Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How To Study The Bible

Bible study is not rocket science. You do not have to be an intellectual or an academic to study the Bible. You do not have to be a theologian or a minister to understand the Bible. In fact, most of the intellectuals and theologians I have met have a warped perception of the Bible and its teachings.

The Bible is meant to be taken at face value. It is any man's book. What you see is what you get. If you can read, you can know God through the pages of the Bible.

That does not mean that I am suggesting that it is easy. It is not easy. It is a chore. Real, bona fide knowledge and understanding of the Bible does not come easily, but considering that the eternal rewards that come with knowing, understanding and obeying the Word of God are inestimable, the effort that you make to understand the scriptures is the most worthy investment you could ever make, and worth more than anyone can possibly imagine.

First of all, if you are an English-speaking person, you must have the right translation of the Bible. If you were fluent in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, you could read the Bible in its original texts. But almost nobody is qualified to do that. Therefore, you must ascertain that the English translation you study is the most reliable and accurate version available. (Actually, this is true in ANY language. Every translation of the Bible is a potentially hazardous resource, depending on the authenticity and accuracy employed in its translation process.)

I won't take the time here to explain all the multitudinous reasons why I insist on using the King James Version as my primary source for Bible study. But you can read my explanations here if you have a problem with that. I am quite adamant that no other English version can compare with the KJV, and I insist on clinging to the KJV as the primary study resource for English-speaking people. Other English versions are simply NOT to be trusted!

Secondly, good-quality Bible study need not be complicated. Here are the things you need:
  1. A place to study - with a comfortable chair and good lighting. This goes along with my previous teachings about having "A Place to PRAY." If you are serious about your Christian living, you need a proper place to PRAY, and a proper place to READ and STUDY GOD'S WORD.
  2. A good-quality KJV Bible. I suggest the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible. It has a unique reference system that will enable you to begin at any place in the Bible and follow that particular subject from Genesis to Revelation. For instance, if the subject is "jealousy," the Thompson Chain Reference will lead you from one verse to the next on the subject of "jealousy" until you have gone through the entire Bible on that subject. It also contains many other valuable charts, graphs, and encylopedic-type helps in the back of the Bible.
  3. A notebook. Buy whatever kind of notebook that suits you well. I suggest a spiral-bound notebook, or a writing-tablet on a clipboard. Many of my earliest handwritten Bible studies were kept in a 3-ring notebook. I wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of handwritten notes in my early days. A 3-ring notebook is large and cumbersome, but it is logical if you intend to add to or re-arrange your notes eventually. If you are high-tech, keep your laptop nearby with a note-taking program like EVERNOTE open at all times. Evernote is a free program. You can keep a separate file open for each topic you are studying.
  4. A Concordance. A Strong's Concordance or Young's Concordance will enable you to look up any word in the Bible and see the original Hebrew, Greek or Aramic word. It will show you all the possible meanings of that word. If you are online, you can search the online versions of Strong's Concordance.
  5. A good Dictionary. Keep a good quality dictionary nearby to provide word definitions for difficult words.
  6. A good Bible Dictionary (or a search-engine on the Internet). Smith's Bible Dictionary is an old Bible Dictionary that is now in the public domain, and it will provide many valuable helps, such as telling you all about cities, people, objects, etc. in the Bible. A Smith's Bible Dictionary is a great Bible study aid. A free online version of Smith's Dictionary is readily available, too.
Third, your Bible Study should be systematic. That means you should start in the Book of Genesis and continue methodically all the way to the Book of Revelation. Read for meaning. Do not get in a hurry. You do not have to read the entire Bible in one year. It is more important that you read for meaning. Read the first chapter of Genesis and take notes. If something stumps you, look it up and get enough information to satisfy your confusion, then return to the place you left off. AVOID SPURIOUS WEBSITES or exotic theories!! There are tons of bizarre theories on just about any subject in the Bible. Keep carefully to Oneness, Apostolic, Acts 2:38, Pentecostal, Holiness sources. Trinitarian viewpoints will often mislead you, and you won't even realize it.

As you study through the Bible, you will inevitably run off on a lot of tangents. Every time you find a subject that baffles you, or intrigues you, or confuses you, you should take a little time to satisfy the need to understand. But DON'T GET LOST! If you cannot come to a satisfactory understanding of a particular subject, SKIP IT FOR A WHILE, and go back to your original point where you left off. Don't be in a big hurry to understand complicated subjects! Get a cursory understanding at first, and leave the heavy research until later. Many of the hard subjects will become easier as you go through the entire Bible. Subjects that you did not understand six months ago will suddenly become plain.

After you have studied the ENTIRE BIBLE, your second pass will be MUCH EASIER to understand!! Don't get bogged down! Keep moving. Move at a nice, comfortable pace. Read slowly enough to understand what you just read, but fast enough to keep moving.

Once you find a comfortable study pace, you can study the entire Bible for the rest of your life in that manner. Within a few years, you will begin to experience a great deal of mastery on all the subjects of the Bible.

LAST, I heartily recommend MY DAILY BIBLE COMPANION to you. It is my own personal Bible Commentary. I spent 5 years and 4 months writing four mini-lessons every single day, from Genesis to Revelation. I stopped at virtually every talking point in the Bible and explained the meaning of that segment of the Bible. MY DAILY BIBLE COMPANION comes in two volumes. Volume 1 contains lessons from the Old Testament. Volume 2 contains lessons from the New Testament. I encourage people to keep Volume 1 by their bedside, and Volume 2 by their favorite chair. That way, you can study the Bible day and night!

In addition to MY DAILY BIBLE COMPANION, I urge you to get my prophecy book, THE DANIEL PROPHECIES - GOD'S PLAN FOR THE LAST DAYS. It contains 726 pages, 175 photos, and hundreds of footnotes on virtually all of the major prophecies of the Bible. You will not find a single book anywhere else in the world that is more thorough or comprehensive on Bible prophecies for the Last Days. THE DANIEL PROPHECIES will help you attain to real mastery of Bible prophecies. You will understand prophecies better than 99% of all Christians when you are done.

Follow these suggestions, and you will become a great, great student of God's Word. Don't be surprised when you begin to feel the urge to preach or teach the Word to everybody you know!

