darkness

Blog for Podcast #74 (Darkness)


Intro

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

Discussion

In Ephesians chapter five the Bible says this about how to live a “Christian Lifestyle.”

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

Now we must remember that these letters that form that majority of the New Testament are letters that were sent to those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. They were born again and had the Holy Spirit within them.

Yet we are instructed not to let certain things take place:

“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.”

For these sins to be listed. Something must have taken place within Ephaesus to cause this particular pointing out of sinful behavior.

Case in point “no sexual immorality.” The other day I read an article where the youth pastor of a church was beaten by the father of the child. When the father caught this pastor touching his son in the wrong way. So, as you can see this man who went to a theological seminary or college and received a degree to be a pastor sinned.

There will be those out there that say this pastor was never saved. Which personally this really upsets me when people say this excuse. Why? Because of this from the book of Romans:

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

These two verses show God’s love for all of humanity, Be they saved or unsaved. Sinner or saint. Believer, or heathen. Once someone does this they are saved.

But humans were given free-will. It is this free-will that makes humans like the wife of Hosea from the book of Hosea. Their free-will gets them into trouble. Why?

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

Corruptible – G5349 – phthartos – perisable, corruptible

Corruptible – able to be made to do something dishonest or immoral per Cambridge Dictionary.

Even after we are saved, we are still able to fall into sin and do sinful things. However, as is shown in the verses I started this study with we are called not to do these things. As this pastor showed we can do dreadful things. This is why Christ said this:

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

Now we are getting to the core of today’s study. The very next verse that followed this list of sins in Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:6-9 – Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

You have light within you. Let us look to the words of Christ once again:

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

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 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!”

But why have this statement in the middle of talking about where our treasures are and money?

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.

This is darkness. When a person’s focus is not on following the teachings of Christ, but upon seeking after their own wants and desires here on earth. That is living in sin and so not in the light.

Let us return to Ephesians again, this time in the KJV:

Ephesians 5:5 – For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Covetous man – G4123 – pleonektés  – holding (desiring) more, eager for gain (avaricious, hence a defrauder)

Avaricious – showing an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions

Defrauder – a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

  1. Swindle – to get money dishonestly from someone by deceiving or cheating them

Idolater – G1496 – eidólolatrés – an image (servant) or worshiper

  1. Image –        1) a visual representation of something

2) a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation

3) a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media

Most associate “image” as worshiping a stone image otherwise know as Idolatry. Yet as was just shown “image” as many other meanings. Many have fooled themselves into believing they are being truly “Christian” by seeking after wealth, rewards, and luxuries here on earth. Yet this is the opposite of what Christ Himself commands in Matthew 6. This is of the world as shown in 1 John 2.

The word “idolater” when researched within the TDNT it means that the person called this is diligently working to fulfil their greedy desire. Seeking after money which is considered an idol in Matthew 6:24. So working to gain money, prestige, a fancy house, a fancy car, fancy clothes is working for and toward the world as has been established here today form the Bible itself. Is living in sin and turning one’s back upon God and His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

So those that call themselves “Christian” yet hold on to their wealth and seek more, and believe they are one with God fall into this group in Ephesians:

“Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.”

For how great is their darkness? For what they see as light is not that but is truly darkness.

Darkness – G4655 – skotos – shadiness, darkness, either physical or moral.

In a reading of the TDNT it is a very long and complicated study. The elements that made the most sense was that of the ways of Christ is light and remaining in and for the world is darkness. Most within the United States fall into the latter of these two descriptions.

Seeking after their own wants and desires. Seeking to be appealing to those about them by their looks and what they own. This is darkness. And so, they excuse these sins thinking all is right with themselves and God.

This reminds me of one of my dreams where I was falling towards hell. I was in complete and utter darkness. As I fell I at times encountered groups of people singing hymns and saying prayers to God and Jesus. Holding each other’s hands in a circle yet they too were falling towards hell in the darkness.

Ponder upon this study and think and pray.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #22 (Light and Darkness


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast. This is Dreamwalker1960. Before I get started. I would like to encourage any of you out there listening to click on the “follow” button on which ever platform you are using to listen to these podcasts .

Discussion

As you may have noted I didn’t entitle this podcast light verses darkness. Per verses within the Bible I should but I can’t.

What are these verses to start with?

James: 4:4 – 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.

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

Those who seek to live a righteous life will seek to not only be the light but to live within the light.

Ephesians 5:1-14 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible……

These verses when read in the KJV bring to mind the parable of the ten virgins. Within it, it states that all those that were wise and foolish became tired as they waited for the bridegroom to come. They all fell asleep. There is also the implication that this is also due to it becoming dark. For the bridegroom came at midnight, which is the darkest time of the night.

