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Psalms 89 – God’s Loyalty To His Children (Hesed)

4 Apr

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Note: This is a condensed revised version of just one aspect of the Hebrew word hesed, perhaps the greatest word in all of the Hebrew Testament.

Psalms 89:1  “I will sing of the mercies (hesed) of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.”

Since my last blog was disturbing… (even to me) I have decided to write something really nice.  The Hebrew word hesed is to me one of the greatest words in all the Old Testament… so much so that for years I have been unable to publish even one iota of my research on this word as it is so important and valuable, even to me.  It is a type of how Jesus treats his church.  The word hesed is so beautiful, that even the demons tremble at the sound of it, as it is God’s covenant between heaven and earth… the whole Bible summed up in one word, it is the most beautiful word in all of Hebrew.  This will just be an introduction to my favorite word in all the Bible as it is so important to me.  Let us begin.

As we can see in the scripture above, the angels sing over God’s creation.  The scripture says, I will sing.  If we can sing and we are made in the image of God, than for sure the angels, who are more beautiful than anything God has ever created on this earth (besides women of course) also have a right to sing when they are pleased with faithful stewards of God’s creation, namely people both men and women.  God gave Adam the right to choose between Good and Evil and he failed… it was eve the woman who had to pick him back up again after such a terrible fall, at least emotionally.  Thus sex began again, this time outside the garden and man was told by God that it was his responsibility to work to provide for his offspring.  Adam failed, Jesus shed his blood and now the story goes on and on about how much we love God.  There is more to the story but for the sake of my readers, I will move on.  (For more on this wonderful story please see note 1.)

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As you can see from the drawing above, the Hebrew word Hesed is a beautiful word.  You can see it branch out in the English language as all of the words in the above diagram.  Can you spot the most important word?  It is the one in purple!  The color of majesty!  God always keeps his covenant with his faithful… that is beyond question!  So basically, you can replace the word Hesed with God’s love!  Hesed is the deepest expression of God’s love and thus is the reason why the Lord asked me to wait to write this one.  I needed to see something in real life to know that God does keep his covenant as I was saved at a very early age.  Some Christians barely get in, others God says no.  You can go to church all your life, be a good person and still miss what matters most – God’s heart.  Thank you to that wonderful pastor in seminary school who sent me his email that thoroughly defined the word.  His website will be listed at the bottom of this post.  I highly recommend you read his work… it is delicious food to feed the hungry.  We have been friends online for years now and he occasionally sends me some of his writings for me to review and expound on.  He is truly a man of God and a man of holy communion and of course, prayer.  Thank you pastor for making my life complete!  He is a true friend.

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Hesed in the reason why I became a true believer of the Jewish Bible.  It is the only word that actually makes the Bible complete; for without God’s love, we would all be lost souls looking for a savior.  Hesed can be seen in about every instance of the Bible for it is God’s mercy for mankind.  God expects us to keep our covenant of love with Him, and in exchange He rewards us with unlimited mercy for our many sins.  I am writing this way because God showed me at some point the very sins you consider minor become a major problem the longer we walk with God.  For example, most Christians in America won’t steal, won’t lie, but they keep money in their fat wallets while hungry people suffer all around the globe.  Not good for those false Christians!  What is communion but a chance to start over again with God’s creation?  God gave Adam the responsibility of taking care of the animals in the garden, watering the garden, etc.  When he broke covenant with God, Satan took over and now look what we have here on earth.  Terrible people do terrible things… you ever wonder why?  Satan may come as an angel of light to some people but to others they call him a father too.  What a terrible decision not to go all the way with God.  The Bible tells us that all men have free choice to serve God, but eventually their time runs out and then Satan, laughing claims them for his own.  Women can be this way too, but generally the men are the masters of their own home and thus pay a higher penalty for what they allow especially on television and in the private home computers, especially in front of other people… never mind God!

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Please allow me, my faithful friends and defenders of all that is holy to continue this at a later time… rest in sweet eternal bliss… my dear friend and fellow lover of truth… Robert Chupick (1930-2015)

Note 1: This is just one interpretation… A far stretch albeit… but worth the read, I’m sure!  I was thinking about the Garden of Eden while I was suffering a few years ago… the results are wonderful and I believe faithful to the scriptures that we have for us to learn about Jesus today.  Adam was so in love with his soul mate that he intentionally ate the fruit… choosing his wife over Yahweh.  Which of course Yahweh already knew about and was already prepared for.  A lamb was already being prepared already to cover his sin… Perhaps Eve desired Adam in the Garden and until this point sex was something that was not yet invented… so to speak… Maybe not, but this is one view.  Was it God’s plan at that particular moment in time to let them see each other naked… but without sex… as the angels covered their every move?  This we do not know for sure.  Once Adam made his decision to eat the fruit which I believe contained the only poison in the garden – (a type of fermented fruit perhaps) he got a little tipsy and wound tying the knot with his beautiful lover and soul mate.  Know where in the Bible is it ever recorded that God married Eve to Adam (or vice versa) but God obviously planned it and thus their union was blessed.  Even the serpent played into God’s hand by seducing eve to try the fruit… as sex was God’s idea in the first place (be fruitful and multiply) and something the angels never ever even think about doing… the fallen ones are a different story and are considered in this day and age haters of man and demons… or aliens… which ever you prefer.

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Note 2.  Now that you see a true Hebrew diagram… the donate button Jesus has never wanted on this blog till now… if anyone can afford me a new/used computer please feel free to contact me via email or whatever… thank you so much for your friendship in expanding the wonderful language of our Risen Savior… Sincerely, your faithful steward in the Lord, John Mark Butzu.

Creation Waters

15 Feb

Here is a little Jewish tidbit I hope you enjoy.  It is a story about the first letter of the Hebrew “aleph-bet”* and it’s correlation to “water.”  The teaching is taken taken from the first and second day of creation, Genesis 1:1-2, & 6-8.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
“Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.”
Genesis 1: 1-2, 6-8 (NLT)

In rabbinic teaching, whenever God does something there is always more than meets the eye; a reason.  Genesis states that when God separated the water from above the earth (think clouds, atmosphere) and the waters below the earth (ocean, lake of fire) there is deep spiritual significance.  The waters are actually opposite to each other as we will see in the portion below.

The waters above the earth are said to be God’s joy, while the waters below the earth are said to represent man’s bitterness being separated from God.  Thus we have salt in our water while the water above is fresh.  But wait… there is more!

Here is a quote taken from the book (I highly recommend) The Alef-Beit… made available at this website… (See Note 3).

“In the service of the soul, as taught in Chassidut, the higher water is water of joy, the experience of being close to God, while the lower water is water of bitterness, the experience of being far from God.”
In Jewish philosophy, the two intrinsic properties of water are “wet” and “cold.” The higher water is “wet” with the feeling of
oneness with the “exaltation of God,” while the lower water is “cold” with the feeling of
separation, the frustration of experiencing the inherent “lowliness of man.” Divine
service, as taught by Chassidut, emphasizes that in fact the primary consciousness of
both waters is the sense of the Divine, each from its own perspective: from the
perspective of the higher water, the greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater oneness of all in His Absolute Being; from the perspective of the lower water, the
greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater the existential gap between the reality of God
and that of man, thus the inherent “lowliness of man.””

Another interesting feature about God’s first acts of creation is in he Hebrew letter “A,” (aleph).  The aleph is made up of two yuds (think English “Y”) connected by a vav… (see last post).  The yuds represent the upper and lower firmament separated by the vav… a pillar of truth!  Our world was formed in truth and accuracy… a pillar to measure against all forms of science and technology that man can invent to try to disprove God…   Thus, the higher waters (God’s wisdom) are separated by a pillar of truth from the bitterness of man’s refusal to acknowledge God as the creator of all living things… thus a life filled with bitterness.

To take this one step further, eternally there are waters of bitterness that floods man soul… the heavenly refreshment of God’s word mends the weary heart…

Be blessed!

* Note 1… Hebrew enthusiasts use the phrase aleph-bet and this is correct for two reasons.  One, the Hebrew aleph-bet came first (this honoring our languages origin) and two, the aleph and the bet are the first two letters of the Hebrew language and is where us English folk get our beloved phrase the alphabet.  And yes, our English can clearly be seen in the Greek “alpha”…lol).

Note 2:  Here is a good definition of the word Chassidut.  It’s purpose (Chassidut) is to awaken the Jewish People to its own inner self through the inner dimension of the Torah, thus preparing the way for the advent of Mashiach (or messiah).  http://www.inner.org/chassidut/chassidut.htm

Note 3:  http://www.templesanjose.org/JudaismInfo/tradition/Kabbalah/alephbet.pdf

Jesus Will Always Make It Up To You

8 Feb

Note: This post is about one thing – being rich in God.

