Ecrit Sur Les Murs", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWZANc7zLa4&feature=related.

Space exploration is very expensive, but after recent findings on the general state of our planet - concerning global warming, sea level rise, polar reversals due to decreasing weight of the icemasses, and Asteroid threats - I have come to the conclusion that humanity have no choice but to invest much more in space exploration if we want to survive as a species.

Either we can decide to do nothing, stay on this planet, and face extinction like the dinosaurs, or we can decide to move on, and conquer new frontiers.

Furthermore, there is one more reason why we need a backup planet. Since the Moon continues to move further away from the Earth, our planet will loose its gravitational stability and will soon start to oscillate. This will trigger a 3000 meter high seawave, which continually will move around the globe.

We can of course invent a technology, which pushes the Moon back somewhat closer to the Earth.

In order for us to preserve life and civilization on this planet, we need to colonize other planets.

Few Christian believers understand the geographical importance of Israel. But Jesus there effectively showed us where to place the gate to heaven, see Acts 1:10 - 11, and compare with Genesis 28:12.

From the Old Testament, we remember that God's first commandment to man was to be fruitful, and multiply, see Genesis 1:28.

In the New Testament, God's final commandment to man is to colonize space, and to preach the gospel to every creature, see Mark 16:15.

"Nihil solliciti sitis, sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum. Et pax Dei, quae exsuperat omnem sensum, custodiet corda vestra et intellegentias vestras in Christo Iesu", Philippians 4:6 - 7.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Mentis sol amor dei.

"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts", see 2 Peter 1:19.

Of course we should celebrate Christmas!

Christmas, or Christ's Mass, is the day of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, and our walk with Him.

What does the New Testament say then about the Christmas celebration?

At Christmas Christians celebrate the gift of eternal life, see Titus 1:2, which God has purchased for us, wrapped in with His love, and sent to us by the way of the cross.

The Christmas tradition is approved by God, because it inspires people to do good, and it also reminds us of the three wise men, who gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, see Matthew 2:11.

Since we all are children at heart, should we deplore that Christmas has become big business?

Myself, I think we should welcome that many people try to put in extra effort in doing something for other people during Christmas time.

And big business per se should never be deplored, because it feeds many families around the globe.

Since the true spirit of Christmas is generosity and peace, the United Nations should give Israel and Jerusalem back to its 12 tribes according to the will of God, instead of dividing up that little piece of land, thus threatening the whole world with the revenge of an angry God, and of terror and of wars, compare with Acts 1:6, Revelation 6:16 - 17, Revelation 16:16, and Revelation 19:21.

There has always been dissenters, who try to suppress Christian customs and victories. Let them be ignored.

For many persons Christmas is a magical season, which brings families and friends together, and when many get away on vacation.

Christmas is thus not only about the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. But it is the celebration of His birth.

We should be very thankful and mindful of this great gift from God to us all: "his face did shine as the sun", see Matthew 17:2, "and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength", see Revelation 1:16.

Listen to Luciano Pavarotti and Trisha Yearwood in "Adeste Fideles", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MYQneoYhYY&feature=related.

"Gloria in altissimis Deo,
et in terra pax in hominibus bonae voluntatis",
Luke 2:14.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

How Old Will We Be In Heaven?

Mater artium necessitas.

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God", see 1 Corinthians 2:9 - 10.

Heaven will be a great surprise for many, but human beings have no excuse for their unbelief, because creation is very powerful in its ability to reveal God.

For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, see Romans 1:20, and compare with John 1:3, 10.

The Lord God is the one, only, and living true God, compare with Mark 12:29 and John 17:3.

"For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him", see Luke 20:38.

An interesting question is how old we will be in eternity and in heaven.

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known", see 1 Corinthians 13:12.

As believers, we know that we will see our Saviour, Who died for us on the cross.

The instant we open our eyes on the other side, we will instantly know exactly who Jesus is.

