Monday, February 1, 2016

The Tragic State of Preaching and Preachers

Preach the Word!
It occurs to me that I have extraordinarily strong emotions about the state of preaching and preachers nowadays.

In my lifetime, I have come under the influence of many of the most powerful Pentecostal preachers of the 20th Century, both as a Trinitarian in my younger years, and as a Oneness Apostolic for the past 32 years.

In this, my 51st year of preaching, the state of preaching and preachers today - compared to what I saw and heard as a younger man - is a lot like comparing Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. I should not have to elaborate on that point. 

Long ago, preachers were not politically correct. They had utterly no idea what political correctness was. They said what they meant, and meant what they said; and they didn't much care WHO thought WHAT about it. They preached what they saw in the Bible, and expected wise men to take heed.

For the most part, they were not stupid. Most of the preachers who influenced me in the first half of my life were men who had great, great mastery of the Bible, and were men of frequent fasting, regimented prayer, and were powerful, powerful men in a pulpit.

Men like David Wilkerson, C.M. Ward, Leonard Ravenhill, and B.H. Clendennen were role models for me in the first half of my life. All of them were GIANTS among Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Pentecostals in their day. I sat under, and was personally influenced by Wilkerson, Ward, and Clendennen.  All were men who were known around the world, and who personally influenced many millions of people in their lifetimes.

All of them were fearless men of great conviction and passion, and were extraordinarily single-minded about the ministry. They were not men of sports and entertainment. You could scarcely find a frivolous cell in their bodies. They had no interest in wealth, or entertainment, or being culturally compatible, or having the world's approval. They lived and breathed ministry.

But when the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Charismatic Renewal took center stage in "Christianity," men of great conviction were silenced almost overnight, and WIMPS took over.

Nobody was allowed to speak their mind anymore. The teaching of DOCTRINES became the worst  taboo in the history of Christianity. It was the birth of GENERIC religion; come-as-you-are, do-as-you-please Christianity. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. GRACE. GRACE. GRACE. GRACE. GRACE. That's all we ever heard.

The "Holy Spirit" ceased being the "HOLY" Spirit I had known and read about in the Bible. The new "Holy Spirit" winked at sin and approved of just about any and all behavior. The new "Holy Spirit" did not care if you drank, or smoked, or cursed, or went to dirty movies, or looked and acted just like you always did before you "joined" the "church."

In the 1960s and 1970s, the age of rebellion, the sexual revolution, free love, dope smoking and hallucinogenic drugs, I dare to say that a preacher who preached real Bible DOCTRINES was committing - in the minds of that new generation - a worse taboo than one who slept with strangers, or tripped on acid.

I observed that the Church I had read about in the Book of Acts (at the age of 10 years old), was being totally re-invented.

In my youth, I was accustomed to seeing SINNERS come to Church because they were TIRED of living in sin, and wanted to CHANGE their ways, and consecrate their lives to God.

But suddenly, in the new LOVE environment, sin and sinners became obsolete. Extinct! Nobody condemned anything. RELATIVISM invaded the pulpits. MORAL relativism and DOCTRINAL relativism. You could be saved on just about any kind of terms you wanted to be saved on, as long as you said, "Jesus is LORD!"

Nobody had to actually CHANGE to join the church anymore, because LOVE accepted them just as they were. Psychology and psychologists invaded the church, and they told us that we should NEVER make anyone feel GUILTY! If we made them feel GUILTY, we were harming them; committing mental and emotional abuse! Psychology quickly replaced Bible doctrines and standards for living. Preachers COVETED their degrees in Psychology, and in many "churches," a PhD in Psychology was the ultimate credential for selecting a Pastor.

The wordly, faddish, culturally-addicted lifestyles were made to fit right into the church. As of today, the typical modern "Christian" preacher is a faddish cult-hero who presides over a giant social environment where the Bible is minimized and music is maximized. Entertainment and social activities define the modern "church," and preaching is watered-down swill that appeals to the carnal and worldly appetites of his followers.

I want NOTHING to do with that kind.

Give me a Bible preacher. A REAL Bible preacher. One who actually KNOWS the Bible thoroughly and masterfully from Genesis to Revelation. One who actually knows the difference between the WORLD and the CHURCH and DEMANDS a distinction between the world and the Church.

Give me a preacher who actually KNOWS ALL THE BIBLE definitions of sin, and knows exactly what sin is in the world today, and CONDEMNS sin, and calls men and women and young people to FLEE from every sin named in the Bible.

Give me a preacher who is a Holy Ghost filled, tongue-talking, devil-hating, praying and fasting, signs, wonders and miracles firebrand. Give me a preacher who can quote large portions of the Bible, and preach powerfully and authoritatively on just about anything in the Bible, beginning with the knowledge of the ONENESS OF GOD, the TRUE NEW BIRTH, HOLINESS, and BIBLE PROPHECIES FOR THE LAST DAYS.

That is the ONLY kind of preacher who can help save this lost and dying generation.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Word About Prophecy Boneheads

Ignorance is Blindness
I just heard Robert Morris, pastor of 36,000 people in Dallas/Fort Worth, preach that the rapture doctrine is only 150 years old, and that we should not concern ourselves with prophecy teachings; that they are effectively unknowable.

Tragically, he is only one of a majority of all "Christian" leaders who do not want to discuss Bible prophecies for the last days - and who indeed know virtually nothing whatsoever about Bible prophecies. It is a damnable situation, in which the voices leading hundreds of millions of so-called "believers" really don't believe at all.

"Knowing this first, that THERE SHALL COME IN THE LAST DAYS SCOFFERS, walking after their own lusts, And saying, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? for since the fathers fell asleep, ALL THINGS CONTINUE AS THEY WERE from the beginning of the creation.

For this THEY ARE WILLINGLY IGNORANT OF, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS, being overflowed with water, PERISHED: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, BY THE SAME WORD kept in store, RESERVED UNTO FIRE against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men," 2 Peter 3:3-7 KJV.

It is gargantuan PRIDE and suffocating PRESUMPTION that prompts ANY PREACHER to determine that Bible prophecies are laughable, indiscernible, unreliable, and should not be wrestled with. The title of this piece infers that they are BONEHEADS. But it is much more serious than that. They are willfully ignorant. They have turned off their hearts and minds to the prophecies of scriptures. They have chosen to ignore or minimize the entire field of Bible prophecies for the last days, and to insult or discredit those who do.

The Book of Revelation has become a comic book for most modern Christians. They perceive it to be a cartoon that is to be laughed about and mocked. Those who actually take the Book of Revelation seriously are scorned, discredited and demeaned as fools, idiots, peddlers of confusion, fear-mongerers, troublemakers, and other invective epithets.

