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Blog for Podcast #47 (When you know someone has listened to a false gospel)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Today’s podcast asks a question and then leads into what causes questions like this come into existence. So, let’s begin today’s study with that question.

Discussion

Is the Rapture a reality?

Why ask this question?

Because there are those that count themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. Yet they deny His words that He spoke.

What words did Jesus say about a rapture?

Well, there are three occurrences of this Luke 17, and Matthew 24:30-31; 24:37-41.

Luke 17:34-37 – 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.” 37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

Note that in the verses before these, Jesus states that those in the world will be behaving like that of Noah and of Lot. Noah before the flood destroyed the world and Lot before the fiery judgement of Sodom and Gomorra and the cities about them.

Matthew 24:30-31 – And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

These verses ties into Daniel 12:1-3 and Revelation 7:1-8 and is speaking of the last rapture that is solely for the Jewish nation. The key to this is in two parts. The first is that it will cause “deep mourning among ALL the peoples of the earth.” Which says that none are left that honor God or have the Holy Spirit within them. And lastly that “they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world.” The chosen or in other words “sealed.”

Continuing now with the verses where Jesus Christ Himself speaks of a rapture type event:

Matthew 24:37-41 – “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.

Per the words of Jesus Christ there will be those performing tasks or even sleeping. One person disappears the other stays. He states on His return that angels will gather the chosen which are the sealed as I already mentioned. These are His only true mention of what could be described as a rapture.

When someone says there is no rapture. Are they not denying the words of Christ? If they are denying the words of Jesus are they not in actuality denying Him?

My answer to that question is yes, they are.

Matthew 10:32-33 – “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

This is witnessed elsewhere in the Bible as well.

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.’

When I started these podcasts in one of my studies, I showed that the phrase “I never knew you.” Is a Jewish law legalism. It does not mean you were never a part of the Body of Christ. It means that Jesus Christ is stating that those people in these verses that are asking to enter into Heaven have turned away From Him. So, since they have departed from Him. He never knew them. Why? Because they chose their life on earth over following the true teachings of the Bible. Therefore, when they originally joined the Body they lied about their true nature unto the Christ. They jointed the lukewarm whom Jesus spit from His Body in distaste. (Revelation 3:15-16)

So, to get back on track.

The fact that Jesus Christ mentioned people vanishing from the face of the earth. Implies a rapture event. He even establishes what to look for to know that His return is near.

Matthew 24:37-39 – “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. 

Luke 17:26-30 – “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.

So, if someone has taught you there is no rapture. Then they are teaching a false gospel.

2 Timothy 2:16-18 – Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

By the way, the “resurrection of the dead” is the rapture. Therefore, there is mention of the rapture throughout the Bible.

Now back to the topic of false teachings. I once again turn to the first chapter of 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.

Let’s look at the last verse in the KJV:

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

It is made clear in this verse that those spreading the false gospel were using teachings that made people joyous to the point of returning to their sinful nature. A life which they had left behind when accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Joyous not in the true teachings of the Bible, but in themselves and themselves alone. For they were being pleased and not God. This is why those that teach only the parts of the gospel to make people feel good are cursed.

Here is an important thing that people do need to realize. God does love ALL of humanity. But due to this love he wants all to have life. Not life here in this temporal and corrupt existence. But a life filled with true joy. An eternal joy that cannot be found here on earth.

What is also made clear in this verse is that the true Gospel is not meant to only please us. In fact, we are told there will be times with sorrow and pain, as well as suffering.

Let’s look at a verse about pain.

Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Those that falsely teach the Gospel hate the people they are teaching it to. Those that teach the true Gospel makes people uncomfortable. Even to the point of feeling like that they have been spanked. When they accept their guilt of their sin they will become emotionally distort. Not with what they heard, but with themselves for living in sin.

This is not me saying this. This is the Bible saying this:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

For it is our responsibility to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim 4:2)

Reprove – G1651 – elegcho – to admonish, to convict, convince.

  1. Admonish – to warn someone not to do something, usually in a kind way, or to tell someone to do something:

Rebuke – G2008 – epitimao – to tax upon, censure, forbid.

  1. Censure – to express strong criticism or disapproval.

Exhort – G3870 – parakaleo – to call near, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation)

  1. Imploration – earnest supplication

a1) supplication – an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.

  • Hortation – The act of exhorting, inciting, or giving advice
  • Consolation – something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better

The true gospel does not accept sin it exposes it and shows its filth for all to see. Causing those that live in these sins to feel discomfort and even pain.

When truly teaching the true gospel, it is not done in harshness, but in love. In compassion. In honest and sincere concern for those living in sin. For those that truly love them wish to see all be welcomed into heaven. But this is only achieved through ending sin in our lives. Which can only be done by surrendering authority of our lives from ourselves and giving that authority unto God.

This can only be done through one door. Asking Jesus Christ to be our Savior from our sins. As well as getting baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then we are to seek to end sin within our lives, but especially those sins which are clearly shown within the Bible that are not to be allowed in heaven.

For if we embrace sin. We embrace the world.

I will end with these verses for you the listener and reader to think hard upon:

James 4:1-10 – What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. 4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5   Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #42 (Something on a personal note from a Christian to those that aren’t)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Today I just want to talk. If you have ever looked through my blog site. You will see this a lot in the over 850 posts that are in it.

You may have noticed that God is large part in my life. There are those out there that call God “imaginary.”

To those that say this I actually feel sorry for you. You have closed off yourself to the possibility that there is God. That there is a supreme being that promised eternal life to all of humanity including you.

Yes you.

Now hear me out. You guys post that we that believe in God are weird. Strange. You are determined to look down upon us and belittle us. We, however, look at you as our equals. Fellow humans seeking answers to questions that are difficult if not impossible to answer.

People have this strange misunderstanding that what they call the after life will be sitting around being happy happy joy joy and doing nothing. This is a lie. And yes that was a movie reference if you caught it.

Is there a heaven? Yes, there is. However, it is not what we are promised for all our eternal life. This “heaven” is only a temporary holding area to what is the real promise. We are told we will be servants unto God. Servants perform tasks and duties. We are told there will be new heavens and a new earth. Or as I like to refer to it as a second big bang.  It is here that these assigned tasks will be fulfilled. As well as helping Jesus Christ reign as King of this world for one thousand years, before that new universe is created by our Creator: God.

We will do these tasks alive in a body that does not age. Does not get sick. It is the elevation of a species you see many times portrayed in Sci-Fi movies and television shows. Except in them it is only for those that live after us. It is never for us. It is never for you. That is the ultimate lie.

It is for you. It is for every single human that has ever lived or will live. It is for those that were and are killed before they even see the light of day. It is for those that have lived to an old age. It is for those that are killed in accidents. It is for those that were killed in wars or in crimes.

But the problem is. They must accept God is real. They must accept Jesus lived and died for us all.

Now I know why this is a problem for you. You want to be in control. You wish to rule your own life. You do not wish things you perceive as greater than you are controlling how you think or what you do. The thing is you already live that very way.

You do this every time you join in with how others think and behave. You did it the moment you accepted that God is an “imaginary friend.” This is verified by the fact that most times people wish to confront and demean the way Christians think those two words appear. Time and time again. You have just joined in with something greater than yourself. You are allowing something that gives the image it is greater than you to control the way you think and comprehend things. You are not living freely. You have joined in with the crowd that has fun belittling those they see as lesser than themselves.

Those that truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ do not belittle others. Those that do and call themselves “Christian” are really not, to be very honest with you. They may think they are, but their actions say otherwise. Any who look down upon other humans do not know the true value of a human life. Any human life.

Christianity teaches the equality of all humanity. Young, old. Born or unborn. Of any race, creed or belief. This is one thing that those that challenge this truth use it to challenge Christianity.