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord", see 2 Corinthians 5:8.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is", see 1 John 3:2.

Christ died at approximately 33 years of age. Therefore all of us will have eternal youth - since we shall be like Him - as we come back after the rapture, compare with Jude 1:14 and Revelation 19:14, to rule and reign with Christ forever and ever, see Revelation 22:5.

At the rapture our physical bodies will undergo a transformation, for we shall all be changed, see 1 Corinthians 15:51.

"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality", see 1 Corinthians 15:42-53.

Christ said: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you", see John 14:2.

When Jesus got the question if humans will have wives in heaven, He answered: "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven", see Matthew 22:29 - 30; watch Kaoma in "Lambada", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AfTl5Vg73A.

Christians should follow the example of John the Baptist and decrease in self-reliance, and instead increase in reliance on Jesus Christ, compare with John 3:30.

Jesus is the perfect and outstanding example of obedience and submission, see Hebrews 5:7 - 8.

When we seek to model ourselves after Christ, consumed more with God and less with ourselves, we will find the mysteries of heaven revealed to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad", see Luke 8:17.

Everything You need to know about anything, has already been given to You through the Holy Spirit.

"Carissimi, nunc filii Dei sumus, et nondum apparuit quid erimus; scimus quoniam, cum apparuerit, similes ei erimus, quoniam videbimus eum, sicuti est", 1 John 3:2.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Why Does The New Testament Condemn Homosexuality?

Sua cuique voluptas. (Ovid)

If God loved sinners He would not send them into the furnace of His eternal wrath, see Revelation 20:15.

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ", see 1 Thessalonians 5:9.

God is perfectly displeased with the sinner. The sinner hates God, disobeys God, is ungrateful to God for all His favors, and would kill God if he could.

According to the New Testament, the sinner is "dead in trespasses and sins", see Ephesians 2:1.

The sinner is a child of disobedience, a servant of the devil, se Ephesians 2:2, since he is the slave of sin, compare with John 8:34.

Even in the Old Testament God has no complacent love for the sinner at all. According to Psalm 139:22, God hates sinners "with perfect hatred".

If Jesus loves sinners, He would love the sin in itself as well, and would even justify it.

"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?", see Romans 2:4.

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth", see Hebrews 12:6.

We know that the New Testament condemns same-sex couples and homosexuality:

"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet", see Romans 1:26 - 27.

The Christian life gives us freedom, but we should not abuse it.

The New Testament teaches us that there are things more important than democracy and freedom.

In 1 Corinthians 6:12 it is stated: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any", compare with 1 Corinthians 10:23.

Historically, Christian Churches have regarded homosexual sex as sinful. But 1 Corinthians 10:29 asks the question: "why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?".

We can answer that question with another question, because AIDS is a deadly disease for which there is no cure.

Since homosexuality poses a dangerous public health risk, why is it even in the Churches nowadays being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents?

Compare with extremely painful religious methods of animal slaughter - such as the Jewish shechita and the Islamic dhabh - which cause severe and unnecessary suffering to animals before death, and which leave the defenseless animals bleeding to death.

Why not use existing more modern and human methods when slaughtering animals?

The reason we should outlaw kosher and halal is because we should not let doctrines of Satan dictate animal suffering, compare with Matthew 10:29.

"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit", see Matthew 7:18.

And if we want to protect our animals from extreme suffering, how much more humans then, from exposure to a deadly disease like AIDS, compare with Matthew 10:31.

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place", see 2 Corinthians 2:14.

You cannot run from God. It is a race You cannot win. Listen to Alizée in "A Contre Courant", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkpuIk0fYO4&NR=1.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid", see John 14:27.

"Dixitque ad illos: 'Videte et cavete ab omni avaritia, quia non in abundantia cuiusquam vita eius est ex his quae possidet' ", Luke 12:15.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Are You Born Again?

Gloriosum est iniurias oblivisci.

