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End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 31, 2014

End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines.

Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
July 31, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

===INTERNATIONAL

IRAQ; The Iraqi Christians nightmare

RUSSIA:Is Putin About To Blink?  - Sure.  He’s ready to blink.

MIDDLE EAST: US voters are less wary of US involvement in the Middle East – That’s good because we’ll be fighting an even bigger war there at some point in the near future.

===NATIONAL

Exclusive report reveals brazen attacks on border guards

Belief the USA is winning the War on Terror falls to 10-year low

Obama to Jesus Heckler: I believe in God.  Thanks for the prayer. Amen – Most men profess a belief in a god.

The legend of Rep. Tony Schnell – The true story of a fake congressman who rallied Congress to a real action.

===MISCELLANEOUS

Blood test predicts suicide risk – End times deception many times wear a white lab coat and insists it is “completely scientific.”

Naked man on leash in WV facing possible charges – Naked, playing a “consensual sex game” on a US highway.

“They said it was consensual sex, a consensual sex game, and they were offended that people were stopping and calling them freaks,” –Lt. Croft.

Sinners always get offended.  Always.

Which is the reason the world works so hard to turn Christians into mutes who pass out out hugs instead of the gospel message.

God is Love” is one of the favorite messages of a sinful world.  It allows the sinner to continue in darkness.

The gospel offends the many who don’t repent and follow Jesus. An integral part of the gospel message is: All are sinners. All are lost.”  That is offensive to many who are on the broad way to destruction; who agree with the world and it’s wisdom.

God is Love” doesn’t offend anyone.

Jesus is not Barney the purple dinosaur.

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
Matthew 10:34-36

“Suppose ye 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 12:51-53

Those are the words of Jesus; largely forgotten by a culture which stresses “God is Love.”  In the end times, the entire world will be united in error by an antichrist spirit of false, superficial “love” preached by the man of sin.

“…and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”Revelation 13:7-8

Tolerance will be claimed as their highest ideal.  “Love” will be on their lips as they behead those who maintain the testimony of Jesus.

Even now, that message is being proclaimed by the enemies of God.

God loves people. God hates sin.  God is angry with sinners every day.

“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

Psalm 5:5

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
Psalm 7:11

For better or for worse, every person will live eternally with the choices he has made. Those who believe on the Son are not appointed to God’s wrath but to eternal life through Jesus Christ. Those who “believeth not” suffer another end.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
John 3:36

God, the Perfect Judge will perfectly judge all sin.

God will also judge all those who did not tell the sinner he is dead in his sins.

Which, one suspects, includes most of the “God is Love” crowd.

Ezekiel 33:11 sums up God’s position nicely.

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel.”

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Proverbs 6:16-19

When someone tells the sinner he is in bondage to sin, he will likely be offended..  Still, we are to tell him.  A few will be saved.  The rest will be offended.

Do You Know Jesus?

Offensive vs Offending

Yes, the Gospel is offensive, but we should not use the Gospel to offend.

Though I did not get that all word-for-word, the underlying message is powerful, and it is true. All too often, we as “Christians” get labeled with rough connotations because we are “Christian” …and honestly it is because sometimes we (whether directly or indirectly) use our knowledge of the Gospel, or our relation with Christ to offend others.

Confusing.

Atheists: Winning!

Charlie Sheen: Winning!

20 million gallons of water lost in UCLA flood

The Great Forgetting - Why don’t we remember much before we turn seven?

The Elusive Link Between Casinos And Crime  - To those who live in gambling dens, the link is not nearly so “elusive.”

The Next Big Credit Card isn’t a card at all

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

power-of-salvation-the-gospel-of-Jesus-ChristTHE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
-–1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

===EARTHQUAKES/WEATHER/PESTILENCE

Fears that Ebola could go global

Fight against Ebola hampered by belief in witchcraft

Rare Lyme Disease strain causes anxiety

When Will We Have A Vaccine For Ebola Virus?  - Tipping their hand.

What Happens After You Survive Ebola?

QUAKE: 2.9 central California

QUAKE: 3.0 Santa Monica Bay, California

MEDIA NARRATIVES ALERT

“How can the reader know when the Corporate Media is lying to him (never mind the fact that the media is Satan’s Mouthpiece and Satan is the father of lies)?  One easy way to tell is the use of “Why” and “How” in the headlines of an article.  When the reader sees “Why?” or “How?” in the headline–occasionally “What” is used–that which follows will be a fairy tale, a narrative, a bedtime story spun by the media for the benefit of the media’s master.”  “Why” usually denotes an on-going narrative; “How” signifies a story line which explains past events.  Not all narratives begin with “How” or “Why.” However, the most in-your-face, over-the-top ones usually do.
Why Can’t The Banking Industry Solve Its Ethics Problems?

Why The House Of Representatives Just Voted To Sue President Obama

The Problems With Reviving The Recently Dead

Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head – The proper term for the condition is “ear worm.” A form of mental torment, years ago it was associated with the demonic.   But most modern Americans are much too sophisticated to believe in anything outside the realm of their own privately-held beliefs.

Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story “The Imp of the Perverse” (1845) has the following:

It is quite a common thing to be thus annoyed with the ringing in our ears, or rather in our memories, of the burthen of some ordinary song, or some unimpressive snatches from an opera. Nor will we be the less tormented if the song in itself be good, or the opera air meritorious.

How The Great War Helped Create The Biggest Pandemic Of All Time  - Don’t be scared: get your flu shot!

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Do You Love the Sinner?

Do you love the sinner?  Do you treat others the way you want to be treated?  Do you follow the example of Jesus Christ who showed His love to sinners?  If you have the Spirit of Christ indwelling you then you will love the sinner.  Jesus instructed us how we should love the sinner.  We can see where we stand if we compare our behavior with the commandments of Christ.  We can see if we do love the sinner.

Jesus not only told us how to love the sinner, He also modeled that behavior for us.  When He was hanging upon the cross, dying for the sins of the world, dying to reconcile us to God, He said these statements from the cross showing His love for the sinner.

33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right had and the other on the left.  34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  And they divided His garments and cast lots.  Luke 23:33-34

Later on He assured one of the criminals of eternal life for his faith in Jesus Christ.

