Discipleship Quotes, Etc.

“Every war, every battle, is ultimately either won, or lost, on the BASICS”-Eric Jon Phelps

 


Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”-Leonard Ravenhill

 


“I repent of ever having recorded one single song and ever having performed one concert if my music, and more importantly — my life — has not provoked you into godly jealousy, or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”-Keith Green

 


“The hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”-John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

 


“Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee”-C.T. Studd

 


“Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold,
Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones;
Forget not: in thy book record their groans
Who were thy sheep and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piedmontese that rolled
Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To Heaven. Their martyred blood and ashes sow
O’er all th’ Italian fields where still doth sway
The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
A hundredfold, who having learnt thy way
Early may fly the Babylonian woe.”-A poem on the Waldenses, included in Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, at the Behest of Oliver Cromwell

 


“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”-R. Zaccharias

 


“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. The church that lost its Christ was full of good works. Activities are multiplied that meditation may be ousted, and organizations are increased that prayer may have no chance. Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways. The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. . . .

“Go back! Back to that upper room; back to your knees; back to searching of heart and habit, thought and life; back to pleading, praying, waiting, till the Spirit of the Lord floods the soul with light, and you are ‘endued with power from on high.’ Then go forth in the power of Pentecost, and the Christ-life shall be lived, and the works of Christ shall be done. You shall open blind eyes, cleanse foul hearts, break men’ s fetters, and save men’s souls. In the power of the indwelling Spirit, miracles become the commonplace of daily living.”-Bounds, Edward M., E. M. Bounds on Prayer (New Kensington: Pennsylvania: Whitaker House, 1997; first published in early 1900s) pp. 218, 587. Above, Bounds quotes Samuel Chadwick.

 


It is one thing to read the Bible through,
Another thing to read to learn and do.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to the subject pay but little heed.
Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
While others read it with but little care,
With no regard to how they read, nor where.

Some read to bring themselves into repute,
By showing others how they can dispute;
While others read because their neighbors do,
To see how long ’twill take to read it through.

Some read it for the wonders that are there,—
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While others read it with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradictions there.

Some read as if it did not speak to them,
But to the people at Jerusalem.
One reads with father’s specs upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father said.

Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,
Hence understand but little that they read;
For every passage in the book they bend
To make it suit that all-important end.

Some people read, as I have often thought,
To teach the book instead of being taught;
And some there are who read it out of spite.
I fear there are but few who read it right.

But read it prayerfully, and you will see,
Although men contradict, God’s words agree;
For what the early Bible prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and His apostles quote.

So trust no creed that trembles to recall
What has been penned by one and verified by all.”-“How Readest Thou”, Unknown Author

 


Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.

“‘How many anvils have you had,’ said I,
‘To wear and batter all these hammers so?’
‘Just one,’ said he, and then with twinkling eye,
‘The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.’

“And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”

-“The Anvil of God’s Word”, by John Clifford

 


 

 

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Proper Interpretation (Jew & Gentile: One)

 

NOTE: This post is an addendum and preface to my post: A Literal/Physical 2nd Coming?

 

The Interpretation Issue

First I’d like to demonstrate that just as it’s possible to interpret the scriptures in a overly literal sense and thereby miss their intended meaning (I don’t believe this bears demonstration), so it’s all possible to over spiritualize them. Take for instance the prophecies of Messiah’s atoning work loaded in Is. 52:14-15 and Is. 53; or those in Daniel 9 that Messiah would be killed (“Karath”, H3772, see BDB definitions, Dan. 9:26) , that Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed (Dan. 9:26), and the sacrificial system terminated (v. 27). These prophecies were all literally fulfilled, and if we attempt to spiritualize their meaning away we’re going to run into all sorts of major problems. In fact, in light of archaeologist Ron Wyatt’s discoveries in Jerusalem in 1982 (see my Ark of the Covenant Tract  for more on this discovery), we know that Messiah even literally and physically “anoint[ed] the most Holy.“(v. 24) with His blood upon the earth being rent and him being stuck in the side with a spear, and his blood running down and splashing the Ark of the Covenant, which by the providence of God was hidden underneath the very spot where Messiah would be crucified, some 618 years earlier, just before the Babylonian captivity, consummating the Sacrificial system.  Or how about the prophecy that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2)? Obviously I could go on and on but I don’t want to belabor the point. The point is if the prophecies of Tenakh which have been already been fulfilled were literal, than why should the rest of the prophecies integral to Messiah’s work which have yet to be fulfilled not also be literally fulfilled?

I propose that, because in scripture the prophets oft times are speaking in the context of their immediate physical circumstances, describing specific events to literally physically be fulfilled (and in many cases to be physically re-fulfilled again in the future as “type/anti-type” prophecies; refer for instance to Gary Hedrick’s 8-Part series Joseph: A Prophetic Portrait of the Messiah), while in many cases also containing a spiritual application, we must consider both spiritual and literal meaning, and likewise both immediate and future fulfillment, and cannot miss any one for the other.  In fact, because the Bible is filled with interwoven and intersecting threads of prophecy, literal and spiritual events that took place in history (oftentimes given as prophecies before the actual events took place, and therefore also describing events that will take place yet in the future), symbols, allegory, poetry, song, and also spiritual principles and instructions for living, etc. if such an approach is not taken, the entire Bible (on the surface anyways) appears to be a book entirely riddled with confusion and utter contradictions from cover to cover. So we must consider all variables as well as the context of any particular verse against the whole of scripture, comparing scripture with scripture, in order to arrive at a balanced conclusion and what is the actual intended meaning (2 Pet. 1:20) of any given verse, reconciling it to the whole that we end up with a cohesive understanding of scripture (theology).

The same also applies to our “school” or “tradition” of interpretation. I believe just as it’s possible to interpret scripture in an overly greco-roman/pagan mindset (again, I don’t believe this needs demonstrating), so it is likewise to do in an overly traditional jewish or rabbinical mindset. One need only consider the wearing of the phylacteries on the head/arm or the nailing of a mezuzah to a doorpost, which while not “wrong”, clearly miss the intended spiritual meaning of the scripture. After all, most good jews will tell you that based on the scripture, Messiah would not, neither could be God because God is not a man (and they’d point to Num. 23:19); that God’s firstborn son is Israel  not some guy name Jesus (then they’d point to Ex. 4:22)! And besides, atonement through Messiah’s blood would be considered human sacrifice, and God clearly condemns human sacrifice (Deut. 12:30-31; Ps 106:37-38)! And after all, we Jews don’t need atonement, because we have and keep the law (Deut. 30:10-14), etc.

 

The Translation Issue

I propose that Just as God from the beginning intended Jew and Greek (gentiles) to become one in Messiah, that all mankind should have opportunity to salvation, so it is no coincidence that the translation of the Bible which God in His providence chose
to use more than any other to evangelize the world for the last 400+ years has been the the AV1611 King James bible, in the gentile language of English, and based on the original tongues of Hebrew + Greek, i.e. representative of both Jew and Gentile (notice also this trend in scripture: Rev. 9:11Lk. 23:38, etc.).

The Koine Greek language with it’s “perfect” tense, articles, etc. is the most definitive as well as expressive language to have ever have existed. So it makes sense that it’d be the language God would chose to use to document the events in surrounding His Son contained in the gospels, as well as the documents written at the hands of apostles who were trained by Him, and who were used of God according to His progressive revelation, to bring to light a proper understanding of Torah in light of the renewed covenant, and therefore upon which future generations should base their theology. Neither can it be considered a coincidence that the majority of all extant manuscripts have been in this language (i.e. the textus receptus or “received text” of the Reformation Bible; and when it’s a well documented fact that ALL Bible translations subsequent to the AV1611 KJV either have an ecumenical agenda, embrace the Council of Trent’s diabolical counter-reformation-pro-Jerome’s-Latin-vulgate-Westcott & Hort text, or the teachings of of the “higher critics”, which are largely based on the “Vaticanus” & “Sinaiticus” (the latter manuscript literaly being found in a trashcan!) and that ultimately have their roots in the Alexandrian gnostic/kabbalistic schools of mysticism  (and likewise does the Septuagint, which is the source of the catholic “Apocryphal” books). Not only do these translations contain omissions of certain passages, they render passages that tend towards damnable heresies. Even take for instance David H. Stern’s “Complete Jewish Bible” which attacks the virgin birth (see Isaiah 7:14) and also has many other horrible (or deceoptive) renderings in it! That’s why using the Septuagint to to translate the B’rit Hadashah into Hebrew can be potentially very dangerous! Because the Jews that translated the Septuagint were not Torah Jews who served the Most High God, they were practitioners of the ancient mystery religions, and therefore servants of the enemy, and naturally that would have an impact on their understanding of scripture and ultimately their translation.

And so we must be careful how we read/interpret the scriptures, as Yeshua said, “by their fruits shall ye know them”. Make no mistake about it, while the King James Version is a translation, and is not perfect, it is without out a doubt the most honest, and pure (in intent of heart) translation there is, and is therefore generally agreed to be the most inspired of them all (in the coming weeks I will be finishing an exposition I’ve already started titled “All Bibles Created Equal?” where I will be elaborating on these points, and proving that the KJV actually has God’s stamp of approval on it in it’s very name. So stay tuned!). God has very evidently blessed it above all of the others, which no doubt, is why from it’s inception the devil sought to use men to destroy it from the very beginning (see Jesuit ‘Gunpowder Plot‘) just like he did of the Lord Jesus Christ himself; and then, when he realized he couldn’t destroy it, he inspired all sorts of other ‘Bibles’ to be translated which the masses would embrace under the pretense of “ease of reading”, “a better translation”, etc. but that were in actuality extremely compromised and deceptive, neither based on the Majority Texts but rather the counter-reformation texts, translated by dishonest men who have ecumenical and other agendas.

So it is pertinent to realize that a departure from the AV1611 KJV is ultimately an attack on the manuscipts which can be traced back to the apostles themselves, and therefore invariably leads back to the same old Roman papal conspiracy and errors which we’re all opposed to!!

Now, while ‘truth’ is by its very nature absolute and objective, sometimes the ‘truth is in the middle’ in the sense that the multiple proponents may each have elements of truth, while also at the same time being in error on other points. This is just part of the human condition, and therefore is also inevitable to one degree or another with any translation. The actual inspired Word of God must be contained in the actual autograph manuscripts  written by the hands of The prophets themselves through whom God chose to wrote (and of course the copies of those manuscripts). Therefore, everything else being a translation, we must bring every possible tool to the table in our interpretation and in seeking understanding: consulting the original tongues, commentaries, and even alternate translations, when necessary; but bearing in mind that it’s wisest to primarily use the medium God has evidently blessed and chosen, unless there’s an apparent contradiction, error, or more light is evidently required.

We must ask themselves, why would God choose to evangelize the World with the KJV if it isn’t mostly, and even the most reliable? And how can we justify, judge ourselves wise, or even act in indifferently, when choosing any other translation as our “go to” ultimately tends towards popish, gnositc, ecumenical philosophies, and that often have Jesuits in their translation teams. (see following articles for example: The Roman Catholic Church, her Jesuits, and Modern Unauthorized Bible Versions, Out From Her).

