The Rise and fall of America

America’s rise was prophesied in the Scriptures long before its occurrence, and so is its fall. This article will cover the prophecies of the rise and fall of America.

In the article, What is Happening to America Today, the sins that are actually causing America’s demise are addressed. This article addresses the foretelling of the demise in Biblical Prophesy.

What is Prophesy?

Prophesy is forecasts about the future and the end-time; distinctive communications from God, often expressed through human elements, indicating the divine will for mankind on earth and in heaven.

A prophecy was technically the task of the prophet. However, all truth or revelation is prophetic if it points to some future person, event, or thing, and God Himself can deliver it.

 The Rise and fall of America

The conception of this rise takes place in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, regarding the Promise to Abram by God. Each succeeding generation, God pronounced prophetic promises and blessings to his descendants.

Let’s look at what God said to Abram in Gen 17:5-7

5 “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”

6 “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.”

7 “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”

Notice that God said Abraham would be the father of many nations.” This prophecy includes not only the Middle Eastern Jewish nations, as the belief of many.

He made the same promise to Abram’s wife Sarai when He changed her name to Sarah in Genesis 17:15-16.

God additionally promised that their descendants would possess the gates of their enemies. H made this promise to Abraham’s daughter-in-law. Gen 24:60

60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her:

“Our sister, may you become

The mother of thousands of ten thousands;

And may your descendants possess

The gates of those who hate them.” NKJV

During Biblical times, controlling the gates symbolized controlling the city. However, in the latter-day fulfillment, the one who controls the strategic geographical chokepoints controls nations. Consider who at one time controlled Suez, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, the Khyber Pass, Singapore, the English Channel, and others. Who controlled the narrow passage between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden? IT IS KNOWN AS THE BOB ELM AND A.B. ARABIC FOR THE GATE OF MONDEB OR THE GATE OF TEARS.

Let’s look at the genealogy:

Abraham—Isaac—Jacob (his name was changed to Israel)—The Rise and Fall of America - Abraham's Lineage

Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons:

  1. Ruben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Asher
  9. Issachar
  10. Zebulon
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin

Each of these sons became the father of a tribe of people. The son named Judah was the father of the Jews. However, the word Jews used in the King James Version of the Scriptures for the first time is when the Jews were at war with Israel,

2 Kings 16:5-6.

5 “Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.”

6 “At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.”

Judah is only one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the Jews make up only one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Jews are still around, but where are the others?

When the twelve tribes of Israel came out of Egyptian bondage, they settled in the area we know today as Israel. Over time, they grew into a regional power under King David and his son Solomon. However, shortly after the death of Solomon, what was once one nation became two nations; the house of Judah that consisted of the Jews along with the tribe of Benjamin was one, and the house of Israel with the remaining ten tribes.

Both nations rejected God and were eventually overthrown and taken captive. The first to go into captivity was the ten-tribe House of Israel, approximately 721-718 BC. The Assyrian Empire removed them from northern Israel. They took them northeast to the other side of the Euphrates River, where the historian Josephus indicates a vast number of them were there 800 years later.

Alternatively, the House of Judah went into captivity to the Chaldeans or Babylonians over 120 years later and driven to an area far south of their northern brethren.

Because the Jews continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, they have kept their identity to this day, but the other tribes making up the house of Israel cast off this identifying sign and appear to be lost for the past 1900 years. But are they?

There is a wealth of historical evidence linking the ancient house of Israel to modern nations in northern Europe, especially to the British Isles. What we know is that these people are significant in number and have to be present somewhere today.

It is in the Scriptures that we find the keys to open our understanding. We must realize that not all the prophetic promises made to Abraham’s descendants, as most people believe, apply exclusively to the Jews. This fact is evident in 1 Chron. 5:2:

2 “For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s :)”

The most significant blessings passed to Israel’s sons were divided in two. From Judah would come a kingly line that would include the Messiah, Jesus. However, the birthright blessings of great national wealth would come through his brother, Joseph.

Christians, for the most, are familiar with the kingly line and understand that Jesus was, without a doubt, the pinnacle of the promises made to Judah as Jesus was of that tribe. However, few appear to be aware of the other part of the prophecy: the birthright.

Understanding the birthright promise is key to unlocking the understanding of major geopolitical events of the last three centuries. More importantly, what is happening currently and what will happen soon in the near future.

The birthright promises explain how a relatively small island nation could control ¼ of the earth. However, the birthright promises were divided by two also. This fact is evident in Gen 35:11:

11 “Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.” NKJV

Notice the middle of this verse: “a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you.”

Another Scripture that sheds light on the fact that this inheritance would spread far beyond Cannon is Gen 28:14

14 “Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” NKJV

After reuniting with Joseph after a long separation, Israel met Joseph’s sons, his grandsons, Manasseh, the oldest, and Ephraim, the youngest. Let’s look at what happened. Gen 48:8-20

8 “Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, “Who are these?”

9 “Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.”

And he said, “Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.” 11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”

12 “So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. 14 “Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.”

15 “And he blessed Joseph, and said: “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day, 16 “The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them,And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

The name of Israel was to be placed on Joseph’s two sons.

When Joseph observed that his father’s hands were crossed and the greater blessing was being bestowed upon Ephraim, the youngest, he tried to intervene.

17 “Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

19 “But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”

20 “So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!'” And thus, he set Ephraim before Manasseh.” NKJV

Manasseh would have become a single great nation, but Ephraim would become a company of nations.

Prior to his death, Jacob (Israel) called his twelve sons together. Gen 49:1 tells us the reason for this gathering:

“ And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days”: NKJV

Next, we see what would become of each tribe in the last days. But how are we to know when these last days will arrive? Jesus speaks of the last days in this way: Matt 24:21-22

 21 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” NKJV

Daniel refers to this time in this fashion: Dan 12:1-4

12 “…And there shall be a time of trouble,

Such as never was since there was a nation,

Even to that time…many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” NKJV

So we see that both Jesus and Daniel spoke of the most significant time of trouble in history. Jesus predicted human devised annihilation would be possible, and Daniel describes it as a time marked by an explosion of knowledge and transportation. This description could only refer to relatively modern times. So what we see in these prophesies is what we should expect of Joseph’s current descendants.

We see this in Gen 49:22-24

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough,

A fruitful bough by a well;

His branches run over the wall. “

23 “The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.”

24 “But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob

From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),” NKJV

Joseph was to spread abroad like branches running over a wall that could not contain them. He would have many enemies that would shoot at him and hate him. However, the God of Jacob would make him strong. We also read about the military strength of Joseph in Deut 33:17

17 “His glory is like a firstborn bull,

And his horns like the horns of the wild ox;

Together with them

He shall push the peoples

To the ends of the earth;

They are the ten thousands of Ephraim,

And they are the thousands of Manasseh.”  NKJV

A few verses earlier, Moses also predicted this for Joseph’s descendants: verses 13-16

13 “And of Joseph he said”:

“Blessed of the Lord is his land,

With the precious things of heaven, with the dew,

And the deep lying beneath,”

14 “With the precious fruits of the sun,

With the precious produce of the months,”

15 “With the best things of the ancient mountains,

With the precious things of the everlasting hills,”

16 “With the precious things of the earth and its fullness,

And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush.

Let the blessing come ‘on the head of Joseph,

And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.” NKJV

So, in the history of humanity, what two brothers have ever fulfilled the prophesies mentioned in this article? What two brothers pushed their enemies to the end of the earth? As we have seen, these two brothers would have great military might. When considering the scope of World War II, the military might of the sons of Joseph come into focus. While many nations were caught up in that horrific conflict, what brotherly nations literally, in the end, pushed their enemies to the ends of the earth?

Remember, this is not concerning the Jews, but the other ten tribes known as the House of Israel.

The younger brother, Ephraim, is none other than Britain and the British descended peoples. His older brother, Manasseh, the single great nation, is clearly the United States of America. These two nations often refer to themselves as cousins, but they would be more appropriately called brothers, for that is precisely what they are.

America and Britain have had a good ride. But that ride is coming to an end. The sun has already set on the British Empire, and the United States’ stance with democracy is in trouble.

The Sunset on America

The Rise and Fall of America - Sunset on America
The Sun is setting on America

The balance of this article will focus on the United States of America.

We have witnessed in Scripture the roots of worldwide power and position (the sunrise). However, the U.S. (Manasseh) is following in the footsteps of its grandfather (Israel-Jacob) by turning away from God as his brother, the U.K. (Ephraim), has. God annihilated the kingdom of Israel, and the citizens that remained were carried into exile because they disobeyed God.

We (the U.S.) may attempt to be great again, but the rejection of the one whose hand guides world affairs shows otherwise. If we allow our eyes to open to the truth, we are witnessing the sunset on America. As the sunrise prophesied in the Scriptures occurred, so will the sunset
if the U.S. doesn’t get its act together because the sun is going down quickly.

It is important to note that Biblical prophecy can have more than one fulfillment of it involves a fundamental principle of God. For example, suppose a judgment is prophesied against a nation for disobedience and that prophesy is fulfilled. In that case, if another nation carries out the same disobedience, that prophesy applies to the subsequent nation as well.

Again, the sun has already set on Britain; will it set on the U.S. as well?

God is merciful, and He sends warnings seeking repentance resulting in restoration. If the subject does not heed the warnings, consequences will go forth. Let’s take a look in Lev 26:14-16

14 ” But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

15 “and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,”

16 I also will do this to you: NKJV

These blessed nations have forgotten where their blessings have come from, and without repentance, dire consequences below will be the result.

Seven Curses

Below are seven curses that will fall upon America without repentance according to Bible prophecy (not necessarily in this order).

 

  1.  TerrorismOriginally recorded for Israel, this prophecy applies to the U.S. and other nations today that turn against God and His ways.

Lev 26:16

16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror…

911 bought shock and awe to America

2.Disease While America has the most advanced medical industries on the planet, rampant and unstoppable disease is on her footstep unless there is widespread repentance. The Corona Virus is on the scene and joins a list of diseases that have pounced upon the nation.

Mers

Ebola

SARS

HINI

 Zika

Deut 28:22

“The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever”…

Through the mouth of Moses, God tells a sinning nation that is unwilling to repent and change does not expect any vaccine, cure, or quarantine to stop it.

Famine and hunger The U.S., a nation filled to the brim with food, a country whose food surpluses are used to feed the world, will be bought to a state of utter famine and hunger. This situation may be challenging for many to conceive. In addition, there will be chaos in the streets. The shelves have already been pretty empty during the pandemic.

Lev 26:19-20

19 I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

National Debt No nation in the world hold more national debt than America. As of this writing, as reported in US Debtclock.org, the national debt was set at more than 25 Trillion Dollars! That is enough U.S. dollar bills to stretch to the moon and back more than 850 times.

Yet, the U.S. enjoys the complete confidence of the world with the faith that the nation will fulfill its obligations. This confidence will fade according to Bible prophecy.

Deut 28:43-44

43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

The U.S., accustomed to being the wealthiest nation on earth, will learn what it is to be on the opposite end of the scale as it discovers poverty and indebtedness.

Prov. 22:7

7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Complete military defeat Currently, the United States posses the most powerful and well equipped, most technically advanced military force in the history of the world. However, Biblical prophecy is clear what will occur should America fail to repent and acknowledge its creator and benefactor.