I have news for all the prophecy detractors. You have NO BASIS and NO LEGITIMACY in twisting and turning the priorities of the Gospel to fit your personal preferences. You have no authority to place higher priorities on your favorite Bible themes while virtually tearing other themes right out of the Bible and tossing them into the trash heap.

I am personally sick and tired of being relegated to the fringe because I teach and preach prophecy. I am not solely a prophecy preacher. Every day of my life, I preach and teach the scriptures in a well-rounded and comprehensive way. I preach everything I can find in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I try my best to preach every vice and every virtue that I find defined in the Bible. I am not a narrow-minded, one-horse show.

But one thing I know, from writing almost 5000 sequential Bible lessons from Genesis to Revelation: there are THOUSANDS of prophetic scriptures throughout the scriptures. I roughly estimate that there are about 3000 prophecies in the Bible that have already been fulfilled, and there are another 3000 prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled. I am disgusted and appalled by all the irresponsible preachers who adamantly refuse to study Bible prophecies at any length, and categorically minimize the entire subject of Bible prophecies for the last days.

"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, throughly FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS," 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV.

God has REASONS for giving us thousands of Bible prophecies. You may not fully know or understand all the reasons WHY God gave us those prophecies, but we are nevertheless obliged to preach everything the Bible says, whether or not we personally believe it is important. But we cannot preach what we do not know. And we cannot know what we do not study.

"STUDY [can I repeat that a few times??? STUDY STUDY STUDY STUDY] to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.

And finally, John the Revelator himself gives us a deadly warning against minimizing the Book of Revelation and prophecy teachings:

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And IF ANY MAN SHALL TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THIS PROPHECY, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book," Revelation 22:18-19 KJV.

Don't you ever think or say that God does not intend for us to understand Bible prophecies!! Don't you believe that it is impossible to understand Bible prophecies. Nothing could be more absurd - or offensive to God - than to claim that His Word does not and cannot speak logically, rationally, understandably, and forcefully on these subjects. His Word IS UNDERSTANDABLE, and it is our task to find out what it says and what it means.

These ARE the last days. I will stake my entire life and reputation on what the Bible says, and knowing the signs that have already been fulfilled in my generation, Jesus said, "THIS GENERATION will not pass away until all these signs be fulfilled." THIS is the last generation. Jesus will return IN OUR DAY!

If you don't believe that, you need to take a year sabbatical and read your Bible all over again with an eye on prophecy. And after you LEARN what you need to know, you need to TEACH it, PREACH it, and PREPARE for it.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

THE DAY GRANDPA GAVE ME A $100 BILL

My Grandpa Raggio was a businessman. When I was a little boy in elementary school, Grandpa was building homes, buying and selling real estate, and brokering mortgage loans. For a while, he owned a small lumber yard and hardware store. Then he bought a couple of full-service gas stations.

When I was about 8 years old, I spent one summer hanging around his Sinclair gas station. I pumped gas for the customers, checked their oil, and washed their windows. We sold candy and snacks and cold drinks inside, and we did oil changes and lube jobs. We had a car wash bay, and we sold tires and fixed flats. I wasn't on the payroll. I was just there because he was my grandpa.

One afternoon, Grandpa walked in while I was standing near the cash register. He pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to me. I looked at that $100 bill and my eyes just about popped out.

I could not believe that Grandpa had given me $100. It seemed like a million dollars to me. I knew I had done nothing worth $100 at the gas station. The minimum wage was only one dollar in those days, and I wasn't even working regular hours. I was just his little grandson hanging around the gas station.

I was so overwhelmed that I took the $100 bill and went into a storage room in the back of the building, where he kept all the oil and lube products stored. I stood there in that dark store room and stared at that $100 bill until I convinced myself that it could not be real. I decided that it had to be a counterfeit. Finally, I walked back into the front office and handed the $100 bill back to my Grandpa. I did not want it. I was afraid to keep it because I was afraid I might get in trouble if the FBI found out my Grandpa was handling counterfeit money. He couldn't understand why I didn't want the money, but I insisted that he take it back.

Now, when I remember that day, I think, "WHAT A DUMMY I WAS!!!" If I had actually kept that $100 in 1960, and put it in any kind of a savings account, it would certainly be worth $10,000 or more today. But I didn't keep it because I could not believe that it was real.

Now I am 64 years old, and I see the same thing happening all the time. You may know that I preach and publish the gospel every day of my life. I have tens of thousands of subscribers who receive my Bible lessons every single day, and hundreds of thousands of people see my Internet publications every day.

But they do not understand the value of what I have given them. I preach and teach the Oneness of God. I preach and teach the Acts 2:38 Pentecostal experience of full repentance, water baptism in Jesus' name, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with speaking in other tongues. That is what the Bible says is the New Birth. I preach and teach holy living, separation from the world and its ways, because the Bible says that without holiness, "no man shall see the Lord." And I preach a lot about Bible prophecies for the last days. I do my best to show people where the Bible says we are headed, and how we are supposed to live and believe in these last days.

But most people look at what I preach just like I looked at that $100 bill that Grandpa gave me 50 years ago. I didn't believe it was real. I thought it was counterfeit. I was afraid I would get in trouble if I took it. Can I say it?? I was an idiot!!

Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it," Matthew 13:44-46.

I see it every single day. People pass right over this Oneness, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Holiness message, and treat it like it is counterfeit money.

But one of these days, they are going to wake up just like I did and realize how foolish they were for turning it down. For giving it back. For refusing it.

In Noah's day, they continued eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even though Noah's Ark sat right there in their midst screaming out a prophetic message that nobody wanted to hear, "until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and KNEW NOT until the flood came, and took them all away," Matthew 24:38-29.

Those who reject the Gospel, and those who reject the prophetic message will someday soon wake up and see the world on fire with prophetic fulfillment. Many of them will suddenly remember the prophetic message that Ken Raggio and others have been preaching for decades. Suddenly, they will realize that $100 bill was not counterfeit. Suddenly, they are going to WISH that they had taken that $100 bill, because it might have helped them in their time of need.

"They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED OF HER CHILDREN," Luke 7:32-35.

WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED OF HER CHILDREN.

Those who wisely take the $100 bill - the Gospel and the prophetic TRUTH - will JUSTIFY the preacher and his message some day. Those who HEARD and OBEYED the message will be the PROOF and the JUSTIFICATION that the MESSAGE was the TRUE message that they should have believed and obeyed. And those who REJECTED the message will be on the OUTSIDE LOOKING IN when Judgment Day finally arrives.

A Roman Centurion came to Jesus one day, asking a miracle for one of his servants who was sick. Jesus marveled at his faith, especially since many of the Jews had coldly refused to have faith in Him. Jesus "said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth," Matthew 8:10-12.

While the JEWS He came to save REJECTED His message, this Roman Gentile truly believed! Jesus warned the Jews of a day to come when men would come from all parts of the world into the Kingdom of God, while many of the people He came especially to save would be cast into outer darkness because of their unbelief.