The moral of the story is, if we’re using deceitful translations, we should expect to be deceived and confused.

Koine Greek at the time of the apostles: the authors of the original manuscripts, was as the English language today, in the sense that it was nearly universally spoken and understood. So again, it only makes sense that upon Messiah declaring to the Jewish People “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Mt. 23:38), likewise Paul and Barnabas, “it was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46), that God would use the language of the Gentiles as the basis for the dispensation which was to follow and last until the close of the age (Lk. 21:24, 27). There’s no getting around this fact as even today it’s the English language which is primarily being used to to teach and preach the Gospel, as well the language in which nearly all commerce and business transactions are conducted in the world over.

And today the Word of God has received yet another opponent, this time from the Messianic movement (don’t get me wrong, this movement has done more good than bad, and I am 100% behind it), which is teaching that the scriptures cannot be relied upon because the disciples would’ve taught in Aramaic not in Greek, despite the fact that this position cannot be substantiated and does not hold to careful scrutiny and the testament of history. It’s the same old attack the ages over against the Word of God ultimately being perpetuated from the father of lies who masquerades in his cunning as an angel of light. One need only consult the secular Encyclopedia Britannica to find out which manuscripts the early church actually used:

The received text (textus recepticus) is the old Byzantine text with hundreds of copies in agreement. It was written in koine Greek of which hundreds of words cannot be translated into classical Greek. The early church used koine Greek manuscripts and rejected the Alexandrian versions which were based on corrupt versions with Origen and other Gnostic revisions.

Origen taught that Jesus was a created being who did not have eternal existence as God.
-Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 16, 1936, p. 900-902

 

The Racial Issue

I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.-Romans 11:11-12, 17, 23, 30-31

Please understand, I do not subscribe to replacement theology. I understand God made a special covenant with Abraham and his physical seed, and that many of these promises are yet to and will be fulfilled. Nonetheless, we must acknowledge that according to the scriptures, the Jewish Nation of Israel as a whole has been set aside for a time (again, see also Mt. 23:38, Acts 13:46, Rom. 11:11-12, 17, 23, 30-31, etc.) This was even prophesied in Daniel’s 70 week prophecy.  We must acknowledge therefore that God HAS given light to the Gentiles.

The scriptures make it absolutely and categorically clear that the apostles repudiated the notion that Gentiles should have to adopt traditional Jewish rites, practices, and observances in order to receive the light of grace, truth, and salvation (see Rom. 2:25-29; Acts 15:1, 5-11, 19-20, 24, 28-29; Gal. 6:12-16; Gal. 3:29; 2 Cor. 3:6; Rom. 8:2; Gal. 2:3-4, 14-16, 19, 21Col. 2:13, 16, 17; Rom. 14:5-6, etc.). It wasn’t about the “letter” of Torah, it was about the spirit of Torah. In one sense Torah was a depository, and many of it’s teachings were merely object lessons or “shadows” of God’s plan for salvation (Hebrews 10-13; Col. 2:17). Most of the 613 commandments can’t be physically observed today for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the fact that the majority of God’s people are not in the land of Israel, there being no more a temple, etc. Salvation either comes from keeping the law (and therefore all of it must be kept and perfectly (Js. 2:10), or it doesn’t (Rom 3:20). And of course on the opposite extreme, that doesn’t mean we say the law was done away with either (Rom. 3:31, Mt. 5:17-19). It really all comes down to the 10 commandments, upon which the Torah is based, which teach our duty to God and our fellow man, and also the spiritual principles inherent in Torah (Is. 8:20, 1 Jn. 2:4; Rev 14:12).  And surely we’re not going to advocate trying to reestablish a theocracy, and start putting people to death who violate Torah as it instructs (Deut. 13:6, 10; 21:18, 21; 22: 21-28, and all of Lev. 20, etc.). Not only would there be virtually no one left if such judgment were carried out with consistency, but above all we must use Yeshua as our ultimate example, who certainly didn’t advocate such a sentence when confronted with the woman caught in adultery (remember, in the most Holy Place the Mercy Seat of the Ark was above the law.) And yet sadly, when properly understood, prophecy does indicate that America (with the world following in her footsteps) will become a theocratic persecuting power in the endtimes, and the Noachide laws will most certainly play a part in that, as most Rabbis are foot-in-foot with the ecumenical movement, and have even been the subject of bills passed by congress in recent times. And God says because of these things they will go into perdition. Because above all God is a God of liberty (2 Cor 3:17), and he only accepts offerings (worship) of freewill. It cannot be a mere coincidence that it was largely from America, founded on religious liberty and freedom of conscious, that the world would evangelized with the gospel, and that would go on to become the most prosperous and evidently blessed nation ever to exist in human history. She’s even identified as a lamb-like nation in prophecy.

So again, it’s all about a proper balance. To insist on a physical observance of the teachings of Torah/Tenakh while spiritualizing away its prophecies is just as unbalanced as saying Torah is done away with. And yet today we have people teaching that if you don’t Call God/Jesus by their Hebrew names He wont even hear your prayers (how unloving the god who be so pedantic?), and there’s even ministries teaching believers need to be literally physically circumcised. These types of doctrines are really the opposite side of the coin, of the equally absurd replacement theology, or notion or that Jews should have to forsake their Jewishness and become gentiles now that we’re in “the church age”. And again, don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% behind the Messianic Movement, and myself embrace Torah, and even believe in literal circumcision, for instance, because of it’s proven health benefits, and desensitizing of the penis which decreases the likelihood of sexual sin. I myself happened to be circumcised, and if and when I have children, they will be circumcised if its a boy. I also seek to eat only those foods God has said are clean, etc. because I believe God as the creator knows what’s not good to be eaten (and proof of this is contained in the fact that in 14th century during the bubonic plague pandemic, the Jews were hardly effected, for which reason they were accused of poisoning the wells, see for instance article How Jewish Law Helped Protect Jews from the Black Death Plague). I’m also 100% for the study of the Hebrew language and concepts, as it’s the basis of the first half of the Bible. But again, it all comes down to balance, and we must also make distinction between the religion, racial, cultural, and other traditions of the Jews, versus those things which are actually based on the  scriptures of the Jews, and likewise at that point we must be sure to properly contextualize those things in the Torah/Tenakh to the whole word of God. And of course that doesn’t mean it’s not also wise to have an understanding and to study the traditions of the Jews which are practiced today (which ultimately have their before the time of Yeshua) in order to better understand the those things recorded in the Gospels. But we must also keep in mind the Jews were Messiah’s biggest opponents because of their traditions (Mk. 7:7-9, Mt. 23:13-16, 23-24, etc.). The only thing that is essential is that both the OLD and NEW testaments are received as the WHOLE and COMPLETE Word of God. If both parties did this, then they would be one, regardless of their cultural and other traditions.

All agree God is sovereign. Nothing happens by chance, God works all things according to the counsel of his will (Eph. 1:11). So again, we shouldn’t think it an accident or coincidence that God has chosen chiefly to use the gentile English Bible based on both the Jewish and Greek autographs, to bring the world to knowledge of Salvation through Messiah, the one true God, creator of heaven, earth, and all that in them is.

We must meditate upon why God would allow that for a period of time the Hebrew origins, concepts, and names of the only true religion should be lost site of. Obviously God has allowed this for a purpose. And I believe because  A) of the change of dispensation for a period of time, and this to the end of B) provoking the Hebrew/Jewish people to jealously. This can especially be said to be true today, as the gentile believers in Yeshua the Messiah start to embrace the Hebrew roots of their faith like never before.

The Big Picture

I believe that we are at a time now, where we need each other in order to see the big picture. We need to learn from each other, bringing both schools of thought/interpretation and traditions based on scripture together. God has given both Jew and Gentile a piece of the puzzle, in order that it would require our mutual participation, love, respect, and embracing of one another, for us to truly become one in Messiah. If we throw out the Hebrew roots of our faith the teachings of our Jewish Messiah and the rest of the new testament cannot truly be understood at any level of depth. And yet at the same time, if we relegate the gentile expositors and other men through Whom God has chiefly worked and given light for the last 400+ years, we will also miss out on invaluable insights into God’s plan for man and depth of understanding concerning the scriptures, etc. especially as it regards prophecy. And likewise both parties have a rich heritage, music, culture, gifts, and understanding which God has given: in order that we may bless, appreciate, edify, share and appreciate one another. If either party looks upon the other with even the slightest degree of inferiority or contempt we will ultimately fall into a snare whereby actually we rob ourselves of blessings and gifts, and also which spirit leads to imbalance, pride, and ultimately therefore deception.

There is neither Jew nor Greek….for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.-Gal. 3:28

As my one Messianic friends says “God must have a sense of humor, he put the answers to understanding the prophetic symbols of the new testament in the old testament, and the answers to understanding the Messianic prophecies of the old testament in the New Testament”. Indeed, the key to an accurate understanding of the intended meaning of scripture is using the old and new testaments together, to interpret one another. If we deem either as being more or less important/central we will ultimately ending up missing pieces pivotal to seeing the bigger picture. Behold the two witnesses!

What a beautifully dramatic and dynamic love affair! Just think of the the volumes the way God has chosen to work speaks about His character. And so shall we conclude with the prophet, as he himself concluded, concerning these very matters:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.-Romans 11:33-36

Ok, so now that we’ve covered all of that… lets get back to the subject of second coming and start our journey through the scriptures! You may click here to return and continue where we left off on the initial page.

A Literal/Physical 2nd Coming?

The following is dedicated in the Spirit of Love and Truth to my beloved Brother in Christ Jesus (Yeshua HaMashiach), Pastor Curtis Taylor of Beit Lechem Ministries.

Pastor Curtis has been blessed with tremendous insights into the spiritual meaning of scripture, especially as it concerns Torah/Tenakh (The Old Testament) and it’s relationship to B’rit Hadashah (The New Testament). He also has rightly perceived how that the church as a whole, especially since the 4th century, in departing from it’s Hebrew roots, has in many cases supplanted the teachings and commands of scriptures with traditions based upon a greco-roman/pagan mindset, resulting in all sorts of errors, misunderstandings, and confusion.

This friend of mine, after a lifetime of pastoring, because of his keen perception of the spiritual meaning of scripture, is no longer certain of a literal and physical 2nd coming. He’s seen how Christians have hyper-focused upon this concept to their own detriment (as well as their potential service to Christ and a lost world) in a multitude of ways. One of the statements he often makes is “If we don’t know the God of Who Is we will miss the God of Who is to Come.” I think this is extremely profound, as it’s essentially a call to redirect our focus towards our relationship with God today, and how He can use us, be with us, help us, and teach us today; and therefore how we as His people can fulfill our role and calling to be the light of the world today. That rather than praying to be removed from the refining fire of trials, temptations, and darkness of life, we should learn to praise Him and rely on Him through them and shine all the more, allowing the Master Potter to shape our earthen vessels according to His will, for His glory and our good.