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”  40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?  41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”  42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.  43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:39-43

 Showing us how to love our family members, the sinners in our families, He reached out to His mother while hanging on the cross.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”  26 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”  And from that hour that disciple took her to his home.  John 19:25-27

 In each instance He showed no concern for Himself, only for the sinners that He ministered to while dying on the cross, a death that for Him was unjust, but for us, our justification.  He did not retaliate; He did not cry out, He did not call curses on or threaten those who were persecuting Him.  He asked the Father to forgive them because the crucified Him in ignorance.  He assured the dying criminal of eternal life because of his statement of faith.  He delivered His mother to His beloved disciple so that she would be taken care of in the faith.  He did all for others, He did all for sinners.  Do you love the sinner?

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught sinners how to love sinners through many amazing exhortations beginning in Matthew chapter five.

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’  22 “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.  And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.  But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.  23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.  26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.  27 You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.  30 “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you ; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for you whole body to be cast into hell.  31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  32 “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.  33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  34 “But I say to you, do not swear at all; neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’  For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.  38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  39 “But I tell you not to resist an evil person.  But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.  41 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.  42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.  43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?  Do not even the tax collectors do so?  48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heave is perfect.”  Matthew 5:21-48

 Our relationship to the sinner is to mirror Christ’s love for the sinner and God’s gracious mercy given to all, the wicked as well as the righteous.  We must love the sinner from the heart for that is where all behavior originates.  We must be severe with ourselves so we can love the sinner with purity and God’s grace.  Our conduct must be honest and humble.  This high and lofty standard is impossible for any but the ones who have been born again by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and His awesome work on the cross for us and resurrection from the dead and who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  Additionally, we cannot obey God’s commands if we are in fellowship with false teachers and compromisers because we will be led by the flesh, and flesh begets flesh.  We must walk in the light as He is in the light in order to obey and love the sinner.  Do you love the sinner?

God continues to give His exhortation to love the sinner in the epistles; and in 1 Peter chapter three we are given glorious commands that embody true love for the sinner, the saved and the lost.

8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.  10 For “He who would love life and see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.  11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and purse it.  12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?  14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.  “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”  15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.  1 Peter 3:8-16

 Ultimately we love the sinner by doing good.  If our brothers or sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ sin against us, we must ask the Lord to bless them.  We can seek to reconcile with them, but it must be done on the Lord’s terms with grace and forgiveness.  If unbelievers attack our good conduct in Christ Jesus, we must stand our ground and continue to do good, sharing the truth about Jesus Christ and His gospel as we have opportunity.

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps:  22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”,23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;  24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might lie for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed.  25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-25

 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.  1 Peter 4:19

 Our commitment to doing good and loving the sinner bears witness to our understanding that we are doing the will of God and He is leading us in all of life.  As we love the sinner, we exemplify the glory of Jesus Christ and His love for mankind.  Let us do good to all around us that God may be glorified and the sinner saved.  During the past few years, my wonderful Father has given my husband and me the opportunity to love a sinner, a family member who has gone astray.  We have seen Jesus answer prayers and make provision as we have served Him in loving the sinner.  Do you love the sinner?  May we remember the example that Jesus Christ our beloved Lord and Savior has given us, and love the sinner as He gives us grace and opportunity.  May the Lord bless us for this blessed task.

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Our Friend

Jesus is the friend of sinners.  What an amazing declaration!  God, the Son of God, is our friend and has done everything possible for us to know Him as our Friend.  The religious and self-righteous will never understand nor desire His friendship.  But sinners, who know their need, greatly desire and delight in Jesus Christ’s friendship.

We have recorded for us the wonderful love of our Savior in the gospels.  What a delight it is to look at these verses and be reminded of Jesus Christ’s love for the sinner, which is the most powerful revelation of the love of God towards mankind.

9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office.  And He said to him, “Follow Me.”  So he arose and followed Him.  10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.  11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does you Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  13 But go and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Matthew 9:9-13

 Jesus Christ perfectly displays the love of God the Father for mankind.  He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  Jesus Christ called Matthew, a tax collector, one of the most despised people of all Israel because of his vocation, and then Jesus ate with more tax collectors and other sinners.  What was His response to the criticism levied against Him by the Pharisees because of this audacious neglect of proper religious protocol?  He declared without apology that He came for the sinner, to bring them to repentance and reconcile them to God.  Our disease of sin has separated us from God and Jesus Christ has taken the full holy judgment due us when He died upon the cross for our sins so that we can be forgiven, and He demonstrated with power that He is the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead, and that He alone has the authority to give eternal life to whomever He pleases.  Jesus is the friend of sinners!  What should the sinner’s response be to Jesus Christ?  I love the verses out of Matthew chapter eight.

1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.  2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, I You are willing, you can make me clean.”  3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”  Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  Matthew 8:1-3

 Just like the leper who was untouchable because of his physical defilement, we too, as sinners, can come to Jesus supplicating Him to make us clean from our sin.  He is willing!  Just as He confirmed to the leper His willingness to cleanse him of his leprosy, so too our Savior makes it clear throughout the Scriptures that He is willing to declare the sinner cleansed of the defilement of sin, when the sinner repents of his/her sin and puts his/her faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord.  He has taken care of our greatest need, our need to be forgiven for our sins that we may be reconciled to God the Father.  He died upon the cross for our forgiveness and rose from the dead for our justification.  Jesus is the friend of sinners!

1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.  2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6  “But that you may know that the Son of Man as power on earth to forgive sins”-then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  7 And he arose and departed to his house.  Matthew 9:1-7

 Jesus first forgave the paralytic, and then to confirm His power to forgive sins, He healed the paralytic merely by commanding him to arise, take up his bed and go to his house.  What an amazing display of God’s glorious mercy, grace and love.  The ones who questioned Him in their hearts were the scribes, the keepers of the Scripture.  They didn’t even recognize the One Whom the Scriptures reveal, nor did they know that they too were sinners and needed forgiveness.  Jesus Christ demonstrated His power to forgive sins as God in this passage, first by forgiving the paralytic, then by knowing what the scribes were thinking in their hearts, and finally by healing the paralytic.  He knows our hearts, and those who truly see their sin, believe what the Scriptures say about the Savior, and desire their sins to be forgiven, He will not turn away.  Jesus is the friend of sinners!

In both of the gospels of Matthew and Luke the general accusation given against Jesus Christ is that He is a friend of tax collectors and sinners.  Immediately after this revelation in the gospel of Luke, Jesus again demonstrates His love for sinners.