Have you ever failed God or thought you did?  Do you trust him completely?  Many times one little mistake, one insecurity, one inconsistency can be the difference between success and failure; especially when it comes to people and their salvation.  One inconsideration, one day of being tired and overwhelmed can in my line of work can lead to trouble.  This can be true in construction as well as in real life.  Many people are so overwhelmed by this life’s trials that they tend to forget the greatest testimony a person can have is being able to trust God completely and to always remember to thank him for everything that he allows to come into our lives.  The good news is that Jesus really does care.  Even in death, which is the final test for many God obviously has mercy.  We do not know for instance, what a person in a coma is praying about – for many it could be their own salvation.  Yet, we do know one thing for certain – not everyone loves God in real life.  In Romans chapter 1:18-25  we read:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Christian in some parts of the world are persecuted (see here) just for being Christians.  That in itself should get you to think.  In America where I live we have a whole bunch of freedom.  Freedom to choose between right and wrong, even for such choices as abortion.  Yet we are taught never to condemn the sinner, who without the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ choose to live in a way foreign to God’s perfect desire at that given moment in their life.  Haven’t we all messed up before – have we ever missed the mark – even as good Christians?  Not that I ever condone murder, and never have but in my line of work you must believe that everyone has a right to be saved.  It is God’s greatest desire.

As Christians, we must prepare for the future.  Some take this matter to heart but only for their own earthly good.  Thus, we now have some pastors running around telling their people to stockpile guns, ammo, food you name it – hoarding is what I call it.  It is always wise to be prepared – but to what extent?  Do you not remember what Jesus said about the man who hoarded his possessions in a barn instead of being concerned about others needs?  Let’s review a passage in Luke 12 for those who are young in Christ as for well as for Christians who do not take their Bible’s seriously.  We will start in verse 16.  The scriptures say:

“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The bottom line is that we will all be judged for what we do in this life – not for what we become in the worlds eyes (thus living by its standards), but for what we become through the eyes of Christ Jesus.  Have we learned to trust Christ daily, as laid out for us by holy women and men of God, who in the early church lost so much to follow the one they called Lord and Messiah?  Let us stop and remember dear old Matthew in the Bible my brethren.  What does our scriptures say happened when he found Christ?  The Bible clearly says that he left his old life and found a new one.  Repentance is say about Jesus called it.  No matter how hard we try, there is always more that we could do for Christ.

Thank you to all my readers all over the world.., may Jesus bless and keep you in the coming days ahead… Rest in Christ… John

Note: I am not against any sin more than another – take abortion – what done is done… i can not condone abortion as a last option for struggling moms and other life threatening situations… but whole hardheartedly share in their sorrow for having to give up a child they love down deep inside…  I am not against abortion – as much as I am wasted lives… I know this may sound bad but did Jesus condemn the woman at the well?  No, he merely pointed out where she was wrong (her sins) and then gave her the wonderful opportunity to start again… never to bring up her past pain to harm or abuse her or make her feel left out.  If more pastors led their flock by example i would have no need to write such terrible things…lol

Note: this is a rough draft that was saved on my computer for well over a year now… I hope the editing is okay… love John

Psalms 1:1 – An In Depth Hebrew Word Study

13 May

Note: I have tried to incorporate a Hebrew font into my WordPress theme but at this time I cannot figure out how or know if it is even possible.  I would like to try to make a pdf file for this post where I can use real Hebrew letters and thus expound more into the particulars of the Hebrew language but do not see that happening at this time.  I apologize in advance for any errors.

 Sincerely, John.

Psalms 1:1  (Please see note 1)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalms 1:1  (Translation)

Happy [a] are those [b] who are boldly able to enter into God’s presence, who choose not to model their lives after those who are not walking on the right path! [c]  They do not form close friendships with those who habitually sin, nor do they purposely spend their free time in the homes of those who make fun of God’s laws.   

Introduction:

Psalms one is a wisdom Psalm (see note 2)  teaching us what God expects of us if we are to enter fully into his divine and holy presence.  “As Perowne has observed: in form (Psalms One) is little more than the expansion of a proverb” (see note 3).  It is believed by some that King Solomon wrote this psalm as an introduction to his father’s writings as it was not uncommon for a son “to gather the writings of his father” (again see note 3).

Note: I have taken a great deal of time in going by word by word through each word in this Psalm… verse 1 is finally complete!  Hope you enjoy it and may God richly bless you.

Verse 1: Blessed is the man (or woman)…

 Blessed –  The Hebrew word here for blessed is “esher” (eh-sher) which literally means “happy is the one who walks the straight path” (AHLB)(4).  This can only be done by a rich study of God’s word and communion with the Holy Spirit.  Many Christians feel that they can loosely take God’s precious word for granted, come into his presence on Sunday and there receive a rich blessing.  Not so!  Believers must walk a straight path before the Lord if they want their lives to be fruitful and truly blessed.(5)

Man –  The word here for man is “iysh” (eesh) and can be translated as mankind or steward.  God is not unjust and neither were the writers of the Psalms.  He loves all of his creation equally, and each of us are assigned a special place in his eternal and glorious kingdom.  Thus you should be able to put your mind to rest (for all you women out there) that this Psalm was meant only for men.  I personally choose the translation “steward,” as each of us as believers are called to be stewards of God’s holy word.

That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…

Walketh –  The Hebrew word for walk is halak (haw-lak) which basically means to walk a certain way along life’s journey (AHLB).  A great example of halak in connection to this verse can be seen in Genesis 17:1 where God tells Abraham “I am the Almighty God; walk (halak) before me, and be thou perfect.”  Obviously God is not telling Abraham to physically walk before him (that would be ridiculous) but to continue spiritually to direct his life in such a way so that he will receive all that God had promised to him.  The Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary translates this word as ‘behave’.  This is also good, but behave is an abstract term and we are talking ancient Biblical Hebrew here, not modern day English or even Greek!  Thus we will stick with the first definition – to walk in a particular way along life’s journey.   This is the basic meaning of halak.

Counsel –  The Hebrew word for counsel is ‘etsah’ (ay-tsaw) and comes from the root word ya’ats (yaw-ats) which means to advise or to counsel, receive plans from or purpose.

Ungodly – Hebrew word here is rasha’ (raw-shaw) which means “one who has departed from the correct path (AHLB)… thus to be or to do wrong (hence morally wrong) (strong’s def).

Nor standeth in the way of sinners…

Standeth – Translators used many words to portray this one Hebrew word “amad” (aw-mad).  The Hebrew word amad can be found in scripture in the KJV as stand, stay, stood, set, withstand, continue, endure, appoint, present, remain, endure… the list goes on and on.  This word can be tricky.  As you can see from the words given, ‘amad’ can take on many different meanings, but thanks once again to the AHLB (please see note 5) I have found a very simple answer to solidify this passage of scripture for me.  The original concrete meaning of the word amad is that of a pillar.  This is where we get the idea to stand, be strong with, endure, remain, etc.  Thus, we get the picture from amad as God’s warning to the pious not to stand strong with or form pillars with someone who refuses to believe the truth.  In 2 Corinthians 6:17 the Bible says: “Come out from among them, be separate and clean and I will receive you.  Two verses before we find – “Do not be unequally yoked with those who resist the truth”(please see note 6).  In other words, be strong and do not form pillars of friendship with the unsaved where you are not the stronger vessel.  This is what I learned from amad!

Way – The Hebrew word for way is derek (deh-rek) and concretely means “a road” and by implication “a way of life”.  It comes from the root word darak  (daw-rak) which means to take a step (AHLB) and also “to tread.”  This word implies a journey, manner, custom, conduct, etc and is used often in scripture.

Sinners – The Hebrew word chatta’ (khat-taw) basically means criminal or one who is found guilty and comes from the root word chata’ (khaw-taw) where we find the word the english word “sin” – or one who has missed the mark.  A hardened criminal usually does not have remorse for the things he has done and that is what makes him all the more guilty in God’s eyes, thus once again missing the mark.

Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

Sitteth – This is why I study Hebrew!  The word is yashab (yaw-shab) which means to dwell, to marry, etc.  Translators used the english word “sit” but this word lacks so much as to the picture of what the psalmist is actually saying.  God’s word is precious and thus every letter, every word must be examined for clarification, meaning, interpretation, etc.  The overall picture of this word implies one of resting in a particular place for an extended period of time.  Thus, it is not to merely “sit” but to dwell, abide, interact with… that is the beauty of knowing the Hebrew language!

Seat – The Hebrew word for seat is mowshab (mo-shawb) whose root has the concrete meaning of a dwelling place.  Its root is the word yashab, the word right above.

Scornful – The word here is luwts (loots) and is made up of only two Hebrew letters.  The first letter is lamed which is a picture of a staff and thus is a symbol of authority, namely God’s.  It also is a representation of the human tongue.  The second letter is tsadik and is a picture of a man laying on his side which represents trouble (AHLB).  Thus, it is easy to draw the conclusion by combining these two letters that the word luwts describes a man who is fighting God’s authority.  Another example of why I love Hebrew!

