I was in a slightly heated debate yesterday concerning the Bible passage about the meaning of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25: 1-13. The reason for this is NOT an academic reason concerning doctrinal understanding, rather it goes much deeper than that to the heart of people’s “eternal security “ as it brings into question at a personal level the question whether or not they actually have, or are following Christ!
The Lord showed me this, this morning as I awoke. Now then, in making such a statement “most” will immediately be offended, as this revelation was received by me, by way of the cross, which is always offensive to “enemies of the cross” and is indeed coined in Scripture as the “offence of the cross”. This is why Jesus said that you will be hated of all men for my namesake. Even those who claim to be followers of him, but have never seen him or known him spiritually, and is what the Bible is all about, in being written to actual disciples, who actually have a living relationship with the Lord God of Israel!
I have noticed that one of Satan’s counterfeit to this, always conceived and promoted in the mind and always operating in the natural, independent of the Lord, is Bible based beliefs’ about “physical Israel” as opposed to “spiritual Israel” – (the elect) whom the Bible is actually addressing, always turns into am intellectual or theological discussion by defaulting to the natural mind, instead of being led by the Holy Spirit of God in Christ. The natural mind receives not the things of God, so if I have lost you it is not because of some emotionally driven understanding that I have, but rather, you cannot receive on a spiritual level, shall I call it the “wavelength” which the Lord actually transmits on, to his actual followers.
So then, physical Israel must then become the focus of prophecy, as that can be understood to some degree within natural understanding on the world stage. I see allot of posts on Israel and the United States as an example within so called Christian blogs, video transmissions, books and so forth, yet this is all irrelevant, as it is simply leaning to natural understanding; which an actual disciple shouldn’t give a hang about, as it is all based in carnality and human pride.
I am using this passage in Matthew 25 to show that fallen carnality is most often used when attempting to teach the Bible nowadays, it is showing how men will not endure sound doctrine, but would rather have their ears tickled by what they wish to hear! In the beginning of the texts it plainly states [Matt 25: 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.]
The Kingdom of heaven is speaking to, the Kingdom of heaven which is inside of all those who are with the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. The Bridegroom is Jesus Christ himself, whom actual disciples know and are supposed to abide in as a faithful bride. The Harlot Church [Rev 17] in contrast are those who are unfaithful and “none of his”, who are drunk on the blood of the saints (spiritually speaking) and the martyrs of Jesus.
To teach that the one set of five virgins are for the “church age” and that the others five virgins are in “the time of Jacobs troubles” the 144,000 found in Revelation 7 (after the admittance to the wedding, then wedding feast, is ludicrous to put under the microscope in this manner), as the passage taken in contexts is speaking about being ready for the wedding feast of the lamb – and does not include those who were unprepared in having and abiding in the Holy Spirit of God, which is symbolized by the oil in representation!
To me, this is the mixing of apple and oranges in using eschatology, while attempting to tie in the ten virgins of Matthew 25, the five of which were not ready, can not to my understanding, be tied into Revelation 7. Luke 12:35-37 will take allot more prayer and research, in seeing if the texts are in proper order and translation; which I suspect the meaning has been unintentionally mis- written, or lost in translation, as it would seem to conflict with other scriptures to best of my knowledge?
And even if there were some obscure spiritual meaning in relating to the blood line tribes of Israel towards the end of the age, this would not negate that these elect are any different than any other elect individuals of God, with the exception that they are attempting to understand an event which could even be a millennium off in the future, which surely doesn’t concern them nor the ten virgin allegory as found in Matthew 25: 1-13. This is a tough one, but I am confident I will be shown, if it concerns me in the future.
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I was in a slightly heated debate yesterday concerning the Bible passage about the meaning of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25: 1-13. The reason for this is NOT an academic reason concerning doctrinal understanding, rather it goes much deeper than that to the heart of people’s “eternal security “ as it brings into question at a personal level the question whether or not they actually have, or are following Christ!
I write this tonight as I am reminded of a brutal election, and many Pastors took the position that Christians should not concern themselves with the “things of the world”.
As a principled conservative, who believes in a Lord God honoring culture, I feel it is only right to cast a vote for the representative who will best represent my views.
Now of course I do realize, that the Lord God of Israel is still on His throne and will allow or disallow whomever and whatever he chooses to do, and it is my ultimate goal to indeed follow Him first in all that I do, with His leading in my life to the best of my ability.