The Roman Centurion saw the $100 bill and received it. The unbelieving Jews saw the $100 bill and called it "counterfeit," and rejected it.

Don't reject the TRUTH. The day will come when you will regret you rejected it.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

144,000 Jews Sealed During The Great Tribulation

A Hiding Place For Jews During The Tribulation
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Three-and-a-half years before the battle of Armageddon, God will hide 144,000 Jews from the persecution of the Man of Sin. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, ...let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains,” Matthew 24:16. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God,” Revelation 12:6.
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Isaiah 26:20 - “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.”

The Consummation Of Israel
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The Man of Sin will terminate the offerings of sacrifices in the Third Jewish Temple “even until the CONSUMMATION.” What does that mean? From Joshua's day, God warned, “If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and CONSUME you,” Joshua 24:20. The horrifying events leading to the battle of Armageddon will CONSUME Israel, except for 144,000 divinely-protected Jews. If those days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved. At Armageddon, Jesus will save and restore Israel.
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Daniel 9:27 - “...he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation.”

The Archangel Michael And The Great Tribulation
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It appears that the tandem Iron and Clay entity of Europe and the Roman Catholic Church will install an Assyrian Man of Sin in his palace in Jerusalem. The Great Tribulation will begin when he commits the Abomination of Desolation in the Third Temple, and it will continue for 42 months. Michael the archangel will stand up for Israel. 144,000 godly Jews will be sealed and delivered.
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Daniel 12:1 - “At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.”

Everyone That Shall Be Found Written In The Book
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According to Revelation 12, God will seal 144,000 Jews - 12,000 for each of the twelve tribes - at the very beginning of the Great Tribulation. This will be the remnant, “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” mentioned in Revelation 12:17. The unspoken conclusion is that they will be the only Jews to survive the Great Tribulation. The rest will apparently be destroyed or enslaved during the Antichrist's 42-month rule in Jerusalem.
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Daniel 12:1 - “At that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

Jesus' Command to Flee
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Jewish “settlers” now living in Biblical Judea (illicitly renamed “West Bank” by Arabs) have struggled since 1967 to build communities in the Promised Land. Their settlements cause endless political haggling, military clashes, and enemy hostilities waged to remove their so-called “occupations.” These are the people (about 500,000) that Jesus warned to flee when Antichrist commits the Abomination of Desolation. Providentially, 144,000 will flee (Revelation 7:4).
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Matthew 24:15-16 - “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place... Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains.”

Hold Back The Four Winds Until 144,000 Jews Sealed
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Four global winds are striving to conquer the earth:  Catholicism, Communism, Capitalism and Islam. Daniel saw “four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea,” 7:2. Zechariah saw “four spirits of the heavens,” 6:5. John saw four angels holding back four winds (spirits, horsemen) from a catastrophic clash of civilizations until the 144,000 Jews could be saved.
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Revelation 7:1-3 - “Four angels ...holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow ...another angel ...cried Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

The 144,000 Jews Who Will Be Sealed
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They are called “servants of God,” having His seal in their foreheads - twelve thousand from each tribe of Israel. Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Napthali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph, Benjamin. Joseph stands instead of Ephraim, and Levi replaces Dan (who went first into idolatry). As God spared 7,000 in Elijah's day, He will spare 144,000 during the Great Tribulation. According to 21:12, all twelve original tribes will be named on the gates of New Jerusalem.
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Revelation 7:4 - “There were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”

The Lord Knoweth Them That Are His
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The prophecy says that God will seal twelve thousand Jews from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. As I write this lesson, the twelve tribes are almost entirely indistinguishable one from the other. Many Jews do not know what tribe they are from. Never doubt, however, that God knows exactly which tribe every Jew descended from. Paul told Timothy, “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his,” 2 Timothy 2:19.
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Revelation 7:4 - “I heard the number of them which were sealed: [twelve thousand from each tribe].”

The Seal Of God Means Protection
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The Mark of the Beast will be put in a man's hand or in his forehead. In his vision of the Harlot Church, John saw vile names written in her forehead. On the contrary, all the saints of God in the New Testament have been sealed with the Holy Ghost (see I Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). God will also seal 144,000 Jews immediately before the Great Tribulation. Covet to be sealed by the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
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Revelation 9:4 - “They should not hurt the grass ...but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.”

The Woman Will Flee To A Safe Place
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Revelation 12: 4-5 refers to the times of the Birth, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but verse six jumps forward almost 2000 years to the beginning of the last forty-two months just before Jesus returns for the battle of Armageddon. God will prompt the Woman - Israel (probably the 144,000 Jews who will be sealed) - to flee to a safe place BEFORE Satan is cast down just before those forty-two months begin.
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Revelation 12:6 - “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”

She Hath A Place Prepared Of God For 1260 Days
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Jesus warns Israel to flee Judea when they see the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15-16). He will feed them in a safe place for 1260 days. This probably refers to the 144,000 of chapter 14. After 1260 days, it appears that these Jews will be the “FIRSTFRUITS” to be “REDEEMED FROM THE EARTH,” because John saw them with Jesus in HEAVEN (14:3-4) BEFORE the Rapture occurs in 14:15-16.
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Revelation 12:6 - “The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”

144,000 Sealed With The Holy Ghost
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John saw 144,000 Jews “having the seal of the living God,” 7:2. According to 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13; 4:30, the seal of God is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. To receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Peter said they should “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38. This gives us reasons to believe that the 144,000 will have repented, been baptized in Jesus' name and filled with the Holy Ghost.
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Revelation 14:1 - “An hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.”  [Jesus said, "I am come in my Father's name," John 5:43. Jesus is the name of the Father.]

His Father's Name
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John saw the 144,000 “firstfruits” (14:4) who were “redeemed from the earth” (14:3) “from among men” (14:4). Being Jews, they sang the song of Moses (15:3). Also being Christians, they sang the song of the Lamb (15:4). They had the Father's name in their foreheads. Jesus said, “I am come in my Father's name,” John 5:43. There are many JHWH (Jehovah) names, but JHWH gave JESUS His Highest name. (Acts 4:12). JESUS is Jehovah Savior. “None other name given among men...”
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Revelation 14:1 - “an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.”

