Don’t Fall For The Scriptures & Something Else

Something happened in he 1800’s.

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” 1 Timothy 4:1

So what happened in the 1800’s?

We have the doctrine of the pre-trib rapture from the visions of Miss Margaret Macdonald while she was ill.

We have the Millerite movement in which William Miller taught and believed the 2nd coming would occur in 1843-1844

We have Ellen White who was influence by Miller and broke off from him when his prophecy did not come true and she ended up founding the 7th Day Adventist movement.

We have Charles Taze Russell who also was influenced by Miller and broke away from him when his prophecy did not come true and Russell started a movement that would later be called the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

We have Joseph Smith and his visions and creation of the Book of Mormon given to him in vision by an angel and a golden book, the other testament of Jesus Christ.

What all of these have in common Ellen White & The 7th Day Adventism, Charles Taze Russell & the Jehovah’s Witnesses & Joseph Smith and his Book of Mormon another  testament of Jesus Christ?

They all require their followers to believe in extra biblical sources it is NOT just the scriptures alone.

With the 7th Day Adventists it is the scriptures AND the writings of Ellen G White.

With the Jehovah’s Witnesses it is the scriptures AND the writings of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.

With the Mormon’s it is the scriptures AND the Book of Mormon.

As far as Miss Margret MacDonald well her vision was twisted into the pre-trib rapture by Darby and Scofield picked up on it and inserted the theory into his translation of the scriptures and in the 1970’s it really took off with Hal Lindsey & Tim Lahaye’s Late Great Planet Earth & the Left Behind series of books.

The point is it all occurred and progressed from the 1800’s and now today it is believed by the majority of Christians without question or research to see if these things are so.

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming there went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10-11

They did not just take Paul’s & Silas’ word for it they search the scriptures to see if what Paul & Silas were telling them matched what the scriptures said.

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 & “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

If you don’t want to get hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, stay away from groups that teach the scriptures AND some other writings like Ellen White, Watchtower & Book of Mormon, in other words don’t listen to these false teachers & drink their cool-aid remember Jim Jones & the People’s Temple, just cause it looks and sounds spiritual don’t mean it is…

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Your eternal life depends on you getting it right and not believing anyone who comes down the road looking so spiritual & righteous, maybe you follow them and you end up being rejected as those in Matthew 7:21-23 were rejected. Think for yourself, question everything told to you in regards to what scriptures teach, check it out for yourself then you have no one to blame but yourself when you stand before him because quite frankly you will not be able to blame anyone for snookering you because you had the scriptures and you could have done your homework, research and not just listened to and believed what you were told. I’m telling you when you stand before him he is NOT going to allow excuses or blaming anyone else.

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Mark of the beast

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon–Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego–who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:1-30

And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. Revelation 13:1-18

Just as in Daniel with the image Nebuchadnezzar created and ordered all his subjects to bow down and worship or be killed, just so the man of sin, son of perdition which Christians call the Antichrist will do likewise in the end of days.

How so, how will he know who will worship the image he creates or who will not worship the image? You can’t get the mark of the beast unless you worship the image of the beast.

Picture this, you are summoned by mail to appear before a magistrate in a large auditorium or stadium. When you appear there are hundreds maybe thousands in the auditorium or stadium and it is announced that when the signal is given all in the auditorium or stadium must bow down and worship the image presented on the large screen to show their allegiance to the man of sin, son of perdition or Antichrist whatever he will be called.

It will not be difficult to spot those who refuse to bow down and worship the image presented on the large screen because they will remain standing while everyone else is on their knees.

Those who refuse will be rounded up, gathered and arrested to stand trial for treason to the man of sin, son of perdition and more than likely be executed as traitors.

That is how I see one way the mark of the beast will be administered to those who show allegiance to the man of sin, son of perdition, the Antichrist, scripture is clear to receive the mark one must voluntary bow and worship before they can receive the mark, those who do not will be killed as traitors because they refuse to bow and worship and show their allegiance to him.

To receive eternal life you MUST obey God rather than man, you MUST remain loyal to God as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did even to the point of death. Compromise in any way, shape or form will get you tossed into the lake of fire.

My advice is prepare yourself now on how you will put your trust in God and his son so that you will be prepared to just say no to bowing and worshiping any thing or anyone but God and his son.

Trib & Majority

“Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” Revelation 15:2

I kinda sorta view these two verses when it comes to the number as multiples of people following the beast, the man of sin, what most call the anti-Christ.

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” Luke 12:49-53

“These things have I spoken to you, that you should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service. And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” John 16:1-3

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“Now we beseech you, brethren,, That you be not soon shaken by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

So it looks like there is coming a time of great pressure for one to conform to the beliefs of the vast multitude of peoples on earth who are worshiping the beast, the man of sin, the wicked one. When the restraints are removed and the vast multitude are allowed to persecute, imprison, confiscate property, enforce economic sanctions (no buying or selling), fire from employment, beat & kill those who oppose the beast then the Master’s warnings to those who will not bow down and worship the beast nor his image will come to the forefront. The number of his name is the same as I see it as the multitude of his followers.

