Take Just Enough!

Exodus 16:  MSG
14  When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground.
15  The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was. So Moses told them, “It’s the bread GOD has given you to eat.
16  And these are GOD’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.'”
17  The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less,
18  but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed.
19  Moses said to them, “Don’t leave any of it until morning.”
20  But they didn’t listen to Moses. A few of the men kept back some of it until morning. It got wormy and smelled bad. And Moses lost his temper with them.
21  They gathered it every morning, each person according to need. Then the sun heated up and it melted.
22  On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, about four quarts per person. Then the leaders of the company came to Moses and reported.
23  Moses said, “This is what GOD was talking about: Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to GOD. Whatever you plan to bake, bake today; and whatever you plan to boil, boil today. Then set aside the leftovers until morning.”
24  They set aside what was left until morning, as Moses had commanded. It didn’t smell bad and there were no worms in it.
25  Moses said, “Now eat it; this is the day, a Sabbath for GOD. You won’t find any of it on the ground today.
26  Gather it every day for six days, but the seventh day is Sabbath; there won’t be any of it on the ground.”
27  On the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather anyway but they didn’t find anything.
28  GOD said to Moses, “How long are you going to disobey my commands and not follow my instructions?
29  Don’t you see that GOD has given you the Sabbath? So on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. So, each of you, stay home. Don’t leave home on the seventh day.”
30  So the people quit working on the seventh day.

Matthew 6:  KJV
9  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 daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This article is somewhat a departure for me in that I have never used the above two passages together in a sermon or in teaching.  I have used them seperately on occasions.

Anyone who has known my ministry in the past knows that I am not one who follows trends, popularity, or the newest dogma being taught behind the pulpits around the world.

I have been known to build up a congregation, but, if I overstayed I could easily tear it down.  Reason, I was green in many areas of my ministry.  Oh yes, I strived to get it right, I would study and I would pray, but, there were things that were abrasive in my personality that would get me into troubles.  Those troubles left me with many bruises and scars spiritually, but now those same hurts are what is causing a new growth in my life.

Before I ever would preach a sermon I had the discipline to study the Word of God.  I did not have the luxury of attending a great Seminary/Bible School.  I did not have access to the best commentaries or Bible dictionairies, it was just me and an Bible that my maternal Grandmother gave me when I was.

Over the many years now there are certain precepts and concepts that I have learned to be true and timeless.

  • God is not a liar – Numbers 23: MSG  19  God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?
  • God’s Word is a Sure foundation – 2 Peter 1:19-21 MSG
    19  We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts.
    20  The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.
    21  And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
  • God never Contradicts Himself – Here is what I am trying to convey.  Always use Scripture to interpret Scripture.  Anyone, including myself can take a text, take it out of context and make it pretext.  If a thought in Scripture is truth from God it will bear itself out from Genesis to Revelation by foreshadows, Moses lifts up the rod a type of Christ being lifted up on the cross. (Numbers 21: MSG 9  So Moses made a snake of fiery copper and put it on top of a flagpole. Anyone bitten by a snake who then looked at the copper snake lived.)  Also, through the Bible we have what is known as types.  Joshua was a type of Christ.
  • Man’s Prophecies Do Not Supercede God’s Word – I have been alarmed lately of a trend spreading through North America where those behind pulpits saying God has given them a “new Word”.  As they go about to expound on this “new Word” when examined under the microscope of God’s Word it is found to be of error and mistruth.  We also have those who travel through the country giving “personal prophecy” over some in the gathering.  The “personal prophecy” either is too general so that it could fit almost everyone there, or, again under examination of the Word of God is full of error and mistruths

Now let us examine the two portions of Scripture at the beginning of this article.  In previous articles I have mentioned my opinion on the “prosperity gospel” and how that it is a false doctrine straight from the pits of hell.  It is a doctrine of greed, self-worth, hoarding, and much more.  I have also mentioned the only one prospering from that doctrine is the false teacher/preacher/evangelist who is expounding it.  I speak this from experience.

Please pay attention to the theme in both passages of Scripture and you will see that it is one thing and one thing only.

Ask and take only for what is sufficient for today.

To futher emphasize this listen to what Christ himself spoke:

Matthew 6:28-34 KJV
28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

When I gave up the false doctrine of greed my life changed in such a dramatic way that even to this day I am amazed of things that have transpired.