Deut 28:25

25 “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.”

Lev 26:17

“I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.”

Cities will be devastated Ezek 6:6

6 “In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.”

Lev 26:31-32

31 “I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.”

32 “I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.”

Slavery
Deut. 28:64-65

64 “Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known — wood and stone. 65 And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul.”

These passages serve as a warning and an attempt to wake the U.S. up to its spiritual condition. What can we do in light of these upcoming conditions?

Unless the nation repents, these calamities are sure to come. There is hope.

1 Tim 2:2

Heb 12:6

Luke 21 36

We cannot control whether or not the nation repents, but we as individuals can repent.

2 Chron. 7:14

14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” NKJV

This Scripture contains the prescription. If the U.S. falls, other nations will follow.

Bottom line: The nation needs to repent and return to God.

Amen

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What is the Antichrist?

Anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time has heard of the Antichrist. But how many Christians really know what the Antichrist is? I hope that by the time you have reached the end of this article, you will know the answer to the question: what is the Antichrist?

What is the Antichrist?

In eschatology (the study of the end-times), the anti-Christ, or Antichrist, refers to people or forces prophesied by the Scriptures to oppose Christ and substitute themselves in Christ’s place before His Second Coming. The word “Antichrist” is found five times in the New Testament, solely in John’s First and Second Epistles.

Therefore, the Antichrist refers to people or forces. But which one is it? Can it be both?

Acts 20:28-30

“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” NKJV

The warning from Paul to the Christian leaders was that the spirit of the anti-Christ was among them both within and without the church.

Biblical prophecy reveals that Satan would attempt to change God’s law.

We must understand that two forces are competing for the loyalty of humanity today.

  • – One is the dark forces of the evil of this world
  • – The other is the forces of heaven

This competition becomes apparent in a vision that the prophet Daniel experienced.

Dan 7:2-3

2 “Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.” NIV

This vision is the same as the one in chapter 2. Daniel had a prophetic vision, and it is for us to understand what he saw in this vision.

Some Biblical prophecy is symbolic, and the prophetic symbols in this vision are as follows:

  • Seas—peoples, nations, tongues, and languages [Rev. 17:15]
  • – Wind—war [Jer. 49:36-37]
  • – Beasts—kingdoms [Dan. 7:17]

The interpretation is this: Daniel saw in his vision by night, four great wars stirring up among the great nations and four great kingdoms arouse from the great nations, each was different from the other.

Here we have the first indication that the Antichrist is not a person but a kingdom.

Dan 7:4

4 “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it. “NIV

This lion represents Babylon 605-539 BC

The lion had eagle wings—the eagle’s wings are more powerful than any What is the Antichrist? - Daniel 7:4other bird. Wings in Bible prophesy represent speed, which means that this kingdom moved faster and higher than any other kingdom.

Dan 7:5

5 “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!” NIV

The bear represented the second kingdom—Medo-Persia 539-331 BC.

  • –  The three ribs in its teeth represent the three kingdoms that it devoured: Lydia, Libya, and Egypt.
  • – It was raised on one side—because it was a composite kingdom made up of two kingdoms, the Meds and Persians. One kingdom dominated the other in terms of rulership.

Dan 7:6

6 “After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.” NIV

The Leopard represented the third kingdom—Greece 331-168 BC led by Alexander the Great.

It had four wings as opposed to Babylon, meaning Greece conquered at two times more the speed of Babylon.

Alexander covered the distance of 2000 miles in 2 yrs on horseback and conquered every known kingdom that existed at that time.

Dan 7:7

7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast — terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.” NIV

  • This beast represented Rome 168 BC-AD 476
  • Rome was the strongest of the four kingdoms
  • It increased in Military strength, but it decreased in moral value
  • Rome was known as the iron kingdom—represented with the iron teeth
  • It was vicious and barbaric in nature and trampled upon everything under its feet.

Dan 7:24 “the ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones And shall subdue three kings.”

  • Horns represent kingdoms, and the ten (10) horns on the beast signified that Rome would be divided into ten kingdoms.
  • In AD 476—the second kingdom arrived. These subsequent kingdoms are
  •  Germany—Alamanni
  •  Swiss—Burgundian
  •  France—Franks
  •  Italy—Lombards
  •  England—Saxons
  •  Portugal—Suevi
  •  Spain—Visigoths
  •  Heruli, Vandals, and Ostrogoths became extinct

Dan 7:8

8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, What is the Antichrist? - Daniel 7:8a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.” NIV

  • Daniel saw a little horn emerge from among the ten horns or kingdoms. That had the eyes of a man. Eyes represent human intelligence and wisdom.
  • He was different from the other kings, and on his way up, he wiped out three kingdoms by the roots. This action means these kingdoms were completely annihilated.
  • – This horn emerged from Rome, which means it originated from Rome or Western Europe. [476 AD]
  • – It aroused after the ten horns did: after Rome’s breakup, it was a newer kingdom than the others of Europe were.
  • The residue of Rome today has come to be represented by the nations of modern-day Western Europe. Each of these countries is ruled by a monarch.

It was different in that it was not only a political power but a religious power as well—speaking blasphemous words.” In addition, it displaced three (3) nations.

From the— The Monumental History of Christianity pp. 42, 43

“Out of the ruins of the Roman Empire, there gradually arose a new order of states whose central point was the Papal See. Therefore, inevitably resulted in a position not only new but very different from the former.”

The prefix Anti—does not always mean against but also can mean in place
of or instead of something. The antichrist is not a kingdom that is against Christ but replaces Christ.

This little horn symbolizes a powerful religious system that would align itself with the last seven (7) of the ten (10) political horns that were to arise after the fall of Rome. This synchronization amid church and state produced what eventually became known as the Holy Roman Empire.

Daniel continues his interpretation of the little horn in verse 21:

Verses 21-24

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.” (23) “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. (24) The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.” NKJV

This power was a persecuting power.

25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. NKJV

[time represents 1yr (360 days), times= 2 years (720 days), half a time is half a year (180 days) totals 3 ½ years. 360+720+180=1260 days]

This little horn makes war against the saints, speaks pompous words against God, intends to change times and law, and persecuted the saints for a “time and times and half a time” (literally three and a half years, but using the day-for-a-year principle of Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6, 1,260 years).

This Scripture speaks of a kingdom that will rule 1260 years. Therefore, the antichrist cannot be a person because a person cannot rule for 1260 years.

These 1260 years symbolize the papal oppression. This time began in the early 6th century. The last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was forced from his throne in 476 AD.

The barbarians who did not accept the Catholic religion controlled the city until 538. The Byzantine Empire under General Belisarius had victories in the Gothic wars that allowed Rome to become an influential center for the Roman Catholic authority that ruled during the Middle Ages.

Confirmation of this persecution can be observed through the centuries, as hundreds and thousands of individuals in Europe lost their lives through the inquisitions of the Roman Catholic judicial system. They were tormented for confessions of being nonconformists and killed because they would not yield to the authority and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope.

22 “until the Ancient One—the Most High—came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the What is the Antichrist - Daniel 7:22kingdom.”

The Roman Catholic political power reached its crest in the 12th century and then gradually eroded, weakened by internal corruption in the Church and the Protestant Reformation that took large property segments out of the Roman realm of influence.

The death toll of Catholic military authority in Europe arrived with the French and Italian revolutions. A symbolic but essential date was 1798, when the armies of France took Pope Pius VI as a prisoner. The striking removal of the head of the Church from Rome came precisely 1260 years after 538 AD, the year in which the barbarians were driven from Rome.

Although the inquisitions of that time were abolished, the Bible indicates religious persecutions from the “little horn” will return, resulting in the death of many before Christ returns.

It will “intend”
to change times and laws. Another aspect of the prophesied actions of the little horn is that in addition to speaking pompous words against God and persecuting His people, this false religious system would “intend to change times and law.”
History indicates that the Roman Catholic Church has done this.

Believing that it had the power to change God’s laws, this church has switched the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and substituted its particular days of worship for the holy days of the Bible. For further explanation, see Saturday vs. Sunday Worship on this website.

It will “intend” to change times and laws.

Below are some confirmations of this intent; some are even from Catholic sources.

From the—Ancient Church, pp. vi, vii – “In the interval between the days of the apostles and the conversion of Constantine…Rites and ceremonies of which neither Paul nor Peter ever heard, crept silently into use and then claimed the ranks of divine institutions.”

From the—The Faith of our Fathers, p. 89 – “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday.”

From the—The Convert’s Catechism—Peter German, 1977, p.50, question and answer

Q:” Which is the Sabbath Day?”What is the Antichrist - The Sabbath

A: “Saturday is the Sabbath Day”

Q: “Why do we observe Saturday instead of Sunday?”

A:  “The Catholic (universal) church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”

Catholic Encyclopedia vol. 4, p. 153 – “The church,…after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the third commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s day.”

  • The Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments by removing the 3rd Commandment concerning graven images and moved the 4th Commandment up to the 3rd, then dividing the 10th Commandment into two, still counting Ten Commandments. Again, “They will seek to change times and laws.”

From—Karl Keating, Catholicism and fundamentalism, 1988 p, 38- fundamentalist meet for worship on Sunday, yet there is no evidence in the Bible that corporate worship was to be made on Sundays. The Jewish Sabbath, or day of rest, was, of course, Saturday. It was the Catholic church that decided Sunday should be the day of worship for Christians, in honor of the resurrection.”

From—Controversial Catechism, p. 53 –

Q. When Protestants do profane work upon Saturday, or the seventh day of the week, do they follow Scripture as their only rule of faith?

A. “On the contrary, they have only the authority of tradition for this practice. In profaning Saturday, they violate one of God’s Commandments, which, on their principles, has never been abrogated”:  ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ (Exodus 20:8)”

Cannon and Tradition, p. 263 – “The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the church had changed…the Sabbath to Sunday, not by the command of Christ, but by its own authority.”

From—St, Catherine Catholic Church, Sentinel, May 21, 1995 – “People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th day Adventists and keep Saturday holy.”

  • – The antichrist is not a person: the antichrist is a kingdom that has put itself in place of Christ, making itself the third member of the Godhead.
  • – Blasphemy is claiming to be God or having the ability to forgive sins, which this kingdom has proclaimed.

This kingdom is: THE VATICAN!

Conclusion

Daniel, in his vision, additionally saw the conclusion regarding the “little horn,” that when Jesus Christ returns, “the court [judgment] shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever” (verse 26; Revelation 18:2).

Verse 26

“But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. “ NKJV

Also, Rev 18:1-2

18 “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! “ NKJV

The origin of the little horn is Babylon, which is doomed to fall, and the kingdom of Christ will prevail.

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What are the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success?

How do you define success? Is it by level of income, bank account size, make of car, the size of a home, education, or career? Are these things really true success?  Do they provide lasting satisfaction? A closer examination will uncover that they are not. A lasting value is what defines true success in life, one that society cannot take away. This success is achieved by obeying the 7 spiritual laws of success. Therefore, what are the 7 spiritual laws of success?