It also looks to me like those who believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture are in for a shock, it plainly says Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [What day?] “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him”  “as that the day of Christ is at hand shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” The falling away first or the great Apostasy first, THEN the man of sin be revealed the son of perdition! “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” They can not gain the victory over the beast, & over his image, & over his mark, & over his number of his name if they are not on the earth to contend with the man of sin, son of perdition, that wicked one, the beast & his followers.

When does the son of man appear with the sound of a great trumpet and gather his elect? “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31

Pretty much lays it out: Falling away first AND THEN, man of sin be revealed, AND THEN tribulation, AND THEN son of man coming for his elect….

Look at it this way, on the one hand you have “According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in 2010, there were 2.18 billion Christians of all ages living in the world”, 2.18 billion and that was 2010! and on the other hand you have “Combined, total membership of all of these denominations is under 90 million. If I generously round up to 100 million, then 4.76% of all Christians are non-trinitarians.” From QUORA.

So we have maybe 100 million or 4.76% of those who claim to be Christian who do not believe in the trinity and 2 billion who do, and if those 4.76 or maybe 100 million don’t believe in the trinity more than likely they don’t believe other doctrines held by the majority of Christians.

Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

I like to call this the “many / few” principle. If the majority are believing it you’d better research it because it probably is wrong. Never, ever follow the majority! That is a good way to hear the Master, the Messiah, our King say… “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

“21“Not all those who say [Lto me] ·‘You are our Lord’ [L‘Lord! Lord!’] will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do ·what my Father in heaven wants [the will of my Father in heaven]. 22On ·the last day [judgment day;Lthat day] many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, ·we spoke for you [LDid we not prophesy in your name…?], and ·through you we forced out demons [Lcast out demons in your name…?] and did many ·miracles [Lmighty works in your name…?].’ 23Then I will ·tell them clearly [declare to them; publicly announce to them], ‘I never knew you. ·Get away [Depart] from me, you who ·do evil [break God’s law; practice lawlessness; Ps. 6:8].’ The Expanded New Testament.

So you see, following the majority just might not be a good idea, do your research, your own study of scriptures, rightly divide or interpret the word, a worker who need not be ashamed.

“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

15·Make every effort [Do your best; Be diligent] to ·give [present] yourself to God as the kind of person he will approve. Be a worker who ·is not ashamed [or will not be shamed] and who ·uses the true teaching in the right way [correctly handles the true message/word of truth; or holds carefully to the true message/word of truth]. The Expanded New Testament

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; LGod-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness]. 17·Using the Scriptures, [L…so that] ·the person who serves God [LGod’s person] will be ·capable [competent], ·having all that is needed [fully equipped] to do every good work.” The Expanded New Testament

Who Created God?

As humans we live in a system or universe of time which has the attributes of cause and effect. Nothing happens without something causing it to happen.

Eternity is a whole different dimension, eternity has no time attached to it. There is no time in eternity. No beginning and no end therefore no time. To have a beginning automatically equates to having time.

God created the universe in the beginning, or rather when God started to create “things” outside himself time came into existence.

Is there time in heaven? For God who lives outside time, no. Heaven where angels dwell, there is  a perception of time for them. The angels experience time because they had a beginning, once brought into existence angels perceive a sense of time.

And when he [Jesus] was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they [the devils] cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God? are you come here to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:28-29

So we see that devils (who are fallen angels) have a sense of time and the marking off of time sequences.

God being in another dimension without time is something our minds cannot grasp and probably never will be able to grasp. Those in the 1st resurrection who are changed from mortals to immortals, maybe they will be allowed to grasp the concept of eternity but for us other humans who do not get that gift of immortality in the 1st resurrection we will never be able to grasp eternity with our finite minds.

Who created God? No one, God is and that is the explanation he gives, he is and he just expects us to have faith in that statement and he rewards us accordingly….

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

God does not try and give us details of his existence and his existence in the dimension of eternity. How could he do otherwise in a way finite minds would understand anyway? he tells us what we need to know. How to worship and serve him in faith according to how he wants us to behave toward him and leaves it at that. What he had man transcribe in the book we call the bible that is all we need to know to please him. All that is recorded in scripture is what he wanted us to know, anything outside of what is in scripture is speculation. We humans are really good at speculating to the point our speculations become our doctrines sometimes.

So my answer to Who Created God? No one. I was taught growing up don’t worry or be concerned about things I can’t control, only be concerned over the things I can control. The same principle applies with God and eternity, don’t burn out my brain thinking about concepts that are beyond my understanding or comprehension, fix my brain on the concepts I can understand and apply to my life.

Did Jesus claim to be God the Father….

Quote from an article I read…..

“With this background, we can now fast-forward to Jesus at His trial, and get to the point. Jesus was tried, and found guilty of–you guessed it–claiming to be God. Other charges were brought against Him as well, but He ignored these as not worthy of a response. When it came to being God, though, He did respond, and without any ambiguity.

Mark 14:61-64 (NIV) But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I AM,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.

This double meaning is rich. One wonders if God did not have this particular answer, on which the universe would hinge, in mind at the burning bush. YHWH is both God’s personal name and an answer which led to His Son’s crucifixion.”

