rejection

Blog for Podcast #56 ( the Rejection of Christ)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify, Podbean and PlayerFM if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

The writer of Hebrews had one intent in mind. Causing those within the Jewish community to come to accept that Jesus Christ was the Messiah they had been looking for.

The Jewish nation had been following the laws given to Moses for near 1500 years. As was shown by the Pharisees the nation went through the motions, but in actuality they had let their faith in God fall away from them. So, when it came time to accept the Messiah, they were too blinded by rituals to see the truth written in the Tanakh.

So why read the book of Hebrews?

In today’s world it has been nearly two thousand years since Jesus Christ ascended. Christianity has faltered in its faith and works. Due to it those teachings that are found within this book are things that today’s Christians need to listen to and think hard upon. For most that call themselves “Christian” are walking down a path that they believe will lead to eternal life. However, this is not totally true in many cases.

Also, we must note that there are many that deny God. Not only when the book of Hebrews was written but now. Within the book of Hebrews many verses are used that come from the Old Testament. Now from the book The Case for Christ a statement is made which refers to many verses found here within the book of Hebrews:

“I had studied this same statistical analysis by mathematician Peter W. Stoner when I was investigating the messianic prophecies for myself. Stoner also computed that the probability of fulfilling forty-eight prophecies was one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.

“Our minds can’t comprehend a number that big. This is a staggering statistic that’s equal to the number of minuscule atoms in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, billion universes the size of our universe!

“’The odds alone say it would be impossible for anyone to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies,’ Lapides concluded. ‘Yet Jesus – and only Jesus throughout all of history – managed to do it.’” Chapter 10 of the Case for Christ.

In the first chapter alone, there are ten references from the Old Testament that shows how Jesus was foretold of, which is part of the forty-eight prophecies mentioned in the Case for Christ.

In recent debates I have had with those that wish to comment to my podcasts without listening nor reading them. Many have commented that they need faith alone. In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews faith is the key topic. However, if you pay attention to how the chapter is written, the faith of those listed is shown by works. This corresponds to the second chapter of James.

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

When looking through the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. You see time and again those great people whose stories we know from the Old Testament. How they showed their faith by doing the will of God. Living lives in the belief that they were seeking to please God and no human.

Yet, millions go through life now, living only in pleasing themselves and their desires of this world. Thinking they are fine with God because they call Him their Creator. Nevertheless, they live in sin not caring for what the Bible tells us to do and how to truly live our lives. Lives that should not be looking to this world, but for the eternal life that is yet to come.

Millions say that all that is needed is faith, but as was shown clearly in the letter from James:

“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”

What saddened me the most is that they see themselves as not only fine with God, but greater than others. Especially those that wish to pursue the teachings of the Bible that tells all they must follow what is written within it. To turn away from seeking after worldly wealth, leisure, and pleasures. To store up their treasures not here on earth, but to store them in Heaven by seeking to do the will of God. By doing works and bearing fruit which bring themselves and others in line with the laws given to all within the Bible.

Those that see themselves better than others are not following the Bible.

Romans 12:3-8 – Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Those that follow God think themselves as part of the whole. Equal with its other parts. Seeking only one thing. To show all the true teachings of the Bible, by being living examples of Jesus Christ and doing those tasks given to us as gifts from God Himself. To show all that God is their Creator and only through His Son can they find true life. An eternal life that will not last a mere one hundred years with the bobbles and trinkets you have collected here on earth. But a life that will last billions upon billions of years with the treasures we have stored up in God’s heavenly presence.

What strikes me most in these debates is the anger that exudes from the wording used by these people who profess they are children of God.

James 1:19-21 – Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Evil behavior is called blasphemy which means something that you say or do that shows you do not respect God or a religion per Cambridge Dictionary.

This definition reminds me of how these people that say they are “Christian” challenge and confront me. They show me no respect and they see themselves as greater than me. Having an attitude of supremacy over others, not just me. And you wonder why those that deny God do so?

