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Joshua’s Great Battle — A Preview of War With the Antichrist

In Bible Study, End-Times/Eschatology, New World Order on December 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Joshua praying for the sun to "stand still"

In my first piece on “Types and Shadows”, we examined the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel and how so much in his career was a foreshadow of the actions of the end-times Antichrist. As we continue in this series, I wanted focus on the book of Joshua, a book that is not often thought of as end-times prophecy, but is. In fact, although this article will focus on one chapter, the case can be made that the entire book of Joshua is a preview of the book of Revelation.

Types and Shadows

Now this article is based on the idea of “types and shadows” in the Bible. This is essentially the Bible’s way of foreshadowing future prophetic events through Old Testament Scripture. Here are some passages that highlight this:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a ‘similitude’ as: 1. Likeness; resemblance; likeness in nature, qualities of appearance; as similitude of substance.

The Lord has used much of the historic events of the Old Testament to provide a preview of future events. Whether it be the Passover of Exodus foreshadowing the crucifixion of Christ on the cross and His shed blood which provides the remission of sins or the 12 tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples, there are many similitudes throughout the Bible. What will happen in the future has happened already in some form or fashion. This is also the case for prophecies of things to come. Thus when reading the Bible any future prophetic event should have a type or shadow in a prior part of Scripture.

Joshua’s Great Battle

Joshua was a mighty military leader and great servant to The Lord. As he led the Israelites into the Promised Land, he wages numerous military campaigns. There is one battle in Chapter 10 of Joshua that raises lots of prophetic, end-time red flags: the battle against Adonizdec.

Joshua 10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; 2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. 3 Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. 5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

From the earliest chapter of the Bible Jerusalem was a Holy City of The Lord (see Genesis 14, when Melchizedek, the King of Salem – or Jerusalem, encounters Abraham). But by the times of Joshua, the city had been turned over to paganism. The nations in the Promised Land at the time of the book of Joshua were usurpers, working in Satan’s grand scheme to keep the Israelites out of the Promised Land and destroy the lineage that would lead to the Promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Names

Adoni-zedec in Hebrew means “King of Righteousness” or “King of Justice.” He was an Amorite-Canaanite King at a time when that culture was deeply into the worship of the gods Baal and Ashtoreth, with pagan sacrifices being conducted in the high places of Jerusalem.1 There is great irony then in his name as “King of Righteousness.” But the prophetic value of this cannot be missed. As the end-times Antichrist, will also enter into power “peaceably” (Daniel 11) and present himself as a substitute for true Lord of Righteousness, Jesus Christ. Reading Revelation 13, which describes much of the Antichrist’s or Beast’s reign, it is apparent that the people of the world are amazed by the Antichrist inasmuch as they eventually agree to worship him. So he too will be a false “Righteous King.”

On the side of The Lord, we see even more prophetic confirmation in Joshua. The name Joshua or Yeshua in Hebrew, means “salvation.” In fact Joshua is the Hebrew form of the name “Jesus” and of course in the end times it will be Jesus who defeats the Antichrist (Revelation 19). So as we see another link to end times prophecy, the type and shadow of this chapter becomes more clear.

Jerusalem

Adonizedec operates out of Jerusalem. In the end-times, the Antichrist will also operate out of the Holy City:

1 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The Apostle Paul prophesied that the Antichrist or “son of perdition” will sit in the temple of God, proclaiming that he is God and exalting himself over The Lord. The temple of God at that time was and can only be in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. There is no temple there today (as it was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman Empire) but this verse has led many to believe a future temple will be built. Just as Joshua defeated the pagan usurper to reclaim the Holy City for the Lord, so too will Jesus Christ return to Earth and defeat the false Messiah Antichrist and reclaim the entire world for God.

