A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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26.6.17

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So, I will continue to look at the end-times, the rapture of the Church and the wrath to come.

It appears to me that this is a subject many Christians want to avoid, especially the partial preterists who are convinced that the tribulation period concluded in AD 70! Let us look at some more NT verses regards the wrath of God.

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The Bible is very clear that God will pour out His wrath upon the godless Christ rejecters and evil sinners. BUT I hear people say, I thought God was a loving God? Why would He pour out His wrath upon the godless? Well firstly God is love, and He so loved people that He sent His Son Christ Jesus to die for them all. Yet it remains a choice! “SO THAT” all who believe in Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life. See, there’s the choice! it was God’s will to make a way of escape from the wrath to come! He doesn’t want this, but He has to judge sin and godlessness! But we have to make the choice to enter into God’s way of salvation just as Noah and his family entered the ark! Anyone and everyone could have joined them, but they chose to scoff and mock until it was too late and the rains came, God shut and sealed the door and the rest of humanity perished. But secondly, He is a God of justice and He has to act justly. In His mercy He has made a way of escape as the wrath to come is a consequence of ever increasing wickedness, sin and evil! Through Noah’s ark He made a way of escape! Through Abraham’s and Lot’s faith He held back His wrath upon the evil and foul deeds of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah to allow an escape for those who chose it! Through Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension He’s made a way of escape through the rapture. But to be part of that rapture, you have to be IN Christ and to be in Christ you have to turn away from your sin and put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, then follow Him. Have you done that yet? If not please do so and flee the wrath to come! once the door is shut there is no way of escaping it. It is a righteous judgement of God! It is no good thinking you’re good enough to escape. None of us are! It’s through the righteousness, goodness and mercy of Christ that we have a way out.

If you want to invite Jesus Christ into your heart, then pray this prayer.

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Salvation is as easy as A.B.C. Even though it was terrible and not so easy for Christ the Messiah.  So:

[A] Acknowledge you are a sinner! Why deny the obvious? We all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Then Accept Jesus Christ into your heart by faith!

[B] Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord, then invite Him into your life as Lord and Saviour. ‘To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name He gave the the legal right to become the adopted children of God’. John 1:12 [expanded]

[C] Commit your life to Him. Follow Him. Pray to Him. Read the word of God [the Bible] and then find a lively Bible believing, Christ preaching Church and serve the Lord till He returns for us to take us home.

 

 

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

25.6.2017

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Today I’ll begin to look at another reason why I am convinced the Church [the Ecclessia of Christ] will not go through the 7 year tribulation period.

First check out these verses in the New Testament.

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We’ll look at some more of these next time. All I want to do now is ask some BIG questions?

  1. Did Christ Jesus [when on the cross] experience the full wrath of God in His body, soul and Spirit?
  2. If He was indeed the propitiation for our sin, [which He was] but not our sin only, but also the wrath of God against sin; then was the wrath of God fully satisfied in Christ? Did He take the blow for us? Did He fully absorb God’s wrath?
  3. Was it just Christ the head on the cross or was it His whole physical body also?
  4. Is Christ’s “supernaturally transformed spiritual body” [The head] in heaven at present and His physical representative body on earth?
  5. Is the Church [according to 1 Corinthians 12.27 “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it”.] His physical natural body on earth, representing Him as His Ambassadors?
  6. Is the 7 year  tribulation period the time of God’s wrath upon Israel [the time of Jacob’s trouble] and the Godless Christ rejecters?
  7. Is the Church of Christ [the true body of believers, His bride to be] the same as Jacob [Israel?] Is Christ’s Church synonymous with Christ rejecters?
  8. If no, then why when Christ took the wrath for us once for all, and that those who put their trust in Him are set free and saved from God’s wrath to come, WHY WHY WHY tell me do they have to suffer the 7 years of indignation and wrath from God when He has already freed us and saved from it? Why are Christians willing to take Christ’s body again through the time of God’s wrath when He already did it 2000 years ago? Why do they relish the idea of 7 years of tribulation? Why do the associate themselves with Jacob [Israel] and the godless Christ rejecters. And again WHY ARE YOU READY TO TAKE CHRIST’S BODY INTO GOD’S CAULDRON OF WRATH A SECOND TIME WHEN JESUS CLEARLY SAID ‘IT IS FINISHED!’

Please go and seriously answer these questions!