What I do not comprehend, is if I vote for the one who most closely represents the majority of my personal convictions, how than could I be wrong? If my representative in this fight would lose an election, that would not diminish my faith in the Lord in the least. Neither would it diminish who I am.
So why are so many condemned as not being a true follower of Jesus Christ, being that they cast a conscientious vote, and some are condemned for not voting as well? To not vote is a matter of the will, as is the decision to vote. But since I am speaking about voting as being worldly, allow me to continue with my assessment. To me it is an absurd position to be condemned for voting, even if that leader turns out to walk in wickedness at a later date. That would also have no reflection on me or the principles which I hold dear as a person.
Rather it is my feeling that it is the one who does not know who they are, or what they believe in is the issue. Many of which are being tossed around by the every wind of change, the newest viewpoint or teaching, the polls, these are the most ungrounded and unprincipled types of people to me, often projecting onto others a type of false guilt, for being involved in the marketplace of ideas.
If one is so disgusted by politics and politicians, then don’t vote, don’t hold an opinion about the world stage, or events of your time. Be a fatalist if you like, and just trust in your Lord, and simply move forward with your life. That is fine with me, but how dare this type of characters cast aspersions on other brethren, who may be involved in their community’s policies, of being less than committed to following the Lord in all good conscience. To my way of thinking, that is passing the wrong type of judgment, while projecting oneself to being beyond reproach within their personal spiritual walk.
Of course no man, no matter how well-intentioned, will ever be able to obtain flawless governance (as only God could do that). Yet the real question is what is the character of a leader, and how well can they complete a given task. Leadership is measured by results, and destructiveness and waste has never been the sign of a good leader. So if you are fortunate enough to have a say in who will be a leader, (and many do not) why then would you sit ideally bye especially when given a direction you don’t agree with?
I feel we are to be good stewards of what we have been given, extending outside of just our homes, to “down the street” and beyond in all we have been made stewards of. Speaking as a retired military man; in no small way within our Republic should we not be proactive in protecting what we have been given.
The bottom line is, if you feel led to vote, vote, if not then take a pass, but lets not confuse discernment with judgment. Jesus said to render unto Caesar what was Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, when he was being trapped by the Pharisees. So there is no shame in us doing the same.
The founding fathers, although many were associated with the Mason’s, and admittedly have designed Masonic undertones (witchcraft) in the layout of the capital, were visibly built using much Roman architecture to reflect the Roman republic, prior to Augustus Caesar in 27 BC.
This new Constitutional government was designed to focus on individual liberties, without the interference of an all-powerful and oppressive central government, or Monarchy’s so common in the old world for centuries.
Federalism, although misunderstood today, is actually based on the limitations of a centralized government. Federalism was designed to put limits on power, by a breakdown of powers in using checks and balances in the different offices created to protect liberties, rather than rule by sheer unadulterated power over the people. It is limited by State powers, Counties, and local Municipalities’. Anti-federalist, (used to traditional European rule) debated the Federalist’s years prior to legal bills being voted upon, and then finally ratified by congress into the U.S. Constitution.
The objective of this new system of governance by the founders was to take advantage “by design” the wickedness of men, by instituting checks and balances’ of powers. This was to become the grand American experiment never attempted before, which eventually changed the world forever, in the course of human endeavor and productivity, whose people enjoyed an unparalleled freedom.
In the beginning, the “new” United States of America, would not allow foreign governments and banks to manipulate their currency, as it was considered a direct part of the people’s labor and considered subservient only to the people, like their newly formed government was designed to be.
America was not immune by attacks and being manipulated by foreign powers. During the American Civil War, world banks and secret societies including the Jesuits in Rome, attempted to undermine and destroy the union, and Protestantism, as to possess and reap the benefits of a very fertile land and its people.
Abraham Lincoln understood that divide and conquer techniques were being applied from all those who would benefit from the nation’s demise. Slavery was always understood to be one of the greatest devises used in opposition to “a more perfect union” as Lincoln put it, since the inception of this new Constitutional form of Government. The Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed by executive order by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 to the rebellious states for military reasons, and because he believed abolition of slavery was the only sound and just solution within the Constitution.
Nowadays, what I consider to be a lot of half-baked, and half-truth conspiracy theories exist today upon the internet. Some are purposely put forth for political reasons, and others are a conglomerate of different historical facts and figures which tend to produce self-fulfilling prophesies and ideals, while still others are done in ignorance, and an out of contexts understanding.