A Plan of Destruction

Adonizedec’s hostility towards God’s people is obvious. Once he heard of the victories of Joshua and how the Gibeonites made peace with him, Adonizedec wanted to wage war with them just for extending peaceful relations the God’s chosen nation. It seems the “Roadmap to peace” with Israel was just as treacherous then as it is today, with nations still unwilling to achieve peace with Israel. And thus Adonizedec sought to destroy them. So too will the Antichrist seek to persecute and kill the saints of God in the end-times (Revelation 13:7).

The pagan King then forms a confederation with ten kings to go wage war against the Israelites by attacking one of their allies. In the end times, the Bible informs that the Antichrist will also form a confederation with 10 Kings:

Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

We know from Revelation 13, that the Antichrist’s government will be global. He will have control over all nation of the world. However, prior to being the sole global dictator, he will share his power. The final world government shall be comprised of ten regional rulers who will be in power for “one hour” with the beast. The angel sent to explain the visions the Apostle John views in chapter 17 identifies the horn on the beast as these rulers. Daniel chapter 7 also identifies the 10-horned beast with an 11th horn rising from them that would become the Beast of Revelation. After the set time of “one hour”, the ten regional rulers will then conspire to transfer all of their power and authority to the Beast giving him complete global control. And the end goal of this confederation is the same as it was in the times of Joshua: to wage war and conquer God’s people.

10 Region Government Today?

For many people who have researched global government or the One World Order, they have come across articles or illustrations referencing a map that was created by the Club of Rome, which in its own words is a ” …a global think tank and centre of innovation and initiative.” The map envisions a world divided into 10 regions:

Although this may not be the final map used in a global government. It is this author’s belief that it will be something similar. Some prophecy scholars advocate that the Antichrist’s Kingdom will be a “revived Roman Empire” comprised mostly of present-day Europe and the Mediterranean. However, this does not jive with the descriptions of the Antichrist’s authority in Revelation which is global. And with the European Union formed, African Union coming to fruition and similar, regional confederacies springing up, this prophecy is becoming more and more of a reality.

Signs in the Sky

In this incredible battle that took place between the Israelites and the confederacy of Adonizedec, there are some very powerful and unique prophetic markers that again show a type and shadow to the book of Revelation and the end-time period to come. The enemies of Israel were first hit with hailstones from the sky:

11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

In Revelation, one of the judgments we read is very similar: Revelation 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Joshua’s battle was also famous for being the day the “sun stood still”: 12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Now some may question how the sun can “Stand still” if the Earth rotates around it. But we must remember language of the ancient times and perspective. The sun could be described as moving even if it is the Earth that is moving but from the perspective of an ancient writer, if the Earth did not rotate for a day it would appear that sun “stood still.” Even today, we use terms like “sunrise” and “sunset” as a reflection of how the sun appears from our perspective. In Revelation, at the time the Biblical “Day of The Lord” starts, when God Almighty Himself will rise to pour out His punishment on the sinful world, we see similar unprecedented signs:
Revelation 6:2 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood

In both instances, the sun and the moon have unprecedented actions that would surely signify God’s Hand at work. Interestingly, in Revelation, these signs are accompanied by a devastating global earthquake that sends all the rich and powerful people of the world into hiding in holes and caves.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

In Joshua, the signs of God gets a similar reaction:
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.

Joshua eventually defeats Adonizedec and all of the usurper Kings and in like manner Jesus will defeat the Antichrist with the brightness of His Coming (Revelation 19).

The other key component of this battle is that God Himself fights for Israel. The book of Joshua further describes it as a day like no other. This is later referenced in Zechariah 14: ” 1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle”. [emphasis added]

This passage which is prophesying about the final end time battle of Armageddon, again links the Joshua Chapter 10 battle to the end times. That battle with Adonizedec was the day when God fought and once again in the Day of The Lord (during the end times tribulation), God will once again rise up to fight on behalf of Israel.

