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Blog for Podcast #87 (A harsh message)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

This is going to be a difficult message today. Not a study, a message. As I have stated before and as per my handle. I am a dreamer of dreams per Acts 2:17

Acts 2:17 – ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

I am an old man and I have been having dreams from God for decades. At times they can be harsh, and this is one of those times. Most likely many will be offended by what is to follow, but I have prayed and sought verification and received it before actual doing what I am doing now.

First and foremost, as the first four words of the afore mentioned verse must be said again.

“In the last days.”

This must become something that must be accepted by those that continue to listen or read what is to follow. Paul prophesied this to Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

For clarity’s sake I will restate verse 5 in the KJV:

2 Timothy 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We will return to this later. But now we must make it clear that there will be a rapture. One that Jesus Christ Himself predicted:

Matthew 24:36-44 – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. 42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Key elements that are stated here from the Olivet discourse.

  • No human or angel knows when Christ will return. Only God knows.
  • The behavior of the people will be like they were when Noah was building the Ark.
  • Genesis 6:5 – The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.
  • The clear image of a rapture event is described by Jesus.
  • Matthew 24:40-41 – “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.”

So, any that have said that the rapture has occurred in any form, or that there will be no rapture, at the time these words are being written down, are false teachers and are cursed per Galatians 1:6-9. The behavior shown in 2 Timothy 3 is considered evil for it shows the behavior of those people just before the return of Jesus Christ and thus are like the days of Noah.

Now to the next level of this message.

It must be made perfectly clear that the mentality of most that have walked upon this earth since before Christ Jesus took the form of a man to walk amongst humanity has truly never changed. Even with the influence of the Bible in effect at this time. Why? Because of this prediction from Daniel:

Daniel 7:23 – Then he said to me, “This fourth beast is the fourth world power that will rule the earth. It will be different from all the others. It will devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path.”

This mentality of the Roman empire is what caused the Crusades. It is what caused the conquest of the Americas. One of the key elements that this beast has placed upon the minds of people throughout the centuries is the need to be rich and to establish a legacy. To have their name continue throughout the centuries. Be it through offspring or a place in history.

A key element of this statement about legacy was first shown with Caesar. This man’s name became the name all those that followed him in rule of the Roman Empire adopted.

Per the Bible what does it say about names and history of this world.

Revelation 2:17 – “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.

Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

So, any seeking a “legacy” is stating that they are greater than God and deserve to have their name remembered above His and for all time.

Another key element. The seeking of riches.

Christ said this about worldly treasures:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

The darkness being referred to here is the darkness that comes from this beast prophesied in Daniel.

But what else does the Bible say about money:

1 Timothy 6:3-10 – Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

And this:

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

And:

1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

“True life” is the eternal life that is yet to come. Therefore, any who seek after wealth do not know the Bible. For it is made clear that we are to get rid of all wealth if it has been cursed upon us. This wealth is a test to see if we love God or if we love money. Most fail this test. The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we should do our best to get rid of any money that goes above and beyond that needed to live a basic lifestyle.

This discussion of money now leads us to the harsh part of this message. Due to the fact that for centuries people have sought after riches here on earth they are in actuality worshipping that money, thus hating God and His Son Jesus Christ. For Jesus Christ made that very clear in Matthew 6:24:

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Then if God is not “blessing” them with riches and telling them they are “Christian” and going to heaven. Who is?

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

If you doubt this look at the wording used in Luke 4:

Luke 4:5-8 – Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’”

“I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please.”

Wealth and riches are Satan’s to do with as he pleases.

Yet millions who call themselves “Christian” and live in wealth. And how do they act?

2 Timothy 3:2 – For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.

“For people will love only themselves and their money”

Then they must sell off their possessions and wealth if they wish to truly serve Jesus. But will they?

Three times this very subject is described in three of the gospels. It is the story of the young rich man, who lived a “Christian” aka religious life. But what was his response?

 Mark 10:21-22 – Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

And Christ’s explanation He gave to the disciples?

Mark 10:25 – In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Christ also says this:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

And this:

John 14:15 – “If you love me, obey my commandments.

And later in John 15 after stating those that are unfruitful Christians will be cast into the fire Jesus Christ says this:

John 15:10-12 – When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

And how did Christ Jesus show His love?

He humbled Himself to the point of dying the dishonorable death upon the cross for His love for us.

To love others is to guarantee they do not suffer. This is done by giving most of our worldly riches away and living only with what meets our needs. If all that call themselves “Christian” actual did this. There would be no suffering in this world at this time.

Most currently believe they are on the narrow path, but they hold onto and horde their wealth and their possessions. They believe with all their heart they will experience the rapture. Most at this time will have an experience when the rapture does occur. But it will be as a witness to the event. Not a participant.

How can I say this?

Revelation 7:9-10 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language.”

These are those that will hold onto their riches or be seeking after it and believe they are going into heaven and now live. As well as those that had originally rejected God and His Son but will then accept the reality of God and turn to His Son. Again, how can this be said:

Revelation 7:13-14 – Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

“These are the ones who died in the great tribulation.”

This is the great revival. Yet they must pay the price for this revival by refusing the mark of the antichrist and accepting martyrdom. They must cause their own blood to be spilled upon the ground for their acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is their salvation and know that they must suffer greatly. All because they first refused to obey His commandments to love others as they love themselves. They will do this because they witnessed those few that had truly followed the rough and narrow path and left them behind. As those that had been true to God meet His Son in the clouds above as they go to partake of the wedding feast.