Seven Principles for True Success

1. Set the right goal— Goals are important. Successful individuals always set goals. However, it is equally important to select the correct goal. Most of our goals are based on our external, material needs. However, we also have internal, spiritual needs that God has placed in us.

Eccl 3:11 reads:

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. NIV

God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” This phrase denotes that we can by no means be completely satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits. Because we are formed in God’s image,

  • we have a spiritual thirst
  • we have eternal value
  • nothing but the infinite God can truly satisfy us.

The Lord God has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in his perfect rule. God has given us a glimpse of the perfection of his creation. However, it is only a glimpse; we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything. Therefore, we must trust God now and do his work on earth.

Jesus offered the prescription for filling this restless yearning.

Matt 6:31-33

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The things that we usually worry about are secondary to the most important and crucial goal of all; seeking the Kingdom of God.

Whatever occupation or career goal we have, it must be to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” NIV

Setting the right goal produces true success. Our ultimate goal is the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must make sure our goals contribute to lasting values (where we will spend eternity).

Bottom line: We must set goals that will yield lasting fulfillment by helping others and glorifying God.

2. Educate (or prepare) yourself—what knowledge and preparation is needed to accomplish the goal? We must never stop seeking knowledge as long as it leads to true wisdom.

There are two kinds of wisdom, James 3:13-15, 17

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. NIV

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Seek the correct wisdom!

This passage describes the two types of wisdom.

The first type is fleshly wisdom that is unspiritual and from the devil. It leads to selfish ambition and envy. This is the wrong kind of wisdom that the world seeks. The wisdom of the world seeks power, position, and material possession and measures success by them. It is not true wisdom at all and does not produce lasting happiness.

The second wisdom is from above, from God, and produces good fruit and leads to happiness and peace. It yields service to others. While the false, worldly wisdom operates on the “get” principle, which is the default human nature of—self.

The knowledge we acquire must lead to true wisdom.What are the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success - Fear of the Lord

Prov1:7 “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Prov., 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Wisdom is the application of knowledge, and wisdom begins with knowing God. God gives insight into living because He created life. To know God, we must not just know the facts about Him; but we must have a personal relationship with him. If we genuinely want to be wise, we must get to know God better and better.

Scripture tells us how. James 1:5

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. NIV

What is meant by “wisdom” here is not only knowledge but about the capability to make wise decisions, especially in difficult situations. Whenever wisdom is needed, we can pray to God, and He will generously provide what we need. We can always ask God for wisdom to guide our choices.

2 Peter 1:2

2 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”

Many Christians desire an abundance of God’s grace and peace but are unwilling to make an effort needed to get to know him better through Bible study and prayer. To benefit from the privileges God offers us freely, we must grow in our knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

2 Peter 3:18

18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Bottom line: we need godly wisdom and knowledge for true success.

3. Maintain good health— We have a responsibility to honor God with our bodies.

1 Cor. 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. NIV

When an individual becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit arrives to live in him. Consequently, he no longer owns his body. Because his body now belongs to God, he must not violate God’s standards for living.

1 Tim 4:8

8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that is now and of that which is to come.”

What are the 7 spiritual laws of success - Maintain good health
We must physically AND spiritually fit!

We will be in better shape to achieve our goals if we strive for physical fitness. However, physical fitness is limited, for we must be in shape both physically and spiritually.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on physical fitness in our society. However, spiritual health is even more critical. Our physical health is subject to injury and disease, but faith can uphold us through any tragedy. To condition ourselves to be godly, we must grow our faith by using our God-given capacities for the duties of the church.

Bottom line: we must develop our spiritual muscles as well as our physical ones.

4. Drive yourself—Rest is essential, but we can’t overdo it. God warns against being lazy.

Prov. 6:6-11

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We must be as determined as ants to achieve our goals!

6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no

commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest —  11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” NIV

God uses the ant as an example that works diligently at its goal on its own without supervision. Once the goal is established, work at it until completion.

Bottom line: The motto for accomplishing a goal; keep it moving!

5. Be resourceful—the unexpected can and will happen. However, we must always search to find the resources available—do not give up, ask for wise counsel.

Prov. 15:22

22 “without counsel, plans go awry, but in a multitude of counselors they are established.”

We must constantly investigate our options, ask and pray for God’s help. Look at what happens when we ask for help. Matt 14:28-31

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” NIV

When Peter looked at his circumstance, he became overwhelmed and began to sink. but he cried out to the Lord and the Lord saved him.

We must never doubt. However, being human, we can stumble, and when we do, we must ask for help, and God will deliver.

what are the 7 spiritual laws of success - seek help

We stumble when we look from Him to stare at ourselves or the circumstances that surround us. We should not be running for ourselves but Christ, and we should always keep him in our sight.

Bottom line: We must seek resources to deal with unexpected circumstances. After that, ask God for help. We must do our best and let God do the rest!

6. We must persevere toward our goals—we must stick to our goals; sticktoitiveness is in order—never give in!

Heb 12:1-2

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easiy ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (2) Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” NKJV

The Christian’s life entails hard work. It compels us to give up anything that endangers our relationship with God, to run with stamina, and to toil against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus, ‘the author and finisher of our faith.”

Bottom line:  we must run the race of life with perseverance!

7. Seek God’s continual guidance—In order to fulfill the previous six laws, we must follow this one. Seeking God: we must pray to Him, acknowledge Him, and follow Him.

Prov. 3:5-7,

5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

We are to trust the Lord in all of our circumstances and at all times. Being What are the 7 spiritual laws of success - trust in the Lordwise in our own eyes yields the wrong wisdom and results.

God promises to direct our paths and lead us through life to fulfill our human potential and ultimate destiny. Nevertheless, we must pray daily and act on the precious promises contained in His Word.

Isaiah 55:6-7,

”Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Hebrew 13:5 “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

As the seven laws of success are applied, we will enjoy God’s blessings and true success. God desires us to live happy and abundant lives, but many chase happiness as a goal in itself. As a result, they become frustrated, aggravated, and discouraged. What needs to be recognized is that happiness is a consequence of something else—filling in the void mentioned above.

Bottom line – The greatest happiness comes as a consequence of having the greatest purpose, seeking God’s kingdom. A successful person is one who has discovered the will of God for their life and walks in it.

Amen

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Blessings!

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The Bible and Cancel Culture

The postmodern movement is moving forward faster than ever. This movement has manifested itself to the point that subjectivity is ubiquitous in the land. One of the increasingly prevalent tenets of postmodernism is cancel culture. This culture seeks to cancel anything that isn’t popular. But does that include the Bible? This article addresses the Bible and cancel culture.

What is Cancel Culture?

Cancel culture is also known as call-out culture. Cancel culture is the term used for the growing trend of modern society to censor individuals who advocate socially disfavored or unpopular viewpoints. Those subjected to this exclusion are said to have been “canceled.”

Cancel culture is not new but a current form of ostracism. The principle of canceling a person or product has been around for quite some time. Both non-conservatives and conservatives have applied it in the form of boycotting. However, lately, social media has propelled it into a widespread force that punishes the victim for all sorts of what may be considered moral violations. This force will threaten, ridicule, and even attempt the offending party fired from their job. Actually, cancel culture has cost teachers, journalists, actors, scientists, etc., their assignments.

This canceling can occur for being on the wrong side of such topics as:

    • Black Lives Matter
      – A movement encouraging equal civil rights.

 

  • Critical Race Theory – An examination of society as it relates to race and power.
  • Gender Identity – A person’s sense of their own gender regardless of biology
  • Intersectionality – How discrimination and privilege exhibits in a person’s social framework
  • LGBTQ – An acronym to symbolize many sexual deviations
  • Race/Racism – Discrimination or privilege according to an individual’s skin color.
  • Sexism – Discrimination of privilege according to a person’s sexual orientation
  • Socialism – Increased governmental control with a decrease of personal freedom
  • Transsexuality – The surgical changing of an individual’s sex that they were born as
  • White Privilege
    The fundamental privilege in society as a result of being white

Based on today’s culture in the U.S., the standard that defines what is acceptable or not is a liberal, pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ mindset. If an individual disagrees with the progressive liberal agenda, they can lose their reputation, popularity, or even their job. Ironically, cancel culture is a hypocritical attitude of intolerance while simultaneously demanding tolerance. Its intensity and reach differ and are deeply entrenched in today’s society. As a result, it is causing a restriction on free speech and adding to the ever-present divisive atmosphere. A recently published national survey indicates a rise in self-censorship when citizens decline to express their views.

Cancel Culture and the Bible

Is it possible that the Bible is subject to cancel culture? Well, think about it; the Bible speaks against the liberal pop culture mindset mentioned above. However, this is an insidious process.

The Bible is very popular, especially in the west. For example, in the U.S., we

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have religious freedom. Even though it is somewhat of a façade in the current cultural environment, the outright elimination of the Bible would be the epitome of religious bias. This point makes suppression of the Scriptures objectionable, at least for now.

However, postmodernism has ushered in a time of shocking eagerness to repress and prohibit content that is disagreeable with the liberal agenda.

In this suppressive environment, many are taking advantage of what they observe as an opportunity to confront the ideas contained in the Bible rather than the Bible itself.  However, the desire is there, and this step-by-step approach comprises the insidious process of cancel culture’s attack on the Bible.

If Satan cannot get in the front door, he will attempt the backdoor as long as he can get in. We are warned about this in the Scriptures: Eph 4:27-28, “and do not give the devil a foothold.” NIV

Let us look at some of the issues under condemnation.

THE GOVERNMENT

To the chagrin of many in the Christian community, the desire to cancel the Bible has invaded our government. There has been a deep desire to eliminate biblical principles from the government. Over time this effort has grown deeper in intensity, scope, and explicitly.

This movement basically began with a controversy over displaying the Ten Commandments on government property.

In 1992, Justice Roy Moore was thrust into the national spotlight when he placed a wood carving of the Ten Commandments in his Etowah County courtroom. He has been the focus of praise and criticism since.

Numerous states filed suits against displaying the Ten Commandments. In 2005, a strikingly divided Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land. Still, it drew the The Bible and Cancel Cultureline on displays in the interior of courthouses, stating they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state.

Another dramatic illustration of this cancellation occurred in 2018 at the confirmation hearings for the then-nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. He was grilled about his personal views, specifically regarding comments he made when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Similarly, a nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court was quizzed about their opinion regarding gay relationships being sinful or not. What is particularly interesting about these events is the U.S. Constitution bans religious tests for individuals desiring to serve in public office. Their personal views are not to be considered. Yet, it was praised by some.

Creation

Keep in mind that this assault on Biblical principles did not stop with the government but the private sector as well.

Creationism believes that the universe and living organisms originate from specific acts of divine creation, as in the biblical account, rather than natural processes such as evolution. Creationism has been under severe attack. For example, in March of 2021, it was recommended by a prominent

 

scientist that schools teaching any form of creationism that “deviates from national norms” should “prominently disclose” the occurrence of such instruction on transcripts and materials to make certain that those classes are not permitted to be a factor toward recognized science degrees.

In other words, “deviates from national norms” means “does not embrace evolution as the origin of life.” This action is an outright cancellation of a Biblical principle.