Relativism as taught in many a progressive school, has also produced a blurred understanding of events and powers associated with the “American Experiment”, which in my view, has been more successful than any other form of Government ever produced by humanity in the history of the world.
This is not to say that a believer in Jesus Christ, in any way shape or form should worship such man orchestrated institutions, yet perspective does demand that they be placed in balance within the fallen world.
Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world, and it certainly is not, so we must focus on him alone within our daily lives and not be distracted by earthly events. Yet if we are to examine earthly institutions, it is only appropriate to do so with a balanced perspective while understanding truth from twisted truths, (otherwise known as lies).
May the Lord God of Israel bless you with the light in which to understand all things within perspective.
In this post, I wanted to share my story about my Cocker Spaniel “Molly” and her consistent desire to please her owners.
For a short time in my life, I raised finches. These little birds would answer me when shouting “birdies” from my bedroom in the morning, they would even take to using my hair in the construction of their nests, but never any dog hair!
One day I decided to open the top of a constructed bird-cage which I had made, as the store purchased cage soon grew much too small to house all my birds. It was a regrettable move, for as soon as I opened the top, all my bird flew out within the house.
It seemed about a half hour went by before retrieving all my birds and returning them to the cleaned out cage… All accept the mother bird who hatched all the offspring that is! I was exhausted, even attempting to use a fish net to try to snag this very fast-moving mother, without injuring her.
I had just about given up, and hoped she would return to the cage on her own. Just then, “snap” my Cocker Spaniel Molly, had jumped up in midair and snatched up my bird within her mouth! I screamed out “Molly no”, but it was too late – then my Cocker Spaniel Molly released the unscathed bird from her mouth ever so gently, releasing her into my hand.
Many of us miss out on the understanding our animals have of us, if you are anything like me, we get so involved in our daily lives, that we often miss out on our pets communicating their love for us in a variety of actions…
I have found that we often do this same thing to our heavenly father, who only wishes to show us His love for us.
This will come as a shock to most, yet I have painfully learned about the seriousness or should I say gravity of actually abiding in Christ throughout my life in the following article.
It is natural for a child of God to try to get along with the world, and the worlds people.
Yet because you have been chosen out of the world, it is impossible to ever be accepted by the world’s people, even within one’s own family. You try very hard to be nice and friendly with folks, yet you will never be accepted by them as the large majority of the world are actually children of the devil, and you will never achieve any type of genuine fellowship with them.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you…
We are taught to be friendly and accepting to others, and as much as leis within you, be at peace with all men – Romans 12:18, but never allow yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security, in thinking you are a part of them. Again, it is only natural to try to fit in, yet this is extremely detrimental to a child of God’s spiritual life with Christ, as compromise with the world is destructive to following the truth, who is Jesus Christ within us.
I have found that one of the biggest obstacles to walking with Christ, is the near look-alike of system religions (systematic theologies) as this is also a part of the world, which is a detraction for actually abiding in Christ oneself. Young believers will find it hard to understand such reasoning, as false brethren adopt Bible doctrines, and even “experiences of God” as their own. Yet they have never seen Him nor known Him.
1 John 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
(Jesus is speaking about walking in the spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, who was yet to come).
Acceptance by the world is enmity against God, you cannot serve two masters, yet MOST who have genuinely started with Christ, take the broad road away from Him, in an effort to be comfortable in the world. To a very large degree these broad road Christians have been pressured by society (Church) to conform to loving the world and its people, over actually following Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth.
We all naturally want acceptance by the world, yet you cannot compromise which is to prostitute the Holy Spirit of God, for the Spirit of Antichrist which dominates this world and the world’s church systems. (Rev 17 – 18).
This is why it is written in 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Most people think that the “Word of God” is the Bible, loosely speaking the texts is the divinely inspired writings composed of letters profitable for reproof and correction, written to the brethren who are spiritual Israel. However, more distinctly the “Word of God” is a living word which is found in the hearts of those who follow the Lord God of Israel in their “heart of hearts” – simply because they love Him above all else.
John 10:27-29 (KJV) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
At this point, (because this is a blog post) most will spiral downward into arguing theology and doctrines: yet that is NOT my point in writing this post today. Rather it is to show that the “Word of God” to me was found in a simple texts written in the 1880’s by J.H. Merryman, called THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE.
“The Lord spoke this to me” sometime after nearly drowning in the Surf at Ocean City, MD., nearly in front of the U.S. Life Saving Museum: a short time after serving my time with the U.S. Coast Guard overseas. I was also very interested in the historic maritime trade and working for the Baltimore Maritime Museum, under command of Capt. Robert Cooper of the Lightship Chesapeake. At the time a floating and operating ambassador for Baltimore City – Recreation and Parks.