34 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  35 “But wisdom is justified by all her children.”  36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him.  And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.  37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,  38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.  39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”  40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something  to say to you.”  So he said, “Teacher, say it.”  41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors.  One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both.  Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”  And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”  44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet sine the time I came in.  46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.  47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”  48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Luke 7:34-48

 The religious elites unaware of their own wickedness and oblivious to the mercy of God kept their distance from “sinners”, never realizing they too needed God’s forgiveness for their sins.  Jesus though came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  Jesus came to save sinners, because that is the good pleasure of God the Father.  Jesus Christ demonstrated His love for sinners by accepting the love and worship of this woman who was a sinner and then forgiving her.  He also demonstrated His love towards those blinded by their religious labors, trusting in their own works to justify themselves before Holy God, by revealing the truth to them about God and His desire for all to be saved.  Jesus is the friend of sinners!

There are many passages throughout the New Testament books that attest to this love of God for the sinner demonstrated to us through His Son Jesus Christ.  I would like to focus on verses that were written by the apostle John as God gave him revelation by His Holy Spirit.

9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  12 No one has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  1 John 4:9-15

 14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”  John 3:14-21

When any sinner, by God’s gracious mercy, repents of their sin and places their faith in Jesus Christ, their sins are forgiven and they are reconciled to God Almighty.  No longer are they under the bondage of sin, Satan, and sure damnation.  They are forgiven and given eternal life and can live for God’s glory as they trust and obey Him.  All because of the love of God the Father who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins and rise again from the dead so that we can walk in newness of life.  When we see Jesus, the friend of sinners, we see the Father and can know that our sins are forgiven and we are the beloved of God, and all those who have like precious faith as we have are our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.  We have a heavenly godly family with God our Father watching over us, Jesus Christ interceding for us, and the Holy Spirit indwelling us.  All because Jesus is the friend of sinners!

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 30, 2014

End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines.

Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
July 30, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

Only five more months and one day and 2014 will be history.  My, how time flies! Events are still moving into place for the “grand finale,” so enjoy these days of relative calm.  Until the hammer drops, strengthen yourself by daily study and meditation on God’s Word through Christ Jesus.

===INTERNATIONAL

CHINA: China’s McDonald’s just ran out of hamburgers (and nearly everything else as well)

AUSTRALIA: Government pays $330,000 for a room it doesn’t use – Those in the government steal more than $330K in 10 minutes.

ISRAEL: Top Israeli official to Obama: Leave us alone

GAZA: Gaza’s one power station now gone

RUSSIA: Wendy’s abandons Russia – Who will the Russia turn to in order to get chili made from the unsold hamburgers?

===NATIONAL

Border bill a surrender to a lawless president – It keeps getting harder and harder for the media to pretend that the GOP House and President Obama are playing for the same team.

Boehner rules out impeachment

Boehner: This impeachment talk is nothing but a “scam” being run by Democrats to rally their base – Who listens to a man with an orange face?

===MISCELLANEOUS

Why is the world becoming such a nasty place? – Any number of verses in the Bible supply the answer [Rev 13, 2 Thessalonians 2 and 1 Tim 4:1-5 are only a few.].  Of course, these warnings, for the most part, fall on deaf ears.  Especially in the Christian churches.

FIVE ON FAITH

New blood test will detect all types of cancer?

OLD TESTAMENT Messianic Prophecies broken down by book – along with their New Testament fulfillment.

Welcome to DataLand – You thought you were watching Disney?  Disney is watching you.

Another “EMP is coming” warning from the media

(ANIMATED GIF) Wind Sculpture – A fine work of art?!?  A fine work of welding?!?  A fine work of craftsmanship!

San Paulo Brazil urged to ration water – Only 100 days left!  – Another “water shortage is coming” warning from the media.  Isn’t the reader glad the Corporate Media is so helpful?

Bring the Guillotine back to Death Row – It’s coming

Alabama Officials: Pray That EPA Doesn’t Disrupt God’s Coal Industry

GERMAN WORLD WAR I PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTCARDS 1914-1916–PART I

GERMAN WORLD WAR I PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTCARDS 1914-1916–PART II

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

power-of-salvation-the-gospel-of-Jesus-ChristTHE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
-–1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

Martha Stewart loves her drone

Nine Huge Government Conspiracies that Actually Happened – Since this is speaking of what has already been admitted, there are no pictures of tin foil hats in this piece. Vaccine watchers will be particularly interested in #3.

Last Member Of Crew That Dropped Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima Dies

Average price of electricity climbs to all-time high

(VIDEO) The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 – Great footage shot in 1906.  There is no sound.  What is striking is the number of horse-drawn wagons and carriages in San Francisco.  In a little over 100 years, man has advanced much further up the technological ladder.  Still, one has to wonder how far behind we are to the pre-flood civilizations?  From the leaked technology to the massive stones (which modern man still cannot move) which made up those civilization’s structures, we have clues. [About 17 minutes total time.]

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to remain open – Hate to say “I told you so” but…  Of course it’s not like that took a word from God to discern.

What was in Building 7? – Of the World Trade Center…

Break up the States!  The case for the United Statelets of America

The Truth and the Lie are set up Side by Side

 Yes, I am greatly disturbed and grieved. This is probably the hardest article I have written since the beginning of my blog. I have seen things go from bad to worse. People, we cannot have the power of the Holy Spirit without repentance! Bethel and IAHR, and all the rest, believe it is a force that can be passed off from one person to another, by way of impartation. It is not repentance they are after. It is the power.

Cow herd kills woman hiker

The Hidden tragedy of the CIA’s  experiments on children

How America’s Top Industries Have Changed, 1990-2013 - Amerca’s “top industries” have almost completely transitioned from manufacturing to crime and sin.

Massage therapy turned to exorcism – Everyone is interested in the supernatural, supernatural power and miracles–but no believes the Bible.  The Bible predicted all of that…

Abandoned Dog Traveled 4 Miles Every Night – So They Finally Followed Her and WOW – Still one more piece trying to convince us that there really is no difference between your next door neighbor and your next door neighbor’s dog.

The human race still has a very long way to go when it comes to the treatment of animals. Things are changing, however, as more people are starting to realize that most beings on this planet, if not all beings, share something in common within their hearts; love, care, emotion, altruism, affection and consciousness. We are talking about living, breathing, feeling beings that are extremely intelligent. The only difference is that they take a different form than us, and use different communication techniques.

That which used to be laughable has become commonplace.

Driverless cars to be on British highways next year

The Various Trials Part 1

For the true believer it is peace and tranquility that are fleeting not trials and persecution. I know full well in a nation such as this, wherein the notion of suffering for the cause of Christ is as alien as molecular biology is to a kitten, it’s difficult to wrap our minds around the notion that hardships, trials, and tribulations for the believer are inevitable, and a normal part of their existence.