Happy [a] are those [b] who are boldly able to enter into God’s presence, who choose not to model their lives after those who are not walking on the right path! [c]  They do not form close friendships with those who habitually sin, nor do they purposely spend their free time in the homes of those who make fun of God’s laws.   


Notes on Word Study:

1) Psalms One is also a Torah Psalm (as is Psalms 19 and 119) as its emphasis is placed on the man who delights in the Torah or Law of the Adonai.

2) Taken from a Study By Bob Deffinbaugh entitled: A Psalm for All Seasons: Studies in the Book of Psalms

3) Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff Benner

4) The Septuagint or LXX translates this word esher (blessed) as “makarios.”  We find the word in the New Testament many times, most notably perhaps in the Beatitudes.

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To learn more about Jeff Benner and his amazing research and studies please visit the Ancient Hebrew Research Center’s website.  Jeff’s work and dedication to the Hebrew Text is an invaluable source of wisdom to me.  You can find more about this man and his wonderful family by clicking here.

6) In the KJV the term is “unbelievers”

Commentary for Bible Translation:

a) or those who are truly able to enter into God’s presence

b) anyone who is called to be a steward of God’s word

c) they themselves being led astray

 

Pressed Like Wild Grapes…

10 Apr

 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Over the past few days I have done a word study on the above verse.  After looking in my collection of New Testament Greek Dictionaries I have come up with a more thorough translation of this verse.  I hope this short study will bless someone.  Let me know what you think.

A more thorough translation:

We are pressed as grapes but not restricted, we are perplexed (to be without resources, to be in straits, to be left wanting, to be embarrassed, to be in doubt, not to know which way to turn, to be at a loss with one’s self, be in doubt, not to know how to decide or what to do) but not in despair (to be utterly at loss, be utterly destitute of measures or resources, to renounce all hope); Persecuted, (to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away, to run after, to pursue in a hostile manner to harass, trouble, to be mistreated) but not forsaken (or deserted); cast down, (put in a lower place)  but not ruined (or destroyed).

I hope this will help someone…

Why The Emphasis On Hebrew?

7 Sep

I couldn’t sleep last night and wound up finding this article on the internet that sums up perfectly so many things – but for one, why so many Christians are tracing their roots back to the Old Testament, Judaism and Ancient Hebrew.  It is taken from an excerpt from a book that is supposed to come out sometime in 2013 written by J.K. Mckee (see note 1).

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“It is indeed phenomenal that many Believers are coming to a revelation of the Hebraic Roots of our faith, are adopting a Torah obedient lifestyle, and are seeing themselves as a part of Israel. But as with any move of God, there are concerns that exist—concerns that sometimes wrench at the heart and soul of what we should be doing, as opposed to what we should not be doing. We should be proclaiming the gospel message of salvation and discipling others as they grow and mature in their faith, fulfilling Yeshua’s Great Commission, and aiming to see the restoration of God’s people and the Kingdom to Israel.

Of course, with this restoration comes many things, such as the realization that our Heavenly Father does not have two groups of elect as is commonly supposed, Israel and “the Church,” but rather one, the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13; Galatians 6:16). As all Believers, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, are a part of the community of Israel, such an Israel is called to obey God’s Torah, and via their obedience to Him be a light to the entire world (Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:5-8).

Many Believers who are seeing the eternal validity of the Torah think that it is important to learn the Hebrew language, the language of the Tanach or Old Testament. This is to be commended and encouraged, as these Scriptures make up the first two-thirds of our Bible that many Christians, sadly, ignore or feel are important only for Bible history. However, there is another portion of the Bible, the Apostolic Scriptures or Messianic Writings, commonly known as the New Testament, which is not written in Hebrew, and should not be cast by the wayside.”

 Notes:

1)  Mckee is the editor of TNN Online (www.tnnonline.net) and is a Messianic apologist. He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers. He has also written many articles on theological issues, and is presently focusing his attention on Messianic commentaries of various books of the Bible.  (Taken directly from author’s website).

Psalms 83:16 Fill Their Faces With Shame!

26 Aug

I was reading this passage of scripture before church today as the worship leaders were warming up.  I was in another room praying for the service when the Holy Spirit graciously allowed my eyes to fall upon this passage.  Let me share with you what I found!  It may be short but I believe may bless your heart and increase your desire and method of praying for the lost – especially those who are living in a perpetual state of rebellion against what they know to be the truth.

Psalms 83:16 states “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name O Lord!”

What an amazing verse.  What boldness!  “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy face?”  Let me give you the Hebrew here.  The Hebrew word from which we get the English word shame is qâlôn (pronounced kaw-lone) which literally implies “shame, disgrace, dishonor, and ignominy” (see note 1).  This word can be traced back one step back to its root word qâlâh (pronounced kaw-law’) which gives us a much stronger understanding of this passage and justifies my interpretation of this verse (see below).  Qâlâh, the root word is much stronger and hence the King James uses such words as “to disgrace, dishonour, be lightly esteemed, be dishonoured, and be despised!”  (again see note 1).

Thus, what the Hebrew psalmist can actually be saying is “Lord, let your enemies (those that take lightly your wonderful blessings) be so disgraced and despised (reproached, dishonored, etc) that they will mournfully turn back and begin to once again (or perhaps for the first time) seek thy wonderful face!”  Amazing passage from the Old Testament!  And who said there was no grace in the Old!

Let’s now look at the verse right above (verse 15):   We read: “So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.”

I do not have time to dig deeper for more rich nuggets in the Hebrew right now, but rest assured these verses are a wonderful way to justify your prayers for your unsaved loved ones that you know are in a declined spiritual state – slumber so to speak.  “O Lord, let something happen to them that they might find your mercy and forgiveness before it is too late!”  Let them be so disgraced by those whom they seek to find shelter with that with hopes of your wonderful mercy they turn towards you!

I think of the prodigal son in the New Testament who lost everything and was eating out of the pigs trough (dining with the pigs as I like to call it…lol).  All his light-hearted and worldly friends left him when his resources ran dry, and was thus left to fend for himself without the aide or blessings of his heavenly Father.  He was filled with qâlâh (shame, reproach and dishonor)!  Only then, did his thoughts turn towards home and mercy was knocking on the door!  What a wonderful and such loving Heavenly Father we have who allows us to wind up in as many pig pens as is necessary to gently restore to us the true meaning of life and of finding purpose in God’s magnificent and everlasting Kingdom.  May his grace and mercy be with you and your loved ones today – and dare to ask God to put those you know are currently rejecting him in a pigs pen – only that they may find his mercy and love before it is too late and they are swept away with all that reject God.

May God’s peace and mercy be upon you today – and pray for this blog as I know it is affecting at least one life… mine (and hopefully yours as well)!

Shalom and peace be to you and yours.

John

Notes:

1. Taken from the Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions Concordance

Luke 15:1-2 Jesus and the Unsaved – Updated!

23 Aug

“Then drew near unto him (Jesus) all the publicans and sinners to listen to the words of Yahweh.  And the pharisees and scribes (or religious teachers) murmured, saying, “This man loves (or receives)  sinners and eats with them.”  Luke 15:1-2  (A Mixed Translation)

In these our modern times, not much has changed in the two thousand years its been since Jesus (or Yahweh – as that is his rightful name) lived among us.  I have been in many churches that (as unbelievable as it is) wants absolutely nothing to do with sinners – or those outside the church.  “Oh, they might mess up the carpet, or steal our sound equipment.”  What terrible fools and betrayers of God’s holy words!  Jesus himself said “love your enemies, pray for them which despitefully use you and yes even persecute you.  I am in no way implying that we should allow an obvious threat to be among our children – but in this day and age (and especially in America) Christians value their love for entertainment, safety and pleasure more than they do the things of God!

Going back to the scripture at hand: Jesus hates the sin of self righteousness above all others, because Christians already have God’s approval and blessings and are commanded to love who are in our estimation – unlovable.  The greatest sin for a true born again believer is the sin of pride and of selfishness – as we have so much to be grateful for!  Those of us who live in a free and prosperous nation do not have to worry much about where our next meal is coming from, or where we will get the money to pay items such as basic health care.  Jesus condemned (better yet damned -a very strong word – see note 1) the hypocrites of his day time and time again with a holy and violent passion.  His whole life was that of reaching out to the undeserving and the less fortunate!  He hated the fact that those that knew the Torah (or Old Testament) the most chose to keep what they thought believed was the “divine word” all to themselves.  Thus, when Jesus (the Living Word) walked among them, they were afraid.  Jesus himself said in so many words that he came “not to win the self righteous (those who in their own estimation deserved the blessings of the one true God) but those that knew in their heart that they needed and were drawn to gentle and loving Savior.”