God bless you!
Ken Raggio


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Modesty In Dress

MODESTY IN DRESS is the mindset you have when you realize that your nakedness is the private domain of yourself and your spouse. You have neither willingness nor desire to expose yourself in public to anyone or everyone who sees you.

You cover yourself in clothing because it is the decent and appropriate thing to do. Your necklines, sleeve lengths and hemlines all provide full coverage of body parts that other people simply do not need to see. You are not embarrassed or ashamed to be covered, but are in fact committed to contradict social styles that endlessly tease, titillate, and evoke lustful interests.

A MODEST PERSON sets their standard of dress higher than his/her peers, sadly aware that society at large has lost its sense of modesty and decency, and that conforming to their standards or styles is a shameful insult to ones self.

A MODEST MAN or WOMAN is resolutely determined not to march to the world's drum, but to dress according to centuries-old definitions of decorum and propriety. A modest man is not ashamed to wear full length trousers, a shirt with sleeves, a hairstyle that is well-trimmed and conservative in appearance, and even shoes that reflect dignity and sobriety. A modest women does not hesitate to wear a neckline that does not expose herself, sleeves that are longer than most, and a dress or skirt with a hemline that prevents her from ever being embarrassed or immodest.

There is simply no justification for the wearing of immodest apparel among professing Christians. If you claim to be consecrated to truth, righteousness and holiness, do not contradict yourself by fanning the flames of the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life by unnecessarily exposing any more of your body than is absolutely necessary. Let MODEST people rise up and show the world how things really ought to be, in Jesus' name.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Vatican Treaty: CONFIRMATION OF THE COVENANT?

Pope Francis with Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas
The Prophet Daniel foretold the day when the Prince of Rome would "confirm a covenant with many for one week," (Daniel 9:27). The week will be a week of years, or seven years. A seven-year covenant will be confirmed "with many" by the Prince of Rome. (For explanation, see Daniel's Seventy Weeks).

That Covenant will trigger the final seven years of prophesied events before the battle of Armageddon. It will include the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the Abomination of Desolation (when the Assyrian Man of Sin will stand in the Holy Temple and cause it to be vacated for 42 months), the Mark of the Beast, the Great Tribulation, the Sixth Trumpet War, the sealing of the 144,000 chosen Jews, the Seven Vials of God's Wrath, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the First Resurrection and Rapture of the Church, the great and final Battle of Armageddon, and the inauguration of the 1,000-year Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth in Jerusalem.

Therefore, the Confirmation of the Covenant in Daniel 9:27 will be an EPIC event! It will be the most pivotal event in human history heretofore. It will affect every man, woman, boy and girl on planet earth. That Covenant will announce the beginning of THE END - the last seven years before Jesus Christ appears.

Has that COVENANT just been CONFIRMED? Or, is it right now in the process? 

We need to know!!

On May 14, 2015, the Vatican Press Office, and "The Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine" announced that the text of a formal agreement between the Vatican and the (officially non-existent) State of Palestine has been finalized and that  "the work of the Commission on the text of the Agreement has concluded." A Plenary Session, held at the Vatican, brought together the principal delegates of both the Holy See and the Palestinians.

An epic "treaty" is being sealed between the Vatican and the Palestinians.

The Agreement "deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine." The Roman Catholic "Church" has an enormous stake in all political developments in the Holy Land, whether it is under Israeli or Palestinian controls, because the R.C.C. owns and operates countless ancient, historical and modern properties in that land, as well as a significant constituency of Roman Catholics. Virtually all of the holy sites in Israel, especially those mentioned in the New Testament are owned and operated by the Roman Catholic "Church." Therefore, it is imperative that the R.C.C. protect its interests in advance of any potential political upheavals or changing-of-hands. Above all else, the Roman Catholic Church must not lose its hegemony in that part of the world. It is impossible that the R.C.C. will consider the interests of Israel ahead of its own interests, especially in matters of self-preservation.

The Holy See has been always been intensely concerned about the Middle East Peace Process, and ordinarily works as much as possible with all parties involved. But with decades of negotiations failing to resolve long-standing animosities between Israel and the Palestinians, the Roman Catholic Church at last found it necessary to preempt other international policymakers and force the situation to move in a direction that would protect Vatican interests in the region.

The Holy See and the Palestinians first came to a "Basic Agreement" in February, 2000, and last met officially at the Palestinian headquarters at Ramallah in February, 2014.

This new bilateral treaty is the Vatican's strongest yet defacto recognition that actually NAMES the non-existent State of Palestine. Previous Vatican documents addressed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which had been led by the late terrorist Yassar Arafat, so this is the first bilateral treaty with the so-called "State of Palestine."

By this treaty, the Roman Catholic Church is doing an end run around the United Nations, Israel, the United States, and all other interested parties to be among the first to officially recognize the State of Palestine as a legitimate entity. It also serves as the defacto terminus of all previous peace processes, including the multilateral negotiations led by the U.N. Quartet ( E.U., Russia, U.N, U.S., led by Britain).

The Vatican has effectively taken the lead in disregarding multilateral negotiations, which focused on fostering bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Catholic initiative effectively delegitimizes the stalled U.N.-sponsored peace process, the State of Israel, Israel's claims to Jerusalem as its undivided capital, Israel's claims to Judea (the so-called West Bank), and the huge Jewish population living in the "disputed" territories. The actual, self-serving Roman treaty with the Palestinians greatly intimidates all governments in the world to follow suit and recognize the State of Palestine.

At the United Nations, the State of Palestine has not been legally or officially declared. On November 29, 2012,  United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/19 was passed, granting  the Palestine Liberation Organization "non-member observer state" status.

Therefore, the Vatican's recognition is arguably the largest, most valuable, and most potent endorsement Palestine has ever received.

But now to the million-dollar questions:

Is the Vatican Treaty with the State of Palestine the prophesied COVENANT of Daniel 9:27?

Is the Vatican right now Confirming the Covenant that will trigger the final seven yeras of Daniel's prophecies?

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease..." Daniel 9:27.

There are at least THREE SPECIFIC CRITERIA for the Confirming of the Covenant.

1. It must be confirmed by the Prince of Rome (Romans were "the people of the prince that shall come" who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD, partially fulfilling Daniel's prophecy.)