Harpers Harping, 144,000 Spirit-Filled Jews Singing
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At the end of the Great Tribulation, Jesus will redeem all His people in the First Resurrection and Rapture. The FIRST group to go, however, will be the 144,000 Jews - the "firstfruits" (14:4) - who were especially sealed in the middle of Daniel's Seventieth Week. John saw them in Heaven singing with many harps.
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Revelation 14:2-3 - “I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

No Man Could Learn That Song
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The 144,000 are one of the most exclusive groups mentioned in the Bible. They will be Christian Jews. They are alive as I write this, although most of them are probably not yet converted to Christ. They will be sealed by God immediately after the Abomination of Desolation in the middle of Daniel's Seventieth Week. They will be taken to Heaven before all other Saints are resurrected or raptured. Nobody will ever have a song like their song.
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Revelation 14:3 - “They sung as it were a new song before the throne, ...no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

The Lamb With 144,000 On Mount Sion In Heaven
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"A Lamb stood on the mount Sion [in Heaven], and with him an hundred forty and four thousand.” They will be “the firstfruits,” “redeemed from the earth.” Before all other saints are resurrected or raptured, the 144,000 will be taken to Heaven to be with Jesus.
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Revelation 14:3-4 - “They sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth ...These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

144,000 Virgins
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In Revelation 7, John saw 144,000 Jews - 12,000 from each of twelve tribes - sealed by God shortly before the Second Coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon. In chapter 14, John saw them again, after they were taken to Heaven and standing in the company of Jesus Himself. John said that none of them had been “defiled with women; for they are virgins.” Therefore, all 144,000 of these “firstfruits” who were “redeemed from the earth” were apparently male, virgin, Christian Jews.
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Revelation 14:4 - “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.”

They Follow The Lamb Whithersoever He Goeth
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Visit Jerusalem, Israel on any Sabbath or Holy Day. You will find multitudes of Jews, men and women, gathered at the Western “Wailing” Wall praying for God to send Messiah ("Mashiach"). As impressive as that scene is, there is a grave tragedy in its very essence. Messiah has already come, and they have rejected Him! Jesus Christ is the very One they are praying for. Amazingly, this prophecy reveals that God has already identified 144,000 who will soon give their lives to Jesus Christ unreservedly.  They will obey the New Testament Gospel, and will be the firstfruits harvested from the earth.
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Revelation 14:4 - “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”

The Firstfruits: 144,000 In Heaven Before Other Saints
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Notice the chronology: In verse 1, 144,000 elect Christian Jews are seen around Jesus Christ in Heaven. In verse 6, an angel preaches the everlasting Gospel to those on earth, (before the Rapture). In verse 8, Babylon (Rome) falls. Verse 9 curses all who take the Mark of the Beast. In verse 15, Jesus reaps the Harvest of the Earth (the First Resurrection and Rapture). In verses 17-20, an angel gathers the Grapes of Wrath (the wicked) for Armageddon. This sequence reveals that the 144,000 will be in Heaven before Jesus returns for the Resurrection, Rapture and Armageddon.
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Revelation 14:4 - “These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

In Their Mouth Was Found No Guile
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"In their mouth was found no guile ...they are without fault.” What a testimony! In all the history of mankind, few groups of people stand out more prominently than the 144,000 virgin Jews who will be sealed by the Holy Ghost during the Great Tribulation. In Heaven, and on earth, they will stay near Him at all times. “These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.” It pays to have a clean heart and clean mouth.
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Revelation 14:5 - “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

An Angel Preaches The Gospel, Says To Worship God
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Right after he saw 144,000 sealed Jews on Mount Zion in Heaven with Jesus Christ (firstfruits unto God), John saw “another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.” Fear God. Give Him glory. Worship Him. Judgment is coming.
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Revelation 14:7 - “And worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

The Sequence Of Events In Daniel's Seventieth Week
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Daniel's (9:27) Seventieth Week will transpire in this order: A Seven-Year Covenant about Israel will be Confirmed by the Prince of Rome (Pope). 3.5 years later the (Assyrian) Man of Sin will commit the Abomination of Desolation in the Third Temple. Two Witnesses will preach 42 months. 144,000 Jews will be sealed. All Jews must flee Judea. Great Tribulation begins. An angel will preach the Gospel. Babylon (Rome) will fall. Saints will be Harvested (Resurrected, Raptured). Sinners will be Reaped (Grapes of Wrath, Armageddon).
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Revelation 14:7 - “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.”

The Sequence Of Events In Revelation 13-14
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From Revelation 13-14, we see this sequence: The First Beast (world government) rises. The Second Beast (False Prophet/Pope) rises and establishes the Mark of the Beast. 144,000 chosen Jews appear with Jesus in Heaven. An angel administers the everlasting Gospel to the whole world. An angel announces the fall of Babylon. An angel curses those who take the Mark of the Beast. The Son of Man reaps the Harvest of the Earth (First Resurrection and Rapture). An angel reaps the Grapes of Wrath (sinners) for Armageddon.
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Revelation 14:8 - “There followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city.”

They Followed Him
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The secret to discipleship is following. Jesus told Peter, “Follow me.” He told Matthew, “Follow me.” He told Philip, “Follow me.” He told the rich young ruler to forsake all and “follow me.” “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” Luke 9:23. He said, “My sheep... follow me.” Peter said, “Ye should follow His steps.” 144,000 chosen Jews will “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth,” Revelation 14:4. Do you want to see His glory? FOLLOW HIM!
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Revelation 19:14 - “The armies which were in heaven followed him.”

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Don't Let A Christian Make You An Unbeliever

(Note: I discovered this article among my grandparents' old papers. I wrote and published this article in July, 1995. The counsel of this article is even more valuable today than then.)

Don't Let A Christian
Make You An Unbeliever
by Ken Raggio

Even if there was not one true Christian left in the world, GOD is still real! As long as there have been people, there have been failures. But the failures of men have never killed God. Nor will they ever!

The most basic component of success with God is FAITH. Even if you don't have faith in anybody else, you can have faith in God. People may be phony, but God is not.

When you and I stand before God at judgment, there will be no excuses allowed for the way other people were. At the very heart of the issue is my faith or lack of faith in God. "He that cometh to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

As far as God is concerned, you and I are completely independent of each other in terms of our responsibility to Him. What you do cannot save me, and what I do cannot save you. One of the most valuable discoveries I ever made was that God wrote my name in the book of life and only He can remove it. I can't write your name in it, and I can't take it out. Only you can save or destroy yourself.

What do Christians do that causes one to lose faith?

Christians sometimes do not live the way God called them to live.

This fact is nothing new. The entire Bible is filled with stories of men and women whose lives were stained with failure. Go throughout the list - - - Moses was a murderer and a disobedient leader. Abraham doubted God would give him a son of his wife Sara, so he took her handmaiden and bore a child by her. David stole another man's wife then had that man killed in battle. Even the great prophet Elijah succumbed to fear of the evil woman Jezebel, instead of trusting God. The Apostle Peter denied his association with Jesus, swearing with an oath. And the list is endless of men and women who committed minor infractions against the perfect will of God. Yet the scripture is careful to teach that if we sin, we have an advocate in Jesus, and if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive all our unrighteousness. You must be forgiving of other people's failures, too.