The other thing I admire about this brother in Christ is that he is a great example of a believer who has his priorities straight. He essentially preaches that the most important thing is the spiritual condition of our hearts towards God, the brethren, and a lost world; and that if we get this right, everything else will fall into place. He has an exceeding fervent zeal, and is “sold out” for the Lord. He calls for us to be broken and maintains that “doctrine is like body odor”, it must be tolerated, and shouldn’t be a divisive issue (so long as the fundamentals of The Faith are agreed upon of course). That we should embrace our different views, while embracing one another in love and pressing together, that we may become one, even as Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) prayed, rather than thousands of sects of “christianity” fighting each other, when in reality what we should be fighting, is our own personal sin and lukewarmness!

I couldn’t agree with him more concerning the primacy of these matters. Because the crux of the matter is this: whether by death or by “rapture” a personal ‘end’ for each living individual is inevitable, and will come ‘in the twinkling of an eye’ (in light of eternity), and therefore we should live everyday, heartily unto the Lord, as if it were our last, that when our time comes, we may “die well”. We as Bible-believing followers of “The Way” should always be ready to stand before our Lord and give an account, that no matter when our time come, we may confidently say “Lord I laid down my life for you, and gave it my all”. Not that we believe this could ever afford salvation of course, but rather because we love Him and we see it as our “reasonable service” and the clear instructions of scripture.

Nonetheless, we must also keep in mind that, according to scripture, doctrine is still extremely important (1 Tim. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:21). The Apostle Paul went as far as to liken doctrine to the name and character of the God we serve (1 Tim. 6:1), and that we should separate on the grounds of doctrine in certain cases (Rom. 16:17).  In fact he even stated that oneness amongst believers would not take place until there was doctrinal unity (Eph. 4:13-14, see also Am. 3:3). Now again, don’t get me wrong, I obviously don’t believe the issue of 2nd coming is worth breaking fellowship or getting worked up over. Nonetheless, I am sure that God wants His people to be well informed and confident in their position concerning it, as well as what the scriptures teach as far as prophecy/doctrine in general; especially for the following two reasons: 1) so that we may fulfill our moral duty (Eph. 5:11, Acts 26:18, 1 Pet. 3:15, 1 Tim 5:20, etc.) of combating dangerous heresies of false prophets which tendeth towards unbelief/deception, and therefore ultimately spiritual death and 2) that we His people may be comforted through knowing what He has planned for us (Jn. 14:29, 15:15; 2 Pet. 1:19).

So we can definitely be sure He has given us sufficient evidence in His Word to come to a definite conclusion on the matter, and that there’s no reason we should have to maintain a position of uncertainty. Please bear in mind, my goal is not try and “convert” anyone to my point of view, but rather to relay what the Lord has revealed to me to be the definite and objective consensus of scripture (“old  + new testaments”) concerning the literal/physical 2nd coming of Messiah.

And finally, I propose, in knowing that God puts nothing in His word in vain (i.e. as ‘filler’ not intended to be understood), but rather for a definite purpose and our edification; and since we read twice in scripture that God “was, and is, and is to come” (Rev. 1:8, 4:8); that it would be just as unwise to miss the ‘God of who is to come’ (or in other words the study of prophecy), as it would be to miss the ‘God of who is’, or the ‘God of who was.’ Balance is imperative, no aspect of God; our relationship with Him today, His dealings with mankind through the ages, nor his plans for us yet to be fulfilled, should be overemphasized or neglected. Prophecy was given for a purpose and likewise demands our careful study. Had not the 1st century Jews studied them, they would’ve missed their Messiah. That’s how the kings of the east knew how and when Messiah was to be Born, they had studied and understood  the prophecies of Daniel 9, Michah 5:2, etc.

I pray above all that the following be a blessing, comfort, and increase the reader’s confidence in the soundness, inspiration, and unanimity of the Word of God. Even so, Amen.

 

The Traditional Jewish View

The ironic thing is, based on the scriptures, even traditional Jewish Rabbis such as Rambam and other expositors of the Talmud expected a literal and personal kingly reign of Messiah on earth (see articles Machiach Ben Josef, Rabbi Elias and Rabbi Kattina, Sanhedrin 96b-99a, etc.) Traditional Jewish interpretation also recognized Messiah’s priestly function, which is nearly universally rejected by the rabbinic school of thought of today. This often resulted in the notion of two Messiahs rather than a single Messiah with a double function (often referred to as ‘Mashiach ben Yosef’ and ‘Mashiach ben David’; see article linked above, also The Messiah.) In fact, Jewish thought traditionally saw the 7 day week as being prophetic: Two thousand years before Torah, two thousand years with Torah, two thousand years of Messiah, followed by a thousand year repose at which point the earth would be lay desolate, as well as a literal reign of messiah on earth from the throne of David (again refer to articles linked above). So this of course begs the question, how can there be a literal reign of Messiah on earth without a literal return?

And just for the record, it’s a generally accepted fact that it’s now been roughly 6,000 since God created man (see The Annals of the World by James Usser, Chronology of the Old Testament by Floyd Jones, How Old Is the Earth?, God’s 6000 Year Plan, etc.) But as the article Is There a 6,000 Year Plan? by Bob Thiel covers, the year according to the Jewish Calendar (5778) is not consistent with the actual year: some attribute this to an innocent miscalculation, but it’s more probable that this was deliberately done so that Yeshua would no longer fit the messianic 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9, and hence why there’s also a curse pronounced in the talmud against anyone who would seek to calculate or understand those prophecies. The actual current year, according to one calculation (based on the genealogies given in scripture) presented by Dr. Thiel in his article linked above, marks 2018 as being the official point of 6000 years.

 

A Balanced View

I  must digress. Before we jump into the scriptures regarding second coming, I believe it’s important to lay some groundwork. I imagine most of what I shall outline will go without saying, but nonetheless, because of its fundamental nature, I just ask that the reader please bear with me, and take the time to detour and carefully/prayerfully consider the following, which because of it’s length I’m going to put in it’s own separate post: Proper Interpretation (Jew & Gentile: One.

2nd Coming According to Zechariah

And now to the scriptures. As we shall explore in the remainder of this discourse, the 2nd coming is contained in many places throughout both the Old and New testaments, in both explicit as well more subtle ways, and practically speaking it is the only interpretation that makes sense in light of the whole Word of God. To begin, lets start in the Tanakh, then we will jump to the single verse in the new testament, that ultimately holds the ‘key’ to settling the question of whether there will be a literal/physical second coming.

After the prophet Zechariah describes the literal and exact price of silver for which our Lord and Messiah would be sold, as well as prophesying of the literal wounds He would receive in His hands from being nailed to a cross  (Zech. 12:12, 13:6), Zechariah goes on to describe what is plainly the second coming, let us read:

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south…the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee…And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.  And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.-Zech. 14:1, 3-4, 9, 12

How could this not be literal when the rest of Zechariah’s prophecies were literally fulfilled?

2nd Coming in a Single Verse

But now to the single verse in the B’rit Hadashah which should serve as the lens through which the rest of the scriptures should be viewed because of its explicitness:

This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.-Acts 1:11

Notice that? He will come in the same manner in which he had then left the disciples, which of course was literally and physically before there eyes.

Furthermore, v.9 documents that His ascent to heaven was accomplished in a cloud. And how does the book of revelation describe Messiah? Coming with a cloud!! (Rev. 1:7, 14:14-20). And in Rev. 1:7 it’s plural, which is consistent with Jude 1:14 which states when he comes back he’s not coming alone, but with His saints!

It’s also worth noting that consistent with Pastor Curtis’ convictions, the disciples were rebuked when focusing on when this would take place!!! (Acts 1:6-7)

 

2nd Coming in ‘The Day of Atonement’

Next lets jump to the Torah and examine the details of Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). For brevity sake, I’m going to assume that the reader is at least somewhat familiar with these passages, as well the concept that the feast days and ceremonies committed to the Hebrews as outlined in the Old Testament were given chiefly as a prophetic outline of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. This notion is clearly and definitely established by Apostle Paul (Sha’ul) in his epistle to the Hebrews.

Now, what one finds when the passages in Leviticus are compared with those in Revelation is that they’re inexorably linked, and again, as the reader will see, give us another key as to how prophecy will be fulfilled and should be interpreted.

In Leviticus 16 we read of the Scapegoat or “aza’zel” (Strong’s H5799) who is not uncommonly viewed as a symbol of satan, even in traditional Judaism (p.739-740, Daniel and Revelation by Uriah Smith, Easton Bible Dictionary, p.530, 547-551 Practical Lessons from the Experience of Israel for the Church of to-day by “F.C. Gilbert-a Hebrew Christian”, etc.). Now, after the Lord’s sacrifice was offered (Messiah), the azazel was to be presented alive before the Lord (v. 10) to finally receive upon himself the iniquities of all of God’s people (v. 21, as the originator of sin), at which point he was to be sent by “a fit man  into the wilderness” or ‘separation’, a “land not inhabited” (v. 22). This is very evidently paralleled in Revelation 20 which states Satan will be thrown into a “bottomless pit” by an angel (v. 1-3), to be finally destroyed at a latter point (v. 10, also keep in mind passages such as Isaiah 14:12-17). So while the Millennial reign takes place in heaven, satan and the fallen angels will be left for a thousand years in the desolate and destroyed earth which they ultimately inspired (Jer 4:23-26, Is. 24:18-22; see also p.533, Practical Lessons From the Experience of Israel for the Church of to-day by “F.C. Gilbbert-a Hebrew Christian“), and then eventually to receive their final recompense (along with the rest of those who received not Christ) at the Great White Throne Judgment, at which point God creates a new heaven & earth which shall abide forever more (this is all laid out in Rev. 20:5-7, 11-15, Revelation 21, etc. but can also be substantiated using Tenakh, and many of those scriptures will be referenced throughout this discourse) So then, continuing on, as the Bible tells us the tabernacle was a figure of the true in heaven where Christ is currently carrying out the work of the high priest, mediating on our behalf  with his blood in the Holy of Holies (Heb. 9:11-12, 24, 8:1-2; Rev. 1:13; 1 Tim. 2:5, Dan. 8:14), which ministry we either attend by faith to receive forgiveness or else be cut off, just as in the day of Atonement (Lev. 23:28-29; for more on this concept see p.532, 537, Practical Lessons From the Experience of Israel for the Church of to-day by “F.C. Gilbbert-a Hebrew Christian), and likewise since we know according to scripture that no one but Christ has yet taken up a heavenly abode (the dead being in the ground until the 1st resurrection/judgement: Acts 2:29-30, 1 Cor. 15:20, Job 14:12, Ecc. 3:20, 12:7, Ps. 115:17, Ps. 146:4, Ecc. 9:5-6, Dan. 12:2, 1 Tim. 6:16, Heb. 9:27, Rev. 20:5-6, 11-15, 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 2:1-3, 8, Mt. 24:3, 30-31, Ps. 6:5, etc.), it becomes evident that just as messiah’s death “outside the camp” foretold in atonement was literally fulfilled (Lev 16:27; Heb. 13:12-13), so to shall our High Priest’s “coming out” of the tabernacle foretold in Lev. 16:17 of see a literal fulfillment, even as it’s evidently described in John’s vision (Rev. 6:14-17, 19:15-21)!