Numerous individuals have seen their careers damaged for acknowledging that there is considerable scientific evidence for the intelligent design theory behind the origin and diversity of life—a stance far too close to the Bible’s narrative of God to be permitted to go “uncanceled.”

For example, the President of the University of Idaho drafted a letter to all faculty, staff, and students stating that only evolution is “appropriate to be taught in our bio-physical sciences.” The letter indirectly said that disagreeing with evolution is only possible through philosophical and religious concerns, which contradicts research that produces credibility on intelligent design, a form of creationism.

In addition, a Double-Ph.D. biologist faced professional harassment for allowing the publication of a paper welcoming to the idea of intelligent design.

A Distinguished paleontologist was forced to leave his museum position after a 17-year career and an enormous number of publications when he orally expressed public cooperation for the idea that scientific proof points to an intelligent basis to life. These stories are documented at the website FreeScience.today.

The message is clear: even an inkling of biblical ideas of life’s beginnings and diversity or disagreement with the dogma of evolution is enough to be canceled.

Abortion

The Biblical principle on life in the womb is under severe attack. The Bible is clear on the sanctity of human life created in the image of God. Gen 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

The Bible also expresses how precious life in the womb is and the punishment for causing it harm.

Ex 21:22-25

22 “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burns for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. NIV

This Scripture indicates that injury and death to an unborn child is equal to that of a child outside of the womb, and the punishment is to be administered accordingly.

Scripture further reflects how God regards life in the womb as a living human being. Jer. 1:5

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” NIV

This Scripture is one of a few passages confirming how God views life in the womb.

Abortion is so widely accepted in the U.S. that anyone who holds the Biblical view of life in the womb is finding it difficult to express it publically.

Anyone that believes the unborn must be respected as a human being, made in the image of God, is subject to be canceled.

The list goes on: marriage, homosexuality, justice, and morality are all addressed in the Bible for direction and application. Yet, these precepts are increasingly ignored.

The Cost of Canceling the Bible

Many are increasingly ejecting their ideas of what they feel is a just society, and the Bible does not reflect those ideas. In fact, it is just the opposite. So why not cancel those ideas so that we can walk in our own reality. The problem is, those realities are just dreams, and in time, the actual realities will reemerge. Society may become subjective, but God remains objective and will have the last word. Scripture addresses this as well.

The cost of canceling the Bible is devastating. Many of the foundations of society are based on principles found in the Bible. As our society turns away from the Bible and as our society turns away from God, anarchy occurs.

We are currently experiencing this in the U.S. There is rebellion against authority. We are shooting one another in the streets. We cannot even make rational decisions to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and our government is increasingly dysfunctional.

Without God, all that is left is the government, and when the government is dysfunctional, the result is nihilism—the state that all existence is useless, senseless, and meaningless. Yet, we wonder why the suicide rate is what it is.

We may think that we know more than God does; we may think that we are wise. However, that is not what Scripture says. Rom 1:21-22:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. NIV


This state of affairs is the result when God is removed from life. God just

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turns us over to our depraved minds, and all hell breaks loose literally.

When we cancel the Bible, we are canceling God. Canceling the Bible is foolish, and it is futile!

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666 Mark of the Beast

The book of Revelation, the final book in the Bible, is a book of mystery written by the Apostle John during his exile on the island of Patmos. The reason for its mystery is that it is an apocalyptic letter that relies heavily on symbols, visions, and Old Testament references in order to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise given to Abraham back in the book of Genesis. One of the most intriguing revelations is the 666 mark of the beast.

The Mark of the Beast a Study

The first thing to realize is to emphasize again is that Revelation is heavily symbolic. Therefore, the 666 mark of the beast is symbolic. But, of what?

Let’s look at Rev 14:6-7

6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth — to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people — 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” NKJV

To look at the symbolism here, we have angels flying. Wings represent speed, and here we have angels moving with rapid speed with an urgent message that Jesus is soon to arrive. We, the readers, are encouraged to worship the Creator because there is another power competing for our worship.

Verses 9-11

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” NKJV

A central theme in Revelation is the colliding of true and false worship.

Back in chapter 13, the believers are told how difficult it would be for them if they refused the beast’s mark. However, in these verses, an angel explained to the nonbelievers what would happen to them if they did receive the beast’s mark. Their ultimate judgment would be much worse and the penalty eternal. While those who belong to God would suffer and be killed, they would have a glorious eternity awaiting them (14:1-5). However, those who worship the beast and accept his mark would choose to operate according to the Antichrist’s world economic system and ultimately face God’s judgment. To attain what the world merits, these individuals would have turned away from God and violated Christian principles.

Verse 12

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. NKJV

This message is given by a God whose heart is filled with love

Here are the saints that endure. In the last days, all through the great 666 Mark of the Beast - Revelation 14:12tribulation, Christians will face dreadful times. They will have to reject Christ and accept the mark of the beast or else face death. But, if they persevere for Christ, if they are sincere in believing that heaven is real and that Christ loves them, only then will they escape the judgment of God. However, only those who persist and truly set their lives apart unto God, only those, will avoid the coming judgment.

Therefore, we have a presentation of two kinds of worship: those who worship the beast and those who keep the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ.”

The final conflict is revolved around the matter of worship: whom we worship, when we worship, or even whether or not we worship. Therefore, there is no escape because every person on earth is involved in some form of worship.

Either we worship God or something else because we were all created to worship. [Eccl. 3:11]

  • The fact that we have been created automatically lends itself to the concept of worship.

So, what is the basis of true worship? Rev 4:11

11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” NKJV

What qualifies God for worship is the fact that He created all things, and it is by His will they exist.

God has left us a sign of His creative authority.

Ex 20:8-11

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

  • The Lord has left the 7th day of the week as a sign of His creative authority.
  • When every Sabbath occurs, it is a reminder that it is God who made everything.

Ezek 20:12 12

Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.

Rom 4:11

11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,

  • Here we see that the words sign and seal
    are used interchangeably
  • Therefore the sign that God has left and the seal of God are one and the same

Isa 8:16

16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.

  •  A sign that God has left as His creative authority is the same as a seal, “seal the law among my disciples.”
  • God’s seal is in the heart of God’s Law
  • It is akin to the ancient Middle Eastern tradition placing a seal of the dominant king in the middle of a covenant between nations that it is his covenant.
  • This is the same approach God took when He made the covenant between Himself and His people. He placed His seal in the middle of the covenant, which is the seventh-day Sabbath.
  • His seal contains His name, His title, and His territory.
  • A seal authenticates a document. Therefore, the seal makes it binding.
  • God’s seal contains His name, the Lord Thy God
  • His Title—Creator
  • His territory—The heaven and the earth

God’s seal stands in contrast to the mark of the beast.
Therefore, if God’s seal is a sign of His creative authority, then the
mark of the beast will be a sign of the beast’s authority.

Rev 7:2-3

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, (3) saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

  • The seal of God is received in the forehead
  • The forehead represents the seat of intelligence, meaning that receiving the seal of God would be an intelligent unforced decision for an individual to make in his mind.

Heb 8:10

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

God’s seal says to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” therefore, God’s seal and law which is in the mind, is an intelligent, unforced decision to serve God.

However, Satan has attacked God’s Sabbath because it is the seal of God’s Law.

Dan 7:25

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

Since the final issue revolves around worship, what power claims it has the authority to change God’s Law?

Previously, we identified that the antichrist beast is a kingdom and the little horn (Dan. 7:8) was a little kingdom somewhere in Europe called the Vatican or the Papacy.

From the St. Catherine Catholic Church sentinel 5/21/1995:

“perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the church ever did happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday…not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power…”

This statement is an admission that the church (the universal—Catholic church) changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

From the St. Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel 5/21/1995 – “People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th day Adventists and keep Saturday holy.”

This statement acknowledges that the Catholic Church worked against the authority of the Scriptures when it changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

From the Decretal De Translat. Espicop.cap. “The Pope has changed times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.”

This is fulfilled prophecy and confirmation that Satan, through the Pope, has attacked God’s seal of the Sabbath, the basis of all worship.

The Sabbath is God’s seal and sign that He is the Creator. Satan has nothing that indicates that he is the Creator. Therefore, since he desires worship through all of the earthly powers, he must then attempt to erase or remove that which tells us that God is the Creator. Because if we have no evidence that God is the Creator, if we forget that God is the Creator, then he (Satan) can establish his monkey business doctrine:

  • That humans came from monkeys
  • That we came from nowhere
  • That we can worship anything
  • That we can do anything on our own without God666 Mark of the Beast - Revelation 13:1

In Revelation 13, we have the beast. In the symbolic nature of Revelation, the beast represents a kingdom. Rev 13:1-2

1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

  • Seas represent people’s, nations, and tongues
  • Beasts represent kingdoms
  • A crown represents smaller kingdoms
  • Monarchs rule the smaller kingdomsThis beast represents a kingdom that is a composition of the four kingdoms that went before it.

    ·   It looked like the kingdom of Greece [Leopard?]

    ·   It walked like the kingdom of Persia [bear?]

    ·   It speaks like the kingdom of Babylon [Lion?]

    ·  The kingdom of Rome gave it its power [Dragon]—where is the dragon?

    Since this kingdom receives its power from the kingdom of Rome (the dragon), it must be a Roman power.

    Note: The large red dragon, with seven crowns on its seven heads
    from Rev. 12:3, symbolizes the (pagan) Roman Empire. The banner of the
    cavalry of the Roman army was a red dragon. Jesus referred to this
    banner as the abomination of desolation in Matthew 24:15.

    • Dan 7:23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth,” [study verses 23-25]·  The little horn and the beast of Revelation 13 are the same.

      ·  It came up among the ten

      ·  It was after A.D.476

      ·  It was a little horn (kingdom)

      ·  It uprooted three kingdoms

      ·  It has a little leader

      ·  It was diverse (different from all the others)

      ·  It was blasphemous

      ·  It was persecuting

      ·  It has changed God’s law

      ·  It ruled for 1260 years

      ·  It was (is) based in RomeRevelation identifies the dragon as Satan

    Revelation identifies the dragon as Satan.

    Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.666 Mrk of the Beast - Revelation 12:3

    • Satan works through human agencies.
    • The dragon working through pagan Rome attempted to kill Jesus.
    • It was a Roman official that tried to kill Jesus (King Herod)
    • A Roman Governor condemned Jesus.
    • A Roman sealed His tomb
    • A Roman guard watched His tomb.
    • It was under the kingdom of Rome that Jesus was crucified.

    ·  Labianca, Professor of History, University of Rome—“The
    succession of the Caesar’s came the succession of the pontiffs in Rome.
    When Constantine left Rome he gave his seat to the pontiff.”

    ·  When Constantine left Rome, he went to Byzantium, and he formed a
    new capital and named it Constantinople (the present city of Istanbul in
    turkey sits on its ruins).

    Who is the Beast?

    ·  A worldwide religious power

    ·  Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
    whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from
    the foundation of the world.

    ·  Anyone whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will worship the beast.

    · A religious power dominating civil powers

    ·  The most popular religious power on the face of the earth today is the Vatican.

    ·  It has a Diaspora of millions upon millions of people all over the world.