Matthew 25:10-12 – “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

And the only way Christ will know them is for them to spread the truth of the Word of God and to die the martyr’s death for His glory and His alone.

The Bible shows most will reject what has been presented here today. However, I have still done as I have been led to do by the Holy Spirit. Will I too be a witness to the rapture or a participant only time will give us that answer.

Think and ponder your own life and fate, and I will seek to do the same in mine. I will honor God through His Son my Savior Jesus Christ and follow and do what the Holy Spirit tells me to do. For the time is near for Christ to return, and this message is one of the final warnings.

Matthew 25:6 – “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’

Amen.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #86 (The right side of the green)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

There are times when I hear people say that they are glad they woke up this morning. They also say that they are glad they are on the right side of the grass. So, they are celebrating the fact that they are living in this temporal plain of existence. They desire to be within this short one hundred years God has given us to decide where it is we truly wish to exist. Here or in the promised eternal life that we are yet to encounter. The Bible says this about the mentality of those that are upon the right path towards God through Jesus Christ and thus toward eternity.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

“While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.”

Let this sink in a bit.

When someone welcomes the fact that they awaken to a new day they are not thinking in a manner consistence to the teachings of the Bible. In fact, they are thinking opposite.

As the verses say we do not seek an earthly death to happen quickly. For we know that as long as we live, we have a task to perform for God through our Savior Jesus Christ. Or that we are not living our lives correct. More and more I am coming to the conclusion it is the latter of these two options.

For most live their lives seeking their worldly rewards instead of their heavenly rewards which is counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

When comparing these verses to the first verses we started today with. When someone gladly awakens they are actually in darkness. For we as the children of God are to now live in light.

Ephesians 5:1-21 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.”

Carefully determining what pleases God is to seek to not only live our lives righteously, but to help other to see. For many live in darkness and are unaware of it as was witnessed by the wording Jesus Christ uses.

“But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

The reason we know we are living in the age of the lukewarm Christian is the mere fact that those that profess to being “Christian” seek after and or live in luxuries and do not seek to help others to find their way to God through Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

Two key statements were made here. So, we will look at these two in the KJV.

First:

2 Timothy 3:2 – For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

And second:

2 Timothy 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The implication here is that these are people that go into the buildings called churches. For they see themselves as godly, but their actions and behavior state otherwise. For they seek only to gather their own riches unto themselves and ridicule what actually is instructed to us by God. These are the lukewarm. And this is what Jesus Christ said about them:

Revelation 3:15-17 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

We are told to not associate with these, which is one of the major factors of why I do not go to the buildings called “churches.” For most within them live the lives of the lukewarm. Not seeking to please God, but themselves instead. This is the mentality of those that are glad to awaken to a new day in this temporal plain of existence, that is like the blink of an eye to what we are promised by God Himself when it comes to the life we are to live.

What is the most sad about this, is that we are all promised eternal bodies. Actual physical bodies as was shown in 2 Corinthians 5. For those that go down the narrow and difficult path. The narrow gate will lead to eternal life in the service of our Creator the Lord God. However, for those that deny God as will as those that believe they are living for God when in reality they are living for themselves. Will be on the highway to damnation and will find their earthly rewards added up to nothing but to stand before the Great White Throne Judgement saying:

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Now as I have shown in previous podcasts none can truly prophesies, cast out demons, or perform miracles without having been saved. Yet Jesus Christ will deny them. I have shown how they turned their backs upon Christ and returned to the world and their first and true love – themselves. These are amongst those that welcome a new day here in this temporal realm.  These are the ones that do not store up their treasures in heaven per Matthew 6:19-24.

For as was shown from the first verses we covered today from 2 Corinthians 5. Those that truly are in the service of God desire to be in His presence, and only tolerate their earthly tents, which are their aging bodies.

They know that God either still has a task for them to fulfill or that in some way they are still living in sin. Therefore, they must strive to learn what it is they need to do to fix their lives in order to please God.

To most at this time that live in sin, it is the fact that they horde their earthly treasures unto themselves and so not give it to those in need, as was explained to the young rich man (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30).

Whenever something within the Bible is stated two or three times it is a witness against the reader of the Bible.

2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

Three times we see Jesus Christ tell those that seek to keep their riches and possessions that it will be impossible for them to enter into heaven, unless they surrender their wealth. And then seek to be truly one of His disciples.

When this is done. We will not wake up saying thank you to God for another day in this temporal realm of existence. But praying what can I do for you today dear Lord God and Father of my Savior Jesus Christ. For it appears I have not yet earned my eternal house in your presence and must continue to live in this ragged tent.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #85 (The Biblical teaching of the mask and also what foods to eat)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

There has been a debate going on for some time now about how those that call themselves “Christians” should respond to wearing a mask. In my own opinion I concluded to follow my faith in the Lord. But that is a human outlook. This is something that has still bothered me, but God led me to the final answer to this issue in what else but where everything is addressed, from the Word of God. This is the teaching that any that are pastors or ministers should have taught months ago.

These are the verses I was led to:

1 Corinthians 10:23-33 – You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. 25 So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.” 27 If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience. 28 (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you. 29 It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? 30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it? 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. 33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

First off let us look at verse twenty-three in the KJV, for this is one of the times where I believe the NLT has gone too far in its translation. Why I say this is that most modern translation do not include all or expand in what is being said. The NLT is not the only new translation that does this, but it is not the worst. The worst and so should not be read is the New International Verse or NIV. This translation has over 50 errors within it that cause people to think and belief differently than what the KJV has taught for centuries and so falls under the curse of Galatians 1:6-9.