 

 

2nd Coming According to Job

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.-Job 19:25-27

Notice how Job indicates 1) that this would take place at latter point in history 2) after his body had already decayed. So Job knew that he would literally, in his own body, with his own eyes, see, and stand before God, on the earth. Just for the record, there is no conflict between this translation and original manuscript. And as we established above in the section on Yom Kippur, the dead in scripture are likened to be in a state of sleep without consciousness.

Do not these passages necessitate a literal Resurrection and the literal presence of Messiah? And wouldn’t that of course require a literal return of Messiah? The scriptures are very plain and are consistent. There’s no reason we should have to guess, or even maintain that it cannot be known. Otherwise what’s the point of prophecy? In fact when the 1st century Church heeded Messiah’s instructions for avoiding the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem, period sources tell us not one soul perished! (see pg.216-220 of Jonathan Gray’s Ark of the Covenant)

 

2nd Coming In the Psalms

The LORD said unto my Lord [(Yeshua, see: Mt. 22:42-46)], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool….And at that time shall Michael stand up [(also referring to Yeshua, see: Rev. 12:7; 1 Thess. 4:16)] , the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.“-Ps. 110:1; Dan. 12:1-2

And so what happens when the Lord gets up? We only need consult the tenakh:

And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. [(sound familiar? See: Revelation 6:16)]”-Is 2:19-21

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.  Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it…And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.-Is. 13:5-9, 11-13

Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion...And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.-Is. 16:1, 5

(also keep in mind Zech. 14:1, 3-4, 9, 12 from the section above)

And notice how the conclusion of these events described in Dan. 12:1-2 quoted above is that the dead shall then be raised and judged. Even the apostle Sha’ul had to contend over these matters, because they are all connected and when not properly reconciled tend towards the heresies of the gnostics who sought to spiritualize away the meaning  of the scriptures and therefore ultimately the gospel (which is why John referred to them as the spirit of antichrist; 1 Jn. 4:2-3):

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?-1 Cor. 15:12

Allow me to demonstrate what I’m trying to get at here by posing a couple questions: was Christ literally risen from the dead, or do the gospels/scripture merely detail some sort of spiritual ascension, perhaps even which all religions may lead to? Perhaps he didn’t even really die personally for our sins but it’s all spiritual allegory? Do you see the problem here? If we start to spiritualize away prophecy which has yet to be fulfilled, such as the destruction of the earth, judgement to come, and return of the Lord, etc. why stop there? Why would the prophecies of Messiah’s death, atonement, etc be literal, but the future prophecies not be? Shouldn’t we at least be consistent in our interpretation? And that’s exactly what’s going on today: under the banners of compromise a great ecumenical movement of all religions of the world, led ultimately by the pope, the U.N., World Council of Churches, and the other agents of the DEVIL’S world system (2 Cor.4:4; Mt.4:8-9)  are seeking to establish “peace and security” outside of the literal  return of Christ. And what did the apostle Paul sayFor when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.“- 1 Thess. 5:3 and remember this was stated in the very context of thethe Lord himself..descend[ing] from heaven-1 Thess. 4:16

So the bottom line is we align ourselves with the enemies of Christ if we spiritualize away what is to be the culmination of Messiah’s work. Again, and as was elucidated above, even traditional Jews historically understood that Messiah would literally preside over His earthly kingdom! And again, let me ask you reader, how can this happen without a literal return? Let’s continue on in 1 Cor. 15, I think the context should render it pretty clear:

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep [dead] in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept [the dead]. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all...For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?1 Cor 15:17-28, 53-55

(and note verses 18-19 which conclusively prove this is not some sort of spiritual language, as the apostle draws the parallel between the asleep [G2837 which is translated “dead” in 1 cor. 7:39] in Christ perishing, and and having hope only in this life)

2nd Coming in the Teachings of Yeshua

In the Parable of the Talents, we read: “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man [(Jesus)] travelling into a far country [(heaven)], who called his own servants [(believers)], and delivered unto them his goods [(Holy Spirit)]… After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them…His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord…And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.-Mt 25:14, 18-19, 23, 30. Well it’s been 2000 years since Messiah’s ascension to heaven described in Acts 1. Do you think that constitutes a long time? And it cannot be some sort of spiritual language because the Holy spirit came within days of his ascension.

In the Parable of Marriage Supper, we read what is evidently describing events which have literally taken place pertaining to Kingdom of God in the history of mankind, as well as describing events which are yet to take place. It opens up in v. 2 explaining that the Parable describes God’s appointment of the reception of His Son, v. 3-6 detail that those who were supposed to receive Him, were not ready when it was announced the Son should come, that they hadn’t take their role seriously, and that they slew the prophets which were sent unto them. V. 7 describes the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and his Armies in 70 AD, v. 8-10 deals with the “time of the gentiles (Lk. 21:24)” or the preaching of the Gospel to the gentiles, and primacy of “the church”, and then finally in v. 11 we see the Son coming as King, followed by the description of a judgement that culminates in the unworthy being cast into “outer darkness” in v. 12-14. And notice the parable makes special mention of those who’re at the wedding, but lacking the proper garment (i.e. righteousness of Christ). This is consistent with Mt. 7:21-23, which indicates that the judgment will take place on a day. This is the only way the scriptures can properly be reconciled, because according to the Apostle Paul the judgment day (described in both the old and the new testaments: Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14; Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 6:2-4Rev. 20:2-4 ) takes place after death (Heb. 9:27). Yes, it’s true we are we’re always being judged in the sense that a man reaps what he sow’s, etc. But the scriptures clearly point to a singular future judgement (see Acts 17:31, and note it says “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge“. And he makes it clear it’s literal as it’s paired up with Christ’s Resurrection which was literal, and this being confirmed by many of the prophets including Daniel. This parable is paralleled in Matthew 21:33-44, and again, after it describes the apparent slaying of the Lord Jesus Christ we read,  “When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons” (v.41). Then Jesus, after identifying Himself as “the stone” (v.42), goes on to say “whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (v.44). And notice how this is a parallel to Daniels vision in Daniel 2 where the literal nations which are depicted by a statue get physically destroyed in the end by the stone made without hands. (Daniel 2:44 – note, “not be left to other people“, i.e. no more generations, no more inheritence, no more death, etc.)

In the Parable of Sheep vs Goats we read: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal..“-Mt. 25:31-34, 41, 46

Are these things not clear as day and consistent with the rest of scripture and everything we’ve established so far? Let’s keep moving..

Finally, in the Parable of the Wise vs. Foolish Virgins we read: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish…And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him…And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.-Mt. 25:1-2, 6, 10-13

Now we know this can’t be some sort of spiritual language, because it clearly indicates a period of time where “the door will be shut”, and Christ will turn down those that ask to come in His presence saying “I know you not”. Because remember in this dispensation, while one is yet alive, they may at anytime turn from their sins and come to Christ (see Rom. 10:13; Mt. 11:28; Rev. 3:20, 22:17, etc.) And yet scripture clearly indicates there will be a time when God cannot be found (Ps. 32:6-7; Is. 55:6-7, etc.), and notice it’s in the FLOODS he cannot be found, which is symbol of the literal judgement of Noah’s generation and paralleled by Peter’s epistle where he likens the flood of Noah to the flood of fire that shall be at the end of the word, but more on that later). Notice also in this parable that there were those who were warning of the soon coming of the bridegroom right before it happened, and the doom of those who were not expecting his coming.

Obviously I wont go through every parable, I’m probably already belaboring the point as it is.

 

Destruction of Jerusalem and 2nd Coming

In Matthew 24 we read of an occasion where the Disciples came to Jesus and asked Him the question, “what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?“. Jesus answered their question by describing the following two events: 1) the destruction of Jerusalem (v. 1-2) and 2) the end of the world (v. 30-31). So why did the Lord Jesus respond likening two great events that would occur thousands of years apart? Because the literal destruction of Jerusalem by fire was a type in prophecy to be fulfilled by the anti-type when the world itself it literally destroyed by fire, which is exactly what Peter tells us (as we shall see below). Then, following this discourse, the Lord Jesus Himself makes sure we know that He’s speaking of a literal fulfillment, lets read, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.“-v. 35-39. Again, allow me to demonstrate, there’s no question that there was a literal flood which betook the earth to cleanse it from the wicked. The archaeological record makes this perfectly clear. That is why sea shells can be found on the tops of mountains the world over, as well as trees “standing” straight-up through the stratigraphic layers. And furthermore this is the reason that the ancient histories/religions of nearly all cultures/races the world over contain the story of a great flood; because it actually happened!

Now let us consider the following excerpt from the book Great Controversy by E. G. White concerning the matter at hand (please keep in mind I am non-denominational and do not have a superstitious view of this woman. I quote her only on the grounds that I believe what she says has merit):

The Saviour’s prophecy concerning the visitation of judgments upon Jerusalem is to have another fulfillment, of which that terrible desolation was but a faint shadow. In the fate of the chosen city we may behold the doom of a world that has rejected God’s mercy and trampled upon His law. Dark are the records of human misery that earth has witnessed during its long centuries of crime. The heart sickens, and the mind grows faint in contemplation. Terrible have been the results of rejecting the authority of Heaven. But a scene yet darker is presented in the revelations of the future. The records of the past,–the long procession of tumults, conflicts, and revolutions, the “battle of the warrior . . . with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood” (Isaiah 9:5),–what are these, in contrast with the terrors of that day when the restraining Spirit of God shall be wholly withdrawn from the wicked, no longer to hold in check the outburst of human passion and satanic wrath! The world will then behold, as never before, the results of Satan’s rule. But in that day, as in the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, God’s people will be delivered, everyone that shall be found written among the living. Isaiah 4:3. Christ has declared that He will come the second time to gather His faithful ones to Himself: “Then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30, 31. Then shall they that obey not the gospel be consumed with the spirit of His mouth and be destroyed with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:8. Like Israel of old the wicked destroy themselves; they fall by their iniquity. By a life of sin, they have placed themselves so out of harmony with God, their natures have become so debased with evil, that the manifestation of His glory is to them a consuming fire.