Now why do I say this?

In many cases those that challenge Christianity bring up past behavior of humanity. Now we need to distinguish an important fact. Just because a person acts in what they call “Christianity” does not mean they are a true follower of Jesus Christ. It just means they were raised with teachings that came from the Bible. Does this make them truly “Christian?” No, it does not. And since this does not make them truly Christian. Then you can not use that as an excuse for the behavior of a human if that human performs actions that can be seen as a crime against a fellow human or humans. Yet time and again this is an excuse that is used and when someone tries to explain this point to those that wish to show Christianity as evil.

All they accomplish in showing is that humans are evil. Not Christianity. The Bible teaches that all humans ARE evil. ALL have the ability to perform acts and actions that can been seen by others as horrific. True Christianity allows humans the ability to escape their human weaknesses and faults. To end what is called their sins. Again, this is something that those that wish to place the blame of all the cruelty upon a religion. A religion that was the predominate religion of the known world at that time.

Here is the issue.

I can name multiple times in history that humans. Sometimes in the name of Christianity. Have done actions in the name of what they believed to be their faith. However, in reality they were done in actions of power, greed, lust and outright evil. All of which are called sins in the Bible and seen of as wrong and something to feel guilt and sorrow over. Something to seek forgiveness for. Something to ask for a higher power to give leniency and forgiveness for. Yet those that performed these atrocities never asked for true forgiveness. Many living in a belief that they were in the right. In reality they were not.

Another excuse to deny God and Jesus comes from those that say Jesus never lived. These people are not students of true history. Josephus was a historian of Jewish decent that wrote for the Romans. His loyalty was to Rome, not to the people of his birth. He wrote of Jesus Christ.

Archaeologist have found locations that correspond to the Bible. As will as the remains of people within the Bible. Like for example the leader of the Pharisees: Caiaphas. Additionally, we have those that wrote the New Testament. Paul, Peter, John, and James. Roman documents show the fate of these men. How they died and what punishments they endured.

Scholars have come to this conclusion. Myths do not come into existence until those people that knew them are no longer alive. Thus, myths do not begin until one hundred and fifty years after the historical figure has died. Here is the rub. The first letters that formed the New Testament came into being in less than twenty years after Jesus left. The last to came into being and was finished before the turn of the first century. This means the New Testament was written in under seventy years after Christ ascended. Well within the lifetime of those that knew and saw Jesus Christ. Giving these people ample time and ability to show Jesus as a fake. None of this occurred. So, Jesus being a myth and a fairytale is a fallacy created by those that wish to control and subjugate. Those they wish to dominate and manipulate. In other words, rule over those that listen to them.

The Bible says that those that let sin be their master wish to have others join them. They wish to have others join in their sorrow and the chains they have placed upon themselves. However, they don’t see it because all they can focus on is the here and now. The joy and exhilaration. The euphoria that comes with some sins. Makes people desire to bring others into the fold. They don’t care about the consequences. They just relish the physical rush of this temporal world they see as their life.

Those that have created this falsehood that there is no God. That Jesus did not exist. Have also pushed a fable that all there is to life is this short one hundred years we live. That we must seek to create a name for ourselves through our actions or our progeny a legacy. As you look back throughout history you can see this is a predominate theme of all of humanity.

Why does this theme exist?

Because people have lost the true meaning or understanding of the Bible. This is mainly due to most not even reading it and taking the words of others they see as more aware than they are of what is shown and meant within this book. That is why it is so important to actually study the Bible. Not just read it. There are many that read the Bible, and they include those that oppose it. They pick a statement here or a wording there. Then turn and use it as a way of denying God or have shown the “flaws” within the Bible.

A prime example of this is shown when the Reformation occurred in 1517. What caused this to take place was false teachings being pushed out by the Catholic Church. Like the use of items called “relics” and papers called “indulgences.” They had to win their way out of the church made “purgatory.” People were not allowed to think for themselves. They must conform totally and solely to the edicts of the Pope, the cardinals, bishops and their priests.

In this time, it was actually illegal for the common man to come to know the Bible for themselves. It was also impossible for the commoner to read the Bible. It took another hundred years and the printing press to help allow humanity to come into possession of the Bible. This freedom caused the Puritans to come into being. Those that adhered more closely to the teachings of the Bible than those before them. Yet they too as time went by faltered. Again, allowing others to tell them how to think, feel and live.

We now live in a time when all can freely and willingly read and study the Bible for themselves. Yet they don’t. Many do this because people they look up to say it is fable, a fairytale. I heard these words myself leave the lips of a Methodist priest. When even those within the church call the words within the Bible fairytales. The corruption that causes people to think that there is no eternal life has bled into the churches themselves. It is no wonder that people no longer acknowledge there is God and that His one and only Son took our sins upon Himself and died in our stead. So that we may live an eternal life in the service to God.

No human is greater than any other human. We should not look up to others. Just as others should not look down upon others. All are servants to all.

There is an eternal life.

“There is no eternal life.” Someone just insisted. “There is only blackness.” Another just said.

I have experienced blackness. In a dream from God. In this dream this blackness seemed to last forever. In this dream I was falling ever falling in this blackness. As I fell a light began to show below me. Not only a light, but motion. The ground was moving. As I fell, I saw that it was humans. Uncountable humans all in misery. All living in eternal judgement. This is your blackness. The beginning of an eternal life in pain and suffering. So, there is eternal life not only for the righteous, but also for those that have turned against God and called Him a fallacy. An eternal life that begins in the opposite of that for those that accept God. They see light, those that reject Him see darkness.

I say these words. In hopes that you will awaken from the control of others and accept your freedom promised through salvation. All you need do is to accept that we are not in control. Even those that think they are in control are not. They are just tool. For God knows all a person has done, And God Himself places people into power. Even those leaders that have committed atrocities. Like for example Hitler. It was his orders that led to over thirteen million killed in concentration camp. It was six million of those killed that led the Jewish people back to their homeland. And so, they reestablished the nation of Israel. The only nation to ever do this.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #41 (Ruins 3/3)


Intro

Welcome to the last of this three part series. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

In the last two podcast we have been talking about ruins. What are ruins?

There are many definitions that can apply to this subject. So, I will quote more than one:

“the broken parts that are left of a building or town that has been destroyed.”

“a situation in which a person or company has lost all their money or their reputation.”

“to spoil or destroy something completely.” These are all from the Cambridge Dictionary.

I list the last definition in this position on purpose, because I wish us to look at the word “spoil.”

“to destroy or reduce the pleasure, interest, or beauty of something.”

The “beauty of something.”

God see beauty in those that accept Him as their Savior through His Son Jesus. And He implores us to show that beauty in our hearts.

1 Peter 3:3-5 – Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands.

True this topic is about how a woman should think, but does this not apply to all that put on the robes of salvation?

As I was reading Hebrews the topic of accepting Jesus as the Messiah is the main topic. The audience this letter is aimed at are the Jewish people. Most of whom to this day reject Jesus as the true Son of God. I read a meme the other day on this as well, which I have mentioned before I believe. But it stated that the Jewish people accept the law but rejected Jesus. While Christians accept Jesus but reject the law.

Hebrews can now at this time be applied to those that call themselves Christian due to what this meme has implied.

But back on topic.

As I was reading Hebrews the topic of a building came out in the third chapter.

3:1-6 – And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. 3 But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. 5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. 6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.

”And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.”

Why I repeated the last part of verse six, is because people have not kept their courage nor remained confident in their hope for Jesus Christ.

They instead place their hopes and confidence in material objects and money. Thus turning themselves into ruins.

What do I mean by that?

To do that we need to look at the KJV of this verse:

“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

Hold fast – G2722 – to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively)

The confidence – G3954 – all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance.