As we see in this overlap of the signs in these battles we can conclude that Joshua was indeed a type of Jesus Christ and his war to lead God’s nation into the Promised Land was a shadow of Jesus Christ’s future defeat of the Antichrist and reclaiming the Earth for the saints of The Lord. These remarkable patterns that The Lord has put in the Bible help inform us when we are trying to interpret prophetic Scripture. Any future event should have a prior type in Scripture and we should study the Word diligently to find out to confirm what we may think to be true. And all of this will help us to keep our eyes open to world events as the Word of God becomes more and more of a reality.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter. — Proverbs 25:2.

Footnotes

1http://focusonjerusalem.com/sagaofjerusalem.html

2http://www.clubofrome.org/eng/about/3/

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40 Days Until Judgment!

In Bible Study on August 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

What a short but effective witness! Jonah, the reluctant Prophet, went to Nineveh, the hated enemies of his people Israel and proclaimed this message throughout the great city. Nineveh at that time was the capital of the mighty Assyrian empire. The Assyrians were the most powerful force on the planet and as a result of their conquest and vast wealth, Nineveh was the commercial center of the world. Yet it was also a city in a nation that did not know The true and Living God. They were pagans steeped in occult practices. They had attacked, conquered and oppressed God’s nation of Israel and were known for stealing from the innocent to live a lavish lifestyle. Yet at the proclamation of the man of God, they were immediately stirred to change:

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

All it took was that very brief sermon and everyone from the King to the cows in the field repented and demonstrated to The Lord that they were turning from their sinful ways. The King of Nineveh was not even sure if would work but hoped that God would spare their lives. And The Lord did, because He is merciful. So much so, that when Jonah was still bitter over the Ninevites not being punished, God reminded him that there were 120,000 children in that city who could not grow up in God-fearing homes, with a chance for salvation.

So here is the question: if you knew that God would be judging you and the entire Earth in 40 days, what would you do? Are you certain that you are born-again and thus going to Heaven? And if so, then there is another question for the Christian. If Judgment Day was in 40 days, what would you do to improve your walk with Christ? What would you do to show that you are making your body a “living sacrifice” for God (Romans 12:1-2)? And for your friends, family and loved ones, how urgent and passionately would you witness to them if you knew there were only 40 days before the ones who were lost faced eternal damnation? How much would you plead with that stubborn family member to listen to the message of salvation in Jesus Christ? How many more people in your phone book would you start contacting to check on their spiritual state? When God says you have 40 days before you face Him, priorities change. The to-do list, “5 year plans” and other goals in life that we set would probably see a huge shift if we knew we were on the clock before God Almighty would judge us.

But beloved, truth of the matter is that we do not know if we have 40 years, 40 hours or 40 seconds before the end times. But that should not change our attitude. If you love God and seek to serve Him, then let that solitary fact be enough to realize how important and urgent it is to live a Godly life and spread the Gospel to the unsaved. We are not commanded to take it easy until the end. We are commissioned to spread the Gospel to all people’s and to live our lives for Christ daily by taking up our cross, denying ourselves and following Him. So if you are unsaved or not 100% sure you are going to Heaven, make today the day of salvation. And if you are saved, do not be reluctant like Jonah. Do not run from your mission. Pick up your cross, worship our Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim God’s Word. You never know how many lives could be at stake.

Yes, God is Jealous

In Bible Study, Love on July 2, 2010 at 6:02 am

24For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Does this verse offend you? Oprah Winfrey famously (or infamously) said that this verse “did not feel right” to her because it was contrary to her idea of a loving God. Indeed so much so that she then abandoned rules and doctrine (and is now deep into the New Age, which will be addressed in a later blog in more detail). So what does this mean? In today’s society, jealousy is often seen as only a negative characteristic. A jealous person can be seen as one who is always suspicious of another, uncertain or insecure. Yet the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, one of the entries for ‘jealous’ states: “Solicitous to defend the honor of; concerned for the character of.” So which is it for this Bible verse? We can find more confirmation in Scripture.