What an awful place it will be on the judgement day when those who once enjoyed the blessings of our Christ are exposed as false teachers and haters of his most beloved creation – people.  What wailing and weeping there will be for those that throughout their whole life chose to harshly and coldly condemn all of mankind (especially blatant sinners), rather that trying to extend themselves to help save.

Listen to what Rambam’s Mishneh-Torah (a Jewish Commentary written in 1178 by Moses Maimonides – a great Jewish philosopher and lover of the Torah) has to say about sinners who repent.  This is in direct relation to our wonderful passage in Luke 15.  Rambam’s Mishneh reads [concerning Jews who wish to repent] “Let not the Jew who repents/returns to [Orthodox] Judaism suppose that because of the iniquities and sins that he has committed he is kept at a distance from the level attained by righteous men.  It isn’t so.  He is loved as tenderly by the Creator as if he had never sinned.  Not only that, his reward is great, since he experienced the taste of sin and nevertheless rid himself of it by conquering his yetzer (or evil impulse).  The sages (or wise men) said, ‘Where the ba ‘al-t’ shuvah (or Jew who repents) stands, the completely righteous man cannot stand’ (B’ rakhot 34b).  That is, the level attained by the ba ‘al-t’ shuvah [Jew who repents] is higher than that of someone who never sinned at all, because the former had to strive harder to subdue the yetzer than the latter.”

I love this commentary because it embraces what we as Christians know to be true and what Jesus Christ himself said earlier in Luke 7:47: “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much.  But he who has been forgiven little, loves little.” (NIV)  This Jesus spoke of the former prostitute Mary Magdalene, of which he entirely forgave.

Summary:  What a terrible day it will be for hypocritical, self righteous Christians who refused to lend a hand to those who are in need and who knew God’s word and thoughts on topics such as love and forgiveness when they stand before the judgment seat of Christ!  Jesus paved the way for us by setting a wonderful example as recorded in Luke 15 by gladly welcoming sinners and even eating with them.  How often do you as a Christian make a habit of eating a meal with a complete stranger, who you know is not on the right pathway to eternal salvation?  In this day an age, many people outside the church relish in body art (tattoos), radical haircuts and body piercings.  I myself to this day wear my hair different than anyone else I know in the church because to me it is not a sin.  In fact, it is an evangelistic effort!  This particular style of hair (a short, but readily identifiable mohawk) allows me easier access to those who are offended by typical western holy dress: -namely the three piece suit and ever so perfectly tied tie.  Though the outward dress may offend you, we must be ever so loving toward people as Jesus so desperately wants our generation to know that they are loved -regardless of what they look like or no matter how many bad things they have done.  He hung on a cross between two thieves, after being brutally beaten just to show his love for all of mankind.  He was numbered with the transgressors and chose to touch during his earthly ministry the unlovely, the tax collector and the transgressor.  God help us as Christians to be ever so careful with those whom the Lord allows us to come in contact with!  You might never know when you might see Jesus staring right back at you smiling as you reach out to touch someone else in order to ease their pain.  I try to find Christ in everyone I meet – regardless of their outward appearance or social status.  Don’t even get me started on race!

John

Notes:

1.  (coming soon)

The Sermon on the Mount (Part One)

21 Aug

The Sermon on the Mount

A Note to the Reader...

It is highly advised to follow the notes and not to skip them as I have spent much time in preparing them.  They in essence are the framework and contain many of the justifications from which these but rough points have been attained.  This is just a preview of the work I have been working on for years and is finally coming to the surface.  This study, in its entirety will be published as a “page” on the sidebar of this website when it is completed.  Until then, every verse will receive its own post and new notes will be added keeping the current numbering system.  Some places will be left blank (as can be seen in this first post) as often there is more that I would like to write but can’t (for some particular reason or another).  This is unfortunate but necessary, mainly due to some taxing, yet irreversible time restrictions and other such limitations (often self-imposed), such as how much I can type at one time without getting sick and other weaknesses of the human experience.  Thank you for your time, thoughtfulness and comments in advance, and may God richly bless you.

John Mark Butzu

Verse One:

“Now having seen the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and after He had sat down, His disciples came to Him.”  (Analytical Literal Bible Translation)

This is a very interesting verse.  The first part of this passage reads: “Now having seen the crowds…”  (please see note 1).  As a pastor, the first thing I would have wanted to do if I saw crowds would be to run to them and proclaim the good news.  But Jesus had another thought in mind.

  • “He went up into the mountain.”

Scripture indicates that Jesus often went up into a mountain to be alone.  This was his customary experience since he was of age to be alone with the heavenly Father.  It really didn’t matter where he went to pray, but for sure mountains were a very real and logical place for holy men and women of God to go and commune with the one that they loved and wanted to be around.  Moses and Elijah are just two of the many wonderful examples of such people who the Bible actually records that chose to pray a safe distance away from the people they were destined to rule over (at least in the spirit) on the sides or tops of such places.  What better way for a prophet or watchman to get alone with God than to sit on the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Palestine that overlooked the beauty of God’s wonderful creation and pray of his or her people.  This interpretation /suggestion/nuance is often overlooked and skipped over when read but is in my estimation crucial to the text of Matthew 5-8, otherwise known as the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Next:  It was only after he was “ready” (or “set” KJV)  that his disciples came to him.  (please see note 2)

This also I found to be very interesting especially in light of the comment above.  Let me quote from the Jewish New Testament Commentary of which I am a huge fan:  “The English word “disciple” fails to convey the richness of a relationship between a rabbi and his “talmidim” (please see note 3).  These followers, or talmidim “wholeheartedly gave themselves over to their teachers (though not in a mindless way, as happens today in some cults).  The essence of the relationship was one of trust in every area of living, and its goal was to make the “talmid” (see note 4) like his rabbi [in this case Jesus] (please see note 5) in knowledge, wisdom and ethical behavior.”  Sometime we just have to go back to the original language folks!

Notes:

  1. All scripture has been carefully selected.  Unless otherwise indicated, all Biblical quotations been taken from the Analytical Literal Translation Bible.
  2. The Greek word for “set”  is “kathazo” and means much more than to just sit down.  I believe that Jesus needed the space to be able to pray away from his disciples and to recharge his natural energies as well as his spirit before delivering one of the greatest sermons ever preached.  Allthough Jesus was God, he became a man for our sakes, and thus needed to pray like anyone else.
  3. “Talmidim” is the Hebrew word for disciple.
  4. “Talmid” is the plural form of Talmidim, above.
  5. Brackets (hence [, ])  have been used to add my own thoughts within a direct quotation.

Jesus Take The Pain

21 Aug

Do you ever feel like at times you are so alone?

Do you ever feel like you cannot handle the things that God has set before you to accomplish for his name’s sake?

Do you ever worry about what the future may hold both for you and those whom you love?

Then take courage – you are not alone.

The holy spirit has brought to my mind two things that Jesus prayed that should help those who are afflicted at this time with worry and doubt about their own salvation, and with the problems of this quickly passing life.

Beloved, try to stay rest assured on the following prayers that Jesus our Lord himself prayed during his short life on earth:

1)  Not my will but thine be done – this must happen in order for the next step to happen which is…

2). Father into your hands I commend my spirit.  When this happens even the devil has no reason to test you any longer.  Yes, the devil may from time release some  rage against you for being an obedient follower of the cross of Jesus Christ but only because that is his nature.  In the book of Job (after Job passed his test from God – having lost all that he loved and held dear to his heart) satan was commanded by our Christ to leave him alone.  The devil is only allowed to test the children of God for so long.  These past few months have been very difficult personally for me and my family but with God’s help we will make it through.

Just remember this when you think or know that you are being tested.

1) Suffering is fastest and most sure fire way to be close to Jesus.

2) Jesus’ whole life was filled with pain and suffering – for he came from God and was waiting to return to God to be with the Father in glory.

2) Without suffering, we are unable to become the kind of spiritual Christains God has destined us to be.

3) Jesus the lamb of God endured more opprression and evil affliction than us all – because he was sinless from his own natural birth.

4) He left us his holy spirit to be our best friend, companion and comforter in times of distress and suffering.

5) Those that do not suffer are not really His… Even Jesus learned obedience through the things by which he suffered (Hebrews 5:8).  Hebrews 12:6 says: “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

My prayer is… Jesus take the pain from my heart that I may see others clearly.

A Sad Story with a Happy Ending!