[...]

If we are sons and daughters of the Most High God, if we follow after the precepts of His word, if He is first in our lives and His will is our command, then trouble for us is inevitable. The reason for this is a simple one: the sons and daughters of light will always be at odds with the sons and daughters of darkness, and as long as we are here, we are a thorn in the enemy’s side that he will go to great lengths to remove.

The Various Trials Part 2

The Last Stand For The Middle Class Is Taking Place In A Parking Lot In Massachusetts

===OF INTEREST

Independent thoughts from our corner of the Internet for the week ending July 30, 2014.

OF INTEREST: Independent Thoughts from around the Internet July 30, 2014

===EARTHQUAKES/WEATHER/PESTILENCE

Ebola outbreak largest in history

Doctor Leading Fight Against Ebola Dies Of Ebola

Could Ebola sneak across the border?

6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Veracruz, the second major quake to strike Mexico in 22 days

Flesh-eating disease alert issued by Florida

If Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, two-thirds of America will be left uninhabitable - Key word: IF.  However, the fairly constant stories about the supervolcano under Yellowstone are in the media for a reason.

More RECORD LOWS – There will be no more “ordinary weather.”  It all extreme, all the time.

20 ill in New Jersey due to West Nile

QUAKE: 6.4 Oaxaca Mexico

QUAKE: 5.6 New Guinea

QUAKE: 5.9 Bismarck Sea

MEDIA NARRATIVES ALERT

“How can the reader know when the Corporate Media is lying to him (never mind the fact that the media is Satan’s Mouthpiece and Satan is the father of lies)?  One easy way to tell is the use of “Why” and “How” in the headlines of an article.  When the reader sees “Why?” or “How?” in the headline–occasionally “What” is used–that which follows will be a fairy tale, a narrative, a bedtime story spun by the media for the benefit of the media’s master.”  “Why” usually denotes an on-going narrative; “How” signifies a story line which explains past events.  Not all narratives begin with “How” or “Why.” However, the most in-your-face, over-the-top ones usually do.

Lot of media narratives today.  It’s almost raining fairy tales.

Why World War I was such a bloodbath – July 29 has come and gone and there is no WW3.

Turns Out Millennials Are Smarter And Safer Than Ever - It’s suspected that until right up to the very end, the Corporate Media will be telling youngsters “My, how smart you are! Why, I believe you might just be the smartest kid EVER! in the history of mankind!”

Where Did Animals Come From?

Can doctors teach the body to cure cancer? – Hint: doctors can’t teach the body to cure a common cold.

How the West rode in to save Libya and then abandoned it to its fate – See, the West had to destroy it in order to save it.  “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

Why Are Some People So Much Luckier Than Others?

Marketing The Great War

How Many Men Are Pedophiles?

Why We Don’t Go To The Moon Anymore

Wagging the Moondoggie –  13-part series which answers the previous headline’s question better than the linked story.

 

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OF INTEREST: Independent Thoughts from around the Internet July 30, 2014

INDEPENDENT THOUGHTS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET: Make that "our corner of the Internet"

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A WEDNESDAY ROUND-UP

From the Websites we find of interest (for whatever reason).

Links are given as is, without endorsement, sometimes with comment; sometimes not. Independent thought is usually rewarded, though not always.


July 23, 2014

The Truth and the Lie are set up Side by Side

 Yes, I am greatly disturbed and grieved. This is probably the hardest article I have written since the beginning of my blog. I have seen things go from bad to worse. People, we cannot have the power of the Holy Spirit without repentance! Bethel and IAHR, and all the rest, believe it is a force that can be passed off from one person to another, by way of impartation. It is not repentance they are after. It is the power.

Transformation = Renewal…

Idle Babblings – In our current culture, “idle babbling” has been raised to the level of a necessary social skill.  It is known as “making small talk.”

 I’m Sorry – So Sorry

GAZA WAR UPDATE, Day #21: Obama calls Netanyahu to demand “immediate” cease-fire. Kerry angers Israeli, Palestinian & Egyptian leaders. Turkey turns hostile.

Daniel 7, Part I: Iraq – Writing about the “prophetic” today largely has degenerated into little more than shoehorning current events into various parts of the Bible.  Here the primary culprit is equating Babylon with modern-day Iraq.  Iraq itself is a modern man-made creation from the territory which was once upon a time called Mesopotamia (and whose borders were another modern man-made creation).

What if modern-day Iraq disappears from the face of the earth and vanishes from the maps that men draw?  Will that prove that Daniel 7 is a lie?  If you believe that Babylon equals Iraq, that is the only conclusion to which one can come.

Be alert – Always good advice for the times in which we live.

The Bible Informs Our Faith

The Judgement of the Mistress of Kingdoms – Isaiah 47 bears reading.  Several times.  Reflecting and study it is a good idea as well.

Persecution of Christians in Israel is a future snapshot, start praying

We found a very good 2005 video of Christians over in Israel being persecuted by the orthodox Jewish people which is still going on. One of the Christians said that when many of the believers in Israel get persecuted they “go underground“. She also said “people better get ready because it’s only going to get worse“.

EVIDENCE – Messianic Jewish and Christian persecution in Israel

Yesterday’s post we presented a video providing evidence of Christian persecution taking place in Israel by the orthodox Jewish people. The reason we post this is for Christians in the west to see how our brethren are actually being persecuted for their faith.

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them

NOTE:  Now is probably as good a time as any to make the observation that we do not know everything.  One day, the true believer shall.  In that day, we may find that, of the “great men of faith” exalted throughout history, most (perhaps all?) of them were working for the enemy.

MORAL?  Do not place your trust in men–even men who appear to be “holy.”  Place your trust in Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God.  Men can make mistakes; Jesus never has.  Men will let the reader down.  Jesus has set the captives free!

Do You Know Jesus?

The Various Trials Part 1

For the true believer it is peace and tranquility that are fleeting not trials and persecution. I know full well in a nation such as this, wherein the notion of suffering for the cause of Christ is as alien as molecular biology is to a kitten, it’s difficult to wrap our minds around the notion that hardships, trials, and tribulations for the believer are inevitable, and a normal part of their existence.

[...]

If we are sons and daughters of the Most High God, if we follow after the precepts of His word, if He is first in our lives and His will is our command, then trouble for us is inevitable. The reason for this is a simple one: the sons and daughters of light will always be at odds with the sons and daughters of darkness, and as long as we are here, we are a thorn in the enemy’s side that he will go to great lengths to remove.