But semi back on topic:

1 Corinthians 10:23 – All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

When taken in context with the KJV verse. It shows we are to stay within the boundaries of the Biblical laws that pass the litmus test of Matthew 22:37-40:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Now let me paraphrase this in the mask issue.

Since we put our trust and faith in God through Jesus Christ our Savior. We can do anything within the law, and since a mandate is not a law, we do not need or are required to wear a mask. For the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, including viruses. If you enter a place and out of their fear demands you wear a mask, wear a mask for their sake. It does not matter to you but to them. So, either way you are glorifying God for you know it has no meaning to you since you are a child of God. I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

This is the bottom line as I see it. Those that fear the virus fear death itself. However, if you know you are one with Christ and a servant of God you have no fear of death. Then why do they fear death?

The answer is simple. They fear to stand in the presence of God. This goes to Christ’s teaching of where is your treasures stored.

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Most in the temporal realm we live in store their treasures here. As a result, they fear to lose them. For they know there is no treasures stored in heaven. This means one of two things. They are either not saved or their thinking they are but have not been storing their treasures in the right place. As a result, they fear death.

None who truly know and understand the Bible and have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior fear death.

None.

They are ready to stand before God’s throne at any moment and accept the fact that when the call comes, which will most likely be death is something they await. If the call does not come, they know they still have a mission to fulfill for God here upon this earth. Be it fixing something in their own lives or by helping others to come to accept Christ as their Savior. They seek out to find what it is they are to do that falls within the teachings of the Bible and so seek to do the will of God. Aided by the Holy Spirit.

Any who fear death, fear God, and so are not in the right place with God.

This does not mean to seek to kill yourself if you believe you are right with God. This also does not mean to celebrate the fact that you awaken to a new day here in this temporal realm of existence. All that means is that God is still using you if you have no fear of death. However, if there is that fear in your life you need to fix your own relationship with Jesus Christ.

This fear of death goes with food as well. Which is the original context of these verses that we began this Bible study with today. Those that insist upon Organic food. That are Vegan, or Vegetarian. Or whatever other choices out there that deny you some part of God’s creation to use as sustenance are living in sin if they call themselves “Christian” as well. Why do I say this? Because they are fulfilling prophecy that shows that we are in the end-times.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

“For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.”

This goes not only for food but viruses as well.

As is shown here though these people have turned their backs upon the true Word of God, if they had been born again, which is shown can and will happen. As is witnessed here:

2 Peter 2:20-22 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

No one can “turn away from the true faith,” unless they are first a child of God through accepting Christ as their Savior. And it is made clear that these teachings that say you cannot eat this or you cannot eat that come from deceptive spirits and from demons. Those things that fell from heaven with Satan. Let us look at verse two of 1 Timothy in the KJV:

1 Timothy 4:2 – Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Conscience – G4893 – suneidésis – co-perception, that is, moral consciousness.

Seared with a hot iron – G2743 – kautériazó – to brand (cauterize), that is by implication to render unsensitive.

Part of being one with Jesus Christ is having empathy for others. The loss of this empathy is a sign of a loss of salvation, which will lead to haughtiness. This again leads us to a prophetic statement made to Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

We are told to avoid people that behave in this manner. But we are told again to avoid a certain type of people.

Titus 3:9-11 – Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. 10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. 11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 – When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

One of the greatest failings of the Christian community has been the removal of those that live in sin and are kept within the group. Their love for the human that is living in sin. Their desire to try and fix them. The thing is, we cannot fix others. The only person that we can “fix” is ourselves by striving to have a relationship with Jesus Christ through coming to know and understand the Bible.

Another aspect that is a contributing factor in today’s society is money. For these Christian communities go to buildings called “churches.” Where there is a need for money to keep this building. The need to pay taxes on it and the land. The need to pay salaries. It has been this way for centuries. This is why those that openly sin are not removed. Because those that live in sin gain in worldly rewards. Rewards that in most cases take the shape of money.

I had already mentioned the first part of our worldly treasures for Matthew 6 but let us continue.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

What else does it say about money in the Christian community. I will continue in 1 Timothy chapter six:

1 Timothy 6:6-10 – But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 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. (KJV)

It is these treasures here on earth that causes people to fear death. For they have lost their way and say they are following God, but in reality, they are not. They have placed all their treasures here in this temporal realm that only lasts in a blink in the eye compared to the reality we are promised.

Yes, we are promised an eternity in living bodies in a new universe on a new earth.

Revelation 21:1 – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

1 Corinthians 15:53-54 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

But to put on the immortal we must surrender the earthly the corruptible, but most forget this and return to that which makes them happy and content here in this corrupted realm we live within.

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

This fear of food and the fear of a virus has revealed to the world those that fear death and thus fear eternity. Why?

Because the eternity they fear may be that which they fear the most. Which is why they live in fear and desire to live for only a few decades instead of desiring to live for multiple millennia. For the Bible makes it very clear that most will go down the wide and easy path instead of the narrow and difficult one.

Those that do not fear death are most likely those that are walking the narrow path.

