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The world has itching ears

2 Timothy 4:1-4
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing, and his kingdom: Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

As Christians’, we are commanded to

  1. Preach the gospel without ceasing.
  2. Reprove false doctrine and teaching.
  3. Exhort, edify and build-up the brethren.

We are to be busy going about the Lords’ business – strengthening the church and preaching the gospel to the world. I for one, could be doing a lot more in these areas. How about you? The time has always been, and is now being fulfilled to the maximum, whereby the world (and often the church), refuse to listen to the sound doctrine of Jesus. Scientists tell us the physical universe was formed by random chance, and life arose on the planet because of evolution – both lies. Atheists demand obedience to their mantra, “God does not exist, religion is a fairytale”. Another lie,but one you get away from God, evil naturally seeps in to pollute the void. All atheists are liars according to God, and most scientists know nothing. As we approach the end of days, all manner of evil and uncleanness will increase in abundance. Rather than listen to the one true God, our world seeks after the “expert opinion”, not caring for what God has to say. How about you, will you listen to His word today? Are you going to continue believing the lies of the world, or embrace the glorious light and truth of Jesus Christ?

God bless,

 

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A happy future for Zion

Isaiah Chapter 35

Verses 1-3  [Desert to be made fruitful and joyous]
“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Verses 4-7  [The blind to see and the deaf hear]
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

Verses 8-10  [Zion shall be a place of gladness and everlasting joy]
And an highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

May we be steadfast and faithful unto the great day of the His coming!

Blessings,

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June 15th, 2011

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Knowledge of the LORD will fill the earth

Isaiah 11:1-12

Verses 1-3  [Prophecy of Jesus Christ]
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Verses 4-6  [Judgment and rule of Jesus]
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reigns. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. [Wolf and the lamb shall lie together – death will finally be defeated]

Verses 7-10  [Suckling child shall play with the asp]
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like an ox. And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Verses 11-12  [The remnant of people recovered]
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the disperses of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

My brothers and sisters, hold fast to the faith for in the end we will be victorious with Christ!

Blessings,

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June 14th, 2011

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All nations come near

Isaiah 34: 1-10

Verses 1-5
“Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his furry upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heavens shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Verses 6-10
The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood  lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fate with fatness. For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned unto pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.”

The bible plain states in many places, the judgment of God lies upon the nations of the world and all humanity. With the end of days firmly upon us, we are drawing every closer to the coming return of Jesus Christ and His righteous judgment. Are you ready to give an account for all your deeds, thoughts and actions, whether for good or evil? Matthew 12:35 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Mercifully, the Father has made provision for us to be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ – there is hope!

A few promises from God’s word

  • We can turn to God and be saved – Isaiah 45:22
  • The pure of heart shall see God – Matthew 5:8
  • Our reward in heaven is great – Matthew 5:12
  • Forgive others and you will be forgiven – Matthew 6:14-15
  • Jesus is our Saviour – Luke 2:11
  • We may be saved through Jesus Christ – John 3:17
  • Comforter promised- John 14:14
  • Peace comes through Jesus – John 14:27
  • Jesus is the true vine – John 15:1
  • Jesus has risen from the dead – 1 Corinthians 15:20
  • Strength comes from Jesus – 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • We need not be afraid – Proverbs 29:25
  • God comforts us when we are down – Isaiah 61:10
  • God takes away our confusion – Proverbs 3:5-6
  • The LORD is with us always – Isaiah 41:10
  • His Word is help when we are discouraged – Psalm 27:14
  • A cure for embarrassment – Romans 9:23
  • With God, we have no need to fret – Psalm 37:7
  • Jesus takes away our guilt and condemnation – Romans 8:1
  • Hope for the hopeless – Romans 15:13
  • His word is comfort to the persecuted: Matthew 5:10-12
  • Armour to those who are against you – Isaiah 41:10

T. Elliot

June 11th, 2011

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Will the rich and powerful of the world listen?

Long ago, God warned the people not to ask for king but they failed to listen to Him. Just as Samuel prophesied, King Saul brought death, destruction and misery upon the people, all because they refused to hearken unto our Lord. Down throughout the ages, by election, military force or deceit, kings and rulers have oppressed their citizens, being wholly ignorant and spiteful of the true God. No man, woman or child is guiltless, for each of us has played a part in our collective rebellion. The focus of this article however, is how God views the world’s rich, elite and powerful, and how their end will come. Heed His words with fear and trembling.

Isaiah 24: 1-23

Verses 1-2  [All mankind has sinned, therefore destruction is coming]
“Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and meketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

Verses 3-4  [This present world will be destroyed]
The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world langisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

Verses 5-6  [Earth defiled from the sins of mankind]
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Verses 7-10
The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

Verses 11-14
There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

Verses 15-16  [The merchants have engaged in deceit and lies]
Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

Verses 17-18  [Earthquakes and torrents of rain]
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the pit shall be taken in a snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

Verses 19-20  [The earth is dissolved]
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not raise again.

Verses 21-23  [Kings of the earth punished]
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.”