Let men beware lest they neglect the lesson conveyed to them in the words of Christ. As He warned His disciples of Jerusalem’s destruction, giving them a sign of the approaching ruin, that they might make their escape; so He has warned the world of the day of final destruction and has given them tokens of its approach, that all who will may flee from the wrath to come. Jesus declares: “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations.” Luke 21:25; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-26; Revelation 6:12-17. Those who behold these harbingers of His coming are to “know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:33. “Watch ye therefore,” are His words of admonition. Mark 13:35. They that heed the warning shall not be left in darkness, that that day should overtake them unawares. But to them that will not watch, “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-5. The world is no more ready to credit the message for this time than were the Jews to receive the Saviour’s warning concerning Jerusalem. Come when it may, the day of God will come unawares to the ungodly. When life is going on in its unvarying round; when men are absorbed in pleasure, in business, in traffic, in money-making; when religious leaders are magnifying the world’s progress and enlightenment, and the people are lulled in a false security–then, as the midnight thief steals within the unguarded dwelling, so shall sudden destruction come upon the careless and ungodly, “and they shall not escape.-Pg. 37-38

2nd coming and Peter’s Epistles

Peter in his epistles confirms that these interpretations are accurate. He even warns that people will be mocking the notion of the 2nd coming right before it happens! Let’s read:

God...spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly…The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished…Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.-2 Pet. 2:4-9; 3:3-13

And again, just for the record, the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah were discovered by archaeologist Ron Wyatt, it was literally destroyed with fire and brimstone, just as the Bible records! These passages in Peter’s epistle are consist with many of the old testament prophecies such as Malachi 4:1, 5, and many places in Isaiah, let us read:

For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain….For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many…For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.-Is. 26:21; 66:15-16, 22-23

Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.-Ps. 50:3-4

Indeed scripture makes clear that these judgements represent a consummation of the world, this age, dispensation, or whatever you want to call it, when God can no longer be found by the ungodly and careless, and it will be to late for those who have rejected light. This is one of the reasons why even the new testament teaches the fear of the Lord. So after reflecting on the reasons given in the portion of Peter’s epistle quoted above and in Gen. 6:5-7 as to why God destroyed the earth in former times, ask yourself reader, does it not sound like we are “ripe” once again for judgment today?

Theological Quandaries if Word Not Properly Divided

Let us consider that the Bible speaks of 1) a millennial reign, 2) a new heaven & earth, as well as another 3) 100 year period. If we ignore these details and distinctions regarding God’s plans, rather than seeking to reconcile them to the whole we’re going to end up all sorts of confused, and ultimately missing the big picture, or worse yet deceived.

Allow me to briefly demonstrate a couple of the theological quandaries we wind up in if we spiritualize away parts of prophecy to ‘not be literally be fulfilled.’

Just take for instance satan, as a spirit being, do you think he will just die of old age, disease, etc? Or do you think he’ll just go away? or give up his mystery of iniquity? Or maybe Satan will eventually be forgiven and submit to God and be saved? Of course not. But these ridiculous notions are all we’re left with if we reject the simple and clear solutions revealed in scripture. Obviously God is not going to just let these malevolent spirit beings continue to exist indefinitely, and neither will they change (Jer. 13:23). They’re going to be dealt with, and the only way that makes sense, is exactly as the scriptures describe. God tells us in His Word tells us that satan will be destroyed (Ezek 28:16, 18).

Or how about the fact that God tells us the earth itself and all creation are cursed since the time sin entered (Gen. 3:17; Rom. 8:22), do we not see that God’s prescribed remedy revealed in His Word for “a new heaven and earth” are the only solution? Even if the whole of mankind did embrace the truth and receive a new nature, would we not be deceiving ourselves to think a wolf and lamb will dwell peaceably together, as described in Isaiah 11:6, aside from receiving a new nature? Rather than the scripture teaching that all the sudden the world will start embracing the light and that the darkness would just go away, it states they very opposite (Amos 5:18; 8:11 for instance).

And again, we must also Keep in mind that this is all ultimately originated in a controversy between God, satan, and the heavenly host; which the fall of man and present condition of creation are merely a byproduct of. And hopefully it goes without saying that God’s not going to let humans indefinitely just keep being born and having to live in this temporal fallen existence of suffering and bloodshed (after all would that not be the epitome of eternal hell?), while at the same time operating a kingdom of peace in heaven (was it not the pagans who worship a god of duality?) And yet God tells us in scripture that He created the earth to be inhabited  and gives us many other prophecies regarding his plans for his people on this earth (these will be covered in the excerpt below). There must be a consummation to the “great controversy” as Ellen G. White called it and the spirit beings dealt with . Even if mere observation of the earth itself and human history did not clearly indicate a linear nature with an obvious decay, devolution, etc. Jesus Himself indicated than rather than embracing peace, all flesh would be ultimately destroyed if these things are not settled (Mt. 24:22).

Again, let’s consider a final portion from the book Great Controversy:

Fire comes down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very rocks are on fire. The day has come that shall burn as an oven. The elements melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein are burned up. Malachi 4:1; 2 Peter 3:10. The earth’s surface seems one molten mass–a vast, seething lake of fire. It is the time of the judgment and perdition of ungodly men–“the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.” Isaiah 34:8. The wicked receive their recompense in the earth. Proverbs 11:31. They “shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 4:1. Some are destroyed as in a moment, while others suffer many days. All are punished “according to their deeds.” The sins of the righteous having been transferred to Satan, he is made to suffer not only for his own rebellion, but for all the sins which he has caused God’s people to commit. His punishment is to be far greater than that of those whom he has deceived. After all have perished who fell by his deceptions, he is still to live and suffer on. In the cleansing flames the wicked are at last destroyed, root and branch–Satan the root, his followers the branches. The full penalty of the law has been visited; the demands of justice have been met; and heaven and earth, beholding, declare the righteousness of Jehovah.

Satan’s work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth with woe and causing grief throughout the universe. The whole creation has groaned and travailed together in pain. Now God’s creatures are forever delivered from his presence and temptations. “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they [the righteous] break forth into singing.” Isaiah 14:7. And a shout of praise and triumph ascends from the whole loyal universe. “The voice of a great multitude,” “as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings,” is heard, saying: “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:6. While the earth was wrapped in the fire of destruction, the righteous abode safely in the Holy City. Upon those that had part in the first resurrection, the second death has no power. While God is to the wicked a consuming fire, He is to His people both a sun and a shield. Revelation 20:6; Psalm 84:11. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed the fearful consequences of sin.

One reminder alone remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet, beholding Christ in His glory: “He had bright beams coming out of His side: and there was the hiding of His power.” Habakkuk 3:4, margin. That pierced side whence flowed the crimson stream that reconciled man to God–there is the Saviour’s glory, there “the hiding of His power.” “Mighty to save,” through the sacrifice of redemption, He was therefore strong to execute justice upon them that despised God’s mercy. And the tokens of His humiliation are His highest honor; through the eternal ages the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise and declare His power.” O Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come, even the first dominion.” Micah 4:8. The time has come to which holy men have looked with longing since the flaming sword barred the first pair from Eden, the time for “the redemption of the purchased possession.” Ephesians 1:14. The earth originally given to man as his kingdom, betrayed by him into the hands of Satan, and so long held by the mighty foe, has been brought back by the great plan of redemption. All that was lost by sin has been restored. “Thus saith the Lord . . . that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited.” Isaiah 45:18. God’s original purpose in the creation of the earth is fulfilled as it is made the eternal abode of the redeemed. “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.” Psalm 37:29.

A fear of making the future inheritance seem too material has led many to spiritualize away the very truths which lead us to look upon it as our home. Christ assured His disciples that He went to prepare mansions for them in the Father’s house. Those who accept the teachings of God’s word will not be wholly ignorant concerning the heavenly abode. And yet, “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9. Human language is inadequate to describe the reward of the righteous. It will be known only to those who behold it. No finite mind can comprehend the glory of the Paradise of God. In the Bible the inheritance of the saved is called “a country.” Hebrews 11:14-16. There the heavenly Shepherd leads His flock to fountains of living waters. The tree of life yields its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree are for the service of the nations. There are ever-flowing streams, clear as crystal, and beside them waving trees cast their shadows upon the paths prepared for the ransomed of the Lord. There the wide-spreading plains swell into hills of beauty, and the mountains of God rear their lofty summits. On those peaceful plains, beside those living streams, God’s people, so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find a home.

“My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” “They shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: . . . Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 32:18; 60:18; 65:21, 22. There, “the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree.” “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; . . . and a little child shall lead them.” “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” saith the Lord. Isaiah 35:1; 55:13; 11:6, 9.

Pain cannot exist in the atmosphere of heaven. There will be no more tears, no funeral trains, no badges of mourning. “There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying: . . . for the former things are passed away.” “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.” Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 33:24. There is the New Jerusalem, the metropolis of the glorified new earth, “a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” “Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” “The nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.” Saith the Lord: “I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people.” “The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Isaiah 62:3; Revelation 21:11, 24; Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 21:3.

The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.-Pg.672-678

 

Conclusion

The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.-Ps. 99:1

The Ark of the covenant was discovered by Ron Wyatt in 1982, and it turned out to be quite a bit different than most artistic representations. Especially in one particularly notable way as it relates to the subject at hand. Rather than the cherubim being placed directly on top of the mercy seat, as it’s so often depicted, their bodies were in fact attached to the ark at the sides. And their wings, rather than being connected through the center of the Ark actually connected much further back along the outer edge.  So in other words, the space of the entire mercy seat was left open. Could it be that God inspired this design because it will eventually literally be used as a seat  (i.e. a throne) when the earth is made new? That just as in former dispensations it throned the shekinah glory of the Lord, so God intends that it should in due time literally be the earthly “throne of david” from which Messiah will rule when the heaven and earth are made new? It is after all proper dimensions. And when one thinks about it, wouldn’t that make sense?

There countless numbers of us believers who’ve been given special insight into prophecies contained in the book of Revelation and elsewhere. And in the spirit we see all around us those things described coming to pass, confirming our interpretations, and signaling the close of the age. In fact one of the next posts I will be working on will be titled  “Can Your Hear the Trump-Pence?” where I will be sharing some of the major universal signposts the Lord has revealed to me that he’s put in display for all the world that have eyes to see and ears to hear, to know what’s about to take place. Prophecy does indicate a great revival of “Christianity” and conversion of the world, however it indicates that this will be a false form of Christianity, and will result in what’s known as the mark of the beast. The only way to avoid the great religious decepetion headed by the grand deceiver who masquerades as an angel of light is to understand the prophecies, and that’s precisely why they were given to us.

And so finally, let cry out together to God with all our hearts. As the people of the Jewish religion continue to be driven more and more to cry out in true repentance for their Messiah, and likewise as we believers in Yeshua unite in crying out with all their heart for Messiah’s return, so shall He come in answer to both parties prayers, to restore all things. Truly and only then will there be world peace, and likewise Jew and Gentile one, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.“-Rev. 22:20d

Amen.

Additional Random Articles and Scriptures

ARTICLE: Why the Names Jesus and Christ in English? Was the New Testament Written in Hebrew or Greek?