The problem is not those that deny God. It is those that see themselves as one with God when they are no where near living a righteous life. When they can have anger and or resentment for their fellow humans be they Christian or non-Christian. It is this behavior and mentality that caused the Crusades. It is this mentality that instigated wars. That caused those that came into the New World to seek to dominate, control and slaughter those of the cultures and peoples in North and South Americas. Parading they are “Christian.” However never being anywhere truly near the teachings within the Bible. Especially those taught by Jesus Christ Himself, which state not to seek after the world and its riches but to seek after God and His riches and the eternity to come.

Why they grow angry is because they are not God focused but self-focused. They believe they can have their cake and eat it too. They see themselves having the leisure and luxuries of the world and also receiving an enteral life being a servant of God. However, Jesus Christ made it clear they cannot serve God and money. They must hate one and love the other. (Matthew 6:24)

We are told that when someone sins, we are to help them see the truth. However, when you show them the truth, they get angry instead. Insisting you are in the wrong. Nevertheless, you show them the truth found within the Bible and their anger grows.

They aim their anger all at the one telling them they are in error. Even with Biblical prove provided they cannot accept that they live in sin. This is proven once again in Hebrews:

Hebrews 6:4-8 – For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. 7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. 8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.

Now I will say this about my own life. I was born again in 1984. I had fallen away from the true path of salvation and in 2013 God had enough. My field was bearing thorns and thistles and the “farmer:” God was on the verge of burning the field: me. In simpler terms I was on the verge of losing my salvation. This is made clear in John 15 that salvation can be lost. And we will be cast into the fire which is the pit of fire also known as hell. I went through the pruning that God gave me, and it was harsh to say the least, but I endured it for Christ’s glory.

Once when I mentioned John 15. The come back was: “that was for the disciples.” Once you ask Jesus Christ into your life you become a disciple. This is one of those things that it seems people forget. As is shown in Hebrews chapter six many that have been saved and known salvation lose their way to the point that they see themselves as fine with God, yet they subject Christ to shame and ridicule. And they wonder why God would cast them off and return them to damnation. It is this type of behavior that shows why Jesus disliked hypocrisy so much and why in His glorified form He said He would spit the lukewarm from His mouth.

This message gives a portion out there a lot to think about. What is important is to do that thinking. Not for me, but for yourself and the glory of the sacrifice made by our Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless

The Judas dilemma


When we look to the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ we see humanity coming face to face with God.
We see their willingness. We see their desire to shine above the rest. We see their bickering and arguing at times as well. Simply we see a true reflection of man, while on the other hand in Jesus we see the God who has become man and see he is different.
However, that is not the main point of this article.
The main point is we can also say even though they were flawed and did not at first act correctly. For the most part their hearts were in the right place, for they had been called by name, by Christ Himself.
Now in this light we can in essence say they were “saved.” Even though Christ had not yet died for their sins. How they acted after in another story for another day.
What we are going to deal with is the fact they were called by Christ to be taught by the Son of God Himself. Before it was over they came to know and understand that yes He was the Messiah. Yet, one still clung to the world, still desired the riches and notoriety of this temporal existence.
This one even though knowing Christ was the Son of God chose the world instead. That was Judas.
He saw the miracles, and may have even performed some himself, yet he could not understand or grasp the reality he himself was experiencing.
Was he overwhelmed? I do not know.
Was he beyond caring for the truth before him? Again the answer of that is beyond my knowing or understanding.
Even though he was seeing, even though he was doing. Still he could not comprehend the reality of God. The power of God. The understanding that we were created by God. That all he saw, that all he did was only due to being part of the overall plan of God’s tapestry, woven throughout the known universe, which itself is just now being seen as that very thing, a woven tapestry.
Many today are like Judas and in many cases aren’t even aware of their own rejection of the Christ. Thus the dilemma. They do not see God nor His Son as who they truly are. They worship the world yet say they are His children. Showing nothing but contempt towards He they said they would surrender their life to. They seek out their own thirty silver in the form of fancy houses, cars, and then turn and spend their blood money on unnecessaries, instead of giving to those in need. They bury their wealth hording it and refusing to release it.
They are the new Judas’s and in most cases even if they realized the truth as the original Judas did wouldn’t even do has he did, kill himself. For even though they had seen Christ’s grace and glory the world is more what they now lust after and desire for it satisfies them and their own selfish desires and lust. Unaware that the Day of Judgment will come and they will be standing before Christ as they say:
“Lord, Lord.”
And He will say,
“I never knew you.”