Looking at the verse in context, Moses was addressing the children of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. And he informed him that he would not be joining with them because of a sin he committed. The punishment God handed down to him was that he would not be able to finish the journey he had started 40 years earlier. Moses then gives this grave warning to his people:

21 Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance: 22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land. 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.

In fact for the entire passage, Moses stresses to Israelites not to worship false idols. As he closes his exhortation he mentions his own punishment and says that The Lord was angry with him for their sakes. He understood that he was being made an example so they could see how serious the matter was. God wants our full devotion. He wants to be our top priority. Just as a husband wants to be the primary recipient of his wife’s affection, so to does God want to be the focus of our lives. The idols of the pagan world are no different in their allure than the idols of today whether they be money (or pursuing it), sexual immorality, celebrities, our children, greed, laziness or just being self-centered. To come to Jesus Christ, we must be willing to lay that all aside and give Him our all. That is what God wants. That is where the jealousy comes in.

If we spend most of our time thinking about, planning and doing things that satisfy our own desires while spending little time for The Lord, are we truly making Him our God? If a wife spent most of her time talking about another man and making plans to see him, would her husband be wrong for feeling jealous? If he has a pulse and a half-decent marriage he most certainly will! This is the jealously Moses was speaking of. God wants our devotion because He wants a truly loving relationship with us. It is not a negative thing nor is it wrong. The only thing that is wrong is when we profess to be Christians but do not give this level of devotion. We have to overcome our own ungodly lusts, our own person agendas, our own bad habits and surrender it all to Christ Jesus our Savior. Jesus, being God in the flesh, made the same point when He preached on Earth:

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment

If we are giving all of our heart, soul and mind to The Lord then it will show in our behavior. It will show in the time we put into prayer, Bible Study and church attendance. It will show in whether we make our homes Godly homes. It will show in whether we share the Gospel or let those we know are lost and headed for hell continue in darkness. It will show in the loving feelings we have for Jesus Christ. Fortunately when we slip in these areas we are not alone. For those saved in Jesus Christ, we are 100% guaranteed entrance into the Promised Land. If you belong to God, He will come to you and chasten you to bring you back on track. And His Holy Spirit will convict your heart to know what you are doing is wrong so that you can repent and return to the narrow path. So let’s be thankful for a jealous God who loves us so much that He watches our every step to keep us close to Him. And let us be jealous for His Word and for His Gospel and for those we encounter that they may know him too as a member of the Bride of Christ, which is His Church.

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Bible Verse of The Day – First Things First

In Bible Study on April 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

He is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
This is the basis of the Christian faith. We can spend countless hours (and many do, myself included) debating the timing of the rapture, proofs in nature and science about fossils and flood levels or whether our universe is finite or infinite (for the record — it’s finite). But those debates are utterly pointless without salvation in Christ. “First of all” Christ died for our sins! In God’s love for us, a love we cannot either fully fathom or comprehend, He sent His Son to die for the myriad sins we have committed. In order for us to avoid the wrath of a Perfectly Just and Holy God, Jesus paid our debt to Him for us. But that is not all in this beautiful love story. Just as important in the Good News is that Jesus Christ is risen! Without the resurrection our faith is in vain. But with the resurrection we have the blessed hope and assurance that we too will be resurrected in the same manner as Jesus, by the same Holy Spirit to live eternal life with him forever.

So as we can often fall into numerous theological debates, let’s always remember this: before you get too deep in a discussion with a friend, family member, colleague or internet debate opponent, deliver the thing of first importance. That Jesus Christ died for our sins, rose again and now sits at the right hand of The Father, holding out the gift of eternal live to all those who will believe in Him. Do the people you speak with on religious issue know this? Is the person who challenges you to prove God exists aware of what the Gospel is? Does your family member who asks questions about a televangelist and your take on them understand what it means to be saved? Make sure whoever it is you are engaging in theological discussion is perfectly clear on the Gospel. Even if they state they are a Christian, it never hurts to make sure. Present Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior before presenting your position on other issues. There could be an eternal life at stake.