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

  • In 1985 President Ronald Reagan became the first President of the US to send an ambassador to the Vatican. Therefore, identifying the Vatican as not only as a church, but as a civil and political power as well.
  • Almost all major countries have an ambassador to the Vatican.
  • When it speaks, everybody stops and listens
  • Myer’s Genera; History, p.455 “Under him was very nearly made good the papal claim that all earthly sovereigns were vassals of the Roman Pontiff.”
  • The Roman Pontiff had sway over all of Europe, including all the kings and all the leaders of Europe.
  • We have an Angolan church today because the king was not granted permission from the pontiff of Rome to divorce his wife and remarry, so he broke away and formed the Anglican Church or the Church of England.

Myer’s General History, p.455 “Almost all the kings and princes of Europe swore fealty [allegiance] to him as their overlord. Rome was once more the mistress of the world.”

It is a blasphemous power

·  Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to
blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

·  Blasphemy is a man making himself God. Additionally, assuming any rights or power that belongs to God alone.

John 10:33 The Jews answered him [Jesus], saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. [cf. 2 Thess. 2:4]

  • Pope Leo XIII “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” This statement is in opposition to Luke 5:21, 1 Tim. 2:5, 1 John 1:9.

It is a religious power.

·  Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great
things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty
and two months.

Ezek 4:6 …I have laid on you a day for each year. [42 months = 1260 years] If a day is given for a year, then 42 months would equal 1260 years (42 months X 30 days =1260 years).

  • The legally recognized supremacy of the Pope began in 538 AD when there went into effect a decree of Emperor Justinian, making the bishop of Rome head over all the churches, the definer of doctrine, and the corrector of heretics.
  • Therefore, the legally recognized reign of the famous legacy began in 538 AD [538+1260 = 1798]
  • From the History of the Christian Church vol3, p. 271 “Vigilius…ascended the papal chair (538 AD) under the military protection of Belisarius.”
  • This reign of power reigned for 1260 years, which is the same period of time known as the dark ages.
  • This power ruled until 1798
  • During this period, there was a war against the saints. Saints are innocent people—war (an armed force) against innocent, unarmed people is persecution.
  • This power persecuted God’s people for 1260 years because they refused to acknowledge the Pope and the Papacy. They were caught and burned at the stake as well as drowned and fed to wild animals. They ran into the caves and mountains but were smoked out and suffocated. However, the more they were persecuted, the more the church of God grew.

·  Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally
wounded, and his deadly wound was healed And all the world marveled and
followed the beast.

·  The end or pause of the supreme Papacy came in 1798.

· From The Encyclopedia Americana, 1941 edition “in 1798 he (Berthier—France)…made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government and established a secular one.” He took the Pope captive and sent him into exile in France, where he died.

The Pope was escorted into power by the government (Constantine). However, the same power that escorted him into power took him out of power.

He who rules with the sword (the civil power) will be killed by the sword. The wounded head represents this.

  • San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 11, 1929 “The Roman question tonight was a thing of the past and the Vatican was at peace with Italy…In affixing the autographs to the memorable document healing the wound…extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides.”

    666 Mark of the Beast - Revelation 13:3
    The signing of the Lateran Treaty 1929

The deadly wound was healed. The Papacy was once again given back some land and some degree of authority, and restoring her to respect and power began.

[Rev. 13:3]… And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

    • An end-time worldwide prominence
    • The Papacy has gained worldwide influence, prestige, and prominence.
    • It is the most popular religious power on the face of the earth.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding
calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His
number is 666.

·  666 is not the mark of the beast. 666 is the number of the beasts. It represents a false religious system

·  In Babylon, there originated the six adjustable of 60 degrees or
60 minutes in an hour or 360 degrees or 360 days in the year. They had
the idea that they were 36 different heavenly bodies that they would
worship. Each heavenly body would be assigned a number from 1 to 36. The666 Mark of the Beast - Sun Worship
supreme God that they worshipped was the Sun. The supreme God to be
worshipped would have been the Sun. They would add +1+2+3 until the
number 36 was reached. That number would be 666. That number would be
assigned to the Supreme god, which was the Sun. The first of the week
was dedicated as his day to be worshipped (it was called sun’s day). The
Sun god in Babylon was called Belmar Duke. He has a chief priest who
goes by the name Pontifex Maximus (which means chief priest). This idea
was passed down to pagan Rome-Julius Caesar, who wore the title Pontifex

Maximus. This where the word pontiff originates. Therefore, the chief
priest would wear the number 666 as emulates around his neck made of
gold because the color of the Sun is gold which is why Babylon is
represented in the Scriptures by gold because this is a kingdom that
worships the sun.

666 Mark of the Beast - Babylonian Emulate
A Babylonian Emulate

·  They wore the golden emulates around the neck, which had the
sexagesimal, and they have six lines and six rows from one to 36 and
whatever direction you count each line, and each row would give you one
hundred eleven (111). If you multiply that by six, you will have six six
six in whichever direction you multiply.

·  This same practice was passed on from Babylon to Rome when the
Babylonian priests arrived in Rome. Rome adopted the practices of
Babylon, and when the powers were shifted from the Caesars to the bishop
of Rome, the title “pontiff” was adopted by him.

·  His crown, which Belgium gave him in 1871, was the expression by carros filiadio-which means my corrupt god.

What Precisely is the Mark of the Beast?

  • Considering the central issue is worship, the mark of the beast must be the sign of the Roman church’s authority.

Dan 7:25 “… think to change times and laws:

  • The Bible says the day begins at sunset; they say it begins at midnight.
  • They are changing laws that have to do with time, and there is only one law in the Ten Commands that concerns time—the Sabbath.

Letter, Oct. 28, 1895, from C.F. Thomas “Of course the Cah=tholic Church claims that the change was her act…and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.”

  • This statement is regarding the change of the day of worship from Saturday to the first day of the week, Sunday (the Sun’s day).

Each day of the week was dedicated to a different heavenly body.

Monday—moon’s day

Wednesday—wooden’s day

Friday—afrigs day

Saturday—Saturn’s day

Bottom line: The Catholic church, on its own authority, adopted Sunday as the day of worship.

From the Catholic Record, Sept 1, 1923, “Sunday is our mark of authority…The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”

  • The mark of the beast is not a vaccine, computer chip, medication, 666, the number 6 is man—just below God’s perfect number of 7.
  • The mark of the beast is Sunday worship

The seal of God is the Sabbath

At the end of time, there are only two choices:

·  The seal of God

·  The mark of the beast

Questions, comments, and concerns can be left below. You will receive a response

Blessings

 

 

 

Sin and Consequences

Recently, an article was published on this website entitled The Danger of Sin.
The article focused on sin mainly on a national, country level. This article focuses on sin and consequences on a more personal level.

That piece explains in detail what sin is, which is basically a transgression against God’s Law. Does God forgive us of our transgressions? Yes, He does. But is that the end of the story? Do we live happily ever after? Not necessarily.

The Consequences of Sin

It is crucial for us to realize that even though God forgives us of our sins, there may still be consequences as a result.

These consequences are the manifestation of one of God’s universal laws found in Scripture.

Gal 6:7

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

We reap what we sow—even after forgiveness.

There is no more explicit example of this in the Scriptures than the account with King David and Bathsheba. This is a well-known Biblical account, but we will take a look for those who are unfamiliar.

The first king of Israel, Saul, was disobedient, and God removed him as king. Samuel the prophet announced this to Saul, 1 Sam 13:13-14

13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

The man after God’s own heart was David. Therefore, David was highly Sin and Consequences - David, a man after God's own heartfavored by God.

However, along the way, David engaged in some unfavored behavior. 2 Sam 11:2-6

2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, (3) and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” (4) Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. (5) The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” NIV

So David committed the sin of adultery, and Bathsheba conceived. However, that isn’t the end of the story.

2 Sam 11:6-14

6 So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab Sin and Consequences - David and Bathshebiasent him to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.

David sent for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, to come home so that he would sleep with his wife so that he would think the child was his. However, he did not go home.

10 When David was told, “Uriah did not go home,” he asked him, “Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?”

11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”

Uriah was an honorable man with a conscience and would not enjoy the comforts of home while his fellow soldiers were out fighting in the fields.

12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home. NIV

David made one last futile attempt for Uriah to go home, even making him drunk. However, again, he did not go home. So what would David do now?

2 Sam 11:14-27

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.

Unwittingly, Uriah delivered the letter containing his death sentence to Joab, and he was killed for being a loyal, conscientious soldier. David had now committed murder and had blood on his hands

18 Joab sent David a full account of the battle. 19 He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle, 20 the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelech son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Also, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'”

David’s objective was complete; Uriah was dead.

22 The messenger set out, and when he arrived, he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance to the city gate. 24 Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.”

David should have been devastated to have lost such a devoted man of valor. But…

25 David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.”

There was no remorse whatsoever. So just carry on—business as usual.

26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.  NIV

Everything was done properly. Bathsheba mourned her husband for the proper amount of time, David did the right thing and married her, and he had a SON, how great. However, God was displeased. Let’s see what happens next.

2 Sam 12:1-6

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” NIV

David did not realize that Nathan the prophet was portraying him, and his reaction confirmed his guilt and fate. Now what?

2 Sam 12:7-12

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah.

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The Lord rebuked David through the prophet Nathan.

And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'” NIV

God’s judgment against David was harsh. However, take a look at what follows.

Verse 13, Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.“NIV

After Nathan had snatched the cover off his sins, David confessed his sin. It is during this time that David wrote Psalm 51.

What’s next?

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

Nathan confirmed to David that the Lord had taken away his sin—he was forgiven, and his life was spared. So all is clear, right? Not exactly.

14 But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.” NIV

David’s sin dishonored God greatly. If he had not punished David, it could have made God look as though He approves evil. This sin of David’s would cause people to dishonor God. Punishment also discourages others from committing the same sin. The child did die (vs. 18).

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David and Bathsheba’s son dies

However, that was only the beginning. The prophecy in these verses came true. For the reason that David murdered Uriah and stole his wife,

(1) murder became a perpetual threat in his family (chap.13:26-30; 18:14,15; 1 Kings 2:23-25);

(2) his household revolted against him (15:13);

(3) his wives were given to another(his son) in public view (16:20-23).

Was it worth it? Probably if David had known the painful consequences of his sin, he might not have pursued the pleasures of the moment. This chastisement followed David for the rest of his life. You can read the details in the captioned Scriptures in parenthesis.

The Takeaway and Life Application

Repentance and forgiveness do not eliminate consequences. No one repented stronger than David did, yet he was severely punished for his sins.

Most individuals feel that when they repent and are forgiven of their transgression, that is the end of the story, and no more punishment should occur. However, as we see in this account in the Scriptures, that is not always the case.

We must heed the Scriptures. 1 Cor. 10:11-13

11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

God bestowed the Scriptures upon us to show us examples to warn us of the

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consequences.

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.

David: loved and anointed by God as King of Israel, a man “after God’s own heart” crumbled under temptation. The lesson: no one is immune to temptation so, we must never think that we are standing too strong to fall.

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. NLT

Temptation has been around from the beginning. No temptation we face today is unique.

David was given “a way out.” He was told that Bathsheba was Uriah’s wife, but he did not take heed.