2. The Pope/Vatican must confirm the covenant for SEVEN YEARS. In order for any treaty/resolution/covenant to qualify as the Confirmation of the Covenant, it must contain a seven-year statute of some kind. In the middle of the week (after 3.5 years), he will "cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease." (That indicates that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church will be the power behind the Assyrian Man of Sin [Daniel 11:21-45; Isaiah 14:24-27; Micah 5:5] standing in the Third Temple, committing the prophesied Abomination of Desolation [Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4].) Jesus will come at the end of the seven years to destroy Lucifer and the Man of Sin (Isaiah 14:13; Ezekiel 28:16;Revelation 20:1-3).

(The leader of the European World Government BEAST and the Roman False Prophet Pope will be cast into a burning fire: 
 "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone," Revelation 19:20.

The Assyrian Man of Sin will be destroyed on the Temple Mount:
"The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations," Isaiah 14:24-26.)

3. The Prince of Rome must confirm the covenant "with many." This act will not be unilateral or bilateral. It must be multilateral. Many countries will likely be involved. That sounds like a covenant with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council is likely to draft a final resolution declaring the State of Palestine.  Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk has recently said that it is time for the United Nations to force the Palestinian State issue. (See this article: Martin Indyk: Friend or Foe of Israel?). I expect Martin Indyk to be a player in this final scenario. I also expect to see FRANCE - symbolized by the French Rooster - (the Wings of a Fowl in Daniel 7:6) to be a major force alongside Martin Indyk to FORCE A U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION  declaring the State of Palestine. All throughout Europe, and especially in FRANCE, Islamists are taking over. Massive immigration of Muslims is turning one European country after another into anti-Semitic enemies of Israel. Now that the U.S. President Obama has turned the U.S. into an enemy of Israel, the U.N. Resolution is likely to appear for a vote in the near future.

When you and I see this upcoming U.N. Security Council Resolution, I expect to see the Vatican quickly issue a formal R.C.C. endorsement of the Covenant which I believe will probably demand that Israel vacate the West Bank within SEVEN YEARS.

SUCH AN ENDORSEMENT BY THE VATICAN of a new or rewritten U.N. Security Council Resolution will very possibly qualify as the Confirmation of the Covenant. I have no doubts that all truly born-again students of Bible prophecy will quickly and easily recognize that we are seeing the long-prophesied Confirmation of the Covenant.

At THAT moment, we will realize that the SEVEN-YEAR CLOCK IS TICKING, and that we are 3.5 years from the Mark of the Beast and the Great Tribulation, and seven years from Armageddon.

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ADDENDUM: (Added 5/21/15)

According to Russian news agency sputniknews.com, the Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Fayed Mustafa said,"The importance of the Vatican recognition of Palestine goes beyond the political or legal aspects as it encourages the Catholic countries across the world to recognize the independent state of Palestine." Therefore, by recognizing the State of Palestine, Pope Francis is effectually giving orders to Catholics around the world to recognize the State of Palestine. That naturally reaches into the statehouses and political capitals of the world via Roman Catholic politicians and heads of government.

In a separate sputnik.com article, Mustafa was quoted saying, "Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait are the six countries that have been tasked with drafting a new resolution and setting the deadline for its submission. ...We told the French there was an Arab commission working on it, and invited France to coordinate its efforts with its members."


Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150520/1022357883.html#ixzz3amil3rpT

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For more details, please browse my many prophecy articles at kenraggio.com.

This article specifically outlines the upcoming events in Daniel's Seventieth Week.

Other articles of interest include:
Antichrist Rising: Will A Powerful Islamist Become the Next U.N. Secretary-General?
The Swelling of Jordan and the Dividing of Israel

Monday, April 20, 2015

I've Spent A Lifetime Searching for Truth

I have spent my entire life searching for Truth. No other single factor has affected me more definitively. I want to know the Truth about God and eternity more than anything else. I believe there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. Therefore, I have spent tens of thousands of hours in intense Bible study, prayer and fasting, in the attempt to sort out Biblical Truth from all the countless contradictions, errors and heresies that utterly dominate so-called Christianity today.

I have forced myself to be brutally honest about every issue, allowing the Word of God to freely define what is right and wrong about every issue of any significance. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about God, but I am exceedingly confident of what the Bible says about just about all of the things that really matter. Therefore, I am a rabid opponent of things that I know do not agree with the scriptures, and will not hesitate to expose and denounce false teaching, practices and lifestyles. It is not a matter of my personal convictions. It is a matter of what I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Bible clearly teaches.

I have ruled out equivocation and compromise to the very best of my ability. If the Bible says it is black, I call it black. If the Bible says it is white, I call it white. If the Bible does not address an issue, I tend to ignore it as well. If I see that God loves something, I love it. If God hates it, I hate it. It is a grave error and a great sin to love things that God hates, or hate things that God loves.

That is why I stand adamantly for the Bible doctrines of the Oneness of God, full repentance that leads to true holiness and separation from the world, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. Likewise, I take an adversarial position to any and all so-called Christians who do not teach and preach these essential doctrines, and especially those who contradict them.

The search for Truth is the most important endeavor anyone will ever embark upon. If you are not searching for Truth, you should be. If you are not categorically sifting through the rights and wrongs of Christianity, you should be. If you are not standing for right and denouncing wrong, you should be. It is a matter of eternal life or eternal torment.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself," Matthew 6:33-34.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SOBRIETY is no laughing matter.

SILLY MOCKERY
SOBRIETY. Is sobriety entirely extinct? Is everything in the world laughable? I am appalled at the near-total absence of seriousness about things of God among so many professing Christians, and especially ministers.

Over the years, I have followed the threads of so many people as they discuss crucial Biblical issues, and am utterly blown away by the comedic mockery and irreverence that often prevails in such discussions. But I do not see one, single, solitary joke in the Bible. I cannot find even one tiny instance where my Lord or His Apostles resorted to silly banter or nonsensical jabs in matters of salvation or discipleship.

One of the principal elements of humor is the use of unrelated, impertinent responses to get a laugh. One of the most prevalent ways of getting people to laugh is by saying things that are totally unexpected, unfitting, or surprising. After that, mockery, insults and debasement are oft-used tactics to get a laugh.