Examine the instructions that Moses gave to the people about the “manna”(bread of heaven). When followed exactly everyone had all they needed.  Those who did not follow the Word from God found that the “manna” spoiled and it rotted and stank.  They were to only gather enough for the day.

There was only one exception, the Sabbath.  On the Sabbath they were to gather double the amount of “manna” for two days.  No more, no less.

Fast forward, Mount of Olives and Christ is asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray.

The key was this, Christ did not speak of some new thing, He confirmed what God had already spoken way back there in the wilderness about the “manna”.

The key verse in Matthew I feel, and it is my opinion, it is verse 11.  “Give us this day our daily bread.

Let me know give a word to young ministers, all of my lessons did not come in one sitting at the Word of God.

As a matter of fact, I was laying in my bed last night thinking about what to write for the new year when this message came into my spiritual heart.

Young minister do not hurry to a ministry for the road is full of pitfalls and dangers with detours at every bend.  So many seem they are barely out of the waters of baptism and jumping into ministry with very little knowledge at hand.  Those are the ones who when you look later in years cannot be found.

My advice is to get rooted in a home church under the toutledge of a seasoned Pastor/teacher.  Your ministry will wait for you.  Amazingly when the time is at hand your own pastor will know of assurance himself that you are ready.

Respect the offices of the elders, you may not respect the person in the office, but, you must respect the office he holds.  This truth I learned from my overseer in the Church of God in Christ after I was already pastoring a church.

Never take the attitude you know everything there is to know about the Scriptures for you are only fooling yourself and it will come back to bite in the future.

Every time that I have followed the prompting of God’s Holy Ghost I have found a nugget of truth that I have never known before.  Oh, it had always been there, but, maybe I was not ready or have the ability of understanding yet to grasp it.  There is a season for everything.

If someone would have said to me that I would write sermons or articles like this one I would have paid no attention.  I never wrote out my sermons, but, I did Study and pray.

 I left the ministry because I was a total burnout.  Always trying to raise finances, going from place to place and my health was also starting to suffer.

So, here I am sitting in front of my laptop in my one bedroom mobile home happy and content, bills all paid and able to study the Word of God without any clutter from the outside world.

So, in the new year 2018 make it your goal to get all of God you can.  Store His Word in your heart and cleanse yourself from all things that would hinder your walk with God.

All you need is your daily bread!

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They Still Cry, “Peace”!

Nahum 1:15 MSG
15  Look! Striding across the mountains— a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace! A holiday, Judah! Celebrate! Worship and recommit to God! No more worries about this enemy. This one is history. Close the books.

Over the holidays I tried to think of a message that was appropriate but yet, not the common one that all people hear constantly.

I am a creature of habit for I listen to the news local, national, and worldwide to see if there is something happening that can be brought to light by the sharing of prophetic Scripture.

Take the headlines concerning the capital of Israel.  Yes, the Christian world recognizes that the Scriptures declare that Jerusalem is the capital, but in light of prophetic Scripture it does not become that until Christ returns to earth and sets up His earthly kingdom.

As I have written in past articles the conflict between the nations of Jewish and Palestinian people started back with Ishamel and Isaac and will continue until the Lord places His foot on the mount of Olives.

The word ‘peace’ brings to mind so many things, tranquility, rest, calmness, and so much more.  It also to the Christian should bring about a sense of urgency.

The Apostle Paul warns us:

1 Thessalonians 5:  KJV
1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

I am now fifty-six years old and for as long as I can remember there have been countless tries of conferances and talks to bring peace to the middle east.  All ending in complete and utter failure.

The true conflict that way I understand it from a Biblical perspective is a conflict about birthrights, not a land conflict, nor a spiritual one, yet religion is part of the problem.

Again, I speak of Ishamel and Isaac both sons of Abraham, both the fathers of great nations as God told Abraham.

Ishamel and his descendants go on to become the nations of the Arab people.

Isaac and his descendants go on to become what we now call the Jewish people.

Both nations claim the rights to the Mount.

The Jewish nation because of the first temple and also the place if I am correct where Abraham place Isaac on the altar.

The Arab nation claim the Mount because as it is told is the place where the prophet Mohammed ascended.

Christians also claim the Mount because of the place where Christ ascended with His angels after His resurrection.