A true Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, will understand that our Lord knows our hearts, and the particulars of our lives which will get our attention! It is NOT simply religion we follow, but a living being who speaks to those who know Him, the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Following is from page 12 of by J.H. Merryman’s book, a passage which very personally helped to grow my walk, in experiencing and walking with Christ.
John 4:24 (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Most of those who start with the Lord never register that once the body of believer’s accepts those of a different spirit (1 John 4) within their midst, it is just a matter of time until the spirit of antichrist overruns the fellowship.
Satan, the father of lies, seeks to destroy any actual work of God, by “replacement therapy” that is he replaces the spirit of truth, who is Jesus Christ – with a look alike spirit, or false replacement spirit which is religious in nature.
Remember I am speaking about the spiritual dimension here, and not simply doctrinal or intellectual understanding, which is based on the Bible, rather than dependency upon the leading of the Holy Spirit, who is the Truth of God made manifest to the elect, by the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross.
John 1 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
In the beginning was the word – the “Word of God” this is speaking about the Lord himself, obviously to most, so how is it that a printed texts on a page (Scripture) becomes The Word of God, as commonly espoused? That would be impossible as the Bible was not present in the beginning. It is but a record about God, Satan, and humanity, although divinely inspired.
The Bible is but confirmatory to us who stand on “The Rock”, yet it is not “The Rock itself”, that title is only ever given to the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
At this point many will start thinking theologically, even checking my doctrine against the scripture, which is fine, however let me remind you again that I am speaking about the spiritual world, and the ins and outs of spiritual deceptions given by the master of deception, Satan who is intellectually superior to any human being.
So rather than leaning to our own natural understanding, we must instead push in with Christ in Spirit and in Truth!
Rather than becoming mired in thought, I write this post today with the hope the reader will understand why most churches – “all” institutionalized churches eventually, lead towards spiritual death. That’s right, it is because no matter how well-intentioned ministers may be, that (perhaps unknowingly) they have taken on the role of Jesus Christ himself in the hearts of many followers!
This is the “Spirit of Antichrist” which is consistently used of Satan since the death and resurrection of the Lord, beware!
- Tear up hardwood floors moving furniture.
- Destroy appliances with vacuum cleaner.
- Scratch LCD flat screen with duster.
- Blemish carpeting with cleaners such as bleach.
- Tear out wiring to entertainment center while moving components.
- Overstuff cabinets and drawer till they break.
- Power wash, scrub off, and scratch, antique protective coatings and paint from furniture.
- Damage drywall while jerking electrical cord of vacuum cleaner around corner.
- Put in Dishwasher antique and collector tins, then washing off the painted on advertisements.
- Destroy lawnmowers while using wrong fuel, and riding over ground obstacles.
- Poison, pull out, or cut plants, which stop erosion on critical areas.
- Break items to disrepair while using the wrong tools.
I see a lot of Bible based doctrines attempting to be used in support of Dec 25 in celebrating Christ’s birth. This is a Pagan festival painted with Christian names and dates. Luke 2:1-20 (as an example) merely recognizes Christ’s birth, (probably in the spring of the year) yet as a disciple we are NEVER instructed to do “Christian Religion” about any dates or times, even when using the Bible.
You will remember that only the Galatians ever celebrated dates and times, and the Apostle Paul burned their ears for it. He did this for a very good reason, so as not to become distracted away from the TRUTH, who is only found by abiding in Christ the true vine, and not an “antichrist religious’ spirit” which was created by Satan in using natural understanding to divert people away from actually walking with their Lord, each and every day to include the Sabbath, if one decides in his conscience to keep it.
There is a very fine edge between walking in the spirit of truth, in dependence upon the Lord, and walking independent of him, especially when caught up in doing religion about him, but not actually following him. This is in part because some of those who have made a profession of faith, have never “entered in” with him, and even more have never seen him nor known him.
It is my firm belief as in Revelation 13: that the second beast must become as the first beast, “Christian Universal Religious” the same Spirit of Antichrist as started in the Church of Rome. I can only speculate this is because it is Rome’s seven hills (Revelation 17 a Pagan temple rebuilt) who the mother of Harlots and her daughters will reveal Satan, and the Luciferian doctrines which powers in the world worship, (Revelation 18) so that Satan may take his very short reign upon the earth and then Babylon is destroyed by the “SWORD” of His mouth, and the “BRIGHTNESS” of His coming!