Ponder and think,

God Bless

Blog for podcast #84 (The eye of the needle [a look at the rapture])


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Today I wish to look at the Rapture. Just for clarification’s sake I will say this and get it over with. There has not been a rapture at the time this is written. So those that say there has been, in any form, are teaching a false gospel. There will be a rapture, and again for the sake of making things clear I believe there will be multiple raptures, for there is evidence of this within the Bible. So, I am what is called a person that believes in the theory of a partial-rapture.

A thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 – For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15 – “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

No human will ever be told when our Lord Jesus Christ will return. Several generations have come and gone awaiting His return, but it has not yet happened. But we are told to be always ready and to live our lives as if it were to happen at any moment. As is seen in last verse which was just said.

The clothes referred to in verse fifteen of the sixteenth chapter of Revelation. Are not tangible clothes, but the white robes of salvation, as is witnessed in the letter to Sardis:

Revelation 3:4 – “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.”

This is exemplified in the last letter to the churches, which in reality describes the state of mind of most that profess to being “Christian” at this very moment:

Revelation 3:15-20 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”

The eye of the needle

Jesus Christ made if very clear how we are to approach Him and be prepared for His return in these lukewarm times we now live within. Yet most refuse to acknowledge this order.

Luke 14:25-33 – A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ 31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

“So, you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”

As I said this last sentence most out there that are now living a lukewarm life and do not believe that Jesus Christ is being literal about this, but He is. For this is not the only time we are told by Him to do this. First off, we need to establish an important point.

2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

Consequently, when the Bible states something two to three or more times. It is the truth and must be followed. I have just shown you once where it states we are to get rid of our worldly goods. Now I will show two more times.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Mark 10:17-22 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 22 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus Christ has made it very clear that we are to get rid of our worldly possessions once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Yet most in this world that profess to being “Christian.” Especially those in what is called “wealthy countries,” live their lives in luxuries. Refusing to get rid of their wealth. Therefore, they are living their lives contrary to what Jesus Christ Himself has told them to do. They are walking away from Him in sadness like the young rich man.

As a result, they are not clothed in white robes, but are in actuality naked.

Returning to Mark 10 Jesus goes on to explain something few actually see from this encounter with the young rich man:

Mark 10:23-31 – Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

What needs to be keyed in upon in these verses is this:

“In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

What was a camel used for in the time when Jesus Christ first walked upon this temporal plain of existence?

The answer: they were used to transport merchandise. They were used to transport worldly possession, wealth and luxuries.

We also need to understand one other point. Is the “eye of the needle.”

This was an actual gate in the walls into Jerusalem. The camel had to have the merchandise removed from its back and then would be made to get onto its knees and then was forced by the camel drivers through the small opening in the wall.

Where else is something narrow and small?

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

For only a few, like the twelve disciples, will be willing to surrender everything. Which leads us to the next part of today’s study.

The sounding of a trumpet.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

As you can see it is more than just a sounding of a trumpet. What is most important is that it will be a sound that is heard all over the world at that exact same time. None will be able to deny it occurs. Then those who were victorious and were awake at the moment this happens will be gone from the face of this earth. (Matthew 24:37-44; Luke 17:26-37)

Most believe that they will be included within these numbers. However, that is the furthest thing from the truth. This first coming of Jesus Christ, will as was shown earlier. Be like a thief in the night. Most will be unprepared and will be standing spiritual naked before God, and so will be left standing here upon the earth. In shock and bewilderment. That they, who were so righteous in their own eyes, were not taken into the heaven to be with who they thought was their Savior. This first rapture will lead to the next, which will be three and a half years later and will consist of billions of people from all over the globe. How do I know this?

Revelation 7:9-14 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

These are the once that were left behind. Even of these there will be those that still reject Jesus Christ and will accept the mark and the chip.

 Revelation 13:16-17 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Many who would rather have their luxuries will take the mark and be lost forever. However, there will be those that had rejected God that will now turn to Him and accept the death of the martyrs and will stand before the throne of God at the middle of the tribulation at the second rapture. Then there will be a third rapture which is promised to the Jewish people just before Jesus Christ returns to set foot upon the Mount of Olives once again. (Daniel 12:1-3) For once the last martyr dies the antichrist will be allowed to fully be revealed for the last human being with the Holy Spirit within them will be dead, which will cause the second rapture to occur. For the Holy Spirit must be removed from the earth. (2 Thessalonians 2:7) That can only be done by the removal of any who have the Holy Spirit within them.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #79 (I do not take the words of men but the I listen to the words of God.)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

In a recent exchange I had on Facebook where I post links to my podcasts. The person stated a list of names of all these important people within religion and how their point of view should not be doubted or questioned.

My reply to him was simple. I do not place my belief in anything any humans say. I listen only to the words of Jesus Christ. I then pointed out this verse:

2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

Which has its foundation here:

Deuteronomy 19:15 – “You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

I then stated that I had shown three times Jesus Christ Himself stated salvation can be lost. (John 15:1-6; Matthew 7:21-23 and 25:1-13.

I could also have stated Revelation 3:1-6 and 3:15-16.

That is nearly double the required witness needed from the words spoken by Jesus Christ Himself to end any argument. However, it is still argued.

Why?

Because people do not wish to end their own “godhood.” They do not wish to surrender to the Scriptures.

Proverbs 30:1-9 – The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. 2 I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. 3 I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. 4 Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name—and his son’s name? Tell me if you know! 5 Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.  6 Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar. 7 O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. 8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Two key elements emerge in these verses. The most important:

“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.”