To my best understanding those are some of the underpinning arguments concerning the situation in the middle east.

No one government, as even as pure intentions will be able to unravel all of these cords for truly lasting peace.

Yet, Bible prophecy tells us that there will come a man who will make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years and break the treaty in the middle of it.  That man is known to Bible prophecy lovers as the anti-christ. 

Yes, the Jewish people have been looking for a Messiah that would come and overthrow Israel’s enemys and restore the glory to the kingdom of Israel.

He did arrive on the scene, not as a mighty soldier and king leading His people to war, but, as a lamb, that one day would be led to the slaughter, to be crucified on a cross made from an old dogwood tree.

Yes, He is coming back again, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. with ten thousands of His angels and the saints by His side and will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem.

But, until then, the world still cries for, “peace”.

Revelation 22:20-21 KJV
20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

 

 

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The Mad Man And God- Part One

1 Samuel 16:  MSG
14  At that very moment the Spirit of GOD left Saul and in its place a black mood sent by GOD settled on him. He was terrified.
15  Saul’s advisors said, “This awful tormenting depression from God is making your life miserable.
16  O master, let us help. Let us look for someone who can play the harp. When the black mood from God moves in, he’ll play his music and you’ll feel better.”
17  Saul told his servants, “Go ahead. Find me someone who can play well and bring him to me.”
18  One of the young men spoke up, “I know someone. I’ve seen him myself: the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, an excellent musician. He’s also courageous, of age, well-spoken, and good-looking. And GOD is with him.”
19  So Saul sent messengers to Jesse requesting, “Send your son David to me, the one who tends the sheep.”
20  Jesse took a donkey, loaded it with a couple of loaves of bread, a flask of wine, and a young goat, and sent his son David with it to Saul.
21  David came to Saul and stood before him. Saul liked him immediately and made him his right-hand man.
22  Saul sent word back to Jesse: “Thank you. David will stay here. He’s just the one I was looking for. I’m very impressed by him.”
23  After that, whenever the bad depression from God tormented Saul, David got out his harp and played. That would calm Saul down, and he would feel better as the moodiness lifted.

1 Samuel 28:   MSG
1  During this time the Philistines mustered their troops to make war on Israel. Achish said to David, “You can count on this: You’re marching with my troops, you and your men.”
2  And David said, “Good! Now you’ll see for yourself what I can do!” “Great!” said Achish. “I’m making you my personal bodyguard—for life!”
3  Samuel was now dead. All Israel had mourned his death and buried him in Ramah, his hometown. Saul had long since cleaned out all those who held seances with the dead.
4  The Philistines had mustered their troops and camped at Shunem. Saul had assembled all Israel and camped at Gilboa.
5  But when Saul saw the Philistine troops, he shook in his boots, scared to death.
6  Saul prayed to GOD, but GOD didn’t answer—neither by dream nor by sign nor by prophet.
7  So Saul ordered his officials, “Find me someone who can call up spirits so I may go and seek counsel from those spirits.” His servants said, “There’s a witch at Endor.”
8  Saul disguised himself by putting on different clothes. Then, taking two men with him, he went under the cover of night to the woman and said, “I want you to consult a ghost for me. Call up the person I name.”
9  The woman said, “Just hold on now! You know what Saul did, how he swept the country clean of mediums. Why are you trying to trap me and get me killed?”
10  Saul swore solemnly, “As GOD lives, you won’t get in any trouble for this.”
11  The woman said, “So whom do you want me to bring up?” “Samuel. Bring me Samuel.”
12  When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out loudly to Saul, “Why did you lie to me? You’re Saul!”
13  The king told her, “You have nothing to fear . . . but what do you see?” “I see a spirit ascending from the underground.”
14  “And what does he look like?” Saul asked. “An old man ascending, robed like a priest.” Saul knew it was Samuel. He fell down, face to the ground, and worshiped.
15  Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by calling me up?” “Because I’m in deep trouble,” said Saul. “The Philistines are making war against me and God has deserted me—he doesn’t answer me any more, either by prophet or by dream. And so I’m calling on you to tell me what to do.”
16  “Why ask me?” said Samuel. “GOD has turned away from you and is now on the side of your neighbor.
17  GOD has done exactly what he told you through me—ripped the kingdom right out of your hands and given it to your neighbor.
18  It’s because you did not obey GOD, refused to carry out his seething judgment on Amalek, that GOD does to you what he is doing today.
19  Worse yet, GOD is turning Israel, along with you, over to the Philistines. Tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. And, yes, indeed, GOD is giving Israel’s army up to the Philistines.”
20  Saul dropped to the ground, felled like a tree, terrified by Samuel’s words. There wasn’t an ounce of strength left in him—he’d eaten nothing all day and all night.
21  The woman, realizing that he was in deep shock, said to him, “Listen to me. I did what you asked me to do, put my life in your hands in doing it, carried out your instructions to the letter.
22  It’s your turn to do what I tell you: Let me give you some food. Eat it. It will give you strength so you can get on your way.”
23  He refused. “I’m not eating anything.” But when his servants joined the woman in urging him, he gave in to their pleas, picked himself up off the ground, and sat on the bed.
24  The woman moved swiftly. She butchered a grain-fed calf she had, and took some flour, kneaded it, and baked some flat bread.
25  Then she served it all up for Saul and his servants. After dining handsomely, they got up from the table and were on their way that same night.