Additionally, the world will worship “Satan as God” while performing many signs and wonders, and only the true elect will NOT BE deceived of this very powerful and false spirit, whose only wish is to be put above the Lord God’s throne so he can be worshiped as such!
Be on guard against this “Spirit of antichrist” which has saturated “the Church”, and only continues to grow in strength within the “false vine” – until Satan is revealed and no longer has need for these whores, who are drunk on the blood of the Saints, and martyrs of Jesus!
Published on Oct 30, 2016
Henry T. Blackaby – was only half right, as he produced courses and books trying to teach a lot of un-regenerates into Jesus Christ.
That cannot be accomplished by human efforts, nor will teaching the Bible to false brethren, ever produce anything good!
Time is like a river.
You cannot touch the water twice,
because the flow that has passed will never pass again.
Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in January, 2015, when he said America will not come back. He wrote:
The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio.Â The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers, union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers”
have ended Norman Rockwell’s America.
You will never again out-vote these people.Â It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away.Â It will take zealots, not moderates and shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
The cocker spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back yard.Â The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the strings on their beige puppet have brought us Act 2 of the New World Order.
The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has been told.
Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness…
: Got the guts to pass it on? You bet I do and just did….
This transcript is from an e-mail I received, I don’t know it’s origins, but felt it was worth posting.
Jesus said, render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and God what is God’s. In my words; Christ is saying we must make a distinction (daily) about our worldly decisions which HE allows in our lives.
Deciding upon the lesser of two evils is a constant for us as we live and breathe in a fallen world. Following Christ is about how much we allow our hearts to be gripped by earthly concerns, instead of living by faith. If we follow Christ, he will show us what we need to do individually.
I have built my life by attempting to follow my Lord, Jesus Christ. But, the whole of the “moral but corrupted man orchestrated church system” (a form of godliness but not the power thereof) follows another spirit, what the Apostle John coined as “the spirit of antichrist” – and Paul called enemies of the cross (on a personal level).
This “Antichrist” terminology is confused with being “against Christ” but the truth be known, it is really a replacement for Christ in the lives of those who have started with him in spirit – and those nominal Christians who have not. Satan uses this replacement to destroy the walk of the actual ecclesia by using those who may have started with Christ, yet became diverted “to another gospel” (how they view doctrines and beliefs) rather than simply following Christ in obedience to His voice within them. In short, these are people wishing to be god’s to others, specifically when using the Bible to try to justify their independence from God, while attempting to take on the role of “Lord” to others. Psychology calls these type of controlling people “sociopathic”, but that’s another subject in and of itself.
Crushing a young brother or sister in the Lord is not difficult for these “Scribes”, some knowing every twist and turn of the scriptures – just like their Father the Devil! This is why Elders must be Men who Know how to Follow Christ in Spirit and in Truth, and not just a system of doctrines and theology used in independence of God by Satan, and his people.
This being crushed to conformity to the world takes on many forms, not the least which is religion, even when claiming the name of Christ. This is the MOST DANGEROUS to an actual child of God, as it is designed specifically to deceive the actual “would be” followers of Christ, (in Spirit and in Truth).
Personally, my Spirit has been crushed again and again by the “Spirit of Antichrist”, shaking my confidence that I could move and function in the “things of God” on my own. This is how Jesus Christ intends it to be for the Sons and Daughters of God, to the Father. This is why it is written there is but one moderator between God and Man, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Mercifully, the Lord God of Israel knows full well of the deceptive spirit of Antichrist, and Her whore daughters as referenced in Revelation 17-18 for example. So, what the Lord attempts to do for his elect, is to try to show them the truth in every situation they may fall into unaware. Of course this is all dependent upon the heart (good ground) of the believer, and secondarily in having real fellowship with real men of God… Not just “Churchmen” or Biblicists” but real followers of Christ, who truly know and understand His workings (intimately). Many “Biblicists” appoint themselves to these type of “positions of leadership” yet, “have never seen Him nor known Him”, via the Holy Spirit – who cannot sin.
Brethren, are you tracking what I am attempting to write; be not deceived by “every spirit” who claims to be the Lord’s, but test the spirits and hold to Him which is real. (1 John 4).
By Brother Roland
How sad that so many people who begin with us find that their Christian life is messed up just by lack of understanding, and getting embroiled with the grey monster.