Yes, God forgives our transgressions. But we must remember that there may be a severe consequence that cannot be reversed.

We will reap what we sow, and sometimes more than we sow.

Amen.

You are welcome to leave any comments, questions, or concerns below.

Blessings!

 

 

 

When Did God Change?

The moral fiber of the US and the world has changed and is continuing to change. However, these changes are occurring in spite of what God and His word are saying. Perhaps something is missing or overlooked, so the question becomes, when did God change?

The Changes

The postmodern movement ushered in a climate of subjectivity. This movement has led to a move away from objectivity with standard fixed rules and traditions. Instead, everything now passes through the lens of subjectivity, how an individual feels about what is right or wrong.

So, let’s look at some of these changes.

Truth – What is truth? Truth is the core of real things, events, and facts: it is a state of reality. Therefore, the truth cannot be legitimately shaken or disproven.

Truth is an element of God’s being. When He presented Himself to Moses on the mountain, He proclaimed His attributes. In Ex 34:5-6:

5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.

6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

Everything that proceeds out of the mouth of God is truth.

Truth is freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, …”If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Truth is freedom from sin in this context, but the truth is also freedom from ignorance. If you know the truth about something, you are no longer ignorant of it. Therefore, to state that the truth is freedom means that when you tell the truth, that is the end of the story. However, when we lie, it leads to other lies to cover up the previous lie, and that is simply bondage!

However, presently, truth is becoming what an individual feels is the truth. Even when the truth is in their face, they deny it and put their own reality in place of it. This denial of the truth has even reached the upper levels of government.

But, what does God and His Word say? Col 3:9-10When did God Change? Do not LieD

9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices NIV

Ephesians 4:25
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

God’s Word says that we are to speak the truth; every
man with his neighbor.”
This means that everybody is to speak the truth; this will lead to living the truth.

Lev 19:11

11 “Do not steal. “‘ Do not lie. “Do not deceive one another. NIV

Can it be any clearer? 

Abortion – Abortion, the termination of human life, is legal in the US. The advocates for this act claim that it is a women’s constitutional right to chose to terminate life. This act is the law of the land. Statistics
indicate that from 2005 to 2018, 10,121,000 legal abortions were carried out in the US.

Now let that sink in; over 10 million human lives were destroyed. For what reason? This number doesn’t represent some financial statistic, but lives that never had a chance to live and society say it’s okay.

But what does God and His Word say? Lev 18:21:When did Gid Change - Abortion

21 Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord. NIV

God explicitly forbade the sacrificing of children. God wanted His chosen people, the Israelites, to be sanctified from the idolatrous nations who sacrificed children to the false god Molech. Leviticus contained the law for God’s people to live a holy life unto Him and still applies today.

Deut 18:10:

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire… NIV

The book of Deuteronomy is a repeat of the law, and once again, the offering of children is forbidden.

Now we may not be literally throwing children in the fire today to Molech. However, we sacrifice them by terminating their lives for self convenience of one form or another. Because it isn’t convenient for us, we sacrifice the life and end it. This act is against the will of God, and it is idolatry. Whenever we choose to act against the will of God, it is idolatry.

Homosexuality – Homosexuality is widely accepted today in the US and the world. According to a survey
performed by UCLA’s Williams Institute, there are 10,338,000 homosexuals (LGBT) in the United States. But, what does God and His Word say? Lev 18:22

22 Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. NIVWhen did God Change - Homosexuality

Lev 20:13

13 If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. NIV

Again, these Scriptures are from the Levitical law and forbid the detestable acts of the idolatrous nations.  However, the New Testament Scriptures address homosexuality also. 1 Cor. 6:9-11

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders (10) nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. NIV

Homosexuals are included with those who will not inherit heaven.

Same Sex marriage – This is the law of the land in the US and a few other countries. According to a 2019 population survey, there are 543,000 same-sex married couple households, and 469,000 households with same-sex unmarried partners living together in the US.

Question:
If God forbids homosexuality, how can there be validity in homosexual marriage? However, let’s look at what God and His Word say about it. Gen 2:22-24

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’for she was taken out of man.”

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. NIV

Notice that God created man and woman, and they are to be united as one flesh. This design is the order of God’s holy and divine creation; this is the created order of life. There is nothing in Scripture that sanctions same sex marriage.

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God says: Marriage is between a man and a woman

To God, Marriage is between a man and a woman.

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Transgender is not the will of God

Transgenderism – Some individuals are not satisfied with their physical sex at birth but prefer the opposite sex (a man desiring to be a woman and vice-versa). This attitude includes adopting the behaviors and the appearance of the opposite sex. The modern and inclusive philosophy of some societies has embraced this attitude. So, what does God and His Word say about it? Deut 22:5:

5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this. NIV

Again, God created man and woman, and this is the order of God’s holy and divine creation; this is the created order of life. Therefore, the individuality between males and females is to be upheld. We must understand that there is a clear, distinctive difference between a man and a woman, and this clear, distinct difference is to be respected, maintained, and honored.

In this Scripture, God demanded that the created order of life was not to be violated. Wearing the clothes and adopting the behavior of the opposite sex is unnatural. In God’s eyes, it is abnormal, repulsive, distasteful behavior. However, even more severe, the Scripture indicates that transvestism is an abomination to God. God detests it. The idea conveyed is that the judgment of God will fall upon the person who seeks fleshly pleasure through transvestism.

Transvestism often directs to homosexuality; furthermore, this deviant behavior is often associated with homosexuality. The law of God was and is clear: the order of God’s holy creation that of male and female is not to be dishonored nor camouflaged. Females at birth are to be women, and males at birth are to be men. The distinction is to be protected, respected, and honored.

These are just a few of the areas societies, particularly in the US, have changed. Again, the idea is to be more modern and inclusive.

But, when did God change? Is He more inclusive? If so, how much?

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So how much has God changed? Let’s look at what His Word says in Mal 3:6-7

6 I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. NIV

In this Scripture, we have the Lord’s call to His people to repent in view of His return through the prophet Malachi. He states that they were not destroyed because of the promise He made to Jacob, their forefather. He made a promise, and because He doesn’t change, His promises are sure. This promise is the only reason they had not been judged and completely cut off from the Lord. Though they had sinned and violated every term of God’s covenant, He would not change. He would uphold His covenant and abide by it.

However, they had fallen far from God because they had not kept His decrees and had fallen out of His favor. Therefore, he admonished them to return to Him, and He would return to them.

In other words, no matter how much they changed away from His Word (decrees), He was not changing. So, therefore, they would have to return to His will to receive His favor and so must we. God has not and will not change. He is the unchangeable God. There is no need for God to change, He’s perfect!

He goes on in chapter 4. Mal 4:1-2, 4

Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. 4 Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. NIV

The day the Lord is referencing here is the day of His return. All of the arrogant and evildoers will be destroyed. However, the ones who obey the laws and statutes of Moses and revere God will be saved.

The Takeaway and Life Application

It has been said, “The Bible is old-fashioned and has fallen away from the times.”
However, the Bible hasn’t fallen away from the times; the times have fallen away from the Bible.

Indeed society has changed and is still evolving. But, unfortunately, it is changing and evolving away from God. However, no matter how much society changes, no matter what man’s law says, no matter how far we evolve from God’s Word, God will not change. Therefore, those who continue down this path will reap what happens on the day of the Lord.

Christ united all, both Jews and Gentiles, as God’s people (Gal. 3:28). Therefore, just as the Israelites need to return to God in verses 6 and 7, so must all of us.

We must remember the Scripture in 2 Chron. 7:14

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It behooves us to have reverence for the unchanging God and His Word.

Zeph. 2:3: “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” NIV

Amen

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The 3rd Commandment

The Ten Commandments are the base commands of God’s moral Law. These commandments were handed down to the Israelites as a guide on how to live righteously as God’s chosen people. However, as Moses descended from the mountain with the stone tablets containing the laws, the Israelites had already broken the first two commandments. Fortunately, Moses got to the bottom before they broke the 3rd commandment. However, as time went on, Israel broke all of God’s commandments. Is it any different today?

What is the 3rd Commandment?

The third commandment is found in Ex. 20:7, which reads:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain?

The NIV translation reads, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God….” The Hebrew word translated as vain is “shav,” which means pointlessly, using figuratively or foolishly, deceitfully, and flippantly. It means using God’s name in a thoughtless and insincere way. This third Commandment is a commandment that is universally disregarded by humanity.
In earlier times, the most common practice was to use God’s name in profanity slang, such as “it just a god**** shame.” In fact, in one church bulletin addressing this profane vernacular, it read, God’s last name is not damn.”

But you don’t’ hear much of that these days. We have progressed—or have we? These days we have more insidious ways of using the Lord’s name in vain. For starters, we say, “oh my God!”

So, is it wrong to call on God’s name? After all the Scriptures read in Acts 2:21, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” In addition, in Ps. 50:15, God is quoted as saying, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” As well as Ps 91:15, “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”
Lastly, Jer. 29:12, “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.”

It is apparent that the Lord wants His people to call upon Him. The problem is when we call on His name not to be saved or in a day of trouble, but merely as a figure of speech.

If a dollar was donated every time, someone used the expression “oh my God,” there would be a lot fewer homeless people on the streets. It is incredible how far we have departed from the Commandments of God.

Anytime someone is excited, shocked, surprised, dismayed, or even angered about something, the first thing out of the mouth is, “oh my God!” Even more incredible is professing Christians are engaging this very practice.

In our tech-savvy world, we have gone generic with OMG. In the realm of text and instant messaging, social media, etc., it has become a prevalent The Third Commandment - OMGmeans for expressing surprise or astonishment. OMG can represent several things such as oh my God, oh my goodness, or oh my gosh.

This acronym is used in all sorts of secular venues: from Pop music to dolls. For example, a hit song is actually entitled, “Oh my God” which we danced to ignorantly!

The conventional wisdom says regarding OMG, it is not using the Lord’s name in vain because you’re not saying on my God. However, oh my God, is where it is derived. Even though it is watered down, it is not far enough away from God’s Commandment: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God…” NIV There are no exceptions. Therefore, it is merely a weak excuse to have our way and another manifestation of a rebellious and narcissistic-selfish society.

In the post-modern society we live in today, everything is subjective: even using the Lord’s name in vain. If an individual feels that it is ok, so be it. And yet we ask, what is happening to America?

When we speak God’s name, it is at all times to be in a respectful and reverent way. God’s name is in no way to be used in any irreverent way whatsoever.

Below are all the little sayings that use God’s name in an irreverent or careless way that are wrong:

⇒ God Almighty

⇒ Sweet Jesus

⇒ Lord have mercy

⇒ Oh God

⇒ The man upstairs

⇒ Somebody up
there

⇒ God damn

⇒ God or Jesus Christ or Christ (by themselves, when spoken carelessly)

Why must we play with the name of God? Aren’t there enough words in the dictionary to express our excitement, dismay, or anger?

How we use God’s name and treat God’s name is of crucial concern to Him. He is the great Creator, the Sovereign LORD and Majesty, the Supreme Ruler and Judge of the universe. Therefore, His name must always be honored, praised, and worshipped. Because of His person and who He is, God demands and insists that we never, not ever, misuse His name.