Of the hope – G1680 – to anticipate usually with pleasure

Firm – G949 – (through the idea of basality); stable

By holding onto the promise and the hope that Jesus Christ is real. We are to live our lives like Jesus Christ Himself. However, we can strive to live up to the ideals He Himself placed before us to follow. Yet, none can fully live like Christ.  Like for example in seeking after earthly good and objects.

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.

By seeking after worldly items and affections we are not staying firm. All fall short in this. None can seek exemption.

Why?

Because we live within a corrupt body. As you read through the last part of the New Testament. Words repeat themselves, like “self-control” as a prime example. Even those that have fully commit to Jesus Christ as their Savior. Even those that are filled with the Holy Ghost. All falter and fall short.

Does this mean to give up?

No!

That is the last thing a person must do. However, it is crucial that they strive to end all sin within their lives. Especially those that the Bible states will not be welcomed in the Kingdom of Heaven. Why cling on to the items that will easily burn in the last trial before God Himself.

We should seek after those building materials that will withstand that fiery trial. These items can only be found by living a live that is a true reflection of our Savior Jesus Christ. The closer we come to be like Jesus. The stronger and sturdier the building materials that forms the walls of our faith, which will withstand the trial.

The next verses in Matthew six Jesus makes it clear how we should try and live our lives.

Matthew 6:22-25 – “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?

This is reemphasized in 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.

When people seek after luxuries. Looks, wealth. That is what is being worshipped. Not God, nor His Son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Seeking after glory. Seeking after a legacy. Seeking to become part of history. Is worshipping the world.

This world. This earth will end.

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

Why waste our time trying to achieve things that serve this world? Living in comfort while others live in squaller. Dressing in fine clothing while a child freezes in the cold due to not having a coat. Seeking after a name; while a soldier that fought to protect you lives in a cardboard box. Then commits suicide thinking of all the horrors they committed or witnessed in war.

But I will not say anything further. It is up to those listen and reading to awaken to their own truths.

Hebrews 5:11-6:1 – There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

6:1 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.

That is the rub of it, isn’t it? People must be willing to open their hearts to the truth. But throughout the century’s humanity has been drifting further from God. Just as the Jewish people drifted so far from our Creator that He caused them to be scattered throughout the world.

Deuteronomy 28:63-64 “Just as the LORD has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the LORD will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. 64 For the LORD will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone!

The promise to us is not to be scattered throughout the nations. The promise given to us is the end of this earth, and the beginning of that will be the tribulation. Which is meant to remove those that love the world more than they love their Creator. That time is near.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #38 (The lamps without wicks)


Into

Welcome to another podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM.

Discussion

Last week I showed why those that are the lukewarm are seen by God as worse than those that reject Him outright. This week I continue to explore my recent dream sent to me by God as fortified by Acts 2:17.

In this dream I encountered tin lamps. Like those used in the late 1800s and early 1900s, mainly in mines.

In the dream the lamps burnt but the light was strange.

It turned out that they barely had any oil in them and had no wicks.

This causes us to revisit the parable of the ten bridesmaids or virgins as told to us in Matthew 25.

Verses 1-13 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Since I addressed this parable in the Olivet Discourse series, I will not go into a retelling of that. However, if you wish to hear or read about it. Please investigate that series.

Our main objective today is the lamps themselves. For they are in essence a snapshot of each person’s belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ.

We are the light unto the world.

Mathew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Now we must note that Jesus also said this about Himself:

John 8:12 – Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” 

So, from accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. And since only through Him can we get into heaven. (John 14:6-7) He has passed onto us the burden of being the light unto the world until His return.

As bit of a sidetrack here.

It is important to note. That all the bridesmaids fell asleep.

This means all of Christendom became distracted from the true teachings of the Bible.

All hear the call at midnight.

All awaken.

All tend to their lamps.

The wise had been prepared ahead of time. While the foolish had not.

So, let us start to get this look into the lamps going again.

In essence the entire lamp is a representation of our Christianity. As I stated in the Olivet Discourse study. The oil in the lamps is seen as the Holy Spirit within us. All we must do is ask and Jesus Christ will grant us salvation. This is verified by the Bible per Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32. Do all get a pouring of oil into our lambs? The answer is, yes. But not in a full portion. Those that become fully filled with the Holy Ghost are those that have extra oil in the vessel that they carry with them.

The wick has been associated with the Word, the Gospel. Which I see as partly correct. The fact that it needs to be tended to. I see more as a reflection of the overall knowledge of what it is to be a Christian.

What it is to be Christian.

Yes, I repeated it that. So, there would be a clear understanding.

Millions go about saying they are “Christian.” Most have never read the Bible. Nor even entered into a church.

They say they are “Christian” because the civilization they live in has a Christian foundation. This does not make them “Christian,” nor can they truly claim this title. They can better say they are American, or British, Filipino, or Aussie.

For they most likely know more about their birth nation than they do of the true teachings that are found within the Bible.

To be truly “Christian” means you have committed to accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Again, millions do this. However, as is shown in the parable of the ten virgins this is not enough.

To care for the wick from which we are to shine unto the world. We must know how to trim it.

This means to know how to remove the charred and ruined part of the wick. Our sins. Something as is illustrated in the parable, must be done by the wise and foolish alike. Clearly stating that none are truly sin free, since we are in a corrupt body and are not promised one that is spotless until we meet Christ in the sky at the time of the rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 – What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

To get back to the wick. Then we must know how much of the wick to extend out of the lamp. Too little it dies out. Too much it smokes and chars quickly while giving off poor light and is useless.

Part of this understanding of how to trim the wick is knowing the medium with which the wick is made of. This is done through the study of the Bible. Not the reading, but the study. Coming to a true and honest understanding of what is within the full Bible. Not the part that make you happy. For there is some painful lessons and words within the Bible, that many wish to deny are within it. Which I have already referenced earlier. But to emphasize:

Like what is a sin. Like that there is a hell. And that there will be eternal punishment.

Many think that to being a “Christian” means you must accept and love all as they are and how they act. Yet there were wars within the Bible that were ordered by God. Wars to purge out sin, many times entire countries. This meant the killing and death of many.

The Bible says those that do not honor the teachings of the Bible are to be cast out of the church. Does this sound like love?

Well in actuality, it is.

Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

That last word means many times when needed.

By pouring out nothing but love those doing it are spoiling those they are giving this love to. So, in reality they are really stating that they hate them. Not love them.

But why is it hate?

God puts us through trials and tribulations. These trials are painful. If all people experience in life is peace and tranquility, they are not content. They seek to have more and more. This can be seen in how the Romans and then the Europeans spread throughout the world seeking to own and control everything. If you didn’t do as they say they attacked and destroyed. Like a child having a temper tantrum.

But again, why is it hate?

Punishment means to suffer. To experience discomfort. If someone does not wish to live in this discomfort what does a person do? They avoid what causes it. Sin ultimately leads to discomfort. However, it can be an anguish that is not felt here on earth. As a child grows and their parent spanks them for doing wrong the child associates the pain of the spanking with what is wrong and when they are taught that sin is wrong. They subconsciously sense there will be pain especially since the Bible states this. (Luke 13:24-28; Matthew 13: 37-43, 24:48-51)

It becomes hate when the parent does not instill this subconscious association. If the child does not know pain they won’t care if they sin. Which leads to spiritual death and separation from the ultimate parent, God, for all eternity in pain and torture. Is not hatred for a person desiring for them to suffer, to have pain and even torture? Add upon that that this suffering lasts for billions upon billions of years. That is hatred.

“True hatred is spanking them!” someone has stated with fervor as they listen or read these words that I have just given.

I direct this to that person or persons.

So, which is more important to you? The word of God? Or your ideals?