Over the past several years it feels like the world has stepped through the looking glass.  Everything is topsy-turvy.  Black is called white, wrong is right, so on and so forth.  Nothing seems to make much sense in this world.

Everything that our mothers taught us not to become is now the “cool” thing to be.  Respect and civility to others is now frowned upon by the leaders of our countries.  Upheaval seems to be the agenda of the day.

The moral fabric of our nations seems to be unravelling in front of our very eyes.  Living peaceably with all people has been thrown out with the bath water.

To borrow from an old sixties movie, ‘it’s a mad mad world’!  People running to and fro looking for a quick fix in some philosophy or incantation only to find themselves out of strength and no more the better in the end of their search.

I cannot think of one leader in the church or the world that I would want my grand-children to emulate.  That is a sad thing to say, but, I feel that is exactly how things are at this moment in time.

Preachers and teachers it seems have thrown out the very fibre of the Gospel and given in to doctrines of devils in their pulpit.

Church congregations if you didn’t see the name above the door you would believe you have walked in on a rock concert or some ‘positive thinking’ seminar.

The Gospel of laying up our treasures in heaven has been cast by the way side and in it’s place a gospel of get all you can while you are living on earth.

Matthew 6:  MSG
20  Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.

James 5:1-6 MSG
1  And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You’ll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you.
2  Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink.
3  Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you’ve piled up is judgment.
4  All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger.
5  You’ve looted the earth and lived it up. But all you’ll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse.
6  In fact, what you’ve done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.

I’m reminded of a story about a man who was looking for a new chauffeur.  Many showed up to apply for the job.  So each man was taken to the car where the man who was hiring would ask them to go on this mountainous road.  The interviewer would ask each applicant to try and get as close to the edge as possible.

The first came within about ten feet, the next about five feet and so on until one came within several inches of the cliff.  Finally, the last man sat behind the wheel and was told like the previous before him to get as close to the edge of the cliff.  Instead this man turned the wheel in the opposite direction and steered the car as far as possible from the cliff.  Who do you feel was hired for the job?  You would be correct if you chose the last man.

Too many ministries and congregations have come too close too the edge of the road.  Few have made sure to steer away as far as possible from the edge.

Saul was chosen king not because it was God’s first choice.  That is not what God wanted for the children of Israel.  God’s way was for the children to be lead by the priests and the prophets.  Israel wanted to be like all of the other nations that surrounded them, they wanted a king.  God relented and gave them what they wanted but gave them spiritual dryness in their soul.

Eventually the nation of Israel looked and sounded just like all of those other nations.  As you read about the life of King Saul you will find that God’s spirit was withdrawn from him and God had already picked out a new king to take Saul’s place.

When God withdrew His spirit from King Saul, Saul started on a downward spiral that led him into the depths of complete despair.  Nothing could bring him out of this except when his advisors would bring the young man named David before him to play his harp.  The spirit of God, the anointing, that was on David seemed to sooth Saul.

Israel was in the greatest battle of their being that eventually they would lose and be taken into captivity.