The second:

“First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.”

Let us explore this second point further before we return to the more important verses.

So let us look at verse 8 in the KJV:

Proverbs 30:8 – Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Vanity – H7723 – shav – in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive); literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjectively), uselessness (as deceptive; objectively; also adverbially in vain) uses include false (-ly), lying, vain, vanity, emptiness.

  1. Guile – insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity. – Dictionary.com

Convenient – H2706 – choq – something prescribed or owed, necessary.

Do not seek after things that will cause a person to be vain. Possessions, and those possessions that go well beyond a need like just enough to cover our nakedness and shelter us from the weather. but also, not to lie. Not to be rich for being rich will cause people to deny God. Only seek enough to meet a person’s needs.

Therefore, people do not wish to accept that salvation can be lost. Because then they would have to acknowledge God. Why? Because they do not wish to surrender their vanity. Their expensive home that is too big for them. That is filled with the possessions that are idols to their true god… themselves.

They embrace the lie of once saved always saved for they do not wish to accept that they of all people would be rejected by God.

Vanity – the fact that you are too interested in your appearance or achievements per Cambridge dictionary.

So let us now move on to the more important verses this time in the KJV:

Proverbs 30:5-6 – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

So as shown in the verses from Matthew, John, and Revelation. Then those that insist upon once saved always saved, have added to the word’s of God.

Let us now turn once again to Galatians:

 Galatians 1:6-10 – I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. 8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. 10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Those that teach the doctrine of once saved always saved are seeking to win the approval of people not God. and so have cursed themselves:

“Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.”

Now I know this was Paul who wrote these words, but what words did Peter teach. Someone who walked and talked in person with Jesus:

2 Peter 2:1-9 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment. 5 And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood. 6 Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day. 9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.

Just so we understand each other let us read verse one of this chapter in the KJV:

2 Peter 2:1 -But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Peter verifies the words of Jesus Christ. That those that were born again and had accepted Christ as their Savior. Turned their backs upon Him to teach false doctrines. For all they were after was money for their own idolatry, and so they have deceived many into following their twisted versions of the Bible to be cursed by God Himself.

Again, this is not me saying this. This is the Bible saying it.

Already people will be throwing out verse after verse of God’s undying love for all. I have never questions these scriptures ever. Yet how many have read the book of Hosea.

Hosea 1:2 – When the LORD first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the LORD and worshiping other gods.”

Hosea 3:1 – Then the LORD said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the LORD still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.”

Hosea 4:1-4 – Hear the word of the LORD, O people of Israel! The LORD has brought charges against you, saying: “There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land. 2 You make vows and break them; you kill and steal and commit adultery. There is violence everywhere—one murder after another. 3 That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing. 4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.

Hosea 9:1-2 – O people of Israel, do not rejoice as other nations do. For you have been unfaithful to your God, hiring yourselves out like prostitutes, worshiping other gods on every threshing floor. 2 So now your harvests will be too small to feed you. There will be no grapes for making new wine.

Hosea 10:1-2 – How prosperous Israel is—a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit. But the richer the people get, the more pagan altars they build. The more bountiful their harvests, the more beautiful their sacred pillars. 2 The hearts of the people are fickle; they are guilty and must be punished. The LORD will break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars.

Hosea 11:1-2 – “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. 2 But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.

Hosea 12:2-10 – Now the LORD is bringing charges against Judah. He is about to punish Jacob for all his deceitful ways, and pay him back for all he has done. 3 Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God. 4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him— 5 the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, the LORD is his name! 6 So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him. 7 But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales—they love to cheat. 8 Israel boasts, “I am rich! I’ve made a fortune all by myself! No one has caught me cheating! My record is spotless!” 9 “But I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. And I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters. 10 I sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables.”

There will be those that protest to these verses. Saying they are for the Jewish people only. I counter with this. Do you not call yourselves “Christian?” Then are you not children of God? if you are not children of God then who are you the children of? Baal?

If you say you are of Christ, then you are a child of God. You too can be fickle and cheat and lie and be cut off and punished. You are not better than the Jewish people.

Romans 2:9-11 – There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 10 But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

The entire Bible is for all to read, study and learn of God. To know how to live a truly Christian life. Which means to only live within our needs and not our wants. Once we meet our needs, we are to give the rest away to those in dire straits.

There should be no poverty in a Christian nation. There should be no hunger in a Christian nation. There should be no one rich in a Christian nation. There should be no need for a government to dictate how people should use their money in a Christian nation. For those that are Christian and are fully following the Word of God will give most of their wealth away:

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

This is why I do not take the words of men over that of God. This is why I study the Bible. This why you should not take my word for it, but to study the Bible for yourselves. To see who is telling the truth and who is adding to the Word of God for their own worldly legacy and glory.

Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

For to seek after anything here on this earth and to create a legacy for yourself is not to be a child of God but truly a child of Baal. Then as Baal, they will be forgotten. God Bless

The new theses to replace those posted by Martin Luther


Why is this needed?

Because people are not following the teachings of the Bible yet believe with all their hearts they are. Key items that people believe is true when it is not, yet they continue to insist is correct, when the Bible makes it very clear they are not true. Since they are not true this labels them as a “false teaching.” To challenge these false teachings, they will not be repeated here. We will stick exclusively to what is in the true Word of God. For those that wish to challenge these new theses they will be accompanied by at least two Biblical witnesses: 2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

We are still to follow the commandments. Witnesses -(John 14:15; 14:21; 15:10; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 7:19)

Matthew 5:17-20 – “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

As long as they pass the litmus test of the greatest commandments:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

  1.  1 John 2:4 – If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.