Therefore:

  • we must never curse nor abuse His name.
  • We must never use His name in a frivolous or insincere way.
  • We must never take the name of the LORD God in vain.

This commandment is directed to every human being upon the earth. There is no room for subjectivity.

No individual of any age group or time of history, as long as God lives, as

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long as God exists, from eternity past to eternity future, is to misuse or take God’s name in vain. This is what God demands; one of the ways we are to connect to God is by reverencing His Name. This commandment will be in force as long as we live and as long as God exists—forever.

This commandment has an even broader spectrum. There are other ways an individual can misuse God’s name or take God’s name in vain. This commandment forbids profanity.

Profanity is the cursing, abusive, bitter, profane use of God’s name or any of God’s design. By design is meant everything within the universe. Therefore, taking God’s name in vain, misusing God’s name involves all uses of vulgarity and profanity: foul, distasteful slang words, and even words such as damn, hell, darn, and other such negative terms.

What do these kinds of words have to do with misusing God’s name? To put it simply, when we use profanity, we are profaning and cursing a part of creation. No individual has the right to profane and curse or condemn anything in God’s creation. We must never forget this one fact: The earth is the Lord’s, and He alone is the great Creator and Sustainer of everything within the universe. Therefore, to profane or curse anything in creation is to take God’s name in vain. It is destructive, totally senseless, and worthless.

Scripture, God’s Word, further confirms the distastefulness of profanity.  Col 3:6-9

6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and
filthy language
from your lips.
NIV

In this passage, Paul was reminding the Colossian Christians that they The Third Commandmentshould no longer engage in the things they practiced before becoming Christians, including “filthy language.”

Eph 4:29

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Here again, Paul is addressing Christian Behavior. This time it is to the Christians in Ephesus. God’s people are not to use “foul or abusive language.”

What are the Consequences?

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                                                              The Consequence is judgment!

The Commandment ends with, “…for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

It is pretty clear that judgment is the consequence. Judgment is the result of profanity. Yet, in our society, people excuse profanity as being therapeutic for agitated and angered spirits. However, that is a deception from the enemy. That perverted thinking will not hold up in court with God. On the contrary, it will only make the judgment for profanity more severe.

Profanity is like a storm, a terrible, terrifying disturbance that is devastating and completely senseless and worthless. Profanity is a pervasive sin that is blanketing our nation and the world today. Profanity is swiftly becoming so acceptable that it is a part of everyday conversation. The horrendous spiritual peril of profanity has been forgotten. The danger is tragically ignored and even denied. Even so, it is a definite threat: profanity is a creeping paralysis:

  •  that devastates the foundation of respect between individuals, especially between the citizens of a diverse society and nation.
  •  that wipes out the moral strength and esteem of individuals for one another and their nation.
  •  that corrupts the language of a nation and people
  •  that annihilates the ability of citizens to continue to grow, build, advance, enhance, enlarge, and increase the quality of their lives, society, and nation.

Profanity will destroy a nation by corrupting the language and respect of people for one another. Over time, profanity will attack and destroy everything held dear by society.

The bottom line is this: we must not use vulgarity, must not misuse God’s name for a terrifying reason: because the LORD holds us accountable if we misuse His name. The word “guiltless”
(waqah) denotes that God will not deem us clear or free from blame. He will not consider us clean or pure, innocent or “guiltless.” God will not acquit us or not let us go unpunished.

Here is why: Psalm 139:20

20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Note what the Scripture says: the person who curses and misuses God’s name stands as an enemy of God. A man may curse God or swear untruthfully to his wife or neighbor or even a jury, and he may not be corrected or punished. However, God will know that the man cursed His name or lied, and Scripture is clear: God will rebuke him. God will punish the individual who insulted His great and glorious name.

It is interesting how both Christian and non-Christian individuals focus on a few commandments and disregard others. Such as, thou shalt not: lie, steal, commit adultery, and bear false witness. It is good to obey those. However, it is crucial to fully understand that all of God’s Commandments are to be obeyed. Not obeying just one commandment makes an individual a total lawbreaker. Scripture says in James 2:10-11, “ For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. 11 For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.” NLT

There are no shortcuts to obeying God. Therefore, we must obey the commandment of controlling our speech and not use God’s name in vain. This includes His Son, Jesus, whose name is just as great. Scripture says in Phil 2:9-12:

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

By honoring and glorifying the Son, we honor and glorify the Father. Therefore, it behooves us to control our speech along with the other areas of our lives.

Amen

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The Unpardonable Sin Explained

One of the things God is most noted for is His forgiveness of sins. God forgives unconditionally. The Scriptures tell us in Ps 86:5, “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” He sent His son to earth to provide a way for us to seek Him through repentance of our sins and ask for forgiveness. But did you know that there is a sin that He will not forgive? There is a sin that is unpardonable, and in this article, we have the unpardonable sin explained.

What is Sin?

Sin is the result of disobedience. More specifically, it is disobedience to God’s law. The Scriptures tells us in 1 John 3:4, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Therefore, it is a deliberate breach of the law. It is insurrection against God’s law, which is the standard of righteousness.

Sin comprises the denial of the living God from whom we as human beings draw our lives and existence (Acts 17:28); the outcome of this rebellion is death and the torment of hell. Death is the definitive penalty imposed by God for sin. The Bible states in Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…

In contrast to this dark condition of sin and its reality, the gospel arrives as the good news of the liberation that God has made available through His Son. Jesus bears the penalty of sin in place of His people (Mark 10:45). He additionally redeems us, liberates us from lawlessness, and enables us to desire to do good works in service to God and others (Titus 2:14).

How are we Redeemed

So how are we redeemed? The Scripture tells us in Eph. 1:5-7:

5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will (6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace NIV

Through repentance of our sins and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have redemption through His blood. When this occurs, we receive the Holy Spirit, which enables us to walk in the righteousness of God. Acts 2:38 reads,Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” NIV

There is no greater gift, for we are powerless against the enemy that leads us into sin without the Holy Spirit.

What is the Unpardonable Sin?

So, with such great gifts from God as forgiveness and redemption of sin as the above Scriptures verify, what’s the deal? There is no mention of a sin that is not forgivable. Therefore, is there a sin that is unpardonable? To explain the unpardonable sin, let’s start with Matt 12:32

Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. NIV

This Scripture contains Jesus’ response to the Pharisees denying that His power was from God. Instead, in the previous verses, they claimed that His power was from Satan.

These words appear to mean that by speaking against Jesus, the Pharisees might be forgiven because the insult may have been based on ignorance of who he was. After all, at that time, even Jesus’ disciples did not completely understand who he was. However, speaking against the Holy Spirit, to deny the power behind Jesus’ ministry — was unforgivable. (Some translations use the word “blasphemy,”
meaning extreme slander and lack of reverence.) The rejection of a messenger, even Christ Himself, can be forgiven, but not the rejection of God Himself through the Holy Spirit. The mighty works done by Jesus through the Spirit were unmistakable announcements that the kingdom had arrived. Those who had the nerve to attribute these works to Satan were not ignorant; alternately, they had made up their minds not to believe. Jesus said that those who vilify the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven, not because their sin is worse than any other, but because they will never ask for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is not automatic; we have to request it. In the same way, we have to grant it to others whether it is requested of us or not.

Let’s look at another passage: Heb 6:4-6

4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, (5) who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, The Unpardonable Sin Explained(6) if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. NIV

This passage involves individuals who have turned from belief to unbelief.

It is not possible for individuals who have professed Christianity and have experienced all of the beautiful elements described in this passage and then have turned away from Christ to turn around and repent again. It is not impossible because these individuals show scorn for Christ through their intentional actions. It would be like personally crucifying Christ again. By departing from the faith, these individuals agree that the crucifixion was correct in that Christ was an imposter and needed to be killed.

Such treatment of Christ actually shames Him, as the Scripture reads, “Public disgrace.”
Instead of exalting and honoring Christ, it makes Him a very evil person, thus shaming Him greatly.

This passage refers to folks who walk with Christ for a while, then deliberately turn around, and walk in the other direction, rejecting Christ. Heb 10:26 says, “For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (NRSV). The Unpardonable Sin ExplainedChrist cannot and will not be crucified again. Separately from His cross, there is no other achievable way of salvation. Once an individual turns from believing in Christ to not believing, that individual is lost. It is like the land of no return.

Whoever rejects the prompting of the Holy Spirit removes themselves from the only force that can lead anyone to repentance and restoration with God. Those who have witnessed the light yet prefer the darkness are blaspheming the Holy Spirit. This sin cannot be forgiven as the Scripture reads, “in this age or in the age to come”
because its consequences are eternal.

These individuals can never be restored because they will not desire to be. They have chosen instead to harden their hearts against Christ. It is not that God cannot forgive them; rather, they cannot be forgiven because they will not repent of their sins.

Scripture says in Prov. 29:1

He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. NKJV

Those who continue in sin despite the warning of the Holy Spirit shall be destroyed.

God has a threshold that takes an individual beyond the possibilities of redemption, and to exceed this point will require that one pay an eternal cost. If one exceeds the point of redemption, then one can expect to pay an everlasting price.

1 John 5:16-17

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to The Unnpardonable Sin Explaineddeath. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. NKJV

There is a sin that does not result in eternal death, and there is a sin that results in the eternal death. For the sin that leads to eternal death, there is no forgiveness neither in this life or the life that is to come.” The sin unto death is a sin whose end result is blasphemy. The Scripture says, “I do not say that he should pray about that.” In other words, this sin is unpardonable, so don’t even bother praying about it.

This sin is apostasy — which is when an individual has rejected Christ and turned away from the faith despite the Holy Spirit. John was writing to Christians and expressing his concern for the infiltration of false teachers, leading them astray—away from Christ. His warning to them was that their sin of apostasy would lead to unbelief and their spiritual ruin.

The sin that leads to death isn’t any one particular sin but continuous unbelief and rebellion. These attitudes can be so strong that the victim will likely be unrepentant and unpardonable.

Life Application

Any denial of the Holy Spirit’s prompting to accept Christ or to continue in Christ is unbelief and is an unforgivable sin. These sins lead to spiritual death because, without Christ, there is no avenue for forgiveness. Any individual that dies in this state is simply a lost soul.

The Scripture warns us in 1 Thess. 5:19. “Quench not the Spirit.” To quench is to put out or put away.

If the Spirit repeatedly prompts us to give up sin, yet we continue to refuse, the Spirit will leave and never ask again. At that moment, an individual becomes unpardonable. We cannot be pardoned unless we repent, and we cannot repent without the impression of the Holy Spirit.

Going back to the original text, verse 31, “all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:” The Scripture clarifies that all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven. Therefore, if all manner of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven, that means that there is no single sin that is not forgivable if confession and repentance take place. Against this background, since no single sin is unpardonable, it means that it is not the sin that is unpardonable. However, the individual becomes unpardonable because the Spirit has been quenched, leading to unbelief. As the Scripture reads but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” NIV

Once the Spirit has left, there is no impression on the heart to repent. Therefore, it is not the sin that is not pardoned, but the holding on to the sin leads to the point of no return, the point where God cannot pardon. Persistent procrastination often provokes the punishment of God.

