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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christians will Experience an Extraordinary Age on Earth - Before Jesus Returns

Isaiah 65:

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I w ill answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

Great promises of God

Unless you believe in some bizarre and strange assemblage of resurrected believers and non-resurrected sinners, this particular portion of scripture is talking about the positive outcome of spreading and acceptance of the gospel of Jesus Christ comprehensively - before He returns.
Some get thrown by verse 17, where it says this: "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."

Many equate this with the period of time when we're resurrected and living in our new bodies forever. It's obviously not what it's talking about here. Jesus initiated the creation of the new heavens and new earth when He was incarnated. He was the Lord from heaven, we're told in the Bible. He came down out of heaven as the foundation stone of this new Jerusalem, and the gathering in of the first believers around Him, as evidenced by the 12 apostles being mentioned in Revelation 21:14.

"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."

They were the foundation of the wall of the city, and they were living human beings formed and shaped by the words of Jesus. This is one of the reasons we're taught to set our minds on things above and not things of the earth. It's not that we're to think of mystical, strange things we believe are residing in heaven, but are to rather embrace the higher things represented in the person of Jesus Christ, which He spoke of and displayed in His person, and throughout the entirety of the scriptures. 

The culmination of all of this is revealed primarily in verses 20-23. It promises a world where babies won't die prematurely, where old men will live a long life, where the fruit of our labor will enjoyed while we're alive on earth, where we won't have what we build or plant taken away from us.

Some of the struggles we now have will be gradually removed as the effects of the curse are reversed in conjunction with obedience to the word of God. This will take time to work out, but this span of time and all it represents will happen before the return of Jesus Christ to resurrect all of us.
There really will be a golden age on the earth. These verses in the Bible give us a glimpse into what it will be like when God's people walk in obedience to all His commands.

Everything the vast majority of people want are promised to be fulfilled by the Lord. Our job while we're on planet earth is to do our part by walking in obedience to the light we now have, advancing and hastening the day when God will be glorified on the earth by a people that reflect His true nature.

This is also confirmed and reinforced by 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says this:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The word creature there is more accurately "new creation." Also notice old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. Paul was saying that the promises in Isaiah 65 were already in motion. That was almost 2,000 years ago. God continues to work toward that end in His people.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christianity and Christendom: The Issue of our Times

One of the more amazing things I've seen in response to the attacks on freedom, free speech, immigration invasion, gender insanity, and numerous other areas of life, is the recognition by those that aren't Christians, that the only hope they have is for a robust Christendom to rise up out of Christianity.

They understand the cradle of life resides in the womb of Christianity, and if a strong Christendom doesn't emerge and take hold in the U.S. and the rest of the world, it will be overrun by evil at unfathomable levels.

Now for Christians, the question becomes this: what is the difference between Christianity and Christendom? It's vital to understand it in our generation, and look to the Bible to find ways to apply it to the world we live in.

First we have to define Christianity. Christianity is represented by nothing more or less than those regenerated by faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection and ascension into heaven. The church is the corporate representation of these regenerated people, but it differs from Christendom.

While Christianity is birthed within the hearts of those putting faith in Jesus Christ, it is supposed to be worked out practically and visibly into the world. That practical outworking is what produces Christendom. Christendom is the parameters of life emerging from the application of the Biblical worldview of those professing Jesus Christ. The benefits of that can apply to all of those living within geographic locations where this is being applied. This is what those outside the faith or church see and are now seeking for. It represents an opportunity for the true believers in Jesus Christ to assume leadership and show the way.

A growing number of people understand that freedom only comes to nations, societies and localities that include a meaningful number of real Christians living out their faith in visible and practical ways; it's expressed through law, entertainment, media, and all other areas of life we participate in.

Christianity is birthed within people, while Christendom is the visible representation of working that faith out into the public square. Only those regenerated are Christians, while all people can enjoy the fruit of what is offered by them, which is what Christendom is representative of. Don't get thrown off or confused by the word 'Christendom.' It's just another way of saying the kingdom of God.

I'm bringing this up at this time because it reminds of the time when the Soviet Union fell and people in those nations - including Russia - asked Christians from the West for answers on how to live. The inability for the church to provide answers was deafening; the opportunity of a lifetime was squandered because in fact, there was very little the church knew then, or even knows now, that can provide the Biblical parameters for Christendom to rise in any country.

When Christians in the U.S. say we're a Christian country, what they really mean to say is that we are representative of Christendom; a country that is built upon Biblical principles. It obviously doesn't mean the majority of people are Christians. It means the reason for our long-term success and being a light to the nations of the world was directly because of the influence of the Bible and Christianity on the various institutions and people in the country.

Some like to quibble about whether or not some of the founding fathers were really Christians or not. The better thing to consider is what the foundation they were building the nation on came from. This is why it's important to separate Christianity from Christendom in our examination of them, as the two, while connected, are also separate.