Salvation can be lost if you do not bear fruit, meaning you do not follow the commandments or any other teachings within the Bible. Witnesses – (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:1-13, Revelation 3:1-6; 3:14-22; Hebrews 6:4-6; 2 Peter 2:20-22; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

John 15:1-10 – “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

a) Salvation is given to any that asks: Romans 10:9-10 – If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

We are to live a minimalist lifestyle and to give most of our money to the service of God. Witnesses – (Luke 14:25-33, 18:18-30; Acts 2:45; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Matthew 6:19-34, 19:16-30)

Mark 10:17-31 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (SPECIAL NOTE: the story of the young rich man is told three times and thus is its own witness and prove we are to sell our property and possessions and give the money to those in need)

  1. To seek after riches is to seek after the world: 1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

We are to separate ourselves form those that cause conflict within the Body of Christ and unbelievers. Witnesses – (Philippians 3:17-21; 1 Peter 2:6-12; 1 Timothy 1:19-20, 6:3-10; 2 Corinthians 13:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-25)

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

Romans 12:1-2 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 – It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

  1. Titus 3:8-11 – This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone. 9 Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. 10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. 11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.

We are to be given new and immortal bodies that will live forever in a new universe and a new earth, not in heaven. Witnesses – (Isaiah 65:17; 1 Corinthians 15:53-54; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 3:10-13; 1 Thessalonian 4:13-18; Revelation21:1-4)

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

  1. Revelation 20:4-6 – Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

There will be what is referred to as a “partial-Rapture” or more clearly multiple raptures. The first will be Christ returning like a thieve in the night. The second when the Holy Spirit is removed for the earth at the midpoint of the tribulation and the last will be a pre-wrath rapture for the Jews people.

Witnesses of the first rapture- Matthew 24:36-42 – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. 42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 – Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15 – “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

2 Peter 3:10 – But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

Luke 17:26-35 – “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. 32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. 34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.”

Witnesses of the second rapture – 2 Thessalonians 2:7 – For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.

Revelation 7:9-14 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

Witnesses of the Jewish rapture – Daniel 12:1-3 – “At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued. 2 Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace. 3 Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.

Revelation 7:1-8 – Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea, 3 “Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” 4 And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel: 5 from Judah, 12,000; from Reuben, 12,000; from Gad, 12,000; 6 from Asher, 12,000; from Naphtali, 12,000; from Manasseh, 12,000; 7 from Simeon, 12,000; from Levi, 12,000; from Issachar, 12,000; 8 from Zebulun, 12,000; from Joseph, 12,000; from Benjamin, 12,000.

Jesus Christ’s 10 % tithe is to be given to those that we are led by Holy Spirit to give to. For it belongs to Jesus not any human ministry or entity.

Hebrews 7:4-28 – Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. 5 Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 7 And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. 8 The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. 9 In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. 10 For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him. 11 So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? 12 And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. 13 For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests. 14 What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe. 15 This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. 16 Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. 17 And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 18 Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. 19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, 21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him, “The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: ‘You are a priest forever.’” 22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God. 23 There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. 24 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. 26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. 27 Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. 28 The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

What applies to the Levites also applies to any other man-made ministry or position. Paul says this about those that serve God:

1 Corinthians 9:7-18 – What soldier has to pay his own expenses? What farmer plants a vineyard and doesn’t have the right to eat some of its fruit? What shepherd cares for a flock of sheep and isn’t allowed to drink some of the milk? 8 Am I expressing merely a human opinion, or does the law say the same thing? 9 For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest. 11 Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink? 12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported? But we have never used this right. We would rather put up with anything than be an obstacle to the Good News about Christ. 13 Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. 15 Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now. In fact, I would rather die than lose my right to boast about preaching without charge. 16 Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! 17 If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would deserve payment. But I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust. 18 What then is my pay? It is the opportunity to preach the Good News without charging anyone. That’s why I never demand my rights when I preach the Good News.

Anyone who is a pastor, minister, evangelist, or teacher who is worth their salt will do as Paul did and not demand their right for payment. But if you are led by the Holy Ghost to give your tithe to them then they must accept it.

Any who insist you give them the tithe have entered into this group:

2 Peter 2:1-3 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

The wicked shall prosper here on earth. Witnesses – (Jeremiah 12:1; Job 21:7-17)

Psalms 73:1-18 – A psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. 2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. 3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. 4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. 5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. 6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. 7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! 8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. 9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. 10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. 11 “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” 12 Look at these wicked people—enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. 13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? 14 I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. 15 If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. 16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! 17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. 18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.