Where in the Church of the living God is there any legitimate use of impertinence, mockery, insults or debasement in the teaching or learning process? There is none. Any claimed benefit to such shameful practices could easily be bested with sober, wiser and more mature alternatives. (I am sure that at least somebody reading this is sorely tempted to mock me even as I speak, as I am frequently told that I take myself too seriously, or that I am "too religious," or that I need to "get a life.")

But the premise here is comparable to the temptation of Adam and Eve. Satan persuaded them that they would "be as gods, knowing good and evil." But Adam and Eve experienced nothing of any positive value. Their sin in the Garden was a total, net loss. Doing inadvisable things will never yield a learning experience as valuable as what might have been had by sober, wise and obedient methods. The alternatives to sobriety are not better, they are just funnier, more distracting, and ultimately counterproductive. Our use of inappropriate methods such as cheap humor, mockery and insults in the ministry can never produce the needed results that sobriety and wisdom could better produce.

Why can't we simply be sober? That is what the Bible tells us to do.

We have a much-too-large segment of our body of believers who seem to know no other way to communicate than by mockery and making light of everything from speaking in tongues, shouting, preaching, collecting an offering, or the way someone combs his/her hair. Is it necessary? I say that it isn't. Is it beneficial? I say no. Should such practices be abandoned. I say, "Unequivocally."

Will you mock me now? Then you are the very person I am addressing.

The Church was meant to be like a lifeboat on a raging sea, not a cruise ship for party-goers. "The end...is at hand: be...sober." 1 Peter 4:7.

Christianity is stuffed with cheap filler, like Styrofoam in a shipping crate. It's time to toss out frivolity, and sober up. Preach God's WORD.

Cut the cancer off the Church. Get rid of entertainment, comedy, sports and general nonsense. Soberly, wisely, preach and teach God's Word.

We are making a deadly mistake by turning the Church into a party environment. Heaven, Hell, Eternity are sober issues. We laugh too much.

Many people only live from laugh to laugh. They block out the weightier, sober things of life. 12 Bible verses say "be sober". Get serious.

"The grace of God ...Teach[es] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly," Titus 2:11.

"Be SOBER, be VIGILANT; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may DEVOUR," 1 Peter 5:8.

The Church would benefit profoundly by categorically throwing out ALL nonsensical humor and stupidity from the Church platform. BE SOBER.

"In all their jollity in this world, the wicked are but as a book fairly bound,..when it is opened is full of nothing but tragedies," Richard Sibbes.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," Galatians 6:7-9.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Prophesied Chronology of the Last Days

The Great Tribulation will NOT last seven years. It will begin in the MIDDLE of Daniel's Seventieth Week. When the Assyrian Man of Sin stands in the newly-built Third Temple, he will commit the Abomination of Desolation prophesied in Daniel 9:27, and by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15. For the FINAL 42 MONTHS, the new Temple will remain desolate. The World Government will control the Temple Mount under a Muslim pretext/puppet. The Mark of the Beast will immediately be launched. True Christians will have no choice but to REFUSE to take the Mark. Those 42 months will be the Great Tribulation. Jesus Christ will supernaturally seal (with the Holy Ghost) 144,000 virgin male Jews, and they will be the firstfruits from the earth. The Sixth Trumpet war will unleash the greatest global holocaust of all time. One-third of mankind will die. Russia and Iran will be the strongest survivors of the Sixth Trumpet, and will launch the final battle against Israel to utterly annihilate it.

Shortly before Armageddon begins, enemies of the Roman Catholic Church (probably Muslims) will destroy it. Then God Himself will pour out His wrath on Rome. A world-wide earthquake will leave Rome utterly destroyed. Physically, Rome will be broken into three land masses, and fire from Heaven will utterly consume it, never to be inhabited again.

The Seven Vials of God's Wrath will be poured out on those who have taken the Mark of the Beast (but NOT on the saints of God who still survive). Then Jesus Christ will thrust in His sickle and reap the Wheat Harvest: the First Resurrection and Rapture of the Church, at the SEVENTH Trumpet (the LAST Trumpet). Angels will gather together the Grapes of Wrath: the rabid enemies of Israel and Christ, and gather them together in the Valley of Megiddo for Christ and His Hosts to utterly destroy at the Battle of Armageddon.

Suddenly, Jesus will appear in the skies over Jerusalem, with all the saints of all the ages with Him. He will destroy the armies that have come against Israel. He will destroy the Beast of the European World Government and the False Prophet of the Roman Catholic Church - the Pope. He will destroy the Assyrian Man of Sin on His Holy Mountain - the Temple Mount. An angel will cast Satan into the bottomless pit. A great earthquake will open the Eastern Gate which has been closed for 1400 years.

Jesus will lead His saints onto the Temple Mount from the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there they will crown Him King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and Jesus will order the construction of His Millennial Temple. All the Jews will have been resurrected from the dead, and will look upon Jesus whom they pierced. They will mourn and repent of their great error, and He will fill them with His Spirit and write His laws in their hearts. For 1,000 years, Jesus Christ will rule the World from Jerusalem. David will rule Israel as the Prince under Christ. The twelve Apostles will rule the 12 tribes of Israel in the Holy Land.

The Christian saints will rule all the nations and cities of the world during that time. Mortals who survived Armageddon will be ruled by Christ's immortal saints. At the end of 1,000 years, Satan will be loosed and attempt to pull off another Armageddon, but the fire of God will fall on him and he will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever. All the wicked dead will be raised to face their judgment at the White Throne, where they will be cast bodily into the eternal lake which burns with fire and brimstone. All the saints will meet Christ at the White Throne where they will receive their eternal rewards for their righteous works.

Heaven and Earth will melt with a fervent heat. A New Heaven and New Earth will appear, and the NEW JERUSALEM (the saints of God) will appear descending upon the New Earth. For all of eternity, the saints of God will dwell with Christ in His infinite Kingdom of Heaven. Sin and Satan will have been banished forever. All these facts are explained in great detail in THE DANIEL PROPHECIES.