The Various Trials Part 2

I must confess I used to be one who did not welcome the notion of trials in my life. That is until the day I had an epiphany of sorts and realized that the greater the trial, the greater God’s trust that you will not break beneath the weight of said trial. When I realized that my trials are God’s way of entrusting me with more of His grace, when I realized that my trials were God’s way of telling me He sees the growth and the maturing, I began to welcome my trials knowing their good end.

Bizarre Mormon Prophecy Quotes

Daily Bible Verse – 30.07.2014

Guillotines in America – This piece begins “I have to believe this is an elaborate prank.”  The author then details a law passed in Georgia in 2011 which includes decapitation by guillotine.

What is one to think of this?  Either it is willful disinformation or a willful disconnect from reality.  Since those who are so far disconnected from reality rarely write, we’ll make the call: disinformation.

Does the reader disagree?

Timing the Apocalypse! -  More doomsday date setting.

Pennsylvania Mental Patient Pulls Gun on Psychiatrist . . . Psychiatrist Then Pulls His Own Gun and Shoots Patient

NOTE: The events involving the secular state of Israel and the Palestinians seem to be generating much vitriol in the press concerning the actions of both sides.  There is enough blame to go around with civilians on both sides bearing the costs of the “ground offensive” and the rockets shot into Israel.

One gets the very clear idea from reading many media accounts on both sides that this military action is a splendid opportunity to heap reproach to both the Jew and the Muslim alike.

And, it is suspected, that is one of the secondary benefits of the military action.

If Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, two-thirds of America will be left uninhabitable

Faith: Belief in God

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 29, 2014

End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines.

Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
July 29, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

===INTERNATIONAL

ISRAEL: Israel escalating war

ISRAEL: No quick way out of Israeli-Gaza conflict

ISRAEL: What would Jesus do in Gaza? – This article comes from a large publication by the name of The Daily Beast.  That name should take on a different meaning for Christians than for those in the world.

CHINA: Chinese government removes cross from church

CHINA: Chinese missile forces pose threat to USA – Just a hunch, but isn’t that the reason for China having missiles

POLAND: Priest claims he’s getting hate texts from Demon spirit

RUSSIA:U.S. And Europe Ratchet Up The Sanctions On Russia

RUSSIA: US sales to Russia have risen since sanctions imposed

UKRAINE:These Satellite Photos Show Russia Committing An Act Of Overt War Against Ukraine

VIETNAM: Vietnamese cat owners live in fear that their cats will be stolen and eaten

According to AFP, at one central Hanoi restaurant the cats are drowned, shaved and burned to remove their fur before being butchered and fried with garlic. A snack of cat meat is colloquially known as little tiger, and typically served with beer and eaten at the beginning of the lunar month.

 World War 3 Watch: July 28, 2014

===NATIONAL

Illegals protest outside of White House – Since this was covered heavily (staged?) by the Corporate Media (Satan’s Mouthpiece), it prompts a few questions.

Who was this protest aimed at? For whose benefit was this organized?  Was this media event organized to somehow sway the mind of the man in the White House, who agrees with the demonstrators?  Or was this media event presented for the benefit of the people watching at home?  Those questions are fairly easy to answer.  Now, readers might put on their thinking caps: Why do you suppose the folks at home were treated to the spectacle of illegal immigrants protesting in front of the White House?  What reaction was the media/government hoping to achieve?

 

Immigrants from Asia entering through Mexico

Radio host Laura Ingraham hints at running for office – Because, let’s face it: we don’t have nearly enough media celebrities in our government at present.

PENTAGON: America less safe today after 13 years of war – Gee, who could have seen that coming?

 

Does Obama want to get impeached? It’s all in a day’s work…

===MISCELLANEOUS

Conservatism is the new Punk Rock – No wait!  Conservatism is the new day-old mayonaise!  No, no, that’s not it.  Conservatism is the new pot-smoking slacker!  Wait, I’ve got it: Conservatism is the new two shots of espresso! Give me a minute…

Has Tyrone Hood Spent 21 Years In Prison For A Murder He Didn’t Commit?

What in the World?

POLL: Religion remains a strong marker of political identity in the USA – Of course it does. In the USA, religion and politics are confused every day–particularly by those calling themselves “Christians.”

(PHOTOS) Photographer Discovers More Than 70 Trains Abandoned In Forest


 

Signs and symbols Rule the World

QUESTION #1: How many 6’s can the reader find in the following symbol?

Biohazard

A few months ago, Liz Kaye wrote about a group by the name of LieKillers and a creepy video the group produced titled “Mark of God.”. [Mark of God? Beware of False Prophets]  She also wrote LieKillers: Who Are LieKillers?

QUESTION #2 - Does anyone see a resemblance in the symbol above and any of the symbols below (used by LieKillers)?  At some point in the future, it’s strongly suspected there will be a quiz.

MARK AND NAME OF GOD?

MARK AND NAME OF GOD?


 

Hilton To Replace Hotel Room Keys With Smartphones

Satanists Demand Religious Exemption From Abortion Restrictions, Cite Hobby Lobby Ruling - Oh, you thought the Hobby Lobby ruling was all about “protecting Christianity”? At some point, true believers will finally get that there are no government actions which protect true Christians.  There are no Big Media or Big Hollywood productions which glorify Jesus.  Antichrist organizations hate Jesus.  The only way to get around these unpleasant facts is through compromise with the world.  Which is something at which Americans excel.

The Weird Minorities

STUDY: Exposure to sun lowers risk of some forms of cancer – And raises the risk of others. There are a great many of these types of stories in the media.  It’s suspected the proper reaction to hearing this would either be a shrug or “What’s the use?”


 

FROM 4 1/2 MONTHS AGO: Six days a week, we try to give readers a snapshot of what is happening in the news for that day. Here’s a few things that were happening in the middle of March. [From End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 15-16, 2014.]

“Putin is playing hardball and Obama is playing Tee Ball” – Politicians in Washington have been playing the game of insulting each other while they steal the citizens blind.  Americans may be getting ripped off, but at least they’ve been entertained…

MORE Awesome Industrial Animated GIFs – (h/t:B)

Something is seriously wrong with the Son of God movie – Here’s a clue: “lightworkers” usually refers to those who espouse Lucifer.  So it’s not an odd name for a media production company: Lightworkers Media.  It is, however, an odd choice for a supposedly Christian company.