This is what the Bible says:

Luke 10:25-28 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

To place God above all. You must place what is in the Bible above your own ideals and place God’s ideals above what a human perceives as “love.” For human’s “love” is as corrupt as their bodies. While God’s love is precious and holy and incorruptible. If that love is so perfect, then what is shown within the Bible is just as perfect.

If it is written, we must use a rod upon our children out of love. Than to do otherwise is to defy the Creator of the universe, placing our desires above He who knows all our sins and all our deeds which are considered good, thus making ourselves our own god. In turn, breaking the first commandment.

Enough of the sidetrack. Back on the main topic.

As was shown in the sidetrack we just had. That humans have a belief that what they see as good and even seem to be Godly. In many cases is just humanity imposing how they believe the Gospel, should be. This leads on to a misteaching of the Bible and God as well as Jesus Christ.

What does the Bible say about changing the Gospel?

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.

When people accept Christ and turn to another teaching that is all good news and denies the bad. They become the foolish of the bridesmaids. They start to neglect their wick and oil.

In my dream the lamps I saw had no wicks at all. This means they don’t know or acknowledge the teachings of Jesus Christ or the Bible. As is shown in the parable those that do this are left behind. While as is shown in Galatians they are cursed. We showed last week why they are cursed. They are defiling the Holy Spirit.

We must stay true to all the teachings within the Bible, thus placing God above all. This well allow us to possibly be considered among the wise. However, this is a person per person statement. No one can make a blanket statement about who is one way or another. This is something that each person must examine within their own spiritual life.

But I will say this. If you refuse to study the Bible and accept what is within it. Well, you can figure that out for yourself.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #37 (People’s true gods)


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast. I am Dreamwalker1960. You can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM.

Discussion

For those that have not listened to my past podcasts I wish to once again establish something about myself. I am a dreamer of dreams as shown in Acts 2:17, and thus the name I use in these broadcasts.

“‘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.”

The other night I had one of these dreams, which I had to think upon and ponder for a while to gain understanding from it. This is not the first time that has occurred, but that is the way the Lord works at time. To make someone think through what He has given us. Like for example the Bible. It is to be studied thoroughly and taken in context.

Where I was led was back to Matthew 24.

10 – And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 

Let us look at this in the KJV:

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”

I want to key in on the word “offended.” In the actual Greek it is seen as:

“Be offended” – G4624 – skandalizo – to entrap that is trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure)

As you can see there is a lot happening with these two words in the original Greek. So, let us look into each of these.

First off, we have the wording we see in the KJV. To “be offended.” Has not the woke, politically correct crowd taken offence to a ton of stuff including Christianity itself?

The answer is yes.

Has that not entrapped many and caused them to feel guilty when there is no need to feel guilt thus enticing them to enter into sin, by forcing them to accept the sins of others?

Ephesianes 5:6-7 – 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.

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

These which we are told to turn away from are condoning sin. They are becoming apostate. They become lukewarm. Which is seen as worse than denying God and His Son Jesus Christ outright.

Revelation 3:15-16 – “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!

This is what is said about those like this in the times we now live within:

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.

Does this not sound familiar yet again?

Again, this needs to be made truly clear. These letters that have been made into the New Testament are for those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. The four Gospels and the book of acts are the witness to the truth of Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Messiah. The rest of the New Testament is guides for those that have accepted Christ as their Savior on how to live and act.

When a statement like “some will turn away from the true faith.” It is referring to those that were originally saved and filled with the Holy Ghost and have turned their backs upon God. This means that you can lose your salvation and have betrayed God Himself.

They are labeled as what they are. Hypocrites, liars and since they live in acts of sin yet believe they are right with God they have no conscience.

To them being apostate is normal and natural. They see themselves as one with God, who as I just said they have turned away from and left. It is made clear they receive their teachings and beliefs from “deceptive spirits” and “demons.”

Here some will scoff. They will say there is no such thing as demons.

Is there a heaven?

Is there wars being fought in heaven between right and evil?

Angels must have adversaries. The Devil did not fall to earth alone, those angels that followed him went with him in his defeat. Joining him in his pursuits to deceive humanity.

Let us focus in on apostasy. For that is what betraying God is called.

Apostasy is defined as “the act of giving up your religious or political beliefs and leaving a religious or political belief and leaving a religion or a political party.” Per the Cambridge dictionary.

But this is not how the Bible see it. The Bible says this:

Hebrews 10:26-29 – Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.

The implication here is that those that continue to place their sin first in their life. Not only continue to live in this sin are exposed to a worse punishment when they stand before God on the day of the Great White Throne Judgment. But they continue to live their lives as if they are still under the grace of salvation.

A prime example of this was brought to my attention the other day.

A friend of my wife said that her and a friend were going to go to church, which my wife said was an excellent idea. My wife when relating this conversation to me mentioned that her friend’s friend was very happily a homosexual and had no intention of changing his life choice in this regard. Yet to condense Romans chapter 1 especially verses 24 through 32. Says that God turned his back upon those that worshipped God’s creation instead of God and so the people turned to the sin of same sex relationships.

It is shown as a sin in 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Jude 1:7; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13.

Yet many, especially in today’s world insist that this is fine to live this life choice. Now let me make this clear now. If this is how you wish to live your life. Fine do so. However, when taking all the references I have included here. Does this make you right with God?

Now taking the verses mentioned before into consideration The Bible shows that this life choice is not the best for allowing a person to stand before God. In fact, you are most likely making it worse for yourself. Especially if you say you are Christian. As is made noticeably clear in Revelation 3:15-16.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” 

God would rather you live in this life choice denying God. For it is worse in His sight that you live in this sin and then say you are “Christian.”

God makes it clear that this lifestyle choice does end when you truly accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – 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. 6:11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

“Some of you were once like that.”

Does this mean it will be easy and without suffering? No.

Why is living the life of the lukewarm, the apostate, worse than living in the same sin denying Christ?

Let us revisit Hebrews 10:29, which we read a bit ago.

Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.

Now let’s look at Luke 12:10

Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

This is seen again in Mathew 12:31-32

“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. 

Therefore living in sin, which a person sees as greater than God, His Son and the Holy Spirit, which has been given unto those who asked for salvation.

When someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior they are filled with the Holy Spirit.

They are given a part of God to live within them.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Those who are saved. Makes their body become the holy of holies when being filled with the Holy Ghost. Being filled with the earthly representative of God Himself. When a person places their sin above all else. That is their god. When they say: “I must live in this sin, for it is where my heart is.” That is their god.

This breaks the first of the Ten Commandments. To place no other god before the Lord God Almighty. This breaks the greatest commandment. To love God with all your heart mind, and soul.

This is blasphemy, and so is the unforgivable sin.

This is the line that should never be crossed, but millions cross it daily. They cross it in this blind belief that they are one with God. When it has just been shown is totally and completely the opposite. So, opposite that is the seen as unforgivable.

So how can this be fixed?

First and foremost, the person living in sin needs to come to the realization. That their current god is not the true God. They need to show real unadulterated remorse.

2 Corinthians 7:8-11 – I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 

This true remorse will change a person. In many cases there will be emotional pain. Most likely a lot of tears and heartache as well. As for my example I gave earlier. At the least those that truly repent. There will be a desire to abstain or enter into celibacy. At the most you will move into a heterosexual relationship, bound in marriage with mutual respect, desire and love.

True repentance means that the god that a person worships. No matter what it is becomes something that makes them sick and upset to even think of worshipping ever again. Their new god becomes the true God through the blood shed by His Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Their former god is no longer welcome in their life. Their new desire is to seek to please God. Being filled with the Holy Ghost and being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Their old desires, their old life is left behind and they begin to seek to find out who they have become. They do this by painstakingly studying the Bible and learning how to live a truly Christian lifestyle.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #36 (The True Gospel)


Intro

Welcome again to another Bible study podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960. Once again, as a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM.