Get it and read it.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Christian Music Wars - Part 2

It's time to drive the world, the flesh
and the devil out of our Churches.
I have been a Church musician all of my life. At eight years old, I was the Church organist in a congregation of about 150. At 14, I was heavily involved in preaching, singing and music ministry, holding weekend revivals even in my school years. At 19, I was a professional Gospel musician and performed on stage with almost every well-known Gospel group in those days. I played keyboard for many of the best-known Gospel singers in those days. And for almost thirty years, I literally pastored Churches from the keyboard, leading worship services from the keyboard or from the Hammond Organ, directing praise singers, chorales and choirs.

But today's Christian music has very nearly turned me against all Church music. I am absolutely nauseated and repulsed by the sickening shallowness and emptiness of modern Christian music, and the worldly, spiritually null-and-void phoniness of its musicians. I have eyes to see, and I can see the whole congregations of people standing there in a stupor, not knowing what to make of these near-meaningless songs. I have watched them over and over again. They don't sing along because the songs do not connect with them. When they do sing them, it is often a forced response, a desperate attempt to worship, despite the pathetic over-simplicity and dreadful redundancy of the lyrics of the songs being sung.

You could combine ten or twelve of some of the most popular "worship" choruses and still not have enough meaningful lyrics to convey a truly worthwhile scriptural message.

There are very few Gospel hymns written in the past 100 years that I have not played or sang at one time or the other. Thousands of songs. There is hardly a single song in all of the old songbooks that do not express some truly meaningful Gospel message. But the new songs are without precedent. Never in my life have I heard so much chanting, so much meaningless repetition, so many hard-driving, ground-shaking songs that say absolutely nothing of significant meaning. More songs than ever contain few if any complete sentences. Many of the most popular songs are nothing but buzz phrases repeated over and over and over and over and over again. They often have no sentence structure, which means that they do not convey a complete thought. There is no noun and verb, and that means nothing is actually being said.

Call me old-fashioned. Call me out-dated. Call me cynical or old-fogey, or anything else you can think of. I don't really care. But there is one problem. What I am saying is absolutely true. A vast majority of the Christian musicians of our day are almost completely biblically illiterate. Compared to the songwriters of the past, this generation is prayerless, godless, Bible-less, and clueless of the great doctrines and teachings of the Bible. Their lifestyles are devoid of real biblical sanctity. They are frivolous, worldly, and materialistic. They specialize in wall-pounding, earth-shaking drumming and bass thumping and dancing and jumping and flailing themselves in what is purported to be some never-before-seen, over-the-top, awesome spirituality. That would be laughable if it wasn't such a tragic deception. They categorically dismiss virtually all the Christian music of the past because it is "legalistic," "antiquated" and "does not relate" to this generation. But there is a reason it does not relate, and that is because so many of this generation do not want to be bothered with the sober realities of godliness, holiness, piety, true Bible doctrines, or living the straight-and-narrow life. They are cement-headed about jumping and dancing to their shallow choruses, and viciously resist ALL the vernacular of historical Christianity. Too many in this generation arrogantly believe that they have finally perfected worship, and that all other generations were helplessly and pathetically uncool. It is the Rehoboam Syndrome. Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon who categorically rejected the wisdom of his elders, and followed only the counsel of his own peers. The result was disastrous. Today's "Christian" sound stages are conspicuously absent of real godly elders. No elders for miles. They are youth-driven. Inexperience-driven. Naivete-driven. Arrogance-driven. Presumption-driven. They believe that all the teachings of previous generations were ignorant and unlearned, and they are the first and greatest champions of true "grace" and "liberty." They demand that God does not require the keeping of any of His old rules anymore. They demand that they are free to live as they please as long as they confess Christ as their personal savior. Awesome worship, in their way of understanding, satisfies all the requirements of being saved. If you make good, hard-driving music, you are spiritual. If you don't make awesome music, you are irrelevant and uncool. But that is one of the biggest, fattest lies ever perpetrated or believed.

Today's Christianity could stand a complete purge of its music. It is arguable that one of the best things that could happen in today's "church" is to throw out ALL the music for a while and force everybody to sit and listen to hardcore, Holy Ghost-anointed Bible preaching for an entire year without music. At the end of that year, I have no doubt whatsoever that there would be a radically different view of both the role and usefulness of music in the Church. I guarantee you that after a full year of hard Bible preaching, a big part of today's Christian music and musicians would NOT be welcomed back onto the Church platform.

But WHY should it take a year of abstinence? Why can't we face the facts? There have been God-fearing, Bible-believing, Holy Ghost-filled, Jesus' name baptized believers somewhere on earth for 2,000 years. And they did NOT have million-dollar, music-driven sound stages. Preaching and teaching characterized the Church for two thousand years. Why have we turned Christianity over to the musicians? It was a terrible mistake that must be corrected immediately.

Let us search out men of God who will lead us back to God by the preaching of the pure, unadulterated Word, and without the endless sensual pounding and beat of the jungle. There are literally hundreds of powerful, truly awesome Gospel hymns and songs that beg to be sung again. Their messages are profound, convicting and life-changing, and have absolutely no use for the mind-numbing, trance-like chanting and heart-stopping pounding that is now considered indispensable.

We are responsible to God to re-sanctify the Gospel in our day. To separate the profane from the holy; the carnal from the spiritual; heresies from truth; deceivers from true men; phonies from the real; the worldly from the godly; compromisers from the truly consecrated; the defiled from the pure; the meaningless from the meaningful.

Then and only then can the Church begin again to actually be the holy Church - the Ecclesia; the "called-out," "chosen," and "separated" Church - that Jesus died for. Not a "Christian" nightclub, dance hall, or entertainment center that so many have now become. Ichabod. The glory of the Lord has departed, and they don't even know it.

See Part 1 - Christian Music Wars

Monday, February 2, 2015

Martin Indyk - Friend of Foe of Israel?

Martin Indyk - Friend or Foe of Israel?
Sometime in 2000 or 2001 (I can't remember), I woke up in the middle of the night with the name "MARTIN INDYK" on my mind. To the best of my knowledge, I had never heard that name before. I had absolutely no idea who he might be. At four o'clock in the morning, I got out of bed and went to my desk and turned on my computer. I started searching for that name to see who he might be. I did not even know how to spell the name, and had to search several spellings before I came up with the right one. Then I found him. Martin Indyk was President Bill Clinton's AMBASSADOR to ISRAEL. He was a London-born, Australian-raised JEW who emigrated to the United States in 1993. Having been educated in international diplomacy, serving as adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and actually having lived on a Jewish Kibbutz in Israel during the 1967 war, he was long considered a champion for the Jewish cause. Indyk has an impressive resume, and has worked in many high-profile international roles as a pro-Israel advocate.