Mark 14:61-64 (KJV) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

Jesus was NOT claiming to be God in these passages! What is this block of verses saying? I don’t agree with the author of the above quote in his article. Jesus is not proclaiming to be God in these verses, I don’t see how the author gets that from those verses.

The high priest asked Jesus if he was the Christ or the Messiah, the Anointed One, the son of the living God which was to come and deliver Israel. Jesus replied, I am.

Whether translators capitalizes that “I am” as I AM does not make a difference, orginal manuscripts of antiquity do not have lower case and upper letters in them, the individual letters in manuscripts of antiquity are ALL the same size and there is NO punctuation in them, no periods, no commas, no colons nothing in regards to punctuation marks.

This type of interpretation is called eisegesis (reading into scripture what is not there) NOT exegesis.

It could just as easily be said then of my car mechanic Terry that he is God if I was to ask him, “Are you the One who actual worked on my car, the Mechanic who fixed my car? and Terry said, “I AM”.

The same case could be made for the discussion with the woman at the well…. “Then said the woman of Samaria to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water. The woman said to him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said to her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw. Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have well said, I have no husband: For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly. The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman said to him, I know that Messiah comes, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her, I that speak to you am he.” John 4:9-26

So his response to her telling him that the Messiah, which is called Christ, when he comes will tell them all things, he replied “I that speak to you am he” yet when he answered the question by the high priest when the high priest asked him if he was Messiah, the Christ, the son of the living God he simply answered, “I am”, which could be interpreted as, “I am he”. The high priest DID NOT ASK HIM IF HE WAS GOD!!! In the Jewish/Hebrew mindset God was the ONE & ONLY Almighty Elohim and God was NOT a man nor the son of man(Num 23:19). It would NEVER enter the mind of a Jew/Hebrew that any man could be the one true and only God/Elohim YHWH, that is why the high priest asked Jesus IF he was THE MESSIAH, THE CHRIST, THE ANOINTED ONE that was to be SENT by YHWH Elohim, the One & Only, the Almighty.

No where in any of these verses in Mark or John is Jesus claiming to be God, he is claiming to be the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One, the Son of God, NOT YHWH, God the Father himself.

Capitalization of words or letters by a translator does not mean anything other than that translator decided to put their thoughts into the equation, their spin on what they were translating.

Excuses at judgment

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

Looks like every one of us is going to stand before Christ and give account of why we did what we did, why we lived as we lived, good and bad choices we made and why we made those choices.

What excuses are we going to try to tell him to justify our behavior, our choices?

Who are we going to try to blame as causing us to do bad things?

Who are we going to try to blame for making us make those bad decisions?

How about Satan and his fallen angels?

How about false teachers and false prophets?

How about our parents or siblings?

Government? schools? colleges? military? internet?……

Jesus battled the same category of temptations to sin as we all face, yet without yielding to those temptations to sin, even being tempted by Satan himself!

He was arrested, beaten, spit upon, pieces of his beard pulled out, mocked by his jailers, flayed, thorns pushed into his scalp, forced to carry his beam to his execution site, nailed and roped to a cross and endured the pain and suffering of that execution for 6 hours, yet in all that time of being beaten, mocked, flayed etc not once did he blame God, or curse his fate, or say anything that would be termed a sinful thought or act, he did not yell, scream or bemoan how unfair it was for him to be treated like he was…..

So again I ask what are we going to say to him when we stand before him as to who or what caused us to disobey, sin, do and make bad choices? How are we going to justify to him how he doesn’t know how unfair life was to us, how unfair we were treated in life, what a rotten raw deal was dealt us in life.

Think about it, what you going to say to him?

No need of the sun or moon??

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like to a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:10-27

I recently read online an article about the end of the world. In the article the author was giving a description of the new heaven and earth, one statement he made is thus: “The new heavens and earth will be eternal and very different from our current order. There will be no decay (Romans 8:19-22) and no longer any curse (Genesis 3:17-19 and Revelation 22:3). There will be no need for the sun or the moon’s light (Revelation 21:23) and yet, there will be no nighttime (Revelation 21:1,25)”.

Is it just me or is reading comprehension gone down? It is not just this author but lots of others also teach such nonsense.

Looking at the description of the New Jerusalem in the above block of scriptures of Revelation 21:10-17 what do we read in verse 23? ” And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it (the CITY), and the Lamb is the light thereof”, THE CITY had no need of the sun or the moon NOT THE EARTH! “and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (the CITY). And the gates of it (the CITY) shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.”, there shall be no night there, WHERE? THE CITY!

Come on people, if you are going to teach something make sure you get it right, read the whole discourse not just jump to conclusions like this author did by saying there will be no sun in the new creation of heaven or earth.

“And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:23

From my estimation, one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another requires a sun and moon to observe and count off days to one sabbath to another and one new moon to another. Without the sun or moon there would be no way to determine days from one event to another.

IT IS ONLY IN THE CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM, WHERE THERE WILL BE NO NEED OF THE SUN OR MOON!

Everywhere outside of the city, outside of the New Jerusalem will continue to have day and night, one new moon to another, one sabbath to another, planting and harvesting, seasons…….