If a Christian sins, and does NOT repent, however, we are inclined to be stumbled by their bad example. This too is wrong. Whether or not the Christian corrects his error is between him and God. Though all men fail, Jesus never fails. If you are following men, and men fail, you will fail. But if you follow Jesus, He will never give you an occasion to stumble. So stop looking at others and look at Jesus. He as always been the ONLY way, no matter what!

Christians sometimes do wrong to others. 

This is only a variation of the first reason. If a Christian will do wrong before God, why wouldn't he do wrong before you? (Are you more worthy of respect than God?) Remember - if men betrayed Jesus, they will also betray you. So what's new? Again, get your eyes off men, and get them on HIM. It would seem that if you first study the scriptures, and learn the way that is really right, then you will be well-founded in proper behavior, and will not be seriously hindered by people who err.

Why should you not allow a Christian
to make an unbeliever out of you?

Your eternal soul is worth more
than any disenchantment with others.

For the sake of your eternal salvation, be bigger than the offender. If a prominent Christian, even a leader, lets you down, look beyond their failure and see that no matter what happens to him or her, you must not fail. None of the horror stories change the ultimate fact: Heaven and Hell are real, and it will be a personal tragedy of tragedies if you do not make your entrance into the kingdom of Heaven. If a sinner or a backslider or a hypocrite gets in your way, just go around them and don't look back. God will deal justly with the phony. Just you make sure all is well with YOUR soul! After all, Jesus said that many of the first would be last, and the last will be first. It just may be that you will end up with a wonderful reward that could have belonged to the one who failed if they had only persevered as you did.

In the long run, you will recognize how important it is
to be faithful regardless of others' performance.

If you are honest with yourself, you know that you too have faults. Yet you would not want anyone else to stumble because you are only human. You would surely encourage others to look at Jesus and not at your mistakes. and finally, if you really mean business with God, you will undoubtedly correct every mistake as quickly as you can so that there will be nothing between you and your Savior on Judgment Day. Let's not spend our days stumbling over one another's mistakes. Let us focus again and again on the prize of eternal life, and strive for the mastery at any cost. For above all else... I MUST BE SAVED!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"LET US MAKE MAN" does NOT prove the Trinity

What about God's statement, "Let US make man in OUR image..."

Who was God speaking about - "US" and "OUR"?

"And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness..." Genesis 1:26.

"Majestic plural" is the grammatical term that applies to the statement "Let US make man." A Monarch uses a plural pronoun to speak not only for himself, but his entire kingdom. It is also called the royal "we". Queen Victoria spoke to the ladies of her court saying "We are not amused." Czar Nicholas of Russia abdicated his throne saying, "We have thought it well to renounce the Throne of the Russian Empire." ONE person speaks for an empire.

My Apostolic friend from India (now living in Texas), Priti Kujar, informed me, "Being a speaker of Hindi language, I can relate to the fact that monarchs in India mostly used to use the plural 'we' rather than 'I' when referring to themselves. It reflected their stature and authority. There are still some community which uses 'we' instead of 'I' for referring to oneself."

The use of the majestic plural - or "royal 'we'"in no wise proves that God is a trinity.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD," Deuteronomy 6:4.

See also: "The Early Church Was Absolutely Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian"

See this YouTube VIDEO: The Early Church Was Absolutely Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian

See also this VIDEO: The ONENESS of God


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The White Throne Judgment

Artists Conception of
The White Throne
Jesus Christ will reward His saints at His coming. But there will be another eternal reward given at the White Throne Judgment.

by Ken Raggio

"...we shall ALL stand before the JUDGMENT SEAT of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, EVERY KNEE shall bow to me, and EVERY TONGUE shall confess to God. So then EVERY ONE OF US shall give account of himself to God," Romans 14:10-12.

"Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For WE MUST ALL APPEAR before the JUDGMENT SEAT of CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men," 2 Corinthians 5:9-11.

There are NOT TWO thrones in Heaven. There is no difference in Judgment seats. There is not one Judgment seat for the wicked and a DIFFERENT Judgment seat for the righteous. We must ALL appear before the Throne.

"And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne," Revelation 4:2.

John called it "the throne of God and of the Lamb," Revelation 22:3. God is the eternal Spirit. Christ is the only Body God ever had. Jesus is the incarnation of God. When we finally look upon the Throne, we will see the invisible God the Father incarnate in the body of Jesus Christ. We will all be judged at that time and place. Saints and sinners, Jews and Gentiles will all be judged before the great White Throne of Jesus Christ AFTER the Millennial Kingdom of Christ has passed.

Dead Men Shall Live, Dead Bodies Shall Arise
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Christ will raise the righteous dead and the living saints when He returns to earth. But Isaiah and other prophets condemned the wicked. “They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them,” 26:14. After Christ rules for 1000 years on earth, all men will be summoned to the White Throne Judgment where the wicked will be sentenced to Hell (Revelation 20). “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: ...the earth shall cast out the dead," Isaiah 26:19.

"The LORD is known by the JUGMENT which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. ...The WICKED SHALL BE TURNED INTO HELL [sheol], and all the nations that forget God," Psalms 9:16-17.

For Evermore
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Revelation 20 reveals that Messiah will rule the world from Jerusalem for 1000 years. Afterward, the old heavens and earth will be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-12; Matthew 24:35; Daniel 7:14). The wicked will be judged at the White Throne and sent to Hell. The righteous will then receive their eternal rewards and be given entrance into Heaven for eternity. “The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it,” Revelation 21:22. Ezekiel's “Millennium” prophecies extended to “for evermore.”
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Ezekiel 37:25-28 - “David shall be their prince for ever, ..they shall dwell therein, ...forever; ......my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

Saints Will Resurrect First, Sinners 1000 Years Later
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The FIRST resurrection will occur when Jesus returns to earth. The DEAD IN CHRIST will rise, and LIVING SAINTS will be caught up to meet them in the air (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

“The rest of the dead [the wicked] lived not again until the thousand years were finished,” Revelation 20:4-5. Daniel foresaw both resurrections. Sinners will be resurrected and judged at the White Throne (Revelation 20:11) AFTER the Millennium.

The children of Israel (Jews) will also be raised from the dead when Jesus comes.

"Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU, and ye shall live, and I SHALL PLACE YOU IN YOUR OWN LAND: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD," Ezekiel 37:12-14.

At the coming of the Lord to the battle of Armageddon, the children of Israel (Jews) will rise from their graves and behold Jesus Christ face to face. They will then realize that Jesus is their true Messiah, and they will mourn and repent for having killed Him.

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, THE SPIRIT OF GRACE and of supplications: and THEY SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn," Zechariah 12:9-10.

"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, SHALL BE GRAFFED IN: for GOD IS ABLE TO GRAFF THEM IN AGAIN. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THESE, which be the natural branches, BE GRAFFED INTO THEIR OWN OLIVE TREE? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: AS IT IS WRITTEN, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS," Romans 11:22-27.