  1. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 – Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

We are not to pray or do our good deeds in public. Witnesses – (Luke 18:9-14)

Matthew 6:1-4 – “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

  1. James 4:17 – Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Faith without works is dead. Witnesses – (Matthew 5:16; James 1:22; Titus 1:16; Hebrews 11:1-40; Galatians 5:25; 1 John 2:4)

James 2:14-26 – What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

We are to seek to speak in tongues, but it is not for use in public unless it is to give prophecy Witnesses – (Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6; Mark 16:17)

1 Corinthians 14:1-19 – Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. 2 For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. 3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. 5 I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened. 6 Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful. 7 Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody. 8 And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? 9 It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. 10 There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. 11 But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me. 12 And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. 13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said. 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. 15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand. 16 For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don’t understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don’t understand what you are saying? 17 You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you. 19 But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

We should be focused upon God through Jesus Christ. Witnesses – (Matthew 6:24, 33; Isaiah 26:3-4; Romans 12:1-2)

Colossians 3:1-17 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Blog for Podcast #82 (A look at 1 Timothy)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

A few weeks back I did a podcast about the laws within the Bible. In that study I showed mostly from Jesus Christ Himself that we are still to follow those laws within the Bible that pass the litmus test of the greatest commandments. Those being:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Today I turned to Paul’s first letter to Timothy and how the Lord Jesus Christ impressed upon him how to see the laws of Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus:

1 Timothy 1:3-11 – When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. 4 Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. 5 The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 7 They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently. 8 We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

This is the foundation of the laws that govern nations in Europe and the Americas, as well as some parts of Asia. In addition Australia. As we all know though not all the laws that should have been carried forward into this state laws did not make the cut. It took centuries for slavery to be ended, yet it should have been one of the first to die out.

Why? Because of those that falsely taught the Bible. As the first chapter of 1 Timothy concludes Paul names two people that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and had also been filled with the Holy Spirit. However, Paul states that he had cut them out of the church of Christ:

1 Timothy 1:18-20 – Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.

Throughout this letter we are instructed in how those that seek to follow Jesus Christ should live and behave. Be they a leader in the church or a deacon. It is how all should seek to live their lives if they call themselves “Christian.”

In the fourth chapter it speaks of the end times and how many that believe they are “Christian” will act:

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

They “will turn away from the true faith.” This means they knew the “true faith.” Marriage is on the decrease in the world today and there are those that say we are not eat certain food. Vegetarians, Vegans as well as those that say we must eat only Organic foods.

Then there are those that are into physical fitness. Paul wrote this:

1 Timothy 4:8 – “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

This is why it is so important to not just read the Bible but study it. Never take any humans words about what is in the Bible. I include myself in this statement. For all humans are flaws and able to sin and make mistakes, even in the understanding of the scriptures. This is why all must approach to seek the true knowledge of God with the help of the Holy Spirit, who will grant discernment to those that diligently seek the truth of the Bible. By prayer and study of the Bible, and to verify what they hear from the mouths of humans.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 – but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

In the last verse of chapter four. Paul tells this to Timothy:

1 Timothy 4:16- Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

How can you stay true to what is right?

The answer is simple. Attempting to live our lives as Jesus Christ instructed:

Matthew 6:19-34 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Do not seek after the world and all it offers. Do not seek wealth, or a fancy home. Do not seek after the latest fashion nor those that celebrate or flaunt their worldly standing.

Again, study the Bible and seek to live a righteous and holy life. This echoed in Chapter five of I Timothy. Yet we must approach this fifth chapter with understanding of the world in which they lived within at that time.

A prime example:

1 Timothy 5:23 – Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.

Water was not purified at this time. So, this was to prevent dysentery and other illnesses that could be conveyed through unclean water. This is why you studying the Word of God is so important.

In the last chapter of this first letter to Timothy. Paul points out those that have turned their backs upon their salvation and seek only to please themselves and their worldly desires. He states that they will quibble and argue the very wording of the Bible, which is again why it is so important that each and every person come to study the Scriptures for themselves:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast # 81 (Which “God” do you really worship?)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

In the title of this podcast, I used the word “god” in quotation marks. Why? Because there are two “gods” being worshiped at this time. To understand the answer to that question we turn to the Bible:

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 – Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. 3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

“Satan, who is the god of this world.”

Here are verses that deal with those that look to the world:

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

There are those out there that seek after the things this world offers, and they call themselves “Christian.” They pray to receive “rewards” here on earth, and they are “blessed” with these items.

Their true “god” is giving them what they seek and want. All the time the are walking away form the light of Jesus Christ and into the darkness of damnation. For their “god” is not the Creator of the universe, but he who fell to earth to corrupt those that do not wish to hear the truth.

Let us look at this from a different angle.

2 Peter 2:1-3 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

These are those that teach the false gospel. The gospel that causes those that say they are “Christian,” but in reality, they truly are not. This is the “gospel” that offers “rewards” here on earth and condones sinful behavior. All because they are “loved by God.”

Let us take a closer look at these verses, starting with the KJV of them:

2 Peter 2:1 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

First let us look at this part of the first verse of this chapter:

“Even denying the Lord that bought them.”

Lord – G1203 – despotés – (husband); an absolute ruler, Lord, master.

To those that know the Bible. There is only one “absolute ruler.” That being God and those that call themselves truly “Christian,” know God through our Savior the Son of God: Jesus Christ. So, the absolute ruler is Christ.

Therefore, these false teachers, at one point were followers of Jesus Christ and so could truly call themselves true “Christians.” Yet they now deny Christ. They have turned their backs upon Him. What is it they turned towards?

2 Peter 2:3 – And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

“And through covetousness.”

Covetousness – G4124 – pleonexia – avarice, that is, (by implication) fraudulency, extortion.

Shalt they with feigned – G4112 – plastos – moulded, that is (by implication) artificial, or figuratively (fictious) false.