But that was THEN. This is NOW. Recently, Indyk has worked closely with President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in clearly pro-Palestinian negotiations. He has become an outspoken critic of Israel's handling of the two-state solution negotiations. Indyk is also the Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C., which has reportedly received millions of dollars in funding from the wealthy sheiks in Qatar to promote pro-Islamic, pro-Palestinian policies in current Middle East negotiations.

In a nutshell, it appears that Martin Indyk may have become one of Israel's worst enemies. He is a very influential person in Washington, and has been harshly criticized in Israel for his Chairmanship of the New Israel Fund, an organization that has been criticized for supporting organizations that seek to harm the Jewish State.

Therefore, I have decided to keep my eyes on Martin Indyk. He appears to be a modern-day Balaam; a sell-out to the enemy. This man could end up being a major player in the fulfilling of Bible prophecies concerning the coming "consummation" of Israel during the Great Tribulation. I cannot help but wonder if Martin Indyk may become an accessory to the crime of installing the Assyrian Man of Sin in Jerusalem - the man who will ultimately commit the prophesied Abomination of Desolation. Maybe. Maybe not. I'm watching this guy carefully.

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UPDATE: Monday, February 16, 2015 - (Two weeks after writing this article)
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Follow this ARTICLE from the Jerusalem Post published today:
"Indyk: Get ready for UNSC Resolution"


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Prevailing Prayer

PRAYING ON PURPOSE
Praying on Purpose
Praying for Results:
How men prevail with God
THIS IS CHAPTER 21 - "PREVAILING PRAYER" from my book,

"Praying on Purpose, Praying for Results - How Men Prevail with God."

Men and women have been getting miracles from God for eons when they believed. Jesus said,

“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24

I know the objections. I have had them myself. I have allowed my doubting mind to argue with God all day long. You know what came of it? Nothing! Absolutely nothing, unless you want to count disappointment as something.

Can you demonstrate the kind of faith that prevails with God? Why not? What keeps you from declaring unabashedly, “I believe Jesus can perform MY miracle, no matter what!”

Mileage? No problem! Complexity? No problem! Circumstances? No problem. “What things soever you shall ask in my name!”

WHATSOEVER you ask.

I can’t see where that excludes any legitimate request of any kind.

If you are a died-in-the-wool skeptic, you are probably asking, “Do YOU always get your miracle like that?”

I’m glad you asked.

No.

I don’t always get what I ask, because just like most people, I don’t always ask in faith. I have issues with doubt. I have issues with fear. I have issues with unbelief. So do I get miracles on those terms? Not on your life.

There was an old man of God who lived to be more than 90 years old. He never spent one night in a hospital in his lifetime. He was known far and wide as a man of great faith. Hundreds, if not thousands of people claim to have been healed and received amazing miracles when he prayed for them. He even raised several people from the dead in his lifetime.

But the real story behind the story is that that old gentleman’s great faith came through devastating experiences. As a young man, he spent days in prayer and fasting for a sister who was critically ill. After coming in from an intense prayer meeting in the woods, his sister still died in his arms. And that happened not just one time. A second sister also died in his arms, even after he had exhausted himself in fervent prayer.

So, did his losses dissuade him from being a miracle worker? Did the death of his dear ones cause him to dismiss God as a healer or a miracle worker? As I see it, the exact opposite is true! The record of his lifetime revealed that those losses did nothing but make him more determined to find the real source of the miracle-working power of God.

And he DID find it, and over his many years he performed countless amazing miracles by that same faith in God.

There is little in the world to challenge your faith more than failure.

My wife died in my arms at 2:48 in the morning. I was holding her when she drew her last breath. She was only 50 years old. There was no one else left in the house but God and me. During the six years she had been sick, I had prayed as hard and long as any man ever prayed for his wife.

I could have stopped believing in miracles right then and there.

But something happened in me that night that made me forever determined not to allow her death to make me turn my back on the eternal Truth that God is and always will be a miracle worker.

We must not allow ourselves to be a victim of our losses, defeats, or failures. We must not lose our determination to stand upon the Word of God, or to claim the miracles, signs and wonders He PROMISED that we could have! Satan would be delighted if we quit, but this is not about him.

Hannah was barren for many years, but she prayed, and miraculously bore Samuel. Samuel became one of the greatest prophets of all time because of a mother’s prevailing prayer.

One of the best teachers of any great truth is failure. Sometimes, the most powerful lessons are learned through trial and error. Unfortunately, in some cases, we only learn through a process of elimination. After we have tried everything the WRONG way, we decide to try something that turns out RIGHT. We must learn to prevail in prayer, against every hindrance.

Our perseverance will impact not only our own lives, but also the lives of our descendants and all who know us. Entire generations of civilization have been lost to sin because their fathers gave up on God. Entire nations have been alienated from God because their fathers lost their faith in God. Tragically, the circumstances of each new generation are handed to them from their forefathers. If forefathers fail, whole generations are lost.

But by the same logic, entire families and communities have come to the knowledge of God because of a few godly ancestors. One man’s faith or failure can have a long-standing “ripple-effect.”

Jacob had failed many, many times in his life. But he never stopped pursuing the blessing of God. At last, he prevailed.

“Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and HAST PREVAILED. …And he blessed him there.” Genesis 32:24-29

You can talk about Jacob’s prevailing prayer, and how it blessed him. But I want you to consider that Jacob’s ordeal with the angel that night was not merely about Jacob.

Jacob was fighting for you and me that night. If Jacob had not prevailed with God, we would never have heard the name “ISRAEL.”

Israel is here today because of prevailing prayer, and Israel is our link to God. In Israel, all the nations of the earth are blessed.

PREVAILING PRAYER is the lifeline to more of God than any of us can imagine.

One of the worst indictments on modern Christianity is its inability to engage in prevailing prayer. Most modern Churches don’t have the withal to call a prayer line where the sick and infirm stand before a powerful man of God and receive a miracle ON THE SPOT!