The Jews will live and reign with Christ IN THE HOLY LAND during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. The twelve Apostles of the Lamb will rule over them during that time. I cannot detail all of that here. It is carefully explained in Ezekiel 40-47. Read the related lessons found in those chapters (40-47) in these teachings from the Book of Ezekiel'.

Two Resurrections - 1000 Years Apart
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Jesus taught that there will be two resurrections - one of the righteous dead, and one of the wicked - at different times (Revelation 20:4-5). The righteous dead will be resurrected before Jesus rules on earth for 1000 years, and will rule with Him during that time. The children of Israel (Jews) will be resurrected to face Jesus Christ and repent of their sins (Ezekiel 37:12-14 and Zechariah 12:9-10).

The rest of the wicked Gentiles who remain in their graves will not be resurrected until after that Millennium and must then face Jesus at the White Throne Judgment to be sentenced to Hell for eternity.
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John 5:29: The dead "...shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Daniel 12:2 - “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

We Must All Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Christ
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Every human being on earth desperately needs to hear this announcement: “You have an appointment with Jesus Christ.” People from every nation, tribe and tongue - Jews and Gentiles - will one day stand face-to-face with Jesus Christ on His White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.
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2 Corinthians 5:10 - “For we must ALL appear before the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, ACCORDING TO THAT HE HATH DONE, WHETHER IT BE GOOD OR BAD."

Jesus Will Judge The Living And Dead At His Appearing
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The wicked dead will not be raised until the Second Resurrection, AFTER the 1000-year kingdom of Christ. Sinners will be judged at the White Throne and sent to Hell.

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire," Revelation 20:11-15.

However, all the Saints of God, dead and living, will be INSTANTLY judged when Jesus returns to earth. The righteous dead will be raised immortal, and living saints will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).
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2 Timothy 4:1 - “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick [living] and the dead at his appearing...”

Tormented In The Presence Of Angels And The Lamb
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Revelation 20:11-15 reveals that all the wicked will be resurrected AFTER the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, to stand before God AT HIS WHITE THRONE. They will be judged and cast into Hell. But 1000 years earlier, at Armageddon, Jesus will personally judge His LIVING enemies. He will cast the Beast, False Prophet and those who worship them into a lake of fire in Jerusalem to be observed by men and angels . (See Isaiah 66:16,24). He will also destroy the Assyrian Man of Sin (who will commit the Abomination of Desolation in the Third Temple) ON HIS HOLY MOUNTAIN in Jerusalem. "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 [at Armageddon]," Isaiah 14:24-26.

Those who took the Mark of the Beast will be sentenced to Hell with all the other wicked. Revelation 14:10 - “[Those who worship the beast] shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.”

The Second Death
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The FIRST DEATH is the death of the our mortal bodies. Bodies of the dead in Christ will rise immortal in the First Resurrection. Living saints will also rise at that time in the Rapture to be with Christ forever.

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words," 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.

SOULS of sinners go to Hell when they die. Moses taught the first doctrine of Hell in Deuteronomy 32:22. "For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell [hades]."


Jesus taught that when the rich man died, he woke up in FLAMES OF HELL. Lazarus woke up in the company of Abraham and the saints.

"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And IN HELL he lift up his eyes, BEING IN TORMENTS, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and COOL MY TONGUE; FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence," Luke 16:22-26.

But the physical, earthly BODIES of the dead must wait in the grave for the Second Resurrection, when they will face Christ at His White Throne Judgment. Their resurrected bodies of the wicked will then be cast into Hell. That is the second death.
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Revelation 20:6 - “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.”

Earth And Heaven Flee Away From God's Great White Throne
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What scientists call the “expanding” universe is NO PROOF that the universe began with a big-bang. The universe is expanding because everything in the material realm is fleeing the Throne of God. Only those of us who are born again will ever return to the Throne of God. The universe is not expanding because of a big-bang, but because the Throne of God is at its center.
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Revelation 20:11 - “I saw a GREAT WHITE THRONE, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

The Great White Throne Judgment
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At the end of the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, all the dead will stand before Jesus, who will be seated on the Great White Throne. The Book of Life will contain the names of the redeemed. Books will have recorded every man's works, which will be judged. Never believe anybody who tells you that God will not judge your works. Both saints and sinners will be judged by their works. “I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.
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Revelation 20:13 - “They were judged every man according to their works.”

Will Anybody Be Saved After The Rapture?
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"Will anybody be saved after the Rapture?” If you are not taken in the First Resurrection and Rapture, you will not be resurrected until 1000 years later. Then, at the White Throne, you will be cast into Hell forever. We are not told if mortals will be born again during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. If they are, their names will be found in the Book of Life at the White Throne Judgment, and they will be saved.
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Revelation 20:13 - “Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

Death And Hell Will Be Cast Into The Lake Of Fire
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God's saints will be raised to be with Jesus in the FIRST RESURRECTION and RAPTURE. But the souls of the wicked will remain in the grave ("death and hell [grave]") until the SECOND RESURRECTION, 1000 years later. Then, they will be bodily resurrected to face Jesus at the White Throne, to be “judged every man according to their works,” 20:13. All sinners will be cast bodily into Hell at that event.
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Revelation 20:14-15 - “Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

The World Will Pass Away - Your Soul Is Eternal
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"What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” One soul is worth more than the whole world and all its birds, beasts, flowers, trees, diamonds, gold, oil, mountains, rivers, cities and nations. If you are wise enough to forfeit these temporal things to do God's will, your reward will be infinite.
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Matthew 16:26-27 - “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Is MUSIC Killing Off Apostolic Churches?

I travel a lot, and find myself in all kinds of Apostolic Pentecostal Churches all around the country. One thing I have noticed that deeply, deeply troubles me is the MUSIC.

I know what I see. I have eyes and I have ears. I see platforms covered with musicians and singers and instruments. But WHAT I DO NOT SEE is congregations singing.

Again and again and again, I see keyboardists and "praise" singers putting on a show. I watch in horror as entire congregations stand there in a coma while the Church musicians sing songs that nobody else sings. Nobody learns these songs, because many of them are impossible to learn. They cannot be sung as a solo. They cannot be remembered, because they are not memorable. They are PAINFULLY repetitious. At this point, I have come to HATE songs that contain the word "AWESOME." How many times in one service do we have to tell God that He is "AWESOME"? God you are awesome. God you are awesome. God you are awesome. That is not profound. That is redundant. If that is all we can say about God, we don't know God.

Go ahead. Crucify me. Hate me. But I am telling you as pointedly as I know how, MUSIC is KILLING Apostolic Pentecostal Churches. The music is NOT conducive to true spiritual growth. FAR too many of the songs being used today are empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.