Discussion

Many times, I have referred to the first chapter of Galatians. Specifically verses six through nine:

6 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.

But I leave out one of the most important verses. That being the tenth:

“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.”

This one verse says volumes. For many throughout the centuries HAVE sought to please people and not God.

“I’m not trying to win the approval of people”

Let’s look at this verse in the KJV:

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

To please – G700 – aresko – (through the idea of exciting emotion): to be agreeable (or by implication to seek to be so)

This tells us the false good news is constructed of words mentioning God and Jesus but aimed at pleasing the listener. To make them feel good.

This is the message that most buildings that call themselves “churches” feed to humanity. The key element in these pleasing messages is the word “love.”

Now let me make this perfectly clear. God does love ALL of humanity. Why else would He send us His own Son to serve as the sacrifice to allow us the window to be able to stand sinless before our Creator?

Remember the anguish Abraham endured when God told him he must sacrifice Isaac?

This is the anguish that God Himself suffered except more so, because unlike Isaac, Jesus Christ died. He died a Holy and Pure sacrifice. And due to this He rose again upon the third day. Having fulfilled His calling. The ransom paid for all humanity to be given the ability through Him to enter in the presence of God.

Yet it is here that those that teach the false gospel end their teaching. They leave out the next part of the message, which Paul is referring to when he says he is not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.

Again, we will look to verses that I continue to go to when trying to show the true and faithful message of the Gospel:

John 15:1-6 “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. – 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.

Within these verses is the true meaning of the True Gospel. Jesus says He is the only true way into heaven. Once someone accepts Him as their Savior, they become joined to Him.

He illustrates the entire requirements to being one with Him, and makes it clear the results if someone does not stay within the true Gospel.

The very first thing He makes clear in this description is that if someone does not stay true to the Bible and thus produce fruit God Himself will end their salvation. Those that say they can never loss their salvation is teaching a false gospel and as is shown in Galatians are cursed. This is shown time and again throughout the Bible. A prime example of bearing fruit is seen in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) the servant who buried their talent bore no fruit and was cast into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This verifies that salvation can be lost.

The next thing Jesus makes clear is that those that stay true to the Gospel will suffer, as is shown through pruning. Why? So that they will learn and thus make it so that they will in turn spread the true Gospel out unto the world thus bearing more fruit. He shows us that the message He gives unto us. The entire message prunes us making us ready to serve God though our Savior with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus makes it clear we must stay true to Him and His teaching.

“Remain in me and I will remain in you.”

He also makes it clear that we cannot produce fruit if we do not remain within His full and complete teachings. When He says something is a sin. It is something we cannot continue to live within.

Yet those that teach the false good news. Say someone can live in their sin no matter what and God will love them even if they keep them. Yet this is counter to the teaching of the vine. This is clarified in verse 10 of John 15:

“When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”

The core of these commandments is the Ten Commandments, but the rest of the commandments are seen in Deuteronomy and Leviticus.

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!

So, if it is called a sin and we must not live in sin than we must abandon sin. ANY SIN!!

Another false gospel that more follow than they realize is finding wealth and prosperity here on earth. We are told not to store our wealth here on earth where it will rot and decay. But to store our treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-20) This has a twofold effect on people, both of which become self-serving and not God serving. Because people seek to satisfy their own wants and desires, they ignore their neighbors which is against the second greatest command. To treat others as we would treat ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) How can we seek to treat others to the luxuries we seek if we do not have enough wealth to accomplish our own lusts and desires here on earth?

We are told to live a modest life. (1 Timothy 6:6-10) If we make excessive wealth it is not ours to spend upon ourselves. It was given to us by God, and it is His, not ours. We should live a simple life. And once we have a surplus that should go to others in need. This is how the early church lived their lives. (Acts 2:43-47) As time went by this message got perverted and changed by the selfishness of humanity. Thus, defying our Creator and going against the teaching of the true Gospel. Which in turn makes those that practice this lifestyle to be cursed. For many do this that have the Holy Spirit within them, and they defy the Spirit which tells them to live their lives per Biblical standards. Which is storing up heavenly treasures and not earthly ones.

It was impressed upon me, again, this morning, as I wrote this, that Christ’s first and soon return is far more near than many realize. It still may be years away; however, it could be this very moment or the next that the horn will blast.

This horn will be heard everywhere. For it will not be of this dimension, but of God’s heavenly dimension. It will be heard through walls; it will be heard in airplanes. It will be heard underground. Wherever there is a human it will be heard. This first blast of this trumpet will be for the dead. This gives those alive the ability to stop what they are doing and pray to God they are included in the next blast. For when that one blasts those that are ready will vanish from this earth to meet Jesus Christ in the air and be given their new and immortal bodies. Bodies that will last for billions upon billions of years. All our selfish wants, desires and thoughts will be at an end, and all that will matter is how can we serve our Creator God, through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

The true Gospel teaches to reject the self. (Luke 9:23; Matthew 16:24; 2 Corinthians 5:15) If we insist on keeping sin in our lives, we are insisting that we are greater than God.

The key is to removing sin. We may find it emotionally painful.  But if we are truly seeking salvation, we must learn to let go of that which in many cases brings us earthly pleasure, comfort and even satisfaction. We must come to the realization that this life we now live is fleeting. (James 4:14) At the most we may live a few decades over one hundred. However, we were meant to live thousands of years originally. Ultimately, we are destined through truly accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, to live billions of years. Why hold on so tightly to this life in which sin is greater than our Creator. God knew us before we were even convinced in the womb. (Galatians 1:15; Jeremiah 1:5) Can you grasp that concept? We have an active part in this relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That means we must seek to remove sins that bring us pleasure. All sins come from one place. Our hearts. (Matthew 15:19-20)  For we wish to satisfy our own wants and desires. Not God’s. We must abandon our own desires and strive not to please ourselves but God. This is hard on our own if not impossible. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans  6:23) Only through accepting Jesus Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit can we begin the painful struggle to end placing ourselves above God.

True love hurts. Trying to draw closer to God in our love for Him hurts. To spare the rod is to hate the child, to paraphrase the proverb. (Proverbs 13:24) Since our Heavenly Father does not hate us. He requires us to go through emotional pain that many time we feel would destroy us. This pain is us letting go of what we want and desire and accepting what God wants from us, which is to become righteous and holy. To be worthy to wear the white robes of salvation. Having passed through the blood Jesus Christ shed for us that last day of His earthly life. (Hebrews 10:9-18)

However, we are not worthy of this sanctification unless we are willing to surrender to Him all of our heart, mind, body and soul, unto our Creator through Jesus Christ the Messiah, our Savior.  Then allow ourselves to be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost. Amen

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #35 (A look at the Rapture)


Intro

Welcome again to another podcast. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM.

Discussion

In the past few months I have been listening to God as I haven’t done in a long time. This is not His fault, it is mine. It is always mine. That is how it is. The human falters, God never does. This is what I have been trying to get across to those that take the time to listen and read to understand. I am but a servant to our Creator. I am a tool being used by the Holy Spirit. To relay unto those out there that have had the urge come over them, to not turn away from what they are now hearing or reading.

The first rapture is approaching.

Time is running out.

The time of being selfish must end.

Remember the greatest commandment.

To love God with ALL your heart, ALL your mind and ALL your soul. (Matthew 22:37;Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

I can feel the Holy Spirit touching me as I write these words unto you the ones listening or reading.

The last gathering is coming, and to some it will be painful. But to others it will be like something joyous as they have never felt before.