The rejection of human rule


It came this past week from a place that had done it before. Great Britain. I don’t know what it is about this island, but this is not the first time this island has stood against tyranny. When Rome tried to conquer it the result was Hadrian’s Wall. When Germany tried to invade it in World War II the Battle of Britain stated to ended the lust of world rule that Hitler so strongly sought after.
As a result those humans that wish to rule humanity decided to be more subtle about how they changed humanity to turn them into willing slaves. They did it though education, look at today’s collages and you will see the hatred for the United States of America by those that attend them, yet they are citizens of this very nation, reaping in the soft luxuries they claim to so hate. Look at how movies and TV try to manipulate and twist the minds of people to belief that they tell the truth when a “story” is nothing more than a lie, a creation of a human mind. Not based in true reality, but meant to turn reality to become like it. An example, in 2007 the TV series about a woman president, it was meant to cause people to vote to Hilary Clinton.
Now this last week Britain has once again become a stop gap from totalitarianism.
Many times I hear people say that history bored them. Well, don’t you think this may have been done on purpose so that people would not truly learn history? Have you never heard the phrase: “If you do not learn from history you are destined to repeat it?” This is truth.
Throughout all of human’s recorded history we see time and again humans wish to dominate and rule other humans so that those in power can live in luxury will those that control and rule are noting but animals and garbage to be whipped, killed and burned. When Rome conquered crosses were places on roads everywhere bearing witness to their cruelty and a warning to follow them or face the same fate.
Attila the Hun decimated entire cites so that the next few gave in without a fight. The French revolution the guillotine and the parade of heads of all those that opposed them, which led to Napoleon, another person determined to rule over humanity.
Then we have Hitler. The man who caused the death of thirteen million people in concentration camps and ovens to burn the bodies. Six million of which were Jews, but did you know that he also killed true Christians, homosexuals as well as others that opposed his rule.
Now due to the weakening of the human will and mind through delicate manipulation by those on the left. Their desire for humans to have one world government with a select few at the top. It was accelerated when Barak Obama came to power instead of Hilary Clinton.
He and his communist friends moved and moved quickly. Within eight years the United States has become weak. Maybe to a degree it was already their but many that still felt this once proud nation still had some strength to do what was right and righteous were in place to guarantee this truth.
This weakness was the window those in the radical Muslim communities had on their side been preaching and teaching that the “west” was. This allowed ISIS to come into existence. A thorn in the side of the leftist who wished to have a peaceful conquest of humanity now found they had a war to deal with.
This however they manipulated by trying to change more laws which allowed them to take more control over the common folk. Yet the radical Muslim groups had their own plans which included flooding Muslims into the now open boarders of Europe. Opened by those on the left that wished to rule humanity in their little way.
Yet Great Britain was a thorn they did not count upon. They thought they had this island nation which once controlled through their own desire of world domination most of the known world. They though saw the writing upon the wall which was started by the American colonies which is now the United States of America. Yes we can go into talking about how this nation too grew by dominating what they considered lesser humans, but that is the core theme of this entire article. Humans wishing to rule humans. This has been ongoing since Babylon and was predicted and promised within the Bible. It will continue until all that are written within the Book Life are accounted for.
What people do not realize is that everything that has happened and will happen has only one goal. The fact that humanity will bow down to God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Humans think they are in control, but this is not so.
Daniel 4:17 – For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.”
They think this is their idea and that they are in control. Yet each that think this way at many points in their lives had the chance to do it the right way. To do it God’s way. That was shown when the people of Great Britain voted to leave the EU. Yet those that wish to control and manipulate their fellow humans are blind to this truth and these facts.
They do not see that they have sealed their fate to eternal damnation. They have blinded themselves to seeing this temporal world we all exists within is nothing more than a proving ground to see if each and every one of us will willingly and in all humility bow a knee to our Creator. Yet they may think they are going into heaven if they even belief there is a heaven. I phrased it like that on purpose by the way. For those that truly understand the Bible know that “heaven” is only a holding area for those that have proven themselves to be true servants of the living God. Our true destiny is yet to be fulfilled throughout all of God’s creation, the universe and it will require bodies that are perfect and immortal to be able to accomplish these goals for God’s glory. Yet those that wish to rule human. Those that wish to live only for this temporal world. Those that wish to live and love their sinful lives. There is only one destination. A destination I wish none to partake of. The pit of fire and eternal agony and undying worms that will eat upon their flesh. Yet this is the fate they have chosen for themselves. For they wish to rule and wish to sin more than they wish to serve and turn from sin.
So for those that chose to leave the EU in Great Britain. I hope and pray your actions have caused more to awaken to the truth, and that this once proud nation, the United States of America, will awaken from it slumber unto to death before it is too late.