24 Sep

I just happened to stumble upon this video over the weekend.  It is the story of a young woman who because of low self worth eventually became a prostitute before submitting her life to Jesus.  A wonderful testimony if you ask me!
John

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Walking By Faith And Not By Sight

20 Sep

It is the nature of new Christian’s still untrained in the art of effective witnessing to attempt to win the souls of their fellow man based solely on human appearance and circumstances, rather than by allowing themselves to be led and directed by the Spirit of God. This is in no way to detract or discourage new believers from witnessing, but rather to hopefully inspire and encourage all of us to prayerfully consider what we are doing so as to have the best effect for the Lord and his Kingdom; bearing much fruit. To be frank, because of a lack of gut wrenching, heavenly influenced prayer, we often neglect many of God’s finest specimens (his special or elect instruments), all because of the very natural human tendency to instinctively judge our fellow man after the flesh.  We may see very little hope or value in a person because of sins they we know they have been guilty of committing in the past (take the woman caught in the very act of adultery in John 8:3) or because of their social or economic status (thus following in the footsteps of our friends, the self righteous Pharisees who secretly despised those whose wit, reason or finances did not closely mirror or reflect their own). On the other hand, we may see a creature full of pride, natural gifts, worldly talents, achievements, fame or notoriety that in someway excites our flesh (the part of our nature that still exists even after we have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,) thus making us ever so eager to babble about the gospel to them in spite of having to in some cases even deny what we know about God to be true, thus ignoring our own battered conscience. For instance, we all know the Bible says God resists the proud. Yet often Christians ‘feel compelled’ to share the gospel with those who inwardly have no hunger or need of God, thus they come to despise the message bearer for the intrusion. This cannot be good or what God had in mind.

Often the problem is a mixture of the heart that is responsible for producing this second mistake. We see something in a person that down deep inside we secretly admire, often to the point of even elevating that person above our own feelings of value and self worth in light of what the Bible says about us.  Therefore we sense a need or inward desire (even compulsion, perhaps) to somehow win them to the gospel, when in in all actuality this whole “spiritual” endeavor is more about us that it is about them.  Often it is us, that if we are honest inwardly desire something from them (whether love, friendship, acceptance, etc) rather they desiring the salvation that God offers: often he is far from their mind and from their heart.  In other words, it is often us that desires their presence rather than they who we claim are desiring the presence of Christ.

The disciples, on the day of Pentecost did not come out of that upper room with a need to mingle with sinners or learn their ways. Rather they were driven by the fire of the Holy Ghost and the high praises of Adonai that resulted in the true conversion of many that day which were seemingly lost and dead in their trespasses and sins. You see, the Holy Ghost had already met every inward need of theirs back in that upper room, thus enabling to see with heavenly eyes, while relieving them of any if their natural feelings of fear, inferiority and low self image.

In conclusion to this brief entry, I have made a list that I will post on a blog [below] that I feel was inspired by time with the Lord and past experiences. You may do with the list as you like.

Best wishes,
John

A Guide to Effective Witnessing:

20 Sep

Here is a quick list that I hope will at least be considered by those who wish God to use them in the winning of souls.

1. The posture of the man may or may not represent the condition of his or her heart.

2. A joyous look may not always be so.

3. Many people have, in their hearts already fully rejected the love and forgiveness that God offers and therefore will be left behind to taste the bitter fruit of having their own way. (Proverbs 1)

4. Not many who are noble (what we would choose if we were in charge) are called but more often it is those whom the world sees as unimportant (the poor in spirit) that the Lord is most concerned with. These are they whom the world has in essence ‘trampled over’ thus creating within their wounded sprits a greater sense of the needing something more than what this world currently has to offer. At the top of this list would be those thousands who are the victims resulting in the crimes and sins of other people: including, but not limited to those that are caught up in the hopelessness and human despair that results from the bondage of human trafficking and forced prostitution. Also on this list would have to be unwed mothers who, because of low self esteem have willingly given themselves over to the passions and sins of another and who are in great need, children without parents who can love and protect them, the elderly, the disabled along with those who are without the resources to live a productive and meaningful life apart from human and divine intervention.
this is the most important group that we must diligently go after as they are comprised and make up every facet and phase of society.

5. Many bums choose to be bums by their own choosing and will use you if they can. Often they are better left with a kind word while you continue ministering to others. God knows they who are seeking after him and those who are not. Be wary of those who may have ulterior motives, who may lure you to a back corner somewhere under the pretense of claiming to want to get saved. If they are truly repentant they will pray out in the open, in a public place as well as desiring to be under submission to a local church body. To paraphrase from memory Martin Luther, “their is no more dangerous man than a rebel.” Often it may be more prudent to ‘provoke to jealousy’ like the apostle Paul those who are in this way of life; thus perhaps inspiring them to leave their condition (often self imposed) and find a good church home and stability away from the streets… Remarkably, many of the men and women that fit in this category have by theor own choosing have already made their choice in this world.  Apart from a miracle they are destined to go to hell. Though scripture says that we are to be kind to all men, we do not always have to preach to them.  In other words, let our actions do most of the speaking!

6. Brokenness (i.e. the feeling of lacking the ability to achieve anything for Christ without the divine help and governing of the Holy Spirit – see “The First Beatitude) is not an option but rather must permeate all our evangelistic endeavors so much so that unbelievers will be forced to take notice of the pure fragrances of gentleness and meekness in world that has gone clearly mad. This is to be the example and standard for all of us who are called by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. An attitude of prayer is also to be maintained throughout every evangelistic endeavor, as this is the most serious ingredient to effective souls winning. It can be said of prayer “that prayer is the fuel for the motors that must govern our lives.”

Many thanks again for all those who read this blog.

May the Lord be with you,
John

Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part One)

21 Aug

Matthew 6:9-13 9 1 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our 1 daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from 1 evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Jesus’ first task in teaching his disciples how to pray was to create in them an ardent zeal, desire and passion to protect and lift up the sacred name of Yahweh; thus distinguishing His will from their own. You will notice that he started this lesson with a declaration of praise: “Hallowed (or holy) is your name,” not petitions or requests!  When we come into God’s presence, we are to do so with this thought first and foremost in our mind: Hallowed (holy, awesome, sacred, terrifying) is thy most wonderful and glorious name: the name which is above all other names.  The word hallowed is translated from the Greek word a`gia,zw which is generally accepted as meaning “to set apart or to sanctify; to purposefully and intentionally distinguish between what is holy and what is common: between the sacred from the profane.   This word can be easily found in the LXX as far back as in Genesis 2:3, where we find this word used to describe how God intentionally ‘set apart’ the seventh day by declaring it be a day of rest and dedicated to be used as something special apart from the regular activities of the other six creation days.

When we come into God’s presence, we must have enough sense to rightly discern just how opposite our fallen adamic nature is from His; thus praying with true piety and reverential fear.  When one stops to examine the significance of the cross (in regards to our prayers in light of accepted New Testament theology) the mind should at once begin to rejoice at the incredible resources that we as believers have been given access to all because of the obedience of one man: the Lord Jesus Christ.  Can you name any other great leader in all of history that granted to their subjects unlimited access to theur throne anytime of the day or night.  Yet for those of us who are true believers in Jesus Christ, that fulfill in our spirit the essential and basic requirements for Christian living and who strive to maintain the accepted practices of the Christian life: we have been given open and unrestricted access to the very presence, source and author of all of creation by means of his Holy Spirit, which he gives with abundance to those that ask. Even the seemingly least and most insignificant in God’s kingdom (a kingdom that cannot be received or lived out by any earthly methods or means) have been granted equal access, strength, and ability to draw nigh to God; thus to approach the very throne room of his grace where Christ sits as the divine intercessor and mediator for all that put their trust in Him.  He does this by declaring us “not guilty” to the Father in the presence of the holy angels as well as to silence Satan, the accuser of the brethren, who just like a child seemingly has to be told over and over again that God chooses not to hold anything against those whom he has called to love him and receive his salvation in their inner man. This is true for all God’s children who sincerely love him no matter what their present circumstance our situation may be.


A`gia,zw is translated in the Greek LXX from the Hebrew Old Testament word q’dosh142 times (plus once in the book of Judith), much more than from any other Hebrew word. Therefore it may be safely assumed these words have very much in common and may even be held in the readers mind as almost identical (in regards to their respective languages) although q’dosh may in certain cases have a somewhat larger meaning that that is generally recognized as being attributed to a`gia,zw, as there are generally many more Greek words that are available to describe Hebrew words than vice versa; as the Greek language is by comparison a much larger entity of words.

[2] John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”.

Shamar Hebrew Word Study

25 May

Aside from my current work on the Hebrew word ‘hesed’ I have a few other studies that I am working on as well.  When I need a break from one I jump to another, thus it may take more time actually finish a study but when done, there are usually five or six more that follow closely behind.  Here is paragraph 1 from a study on the hebrew word ‘shamar’.  This study will also have colored charts and pictures and I expect will be between 3-4 pages in length.  Until then shalom and happy memorial day!

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TSC Sermon Video: The Wayward Church Will Soon Be Ashamed

17 May

Here is another incredible sermon by Pastor Carter Conlon… it will stir your soul!  <Click>

Yet Another Hesed Update…

14 May

Well, much to my utmost dismay and disappointment it seems inevitable that the word study of hesed be postponed yet again.  I am currently sorting through material from a variety of different resources that will no doubt delay the completion of this study.  It seems that the more I learn the more I realize that there is more yet to learn! 