Saul knew that the army of Israel was losing and he needed an answer, a plan that might bring victory for the nation of Israel.  He instructed his closest advisors to go and search out a medium, a diviner of the occult.  They reminded the King that he had banned them from Israel, but Saul insisted.  They found one in Endor and reported this back to Saul.  This is the beginning of the end for the king of Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Business As Usual

Matthew 24:  MSG
36  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37  “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s.
38  Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark.
39  They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that:

Days seem to meld together as I live my life.  Routine turns to a stale rut.

Every morning the sun rises in the east and as it does alarm clocks start to ring announcing a new day.  Mom gets up and begins to wake the children to start the morning routine of getting them ready for school.

Meanwhile dad is in the washroom preparing for his day as he begins another day of work.

Traffic in the streets begins to get congested with those going to their daily jobs, school buses delivering children to school.  On the sidewalks other children walking towards their school.

Merchants arrive at their stores preparing them for another day of business.  Staff arrive to take their place on the sales floor readying themselves to meet the customers to meet their needs.

Then just like how people busied themselves for the start of the day they then find it is time to start their evening duties.  Schools let out and children head for home.  Mom and dad arrive, mom heads to the kitchen to start the evening meal and children sit at the table to work on home work.  Dad finds tasks around the home that he must attend to.

The sun begins to set in the west announcing the end of another day.  Soon, darkness arrives as the sky lights up with light from the moon.

So it is with the message of the second coming of Jesus Christ.  I have heard this glorious message ever since I was old enough to form memories.  There have been times when I would think, ‘here we go again’ and ask within myself if this event would ever happen.  Somehow along the way the message has lost it’s urgency.

This is just what life was like during the days of Noah.  God spoke to Noah and warned him that it will soon begin to rain, and then a flood would destroy all life that was not on the ark.  Noah was told to begin building an ark.  God gave him the dimensions of the ark and the material to use in building it.  Also, to start to gather two of every species.

The community began to notice that Noah was building something.  I am sure they asked Noah what he was doing.  Noah would give the people the answer that he was building an ark because God was going to flood the earth.  Their response was laughter and mocking, for they had never even seen rain.

Days turned into years and then years into decades.  Decades into over a century.  

Noah kept warning the people about the flood and that everyone not on the ark would be destroyed.

They soon became unaffected by the preaching of Noah.  They went about their life and daily routines.  People continued to be married, giving birth to children, continuing with riotous living.

Yet Noah not being deterred from what God had commanded him to build.  Eventually God gave the command to enter into the ark with his family and all other living species and close the door.

Soon the sky took on a onimous character, clouds began to roll in from all directions and the first drops of rain began to fall.

Over time rivers and oceans began to overflow and the land was starting to be completely immersed in water.  The water levels rose and as they did the ark began to float.

The events that Noah warned the people about started to happen.  Outside the ark people began to panic pounding on the ark yelling at Noah to let them in.  No response from within the boat.

Men, women, boys and girls soon lost their life as they drowned in the never ceasing rain.  It rained for forty days and nights.

The only life left unscathed from the flood was found on the ark, all other life on earth destroyed.  If only the people would have heeded the warning, but, instead continued on in the lives with business as usual.

The body of Christ has seen to have become tone deaf to the message of the second coming of Christ.  Pastors and leaders seem to compete with one another to see who can build the bigger church building.  They continue with business as usual with their fund raising and other aspects that they feel is part of a ministry.

During the week preparing to deliver a sermon to those gathered in their stain glassed sanctuaries.  It is business as usual as the choir assembles in their place in the choir loft.  The children are gathered together in another area of the building for what is called Sunday School or children’s church.

All around the world messages are preached on how to feel good, how to improve your self esteem.  Yes, it is business as usual as preachers, teachers, evangelists, and others tell people how God wants them to be wealthy.  It is business as usual every sermon speaks of anything except that Christ is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle in it’s wedding garment.

Ephesians 5:27 KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

No alarm is being sounded for the body of Christ to get the lamps all trimmed and buring full of oil.  It’s business as usual just like the five foolish virgins.

Matthew 25:1-10 MSG
“God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom.
2  Five were silly and five were smart.
3  The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil.
4  The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps.
5  The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
6  “In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bridegroom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
7  “The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready.
8  The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
9  “They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
10  “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.

If we continue as business as usual we just may be caught short handed without our lamps ready when the bridegroom arrives.  It will then be too late, too late to buy oil for our lamps, too late to make sure our wedding garments are without any spot, wrinkle or blemish.