America has spoken now judgment can begin


On Tuesday the last candidate that could be called truly “Christian” was rejected by the United States of America. The death sentence of this once proud nation has been sounded.
A majority of the populous has publicly made it know where they stand with God, and God is not to be denied. Israel the chosen and special people of God did it multiple time and each time it was to their detriment.
The average American citizen will do as they did. Scoff at these words if they even bother to read them. They did not realize that their rejection of Him will come back to haunt them.
Now those that are truly “Christian” need to do as the early church did. Come together as never before. They must seek out and support each other in true brotherly and sisterly love, the true meaning of “philadelphia.” The people of America have announced to all that they are of the world and desire it more than they desire God.
The letters of the New Testament were written in a time of great strive to the followers of Christ. The writers of these letters referred to “love” many time. In today’s society most thing these words of love were for “Christians” to love all, but that was the furthest thing from the truth. It was ONLY for Christian to love and support their fellows and none others.
They were to remove themselves form those that rejected the calling and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross. That is now required today. This will result in great hardships, pain, discomfort and even misery.
The thing is this hardship, pain, discomfort and misery will not only be experienced by those that are truly followers of Jesus, but every single legal American citizen. However, the hardship will most likely be more so for those that have accepted Jesus.
The cries will reach up into heaven asking for the soon return of Jesus, which is ever closer every day and is made possible by the open apostasy of most within this nation.
This is your last call to truly seek repentance from the Son of God. Will this writing you now read be the actual “last call” I seriously doubt it. It is more like the beginning of the last call. Understand this though. This is real. There is no grey. There is only black and white. There is only right and wrong and the people of this once proud and great nation have openly chosen the black, the wrong, the pit of fire.
As long as you have breathe to breath in this temporal body you can redeem yourself with the Creator of the universe. You can still become a true and faithful “Christian.” Understand this though. Soon you will witness great strive affecting all in this nation as never before. It may be slow and grow ever gradually or it could happen in a moment and never stop until you breathe your last, but it is coming and it is coming very soon. Seek out God. Seek out Jesus. Seek out those that ARE TRULY “Christian” and know that only God is the true salvation. Not humans that promise what they can never deliver.

Christ knew His rejection would not only be by the Israelis


Jesus know that in time even those that accepted Him would reject Him. Now I do not mean those that lived in the early centuries of Christianity, but those in this present time of Christianity.
More and more are turning away from Christ. More and more are saying they can live in sin and still call themselves a child of God. More and more outright deny He ever was or for that matter that there is a God. Then there are those on the other extreme that worship he that sought to take God’s place and was cast from heaven with a third of the angels that decided to follow him. They too suffering from a lust of the flesh and of the juices fermented fruit.
The Bible tells of this time and of the blindness that is within it. The Bible tells of those that follow sin yet sing the songs of praise to God and His son, yet they will not realize the truth. The Bible says there will be those that tell the truth and they shall be laugh at and ridiculed, just as Jesus was laughed at and ridiculed.
The Bible says that when this happens His return shall be near, so take heed and listen. Look past those that laugh and call those like myself nut cases and crazies. Implying that we are like those dirty and tattered people hold up the cardboard signs saying “The end is near repent.”
For the end is near. Will it be tomorrow? Will it be this month? Will it be this year or the next or the next? We do not know for sure, but this we do know. There are things within the Bible about this time. Prophecies that are becoming fact. Signs that are becoming truth.
Are you sure you wish to reject Christ at this time?