Monday, April 16, 2018
The following message is taken from the book: The Faith I Live By, EGW, p. 105-106 – when it comes to understanding the true role of Christ; earthly priests and pastors, this reading sheds great light.
“The infinite sufficiency of Christ is demonstrated by His bearing the sins of the whole world. He occupies the double position of offeror and of offering, of priest and of victim.
In the atonement made for him the believer sees such breadth, and length, and height, and depth of efficiency—sees such completeness of salvation, purchased at such infinite cost, that his soul is filled with praise and thanksgiving. He sees as in a glass the glory of the Lord, and is changed into the same image as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The great High Priest has made the only sacrifice that will be of any value. The incense that is offered now by men, the masses that are said for the deliverance of souls from purgatory, are not of the least avail with God. All the altars and sacrifices, the traditions and inventions whereby men hope to earn salvation, are fallacies....Christ is the only sin bearer, the only sin offering...
Priests and rulers have no right to interpose between Christ and the souls for whom He has died, as though invested with the Saviour’s attributes, and able to pardon transgression and sin. They themselves are sinners. They are only human.
Prayer and confession are to be offered only to Him who has entered once for all into the holy place. Christ has declared, “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1. He will save to the uttermost all who come to Him in faith – Hebrews 7:25.
The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne. He looks upon every soul who is turning his face toward Him as the Saviour.
The heaviest burden that we bear is the burden of sin.... He will take the load from our weary shoulders. He will give us rest. The burden of care and sorrow also He will bear. He invites us to cast all our care upon Him; for He carries us upon His heart.”
More: My Death Poem
Monday, April 9, 2018
We have heard different theories about what the “Mark of the Beast” might be, as referenced in the book of Revelation. Some have said that it will be a micro-chip placed in the hands of people; others that it has to do with cashless purchasing and imbedded information in one’s debit or credit card and there are still others.
However, it is none of the above. The “Mark of the Beast” is just the opposite of the “Seal of God”, which we covered in our March 19 and March 26, 2018 blogs.
The dragon and the beast desire to be worshipped; for it was the dragon who gave the beast his power, seat and great authority Revelation 13:4; that made the beast an emissary of the dragon, who is the devil Revelation 12:9. He tried to get Christ to worship him, when Christ was ending His 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, but Christ didn’t fall for it Matthew 4:8-10; and neither should you.
Jesus fought off the attacks of the devil with “It is written.” Jesus stood upon the Word of God, for proof of what was brought to him, by what seemed to be an angel of God. Consequently, if Christ, our example resorted to Scripture, in order not to be deceived, then how much more do we need to rely on a firm “Thus saith the Lord”, before we worship anything or anybody!
The bottom line is this; God gave us the law of Ten Commandments, which outlines the moral code for all Christians and is to be their standard of conduct. James 2:8-12 refers to the Ten Commandments as the “Royal Law” and goes on to say that it is by this law that we all are to be judged. Therefore, if we are going to be “judged” by this law, we had better seek to “observe and obey” this law.
In the midst of this law is God’s command to “Remember, the Sabbath day to keep it holy; six days shalt thou labor and do all of thy work, but the SEVENTH-DAY IS THE SABBATH OF THE LORD THY GOD…” Exodus 20:8. God said ‘remember’ because it had always been kept, before the children of Israel went into Egypt. While enslaved, they couldn’t keep it. Now, at Sinai, they were free again to keep it.
My friend, you are presently free now to keep it. The time is coming, when you will be forced to make a choice between keeping the Lord’s 7th day Sabbath and the Pope’s 1st day Sunday. Your decision, at that time will determine whether or not you will receive the “Mark of the Beast.” You do not presently have the “Mark”, because you are presently worshipping on Sunday. The “Mark” will be imposed upon you, when you choose Sunday over Saturday, as your day of worship; once your choice is made, there is no turning back.
Why not choose the Saturday Sabbath now and become accustomed to worshipping the Lord as He has ordained? Then the choice to choose will be less difficult, and you will be sealed with the Seal of God! “Choose ye this day whom you will serve…” Joshua 24:15. “…Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts…” Hebrews 3:7-11.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Many Christians are celebrating Easter this weekend, which is the transformed Old Testament Passover; however, the lamb has already been offered 2,000 years ago and counting; there is no more need for us to make sacrifices, hallelujah – Jesus paid it all! The tomb is empty!
Appropriately enough, people spent the entire weekend, beginning Friday, to start celebrating the most outstanding act of love, in history. Jesus died on Friday (the preparation day before the Sabbath), and was buried; he rested on the 7th day Sabbath, Luke 23:46-56, and rose early Sunday morning, (the first day of the week) Luke 24:1-6. He has been alive ever since and one day, the faithful will be caught up to meet Him, in the air and will forever be with their Lord – I Thessalonians 4:16-17.
However, does anyone know how bunny rabbits and hunting colored eggs on Easter, factor into this wonderful resurrection scenario? You don’t? Well, I’m glad that you asked! IT DOESN’T! ALL OF IT IS BOGUS!
“Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are… linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, [church leaders would like you to believe that] Easter eggs… represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources...” https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols
However, Easter egg dying and hunting is just another deception perpetrated on innocent worshippers, who have not taken the time, to study for themselves, the things they need to believe – the things that are written in the Scriptures. Consequently, just like the masses have accepted Sunday as the “Sabbath day of the Lord”, so they have accepted this Easter-egg farce, as well.