A few examples: Here’s a website titled “Lightworkers.”   What is a lightworker?

Readers can form their own judgments.


(PHOTOS) The Tattered, Haunting Remains Of Abandoned Airports

Appeals Court: Man can’t sue judge who had affair with his wife during child support hearingNew York City’s Smallest Piece Of Private Property

Vandals paint swastikas on Miami synagogue, smear cream cheese on cars – Seriously?  “Smear cream cheese on cars?!?!”  Are these urban vandals or some out-of-control Amish hoodlums?

35 percent of Americans facing debt collectors

(VIDEO) How to multiply 4×9 – This two-minute video will force parents to consider quitting their jobs, staying at home and teaching their children.  If you have a child, do ANYTHING to avoid sending him or her to public school.  No wonder kids don’t learn anything.  Does anyone suspect this is anything other than planned?  A dumbed-down population is an easier population to control.

Should the condemned suffer?  Families of victims divided

GOD’S NOT DEAD, THE MOVIE

Review/Rant: God’s Not Dead – The Most Offensive Movie I’ve Ever Seen – The author of this piece seems concerned about starting “conversations” (If only one could buy stock in annoying, overused buzzwords),  The only conversation this piece starts is “How ironic is it when a review exhibits the same flaws the reviewer sees in the movie he’s supposed to be reviewing?”

If the piece had been more clever, the reviewer might have given the reader the sense that the irony was planned.  But no, it was wholly unintentional as the only cleverness here will be the reader devising ways to trick himself into finishing it.

This is however, an excellent example of the license youngsters believe they have IF they first use the word “Rant” in the headline of a piece. “Rant” is the ideal word for the self-exalted times in which we live; a word beloved by the those with little more to offer than attitude.

In engaging in such gross self-indulgence at the readers’ expense, writers make the review about themselves instead of the subject they are supposedly reviewing.  This makes these kinds of pieces–as well as the popularity of “Rant”–perfect for a generation whose highest art form is the selfie.

Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A review of “God’s Not Dead” – A much better review–which is not the same as saying the ideas it communicates are correct.  Though written by an atheist, it is far less self-indulgent and therefore, much easier to read.

Review of God’s not Dead: An Inspiring Christian Movie – Our own Liz Kaye weighs in.

I don’t imagine that this movie will cause multitudes of unbelievers to come to Jesus, although I do think that many may come to Christ as a result of the seeds planted, but the true effect of God’s Not Dead will be on the life of believers.

This writer’s take of God’s Not Dead?  It’s not a very good movie but it’s the perfect movie for the pew-sitters now inhabiting churches. The protagonist’s “defense” of God is not very good. IF any atheists were converted by this movie, it would only be through a miracle of God–and it would present a better argument for the existence of God than anything offered in the movie.


“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

power-of-salvation-the-gospel-of-Jesus-ChristTHE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
-–1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

STUDY: Men like nice women, but women do not like nice men

The Paradox of Intolerant – This is something we see everyday.  According to the Bible, this absurdity will govern the end times.

If Corporations are people, so are Robots

(PHOTOS) The Hallowed Ground Of World War I, Then And Now - Today is the 100th anniversary of World War I.

(VIDEO) How to make a hard-boiled scrambled egg

===EARTHQUAKES/WEATHER/PESTILENCE

Ebola only a plane ride away from spreading to the USA

Liberia closes border due to Ebola fears

Tropical storm in Atlantic for later in the week?

QUAKE: 3.5 Puget sound area, Washington

QUAKE: 3,3 northern California

MEDIA NARRATIVES ALERT

“How can the reader know when the Corporate Media is lying to him (never mind the fact that the media is Satan’s Mouthpiece and Satan is the father of lies)?  One easy way to tell is the use of “Why” and “How” in the headlines of an article.  When the reader sees “Why?” or “How?” in the headline–occasionally “What” is used–that which follows will be a fairy tale, a narrative, a bedtime story spun by the media for the benefit of the media’s master.”  “Why” usually denotes an on-going narrative; “How” signifies a story line which explains past events.  Not all narratives begin with “How” or “Why.” However, the most in-your-face, over-the-top ones usually do.

Why You Should Be Worried About This Ebola Outbreak

Fear Spreads Alongside Ebola - Spreading fear has been a Corporate Media specialty for decades.

The ISIS caliphate’s coming blitz of Baghdad

Are there too many good shows on television?

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Enduring Faith

Enduring Faith

ENDURING FAITH

Jesus asked this rhetorical question in Luke chapter 18:

…”Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”  Luke 18:8

Why would Jesus Christ ask this question about faith?  Jesus asked this question right after describing His return to earth and the general tenor of the times before His return.  He refers to Noah and Lot when describing the activities and heart interests of the human race prior to His return to illustrate that mankind will not be thinking about His return and the sure judgment they will experience.

26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot:  They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, the built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”   Luke 17:26-30

It is noteworthy to consider that just a very few people were saved when God sent the flood upon the world in the days of Noah and rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah.  The days will be spent in mundane and “normal” human activity without a thought about God or about the condition of the soul, much as we see the situation around us today, keeping in mind that this also applies to those who are religious.

Jesus goes on to give two parables after this warning about His return, one before the question we are considering and one following.  I don’t want to get into the details of either parable, but I do want to make the point that there will be severe persecution of believers before the return of Jesus Christ, and those who belong to Christ acknowledge their sin before an holy and awesome, but merciful God.

6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.  7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:6-8

9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’  13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:9-14

Although, this parable doesn’t directly relate to the days before Christ comes, it does relate to faith, and it is this faith Jesus is asking about in Luke 18:8.  We see much of the self-righteousness displayed by religious people who love themselves, but don’t love God or their neighbors.  We see few who humbly call upon God confessing to be sinners. We live in the times described by Paul in

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than loves of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such turn away!  2 Timothy 3:1-5


 “[Jesus] refers to Noah and Lot when describing the activities and heart interests of the human race prior to His return to illustrate that mankind will not be thinking about His return and the sure judgment they will experience.”


We see these attitudes and behaviors in churches all around us today!

In the thirteenth chapter of Mark, Jesus Christ again warns about the proliferation of evil before His return.

5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say:  “Take heed that no one deceives you.  6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.  7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.  8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.  These are the beginnings of sorrows.  9 But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues.  You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.  10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.  11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak.  But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.  12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.  13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Mark 13:5-13

21 “Then if anyone says to you. ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it.  22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  23 But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.” Mark 13:21-23

Jesus is specifically warning His followers, those who belong to Him that deception and persecution are going to be rampant before His return.  Jesus definitely spent a great deal of His teaching ministry warning both believers and unbelievers about persecution and deception.