The fog kills us and we need to be out of it. This is the reason why nothing happens in the grey monster, and it never will. Let’s leave it behind
This video is speaking about how Satan takes great pleasure in defiling anything which once claimed the name of Jesus Christ. Michael Wurmbrand in his letter specifically asked that we share his message with as many as possible in honoring his family name.
Sin is what separates us from Christ, even when we have come to him, and we must learn to walk in only Him who dwells within us!
This is the narrow way which Jesus spoke about, and no man made organization is able to hold Him: that is the Disciples job to do, and Revelation 17 reflects why.
Published on Jul 29, 2016
How sad that so many do not begin to know what the truth is, let alone care.
People tend to focus on their interpretations of Bible doctrines rather than letting their eye be single and focusing on Jesus Christ who lives within them! In short, they lean towards their own understanding.
This is a trap of the enemy, assimilating facts and scriptures into the memory and leaning to one’s natural understanding rather than following Jesus in Spirit and in Truth. Spiritual Crucifixion of the “old man” must continually be put to death in Christ. Even seemingly good things done without the leading of the Holy Spirit must go if we are to be transformed into Christ’s image by way of the cross.
In the modern era, walking in the spirit of truth (who is Jesus Christ) seems ridiculous especially to the Western mind, it is considered emotionalism to many, and even worse sometimes unbiblical. But the truth be known, walking in the spirit is the ultimate in Biblical correctness!
What the Apostle John first coined as “Antichrist’s” were actual brethren who started with Christ, yet became diverted away from the cross, as their minds wanted to preach another gospel rather than total dependency on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is the same today, systematic theologies (religion) would rather learn up scripture in their heads and supplant the headship of Christ, often to be seen as “a leader” to others in the world, rather than walk in humble and simple obedience to Christ’s leading within them. The Apostle Paul called these “enemies of the cross” and the Spirit of antichrist has become the predominant spirit within Christianity as a whole! The word antichrist has been overused so much, that it has taken on a whole new meaning. The correct meaning is an alternative to Jesus Christ; and not some raving demonically charged hater of Jesus Christ, with the Hollywood version being portrayed as Satan incarnate.
Used in a historical sense, “The Antichrist” would be the man orchestrated placement of another man, who claims to represent Christ on earth. This would be in holding the office of the Pope of Rome, the mother of Harlots, and her bastard children (other whores). Who will reveal (Satan) the “Man of Sin”, “That Wicked”, King of Babylon, and so forth who is found in Revelations 17-18 and worshipped as God by all the world, prior to his destruction with the world.
Back to my main point of this article: the Smorgasbord of different “so called” Biblical doctrines are mind-boggling today, all types of Salvation by Gnostics, Legalisms, Lineage, Mysticism, Pantheism, Penance, Universalisms, to name a few and specific twisting to individual scriptures by all types of cults to achieve their ends. Whereas the Gospel of Jesus Christ is quite simple for us who know him, it is to simply follow him (and no other) in spirit and in truth, as we have a love for the truth (Jesus Christ) that we “might be” saved ultimately!
On a personal note: I have never been an academic in being able to rely on myself to function using rote memorization, even when referring to the scriptures. In fact, I have found that the Lord God normally frustrates any of my attempts to sound educated in the flesh, unless He be pleased to quicken a part of my 40 years of Bible or name and place of historical events which I have absorbed into my ADHD brain over time. This quickening has only happened once in my life on a massive scale; when I was trying to prove to the Church leadership that I was equipped to be an Elder. But the real problem was, that they didn’t want someone of “a different spirit” around, showing them up (so to speak) and making them feel bad. I was even able to confound a Harvard-educated Elder who the board of directors looked to for advice… but no appointment to that level of leadership was ever obtained, as they did not want the power of “Jesus Christ” in me to disrupt their institution! I was so frustrated by this rejection by those who claim Christ’s name as their Lord and savior, that I started searching elsewhere for acceptance to some other reformed denomination.
I was casting my pearls before swine, and they trampled and attacked me with a type of sympathetic love in an effort to hide their venom for anyone who could actually move and function in Jesus Christ, in being a living testimony to His work! People call me spiritually proud, or even bitter for the rejection I experienced within the leadership, but the truth be known – John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Of course there is no convincing others many who have taken the broad road away from Christ, that indeed you are in the right place, (and they are not) when discerning their independence from the Lord God in being enemies of the cross. Nor can you teach someone who has never been born again of spirit, how to move and function in the things of God.