I am a writer. In the last ten years, I have written almost 3 million words on Bible subjects. I know the power of words. I understand the potential of a well-constructed sentence. I also know the pointlessness of a sentence that has no meaning. And I can tell you unequivocally that a huge lot of the songs being used today have no substantive message. Many songs use vain repetitions, incomplete sentences, and meaningless phraseology. They are loaded with buzzwords, but make no meaningful statements.

When are we going to REVOLT against DUMB music in the Church? I'm calling for a revolt right now. It's time for Christians to demand better SONGS. It is time to BOYCOTT Hillsong. It is time to BOYCOTT "Christian" radio and "Christian" entertainment.

I know I'm opening a can of worms. I know that this kind of talk offends church musicians and praise singers. I don't care. I'm an elder. I've been on church platforms singing and making music since I was eight years old. I am old. Yes. At 64, I am automatically discounted and discredited by most young Christians. But I know what I see. I see the dumbing down of Christianity. The dumbing down of Christian music. The dumbing down of Christians. The dumbing down of the Church. I see whole congregations standing glassy-eyed and speechless through half-hour-long marathons of pounding bass guitars, hyperactive drumming, and bouncing singers.

And I can't accept that. I have to cry aloud. I have to lift my voice and object to what I see.

There are hundreds, even thousands, of powerful, articulate, doctrinally-rich songs that have been written over the past 100 years. People who sang those songs REMEMBERED them, and continue singing them all their lives. They had messages in them. Singing those songs was like preaching a sermon to yourself, because they were full of Gospel messages, doctrines, and even conviction and consecration. Yet most popular "Churches" today would not recognize more than a very few of them. That is not just tragic, it is evil. It is a Satanic, Hellacious ploy against the historical roots of modern Christianity. It is the severing of all ties with the past. It is the rejection of the very sanctified process that brought the modern Church into existence. It is a refuting, a rebutting, a denial, of the profound works of the Holy Ghost that built a worldwide Pentecostal Church.

The suffocating arrogance that presumes to say that the old paths were wrong and that this generation knows better than any generation before it is toxic and

heretical. This generation of Christians is NOT more biblically astute. Its preachers are NOT more spiritual, more godly, more consecrated. In large part, the modern Church is infinitely more carnal, more worldly, more sensuous, more materialistic than any of its predecessors in the last 100 years.

It is time for a REVIVAL of the WORD OF GOD, and that may never actually happen until we purposefully and intentionally demand that our churches be purged of all shallow, empty, dumbed-down "ministries." How will that ever happen as long as we continue to celebrate such shallowness?

"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein," Jeremiah 6:16.

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I have been publishing online since 1996. Very few people in the world have published more gospel preaching and teaching on the Internet than I have. I have interacted personally with countless tens of thousands of people via emails and direct messages, and faced every conceivable belligerence from atheists, gays, Catholics, Trinitarians of every flag, JWs, Adventists, Branhamites, Cessationists, Calvinists, Preterists, Pre-Tribbers, Ecumenicals, Muslims, etc., etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

But I've never seen a topic create such a firestorm as the subject of music in the Church. I have made it crystal clear that I believe the bulk of modern Christian music is poison in the pot. No less than 90% of the responses I get passionately agree with me. Of course, that stat is skewed by the fact that most of my followers followed me in the first place because of my conservative views.

Nevertheless, I am absolutely positive that I am not alone in detesting the new breed of music in the Church. I will not restate all my objections here.

I have been mocked and ridiculed by many of my own peers for taking that position. And in that mockery and condescension, an even greater problem is exposed. Many of our ministers despise the old paths just as certainly as the non-Apostolics who write and perform those songs. There is virtually NO vetting, NO qualifying, NO screening of the doctrinal content of modern Christian music, as long as it has a good sound, a good beat, and attracts young people. They NEVER recognize hyper-grace, easy-believism, word-of-faith, success-prosperity HERETICAL LIES in those lyrics. All they notice is the entertainment value of them.

I have personally witnessed several youth events where the pounding, pulsating music was played endlessly in the background, although the lyrics were at best indiscernible, and at worst, doctrinally-sterile (or heretical) and more representative of and identifiable with NON-APOSTOLIC movements. They are PROUD to be like Hillsong or "Christian" TV stars and starlets, or to be culturally hip and cool. They are PROUD to be "relevant" to the world, although they don't realize that they have at last become irrelevant to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and Truth, Righteousness, and Holiness.

Everything about that sounds all the alarms for me. The fact that it sounds NO ALARMS for them is the very reason why I distance myself from them, and sometimes block them from my circle of influence.

If you don't like my position on these matters, nobody is forcing you to follow me. You can say anything you want to say anywhere else, but not on my timeline. I am going to say and preach what I believe with all the force and conviction I have in my soul.

If you don't like me or what I say, goodbye, adios, adieu, arrivederci, auf weidersehen.

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How to DESTROY an Apostolic Pentecostal Church in short order:

1. Abandon KJV and use multiple versions of the Bible. Breed doubts about how things used to be said, and nullify all scripture memorization.

2. Cancel Sunday night services. Everybody needs family time. They can then go to ball games and movies. That will give them an entirely new perspective on God, life, and spiritual matters.

3. Throw away the song books. Abandon all the old songs. Never sing them again, unless you do so with an apology, or a mocking joke. There are too many doctrines and calls to holiness and godly living in them that we don't want to deal with anymore. Disband the choir and the song leader. Give all the music responsibilities to the young people. Don't let any elders have any say in the music. Welcome and encourage the use of popular music from the most rabid adversaries of Apostolic doctrines and standards.

4. Stop preaching doctrines and holiness standards. They are so old-fashioned. All they do is run people off.

5. That should do it. You can add all the new-fangled methods you want now, because it will only take a little while before nobody in the building will remember what Pentecost was ever like. If they do, they will only mock it, and caustically deride anyone who still holds it sacred.

6. In less than one year, almost nothing at all will even vaguely resemble the Apostolic Pentecostal Church that was known around the world for almost 100 years. Nobody will believe that your church was ever associated with Apostolic Pentecostals.

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Any man who has been in the ministry for a few decades has almost certainly been the subject of someone's vitriol and vicious animosities. Sometimes, an entire group of people will assault, slander, defame, and perhaps even attempt to destroy him.

In his youth, such attacks tend to knock the wind out of his sails. They can be utterly devastating. But in his old age, they tend to humor him when he remembers that he is still standing, while many of those who once tried to take him down have vanished from the scene.

Not only do great men of God have to learn this lesson, but all true saints must come to terms with the reality that when you stand for something that is unpopular, YOU ARE DESTINED to incur the wrath of the multitudes who embrace a popular, but erroneous position. Anytime you take God's side in a matter, you instantly inherit God's enemies. Those who hate Him and His Truth will hate you just as much.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and YE SHALL BE HATED of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another," Matthew 24:9-10.