Christendom takes in the majority of people of any nation, while Christianity only includes those that are truly regenerated or born again from above. Christianity starts from within and should be working its way out, while Christendom is specifically the outward result of that process.

What I've seen is people outside the faith calling for the resurgence of Christendom, which in reality is a call for Christians to take up the mantle of authority and responsibility, obeying the requirements of Jesus in the great commission, which is to teach the nations to obey all that He commanded them.

Matthew 28:17-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We need to understand that the call of the so-called great commission was a comprehensive one. It went far beyond individual salvation to the salvation of nations. That's another way of saying Christianity in its full outworking, was to lead to a Christendom. It doesn't mean all people will be saved of course, but it does mean a nation can come under the blessings of God because it's built upon the foundation of Biblical truth.

In other words, Christianity is to take that which God has placed in it (including the laws written on the heart - which are also in the Scriptures) and build Christendom, or as we may want to call it - a Christian nation.

The creation and people of the world are eagerly waiting for us and the visible manifestation of the sons of God. It's time we rise up and show and give them hope that we are willing and able to do so.

Christian Files Free Speech Lawsuit Against College for Censoring Preaching

In my view, any legal resistance to speech censorship is a good thing, especially for Christians. For that reason the lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) against Georgia Gwinnett College on behalf of Chike Uzuegbunam, who said he was told he couldn't preach in one of the two "free speech zones" at the college, is positive.

Those utilizing the little zones at the college are required to secure permission. Uzuegbunam did so, but because of complaints after distributing pamphlets in the tiny area, security stopped him from continuing.

According to the lawsuit, "Uzuegbunam's First Amendment protection to freedom of speech was violated as well as his Fourteenth Amendment guarantee to equal protection under law, because non-religious activities were not restricted in such a manner."

This is an obvious attack on Christianity, and it's great to see legal steps being taken to bring this outrage to the light and expose Georgia Gwinnett College for the bigots they are.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Planting the Right Seed Ensures a Predictable Future

1 Corinthians 3:5-7

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Some think we can't know what the future will bring, and in general that's true. But one caveat there is in regard to planting the seed of God, which will always bring the desired fruit of that seed, albeit it at different levels of increase for each individual.

God's word or seed always accomplishes what it's meant to, so as long as we take heed to planting the right seed, we can know that in the future, the plant or tree coming forth from that tree, will be inevitable.

If we plant corn seed, corn will grow from that seed; it's the law of God concerning that seed. The same is true with all seeds. Whatever seed we plant will germinate and grow into what that inherently seed represents.

In regard to planting the seed of God's word and Jesus Christ, we know if we plant the correct seed in good soil, we've reap a harvest from that seed. What we don't know is God's timing as to when that harvest will happen.

It could take a few months, a few years, or we may not see the fruits of it in our lifetime. That doesn't matter. We are required to be faithful in that planting, not in the results of the planting and watering.

Many people I've talked to and observed over the years continue to struggle with this. We want to see immediate results when the God we serve looks at things from an eternal point of view. He wants what's built to last, and that many times can only happen over a prolonged period of time.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with the one planting or watering, other than being impatient to see the fruit of their planting or watering. We need to resist focusing on results and instead being sure we're planting the correct seed.

Virtual Reality Conversation: Excerpt from 'Flitz and the Girl from Jamonka'

Flitz and the Girl from Jamonka

For those wanting more than shallow and limited expressions of our faith in literature, you may want to take a look at my first book in a series exploring the battle between God's people and their enemies trying to eradicate and exterminate them from the face of the earth. This time we fight back!

The except below is from a conversation Flitz had with his wife in a virtual reality encounter, where numerous variables of the past are brought together to form a narrative that may present different aspects of the past that may provide clues to not only what happened, but what may happen in the future.

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Flitz's mind was working feverishly. There was something lingering at the edge of his mind, but he couldn't put a finger on it yet. They continued.

"You mentioned these unfamiliar people. Was there ever any verbal communication or physical contact made, even if it was walking by in a crowded hall and they brushed against you slightly?"
"Only once," she answered. "It wasn't the communication that made an impact on me. It was his eyes. Something about the waiter's eyes didn't seem right. They were off in some way. It was like I was looking at a human face with eyes that didn't belong to it. They were cold, emotionless, piercing; it seemed there was a hate in them, but a hate that wasn't personal."

"I don't understand that," said Flitz. "How would you know if it was or wasn't personal?"

"When he looked at others during the meal, the same look was given to others. It was like I was some type of focus of his, but it could have just as easily been someone else. It may sound strange, but it gave me the sense of being a project of his, or something like that. My conclusions were drawn from the fact that while he was always aware of his surroundings and who was in the room, his attention always came back to me and Kaara. It was definitely more than his job as a waiter that caused him to be vigilant concerning monitoring our presence."