There are tough times between here and that day when we are gathered up into the sky to meet our Savior face to face. There may be years between here and the time this is first shown to the public. But it will not be decades, or centuries as it has been for those before us.

Israel is a nation and His return is near, and none can stand in the way of Him who created all.

What I just read to you was a message I was given to convey unto those that are now listening to this message. Today we will look into the rapture.

Now you will note in what I said in the message that the “first rapture is approaching.”

There has been a great debate throughout the centuries as to how and when THE rapture would occur. This caused terms like “pretribulation rapture,” “midtribulation rapture,” “posttribulation rapture,” “partial rapture” and “pre-wrath rapture.” To come into existence.

If you have been listening to my previous podcasts like that upon the Olivet Discourse and the Daniel Dilemma. You know I have recommended the John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries. As a matter of fact I still do. Dr. Walvoord insights into prophecy and his presentation of them have been very enlightening and I feel very accurate. However, he had a flaw that was projected into these works. He has a very Baptist point of view which has placed a blind spot into his interpretations. This blind spot has led him to totally disqualify one of the possible types of events of how the rapture could occur. That being “partial rapture.”

If you have been listening to my podcast you will know that my calling has been to instruct through teaching those that are called the “lukewarm.”  These people are real and have turned away from their Savior Jesus Christ. This is counter to the teachings of the Baptist church. The Baptist church insists that once you are saved you are always saved. Yet as I have taught and again shown throughout all my teachings, especially the first four podcast entitled “Who are the ‘lukewarm?’” I have established within the Bible and usually directly form the words of Jesus Christ Himself that the man-made doctrine of once-saved always saved is blinding many and causing them to in many cases to be the “lukewarm.”

But to get back on track.

Dr. Walvoord totally dismissed the idea of the rapture being a “partial rapture.” Because he could not accept that there are those that are living a lukewarm life. Yet if you take in particular the parable of the ten virgins which begins at verse 1 of Matthew 25, from the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself. You will see, as I covered in detail in an earlier podcast that half of the virgins are left out of the wedding supper. Which occurs in heaven during the first part of the tribulation.

Now how the theory of the partial rapture is explained is that those that have been the vigilant virgins will be accepted into the wedding feast at the pretribulation point. This will leave the foolish virgins behind as well as those that didn’t accept Jesus Christ or even God as real or their Savior.

It is here that the tribulation begins, because all will see that God is real and so is Jesus Christ. It is here that those that are against God will strive to take credit for the first rapture and subvert it from His glory.  Many will accept the lie. However, those within the lukewarm will awaken to the errors of their ways and turn wholeheartedly to their Savior the Son of God, Jesus Christ. They will preach the Word openly and accept the fate that is required of them, which is martyrdom.

What many try to avoid when they don’t keep the Bible in context is how it verifies itself. Many times people mention the uncountable mass of people that stand before the Throne of God at the midpoint of the tribulation. However, they never continue on to where John is asks who are these people. So let us look at these verses in the full context.

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?”

14And 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.

So it is the lukewarm that did not heed the call to be diligent that are left to start to minister, after they repented. In the first three and half years of the tribulation it is those that listen that are added to the fold of Salvation and then die in the name of Jesus Christ.

So these that are the billions of people that are standing before God at the midpoint of the tribulation are the next part of the partial rapture theory. Or as I see it the second rapture.

Yet in Daniel there is mention of another rapture, and this rapture does not include any Christians. For it is made clear in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, that the antichrist will remain hidden even though working in the background until one thing is removed:

7 For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way.

“He who restrains is taken out of the way.” Is speaking of the Holy Ghost. If people are saved DURING the tribulation as is shown in the verses of Revelation. The Holy Spirit MUST be present to accomplish this. So once the last person to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior is killed then the midtribulation rapture occurs. It is here that the desecration of the third temple occurs.

So let us digress a bit because it is clearly established that when the first rapture occurs Jesus will come like 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.

Matthew 24:37-39 – “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.

How did the people in Noah’s time act?

Genesis 6:5-6 – 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. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

So not only will people be living their lives as if nothing is going to happen. They will be wicked and causing nothing but evil to occur, and it will be midnight for the world of humanity, for in darkness is where evil lives.

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

Acts 26:17-18 – “And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’”

So the first rapture singles the beginning of the tribulation. The second rapture removes the Holy Spirt from the world and allows the antichrist his freedom to act. As was shown earlier in 2 Thessalonians 2.

So the third rapture is for who?

Daniel 12:1-3 – 1“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.

This rapture is reserved for the children of Israel. For no Christian will be left once the antichrist is fully allowed to reveal himself. It is during this time that the two witnesses shall walk the earth, and the sealed 144,000 Jews will witness unharmed the events of this time, the chosen of God. The fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.

Ponder and think upon what you have heard today, and pray upon it as well.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #34 (The Daniel Dilemma 3/3)


Intro

Welcome to another podcast. As we conclude our Bible study of the book of Daniel. I am Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora and PlayerFM.

Discussion

What many do not understand. Is that even though the Roman Empire itself ceased to exist in 476 A.D. it influence and effect is still present and is still seen within the dream of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. So let’s look at the interpretation by Daniel to the king:

Daniel 2:40-43 – Following that kingdom, there will be a fourth one, as strong as iron. That kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires, just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes. 41 The feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay, showing that this kingdom will be divided. Like iron mixed with clay, it will have some of the strength of iron. 42 But while some parts of it will be as strong as iron, other parts will be as weak as clay. 43 This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But they will not hold together, just as iron and clay do not mix.

The first imagery that needs to be understood is the fact that there are two legs of iron. Roman itself divided into two parts. One based in Rome the other in Constantinople. This causes this prophecy to be fulfilled and accurate. Then we need to look into the further description.

Next as we go on we see that the feet and the ten toes are a mixture of clay and iron. This mere implication speaks of further division within the two separate parts of what was once one empire. That parts of this even more fractured group are stronger than other parts, yet still they work together in some form. This is an accurate description of this very world we now live within. Especially from those on the left that seek to once again establish one world government under the control of the few in power. Again I quote from Dr. John F. Walvoord:

“What Daniel implied is simply that the material that forms the feet portion of the image is not all one kind but is composed of iron and pottery, which do not adhere well to one another. This is what Daniel himself brought out…………….. A clear interpretation of the meaning of iron and clay, apart from the inherent weakness, is not given except as indicated in verse 43. Here the statement is made that the two materials will not hold together even though ‘they will mix with one another in marriage.’ This reference to marriage has given rise to several interpretations, from actual intermarriage among people in the fourth kingdom to the mixing of diverse peoples in the empire. Some also feel this is a reference to the attempted political ‘marriage’ between imperialism and democracy.”

Another name of this political marriage is called Socialism, just for the record.

Another point of note is that the western empire, that being which was controlled by Rome is Europe and the Eastern controlled by Constantinople is now the Middle East. Between 2009 and 2017 there had been a huge influx of those from the Eastern side moving into the Western side. This has seen a rise in tensions and conflicts between the two cultures. Like for example the large rape parties by those from the east that attacked several women from the west in Germany on New Year’s Eve 2016. This example clearly shows the imagery represented in this prophecy and shows that it is still being fulfilled at this very time.

So as you can see we are in the fourth kingdom as you read this. This is also confirmed when you look at the calendar, for it is based upon a calendar made by a Roman emperor and so we are still under the influence of its affect in the world, which confirms and conforms to the dream of Nebuchadnezzar.

The book of Daniel as I related in part one of this series was written approximately around 530 B.C. which is close to 2555 years ago. Some of the visions shown actually came true during Daniel’s lifetime as was recorded within the book of Daniel itself upon the fall of the Babylonian Empire to the Medo-Persian Empire in 619 B.C.