ARTICLE: Leviticus 16: Jesus’ Second Coming – the Day of Atonement

ARTICLE: THE MINISTRATION AND CLEANSING OF THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY

ARTICLE: The Feasts of the Lord: The Return – Jesus in the Day of Atonement

ARTICLE: Day of Atonement & The Second Coming

ARTICLE: Day of Atonement as Picture of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Coming in Power and Great Glory

ARTICLE: Feasts that Typify Christ’s Second Coming

Strongs G2064, “erchomai” Biblical usage

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.-Lk. 21:26-27

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.-Mt. 24:14

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.-Mt. 16:27

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?-Lk. 18:8

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.-Jn 14:2-3

“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”-Rev. 2:25-27

 

Halloween vs. Reformation Day

Below is the contents of a tract I’ve just recently designed:

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Constant shootings and terror attacks in public places; suicide as a leading
cause of death; soaring divorce rates; families forced to live paycheck-to
-paycheck despite working long hours; political corruption; despised by the
world for initiating wars of non-aggression; etc. etc. What’s happened?

I believe that the honest inquirer, willing to face the hard facts, will be
able to see beyond coincidence and into the correlation, and thus ultimate
-ly find the solution, by considering what shall be presented in the follow
-ing pages. Let’s start by reviewing some history:

On Oct. 31st, 500 years ago, a momentous event took place that would
forever shape the future of human history, to such an extent, that it may
still be felt, even today. In retrospect, it’s understood that, had this event
not taken place, not only would there never have been an America (nor
the principles on which it was founded, namely: freedom of speech,
religion, to pursue life, liberty, and hapiness, etc; the notion that “all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator…

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…[i.e. and not from government] with certain unalienable Rights”); moreover
neither would there have been education for the common man, a middle class,
ownership of private property, the lofty heights achieved of science technolo
-gy, art, music, culture, nationalism, etc. Indeed, most of what we hold dear
and enjoy today in western civilization was laid upon this event’s foundation.

Before this event, there was essentially only two classes of people: the
rich (Nobility & Priests) and the poor (Everybody Else). And if you fell
in to the latter class, chances are you were a meager servant (slave), who
couldn’t even read & write. Appropriately so, this period of history has
come to be known as “the dark ages”.

As we’ve continued to progress forward in time, we’ve both lost site of the
signficance of this event, as well as come to take for granted those blessings
which it has ultimately afforded us. We’ve forgotten that the things which
have made America so great, have been so rare throughout human history.

So, do you know what event I’m referring to yet?

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In 1517, Wittenberg, a little German monk of the Augustinian order name
-d Martin Luther publically posted his “Ninety-five Theses”, confronting
the corruption and hypocrisy of organized religion, which ultimately ruled
the civilized world at that time through its “Holy Roman Empire”. Until
this event, and those surrounding it, nobody had access to the Word of
God, and so they were made easy prey to a religious system that sought
only to control and make gain off of them, never able to learn the truth
that God is love and mercy; salvation a free gift, and can’t be earned.

This ultimately led to a chain of reactions/reforms that would culminate in
a group of men in 1620 known as “the Puritans” risking life and limb to
travel across the great Atlantic Ocean, to an unknown land, leaving all com
-forts behind, even with winter approaching. What could possibly drive sane
men to such lengths? The fact was, even after a hundred years, those who wa
-nted only to be able to worship God according to the dictates of their consci
-ences (i.e. in accordance with the Holy Bible) were still being persecuted.

And as we know, in nearly every way, America would go on to become
the greatest nation of all time. So again, today, as we find our country
being torn apart at the seems, we must ask ourselves, what went wrong?

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The French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) once said:

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her
ample rivers—and it was not there… in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it
was not there… in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not
there… in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not
there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with
righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great
because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

Indeed, as the Bible itself proclaims:

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Great peace
have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. There is no peace, saith
the Lord, unto the wicked. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
wax cold. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth
rule, the people mourn. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
-Pro, 14:34; Ps. 119:165; Is. 48:22; Mt. 24:12; Ps 119:53; Pr. 29:2; Is 5:20-21

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So when one cosiders America’s transition from a historically Christian nation,
that used to evangelize the world, to one that is now known for producing and glori
-fying violence, sexual lewdness/pervisity, materlialism, sports obsession, gluttony,
abortion (murder), military bullying, that bans the Bible/prayer from public schools
(which were founded on these), removes 10-commandment stones from in front of
courthouses as ‘bigoted”, can we really relegate to coincidence our progression
from the greatest nation of all time to one on the verge of collapse?

And so likewise, neither is it a coincidence, but rather a symptom of our
spiritual condition (as well as part of the cause), that rather than celebrating
Reformation Day on Oct. 31st, most of us choose rather to celebrate
Halloween, which while not done intentionally, inevitably pays homage to
the occult, death, witchcraft, spiritualism, the sexualization of our children,
and lusts of the flesh from the eating cancer causing junkfood, to revelry,
etc. (If you’d like to be informed concerning the history and pagan
origins of Halloween, just check out the documentary “The Legacy of
Halloween – James Arrabito” on YouTube)

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And did you know that the terms “boogey man” and “voodoo” are actua
-lly demonizations and slanders against the “Bogomils” and “Vaudois”, the
ancient sects of Bible believers, who were heavily persecuted and burned
alive in bonfires (i.e.bone fires) by the secular government (having teamed
up with organized religion), for refusing to compromise and for keeping the
7th-Day Sabbath (Saturday) according to the scriptures?

While the campaign slogan of our president (love him or hate him) may be “make
America great again”, the problem is, if we, as individuals, don’t address the root
cause (which is a moral/spiritual one) and make personal changes (i.e. repentance:
turning from our sins and towards God/holiness), and on our own accord, in respon
-se to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, the results will be superficial and transient at
best, and inevitably lead to legislation (in violation to our glorious constitution of
religious liberty), that seeks to force these types of changes. And when one truly
understands Bible prophecy, this is exactly what it indicates will happen, resulting
in what’s known as “the mark of the beast”.

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But, like western-medicine, which rather than address the root cause
of disease (in most cases poor-nutrition and lack of exercise) “band
-aids” over the symptoms with a pill; so it seems we’d rather forfeit
all our freedoms which were purchased with so much bloodshed
throughout history, than address the real cause of the issues outlined
on the first page of this tract. And then ultimately, in our God-reject
-ing culture, government becomes our god. We end up exchanging
obedience to a Holy, Just, loving, and Merciful God who grants liber
-ty, and gives instructions only for our good; for obedience to the
exacting, cruel ,and corrupt despotism of man’s form of government.

Just as the “bar” of what’s considered appropriate and normal gets
moved incrimentally foward at a rate barely discernable over a long
period of time, so we advance towards a totalitarian-communist-fasc
-ist-police state. As the saying goes “those who do not study history
are doomed to repeat it”. America was great because she was found
-ed upon and obeyed the Bible, and thus God blessed her. And until
we repent, and get back to our Foundation, it doesn’t matter who’s in
office, we should only expect to see things continuing to degrade for
us. God lifted his hand of protection, we are under His judgements.

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Since satan (whose greatest deception has been in the minds of men to
convince he doesn’t exist, while also accusing God of being unjust for
allowing evil) can no longer physically keep men from the Scriptures to
learn who God really is, why things are the way they are, and find soluti
-ons, he instead achieves this same end by attacking their faith in them.

One of the primary ways this is accomplished, is by inspiring men to
accept the lies of the supposedly educated, which purport that we evolved
from monkies (and so on), which is most unscientific for anumber of
reasons (including the fact that cross-species evolution has never been
observed (i.e. intermediate species discovered), the “ineferior” species
still exist, and in the case of monkies verses humans, they actually posses
features which would be adventaguous (such as a tail as a 5th grasping
appendage, an insulating fur coat, opposable thumbs on their feet, etc…)

(For much more just check out Kent Hovind’s 7-part Creation
Seminar, Walter Veieth’s 8-Part Genesis Conflict on YouTube, the
book Evolution Cruncher by Vance Ferrell; http://halos.com, etc.)

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Espeically when secular history as well as Archaeology contiues to, and
has only ever proven their accuracy. (For secular contemporary sources,
refer to: Flavius Josephus, Lucian, Pliny the Younger, Tactitus, etc.
Archaeology, refer to: W.M. Ramsay, Ron Wyatt, Werner Keller, etc.
Also many other discoveries contained on websites such as:
http://www.biblehistory.net/
https://web.archive.org/web/20080703042646/http://formerthings.com:80/)

The only TRUE solution is simple, and likewise found in the Bible:

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or
else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place,
except thou repent. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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”
-Rev. 2:4-5; 2 Ch. 7:14; Eze. 33:11

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And so, it is my hope that in the days to follow you will contemplate and
reflect on these things, whether they be so, and then to consider where you’re
values and priorities currently are. Remember, it’s your duty to your children
and fellow man/woman. And for those of us who already profess a faith in
Jesus as the risen Son of God, it would do well to ask ourselves, as Leonard
Ravenhill once said, “Are the things we’re living for worth Christ dying
for?”. Remeber, we’re called to be Holy, and a light to the world (See Eph.
5:25-27; 1 Pt. 1:14-19; Mt. 5:13-16; Rev. 14:12; etc.)

And remember, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty-2 Cor. 3:17

I was raised totally irreligous and was supernaturally called by God to the Bible in 2012, whereupon I immediately
“laid down my life” in seeking the truth, and to fulfill the great comission. I’m non-denominational, and do not
belong to any group or organization, I perform the works of an evangelist/teacher independently, and
at my own expense. If you have any questions concerning any of the statements or information presented
in this document, I encourage you to contact me at sdrake088@gmail.com. I am happy to cite sources,
engage in discourse in reponse to honest inquiries, etc.

You may also visit my website http://contending.webs.com
where you will find some of my other writings, my testimony, other resources, etc.

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If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of this tract for personal reasons, or bulk copies for the purpose of evangelism, contact me at cwnichols1955@gmail.com.

Can You Hear the “Trump-Pence”?

***This Post Will Be Under Construction until Further Notice. Please come back later. This heading will be gone when the post is fully composed and edited. Thanks – 2/25/18***

Introduction

Could we be living at the very brink of the end of the world? Is it even really possible to say for sure? Hasn’t every generation for the last 2000 years or so claimed to be living in the “endtimes”? And afterall, what difference does it even make if we are? These are some of the questions which will be addressed throughout this exposition. While establshing these things, we shall seek to compare current events with the prophecies of the Bible, in seeking to arrive at an honest and balanced conclusion.

 

More Sure Word of Prophecy

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place…-2 Pet. 1:19

To begin, yes it is true that just about every generation since the 1st advent of Jesus Christ some 2000 years go has claimed to be living in the endtimes; and thus, understanding the promises contained in Holy Writ, have looked for His return from heaven, where he presently be, at the right hand of the father, where He ascended upon rising from the dead, after being crucified, which record we have contained in the scriptures, and which may even be confirmed by secular historical accounts. And while it is true that according to the scriptures we’ve been in the “endtimes” since Yeshua the Messiah’s first appearance on the scene of history (Heb. 1:2), a careful study of the prophecies of Tenakh (the Old Testament), especially chapters two and seven of the prophet Daniel, would indicate certain historical events had yet to take place before the “end of all things” (1 Pet. 4:7). Based on these prophecies, the Apostle Paul them understanding, sought to explain to the church “…be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand(v.2, see also the rest of 2 Thess. 2). Just as upon surveying the Old Testament one finds the Messianic prophecies to be progressively revealed, building upon one another, painting a detailed portrait over time, so it is with prophecies pertaining to the culmination of human history and the establishment of the Kingdom of God. The timeline of and specification of events which would lead up to Christ’s 2nd coming would become even more explicit through John the Revelator’s vision on the island of Patmos (the book of Revelation). And then, through the great Reformation, starting as early as Huss in the early 1400s, spanning all the way to Wesley in the mid 1700s, and then even beyond that into the Advent movement of the 1830s with men such as William Miller, Uriah Smith, James and E.G. White, etc, these prophecies of the book of Revelation would become increasingly and definitely realized in light of historical events to have been at least in part fulfilled, and the subjects thereof likewise identified.