The body of Christ needs to stop their business as usual.  Those in the pulpits need to start sounding the alarm because Christ will soon be on our doorsteps.  We cannot continue as business as usual or we will miss the marriage supper of the lamb.

 

 

 

 

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Sibling Rivalry

Genesis 21:8-21 MSG
8  The baby grew and was weaned. Abraham threw a big party on the day Isaac was weaned.
9  One day Sarah saw the son that Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham, poking fun at her son Isaac.
10  She told Abraham, “Get rid of this slave woman and her son. No child of this slave is going to share inheritance with my son Isaac!”
11  The matter gave great pain to Abraham—after all, Ishmael was his son.
12  But God spoke to Abraham, “Don’t feel badly about the boy and your maid. Do whatever Sarah tells you. Your descendants will come through Isaac.
13  Regarding your maid’s son, be assured that I’ll also develop a great nation from him—he’s your son too.”
14  Abraham got up early the next morning, got some food together and a canteen of water for Hagar, put them on her back and sent her away with the child. She wandered off into the desert of Beersheba.
15  When the water was gone, she left the child under a shrub
16  and went off, fifty yards or so. She said, “I can’t watch my son die.” As she sat, she broke into sobs.
17  Meanwhile, God heard the boy crying. The angel of God called from Heaven to Hagar, “What’s wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid. God has heard the boy and knows the fix he’s in.
18  Up now; go get the boy. Hold him tight. I’m going to make of him a great nation.”
19  Just then God opened her eyes. She looked. She saw a well of water. She went to it and filled her canteen and gave the boy a long, cool drink.
20  God was on the boy’s side as he grew up. He lived out in the desert and became a skilled archer.
21  He lived in the Paran wilderness. And his mother got him a wife from Egypt.

Everyone who has a brother(s) or sister(s) knows the chemistry of sibling rivalry.  It may be through sports, education, or just the attention of one or both parents.

I am the oldest of five children, one brother and three sisters.  I understand and can relate to sibling rivalries within a family.  My brother and youngest sister are seven and eight years younger than myself.  It is the two sisters in the middle that it seemed like they were constantly sparring over one thing or another.  Most of it stemmed from them always having to share a bedroom.  The other times were when the middle sister felt like she was not receiving all the attention from our mother.  From what I understand the rivalry in a small way still exists even to this day.

Now let’s take our focus to Israel, the Mount of Olives and the Dome of the Rock.  Also, the constant friction between Israel and Gaza.  Every time tensions rise between the two I have been known to quip, “those two brothers have been fighting since the days of Abraham”.

When it comes to the Mount of Olives and the Dome of the Rock both brothers claim they have complete rights to that space.  Both declare that it is a sacred holy place.  The Jewish people because of Moses and how God gave him the commandments.  The Arab Nations because it is where it is said the Prophet Mohammed ascended into the heavens.

The two brothers I am speaking of is, Isaac and Ishmael.  Isaac the ancestor of the nation we now call Israel, and Ishmael the ancestor of the Arab Nations.  

The conflict started when Sarah had Abraham send the bond woman, Hagar, and Ishmael into the desert.

I can imagine as a young boy Ishmael wondered what he and his mother had done to be sent away into a far land.  Could it have been that Abraham was ashamed of them both.  Did Ishmael do something that displeased his father, Abraham?  It wouldn’t take much to believe that this started a seed of resentment to grow within the young Ishmael.  Maybe, somewhere deep in his spirit even revenge.

Now almost seven thousand years later we seed that same rivalry alive within the two nations that came from those two brothers.

Consider this, Ishmael is the result of man trying to bring forth God’s promise, Isaac the promise of God by faith.

The space occupied by the Dome of the Rock is also the space where the first Temple was built.  When the Dome was built the Jewish people considered it an abomination of desolation spoken of by the Prophet Daniel and referanced by Christ himself.

I believe the prophecy by Malachi about the restoration of Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple was set into motion when Israel became a nation in May 1948.  I do not know what will take place for the actual new Temple to be built again.  Somewhere as I see it an event that is yet to take place allows the Jewish people to reclaim the Mount of Olives and the land where the original temple stood.

I am not sure of all of the future events in Bible prophecy, but, I do know that we are living in the last days.