Why this book is so important to Judaism and Christianity is that it first shows that prophecies that come from God are fulfilled. It shows that God’s Word is accurate and true. So none can question it if they translate it correctly. This is why when you look to Galatians 1 it is extremely important to heed this warning.

Galatians 1:6-9 – 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.

In the perfect world we would be reading the Word of God in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. In a perfect world the Latin version of the word of God would not have been perverted and changed so badly that the scholars throughout the centuries would turn to the Greek version for its purity to the original translations of the Word of God.

But back on topic:

The book of Daniel even though prophecy in 530 B.C. become history when first Medo-Persia conquered Babylon. It became history when Alexander the Greek swooped through Medo-Persia and then died at thirty-two. Leaving his conquest to be broken up between four of his generals.

It became history upon the rise of Antiochus Epiphanies to come into power and adopted not only the name “Antiochus” after his father who was the third of that name, but also “Epiphanies” meaning “manifest god.” The telling of his story is covered as a prophecy in chapter 8 and chapter 11 of the book of Daniel.

Now it is history. Yes there are parts of the book of Daniel that are not yet fulfilled and that in itself should serve as a warning. This book above all other books within the Bible shows that the Word of God was true, is true and so will be true. The fact that we can look back into history and say yes there was a Nebuchadnezzar, yes there was a Daniel known as Belteshazzar. That there was a man that though himself as a living god that defiled the second temple in the 160s B.C.

Yet when this last was first mentioned he would not be alive for almost another four hundred years. Shows that the Bible is true and accurate. Not only as a historical document, but as the word of God. So when we are told to study the Bible. To come to know the Word of God we are doing so to not only know what was, and what is, but what will be. And we will know that God is real. That His Son is real, and that His sacrifice upon the cross was for our salvation. So when what was prophesied by Daniel, by Isaiah, by Ezekiel and by Jesus Christ Himself will be. For even now we live within the last days of this world as we now know it. For Israel is once again a nation and His soon return was foretold to be preceded by Israel’s return to this status.

Beginning with Daniel Chapter 11 verse 36 we enter into the end time prophecies. It is important to note that these verses are reserved for the Jewish and Christians. This is shown by the fact that beginning with chapter 8 we return to the Hebrew and leave the Aramaic behind. Showing that these chapters were designed for those that profess to be the children of God.

So with verse 36 you see that antichrist will describe himself as the greatest being to exist and will exalt himself as even greater than God Himself.

The end of chapter 11 of Daniel ends with the last battle at the end of the age of the Gentiles. However it does not reach its full conclusion until chapter 12 verse 3.

What is important to note is verse 2 of chapter 12:

“Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace.”

Here is shown the third rapture. This one exclusive to the nation of Israel, for there will be no Christians left during the last half of the tribulation. This rapture will include the division of those that were loyal to God and those that were not in the tribes of Israel and is not the Great White Throne Judgement. For note it says “many” and “some.” The first rapture will be to those promised not to suffer in the tribulation and the dead that were loyal Christians (1 Thessalonians 1:10). The 2nd rapture will be the white robed that are uncountable. However, it is made clear that these will have suffered and be martyred during first part of the tribulation and will include the lukewarm that return to Christ as well as those that see and hear the truth and welcome their beheadings, which will be required for them to stand before the Throne of God purified (Revelation 7:9-14). This second rapture will result in the removal of the Holy Spirit from the world, which is restraining the antichrist from fully revealing himself.

In verse 4 we are given signs of what to look for to know that we are in the end time:

“But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”

I will end this study with Daniel 12:9-10

“But he said, ‘Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is kept secret and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials. But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are wise will know what it means.’”

So in Summary:

In part one of this series. We established that the book of Daniel was written in his lifetime. We also showed that it was meant for Judaism and Christianity alike. We also established that it deals within the lands of the Middle East exclusively. However since the Greeks and Romans conquered these lands they were and are involved to this day.

In part two of this series. We identified the little horn of chapter 8 of the book of Daniel. As well as reinforce the identity of the four gentile nations involved in Daniels interpretations of the dreams. We also went into how the 2300 days were fulfilled from the time that Antiochus Epiphanes ended the sacrifices within the second temple and then deviled it. Until Judas Maccabaeus rededicated the temple.

Today, we concluded this what can be called an introductory study into the book of Daniel. By showing that the Roman Empire is the forth gentile nation to have rule over the world and its influence is still in effect at this very time. As well that all evidence shows that we are truly in the last days prophesied by Jesus Christ just two days before His crucifixion upon the cross. In His teachings to the disciples in the Olivet Discourse.

We also showed that we must get ourselves right with God. We must seek to live our lived per the teachings of the Bible. And not to live in or of the world. For only those that are right with the Lord will be included in the first rapture promised in 1 Thessalonians 1:10:

“And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.”

So if you wish to fully escape the tribulation. Get right with God. And turn away from the world and the sins it offers. Live a righteous life with God always upon our minds. First and foremost in everything we do.

God Bless

To the ladies on dating sites (especially Christian Mingle)


Re-post and update

I was just watching the news and they had a segment about how more and more women are finding themselves staying single. The problem stated in the segment? Women are looking for what equates to a fantasy man that does not exist.
I admittedly am on a couple… well a few sites myself, and I would have to agree with this news segments findings. I am in my fifties and am once again looking. So when I look I see someone that interested me. I check them out and look for compatibility. Then I stop dead in my tracks. Most are looking for athletic, muscular, tone men. In their fifties?
I did my research, since I admit I am overweight. Over fifty percent of all males over fifty are overweight. Then you add in smokers, men that are not desirable attitude wise and if you are lucky maybe just maybe two percent of males fit what women are looking for that could maybe fit the fantasy women have made for themselves and so they end up single.
In the segment, the women stated that they are looking for a kind man. From my own observations most kind men fall into the fifty plus percentage that are overweight, and are over fifty percent of that original fifty percent plus. So ladies it is time for a wake-up call.
Do you want the fantasy or do you want happiness? It is time to rethink what you really want in your life. It is time to decide if you want to remain single or if you want to share your life with someone that wishes to share your life with you.
Now to those that partake of Christian Mingle, where again I see women looking for the fantasy male. These ladies disappoint me the most. As I have discussed in other posts of mine is that this life we now live is temporary, basically we are trying life on for size and seeing if we do well with it, then we will move on into an eternal body when Christ returns to earth. This eternal body I will theorize will be at our physical best. In others words the very fantasy man you ladies are looking for. So think on this. If you go looking for that kind, caring, man that will treat you as an equal. Not someone that looks down on you, or abuses you. A man that seeks to have a partner throughout all eternity is someone you should be seeking out, but as I stated above most the men that fit this description are overweight. To me this is a test for you ladies to go through. Can you look past the physical and look to the spiritual? That is what those that go to Christian Mingle should be searching for. I know I do.
So sue me, I am being a bit selfish here, because I would like the chance to share my life with someone special as well. A life that to me will not last for thirty or even forty more years, but billions. It will only work out that way if a few ladies do wake up and start to look for inner quality over outer quality.
Good luck ladies and I wish you the best in your efforts.

 

I noticed someone looked at this post. I  re-read it. As of this March 2021 I will be celebrating my 6th anniversary with a woman I desire to spend all eternity with.

My recommendation was correct.  Seek a Godly man eventhough they are harder to find than the fantasy man…

Again good luck and know that Jesus is so to return

Blog for Podcast #32 (The Daniel Dilemma 1/3)


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast. This is once again Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts.

Today we begin a look into the book of Daniel. This was originally published on my blog site in 2016, and once again contains references to the John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries, which I once again recommend.

Discussion

The main challenge that the book of Daniel encountered. Came from those that believed the book was not first written by Daniel and in turn was not written in 540 to 530 B.C. Many imply the book was written in the 200 B.C. time frame.