Daniel’s vision indicated there would come a religio-political power who’d “speak great words against the most High”, “think to change times and laws”, and “wear out the saints of the most HIgh”. According to Daniels vision, this power would come out of the 4th and final world kingdom (Defined by the Bible to be Rome) upon it’s being devided into 10. This power, which Paul spoke of when he said certain things must take place before the end could come, whom he identified as the “son of perdition”, the head of the power, “sitting in the temple of God showing himself that he is God”, is this same power which is represented as the first beast (beast’s in prophecy we know because of Daniel’s vision always represent a kingdom), with a woman (or church, ) at it’s helm, coming out of the sea in Revelation 13. So it was that this power, Papal Rome, through her blasphemes, persecutions of those who upheld the Word of God, and reiging over the kings of the earth, was positively identified as “antichrist” during the reformation. Eventually this power would receive a “deadly head wound” after a period of 1260 years, a prophecy which is repeated a total of 7 times in the Bible. When General Berthier under Napolean invaded rome, for the first time ever, a pope was taken prisoner, and would eventually die in exile, exactly 1260 years after Justinian’s decree to make the Papal power the corrector of hertics. It was just around this time when John Wesley made the proclamation “this second beast must rise shortly…” And so it was that America, the lamb-like (Christian) beast (kingdom or nation), came out of the earth (as oppose to sea = new world). And even then, King Messiah wouldn’t yet return until the rest of the related prophecies be fulfilled, nameley, all the organized churches of the world becaming totally apostate, filled with all sorts of doctrines fo demons, preaching another gospel, and finally this Lamb-Like second beast of revelation making an image to the first beast, culminating in what’s known as the mark of the beast. So in other words, America had to rise, become established as a world power, gaining economic and political power to enforce this mark of the beast globally before the close of mankind’s probation with the return of Yeshua the Messiah. The careful study of prophecy therefore would’ve almost immediately discounted any claims that He would return any moment for at least up until the last 130 years. Today America, which like Ancient rome went from being a republic to a an empire, is collapsing and on it’s way out by the same corruptions and in like manner. Therefore we can be sure that we are now in the closing moments of earth’s history. Especially as the very events prophesied are  being echoed and called for the world over, confirming the interpretations thereof accurate.

And so it is, because of the neglect to study these prophecies (of both the old and new testament) and of church history, especially at any real depth, that there’ve been so many unbiblical and premature predictions that Jesus “may return any moment” for the last 2000+ years (and of course the notion of the pre-tribulation rapture has added fuel to thise fire, which the church as a whole has eaten up, perpetuated by the jesuit counter-reformation notions of preterism and futurism which seek to remove the Roman Catholic Papacy as antichrist, and ultimately having there origin with Francisco Ribera/Robert Bellarmine, and Luis del Alcázar respectively (see D.S. Farris and Mike Warren, Furturism Part 1 and 2)). And so naturally, because it never comes to pass despite the ceaseless proclamations, many no longer take the notion seriously at all! And so we find ourselves at a time now in the 21st century, where it seems that anytime the possibility of the end of the world is brought up in conversation, the idea is almost always discounted with a response like “oh, well people have been saying that for thousands of years.” What most don’t seem realize however (even Christians that do believe in “The Good Book” and it’s prophecies), is the fact that we’ve actually arrived at a time in history where the end of the world and second coming are no longer expected, and furthermore which notions are often ridiculed, is in itself a fulfillment of prophecy, and therefore one of the first “signs of the times” that should be considered (see 2 Peter 3).

So the light of the Word of God, that “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Pet. 1:19), must be the ultimate lamp unto our feet and light unto our path, in determining where we are at. And while these things are not to be our primary focus, Just as Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his days for not being able to discern the hour of their visitiation, God does want, and morever expect, that His people prepared for what’s coming, not only that we may be comforted, but furthermore that we may equiped to perform our duty of confronting false prophets, and especially as he’s commanded that an understanding of these things be part of the special gospel warning for closing events of time (Rev 14).

So one should not be surprised if on top of the line upon line fulfillment of the scripture for the student of prophecy, God should likewise confirm his servants the prophets messages with sign markers and supernatural events for the whole world to see, who have largely not had the chance to study the prophecies. But I believe more than anything, these things are occuring and becoming evident especially for that those with the Holy Spirit and gift of Discernment, that may be all the more bold and confident in the timing of their proclamation. It is these phenomenon and “coincidences” which shall be subject of the remainder of this disseration.

AND THEN ON THE FLIPSIDE OF THE FALSE PROPHETS (QUOTE DEUT), MANY LIKE TO QUOTE JESUS WORDS THAT NO MAN KNOWETH THE DAY OR HOUR TO DISCOUNT THAT WE MAY HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN THINGS ARE ABOUT TO TRANSPIRE. BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT NOT ONLY DID CHRIST GIVE WARNING TO THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH THAT THEY MAY FLEE JERUSALEM BEFORE ITS DESTRUCTION, AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE SIGN THAT WOULD BE THE SIGNAL (WHICH IS A TYPE OF THE DESTRUCTION BY FIRE AT THE END OF THE WORLD), SO ALSO DID THE LORD JESUS CHRIST REBUKE THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THIS DAY FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO DETERMINE THE SEASON. JESUS HIMSELF GAVE US MANY CLUES TO HELP DETERMINE THE SEASON, AND JAMES, TIMOTHY AND OTHER OF THE AUTHORS OF SCRIPTURES WERE  INSPIRED TO EXPOUND ALSO ON THESE THINGS.

Trumpets

The first we shall discuss is that which the title of this post is based. Can your hear the Trumpets? Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Blowing of Trumpets, a Biblical Holyday, occured 10 days before Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atoment. These ten days were known as the “days of awe”, and were to be a time of great penitence leading to the Day of Atonement, which was prophetic of the final judgment to take place at the end of time, and which the feast of blowing of trumpets was a warning.

Not only do we have America, the center of world affairs, being lead by the “Trump-Pence” (Say that 10 times fast. What does it sound like?) administration, there are literally strange sounds being recorded all over the world coming from the heavens, which sound remarkably like shofars! One person discoverd this putting the audio clips together from several of these videos that have popped up across the net, and notice also how the looping of the clips he ended up using just so happen to have an underlying “war drum”.

 

 Babylon is fallen

Because iniquity shall abound the love of many will wax cold

http://strangesounds.org/

http://watchmanscry.com/?p=6326

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42823734e2886a4e94.jpg

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/12/09/after-century-largest-catholic-church-north-america-finally-complete/937410001/

 

WOW- “burn up the chaff” right on Kenneth Copeland’s website 2018: http://www.kcm.org/read/prophecies/11-06-2017/2018-year-the-holy-ghost-and-fire

 

 

 

 

 

***TRUMP SWORN IN ON TWO BIBLES: JESUIT COUNTER REFORMATION BIBLE (RSV) WITH LINCOLN’S KJV  UNDERNEATH IT, WHICH WAS COVERED IN A RED BOX, A SYMBOL OF THE COMING BLOODSHED OF REFORMATION BIBLE CLINGERS AND THOSE WHO STILL PROTEST***——REV 19:13-15

Refer to Email Sent to Becca “Connecting Dots”

+ other items from desktop items

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFEGADjucV8]

-bloodmoon tetrad feast days

-hurrican harvey corpus christi

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message3779470/pg1

-america asundered in two eclipse

-harvest festival shooting

-strange sounds around world = shofar

http://www.whoiskjozborne.com/bizarre-apocalyptic-trumpet-sounds-in-canada-and-india-2017/

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ICHanmPQLo]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjjqNg9p0U]

 

Jared Kushner’s 666 5th Avenue Building

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcIal-Adxcc]

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/11/05/cursed-former-dc-comics-office-666-fifth-avenue-factor-saudi-arabian-coup/

 

 

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeROfH3V7ig]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-F3FOkZsog]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pCsVKt9gqY]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc3adSFgtxo]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXH_YXc9qkE&t=1s]

 

 

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“Truth is fallen in the street, and equity
cannot enter.” Isa. 59:14

 

UN VEHICLES IN US

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ksk03aO6OI]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmu3LMcctlM]

TANKS IN US

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbP1rEE8CR8]

 

Cross falls kills man

LIGHTENING STRIKING VATICAN (twice?)

(POPE’S PEACE DOVES ATTACKED TWICE )

YEAR 2018 end of 6000 years cogwriter

 

guidestones, coffins, fema camps, no hesitation targets, etc.

 

http://www.cogwriter.com/malachy.htm

http://www.cogwriter.com/news/religious-news/francis-not-planning-on-being-around-too-much-longer/

we’re finally ripe as people have let their guard down saying for the first time in history 2nd coming has always been expected, clearly not going to happen fulfilling prophecies of Peter’s epistle regarding promise of his comign since fathers fell asleep

FIRE COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, MEANWHILE CHRISTIAN WORLD IS EXPECTING A REVIVAL THROUGH TRUMP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl7p4f7NKXI

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdTtTMsLtNc]

 

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message3747023/pg1?disclaimer=1

 

also include info from “2018 End”

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The purge, a film where all crime is permissible for a 12 hour period, annouces “the first purge” starts July 4th 2018. Now if sunday laws were passed, what if this resulted in police etc. having to rest from work, and thus the purge? So Sunday law begins 2018?

evidently trump had one of the purge writers hired to his cabinet

for image of beast post- VP Pence the self-procrlaimed “eveangelical catholic” How does the roman church evangelize? As she has always done, with the sword and flame, see charlamagne, inquisitions, etc.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/02/12/roman-colosseum-to-be-lit-blood-red-for-persecuted-christians/

 

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXFXboPYF4s]

—-More Guillotine News?—

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message3790632/pg1

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPvr28L0Tf0]

Ark of The Covenant and Crucifixion Site Found

 

Below is the contents of a tract I’ve designed in order to evangelize and prepare souls for what’s to soon come according to Bible prophecy. The color may appear a little over saturated in the images, this was necessary to acquire a proper printed color:

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Oct. 14th, 2002, Richard Rives (President, Wyatt Archaeol
-ogical Research), Peter Wells (Garden Tomb Association),
and Yehiel Zelinger (Israeli Antiquities Authority) took
samples of the embedded object in the wall of the site in
Jerusalem known as the Garden Tomb.