 

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

24.6.2017

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I will continue to look into the signs of the times teaching, but  I want to focus a fair bit on the pre-trib rapture firstly as the teaching that there is no pretribulation rapture or premillennial Kingdom is gaining ground, from the post millennial and partial preterist viewpoint!” I spoke a little while back on how the above named groups try to pull the pre-trib rapture apart by saying that this teaching is relatively new. Yet I clearly showed it was the position the early Church took! So why did it become so popular in the 1800s up till the last few years when partial preterism has taken off? Ok, firstly we need to ask why did the imminent expectation of Christ’s return fade and almost die especially as it was so poplar in the first century that Paul’s very first letter which was to the Church at Thesallonica was penned and was dominated by the rapture event, the Christian’s comfort and hope! Well I see a few things.

  1. Despite its popularity, nevertheless the Lord didn’t return but persecution heated up and many 100s even 1000s of Christians died. So in the words of Paul who said, ‘don’t get weary of doing good for in the right time you will receive a reward!’ It looks like many did give up on the imminent return of Christ.
  2. This is especially noticeable in 2 Peter 3:4! They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” Well everything isn’t going on as per usual now as we shall see in the next few posts I write.
  3. Even the Ante Nicene fathers disagreed on the subject. Tertullian and Origen both disagreed on this issue, even the Nicene creed only gave a brief look into this subject.
  4. The didache [which is an apocryphal book] seems to imply a post millennial view point, however as the didache is not in the cannon of scripture it can’t be used as evidence to establish a post tribulation rapture or post millennial Kingdom.
  5. From the Nicene creed onwards there have been 3 predominant view points. Pre millennial/pretrib rapturist view points. Post millennial and Amillennial views.

So why did the pretrib rapture become popular again in the 1800s? What triggered this teaching that many say is a ‘NEW’ teaching? Well the answer for me is “Zionism!” The Jews and their desire to return to their God given land! Zionism as an organized movement is generally considered to have been founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897. However, the history of Zionism began earlier and is related to Judaism and Jewish history. After the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 the Jews were scattered throughout the earth until in 1917 when they began to get their land back. However this began years before and Zionism was on the rise before AD 1897 as Jahweh began to put in His people’s hearts a desire to return home. So it is reasonably possible to deduce that in AD 1830 when the Zionist movement was already in active preparation and John Nelson Darby would be aware of this stirring in the hearts of God’s chosen people that he then began to dig into God’s prophetic word and rediscovered God’s time table for the Jews according to Daniels 70 years and Paul’s re-grafting of the true branch back into the Olive tree and then started to delve into all the prophetic teachings on the Lord’s return. He obviously noted a dispensation of God’s work at hand. The dispensation of the Law and the time of Jewish dominance in the Kingdom. Then when Messiah was cut off  at the cross and the Jews were cut off for rejecting their Messiah, according to Daniel, the time clock of God’s Kingdom stopped for the Jews at the 69th week of years. The wild olive branch [the Gentiles] began to be grafted in after Pentecost and the Church age of the dispensation of grace began which would continue till the point when the stop watch of God’s kingdom needed to be restarted for the Jews and they would then have to enter into the 70th week of years! The tribulation period!.

Obviously from this it is easy to see that the true olive branch [the Jews] cannot be re-grafted into the olive tree whilst the wild branch predominantly Gentiles] is still attached! The Jews owe Jahweh a week of years [7 years, the time of Jacob’s trouble]  For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and against nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier will it be to graft these who are the natural branches back into [the original parent stock of] their own olive tree?’ Romans 11:24 [You will need to read all of Romans 11 to get to grips  with Paul’s doctrine of the return of the Jews to their original mission.]

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Well that’s a lot to think about. So I’ll stop here and pick this thread up another day. So until then, good hunting and GO FISH for yourselves also.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

20 6 2017

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So, let us continue to pursue this theme some more! Have there been any SIGNificant astronomical events in recent years or months that “APPEAR” to look like portends or warning signs from God? And will there be any in the coming months ahead?

I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’… Acts 2:19-22. And again, let me reiterate and clarify that what I am looking at is ‘astronomy’ not astrology [which is the occult side of astronomy!]

So far we have notice Jupiter in the womb of Virgo in late December 2016 and again in close proximity to the moon [and still in the belly of Virgo] on Passover April 10th 2017! Now we are due a full solar eclipse on August 21st 2017 just 33 days before the 23rd September Great Sign in the sky when Jupiter is released from the birth canal! This event on the 21st 8th 2017 includes a full moon and the sun. The full moon is always relevant to Israel and the sun is relevant to the Gentiles! So both are due to see this sign in the sky. As we have seen these are signs for the human race, warnings, portends, signals precursors to great events not just nice events in the heavens for us to watch or observe for science purposes. The blood moons tetrad were very relevant and served as precursors to these coming events. So too the solar eclipse I believe is a precursor warning to the Gentile nations of events about to unfold!