Our world is in turmoil and chaos because collectively we have rejected the LORD our God, forsaking His commandments and laws. Events placed in motion long ago will soon be fulfilled, as the end of days draws nigh. Turn ye, each of us unto Jesus Christ in repentance of sin, that we may be saved. But woe unto the kings and rulers who have rejected thee and forsaken thy laws.

Blessings,

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May 28th, 2011

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A warning from God

Psalm 78:1-44

As I have written many times, our society is rapidly moving away from God’s laws and commandments, steadily drifting ever deeper into darkness and rebellion. From Genesis to Revelation, the bible is filled with God’s expectation for His children to be obedient to His word. Sadly, for the most part this is not the case in today’s “modern” world.

Verses 1-4  [Obey the laws of God, which are intended for everyone]
“I give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Verses 5-8  [Fathers, teach your children My commandments]
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

Verses 9-12  [The people refused His law and were disobedient]
The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shown them. marvellous things did he in the sight of our fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

Verses 13-16  [God has mercy, and careth for His people]
He divided the sea, and caused to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

Verses 17-20  [But the people sinned more against the LORD]
And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

Verses 21-24  [Despite God’s care and mercy, the people continued to rebel]
Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation. Though he had commanded the clouds from above and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

Verses 25-28  [God provided food and nourishment for the people]
Man did angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.

And also, Exodus 16: 1-28  ~ The story of manna, quail and the sabbath ~

{ Verses 1-4  “And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt. when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Then said, the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”  [Murmuring against Moses an Aaron] The LORD determined to test the people to see whether or not they would obey Him, but of course they did not.

Verses 5-9  “And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.  And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.”  [Murmuring against the LORD.]

Verses 10-13  “And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host”  [Quails came up and covered the camp.]

Verses 14-17  “And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.”

Verses 18-21  “And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.”  [The manna bread worms and stank because the people wanted to do things their own way.]  The key theme of this chapter is to illustrate how the people of Israel (i.e. all believers) who profess to follow the LORD, yet continue to reject His promises and commandments by giving their hearts over to their own lusts and desires.

Verses 22-26  “And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath [the 7th day] unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a sabbath unto the LORD: today ye shall not find it in the field.”

Verses 27-28  “And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people of the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?”  Friend, the LORD is asking this question of you as well. Have you rejected His commandments by condoning all manner of sin for the sake of convenience or political correctness? If this is the case, then you need to prayerfully evaluate your standing before our King, because your actions are very much contrary to what He has commanded.  }

Verses 29-32  [Yet, the people continued to sin against the LORD]
So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Verses 33-36  [The people lied to the LORD]
Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. When he slew them, then they returned and inquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

Verses 37-40  [Their heart was not right, yet God did not destroy them]
For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

Verses 41-44  [The people turned away from God]
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: And turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that thy could not drink.”

Blessed be His word,

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May 28th, 2011

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Woe to the astrologers and soothsayers

Quite clearly, it is necessary for the people of God to turn away from practicing the ways of the world. People who seek after lies will never be free to embrace the truth of God, with all who have rejected God destined to be punished in the lake of fire. I beseech you to believe the true and pure words of God!

Isaiah 47:6-15  ~Stand now with thine enchantments~

Verses 6-7
“I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

Verses 8-9  [Consequences for the use of sorceries and enchantments]
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

Verses 10-11  [Ye have trusted in thy wickedness]
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it that perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

Verses 12-13  [Ye have used enchantments and sorceries]
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

[Let the astrologers and stargazers save thee from My wrath]
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

Verses 14-15   [Ye shall be burned by a destroying fire]
Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

[And none shall save thee]
Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.”

Leviticus 20:1-8  ~I will set My face against you~

Verses 1-2  [All who sacrifice to Molech shall be put to death]
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

Verses 3-4  [I will cut off the man who defiles My name]
And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

Verses 5-6  [Do not go a whoring after wizards]
Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Verses 7-8  [Keep My statutes and be ye holy. for I am the LORD]
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.”

Leviticus 20:23-27  ~Separate the clean and unclean~

Verses 23-24  [Do not walk in the manner of other nations]
“And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nations, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

Verses 25-26
Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

Verse 27  [A wizard shall be put to death]
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”

Leviticus 19:26-31  ~Be not defiled by wizards or familiar spirits~

Verses 26-17
“Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Verses 28-29
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

Verses 30-31  [Regard not those with familiar spirits]
Ye shall keep my sabbath, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”

Deuteronomy 18:9-14  ~These things are an abomination~

Verses 9-10
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that with divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Verses 11-12
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Verses 13-14
Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee to do so.”

~Ye will not enter into the kingdom of God~

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolators, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22:13-15

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May 17th, 2011

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All things in their season

Ecclesiastes 2:1-24  ~ Solomon recounts the vanity of men ~

Verses 1-2  [Solomon seeks to prove the LORD]
“I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Verses 3-4  [Solomon desires to know what the sons of men are to do]
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

Verses 5-6  [I planted orchard, trees, and made pools of water]
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Verses 7-8  [I had servants, great possessions, silver and gold in abundance]
I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Verses 9-10  [Solomon was greatly increased in stature]
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor.