Anyway, as a means to end this post I will paste a copy of the most recent diagram that I have made for my research.  And as always: questions, comments, feedback please!

Thanks again.

John

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The First Beatitude

10 May

“Blessed (happy) are the humble (or poor) in spirit, for they are in fact the very essence of the kingdom of heaven.”

Please note: This commentary is only designed and intended to but briefly deal with the translation as presented to the reader above.  It is my desire to extend this commentary a bit further at a later date; focusing more on the original grammar and syntax from the Greek perspective and text as well as to trace it’s origins to the Hebrew, from whence it was originally translated.  But for now, may it suffice to say that I believe this is by far one of the most accurate of the English translations that we have available at our disposal today; that fully embraces the thought and mindset of the Hebrew author and his intended audience.  For those that cannot (or simply do not) wish to for me to write an additional commentary on the said above, I will most happily provide for you a link (here) to a source that will help to aid you in your pursuit of understanding the linguistic nature of this passage, as it did my own.  Happy reading, God’s blessings and peace be upon you all.

Sincerely,                                                                                                 John Mark Butzu

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The focus of this text is not geared (as some have thought) toward the physical aspects surrounding the creature, but rather is concerned primarily with the inward status and condition of the human heart.  It is this condition above all else that determines whether the professing Christian truly experiences for himself the blessings and benefits of being identified with the kingdom of heaven; and frankly from knowing God at all.

What qualifies a believer to receive the gifts and blessings of this verse?  The answer is actually found in one word: poverty.  What qualifies a soul to partake in the kingdom of heaven is just what this verse implies.  One must be morally and spiritually without hope (and destitute) in their own sight (and in the all consuming presence and love of the Savior) to receive the love of Christ into their earthly lives.  It is strictly those men and women who possess in themselves the knowledge that without Christ they are absolutely nothing: spiritually destitute and without strength to perform anything on their own that generally receive the blessings that come from Almighty God.

The proper attitude one should always possess can be clearly seen from reading the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector who were praying at the temple found in Luke 18: 9-14.  The Pharisee, who believing in his own goodness, sought to commend himself to God being motivated by his own religious efforts apart from the workings of the cross (the grace of our Lord) is beautifully contrasted against a detestable and vile sinner, who in sheer desperation, and having had the realization of his own worthlessness and wretchedness, beat his fists repeatedly upon his chest, not daring to even lift his eyes toward heaven, while pleading with God for mercy for his wicked behavior.  We see it is the first man that is clearly condemned by Jesus while the second is in essence received with open arms into the tender embrace and compassion of the heavenly Father.

It is this inward nature of the human heart that willingly embraces its own poverty in exchange for the power and love of Jesus Christ that is in essence the prerequisite if you will for obeying all other known scripture.  Without this coveted and truly remarkable, wonderful condition all hope will be lost for the individual who wishes but in vain for spiritual advancement and progress.  The human heart must above all else learn to quickly and readily identify and to despise all of its even most positive and genuine self interests apart from Christ as well as its desires and natural feelings of pride and feelings of self worth at having secured perhaps many victories and accomplishments apart from the knowledge and cross of Jesus Christ.  The following thought taken loosely from Hannah’s song of thanksgiving (1st Samuel 2) “the rich he hath sent away empty but the lowly (humble or poor in spirit) he has satisfied to their hearts content and upmost desire” is most appropriate.”  This is the heart that Christ is well pleased with and so desires.  This is the heart that hears the Saviors’ voice and obeys its every command.  And this is the kind of heart that will, as it is spend all of eternity with God.

Other examples of this beautiful condition of the human heart as well as of this beatitude can be seen in men like the apostle Paul, who in his letter to the church at Ephesus writes: Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints.” There is no hint or trace of selfish boasting or feelings of pride at his spiritual achievements.  He knew that it was not by his own strength, might or reason that miracles occurred and many sinners were saved.  The human heart that has this revelation is most precious in the eyes of the Lord and is the finest thing we as Christians have to willingly offer back to God.  That is why all work and spiritual activity no matter how great it may appear to be from man’s perspective, but that does not stem from essentially a “broken heart” and “filled with compassion,” is in God’s sight essentially rubbish and an affront to his true nature and holiness.  Christian works, motivated by hearts not smitten with the love, humility and respect for a holy God will be swept away and will burn on the day that they are judged; through which all believers must stand.  Paul knew this, and I believe that this above all else is why God could truly do so much with his life.  Thus his prayerful and joyful declaration in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Another example (or aspect) of this type of heart behavior can be found in the book of James 4:9-10 which reads: Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Here we see James instructing believers to return to their first love and to “break up the fallow ground” so to speak of their calloused and hardened hearts. (Hosea 10:12)  We find that these believers had never truly been exposed to the light and deep, inner probings of the Holy Spirit; for we find from the beginning of this chapter up until these verses complete spiritual confusion and chaos in the lives of these believers who were constantly seeking to run after and excel strictly in the things of this world. (See James 4:1-9)  It could be argued that perhaps many of these believers had at one time known the breaking of the exterior condition of the human heart, yet through willful negligence, laziness and spiritual apathy had grown cold and/or indifferent to the things of the Lord, thus allowing the flesh to dominate and wreak havoc in their personal lives.   James was calling for true and genuine repentance of exalting one’s self before the goodness and grace of our Lord, and if necessary to re-circumcise the callousness of the human heart in order to partake and to receive of the promises of the Lord once again in their lives.

The human heart in many ways is like the skin that seeks to live and to grow on top of our fingernails and toes (the cuticle).  Although some element of the cuticle is necessary for protection against bacteria and disease, too much of it tends to make the body look bad.  To stop this undesirable growth from taking place, we must continually take the pruning knife (or blade) into our hands; seeking to remove what we deem as unnecessary and counterproductive to the beauty and body as a whole.  Without careful diligence to restrict the unwanted growth, we would have a mess on our hands: literally.  In the same way, Christians must continually be on their guard against all unnecessary growth and development in the human heart that at its core is counterproductive to the life of Jesus Christ and the cause of Christianity as a whole.  If not brought under submission and checked on a daily basis through prayer, meditation and contemplation of the Word of God; our natural thoughts, mental processes and human reasoning (not the actual tissues and organs) will be alive and actively searching for an avenue to seductively creep into our daily lives, thus mixing the vile with sacred, all with the singular purpose of destroying our fellowship and sweet communion with the Spirit of God.  It is true that the apostle Paul cries out in the 8th chapter of the book of Romans: “What shall be able to separate me from the love of Christ?” with the implication that nothing of this world; neither angels or death or principalities or powers would be able to stop God from loving us.  It is we that stop ourselves from loving Him!  Note that in Jeremiah God says that our hearts are desperately wicked: who can know it?

In light of our present condition, there is only one thing that has the power to boast of possessing the remedy to our current crises: prayer!  Paul instructed his converts numerous times to be on the lookout for anything foreign that would attempt to come between them and their love for the Father.  We must continually be on our guard and endeavor to seek to maintain a watchfulness against all counter-productiveness in our walk with the Lord, so that He might be free to fully use our earthen vessels while on this earth for His awesome glory and His glory alone.  Hallelujah!  Amen.

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Who Will Be Raptured?

7 May

Editor’s Note:  This is a follow up commentary to the question: "Who will be raptured" addressed to Choo Thomas.  This is a commentary on her answer written by the website administrator (I assume) name Bill _____? 

April 1, 2009

Who will be Raptured? The answer will likely surprise you. It surprised me!

In light of Sister Choo’s Urgent Message posted on Feb. 17 2009, we, as the Body of Christ, need to be like the Berean’s and examine all messages to see if it’s scriptural (Acts 17:11).

A little bit of background about myself: I first read "Heaven is so real" in 2004 and had the privilege of corresponding with Sister Choo Thomas thorough emails. I later had the privilege of setting up her website (http://www.choothomas.com) and helped her make a short video. From 2005 onwards, I’ve met Choo and her husband Roger on three separate occasions and maintained regular contact with her via email and telephone conversations. I’ve been a Christian since 1992 and I must say that Sister Choo is the most God fearing and obedient Christian I’ve ever met, by far. No one I’ve met even comes close to her in these last two points and I believe this is why the Lord Jesus has chosen her for His end time work.

Before Sister Choo released her Feb. 17th Urgent Message, she had already told me by phone that "God said not too many Christians will be raptured and whoever does get raptured will have to stand before the judgment seat." (2 Corinthians 5:10) She also said "Even after we are raptured not too many Christians will enter His Kingdom." Her last point shocked me and when she told me on the phone about this, I was in denial and said to myself, "maybe I didn’t hear her properly" or "maybe it was her English and she meant to say something else." I suspect I’m not the only one who did this.