I hear someone say: ‘but nothing happened after the four blood moons! Everything passed uneventfully. Well, did it? In the old Babylonian Empire some 2000 years ago 3 Kings/Magi saw a sin in the heavens, but it was almost 2 years later before they saw the evidence of the star signal! Maybe 2 years on from the full moon tetrad, we are about to witness some cataclysmic or global event? GO FISH

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

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So, let us continue to pursue this theme some more! Have there been any SIGNificant astronomical events in recent years or months that “APPEAR” to look like portends or warning signs from God? And will there be any in the coming months ahead?

I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’… Acts 2:19-22. And again, let me reiterate and clarify that what I am looking at is ‘astronomy’ not astrology [which is the occult side of astronomy!] So, has anything SIGNificant happened or will happen over the next few months?

Ok, on December 24th 2016 [in the evening at the start of the Jewish feast of Hanukkah] the King planet was in the womb of the constellation Virgo [the virgin!] Hmm!! From that time of what is [seemingly to be a conception] Jupiter goes in and out of the womb of Virgo in a retrograde motion! Strangely, about 16 weeks later on April 10th 2017 and on the feast of Passover, Jupiter is back down in the lower part of her womb and the full moon is at her feet. Then about 23 weeks after Passover and 39 weeks from December 24th, on the 23rd of September 2017 Jupiter leaves Virgo from where the birth canal would be. This is not pie in the sky, this is proven fact as they now have the technology to go back and forwards to look at the heavens, because God has made the heavens predictable! See fig 1 below!

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Of course, we could say this means nothing. But it sure looks to me like the Revelation 12:1-5 Great Sign to me. Check out the video below also if you have 20 minutes to spare. I don’t fully agree with his interpretation of Jupiter as being the Messiah. His sign was similar on September 11th 3 BC! But Jupiter wasn’t in the womb then! It helped form the crown of 12 stars in Leo [LION/JUDAH/REGULUS Lion of Judah!] I believe that when Christ [the head of His body] ascended to heaven, He left His body behind to do the work of the Kingdom through the age of grace, [the Church age!] Above, I believe we have a picture or image from Revelation of the “BIRTH” of the Church, which then is caught up to heaven to join the head in the air, then to be ever with Him! This is our hope! [a pre-tribulation rapture!!] What hope, comfort or consolation is there in the Church [Christ’s future bride] going through the time of God’s wrath when he’s already delivered us from the wrath to come? And to boot, if the Church, the Fiancee of Christ is on the earth during the tribulation period, then who’s going to wed Him at the wedding supper of the Lamb in heaven? More of that another day. The Greek word used in Revelation 12:5 is HAPADZO [caught up] same as the Latin word RAPIO [RAPTURE] and the same word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17! So am I saying the Church will be raptured on September 23rd 2017? Absolutely not! I’m not daft enough to set dates and times! All I am doing is saying Look up! See what is happening in the sun, stars, moon and planets! Look at the bottom images I took last night and tell me all is normal! Then “GO FISH!!”

Check this out last night from my bedroom window! The first photo was taken at about 9 pm as the sun set below the roof tops! Note the cross in the sky to the right! Hmmmm!

This next image was taken 2 1/2 hours later! The photo doesn’t do justice to how strangely electric blue the sky was! And between the two houses on the left there was a red glow almost like a second sunset. I went to bed at 12 am in the morning and “the north west” sky was still lightish as you can see! And that in itself is very interesting. According to my compass, the sun is rising more to the north east, and setting more to the north west. Figure that one out, do the math and GO FISH for yourself! You may catch a whopper!!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

17.6.2017

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I will continue to weave in and out of the signs teaching, but I have other stuff I want to share also! The teaching that there is no pre-tribulation rapture is gaining ground, from the post millennial and partial preterist viewpoint!” [More on that another time].