When Jesus Christ began His teaching ministry He taught His disciples and the religious about His kingdom and He also warned them about deceit and deception.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  16  will know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.  21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  Matthew 7:13-23

So Jesus Himself constantly warned His disciples and others about self-deceit and deception of others.

Deception surrounds us like cellophane covering a package.  It has been ushered in by many but there is a common thread that joins the religiously deceptive together, that is they divorce faith from the Word of God, the Bible.  Friedrich Schleiermacher wrote On Religion in the late 1700’s where he divorced faith from the teaching of the Scriptures, and so it has gone on and on and on.  Today many Christians follow the writings of those who despise the Scriptures.  One such highly esteemed individual, C. S. Lewis, wrote what is considered to be a treatise on the Christian faith, Mere Christianity, without once quoting the Bible.  It seems odd that a “Christian apologist” would defend the Christian faith without reference to the Bible.  This seems particularly strange when we are told in Scriptures:

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.  The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”  Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.  1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  1 Peter 1:22-2:3

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory:  “This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”  18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.  19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:16-21

That Satan has raised up these false teachers who divorce faith from the sure Word of God should cause us all to be very careful about whom we give our allegiance to and to make sure that we heed the warnings of Scripture and the Holy Spirit so we are not led astray and away from biblical faith.

So we can see and understand the urgency of Jesus Christ’s question in Luke chapter 18:

…”Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”  Luke 18:8

Based upon the deceit of the human heart, the deception that we daily imbibe, the persecution of Jesus’ elect, and the evil of the world, is genuine faith even possible?

26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”  27 But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  Luke 18:26-27

And so like the humble tax collector we need to throw ourselves upon the mercy of God pleading for the gift of faith, knowing we deserve only the evil of this world for we also are vile wicked sinners who merit only God’s just judgment and wrath.  We need to beseech God our Father to deliver us from the deception of the devil that lies hidden in the works of false teachers.  We need to plead with our Savior Jesus Christ to bless our hearts with a love of His Word that shuts out the barrage of evil from the world.  We need to implore the Holy Spirit to raise up the truth of God’s Word as a bastion of faith against the wiles and lies of the evil one.  These are the prayers that we must entreaty the Father with due to the wickedness of these times.  Yet, those who continue in the deceit of their hearts and the deception of this world are justly receiving what they have earned and do not realize that the condemnation of God in this life is tempered by His mercy and grace for His elect, but in everlasting judgment there is only fiery wrath and torment with no relief or respite.

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His WordEnduring Faith

 

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Belief: The Content of Our Faith

BELIEF: The Content of Faith

BELIEF: The Content of Faith

During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ encountered the same types of unbelief that are prevalent today within the church.  He was opposed by those who rejected the Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, the Sadducees, whose counterparts today embrace liberal theology; He was opposed by those who added to or took away from the revelation of God in the Holy Scriptures, the Pharisees, whose counterparts today include all branches of Christendom; Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, and Evangelicals; He was opposed by those who studied the Word of God through the grid of man-made doctrines, the scribes, whose counterparts today are the theologians who twist the Scriptures to make their pet doctrines fit within the confines of Sacred Writ.  Listen to what Jesus Christ has to say to those who rejected the truth and Him, and followed the enemy of our souls in their unbelief.

 13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.  14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.  Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.  15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.  Matthew 23:13-15

 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  26 Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside may be clean also.  27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  Matthew 23:25-28

 These unbelievers have no place in the kingdom God and they also keep others out through their false teaching.  These unbelievers are children of hell and those they convert are even greater sons of hell.  These unbelievers look righteous on the outside, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  They have an appealing appearance, but inwardly they are dead and evil.  These religious deceivers are hypocrites!

Jesus warned His disciples against the teaching of these wicked workers, and by extension warns us also.

 “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6

 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Matthew 16:12 

 This same warning is repeated in the Scriptures multiple times by Jesus Christ, the apostles and the prophets.  It is important to remember that what we believe signifies whether or not we have genuine saving faith.  We cannot divorce belief from faith.  If we believe things that contradict the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints then we believe a lie and are devoid of saving faith.  Jesus Christ warned us to be on our guard and to beware of those who would deceive us.  He actually uttered this exhortation right after the disciples asked Him about the end of the age.


 “During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ encountered the same types of unbelief that are prevalent today within the church.”


3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”  4 And Jesus answered and said to them:  “Take heed that no one deceives you.”  Matthew 24:3-4

 It is significant that the very first thing He says is take heed and do not be deceived.  The hallmark of the time before Jesus Christ returns is deception within the church and apostasy.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,…  2 Thessalonians 2:3

 In order for the Antichrist to deceive the whole world, the church must be rendered ineffective and blind so they too follow this evil one and give him acclaim.  The false teaching and error that has pervaded the church ultimately makes the church the supporter of the Antichrist.  As the apostle John wrote in 1 John chapter 2:

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it is the last hour.  1 John 2:18

 These antichrists, the purveyors of false teaching and false doctrine within the church, who are not of the truth, are preparing the way for the Antichrist and the one thing that defines the multifaceted deception of these many antichrists is their love of the lie and rejection of the truth.

11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but has pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.  1 John 2:19 

 They reject the truth, embrace the lie.  They are the enemies of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and must be rejected and exposed by all those who love Jesus Christ and abide in His truth, the Word of God, by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

 The anointing from God our Father by the Holy Spirit protects us from the lies of the evil one and his cohorts.  The truth of the Word of God that tells us all about Jesus Christ, all we need to know and understand about Him, is our faithful guide and protector.  We are protected from the lies of the antichrists as we hold fast to the doctrine that is taught in the Scriptures and reject the vain and empty opinions of man as they teach contrary to the Word of God, led by the devil.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.  21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.  22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?  He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.  23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either, he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.  24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.  If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.  25 And this is the promise that He has promised us-eternal life.  27 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.  28 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you , and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.   1 John 2:20-28

 We must judge everything we believe by the standard of the Word of God, our very souls are at stake.  Any doctrine or teaching that negates what the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ must be rejected!  We must judge everything that we are taught by the faithful Word of God, the integrity of the gospel is at stake.  We must rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us as we study God’s Word so we may share the truth for the sake of the world and the glory of God.

by Eliza

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Faith: Belief in Action

FAITH: Belief in Action

FAITH: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  Hebrews 11:1-2. 