We have entire “Christian” denominations whose doctrinal platforms officially deny that God even does miracles today! That kind of spiritual environment has a malignant, deadly effect on the entire “Christian” community.

Compare that to the ancient Christian practices.

Jesus told the early believers that they were going to receive POWER after they received the Holy Ghost. That word in Greek (“dunamis”) could be translated DYNAMITE in English. Explosive power. More power than a human can contain.

Ask yourself, “Have I ever felt that kind of power in me? Is there any of that dynamite in me?” Have you ever felt so “high” on the faith of God that you were ready to boldly command a miracle without even a speck of reluctance or hesitation, and with an unstoppable determination to prevail with God in prayer?

That is how you command a miracle. Speak the positive word of faith in God, and you will have what you ask.

So what is the best way to embark on a life of prevailing prayer? How does someone who has rarely, if ever, practiced commanding miracles?

If the only way you can believe in miracles is to vaguely and impotently throw a prayer into the wind and “hope for the best,” you will probably never see many miracles as a result of your praying.

Jesus trained His disciples by making them follow Him around the countryside while He performed all kinds of miracles. He put His power to the test as they looked on.

Jesus turned the water into wine “on demand.” They needed it right then, and He did it right then. The wedding celebration was almost over, and soon folks would be going home. It was now or never. Get the water pots. Fill them up. Pour them out. The wine was flowing.

On demand. A miracle on demand.

Why is it important for me to talk to you this way? Because most of us are content to pray a generic prayer, and walk away and leave it all to the wind. If a miracle comes, fine, but if it doesn’t, we just won’t speak of it again. That is not the way we should deal with it.

God has given us His great power. It is an insult to God not to use it.

If you do not have the faith to command a miracle, or declare a miracle or at the very least EXPECT a miracle, then I would like to know, “WHY NOT?”

Is it because you think that somehow OTHER people can do it, but you can’t? Do you think other people have great faith, but you can’t?

God called you out of darkness into His marvelous light so you would show forth His praises. You were not born to run around helpless and ashamed of your Christianity. God did not create you to spend your time on earth as a powerless, defenseless victim of circumstances.

“I GIVE YOU POWER!” Jesus said.

What are you going to do with that power? Die in your misery? Take a whipping from every problem that ever comes down the pike?

What a tragic fate! You can do better than that.

“God is going to do a great thing for you!” How difficult is that to say? Is there any reason why those words will not come out of your mouth? It is the stuff of miracles.

Words produce miracles.

God Almighty created the whole universe with nothing but words. Jesus performed countless miracles with nothing but words. Elijah called down fire from heaven with nothing but words.

Stop and think about it. Everything in the universe is the product of thought. When John wrote in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God…,” the Greek root for ‘word’ is ‘LOGOS’, which means, “thought or arrangement.”

So God was THOUGHT. Arrangement.

And God SAID… “Let there be…” and there WAS.

We are made in the image of God. We see because God sees. We hear because God hears. We feel because God feels. And we THINK because God thinks.

But do we SPEAK as God speaks?

“But,” you may say, “ME speaking is not the same as God speaking!”

It is certainly true that a lot of what we say is not the way God speaks.

But what if you DO speak as God speaks? What if you DO speak creatively in His name?

Put these three things together. Faith. Words. Expectation.

There is no “magic formula.” There is no special phrase, nor mantra, nor chant to perform. But there is infinite power simply in the name of Jesus.

It is not good enough just to hear somebody else’s story.

YOU can prevail with God. God will do miracles for YOU, if you will have them.

What does it take to have a miracle?

Throughout the entire length of this book, I have shown you countless examples of prayers that prevailed.

It is now time to digest everything that has been said, and put it into action. It is now time to get your miracles.

It is time now for PREVAILING PRAYER.

Just do it.

Don’t make it complicated or difficult.

One preacher I know who has performed as many miracles as any preacher I ever knew, told me that the first thing you have to do is just “turn your brain off.”

I knew what he meant. You have to cut off the source of unbelief. You have to silence your carnal mind. You have to shut out all the arguments. You have to deprive doubt of its voice.

Get after it.

Prevail!

“Prevailing, or effectual prayer, is that prayer which attains the blessing that it seeks.” Charles G. Finney 1792-1875

“It is the habit of faith, when she is praying, to use pleas. Mere prayer sayers, who do not pray at all, forget to argue with God; but those who prevail bring forth their reasons and their strong arguments.” Charles H. Spurgeon 1834-1892

“All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet.” Samuel Logan Brengle 1860-1936

“When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6-7

ORDER THE BOOK: PRAYING ON PURPOSE here.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Old Testament Law has NOT been Destroyed or Abolished

God's Law in my Heart
I am sick and tired of the foolishness of those who claim that we need not keep any of the Old Testament commandments. Exactly where is the end of that argument? May we now commit adultery? Commit murder? Worship idols or other gods? Covet? Bear false witness? Does God no longer abhor incest or homosexuality or bestiality or rape?

Jesus did not come to DESTROY the law; He came to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments," John 14:15. "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love," John 15:10.

"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES;" Ephesians 2:15 The only thing ABOLISHED are those laws contained in ORDINANCES - CEREMONIES (Hebrews 9:10). God abolished the ceremonies of the Old Testament, but He did NOT abolish the MORAL laws. Unless there is a SPECIFIC overturning of a law IN the New Testament (i.e., Paul specifically overturned the dietary laws in 1 Timothy 4:4, instructing that we could eat meats with thanksgiving; likewise circumcision was overturned in Romans 2; Sabbath was fulfilled in the Holy Ghost REST on Pentecost in Acts 2), then the Old Testament laws REMAIN IN FORCE.

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him," 1 John 2:3-4. There is much more that could be said, but that should be enough.

"I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people," Jeremiah 31:33.

If you insist, here is more on the subject: "Lawless Christians - The Hyper-Grace Mob"


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Declare Holy War on the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" Heresy

I declare holy war on the erroneous "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" teaching. It is the majority opinion of modern Christianity, but never in history did the majority opinion take precedence over the written Word of God.

"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged," Romans 3:4.