Thus, for a mental bridge, even devoid of different doctrines, you have 3 types of Christians:
- The disciple who moves and follows Christ alone in spirit and in truth;
- The broad roader with the (spirit of antichrist) who has replaced Christ in their lives to be comfortable in the world in some way;
- And finally, false brethren who have never been elect towards salvation, but have learned up Bible doctrines in their intellect.
I would like to say in closing, that although it was painful in suffering rejection from the world and it’s institutions to a large degree within my life, and being loathed (especially by man orchestrated Chuuurch) it has been well worth these trials in being able to move, understand, and function in Jesus Christ which few others can understand simply because I am graced by His work in my life through dependency, rather than being stumbled in my own understanding!
Jonathan Edwards once wrote “It’s the experience that counts” and that is exactly the point of this post. Satan is also a spiritual being who tries to twists and deceives people into what he wants. His primary target is to butcher the brethren’s (ecclesia) personal walk in the Lord. Satan was there for all the events recorded in the scriptures, and by the spirit of antichrist seeks to stumble and destroy the Lord Gods testimonial within His actual people!
The Apostle John first coined the phrase antichrist(s) speaking about those who had started with Christ, yet became diverted to “another gospel”. The Apostle Paul called these people “enemies of the cross” and grieved for those who no longer followed the “Spirit of Truth” as in the book of Galatians as an example. These early brethren started with the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, yet started moving independently within the flesh to another form of godliness, which I commonly call religion.
For the lost, it is the preaching of the gospel “which will ring right” in those who God has chosen to find Jesus Christ, the ones who have a love for the truth that they might be saved! The rest of humanity the scripture refers to as the wicked, who have no love for the truth (who is Christ crucified) that they might be saved.
This is strictly a spiritual condition, and no man-made (Bible) institutions are able to have any effect in those whom the Lord God has not chosen to do a work in! I have said before that you cannot teach people into Jesus Christ, as we have not the power to alter the will of God. We who know Him, are instructed to simply follow Him, and no other!
The Bible is simply the “owner’s manual” for those who by grace alone, God has chosen to do a work in.
We should never set out to try and prove God by using Bible doctrines, or even Bible apologetics (unless we are led of the Lord) to those who will never know Him: as the scriptures and fellowships should only ever exist for the actual brethren, the ones who actually know and follow Christ, in Spirit and in Truth. The rest are but false brethren, and should be excluded (no matter how well read) from the actual disciples!
Most would never guess that the “Spirit of Antichrist” would be embedded within “the church” even using the Bible in trying to justify themselves unto God, claiming Christ’s name as savior – but in (spiritual) actuality are none of His!
This is the Most Dangerous trap which Satan has ever devised since the Garden of Eden, designed specifically to derail and destroy those who once put their faith in Christ alone, and used by enemies of the cross, the mother of Harlots and her daughters!
Elders in the Lord must be able to spiritually discern of what spirit someone is of, as in 1 John 4 Chapter. This has nothing to do with intellect (natural understanding) and everything to do with an elder’s ability to discern the spirits, specifically the spirit of antichrist. The western mind specifically, operates by intellect – what I call “the tree of knowledge crowd”. The “WORD of God” is in spirit and in truth, as in John 1:1, In the beginning, Was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This passage is specifically referring to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not referring to a text on a page, as commonly espoused to be the Bible.
The Bible was intended to be used for reproof and correction of the brethren using sound doctrines, and not to be taught to the world and his wife by institutionalized systematic theologies or even Bible Colleges’, which have now cranked out all sorts of false brethren, as they have moved independently of God in using the intellect (natural mind) rather than being led by the Holy Spirit, whom they were instructed to follow by Christ himself.
This whole quagmire has gotten very complicated over the centuries, just go online and take a look at Luke Chapter 8 for example ; Calvinists will explain this chapter by using Bible cross references to show that the first 3 references of the sower and the ground, were not really saved to begin with. Whereas Armenians say that anybody can be saved, provided they continue to follow Christ, yet they disregard Luke 8:10, which speaks about the elect.
This is just one of many examples of learning up Bible doctrines by using natural understanding, walking independent of the Holy Spirit, who is Jesus Christ himself! He was the one who taught about the sower and the seeds, so is not He able to teach us in greater truth? Or do we need a bunch of Old Testament style Priests for such a task?
This is what the “Church industry” has become, and it is most destructive to an actual child of God, who only wishes to follow his father.
This is a very important article for people who want to express opposition towards different political views and cultures.