Jesus, just before His crucifixion warned his disciples against being deceived. He told them that there would be many false teachers and prophets, even people proclaiming to be Him (there is one now who claims to be the “Vicar of Christ”; read it yourself. Matthew 24:4-5.
I have learned that as a loyal follower of Jesus Christ, it is my job, my assignment, my duty, my privilege to share with all who will listen, the truth of Jesus and the Bible. I have been commissioned to do so. Matthew 28:18-20.
We will continue discussing the Mark of the Beast, next time.
Vicar of Christ: https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/vicar-of-christ
Monday, March 26, 2018
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” Rev. 13:16
Unlike the seal of God, which can only be received in the forehead, Revelation 7:2-3, the Mark of the Beast can be received in the forehead or in the right hand.
With the “Seal of God”, receiving it in the forehead implies belief in, faith in, acceptance of His 7th day Sabbath. In the forehead is found the “frontal lobe”, which houses a person’s will, where all of one’s decisions are made. When a person accepts the truth of the Sabbath and determines to obey God, despite the threats of possible persecution, then they are ready to be sealed, with the “Seal of God.”
With the “Mark of the Beast”, there will be two classes of people: 1) those who have been deceived into believing that Sunday is the Sabbath and so will worship God on that day; 2) Those who receive the Mark in their right hand, will be those who have rejected the 7th day Sabbath and will, in turn, work on the Sabbath, when ordered to do so.
Again, this is no joke, I earnestly urge you to study the information that I’m sharing with you and give it serious thought.
Monday, March 19, 2018
If you’ll remember, last week we talked about what an image is; today, we shall speak of the Beast’s Mark, which is another term for image. It is a “a recognizable sign or symbol used to indicate, e.g. ownership…; evidence of the influence or involvement of somebody or something; a distinctive and identifying feature or characteristic; signifying sign of power, position and/or great authority.” Encarta Dictionary: English (North America).
“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?... And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven…And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed…saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:2-14
I have covered a lot of this material before; see my blogs dating from February 1, 2017 - April 14, 2017, to better understand all of this. However, the Mark or Image of this Beast is Sunday Worship; and all of Protestantism acknowledges it as such. Following is a statement issued by the Catholic Church to Protestants, which asks them why they keep Sunday as the weekly day of worship. It is taken from a little booklet entitled: Rome’s Challenge to Protestantism
”Rome’s Challenge: Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that it (The Roman Catholic Church), transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” http://biblelight.net/chalng.htm
Please click on the above link and read it directly for yourself. I am not just making this up. The Protestant world is so deceived that the bulk of the Evangelicals’, Lutherans, Methodists, and other Protestant churches have returned to the Catholic Church and given up the protest. Presently, a worldwide thrust is being put in place that will cause people around the world to worship on Sunday to honor the Beast. Their deadline is by 2020, for all of this to take place. We will talk more about it next week. Please keep reading: this information is vital to your ultimate salvation.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The definition for image is to have a replica, a copy or a seal. It is no different in this situation.
What three identifying marks does the Seal of the U.S. Government possess? A) Name - Donald Trump B) Title - President and C) Territory over which he resides – the United States of America.
This entity has sought to copy the image or sign of God; however, it has created a false image, for its followers.
What is God’s image? The answer is found in Exodus 20:8-11; God’s seal reads thus: A) Name – Lord God; B) Title – Creator and C) Territory over which He resides – Heaven and earth, the sea and all that dwells therein. God’s image is the 7th-day Sabbath.
It was predicted in Daniel 7:25 – “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High... And shall intend to change times and law.” The beast has intended to change the day of worship, from the 7th day, Saturday to Sunday, the first day of the week; also, instead of worshipping from sunset to sunset, which is how God reckoned time - to midnight to midnight. The beast’s image is Sunday worship.
Next week, we will look at its origin and elaborate this, a little bit more.
Monday, March 5, 2018
What is worship? Noun - the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity; "the worship of God." Verb - show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.
In Matthew 4:8-10, Jesus and satan have a conversation; Jesus has been fasting for 40 days and nights and then satan shows up. After tempting Jesus with food and power, satan lastly offers him worldly gain and fame, in exchange for worship. Jesus declared that God alone is to be worshipped.
Satan has desired worship, since before he was cast out of heaven. It is only, when one has the spirit of satan that they desire to be worshipped; to be exalted above God or in place of God. We see in the following texts of Scripture, ways that describe satan’s desire for worship. Isaiah 14:12-14; II Thessalonians 2:3-4.
Unfortunately, when a great deal of power is concentrated in one place, it appears that the desire to be worshipped is almost inevitable. It is sad that this happened within the confines of the Christian church, during the early period of the papal institution.
I am saddened to share that there are those who have declared the Pope to be “God on earth”. None of the popes have denied the title, or the title “Vicar of Christ” or “Holy Father”. The true Vicar of Christ is the Holy Spirit, John 14:16-18. He is the true comforter, like unto Christ.
Again, I encourage you to read all of the links; they may be shocking, but they are still filled with the truth. It is the truth that will make you free, and nothing else, John 8:32. Be blessed!