You will be JUDGED by Almighty God for all your sayings, and if your sayings have contradicted HIS WORD, you will not overcome. You will only be justified if you have taken GOD'S position.

There is NOTHING OPTIONAL about what we believe about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We do not have the luxury of interpreting scriptures any way we want to. It is NOT ACCEPTABLE to offer multiple alternatives to Bible prophecies. It is foolish to believe that it is not a life-or-death, Heaven-or-Hell issue. Those who say, "I'm PAN-TRIB!! I believe it will all PAN out!" are mockers. They mock the TRUTH of the matter.

The pre-trib heresy casually dismisses hundreds of prophecies that pertain to the last days. The pre-trib heresy leads men to believe that they have absolutely nothing to concern themselves with because Jesus will RAPTURE them out of the world before any of these prophesied events come upon the earth. Well, that is a lie. That is not true. Jesus will NOT rapture us out of here before the great falling away, the Confirmation of the Covenant, the building of the Third Temple, the rise of the Man of Sin, the 144,000 sealed, the Abomination of Desolation, the Two Witnesses appear, the Mark of the Beast, the Great Tribulation, the Sixth Trumpet War, and many other prophecies.

"ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be PERFECT [complete], throughly furnished unto all good works," 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

The Pre-Trib "doctrine" leaves an entire generation mentally, physically and spiritually unprepared for the horrifying events that the Bible is explicitly clear will soon come upon the earth.

For that, and many other reasons, I will viciously fight against the errors that are deluding and deceiving this generation.

I know that I am exposing myself to the wrath of every Pre-Tribber on earth, but I am already accustomed to the WRATH of TRINITARIANS who hate me, and ETERNAL SECURITY CALVINISTS who hate me, and HYPER-GRACE, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE people who hate me, and ANTI-PENTECOSTALS who hate me, CESSATIONISTS who hate me, ECUMENICALS who hate me, ROMAN CATHOLICS who hate me, and a whole bunch of other people who just hate me for general purposes. :)

When you stand up for BIBLE Truth, you invariably must incur the wrath of any and all who do not subscribe to Bible Truth. That just goes with the territory, like it or not. In sober reality, the detractors have no more right to preach their position than I have a God-given right AND responsibility to preach what I see in the Word. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin," James 4:17.

We must not be afraid of the faces of men.The fight is of the same order as ONENESS vs TRINITY, Titles vs. the NAME of JESUS, sinner's prayer vs. New Birth, "accepting Christ" vs. Holy Ghost baptism, Legalism vs. Holiness, and more. We used to declare war on those battlefronts, (although fewer and fewer now fight as they should for those truths, too.). TRUTH must be declared and defended until Jesus comes.

So, I learned long ago to just stand for the Truth, and let the chips fall where they may. In sober reality, the detractors have no more right to preach their position than I have a God-given right AND responsibility to preach what I see in the Word. We must not be afraid of the faces of men.

Sometimes I feel like an old Vietnam vet. I would be happy if someone would give me my discharge papers, but I know that is not likely to happen anytime soon, so I just stay on the battleground and try my best to fight like a good soldier. "Is there not a cause?" TRUTH is the cause.

Here is what the BIBLE says about the FIRST RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.

WHEN WILL THE RAPTURE TAKE PLACE?


READ ALSO: THE DAY OF WRATH

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness - Primary Descriptors

I use the terms ONENESS APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS as primary identifiers.

The word APOSTOLIC means "of the Apostles." Most of Christianity today is NOT Apostolic. It does NOT preach the ONENESS of God, which is the only true and correct doctrine of the Godhead. The term Apostolic sets me apart from even the Trinitarian Pentecostals, including the Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), Church of God in Christ, and the entire Charismatic Movement. None of those are truly Apostolic. The Trinity doctrine is NOT Apostolic. It is heresy. I have written hundreds of pages on this doctrine. It is essential that we distinguish ourselves from Trinitarians, and the term Apostolic has been used for the past 100 years to make that distinction. I am unashamed. I boldly declare that I am a Oneness Apostolic. I do not baptize in the TITLES but in the NAME of Jesus Christ "for the remission of sins," Acts 2:38. In John 3:3-7, Jesus taught that the NEW BIRTH consists of WATER and SPIRIT. Water baptism in the name of Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues is the fulfillment of the WATER/SPIRIT birth. That is what the Apostles preached and practiced, and that is why I call myself Apostolic.

There are several Orthodox Catholic groups who refer to themselves as Apostolic, usually rooted in Eastern Orthodoxy. There is also a new and modern so-called evangelical movement in America that calls themselves Apostolic, but they are anti-Pentecostals. That is why I use the terms ONENESS and PENTECOSTAL to distinguish myself from those who are NOT Oneness or Pentecostal.

I use the term PENTECOSTAL because the largest part of Christianity is NOT Pentecostal. That means that we preach and practice the experience of Acts 2 - the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I want the world to know that I am Pentecostal. I am not a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormon, SDA, JW, or anything else. If you don't know that I am a tongue-talker, you don't know who I am. I am, as much as anything else in the world, a PENTECOSTAL.

I use the term HOLINESS to distinguish myself from those who do NOT preach or practice holy lifestyles. HOLINESS means sacred, set apart, separated from the world, consecrated, sanctified. In practical terms, it means that I have rejected the ways of the world, and am identifiably different in my vocabulary, my interests, my manner of living, my habits, my conversation, my manner of dress, and even - yes, even - my hair. HOLINESS means that I attempt to live and act and dress exactly the way the Bible tells me to, in CONTRAST to the ways of the world. HOLINESS people are distinguishably different from other people, and that includes most other professing Christians. I am unashamed. I boldly declare that I believe in and practice HOLY living.

It would not suffice, in these days and times, to use only one of these terms, because most people are completely ignorant of these distinguishing doctrines. There are very few people in the world who practice HOLINESS outside the Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal people, but there are a few, so we attach the terms Apostolic Pentecostal to make that distinction.

If you do not want to be separate, then you can continue to blend in with the crowd, be ecumenical, dress and act and live however you please, and believe that everybody who says "Lord, Lord" is going to Heaven. But I don't, and never will.

There you have it. I am a Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness believer. That is what a true Christian is. Everything else is anti-Christian "Christianity."

I am UNASHAMED.