Those who have never struggled with the world cannot know Jesus Christ, as the world will hate you Jesus said. You cannot be a friend of the world and a friend of God both. To do so is to try and serve two masters. Bible based doctrines are being twisted today, as truth no longer has a place in people.
Hampden, Maryland U.S.A.
I was a little disappointed to see the Wikipedia’s right up on the historic town of Hampden, Maryland. So I decided to fill in the blanks so to speak of some major events which I found to be missing. I’m not sure how to send in an update to the site, and perhaps my information would not be of interest to the authors, so I decided to post another version of Hampden’s history.
Many people do not realize today, that Baltimore was once considered a small “Southern Town”, as found written in many an encyclopedia as late as 1930 -40s, so perhaps in this era of political correctness and being so close to the nation’s capital, many of the neighborhoods “anti-northern sentiments” have been sanitized; like the recent decision by congress to ban confederate battle flags in our Nation’s cemeteries as to not offend minorities? I’m not sure, but it seems to me the SCW (social culture warriors) are now more important than real warriors of our past, at least from my perspective.
Speaking of the American Civil War, I once spoke with elderly women who we called Mss. Bertha, who had a home located at the top of 34th Street & Roland Ave. She was a nurse during the first World War and had moved to Hampden to practice medicine. She had grown up on a farm in Virginia and remembered Confederate troops camped out on her father’s farm. She still held quite a bit of bitterness towards the Union. When I asked her why she was so angry, wanting to know her justification for taking up arms against the United States, she pounded on the table and shouted: “Because the Federalist’s invaded Virginia – that’s why!” I was a little taken back by that, and never pushed the issue again in my visits.
I also spoke with a soldier who was a part of the 1915-1916 expeditionary force to Mexico, he told me he was sent to help quell the violence of Poncho Via, in connection with the New Mexico attacks. I asked him what it was like in “those days” with Mexico, he said; “that it is no different than today, we still have to send forces in to help curtail violence and U.S. Interests in those areas” (smiling).
My Grandfather was born “at the bottom” of Hampden in 1898, his home facing the famous meadow mill tower on clipper mill road. I used to love listening to his many (rougher) stories about the neighborhood, which will remain unpublished as they are not politically correct, but rather “tough, manly, no-nonsense” tales, as times were hard, the men were tough, and not too many people ever worried about “others feelings” in the daily living of life.
After my time in Hawaii aboard Coast Guard Cutters, I served in “street ministry” while living in Hampden, and was taught by a minister who specialized in Deliverance from 1984-1989, while working for the Baltimore Maritime Museum as a seaman aboard the Lightship Chesapeake, under the direction of the late Capt. Robert Cooper, USNPS.
Hampden, MD. A short History
- After the war of 1812, around 1814 the (Experimental) Baltimore Clipper Schooner started being produced for fast moving commerce over the waterways. One such waterway which was utilized was the Jones Falls, providing access to the Hampden Mills, by the relatively shallow draft vessels.
- During the American Civil War, many workers in the cotton mills despised President Lincoln who directly affected their lively hood within the textile industry. It was said that it was not uncommon for bricks and stones to be hurled at his railroad car when it passed through the nearby area of Hampden on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
- Professor Leo Daft (1843 – 1922) was an English professor and builder of early American urban railroads. He led the construction of an electrical railroad in Newark, New Jersey, in 1883, of the Baltimore and Hampden Electric Railway in the Hampden neighborhood (Union Ave line) of Baltimore in 1885.
- At the start of WWI, recruiters from the Army Navy and Marines visited the residence of Hampden in an effort to recruit healthy men eligible for military service. A Marine Corps Doctor was on staff, to help make an assessment of the recruits’. My Grandfather was one such candidate looking to join the USMC, the doctor had him run a heart pounding lap around the block, then listened to his heart. He said your fine, sign up at the recruiter table. At which point my grandfather joined the Navy.
- Silent movies complete with a piano player could be once enjoyed along Hampden’s 36th street for a nickel.
- Hampden had
4Medal of Honor winners from WWII, once displayed in a mural on the corner of Roland Ave and 36th street (Historic Hampden Hall). Directly across the street can be seen a casting of the famous Indian Head (Buffalo) Nickel, above the entrance to the concrete building.
- In 1988 the Hampden 100 year Centennial took place orchestrated by the Hampden Centennial Committee. President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation honoring the “oldest continual neighborhood” within the United States, the Town of Hampden Maryland.