Any sin can lead us to the point of no return. The one sin that we hold onto can lead us to the point of no return—unbelief. This is the danger we all face.

The sin that is “not leading to death” is a sin committed out of ignorance or error instead of unbelief. These sins can be confessed, and repentance can occur (1 John 1:9, Prov. 28:13). For more on repentance, see the article, Repentance and Sin,
on this website.

So we must examine ourselves and ask what sin are we holding onto that we refuse to give up despite the Holy Spirit’s conviction?

The Bottom Line

Bottom line—the unpardonable sin in a nutshell is—unbelief. The only sin that God is not able to forgive is the refusal to accept forgiveness.

Eph 6:12 reads, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and All Abut Spiritual Warfareagainst the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. NIV

Christians are in a war against the evil forces of this world known as spiritual warfare, and the Holy Spirit must empower us to fight successfully. This is a danger all Christians face and we need the Holy Spirit.

We are further warned in 1 Peter 5:8-9

8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (9) Resist him, standing firm The Unpardonable Sin Explained in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. NIV

Doubt is the first stage of sin, which is missing the mark. For an individual to move from missing the mark to blasphemy is a gradual process that does not happen overnight. Without the Holy Spirit, we are doomed to fall into doubt and led into the unpardonable sin, unbelief.

Amen

For more information on Spiritual Warfare, please read the article, All about Spiritual Warfare, on this website.

Questions, comments, and concerns may be left below.

Blessings!!

 

 

 

Saturday vs. Sunday Worship

There has been a perpetual debate concerning the correct day of worship to God. The most traditional choice has been Sundays. However, is that what God intended, or is that another man-made adaptation that has been forced upon Christians? Please read on as we investigate Saturday vs. Sunday worship.

What is Worship?

The investigation begins with the basics: what is worship?

According to The Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, worship is the “Reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God; the rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence is expressed. The English word worship comes from the Old English word worthship, a word which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving the special honor or devotion.”

So, “Reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God.” Why does God deserve such devotion and allegiance? Well, because He is our Creator, Master, and Savior. He loves us and He desires our love and devotion to Him. How do we show our love to Him? By obeying His commandments that He has placed before us (Ex.20:6, John 14:15). His command to love Him and obey Him is part of the first of the Ten Commandments which reads, “but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.” NIV

Saturday vs. Sunday Worship

Worship is more than a day; worship is a lifestyle. We are to have love and devotion for God in our hearts each and every day. However, God desires for us to set aside a special day strictly for devotion to Him. This is a day when we put aside the daily grind of life and rest in Him. So does it matter which day we set aside for this special day?

The answers to all of life can be found in the Scriptures. Therefore, that is where we must go for the answer to this question as well. Ex. 20:8-11

8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. NIV

This is the fourth of the Ten Commandments. God is very specific with this commandment. First, He said, to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy meaning separate, sanctified, and blessed. Because “the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it Holy.”

Next, six days” we are to labor and work but on “the seventh day,” we are to honor the Sabbath. Sabbath is a time of rest and worship. It is a time to rest physically from work and worship, which refreshes the soul spiritually. Every man and his entire household are to honor the Sabbath.

Sunday is the first day of the week; Saturday is the seventh and last day of the week. So why are New Testament Christians worshipping on Sunday? The general consensus is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection as the reason for Sunday worship. The following Scriptures are used as a basis for this practice:

Matt 28:1

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. NIV

There is no mention or sign of Sunday reverence in this text. In addition, there is no reference to any worship of any form. This verse simply states that before sunrise on the first day of the week, these women went to examine the tomb.

Mark 16:1-2

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb. NIV

These two verses of Scripture tell us that the first day of the week is behind the Sabbath. They additionally tell us that these women were on their way to the tomb on the morning of the first-day pre­pared to embalm the body of Jesus, quite a difference for individuals who should have rested if Sunday had any Biblical sacred­ness. These women had nothing on their minds of Sunday sacredness.

The reason they did not anoint Jesus’ body the day before was that it was the Sabbath—the day of rest.

Mark 16:9

 9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. NIV

Saturday vs. Sunday Worship
This is the commandment from God regarding the Sabbath.

Again, there is no reference to a day of rest here. This was quite the opposite, a day of action. This was the beginning of a new era. If it were meant to be a day of rest, it would appear that Jesus would have waited until Monday.

There is no Scriptural reference or hint that these women ever dreamed of a possible change of the Sabbath.

Also for sure, if Jesus had intended that Sunday should be ob­served as a day of rest commemorating His resurrection, He would have certainly told His disciples. What He did instruct them to do was what we now know as communion in remembrance of Him.

Jesus established the Communion on a Thurs­day night before His crucifixion. If the Communion service makes a day holy, then we should be observing Thursday as the Sabbath. In addition, the Communion has no relation to the resurrection of Christ, but rather, refers to His death. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corin­thians 11:26 NIV).

Luke 24:1

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. NIV

Luke confirms the intention of these close friends and followers of Jesus. They went to the tomb set on giving the body of Jesus a proper burial. In Luke 23:56, the verse right before this one, we are told that these loyal disciples of Jesus the day before by stating, “…they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” Therefore, the disciples acknowledged and obeyed the commandment of honoring the Sabbath.

Then, the next day after
the Sabbath, they were ready to engage in a demanding day’s work. There is no hint of the change of the Sabbath to the first day of the week.

John 20:1

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. NIV

This text was written by John the disciple about sixty years after the resurrection of Jesus. Yet he never mentioned any acknowledgment of a change in the Sabbath. The disciple who himself felt closest to Jesus, apparently had never heard of a first-day commemoration of the resurrection with a change of the Sabbath day.

John 20:19

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” NIV

Here the disciples were assem­bled for fear of the Jews and the doors were shut. This was hardly a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection!

In Mark 16:14, Jesus admonished His disciples for their inability to believe that He had risen. Again, there is, therefore, no possible chance that they were gathered on this occasion to commemorate the resurrection.

What these verses confirm is the day of the week these events occurred with a focus on the resurrection.

In addition, it is clear that nowhere in the four Gospels is there the tiniest hint of Sunday sacredness. Sunday was a day of work.

Acts 20:7, 11, 13

7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. NIV

There is no indication in this passage that this or any day that Paul spoke to people was a sanctified day for worship. He simply spoke to the people because he was departing the next day.

It is very important to note that Jesus Christ Himself sanctioned the Sabbath. In Matt 12:8 Jesus is quoted as saying: For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Conclusions Regarding New Testament Sunday Worship

  • True Christians regard the Scriptures as God’s Word and the authoritative guide of life.The Word of God
  • There is no Scripture in the New Testament where there is a command to worship on Sunday as a memorial to the resurrection of Jesus or for any other reason.
  • Based on that, the disciples did not have any plans to make Sunday a day of worship.
  • There is no indication in the New Testament that the disciples or Jesus altered the day of worship from the seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of Sunday.
  • Therefore, since there is no scriptural evidence that the disciples changed the worship day of Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, it is evident, that this adaptation must have been adopted by the Christian church subsequent to the writing of the Bible and the death of all the disciples.

But why? How?

The Origin of Sunday Worship

So what happened? Why was the day of worship changed from Saturday the seventh-day Sabbath as God commanded to Sunday the first day of the week? How could this possibly happen?

It goes back to history, AD 312 when the Roman Pagan Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity. During his reign, Christianity began to evolve to become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.Saturday vs Sunday Worship - Constantine

Some scholars claim that his principal goal was to gain unanimous submission and approval to his authority from every class. Therefore, he chose Christianity to conduct his political propaganda, with the impression that it was the most suitable religion that could fit with the Imperial cult
(see also Sol Invictus).

Nevertheless, under Constantine’s dynasty, Christianity grew throughout the Roman Empire, initiating the time of the State church of the Roman Empire. Whether Constantine genuinely transformed to Christianity or continued to be loyal to Paganism
is a subject of debate with historians.

A general consensus is that Constantine’s change to Christianity was just another instrument of realpolitik
in his hands for the purpose of serving his political interest, which was maintaining control of the Empire while keeping it united.

Sunday worship, practiced by the pagans, originated in Babylon where they worshipped the Sun and named the day Sun-day. For some reason, Christians in Rome celebrated this first day of the week also to celebrate Christ. Church historian Socrates Scholasticus (5th century) wrote: “For although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [of the Lord’s Supper] on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this.” This ”ancient tradition” was one of paganism

Notice that according to Socrates Scholasticus and other historians (e.g. Sozomen), this Sunday worship was only practiced by the Christians of Rome and Alexandria. Rome and Alexandria are where the Babylonian religion came to rest.

This is where the practice of Christians worshipping on Sunday originated. [More details on this in a forthcoming article]Saturday vs. Sunday Worship

Constantine knew that pagans throughout the empire worshiped the sun on “the first day of the week,” known as Sunday and he discovered that many Christians and especially in Rome and Alexandria also celebrated “the first day of the week” because Christ rose from the dead on that day (this was a compromising excuse). Therefore, Constantine as a canny political architect conspired to join Christianity and paganism to strengthen his decaying empire. Therefore, he developed a plan to join both groups on the general platform of Sunday keeping. Consequently, on March 7, 321 A.D., he passed his famous national Sunday law.

In 330 A.D., Constantine relocated his capital from Rome to Constantinople, which is now modern-day Istanbul, consequently preparing the way for the Roman Catholic Popes to be in power in Rome as the successors of Constantine. As the Papal (Catholic) Church increased in power, it opposed Sabbath observance in support of Sunday sacredness and made the day change official in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 363-364). On this occasion, the Catholic Church mandated 59 Canon laws. Canon law 29 reads as follows: Canon XXIX:
Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, [Worshipping on the Sabbath] let them be anathema [shut out] from Christ.” At this point, Christian Sabbath-keepers were considered to be heretics. This in essence joined church and state.

But on what authority did the Catholic church institute this change? James Gibbons, Roman Catholic Theologian and author of the book “The Faith of our Fathers” wrote: But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”

In other words, it is the authority of the Catholic church that changed the observance from Saturday to Sunday, not the New Testament Scriptures. This is an amazing admission! Other religious leaders admit that the Bible nowhere authorizes Sunday as a new Sabbath Day.

The Takeaway

Constantine’s plan was a success and his Sunday law for sun worship was accepted by the Papal Church and the Sabbath to Sunday change complete. The systematization of Sunday worship began with Emperor Constantine and concluded with the Papal (Catholic) church. Therefore, it is a tradition of men and not a commandment of God.

History as well as, Scripture substantiate that in pagan Roman times: prior, throughout, and subsequent to the coming of Jesus Christ, Sun-day was the most important day of worship in the Roman Empire. Most of the Christian religions today erroneously presume that this pagan day of worship is holy. It is not! The Holy day of worship is the Sabbath as sanctioned and commanded by God.

God knew from the onset that Satan and man would misrepresent His appointments by altering the time. This particular part of the discussion will also be covered in detail in a forthcoming article.

If Christians could only grasp the fact that the fourth Commandment is just as much an eternal Moral law as the other nine. Again it reads: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…”  Ex 20:8-10

It is time for Christians to acknowledge the truth and obey all of God’s Commandments. This is the best way to receive blessings from God and reap the benefits.

Amen!

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