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me," Micah 7:8.

"Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above," John 19:11.

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31.

"When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah," Psalms 61:2-4.

"For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall," Psalms 18:27-29.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Pope Is A Jesuit. What Does That Mean?

Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio)
with Adolfo Nicolás Pachón,
Superior General (the Black Pope)
of the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits
The Pope is a JESUIT. Learn what a Jesuit is.
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Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (1541) - the JESUITS - held a vision that was beyond grandiose:

“Ought we not to conclude that we are called to win to God [the Pope], not only a single nation, a single country, but all nations, all the kingdoms of the world?” [Andrew Steinmetz, History of the Jesuits, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lea and Blanchard, 1848), Vol. I, p. 141.]

This would not prove to be evangelistic fervor for the saving of sinful souls, but instead, it would show itself to be a demon-possessed, Luciferic scheme for absolute, dictatorial, world dominion of the secular, political sort - to make the Pope sovereign King of the World. The true Christ was nowhere in the picture.

But Loyola’s vision for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church was nothing less than preternatural - a theological term used to distinguish marvels or deceptive trickery, often attributed to witchcraft or demons.

Loyola’s ambitions were decidedly Luciferic, spawned in the pit of Hell.

Loyola envisioned the Roman Church as a global monarchy. He meant to make the Roman Church a universal kingdom. The Pope would not only be the triple-tiaraed King of the Holy Roman Empire, but also of the entire world. He intended to make the Pope the King of ALL Kings. Why would the Pope not love him?

Loyola taught his charges, “ …we must seriously inculcate in the minds of all, that the state of the church …now changed into a monarchy …cannot maintain its ground against mighty enemies, unless supported by great authority and power, and that it is that little stone which was foretold by the prophet [Daniel 2:44, 45] …and afterwards rises into a vast mountain.” [W. C. Brownlee, Secret Instructions of the Jesuits, (New York: American and Foreign Christian Union, 1857), pp. 81, 83.

In Loyola’s view, Daniel prophesied a global Papal Kingdom! But that is NOT what Daniel prophesied. That prophecy most assuredly spoke of the future Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ; not of a pope.

Loyola’s vision was to give the Pope the prophesied Kingdom of Christ! The Pontifex Maximus of the Roman Catholic Church would be the Caesar of the whole world when Loyola’s army was finished. He would have uncontested authority and power in the world. The Pope would answer to no man - except the Superior General - the Jesuit God on earth.

Until you wake up and realize that since the days of Loyola, the Roman Catholic Church has not been simply a religion, but it has been a global STATE - a stealth, secular, shadow government behind all governments, you will never understand what is going on in the world. Never! The Roman Catholic Church rules the world, this very day, via the Jesuits.

Loyola’s obsession with the task was diabolical. Nary a man has ever been more demon-possessed. Under the tutelage of their first Superior General Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises, Section 353.1, Jesuits were instructed, “We must put aside all judgment of our own, and keep the mind ever ready and prompt to obey in all things …the hierarchical Church.”

365.13 adds, “We must hold fast to the following principle: What seems to be white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines.”

Jesuit co-founder, Francis Xavier said, “I would not even believe in the Gospels were the Holy Church to forbid it.”

The Pope was so elated with the Jesuits’ propositions that he is said to have cried out, “This is the finger-stroke of God!” and quickly issued the Papal Bull, “Regimini militantis ecclesiae,”(“On the Supremacy of the Church Militant”), ordaining the Jesuits into the Roman Catholic Church.

The Pope now had a militia; a kamikaze hit-squad! A “Church Militant!”

Loyola’s creeds and the subsequent highly-secret Jesuit oaths were supremely diabolical pillars of blind obedience to Satan’s minions - the princes of the Roman Catholic Church. Theirs were not vows to God, His Word, His Truth, or His Will, but vows to the anti-Christ Pope, his Primates, the “Virgin Mary,” the Harlot Church, and the abominable, idolatrous demons of Mystery Babylon.

One element of the JESUIT OATH OF INDUCTION is the Latin acrostic, INRI. “When a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present; the principal or Superior standing in front of the altar. On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colors, and the other a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the words IUSTUM, NECAR, REGES, IMPIOUS,” or…

“It is JUST to EXTERMINATE or annihilate IMPIOUS or heretical KINGS, Governments, or Rulers.” [Charles Didier, Subterranean Rome, translated from French, 1843, containing the text of the Congressional Record of the U.S.A. (House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913, pp. 3215-3216)]

One section alone of The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits says:

“I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race.

That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard [dagger] or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.” (ibid, previous reference)

Why was this atrocious, murderous oath not viciously condemned by the Pope? Because since the days of Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085), Catholic Canon Law had stated,

“…it is no murder to kill a heretic.”

The Constitutions of the Jesuits pledged them as mindless servants of an evil Pope, and an even more evil Superior General. For 500 years since, the Society of Jesus has conducted Inquisitions, and persecuted and murdered multiplied millions of “heretics” and “infidels,” despite the fact that they are themselves the most nauseous bastion of anti-Christ heretics on earth.

The Jesuits eventually devised a draconian agenda to conquer the world. Loyola’s personal friend, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V came to his assistance by engaging his European armies in the Jesuit war of Counter-Reformation, a grandiose attempt to totally destroy all Protestants.

Loyola’s spiritualism was demonic. It came as much from mystical, pagan, Babylonian, Gnostic, and Illuminati thought as from Roman Catholicism. Little more than few portions of his imagery have any true Biblical accuracy.

Consequently, the birth of the Jesuits was one of Satan’s grandest accomplishments in the history of the world. The symbiotic relationship that quickly developed between Loyola’s Jesuits and the Pope clearly demonstrates that Roman Catholicism and the Babylonian Mysteries embedded deep inside Jesuitism are fully compatible, and powerfully intertwined. They were made for each other! Both are Luciferic. Both are supremely evil at the core.

The Church Militant?

Jesuits soon heralded themselves as soldiers of the “Church Militant.” But this was no esoteric, spiritual war they were engaging. Their mission statement specified real flesh and blood warfare. Alarmingly, there is no such “Church Militant” of any scriptural precedence or legitimacy. Jesus never recruited hit squads or suggested organizing military offensives. He never ordained bloodshed or armed conflicts to build His Church; He clearly forbade it. But the Pope’s new army would kill anyone on demand.

Today, Jesuits are innocuously called the Pope’s “missionaries.” But in reality, the Society of Jesus is an intelligence and banking operation. The Jesuits are a top-secret hit squad, holy mafia, and priesthood of goons, who will do anything and everything they are told to do without a single question or objection, including assassinations, wars, revolutions, overthrowing governments, and other evils that defy imagination.

Are Jesuits still in business today?

In a word? They rule the world.

Yes, they really do.

Want proof? Read on...

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