I always try to look at the world headlines in the news through the eye piece of Biblical prophecy, thus the reason for the writing of this article.

There are many other examples in the written Word of sibling rivalry, one that comes to mind is the parable of the prodigal son and the brother who became jealous because of the father’s actions on the return of the wayward son.

I have written in past articles that I truly believe that Babylon which is located in Iraq, formerly part of Persia, will be rebuilt.  So, with that in mind there must be a purpose of God creating two great nations from the seed of two brothers, Isaac and Ishmael.

The next time you hear in the news about rising tensions between Israel and the Arab nations you can see and understand what started all this.

Again, it behooves each and everyone of us to study and understand the Bible. 

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

 

 

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Correction – 42 months

In the last post I stated that the anti-christ would reign for 42 months as seven years.  This is a mistake on my part, I should have said this is three and half years. (Daniel and Revelation).

Please forgive me, sometimes my mind is going at one speed and my typing at another.

D. M. Bourne

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The Anti-Christ, Who Is He, Really?

Revelation 13:   MSG
1  And the Dragon stood on the shore of the sea. I saw a Beast rising from the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads—on each horn a crown, and each head inscribed with a blasphemous name.
2  The Beast I saw looked like a leopard with bear paws and a lion’s mouth. The Dragon turned over its power to it, its throne and great authority.
3  One of the Beast’s heads looked as if it had been struck a deathblow, and then healed. The whole earth was agog, gaping at the Beast.
4  They worshiped the Dragon who gave the Beast authority, and they worshiped the Beast, exclaiming, “There’s never been anything like the Beast! No one would dare go to war with the Beast!”
5  The Beast had a loud mouth, boastful and blasphemous. It could do anything it wanted for forty-two months.
6  It yelled blasphemies against God, blasphemed his Name, blasphemed his Church, especially those already dwelling with God in Heaven.
7  It was permitted to make war on God’s holy people and conquer them. It held absolute sway over all tribes and peoples, tongues and races.
8  Everyone on earth whose name was not written from the world’s foundation in the slaughtered Lamb’s Book of Life will worship the Beast.
9  Are you listening to this?
10  They’ve made their bed; now they must lie in it. Anyone marked for prison goes straight to prison; anyone pulling a sword goes down by the sword. Meanwhile, God’s holy people passionately and faithfully stand their ground.
11  I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12  It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13  This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14  It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.
15  It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16  It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17  Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18  Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.

The question of who the anti-christ is is one that man has been trying to solve since the writings of John the Revelator.  Many have speculated who it might be, and many have been wrong.  Some thought it was the Pope, others during their lives thought it was Napeleon, and yes even Adolf Hitler.  All those had very close similiarities to that man described in the Word of God, but none were that spoken by the disciples and the writer of Revelation.

Let me say here and now, there is not one leader at this present time that fits the prophecy.  I can see how some would liken some leaders and their characteristics to the man called “the anti-christ”.  Many leaders have been anti-christ(against Christ).  

This man that is about to enter the worldly stage will be like none other.  He will come what seems to be all of the answers to mans most troubling woes.  He will do what all other peace seeking leaders have tried to do, he will sign a peace treaty with Israel for seven years(forty-two months).  The whole world will wonder at his abilities and within a very short time of his reign will set up three new societies on planet earth.

1.  One World Government

Somehow, he will be able to persuade all the world governments to meld into one “new world order”.  He will be the leader supreme, and he will not be challenged.  His reign is seven years.

2.  One World Economy

He gives power to his puppet, the Beast, and the beast will demand that all receive the name of the beast, the number of man, 666.  It will be on the right hand, or in the forehead.  This will seem to solve all the flaws in the economies of the world.  No fraud, counterfeiting, not even bankruptcy.  Those without this mark will not be able to buy or sell.

Those living during this time will be given only two choices, take the mark, or be killed.  Christians that know the Word of God will know if they take this mark they will be spend eternity in the lake of fire, hell.

3.  One World Religion

This man the anti-christ is just like the king of Babylon, he will be full of himself demanding everyone to bow down and worship the image of himself.  He will put forth an order that those who do not bow down shall be slaughtered, his main purpose for this is to rid the earth of Christians, and people of the Jewish faith.  This is where he will break the peace treaty with Israel. 