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation", see 2 Peter 3:3 - 4.

At a first glance the New Testament seems to be about gloom and doom.

In the New Testament we hear about the great tribulation, sorrows, birthpangs, wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, scorching heat, the sea and the waves roaring, terrors from heaven, final judgment, and people "beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God", see Revelation 20:4.

Jesus hates mediocrity. He said: "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth", see Revelation 3:16.

Victims should be defended and not punished.

Jesus stated that His mission is to "preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised", see Luke 4:18.

We know that the world is without end, see Ephesians 3:21, and that Christians have eternal life, since the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus.

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

An evil contingent within the Jewish nation influenced the Romans to put Christ to death. And Islam claims that Jesus never got crucified!

But Jesus said: "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again", see John 10:17. Christ continued: "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again", see John 10:18.

It has been estimated that by the time Stephen was martyred, see Acts 7:60, the Jerusalem Church consisted of no fewer than 20.000 persons. This is said to have represented more than one-third of the estimated 55.000 citizens in Jerusalem at that time.

The Babylonian Talmud is a commentary on Jewish laws composed between A.D. 500 - 600.

Therein is a text about Jesus’ death. The Tractate Sanhedrin 43a contains this passage:

"Jesus was hanged on Passover Eve. Forty days previously the herald had cried: 'He is being led out for stoning, because he has practiced sorcery and led Israel astray and enticed them into apostasy. Whosoever has anything to say in his defense, let him come and declare it'. As nothing was brought forward in his defense, he was hanged on Passover Eve".

The Chief Priests and the Pharisees disliked the many miracles Jesus did, see John 11:47.

We know that Jesus healed people who were lame and even both blind and mute, He raised dead people like Lazarus, He transformed water to wine, fed thousands of people on a few breads, and changed the climate. Jesus also walked on water and cast out devils.

Jesus ultimately "gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works", see Titus 2:14.

And Jesus said unto the believers: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you", see Matthew 17:20. "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full", see John 16:23 - 24.

Jesus proclaimed: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do", see John 14:12.

We know that Jesus is God, see for example John 14:9 and 1 John 5:20.

But why was the Chief Priests and Pharisees, who condemned Jesus in order for the Word to be fulfilled, so afraid of the power of God?

One explanation is found in Revelation 11:6. Believing Christians, like the Two Witnesses, "have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will".

In God's Word it is already explained that the minister of God is "the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil", see Romans 13:4.

Jesus came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly, see John 10:10. The Antichrist on the other hand is sometimes called "Death", see Revelation 6:8, because his aim is to extinguish all life universally, both that of man and that of beast.

"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened", see Matthew 24:22.

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death", see 1 Corinthians 15:26.

During World War II around 64 million people died.

Since I was born, the world population has grown with 4 billion people, to around 6.7 billion people today.

Unfortunately, there is no way for this generation to escape WWIII. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh", see Luke 21:28.

However, everybody should understand that the world and life will go on forever. "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man", see Luke 21:36.

What lies ahead in a few years time will be a rough ride, but it will not be the end, because the world is without end, see Ephesians 3:21, for "God is love", see 1 John 4:16.

Humanity will always progress, and with the Lord God in its midst, see Revelation 20:9, because "the government shall be upon his shoulder", see Isaiah 9:6.

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations", see Revelation 12:5, and compare with Luke 1:32 - 33; listen to BWO in "Give Me The Night", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdEaWoURaHQ&feature=related.

To be a Christian means to master the elements, and to follow the goodness of God: "to be zealous of good works".

With perfect mastery comes the power to execute judgment, and if necessary ultimately to destroy a person, a city, or even a nation, with faithful prayer. This is called: "the terror of the Lord", see 2 Corinthians 5:11, and compare with Jude 1:15.

This power is handed over to the Christian believers: "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?", see 1 Corinthians 6:2, and compare with Luke 22:30.