Bible Verse of The Day — God is Our Strength

In Bible Study, Importance of Prayer, Inspirational on March 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

2 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

This wonderful verse written by the Apostle Peter, brings so many important messages for the Christian to take to heart. First of all he refers to the “God of all grace.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines grace as: “Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.” Our God is a God of unmerited love and favor. Despite our sin, despite our shortcomings, despite our past, God still wants to pour out His love on us and show His favor in our lives. Not a god of war or of gold or of lightning, God is a God of grace. Loving us even when we denied Him. Peter knew this personally as he denied Christ at the time of Christ’s arrest. How sad and sorrowful must he have felt knowing he let his good friend, teacher and Savior done at the bleakest hour! Yet Christ, in His resurrected body and given all power over Heaven and Earth, did not condemn Peter. He did not tell him “I told you so!” or ask Peter “how could you do that to me?” Instead, He forgave Him. That is grace.

Next we see that God in saving us through Jesus Christ, has also called us to eternal glory. Webster’s states glory is: “The felicity of heaven prepared for the children of God; celestial bliss.” For those who will receive God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, Heaven awaits! God is calling us to come to it. And will it be good? Well the Bible tells us: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9).

But while we are still alive here on Earth, we still face problems, challenges, tragedies and pain. We cry, we suffer and we become ill. Yes, Heaven is awaiting a saved believer in Christ, but Earth still holds problems and drama. The good news is that The Lord is here for us now as well. We will suffer, but have faith, because the strength of Our Lord is perfected in our weakness. When Elijah was on the run from the satanic Queen Jezebel, he cried out to God to die rather than deal with her wrath. As he laid under a juniper tree hopeless and frightened, God responded by sending an angel to comfort him and supernaturally feed him for the journey to Mt. Horeb. He strengthened him for his challenges ahead and stablished him by reminding Elijah that it’s not his battle. The Lord reassured Elijah that He provides what is needed to sustain us. And it got Elijah back on mission.  God is our strength! When we have faith The Lord fights for us. And that knowledge gives a peace that can settle us. A peace that passeth all understanding. When you suffer Beloved, cry out to your God. And trust in Him to feed you, comfort you and strengthen you for the road ahead. All because He loves you so much.

Bible Verse of The Day — God Wants Us All in Heaven

In Bible Study, Inspirational, Love on March 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What a wonderful promise that we have in this epistle of Peter. At times we wonder why the wickedness and sin in the world continues to flourish and thrive. We see those who promote sinful living doing well. And we wonder when is God going to come and judge the world! Well hold that thought and consider how loving, kind and merciful our God is. The more time it takes for God to bring in the end-times and judgment, the longer everyone has to find salvation in Jesus Christ. God is suffering a sinful world with the hope that more sinners will acknowledge their sin and look to Christ Jesus as their Savior before it’s too late. He is giving more time out of love for us. For a non-believer, consider this a blessing. God is letting you know that He does not want you or any of the worst criminals, despots or tyrants in the world to die in their sins and suffer eternal punishment. His Will is that “ALL should come to repentance” (emphasis added).

There is no set “VIP List.” No matter what your past is. No matter how vile your sins, they can all be cleansed by the blood of Christ shed on the cross. The Apostle Paul was hunting down Christians and approving of them being murdered for their faith. Yet he became one of the greatest missionary and preachers of all time. Despite his horrible past as open enemy of Jesus, he was forgiven. In Isaiah’s first chapter The Lord tells us: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;..” The Hebrew word for “reason” implies that we can be corrected or made right. It’s the justification that God wants to give us that can make the sinner who is filthy with her wrongs, clean again. But most importantly, The Lord shows us that He wants this. He invites us to eternal life. He does not want us to suffer and is not sitting back waiting with baited breath for the day He can smite the Earth and destroy every last heathen. His Will is that all should believe and be saved. For a believer, this is encouragement! Knowing this beloved, instead of counting down the days until Judgment, count yourself blessed to have more time to share the Gospel with your loved ones, friends and strangers alike. For those close to you who seem like they’ll never listen or ever believe, just remember, God has invited them. Plant the seeds of the Gospel and let the power of God to salvation in Christ do the rest. And maybe, you will see someone who was branded a “lifetime sinner” become an eternal child of the King. After all, that’s exactly what your Father in Heaven is waiting for.