Why is this so important? Why must we accept and understand that the Book of Daniel was written by Daniel and was complete before his death which is stated to have occurred in 530 B.C.?

This is the dilemma.

First off you need to understand that this book was not just written for the Jewish people as all the other book of the Old Testament (OT) were originally written for. This book was also written for the Gentiles and signaled the beginning of the rule of the Gentile nations over the world. This is seen in the way Daniel wrote this book. The beginning and the end of the book is written in Hebrew. As all other books of the OT were written, with the exception of Ezra. The middle of the book though is written in Aramaic (2:4 – 7:28). This is the common tongue at the time throughout the Middle East. It also stayed this way well into the time of the Roman Empire. It is still used in some form by many Middle Eastern Christian Churches. This also foreshadows the fact that the entire book, we now call the Bible, would come to be, and designed for all of humanity. That were and are willing to learn and listen to what is within it.

These parts of the Book of Daniel that were written in Aramaic deal specifically with Gentile nations within the Middle East. For the focal point is the nation of Israel, so it deals only with those nations that will have an effect upon it, which included Greece and the Roman Empire. This is something that really needs to be understood. Many in today’s Christian culture reject in some part the Judaism of the OT. They feel that only Christianity is the focal point of the Bible. This is the furthest thing from the truth.

Abraham is the father of the Jewish and as well as the Islamic nations. Jesus, the Son of God, was born to a descendant of David. Both Joseph and Mary have a direct lineage to David, the first king of the united tribes of Israel. Christianity came from Jesus Christ who was raised upon the books of the OT. At the age of twelve His knowledge of these books, which included Daniel. Far exceeded the understanding of the Tanakh by the Pharisees and Sadducees at that time and was noted as such in Luke 2:46-47. So Christianity is the “grandchild” of Abraham. And the Bible teaches that we must honor our fathers and mothers, even to the point of the source of our faith. So any that deny Israel, and the Jewish people, deny God.

This non-focus on Israel as the focal-point has led to many misinterpretations of this book by those that have not taken the time to truly study the Bible and history itself. This is why it is extremely important to study the Bible. Not just read it. As is the case of the book of Daniel, knowing history is extremely important as well. For within the book of Daniel is facts related to not only Israel, but Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and the Roman Empire. Without knowledge of this history of these nations, misunderstanding the book of Daniel comes into play and so causes the rise of false teachings and teachers, which is predicted by Jesus Christ in the Olivet discourse.

First we need to understand the four Gentile world dominant kingdoms. As mentioned before these are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. The last of these is the most complicated to understand, but when taken in context with the statute of four layers you come to a better understanding, and once again see that Israel is the focal point as well.

Babylon is the first major Empire of any true note that affected the Middle Eastern area. Many times this empire changed hands, but the one that dealt with Israel was the Assyrian rule which began in 911 B.C. and ended during the book of Daniel in 619 B.C. This version of the empire at its apex, which is approximately 671 B.C. reached from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean and down into Egypt itself. The boarder cities were Susa, Ecbatana, Musasir, Tushpa, Kanish, Tarsus, and Dumah and reached down to Jeb in Egypt. To give you a more up to date imagery, the eastern boarder would conform, for the most part, to the border between Iraq and Iran. Its northern border went from Van, Turkey to the Lake Tuz just south, southeast of Ankara. The western border starts at the north at this lake down to between Silifke and Adana, along the entire eastern coast of the Mediterranean. It then extended into Egypt just west of Al Hammam down south to Mut and then met the Red Sea near Halaib. Its southern border extended from the Gulf of Aqaba in a near straight line to the Persian Gulf.

Why have I went into so much detail describing this area? Is due to the fact that this area is all the land mass that the book of Daniel deals with? Even though Greece and Rome are not in this area today. At one point during their conquests they held domain over this area, which is why they are a part of the prophecies within the book of Daniel. The land mass within these prophecies never changes. However the effects to each of these empires especially the last does constitute the overall lands, and cultures they have affected, due to their existence within the Gentile world. So to make this clear. The prophecies within the book of Daniel deal exclusively within the lands of the Middle East, that deal with the original boarders of the Babylonian/Assyrian Empire. In today’s terms that means Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait and parts of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. So when a direction is mentioned within the prophecies it conforms to an area within these boundaries. In the book of Revelation this area also conforms to the boundaries of the city of New Jerusalem.

In the prophecy of the statue. Four nations are given reference to, but not truly identified. The head however, is shown to be Babylon. Yet the others, even though described, are not given identity. This changes in chapter seven. Here the nations are given identification for those that have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

So let us start to explore this part of the book of Daniel and see if we can start to work our way through the dilemma this book has caused throughout the centuries. So we shall look at the four kingdoms that are first shown in the Statue dream of Daniel chapter two.

Daniel 7:4 – The first beast was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.

At the time of this prophecy the royal palace had statues of winded lions at its gate, which was one of the factors in agreement that this is a representation of at the least Nebuchadnezzar and the most an imagery of Babylon itself. To quote the commentary by John F. Walvoord:

“In spite of the power indicated in this symbolism, Daniel saw the beast become man-like. This is most commonly interpreted as the symbolic representation of Nebuchadnezzar’s experience in chapter 4 when he was humbled before God and made to realize that, even though he was a great ruler, he was only a man. His lion-like character, or royal power, was his only at God’s pleasure. The symbolism is accurate and corresponds to the historical facts.”

So in all scholarly studies of this verse. It is agreed that this is an image of Babylon and the first empire of the Gentiles. Then the next verse should describe the next empire in the chain.

Daniel 7:5 – Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!”

The imagery suggested by this verse shows a strong yet less refined empire that has one side stronger than the other. The Persian side being stronger than the Median part which the former had taken over from the latter before its move against other kingdoms. This is shown in the imagery of defeating and devouring three kingdoms, thus the three ribs. That being Lydia, Babylon and Egypt. The bear is also known to be a more ferocious animal than other animals in the animal kingdom as seen within biblical times.

Daniel 7:6 – Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.

Starting with the image of a leopard. It is an imagery within the Bible of something not as grand as the lion, but is known for its swiftness. This is amplified by the four wings upon its back. The four heads indicate a division into four parts but of equal power and control. The conquest of Alexander was extremely swift. Upon his death at thirty-two the Greek Empire was given to his four top generals and their power was divided equally.

Daniel 7:7-8 – Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. 8 As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.

One of the main tendencies of the Roman Empire was to remove the cultural from those it dominate. This was accomplished through death, destruction and an insistence of following Roman law. In some areas they tried different tactics, but in the end it resulted in their mainstay as mentioned above. This is clearly seen in 70 A.D. when the last temple was destroyed and the Israeli nation scattered throughout the Roman Empire and then the world.

A great debate still continues into the description as to who or what the little horn is that replaces three of the ten horns. Has it happened or will it happen? At this time it is still open for debate. What is made clear is that it is not the little horn of chapter eight.

That little horn has been identified as Antiochus Epiphanes. He is called this due to his representation of the little horn still to come, that being the antichrist. What is known for sure is that Antiochus IV Epiphanes did abolish the worship of God by the Jewish people and he did defile the temple in the 160s B.C. by establishing the worship of Zeus within the Temple and the sacrifice of pigs upon the alter. Antiochus Epiphanes is described by many to be an image of the antichrist that is yet to come during the time of the Tribulation.

In recent times another foreshadowing of the coming antichrist appeared. That being the Obama presidency of the United States. This image of the little horn came to power and brought devastation to this Christian nation, by making it possible to fulfill these words of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 24:10-12 – And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.

Again a fore image of the true antichrist yet to appear.

As you ponder what you just heard. We will end this week’s study of the Daniel dilemma.

God Bless