You are Your own worst enemy. The most difficult thing to master is the self with selfdiscipline. This is the reason why we must be born again by the renewing of our spirit, see John 3:5 and Romans 12:2.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance", see 2 Peter 3:9.

God is not interested in killing nonbelievers, but compare with Luke 19:27, because God is forgiving and merciful, and He really wants all men to be saved, since He came to save that wich was lost, see Luke 19:10, and compare with Revelation 14:16.

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth", see 1 Timothy 2:3 - 4.

"Tunc respondebit illis dicens: 'Amen dico vobis: Quamdiu non fecistis uni de minoribus his, nec mihi fecistis'. Et ibunt hii in supplicium aeternum, iusti autem in vitam aeternam", Matthew 25:45 - 46.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

For Christians, Jerusalem Is "The Holy City"

Deo Optimo Maximo.

While Jerusalem is the holiest site in Judaism, some people ignore that Jerusalem is "The Holy City" for Christians as well. In The New Testament, in Revelation 11:2, Jerusalem accordingly is called "the holy city".

And in Revelation 20:9 Jerusalem is called "the beloved city".

Of course Israel have legal right to the "Holy Land". But what often is forgotten in the popular debate is that the Jewish people only is made up of the tribe of Judah.

But there are also 11 other Israeli tribes and their legal right should not be forgotten.

And as a matter of fact, the legal right for all Christians to the "Holy Land" should be taken into consideration, compare with Revelation 12:1. For all Christians are joint-heirs with Christ, see Romans 8:17.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday reiterated his rejection of Israel's demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

I can understand Abbas, because to demand that Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state, is the equivalent of demanding that Europe should be recognized as a Greek state.

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said failure to negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians would spell the end of the State of Israel.

But compare with Joel 3:2, which states: "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land".

Olmert warns of a "South African-style struggle", which Israel will lose if a Palestinian state not is established, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7118937.stm.

Sadly enough, Olmert cannot grasp how important faithfulness is to God. God will never break His Word, compare with Titus 1:2.

Jesus explained just how severe the world troubles are to become, threatening everyone on Earth with extinction: "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened", see Matthew 24:22.

What ultimately is true, according to the New Testament, is that the Lord God has chosen the Christians to be a people for Himself, see 1 Peter 2:9 - 10, and compare with Deuteronomy 14:2.

Without Jesus Christ, the Jewish people will continue to be unable to do anything important, see John 15:5, and compare with Romans 2:9.

The end of WWII was unfortunately not the end of the Holocaust, but only the end of the beginning of these sad sorrows called "The Holocaust", see Matthew 24:8.

More Christians should tell the truth about this, instead of running in and out of Churches!

A couple of centuries ago, the majority of the population in the Holy Land was made up of Christians. In recent years this have tragically changed rather dramatically.

But for Christians, Jerusalem still is "The Holy City", where the Lord God Jesus lived, preached, died, and was resurrected.

Christmas time is approaching and Elijah is still out there searching for Moses, who is dead and buried, see Deuteronomy 34:7, and compare with Jude 1:9.

When the witnessing against the Antichrist starts, Elijah will bring his mantle and the staff of Moses to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, see Revelation 11:3.

It will certainly be a grandious spectacle when the 2nd witness simultaneously takes his stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem - for the 1260 days of witnessing for the risen Lord God Jesus - armored with the New Testament in Latin, the Sword of Esau, and the White Eagle of Romulus; and listen to Gilbert Becaud in "Et Maintenant", http://www.malhanga.com/musicafrancesa/et_maintenant-video/index.html.

Christ supplies all our need, but of course not our greed, see Philippians 4:19.

This is the gospel of wealth: " For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich", see 2 Corinthians 8:9.

"And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs", see Revelation 14:20.

"Carissimi, omnem sollicitudinem faciens scribendi vobis de communi vestra salute, necesse habui scribere vobis, deprecans supercertari semel traditae sanctis fidei", Jude 1:3.