So all allowed darkness to overwhelm them to some degree, because they permitted themselves to get distracted, to tire and then to slumber. It is clear due to the mentioning of the oil that all the virgins are those that have become saved and were blessed to receive the Holy Spirit. For the oil is described throughout the Bible as an anointing. So this parable is describing those that are the brides of Christ.

The implication is that His return would be so long in the waiting that darkness would descend upon the realm of humanity, until it reaches its darkness point, at which time Christ would return.

We are in this dark period now. How close to midnight we are in some sense can be seen by those that are watching and listening. These verses we have just read give us insight to a degree of those that live in the darkness. We can also judge by events that affect the body of Christ. As an example the removal of God from the American School systems. This has resulted in many in today’s world not even knowing what is written within the Bible itself. Nor do they have any understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He went to the cross and then truly rose from the dead on the third day. They have been taught that this is all mythology. If you wish to explore this part of this message, please look to my previous broadcast “When a Myth is Not a Myth.”

As this nation, which I see as the last stronghold of the pure Christian faith, is besieged from outside and within. I see that we are quickly approaching midnight and we are in the darkness. It is now that we should be more prepared than ever to await for the call at midnight. It is now that we should shine the light of our lives upon the world. Exposing their evils as best we can. Understanding all the time the darkness will endure to the sorrow of millions.

Even though all the virgins were asleep in the parable that does not mean we are all to sleep now. For we are told to be vigilant. (1 Peter 5:8; Mark 13:33) You do this by having an active relationship with Christ. We must make an effort to remove those things that are seen as evil from our lives, and not to condone and accept them, as the verses of Ephesians makes clear. I will quote them again:

6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

It is this condoning that is why we can without a doubt identify this time we are now in as the age of the lukewarm. Not only the excusing of sins in others but allowing this deficient attitude to permeate the body of Christ. From not separating ourselves from those who openly flaunt their sinful natures about us all. To not teaching our children the truth about Jesus Christ and why He became the ultimate sacrifice of all of humanity.

When reading Revelation we come to those standing before the throne of God. They are all dressed in white. Their number is uncountable. It also says these are those that came from the Tribulation. (Revelation 7:9-14)

Do you understand what that is saying?

It is saying that millions if not billions will turn to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ DURING the Tribulation. Not before. During. Why? Because many of them fell asleep and didn’t have their oil ready. While the others will come to see the truth of God and come to know His Son who died for all of humanity that is willing to listen to His teachings within the Bible. The sad thing about this though is that they must be killed by those that reject God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Now once again I return to verse 5:10 of Ephesians, except this time we will explore it further with the KJV:

“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”

Proving – G1381 – dokimazo – to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve, allow, discern, examine [Strong’s]

Acceptable – G2101 – euarestos – fully agreeable [Strong’s]

So this is calling upon the person that calls themselves a “Christian” to act. For them to use their knowledge of God’s plans and desires through the use of the Bible. To examine a situation or a person and conclude if it is right within the pretext of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

So we are to be attentive to the wishes of our Savior at all times. Not just when it is convenient. This brings to mind these verse from 1 Thessalonians

Chapter 5:14 – 23 – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

These verse verify that we are to have an active part in our relationship with Jesus Christ. You can’t leave it all up to God. You must strive to help yourselves have a clean and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.

For without our part in this relationship we are not the light. And without the light shining upon the darkness, it will spread and get ever darker as it is now.

Why?

Because most that call themselves “Christian” are not following these teachings. This is not me saying this. This is the world about us saying this. It is the riots saying this. It is those in power flaunting their positions over us, saying this. It is the closing down of churches saying this. It is those calling God and His Son myths saying this. It is those of the world laughing at those that call themselves “Christians,” saying this.

For if God were in the hearts of most of humanity it would reflect the teachings within the Bible. I lived in the days when this reflection did exist. When people treated others with tolerance, and not hatred. They gave the other person a chance. Violence was there, for evil can never be totally removed. But it was not the mainstay as it is now. The darkness is spreading. For only light comes from God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and its evidence is diminishing. Which is saying we are approaching midnight. The Lord Jesus Christ is soon to return and all glory be unto Him. Hallelujah and Amen.

God Bless. 

The darkness


During Christ’s crucifixion the sky grew dark. For decades I have always looked upon this moment for something other than many assume it to be.
There was no solar eclipse on this day, but I have always seen it as the gathering of the fallen angels to watch the spectacle of the death of the Son of Man. Not realizing in their pride and arrogance that it was actually their own sentencing they were observing.
A sentencing that will begin to be handed out that day Christ sets foot again upon Mount Olive.
Matthew 27:45 – Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.