When Sister Choo released her Feb. 17th Urgent Message and it reiterated her point that after rapture not all believers will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, I could no longer be in denial of the meaning of her message – what she wrote on her urgent message is exactly what I heard her say on the phone. Therefore I had no choice but to look into scripture and see if her message is consistent with the Word of God, the Bible. No message or messenger is above Acts 17:11.

Interesting enough, when I went to seek God for understanding, it was not specifically related to who will be raptured, but when (the signs) and understanding the book of revelations. It was on the morning of March 7th 2009 that the Lord gave me understanding of Sister Choo’s message (praise God!) and I was stunned for the remainder of that day.

For the longest time, I held the belief that the good Christians will be raptured and the not so good ones will be left behind, but there were some scriptures that didn’t fit this scenario. Below are some examples:

1. Parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).
Matthew 25:1-13 (The Parable of the Ten Virgins)
1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Interpretation:
The Bible often refers the church as "a chaste virgin to Christ." (2Cor 11:2) or a "bride to Christ" (Matt. 9:15). The Ten Virgins represent the Church and her meeting the bridegroom represents Jesus’ rapture of His church, for the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb." (Rev. 19:7-10). In vs5 we see that the bridegroom was delayed. I believe Jesus has delayed the rapture of His church because His bride was not ready for Him! The wise virgins had their lamps burning, being the Light of the World (Matt. 5:14). Jesus said "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness" (John 8:12). The five foolish virgins in vs4 were in darkness at the time of the rapture and thus cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. They were not given a second chance (ie. to enter God’s Kingdom via going through the great tribulation).

Luke 12:35-47 (The Faithful and Evil Servant)
35 "Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour." 41 Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?" 42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.

Interpretation
The above verses refer to each church member as "be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast" vs36. This is referring to the rapture because of vs46. Jesus expects His followers to be faithful and walk according to His commandments vs42-43. Jesus did not die for us so that we can live in sin (Heb. 10:26). When Jesus returns for His church (rapture), and finds any member living in certain unrepentant sins (there are certain sins God will not tolerate, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Cor. 6: 9-11), those disobedient Christians will be cast outside of the kingdom and be punished even more severely than an unbeliever vs46-47.

Mark 13:32-37 (No One Knows That Day or Hour)
32 "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35Therefore stay awake-for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning- 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."

Interpretation:
Mark 13:32-37 is basically a summary of Luke 12:35-47.

Matthew 24:36-44 (No One Knows That Day and Hour)
36 "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Interpretation:
Jesus is talking about the rapture. vs36,vs42, and vs44. The rapture will take place before the great tribulation because of vs37-38. This is because once the world is in the great tribulation, I don’t think the world’s inhabitants will be doing much partying or marrying. vs40 describes in more detail what the rapture will be like; a sudden disappearing of believers, not mentioning if these were faithful believers in the Lord or not. Again, this implies that the spiritual state of those raptured believers is not known. This is why Jesus said "you also MUST be ready" vs44 because there will be no second chances for disobedient Christians to enter His Kingdom after they are raptured.

In summary, the scriptures that have been presented so far pertain to the rapture of the Church. Those who are raptured will be judged. Based on this judgment, some Christians will enter into the Kingdom, some will be outside of the Kingdom. This is because the disobedient Christians have had their names blotted out from the lamb’s book of life (Rev. 3:5). Contrary to what some may believe, Jesus doesn’t blot our names from the book of life every time we sin and put our names back on when we repent. He only blots unrepentant Christians from the "Book of Life" once, and that is on judgment day. This is why He says WE MUST BE READY!

Based on my study of the Bible, I now know that Sister Choo’s Feb. 17 Urgent Message on The Rapture, specifically says that some of those who are raptured may not be able to enter into God’s kingdom is entirely biblical. She also mentions that "not too many Christians will be raptured," because it’s all up to us to be raptured and enter into God’s kingdom. We all must be ready and waiting. (Luke 21:34-38)

At the time of her writing, I don’t believe Sister Choo understood the theological ramifications of her urgent message, but was just saying what the Lord Jesus Christ told her to say. When I looked into the scriptures, I realized that what she said is what the Bible has been saying to us all along! Whoever is raptured will stand in His judgement, some will enter into His Kingdom, some will be outside the Kingdom. This is why Jesus said "YOU ALSO MUST BE READY." Matt. 24:44

God bless you all!

Bill

The Secret Power of Suffering

7 May

1212192289iFohlz Today I was waiting in the car for what seemed like hours (actually it was a few hours) as a friend if mine was visiting one of her relatives.  As the process of what seemed like death was happening, (it was very hot) and as feelings such as “God, are you punishing me?” was floating around and around in my brain, yet being careful not to yield to…
1) anger at myself for allowing myself to be trapped into this kind of position:
2) bitterness toward God for allowing me to suffer like this  (I had planned to study all day back at the dock).
I was suddenly and rather unexpectedly asked to come inside to refresh myself on the third floor of the elegant looking condo.  Shortly after my arrival the Holy Spirit came upon me as I proceeded to share some of the testimonies I have seen and read of believers in other parts of the world that are being subjected to horrible injustices and unimaginable suffering.  I quoted from “The Heavenly Man” by brother Yun, a Chinese house pastor who miraculously escaped from China, as well as from the late Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs magazine, a free monthly publication sent to my address that tells true stories of those suffering for the cause of Christ today.  I then moved from the living room into the kitchen where I began to talk to one of the ladies who was the housekeeper where she proceeded to tell me about both her sons who were far away from God.  The first, a father of four is an alcoholic.  The second younger, only 22, is addicted to crack cocaine.  Both have been in prison before and said that she prays for them day and night.  Her father was an alcoholic, her late husband was an alcoholic, and her sons are both as I previously have mentioned in desperate need of God’s divine intervention.

As she was speaking I had an intense desire to pray right then for her two sons, the most precious things to her left in this world.  At first I began to hesitate, because I do this all the time, and Satan attempts to instill in me unbelief as to how effective my prayers are in these type’s of situations.  (Often I never see the people that I pray for again!)  Today was different!  Immediately, the Holy spirit directed my prayers as the new tongues came forth that I had never known, without any interference from my emotions in the least.

Side note: For those that may be skeptical of “tongues,” the gift of speaking in unknown languages marked the beginning of the early church.  As we continue to draw nearer and nearer to the return of Jesus Christ, you can be sure that all the gifts mentioned in the early church will be in full operation; welcoming the Creator Redeemer back to his earth.)

Evangelism, suffering, the dying to all that is worldly divine healings and the like will be common activities in the body before the return of the Lord.  America wake up!  The church as a whole in our nation is the church that is found in the book of revelation chapter three.  We are the poor, the blind the weak the needy the crippled the lame, yet we boast of going all the way and enjoying sweet fellowship with Jesus Christ.  What a slap in the face of a Jesus.  I know the Lord has directed me to live according to the scripture found in 2 Corinthians 6:17,  saying “be ye separate and clean and i will receive you … touch not the unclean thing”  My dearly beloved and much loved ones, do not be fooled. To have fellowship with this world is to commit spiritual adultery and fornication.  Never allow anything to break your fellowship and communion with Almighty God. Before I was a Christian, I did all sorts of wicked, evil deeds, committing crimes and playing music on behalf of the prince of this world, Satan.  Do not be deceived my dearly beloved, God is not mocked; for what ever a man sows that will he also reap.  (And that is my message for the secular so called Christian music and entertainment industry.)  God will judge sin, all sin, and according to a good, sound understanding of the Old testament as echoed in 1 Peter 4:17 “Judgment begins at the house of God.” Be careful whom you chose to associate with!  Your life may depend upon it, either in this world or else in the world to come.  And take my advice, you will wish you had listened as heaven is a very real dwelling, as is hell.

Going back to my story, as I began to pray, immediately I began to pray first for her older son, the father of four girls.  As I proceeded to begin to pray for the younger one again, I felt God began to direct my every word and the Spirit began to make intercession through me as i yielded to His will.  It was not a long prayer but I knew the will God had been sprung forth, or as I will use the phrase “was motivated into action.”  It is not that he needs us to pray, he refuses to act unless we do.  This is the Word of God.  In the Old Testament God marveled “that there was no one to stand in the gap* for the land, that he might not destroy it…”

*[stand in the gap = to intercede by much prayer and fasting]

Abraham in the Old testament also was literally “sprung into action,” interceding remarkably not only for his wayward nephew Lot, but for an entire land filled with sodomites and wicked, proud, sinful people so given over to their vile passions that they even tried to raping angels sent by God!  We must do the same beginning today, pouring out our hearts to the Lord, and pleading for His will and mercy for those we know, in spite of the severe persecution and judgments that lay ahead for this nation.  A remnant must be saved!  Christian, will you partner with me by fasting and praying for the souls of this great land?