  1. Moulded – to make a soft substance have a particular shape.

Meaning to mold the True Gospel into something that is pleasing to those listening. Like saying that there is only love in the Bible. Never showing you the wrath of God’s anger towards those that chose to embrace the world, as is noted in the first verse for these false teachers:

“And bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

What many do not realize, is the moment they prosper here on earth. They are at that very moment building up this “swift destruction,” which is witnessed by them receiving worldly “rewards.”

For they are being “rewarded” by their true “god,” who is the master of the domain where they receive their “rewards.” If it is here on earth that they are receiving these “rewards,” then their lord is Satan. If they are storing their treasures in heaven, then their Lord is God through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

This wording is stating that money is Satan, and as such any who truly call themselves “Christian” will despise money for who it truly represents.

Now let us look at the second verse of 2 Peter 2 in the KJV:

2 Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Many – G4183 – polus – many, mostly, largely.

  1. Mostly – in large degree or amount

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Verse thirteen shows the free-will of humanity, and why it is made clear that people willingly go to the fires of damnation.

Matthew 7:13 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

“And many there be which go in thereat.”

Thereat – G1223 and G846 –

G1223 – dia – through, on account of, because of

G846 – autos – self, he she it, own

“Many will go through it spiritually on their own;” is the implication when studying the phrase with both Strong’s Concordance and TDNT.

Once again, the word “many” appears. Why is this so important to zero in on?

Because most that call themselves “Christian” believe they are taking the narrow path and entering that small gate, which leads them into heaven. However, this is not the case at all if they have been paying attention to this study.

Where is it you are receiving your “rewards?”

Are you struggling here on this earth? Do you find it difficult to make any headway here in this temporal realm of existence?

If your answer is yes, then you most likely fall into the group that is entering the narrow gate.

If your answer is no, and you have money to spare. Have luxuries like a large house, fancy cars. Expensive furniture. You enjoy playing golf. In addition, you look down upon other and think yourself special and beyond harm. Then you are on the wide path, which does not lead to heaven, but to hell.

For your “god” is not the Creator of the universe. But he who was placed in control of this temporal plain of existence. Placed here to test all of humanity and to see who would turn towards the true God through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

Or to look to themselves. To seek to please themselves. To give pleasure and satisfaction to themselves.

I will end this study with the 1 John chapter 2 once again. Where the verses before these made it clear that John was talking to both the new and old born-again Christian. Filled with the Holy Spirit and professed to be children of God though Jesus Christ:

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

So, who is your “god?”

The Lord God our Creator?

Or the one He cast down from heaven to be the god of this world we now live within?

God Bless.

Blog for Podcast #80 (The curse of money)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

I will begin this study with two times money is an issue with Jesus Christ. The first:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

And the second:

Mark 10:17-31 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

It is the end of this second that I wish people to really look at and think upon. Those that are rich think themselves great and rewarded. But as is shown in the first verses. Those that store up their treasures here on earth do not think about their treasures in heaven. What else is said about the seeking after the things of this world?

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Therefore, if money is of the world. Who is in charge in this world?

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

This is why money is a curse and it is something that should not be sought after by anyone, especially those that profess to be “Christian.” For they are not worshipping our Creator God through Jesus Christ, but the great deceiver himself whom they have given power to by seeking after worldly rewards.

As shown in the first verses read in today’s study Christians are not to store any treasures here on earth. As is verified here:

Acts 2:44-45 – And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

And exemplified here:

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

That is why being covetous is seen as a sin and is used 30 times in the New Testament alone as “covet,” (16) ”covetous,” (4) and “covetousness.” (10)

Covet -G1937 – epithumeó – I long for, lust after, set the heart upon.

Covetous -G4123 – pleonektés – an avaricious person; one desirous of having more.

Covetousness – G4124 –  pleonexia – avarice, aggression, desire for advantage.

The Bible makes it very clear. That those that seek after riches will not be allowed into heaven.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

For those that just need to see or hear it in the KJV:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

However, millions that call themselves “Christian” do and continually seek after worldly wealth and possessions.

Why?

Because their parents did and so since they can so can they. For they too called themselves “Christian.”

It is true. That for generations people have sought to amass wealth and worldly possessions and still belief with all their heart that they were “Christian.”

It is this mentality that has been seen for over two thousand years. In fact, it is a sin that has been seen since Kane killed Abel. It was this mentality that kept and to be honest still keeps people in slavery. It is this mentality that was a factor in the Crusades. It was this mentality that sent the Spanish into the Americas. Where they slaughtered entire civilizations. All in the name of Christendom, but in reality, was covetousness. The desire to have more and more riches and property. Entire wars were fought for the love of money. Murders are committed because of greed.

1 Timothy 6:3-10 – Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

So those right now that wish to quibble over this study need to stop in sudden shock that they wish to do so. For they are a living example of those described in verse four and five of the sixth chapter of 1 Timothy.

So let me repeat those verses in the KJV

1 Timothy 6:4-5 – He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

But we that seek to follow the true teachings of the Word of God, must do as instructed in the KJV of these verses.

“From such withdraw thyself.”

We are ordered by the Word of God to not associate with those that live a life contrary to the teachings within the Bible. For as was shown they will cause there to be jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. Which can and has been shown if you look back throughout the centuries, great strife and horrors all over the world itself. All because people have turned from the true teachings of the Scriptures. They have instead embarrassed the world; we now live within. Instead of seeking to store up those treasures, which are precious unto God through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

They seek the pleasures and rewards of a mere one hundred years of life over the billions upon billions of years of eternal life promised to all that seek to please God first and themselves last.

God Bless