"Why didn't you ever tell me about it," asked Flitz. "That doesn't seem to be in character for you."
"Your old friend told me not to. You know, the one from several years ago I was introduced to at our wedding reception. I can't remember his name."

Flitz had to think. What that meant was Syryntha never was told his name, or when consistently debriefed about her life, forgot to include it in the interviews. If she had, the name would have been revealed. She had a sharp memory and sense for detail. It would have been unlike her; even so soon after the wedding and all the changes their new life together brought.

"There were a lot of people you met from the agency at the reception. What did he look like," asked Flitz.
"He's hard to describe. If I recall, he was tall and slender, with a very average face that wouldn't be noticed in a crowd unless you focused on him very carefully."

Looking directly at her, Flitz noticed a barely discernible flicker in her image. Something was wrong. That never had happened before in his experience in the virtual reality room. Her record and data had somehow been tampered with; something that wasn't believed to be possible with the protections in place. He waited. Whether or not this was from a friendly or an enemy combatant was yet to be revealed. Every sense in him was now on high alert. Another flicker.

God Gives Wisdom, Knowledge and Skill to Perform our Required Tasks

Exodus 31:5-7

5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6 And I, behold, I have given with him
Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;
7 The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,

Exodus 35:25-27

25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair.
27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the
ephod, and for the breastplate;
Exodus 35:30-35
30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and
Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

Daniel 1:17

As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

The major point of this article is to show we aren't alone when wanting to accomplish various things in this life. God does in fact give us various abilities and skills to bring to perform that which we're called to do - whether it's related to the church or the world.

What I want to immediately say is this wasn't some type of magical thing God did with the men and women mentioned above. The skills they had would have been worked on developed to the point of them being experts in their crafts. The overall thing the scriptures are teaching us here is that without Him, we can do nothing. Even the skills we have, no matter how hard we work at improving them, ultimately come from God; only He gets the glory.

It also should relieve some of us of pressure when we practice and work on improving, knowing it is something we have received from God, but are expected to excel in to the upper limit of the gift. That said, we don't know what that upper limit is, so we need to continue to work on the skill or skills He has given us.

I also wanted to point out that the skills, wisdom, workmanship, and whatever else God has given us, is for the purpose of working amongst His people or in the world. By the world, I don't mean sin, but that we are to have our expertise and calling go beyond the people of God only.

All that means is some of us have different callings, and need to know what the parameters of that calling are at any given time, and operate within them unless God reveals to us something different.
One interesting thing to consider in all of this is the wisdom given to those to work on the tabernacle, was primarily practical wisdom, what we could describe as blue collar work wisdom. The wisdom given to Daniel and his three friends, was wisdom associated with management skills. Both are completely legitimate, and are needed to bring about God's kingdom on this earth.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

People Calling for God's Army to Rise Up, Show the Way, and Stand in the Gap on Their Behalf

Never in my life have I ever seen non-Christians, and I mean those of influence too, call out for the followers of Jesus Christ to rise and lead them against the onslaught of the culture that has arisen from the ashes of hell to challenge the people of God, and to destroy those who love freedom.

They see that only the those who profess faith in Jesus Christ and walk in obedience to Him can bring deliverance. Not only do I see that as an extraordinary opportunity, but a solemn responsibility. These non-believers who are trying to fight back against this evil, understand they lack the weapons to do so and win.

Amazingly but not surprisingly, they're starting to see Christianity as their only hope. I've seen nothing like this in my lifetime, or in recent history - at least in the West.

Over and over again across the Internet and social networking platforms, I see non-Christians calling for Christians to rise up and oppose the evil spreading through the land and attempting to smother us with the fruits of it.

When the Soviet Union fell, they cried out for Christians to come over and give them Biblical answers to their challenges and problems. The silence from Western Christianity was deafening. We can't afford to sit on the sidelines anymore as Western civilization collapses under the weight of hopelessness and outrageously evil men and women who hate everything about Jesus Christ and Christianity, and not only oppose us, but oppose those who won't fall in line with their wicked narrative and group think.

We are not those that are called to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The end of that, as revealed in Romans 12:2, is "that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Those in the world that have good will are diligently looking to see what that is, and only those walking in obedience to Jesus Christ can show them.
This is the time we have to go past words only, and show them by the lives we live and the actions and deeds we're willing to take.

The ball is in our court. The demand for Christians to rise up in authority has risen in the U.S. and other parts of the western world. Are we going to respond to that openness?

It's incredible to me to see many in the world seeing what many Christians refuse to ... that we are the people to rise up in authority and provide the foundation and parameters for people to live, work and love in. Some may not even respond to the gospel message in the future, but they know their only hope in this life is for true Christians to stand in the gap against the evil they are unable to cope with. They're right.

On the other hand, when they see the visible and powerful response that could cost us everything, I believe we could see the great response to Jesus Christ and the gospel so many have been praying for. It's time to go to war in the name of Jesus and tear down the strongholds that threaten to destroy the world as we know it.