Those living in Israel will begin to hide and take shelter in the mountains around Israel.  They will hide in caves fearing for their very lives.

The body of Christ will be forced underground.  It will be much like present day China.  They will have no one to depend upon except Christ their Lord and each other.

The rest of the world will be thrusted into a final global war.  All armies will have their focus on a valley just outside Jerusalem, the valley of Armegeddon.  The armies of the world will begin to gather there, for the valley is large enough to hold all the armies of the world.  The Euphrates will be dammed and dried up for the Kings of the East to march down the river bend heading to Jerusalem.

The dead will be great for it will take seven years to bury the dead and the blood in the valley will run as high or higher than the horses bridel.  The vultures will fly over head and begin to feed on the flesh of the dead.  The stench of rotting flesh will be overwhelming.

Characteristics of this Man, “the Anti-Christ”

1.  Narcissistic

This man will have an over inflated ego like no one the world has ever seen or will see.  Most leaders who have tendencies of ‘anti-christ’ have a narcissist.  They demand that everyone worship them, love them, and cannot stand being challenged.

2.  Proud

This man will think he has all the answers and will convince the world of this very fact.  Yet, the Word tells us he is a phony, a fraudester.  His pride is what over takes him when he has a statue of his image built.

3.  He Will Crave All Power

Like those before him he will demand that he is the most powerful man on earth.  His generals, sargents of his army will fulfill his every demand and whim.  Those who oppose his power will be executed, usually by beheading.

He will make all autocrats that have been before him seem like kittens.  His word will be law and he will have a blood lust for those who would seem to be his opponents.  All nations will submit to his rule.

I believe his rule will be worldwide.  Now this seems to be of some debate among Bible Prophecy students and theologians.  Some that differ believe the rule of the anti-christ is regional, basically only the mid-east countries.

He Has Many Names

a.  Man of Sin, Son of Perdition – 2 Thessalonians 2:  KJV
3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

b. The wicked One – 2 Thessalonians 2: KJV
3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;d One  

c. The Deceiver – 2 John 1: KJV
7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Those are a few and if you want to look them up all you need is a study Bible with a good referance system.  It would behoove you to know all the names, like, “an angel of light”.

To the Christian take your eyes of those who seem to work miracles and set your eyes back to where they belong, on Christ Jesus.

If you follow signs and wonders you are a canidate for deception.

Do not seek wealth or fame here on this earth for they will soon rust and decay.  

Matthew 6:  KJV
19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Please do your soul and spirit a great big favor, sit down, grab your Bible and learn it from cover to cover.  Do not become on who is deceived.  You will not learn all you need to know in one reading.  

I started this journey as a young boy watching my dear maternal grandmother read her Bible sitting at the kitchen table.

I had a Pastor who would take me to his home and let me read his study aids.  No, there was no such thing as a computer.

I would urge you to use a Bible that you can mark up and make study notes in the margins.  When you are listening to a preacher, teacher, evangelist, etc. keep some note paper and a pen handy.

Then when you are alone in your home check and see if the message you have heard really does line up with the Word of God.  Never accept anything at face value.  Inspect everything, and that which is of God can stand inspection.

Learn that every subject can be traced from Genesis to Revelation in types and shadows.  Learn to how actually study, not just read and close the Bible.  I have studied the same verses over and over again and always find something new that God is revealing to me.

If you are listening to someone who says they have all knowledge about the Word of God, run to the nearest exit.  Flee from those who say that prophecy through them supercedes the written Word of God.  God never contradicts his own Word.  Yes, it would seem sometimes in scripture that there are contradictions.  Yet in time as you grow in your studies they begin to weave together like a finely knitted switted.

Then take the next step, do not keep what you have learned to yourself, share it with those around you.  God will let you know when it is the right time to tell someone.  That time is different for every living soul.

I can relate this way, you do not feed an infant steak, you nurse it with milk.  It takes a more mature being to chew and digest steak.  It is the same with Christians, some can only feed on the basic milk, as they grow then they become furtile soil for the meat of God’s Word.

Don’t take what this writer, myself has written, search the Scriptures like those in Berea when they heard the disciples teaching.

There is so much more I would like to write but I feel this is a good place to end.

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

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I will do my best to recommend you some great study aids and reading material that you should have in your personal library.

 

 

 

 

 

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