Bible Verse of The Day — Study Your Bible!

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm


2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What an important command for the Christian believer. As Paul was giving Timothy instructions on how to pastor brothers and sisters in the faith we see that we are to “study” to show that we are truly following God. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (whose definition were based on Holy Scripture) defines “study” as to “endeavor diligently” or “set one’s mind” to something. To live a life in accordance with the Scriptures requires work. It requires dedication, humility, patience and submission to the Will of Our God. If we are going to preach the Gospel and promote Christianity, our lives have to reflect it. That way when we share the Gospel with our friends and loved ones we carry authenticity. Even if they knew us as a time when we were deep in sinful rebellion, all the better! Our changed lives provide even more evidence of how great and powerful our God is to change us so. The second part of Paul’s admonition is to rightly divide the word of truth. We are to be straight and plain when sharing the Gospel. Jesus did not hesitate to mention “weeping and gnashing of teeth” when telling people to believe in Him and neither should we. God’s love is just as important to teach as God’s justice. Sinners who die without Christ will be punished. There’s no shame in sharing that. Shame only comes when we give an incomplete portion of the Gospel or distort it to tickle the ears of our audience. Our lives are our testimony. Live the Christian life and proclaim the name of Jesus accurately and passionately, and you can rest on the Biblical assurance that your Father in Heaven approves.

Bible Verse of The Day – Let Your Faith Shine

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

At Pentecost Peter preached The Word boldly and passionately. his faith had been renewed as the Holy Spirit indwelled in him. And the remarkable thing is that the people who were listening were not just amazed, they knew that he and John had been with Jesus.

This can be a lesson for our own lives. With the amount of people we speak to or encounter in any given week, how many leave saying, “wow, he/she is really into Jesus and their faith!” How many marvel at our passion for The Word? If someone was to ask 10 people who know you “what is the most important thing [insert your name]’s life?” would that friend say that the answer is your salvation in Christ?

As born again believers, our Savior and Coming King Jesus Christ literally sends the Holy Spirit to indwell in us to testify of Him (John 15:26). We need to spend our time approaching the Throne of The Lord (in prayer) showing that we are studying His Word, seeking and serving Him daily. We are now ambassadors of Christ and should preach his Word just as boldly as the Apostles. So much so that when people speak to us, they know that we have indeed been with The Lord, and are living our lives as living sacrifices to him to glorify His Name. And the people, if and when they see that devotion, love and faith, will definitely marvel at it.

Bible Verse of The Day – Don’t Live Your Best Life Now!

In Bible Study, Inspirational on January 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

It’s amazing how relevant writing from thousands of years ago are to today’s society. But that is the beauty of the Bible. It’s a timeless book with eternal truths. In this Psalm, Asaph (one of three musical leaders in King David’s tabernacle service and author of several Pslams) laments over the fact that self-centered, “glamorous”, sinful people who have no interest in God are succeeding in life and encountering no problems, while he struggles and suffers. It brings the immediate charge of “it’s not fair!” Haven’t we all felt that way at one point? In today’s society, the Bible-believing Christian will encounter that same image Asaph saw. The people who embrace sin, selfishness, ego, money and sexual promiscuity are some of the greatest successes. The media fawns over stars who have some of the worst moral track records. Women have reached the point where the making of a sex tape is no longer a shame, but a career-boosting enterprise. They are apparently having the time of their lives wearing the best clothes, going to the best events and jet-setting all over the globe. Even in our personal lives we may knows families or friends who are not believers but seem to have a model household and not a care in the world. But what are we as Christians to think of their earthly prosperity?