So I’ll continue to pursue this subject. Another post-trib and partial preterist argument is that things are going to get better and the Church has helped usher in the golden age as it influences the world as salt and light and that things will be ready and prepared for Christ’s second coming! Well, I believe this goes contrary to the teachings of Jesus and Paul. Look at these scriptures:

Matthew 24:8 “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

The Day of the Lord: Now as to the times and dates, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord is coming just as a thief [comes unexpectedly and suddenly] in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety [all is well and secure!]” then [in a moment unforeseen] destruction will come upon them suddenly like labour pains on a woman with child, and they will absolutely not escape [for there will be no way to escape the judgement of the Lord’]. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3  (AMP)

The labour pains are already happening, so we who are of Christ should already be aware of what is happening! We should not be caught out as those robbed at night unawares! We have no excuse! THOSE TIMES ARE UPON US AND THE STRESS AND TRAUMA WILL INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY! Now as a man I have no idea what labour pains are like, but as a father, I do know what it looks like. It basically starts with minor cramps which can be days apart, but as the birth date gets closer so too do the contractions and intensity of the pain. So, to say the world is getting better and that the tribulation period has already happened and concluded in AD 70 to me is incredulous! Do these sincere but sincerely wrong folk not read the news, watch TV or check out the growth of the Church in comparison to atheism, existentialism and the rise in the occult? They basically, though unwittingly call Paul a liar! Look what he prophesied about the last days:

2 Timothy 3 Amplified Bible 

“Difficult Times Will Come”

But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane,  [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Amplified Bible. 

Paul wrote 2 Timothy in AD 66-67. Now that would have put him right near the end of the tribulation period in AD 70 according to the partial preterist viewpoint! Paul here is talking future! If he wasn’t he would be saying these times have come and are already upon us. look at all these descriptions of the times! They perfectly fit our day and age. Yes, all throughout history these attitudes have been around since the fall of mankind. Let me just hi-lite one description:  For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused] Whilst we were waiting to board our flight to Tenerife a couple of weeks ago, there was a certain man with a big beard and he was continually grooming it and taking selfies. He then got up and walked around videoing himself, strutting like a peacock or worse. He then sat down and started grooming himself again and taking more selfies. I was gobsmacked! And I am guessing he was around my age too, not a youngster. I don’t know how many youngsters I’ve almost run over because they are just walking along and crossing he road admiring themselves taking selfies and then probably face booking the stuff so others can see how wonderful they look! Man talk about narcissistic! I personally have never taken a selfie, I’ve done it for and with Rachel but only as a couple’s photo. Why would I want to be so preoccupied with myself? I have tuns more important things to do!

So, look at the above again and ask yourself, ‘are things really getting better and ready for THE CHRIST to return or as I believe’ Or is “the stage is being set for the rise of the anti-christ!”

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 Abba Father, Jeshua, Holy Spirit. Help me to be preoccupied with your business first and foremost before my own. Help me to seek you first rather than myself. Help me to seek your face and smile rather than be preoccupied with my own. And help me to occupy till Jesus returns. Amen.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

6.6.2017

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I will weave in and out of the signs teaching, but I have other stuff I want to share also!

The teaching that there is no pre-tribulation rapture is gaining ground, so too for the post millennial and partial preterist viewpoint!” [More on that another time]. I think the main argument of the post millennialist’s is the one they always seem to start out with! So let us look at that.

Rapture doctrine is one of the most recent “new doctrines” in the history of the Church. The fact that John Nelson Darby invented the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine around 1830 AD is unquestionably true. All attempts to find evidence of this wild doctrine before 1830 have failed. 

So, let us read what first Thessalonians says?! Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren, about those who fall asleep in death], that you may not grieve [for them] as the rest do who have no hope [beyond the grave]. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through Jesus those who have fallen asleep in death]. For this we declare to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him in death]. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord! Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words”1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Paul who had insight into this event encouraged and comforted them with these words from the Lord! [Are we to argue Paul’s genuineness in these words?] Note the BOLD words! If a pre-tribulation rapture was not expected or imminent and was a ‘NEW DOCTRINE’ [a thing] of 1800 years in the future, then why was Paul and the Church of Thessalonica expecting Christ to return imminently? The WE’s and YOU’s etc are in the  present tense of the ‘then’ real time context.

The Christians at Thessalonica were concerned that folk were dying and would miss the Lord’s return [in the air] (then we the living ones remaining [together] with them shall be seized in clouds to a meeting of the Lord in the air and so always with the Lord shall be). Literal translation from the Greek. So to say the pre-trib rapture is an ‘invention’  or a ‘wild doctrine’ or a ‘new doctrine’ is to do John Nelson Darby and injustice. [GO FISH]

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