Verses 11-12  [There is no profit under the sun]
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king/ even that which hath been already done.

Verses 13-14  [The fool walks in darkness]
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. The wise man’s eyes are in his head: but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

Verses 15-16  [The wise man also dieth]
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. For there is no remembrance of the wise more than if the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Verses 17-18  [All work under the sun is vanity]
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

Verses 19-20  [The labors and wisdom of men are vanity]
And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor wherein I have labored and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun.

Verses 21-22 
For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. For what hath man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath labored under the sun?

Verses 23-24  [To worry is vanity, but it is good for man to enjoy his labor]
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; ye, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. There is nothing better for a man, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

Verses 25-16  [Gifts and justice from God]
For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15  ~ A season appointed for every season ~

Verses 1-2  [Birth and death, planting and harvest]
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Verses 3-4  [Healing and building, laughing and weeping]
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Verses 5-6  [Keeping and loosing, embracing and gathering]
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Verses 7-8  [To speak, and to love]
A time to rend, and time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Verses 9-10
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Verses 11-12  [No man understand the works of God]
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

Verses 13-15  [The fruit of our labour is a gift from God]
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

God has created all things for His pleasure, that His creation can flourish and prosper. It is an undeserved gift from God for us to enjoy the benefits of our labour. Man cannot add to, nor subtract from His creation, professing a healthy fear of our Creator. It is difficult for us to cease from our daily worries and concerns, because the flesh is strong and our faith weak. Jesus instructed us not to be concerned about any earthly things, relying instead on the Father to meet each of our needs. Earlier is his life, Solomon loved the LORD and sought after His wisdom. However, he was weak in the flesh and gave into his desires to have many wives and concubines, which contributed to his gradual movement towards the worship of false gods. Let us rejoice in the blessings from our LORD, focusing our attention upon the treasures which will last for eternity.

Blessings in His Name,
a
April 24th, 2011

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Be careful not to judge them

Considering the recent and ongoing tragedy unfolding in Japan, I thought it would be prudent to take a brief look at recent events, and their relationship to biblical teaching.  To start with, I wish to be on record for stating that my heart and prayers go out to the Japanese people who are enduring this nightmare scenario, and in no way condone the attitude, “Well, God is giving them what they deserve.” Are they greater sinners than us? Are they more deserving of God’s judgment? No!

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Do you understand what Paul said? He plainly stated that all men, not only Christians, have sinned against our Creator, an unalterable fact which is woven through all scripture. Also in Isaiah 53: 6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Scripture is absolutely clear in declaring every man, woman and child to be a sinner and deserving of judgment and death.

Signs of the end of the age – Matthew Chapter 24

Verse 5  [Deception shall be widespread]
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

Verse 6  [Rumours of wars]
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:  see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Verse 7  [Famines and earthquakes]
“For nation shall rise against kingdom: and there shall be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

Verse 9  [Persecution of believers]
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”

Certainly, the remaining days for humans is drawing to a close, edging ever closer to the final end-time events, climaxing with the return of Jesus Christ in power and glory. The strange and often violent weather patterns, storms and “natural disasters”, ultimately may be traced by to God, and the incremental steps in His master plan to eliminate the corrosive effects of sin. Let us not be condescending towards those who are suffering and have been afflicted with great trials, rather we should earnestly pray for them, asking our Father to have mercy and grace upon us all.

In the blessed name of Jesus,
March 23rd, 2011

 

 

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To have absolute faith in God

Scripture consistently implores us to have an unwavering faith in our LORD, but if you are like me, this is often easier to profess than to implement in our daily lives. For this message, I have selected a number of stories from the bible, to which I find myself returning again and again for encouragement and comfort.

Noah builds the Ark – Genesis 6:13-14 “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” Verse 7:5 “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”

The call: God told Noah to build the ark.
The response: Despite having never seen rain and surely daunted by the tremendous task laid before him, Noah obeyed God and built the ark.

God calls upon Abram – Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.” Verse 4 “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

The call: Abram was called upon by God (whom he did not know), to leave his home and travel to a strange country.
The response: Abram gathered his family and left.

Leaving Egypt – Exodus 11:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.” Verse 12:28 “And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.”

The call: The LORD revealed to Moses what He intended to do to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.
The response: Moses believed the LORD, and ultimately led the people from bondage according to the word of God.

The call of Levi – Luke 5:27 “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. Verse 28 “And he left all, rose up, and followed him.”

The call: Without further comment or explanation, He called Levi to follow Him.
The response: Levi stood up, left his work, and followed Jesus.

Cornelius goes to visit Peter – Acts 10:3-5 “He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send me to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.”  Verse 21 “Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?”

The call: Cornelius was instructed by God to search out a man named Peter, whom he did not know.
The response: Cornelius and the other men went to visit Peter.

In each of these stories, God called upon men to take some form of action to further His work. Personally, I am very humbled to read these passages and see how these godly men obeyed His voice without question, despite what fears or apprehension they may have felt. It is my prayer for all Christian’s to have the same faith, trust and obedience to our LORD.

Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ,

 
March 8th, 2011

 

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