[Back to the article]  To recap my adventure today, one thing above all else stands out.  Learn to suffer now, during the good times.  Many times my negative attitudes in the past have literally stopped the Holy Spirit from being able to use me in the way that I know he would have desired to in certain situations.  Yet God is faithful, and will not allow his children to go unchecked for too long when necessary.  The way to know whether or not your are truly God’s child is this -do you trust Him?  Does He gently correct you, often if necessary?  Do you wake up in the morning with His praise on your lips, His word in your heart?  Dear friend please, one day it will be too late… accept His blood and atonement for your sins now while you read this post, before it’s too late… “The night is far spent, the day is at hand, let us therefore cast off [all] the works of darkness, and let us put on the [full] armor of light.” Romans 13:12

Your comments here are always welcome.  Shalom.  Peace be with you.

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P.S.S  Here is what I am currently listening to… great music to block out all the noise of my current locale!  [Click here] you have to press play [the purple triangle]

Like what you heard? … check out her website/or go buy the album!

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The Tribulation has begun!

6 May

Editor’s note:  This is an urgent message copied directly from Choo Thomas’ website (minus one grammatical correction) at www.choothomas.com

During 2006, 2007 and 2008 God showed so many Christians the rapture as well as some unbelievers.  These visions made so photoman070300224_thumb[36]many people excited about the rapture and at the same time some of us were very disappointed because it had not happen yet. I believe God wanted to stir our hearts up for the rapture so we can be prepared for it at anytime.

The Lord told me a few months ago that the tribulation has already begun. He is warning and preparing people for the rapture but realized not many are paying attention to the signs of the rapture and they will be very surprised because He is going to only bring those who are ready and waiting for Him. God also said He has given enough chances for everybody to be ready for His coming. Now the tribulation has begun and this means the rapture could happen at any time for those who are ready and waiting. After He raptures His chosen ones, then the antichrist will take over the world and great disasters  will come to those left behind especially those Christians who refuse to receive the Mark of the Beast (#666). God said not too many Christians will be raptured and whoever does get raptured will have to stand before the judgment seat (2 Corinthians 5:10) and our work will be tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Even after we are raptured not too many Christians will enter His Kingdom because their hearts are not pure enough. When God says these words they really scare me and whoever has read the book should already know these things.

Clear WaterWhen the Lord took me to Heaven the first couple of times, He showed me crystal clear water and said one’s heart has to be as clear as this in order to enter His Kingdom. When the Lord told me this, I was very scared and I wondered how anyone’s heart could be this pure. I always live in fear of God ever since He showed me the water. This is the reason why I still spend a lot of time with the Lord by praying and having a relationship with Him daily. I know it is hard for people who work to spend long hours with the Lord but please do your best to spend as much time as you can and let Him be the center of your life not just sometimes but always. Without a relationship with the Lord and not living in fear of God, one cannot please Him. We have to make sure the Holy Spirit is pleased with us continually. He is the one who raised Jesus from the dead to Heaven (Romans 8:11). My heart’s desire is that all my brothers and sisters in the Lord will be raptured.

When I saw Linda’s prophetic words, it really impressed me. I prayed about it and the Lord told me to have it posted on my imv061000030website. Some people complained about who Linda is but the truth is I did not know Linda but rather the message (the part posted on my web site) and how it is biblical. The message posted on my website from Linda is very similar to what God tells me and also what He wants His Bride to be. It hurts me to see the way some Christians live and behave and they don’t know what it takes to be the Bride of Jesus. We cannot let anyone or anything come before God no matter what the situation. We have to know that He has to be above everyone and everything in our lives. According to Luke 14:26-27, none of our family members or loved ones can ever be put before our Lord Jesus who died for us. PRAISE THE LORD. Anyone who wants to be holy has to live by the word of God. We have to walk a narrow path (Matthew 7:14). Whatever hardship comes into our lives we have to endure as good soldiers of the Lord (2 Timothy 2:3).

Some Christians believe by doing great wUnforgivenessork for God they will enter the Kingdom (Matthew 7:22-23). The most important part of our salvation is total obedience and love (Matthew 5:19; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:23-24). We must love others enough to witness to them to also be saved. Jesus died for our soul, if we truly love the Lord and want to please Him, we have to die from the world because we cannot love both (1 John 2:15-16). God is love and He wants us to love all not just believers and if we have unforgiveness in our hearts that is a great sin. We have to forgive and not hate others no matter what they have done to us. His word says the people who are living in darkness are the ones who do not forgive (1 John 2:11). If one does not forgive then they also cannot be forgiven by God and that will prevent that person from entering the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 6:14-15). As much as the Lord suffered for our eternity, whatever we sacrifice for Him is really insignificant because no suffering that we will ever endure can ever be compared to what He went through.

Some Christians think when they receive the Lord into their hearts by faith that is all they have to do in their Christian life but this actually is a deception from the Devil. According to Philippians 2:12, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We must never forget that without a pure heart no one can see the Lord (Matthew 5:8, Ephesians 5:27, Hebrews 12:14). God is so holy that any defiled thing cannot enter His Kingdom. I believe this is why God showed me so many people outside His Kingdom and that is called the valley. Some people tell me that being in the valley is better than Hell. Yes, of course it is better than Hell, but we still have a chance to receive the wonderful promises of God if we enter His Kingdom. All He requires from us is a small sacrifice and that is to be obedient and to love Him above all. Jesus suffered and died for our eternity so why shouldn’t we receive all that He prepared for us?

Imageseeker-1100134267_thumb[21]We should be looking forward to being the most beautiful Bride of Christ. Why shouldn’t we give up all worldly habits and try to please the Lord? We are only on this earth for such a short period of time but with the Lord it will be forever and the happiest time we could ever imagine. Whatever we sacrifice while we are here on  earth is all worth it. In Linda’s message she commented on how Christians are watching too much television. Truly reborn Christians do not watch worldly things on television or listen to worldly music. Like God says, we cannot enjoy both the world and Him.

We must understand that the tribulation has begun but none of us will know the day or hour when the rapture will actually occur. We have to patiently wait and never give up, just be ready and waiting for the Lord because no one can understand God’s will (Isaiah 55:8-9). I believe those who are not ready and waiting are going to be very surprised how soon the rapture could happen.

The Lord is concerned about some pastors and He is very dissatisfied with them because they are not teaching about the End times, Rapture and Mark of the Beast (# 666). God says these pastors are going to be left behind with members of their 1186521270KHdSg7 congregation and most of those church bodies will receive the Mark of the Beast because they have never been taught what will happen to them if they receive this number. This is why the Lord says most Christians left behind will become Satan’s. The Lord also said most churches that have business on His holy day (buying and selling things) and are not teaching His church bodies not to spend money on the Lord’s day. According to the Lord, Christians should only use money on the Lord’s day for tithes and offerings (Nehemiah 10:31 and 13:15, 1 Corinthians 16:2).

I am humble and thankful to God for allowing me to write this for my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray this message from our Lord will be a blessing and an eye opener to every reader so His Bride will be ready and waiting for the rapture of the Body of Christ, Amen.

Peace and all spiritual blessing to every reader.

To God be all the glory and honor.

MARANATHA!!!

Choo Thomas

Editor’s Note: This post has been copied with permission from Choo Thomas’ website [minus the pictures]…  You may visit her site here at www.choothomas.com.

What about Hell?

5 May

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity of reviewing a number of different testimonies concerning people that had died and seen hell.  I have compared these to what I personally experienced before I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Instead of cutting and pasting the different articles that would take up a lot of space, I will instead provide the sources for you to visit for yourself by clicking on the links below.  (Exceptions are the videos)

You may click on these links:

Written Testimonies

Testimony of 7 Columbian teens while in a prayer meeting:

– Other Links

Audio

Jennifer Perez

Mary Baxter

– To Hell and back (Dr. Rawlings)

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

More tracks:

Video Testimonies

– Ian McCormick’s Testimony

– Bill Wiese’s Testimony

Choo Thomas (Heaven and Hell)
To Hell and Back, a study of NDE/OBE Near Death Experiences by Dr. Rawlings

Ronald Reagan

Other Links

A brief note on Biblical Word Studies…

15 Apr

Here is a short and (might I add) very well put piece of advice that I stumbled across while surfing the Trinity College Website located in Toronto, Canada.  I believe it correctly outlines the need and proper procedure for conducting any Biblical word study:

"Two factors need to be considered when doing a word study:

A single word by itself conveys very little: it is seldom an adequate guide to a biblical idea. Thus a word like "holy" needs to be studied in its various contexts if we are to discover what the full biblical idea of holiness is. Word study is only valuable as a means of pursuing a given theme: it is only a means to an end. Ideas not words are our goal, and few ideas are tied to a single word.

Since the Bible was not written in English and no translation is perfect, words in the English Bible can represent two or more different words in the original language and the range of meanings in one English word does not do justice to the complexity of the original. The word study tries not only to get at the meaning but also the thought processes of the Hebrew or Greek authors. The context should indicate the meaning of the word being studied. The word study should be based on the Hebrew and Greek originals."

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