The Psalm makes it clear of the mistake we can make when it states: For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Asaph was viewing the prosperity of those who did not acknowledge God through an Earthly perspective. In his foolish envy, he mistook material success as real success. This is a trap that we too can and do fall into. In our every day struggles, we can fall prey to wanting more of the beauty, wealth and popularity of those around us. Especially when we are doing our best to pray and live in accordance with the Scriptures. It can even lead us to start questioning God (because when we think “life’s not fair!” that’s precisely what we’re doing).

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

It’s so easy to fall victim to that rebellious spirit when we are only thinking about our Earthly condition. And not looking to the eternal promises, riches and glory we have in Christ Jesus. It can make one question everything. But instead of giving place to the devil we must heed the Psalmist’s solution:

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Sin may be exciting and alluring but it only provides a temporary thrill. The same for material wealth, which no one can bring to the grave. We are all going to meet an end and for the self-glorifying sinner, the fall is a steep one. For the Christian, it is the beginning of mansions, eternal joy, and sharing a divine inheritance with Jesus Christ. Turn your eyes and focus to Heaven and see how insignificant the success of others seem. “So foolish was I, and ignorant” says Asaph. Yes, we’ve been there. The successful sinners of our time seem to always long to fill a void only God can satisfy. And that is the blessed hope. Knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior makes you strong for any situation because He has overcome it already and won the victory for you. So let the world party in the club today. We celebrate in our hearts in Christ until we are all together praising Him in Heaven. While certain pastors say “Live your best life now!” true Christian knows we have not even come close to the best life, which is what we will have in Heaven in the presence of our God!

Until then, be strong and rejoice! God is with you. Jesus is with you. The Holy Spirit is in you. And none will ever leave or forsake you. If you are in pain, God is with you. If you are having trouble at work, God is with you. If your friends or family have turned their backs on you, God is still with you. If you are having marital problems, God is with you. Even when you are at your wit’s end and feel like you can’t take any more stress or tribulation remember — through all things the Lord is your portion. He will strengthen you, provide for you, care for you and sustain you forever.

U.S. Abortions Hit the 50 Million Mark

In Bible Study, Love, Political Issues on January 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

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In some of the most disturbing news in some time, America has passed the 50 million mark in the number of abortions performed. While we often hear how difficult an issue this is for our society, in the eyes of God and for the Christian it’s not difficult. When a woman is pregnant, she has a child inside of her. A human life. From the moment of conception. And thus ending that life, is killing another human being. The Lord stated: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). God cherishes life and certainly cherishes the life of the unborn.

God loves us so much that he inspired David to record his love for us before birth:

Psalm 139:1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether…
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

The Lord thinks about us so much, we cannot even count the times. That is love. He spent time creating every part of our body, recording them before we were even formed in the womb. We are wonderfully made by Our Creator who wants us to grow and know everything about us.

And that is our example. We are supposed to love and care for others whether they are family, friend, neighbor or enemy. Many people who criticize the Bible, love to show the Bible’s alleged “cruelty” by quoting the “eye for an eye” verse. But let’s look at that verse in its context:

Exodus 21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

What this passage is in reference to is an Old Testament law for when someone violently attacks a pregnant woman and kills her child as a result. Is that a crime that should be taken lightly. When we read news stories about a woman who is one month pregnant being brutally attacked and murdered and both she and her baby perish, do we ever doubt that the killer should be charged with double homicide? No. We demand it! Why? Because two lives were ended. We all know it. And such an act demands justice. Now if you have been involved in an abortion this is not a condemnation. It’s a call to repentance. The Bible is clear that all sins are equal, so no one sinner is any better than the next. But we receive that forgevness through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Abortion is not only the killing of a life, it was promoted in America as a tool of racism and genocide. The following are quotes of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and the Negro Project. By reading this, the agenda of the abortion movement in America should be quite obvious:

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

“Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock.”
Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

“The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order…”
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.