 Faith, as discussed before, is believing what God has said in His Word.  However, this belief is not static, but it is very dynamic as illustrated for us by the famous Hall of Faith given in Hebrews 11.  Each individual that is commended for their faith demonstrated it by their actions as recorded in Hebrews 11.  As James said in James chapter 2

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  James 2:17

 So genuine faith will result in works that verify that faith.  James mentions two individuals who demonstrated their faith by their works, whereas, there are numerous individuals who are extolled for their faith in Hebrews 11.  I would like to focus on one of the individuals who is promoted by both James and Paul, the harlot Rahab.

Rahab is always linked with her vocation whenever she is referenced in the New Testament, except when named in the lineage of Jesus Christ.  Because of her profession she would seem to be a very unlikely candidate for being a glowing example of faith, but that is just what she is.  We learn about Rahab in Joshua chapter 2.


 “So genuine faith will result in works that verify that faith.”


1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. 2  And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.” 3  So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”  4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them.  So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.  5 “And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out.  Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.”  6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)  7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords.  And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.  8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men:  “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.  10 “For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.  11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.  12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token.  13 And spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”  14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours.  And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”  15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.  16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you.  Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned.  Afterward you may go your way.” 17 So the men said to her:  “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18 unless when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.  19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless.  And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.  20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”  21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.”  21 And she sent tem away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.  Joshua 2:1-21

 22 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” 23  And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had.  So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel.  Joshua 6:22-23

 So the spies, prompted by Joshua the leader of the Israelites, honored the covenant they had made with Rahab.  She later married Salmon and begot Boaz who is in the lineage of King David and of Jesus Christ.

Rahab displayed extraordinary faith in sheltering the spies, protecting them from the king’s men, requesting protection for herself and her family members, sending them out another way, and tying the scarlet rope in her window as a covenant sign between herself and the spies.  Her actions were motivated by her belief that God is God in heaven and on the earth.  She was fearful like her fellow countrymen, but unlike them, she didn’t turn to the idols of the land to save her.  Instead, she turned to the One true God who rules over heaven and earth, and she didn’t request salvation for herself alone, but also for her whole family.   By God’s mercy and grace the testimony that she gave to her family members was believed by them and so they too were saved from God’s wrath upon that heathen city.  Read the commendation given to her in James 2 and Hebrews 11:

Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?  James 2:25 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.  Hebrews 11:31

 This work of faith by the harlot Rahab is repeated over and over in the lives of those who turn from the lie and embrace the truth of the gospel, being saved from God’s just wrath, and serve Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Who do not continue in the vain opinions of men and the doctrines of demons but rely wholly on the Scriptures as their source of the truth of God.  Who boldly proclaim the gospel to all for God’ glory and the salvation of those who hear and believe.

8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place.  Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.  9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.  1 Thessalonians 1:8-10&

 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.  1 Thessalonians 2:13

May our Father in heaven be pleased with our work of faith as we serve Him, turning from the lies of the enemy to His truth in His Word the Bible in obedient faith, and sharing the glorious gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: Faith: Belief in Action

 

 

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Faith: Belief in God

FAITH:

FAITH: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is not some force, nor principle that we exercise and somehow receive what we speak.  Faith in its biblical definition is belief in God.  Even more specifically, faith is belief in God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures and through His Son Jesus Christ.

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written:  “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”  17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:14-17

 Faith is belief in what the living God has declared in His Word the Bible about Jesus Christ and the way of salvation.  Zeroing in on faith as revealed in the Scriptures we can understand it in even finer detail.

6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “’Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  8 But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  Romans 10:6-11

 Faith is believing what the Scripture says, that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and was buried, and rose again from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4  This is faith, believing what God has told us in the Scriptures about His Son, Jesus Christ and the gospel of His Son.  Faith is believing in our hearts the truth about Jesus Christ, the Son of God and confessing our belief in Him to others.

Faith set against the backdrop of unbelief is brought into sharp relief as the Lord teaches us about faith from the Scriptures.

16 For who, having heard, rebelled?  Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?  17 Now with whom was He angry forty years?  Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?  18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?  19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.   1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.  2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.  3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:  “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’”…  Hebrews 3:16-4:3


 “Faith…believes the revealed Word of God, the gospel of our salvation, resulting in obedience and the bountiful blessings of God the Father upon us through His Son Jesus Christ.”


Unbelief is rebellion against the revealed Word of God, the gospel of our salvation, and ushers in sin, disobedience, and the outpouring of the wrath of God.  Faith, in contrast, believes the revealed Word of God, the gospel of our salvation, resulting in obedience and the bountiful blessings of God the Father upon us through His Son Jesus Christ.

There are times that God specifically speaks to us regarding a work that He has appointed for us to do for His honor, glory and the furtherance of the gospel.  He will make it abundantly clear that He has called us to this task.  I believe that this guidance from our Heavenly Father by the Holy Spirit for our God given assignment will be met in our hearts by the gift of faith for that specific work.  Twice God has assured me that He is with me Father, Son and Holy Spirit before He called me to stand up for His truth against the error that rages against the pure and holy Word of God and the gospel of our salvation.  This is another legitimate exercise of faith that is bequeathed to us by the Holy Spirit, as believers, for the furtherance of God’s kingdom.  We believe what God has told us and set about doing His will as He enables us by the Holy Spirit.

1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers:  Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Acts 13:1-2

 We can know this is the work of God because it will agree with the Scriptures and we will see God work through us.  We will rely on God the Holy Spirit and He will strengthen us in our faith for the work and the trials that will accompany the work.  We will give all glory and credit to the Lord Jesus Christ and trust Him for the outcome of our obedience.

So faith is specifically belief in the One True Living God and His Son Jesus Christ Who gave Himself as our ransom by His blood shed on the cross and is our justification through His resurrection from the dead and has poured out upon us His Holy Spirit so that we can be equipped to serve Him in this evil fallen world.  Faith is belief in what God has told us in His Holy Word, the Bible about His Son, and the gospel of our salvation.

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.  3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,4  and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,… 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

  Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.  1 Corinthians 15:11

 22 “Therefore, having obtained help from God to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come-23 that the Christ would suffer, the He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”  Acts 26:22-23

 Let us believe what God tells us in His Word, and set upon the work that He has called us to do.

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: Faith: Belief in God

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"Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;"

watchtower-2 "Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

--Ezekiel 33:1-6

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