Tests were then conducted at the Hebrew University
Institute of Earth Sciences, under the direction of Elad Izre
-ali. S.E.M Micrographs revealed a core of iron sheathed in
lead, indicating ancient origin, being consistent with
similar pins used in construction of the Coliseum in Rome.
The difficulty that was experienced drilling the 1/16”
diameter hole also indicated ancient origin, as romans com
-monly both “work” and “quench” hardened their metals.

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This is noteworthy, as according to the Bible, when Jesus
was crucified, the Pharisees, knowing that He claimed He’d
rise from the dead 3 days later, in order to prevent the
possibility of the body being stolen by His disciples in an
attempt to falsify this, went to Governor Pilate, asking that
the tomb be sealed and made sure (Mt. 27:62-6).

As it turns out, the Garden Tomb site is also consistent
with several other clues given in the Bible, namely: 1)being
in a garden area (Jn 19:41-2), as evidenced by a giant cistern
and ancient winepress there discovered, 2)in the immediate
vicinity of the site historically known as (Gordon’s) Calvary
or Golgotha (hebrew/latin), meaning “hill that looks like a
skull” (Jn. 19:17; Lk. 23:33)

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3)which is located just outside of the city’s Damascus Gate
(Heb. 13:12) 4)and where, between 1978-82, archaeologist
Ron Wyatt discovered 3 cut-outs in the cliff face, which
were about the size necessary to hold the signs describing
the offence of the accused in all 3 languages (Lk. 23:38)
(Greek=common language of the day, Hebrew=that of native peoples,
and Latin=that of the Roman occupiers), and yet still be large
enough for passerbys to read (Mk. 15:29; Mt. 27:39), as Roman
Historians such as Quintillian, tell us that they crucified
criminals chiefly to serve as an example to deter others.

Below these was discovered “squarish” holes cut into the
bedrock approx. 12” wide, 24” deep; 3 in a row, and a 4th
just beyond and more elevated, with stone plugs in them.

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Further investigation/discovery confirmed these to be cross
holes. As the Bible indicates 3 criminals were to be crucifi
-ed that day (Mt. 27:26, 38) it’s proposed the 4th cross hole,
being central to, but more elevated than the other 3, was dug
just prior to Jesus’ execution, at the command of the Jews,
who sought, out of spite, to make Him the main spectacle.

When Ron found the Ark of the Covenant, it was located
in a chamber about 20ft beneath this apparant crucifixtion
site, which had a crack (Mt. 27:51) in its ceiling extending all
the way up next to the elevated most cross hole and laced
with what turned out to be dried human blood (Jn. 19:34) that
had run all the way down, and splashed the mercy seat, illu
-minating/fulfilling several prophecies, previously unkown.

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You see, there are two locations referred to as the “Mount
of God” in scripture: Mt. Sinai (Ex 18:5), where God gave the
ten commandments written by his own hand (Ex. 31:18), whi
-ch the ark of the covenant held; and Mt. Moriah (Gen. 22:14)
where He would shed His own blood, that’d literally splash
the mercy seat of the ark, thus fulfilling and consummating
the sacrificial system, instituted so we’d understand the cost
of sin, and as a demonstration of faith in this ultimate Sacrif
-ice, of which the shedding of the blood of animals merely
pointed to. Suddenly it became apparent scriptures such as
Ps. 85:10-11 were actually prophetic, and literally fulfilled.

(See: Is. 52:15, Dan. 9:24, Gen. 22:8, 14; Heb 9:12,1 Tim. 2:6; Strong’s
defines greek for “propitation” of Rom. 3:25 as “lid of the Ark, mercyseat”)

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7)At the Golgotha site was discovered a circular stone, link
-ing it to the Garden Tomb, being the same approx. width of
the trough in front of the tomb (2ft), with its diameter match
-ing the distance between the embedded metal-pin and the
catch-flange/stone-stop (13ft 2in). This site was evidently rev
-ered by the early church as the foundation of a 1st century
building was discovered enclosing the circular stone and
cross holes, as well as what appeared to be an altar stone.

8) This circular stone, being over twice as large as the next
biggest seal-stone found in Jerusalem, is also consistent
with the Bible, where it’s described as being a “great stone”
(Mt. 27:60). The underlying greek for “great” here is “megas”
which according to Thayer’s lexicon means “large, big”.

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9)not only is the tomb hewn out of rock like that described
in scripture 10)there’s also evidence which seems to suggest
it to was a location revered by the early church, having an
ancient cross painted in the tomb itself, and also one carved
out of the rock face to the right of the tomb. There’s also
what appears to be a baptismal font and foot-washing-basin
carved out of the bedrock by the tomb. 11)The tomb with its
weeping chamber is big enough to hold a few people, 12)
which because of its size ,indicates being a rich man’s tomb, and
13)the extension chiseled out of the body receptacle, that it
was used by someone taller than he for whom originally
intended (Mt. 27:57, 60; Mk. 16:1, 5). 14)Additionally, the tomb
having portions never finished, indicates it was indeed new.

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It’s believed therefore that the embedded metal object,
being set adjacent to where the rolling surface of the door
would’ve been, is the remains of a pin once used to seal it.
Could this be archaeological proof of the supernatural?

The Bible informs us the stone that covered the tomb was
rolled back supernaturally (Mt. 28:2). This would explain the
pin as it appears today, level with the wall, and about 1/4”
offset to the left, indicating being struck from the right. The
hardening employed by the romans would’ve rendered it
somewhat brittle, allowing it to be so sheared off. According
to Jonathan Gray’s The Forbidden Secret, one engineer has
estimated a force of 60-80 tons necessary in order to snap
the pin, which is about two fingers width in diameter.

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1. The Cistern. 29’x65’x30′ tall, estimated Capacity of 250,000 Gallons.
2. Golgotha/Calvary. Often associated with the British General Charles
Gordon (1833-85) who popularized the knowledge of this location.
3. Ron Wyatt in front of Placard Cut-outs. Fist-sized stones and finger
bones discovered at location also confirmed as popular execution site.
4. The Winepress. Excavated in 1924, it’s among the largest in Israel, is
Roman in style, and believed to be from the pre-Christian era.
5. One of the plugs discovered at the crucifixion site. These were placed in
cross the holes when not in use to prevent people/horses from breaking legs.
6. The cross-hole with a crack extending down into Ark’s Chamber. This
was determined when Ron, from the chamber, used a tape meassure
with flange removed, to see how far it extended up, and thus also how
the measurement was obtained. One of the Cross-holes held a Roman
coin featuring Emporer Tiberius on it.

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7. Catch-Flange/stop of the Garden Tomb for a rolling-stone door. The
distance between these objects and the embedded Metal-pin, match the
diameter of the round stone found at the crucifixion site.
8. Jonathan Gray’s Wife Josephine in the rolling-stone-door trough of
the Garden Tomb.
9. Ancient Crosses at/in Garden Tomb. The red one features Coptic
Greek letters alpha and omega. The one carved out of the rock face,
just to the right of the tomb, evidences being defaced at some point.
10. Foot extension carved out of the Body-receptacle indicates it was
used by someone taller than for whom it was originally intended.
That it was done in this manner indicates it wasd added hurriedly.
11. Believed to be a foot washing basin, a practice of humility, as first
performed by Jesus, and apparently practiced by the early church.
12. The crack from the earthquake at the cross-hole extends all the way
up the Golgotha escarpment, as seen here.

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“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. But we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our weakness. He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. ”

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

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“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. For God hath said, I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”

Pg.14

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“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”

“The hour of his judgment is come. Wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Pg.15

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“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat; and the calf and the young lion and the cow together; and a little child shall lead them. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. But I tell you, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Pg.16

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Bible References for Pgs 13-16:
(1 Jn. 4:8; Jn. 15:13; Is. 53:5-6; Rom. 3:23; Heb. 4:15)
(Jn. 1:29; 1 Tim. 2:5; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 17:30-1)

(Jn. 4:24; Acts 17:24; 2 Cor. 6:16-7)
(Gen. 2:3; Eze. 20:12; Rev. 14:12; Heb. 4:9; Gal 3:29; Heb 8:10;
2 Cor. 3:3; Eph. 1:12-3)

(2 Pet. 3:10-11; Tit. 2:12; Rev. 6:17; 2 Pet. 2:9)
(Rev. 14:7; 1 Thess. 1:10; Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:23-7)

(Rev. 21:4; Is. 65:17, 22; Is. 2:4; Is. 11:6; Rev. 21:3)
(Rom. 10:9; Lk. 13:3; 1 Cor. 15:57; Mt. 24:13)

Pg.17

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The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23) and that sin is
the transgression of the law or in other words the moral law (1 Jn. 3:4)
also known as the 10 commandments, which explain our relationship
duties both to God and our fellowman (Ex. 20:2-17). When Jesus of
Nazareth came, he taught that heaven and earth will pass away before
the law does (Mt. 5:17-19), and proceeded to magnify it, illustrating its
spiritual nature, thereby revealing how demanding it actually is.
(See Mt. 5:28, 43-44; 1 Jn 3:15, etc).

The 10 Commandments could be expounded as follows:
1. Don’t put anything/anyone before God, including even ourselves, our desires
or our loved ones, but put Him first in everything we do.
2. Don’t bow to images/statues or use jewellery/symbols in worship. Nor live for “things”, but live to love, rejoice, and glorify in God who’s spirit, and do His will.
3. Don’t speak God’s name irreverently neither behave/speak irreverently
4. Keep the Seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday), do no work therein. It’s a day set
apart for fellowship (with God and believers), worship, Bible study, and enjoy
-ing nature. In doing this we identify the God of the Bible as the creator of all.
5. Honor our parents/elders. Not just by obeying their reasonable requests and seeking to please them while living under their roof, but also by taking interest to learn/understand our family’s history and values, that we may reflect the same in our own lives. Be grateful they brought us into the world and rasied us.

Pg.18

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6. Don’t kill. Killing is essentially acting on the feelings of hatred. Therefore if
we even hate another, this is just as wrong, and our hearts have condemned us.
7. Don’t cheat on our spouse/have sexual relations with someone else who
is married. Neither have sexual relations outside of marriage, or even
look upon others in such a way. Sexuality is intended to be special and sacred.
8. Don’t steal, rather give to those who are in need, working to make a living.
9. Don’t lie, always tell the truth, even if it’s to our own detriment.
10. Don’t be jealous of what others have, rather be happy for them, and be
content and grateful for what we ourselves have been blessed to have.

Thus, if we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we shall rightly
conclude with the Apostle Paul “all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified”
(Rom. 3:23, 20) for we’ve all fallen short of God’s fair requirements to
“love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and
with all our mind” and “love our neighbour as thyself”, which Jesus
explained were the underlying principles of all the law and the
prophets (Mt. 22:37-40).

Pg.19

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Just as a judge of a courtroom would be considered
corrupt if he didn’t uphold the law but let known offenders
off the hook, so it is with the judge and in the courts of
heaven. As God created us and the world we live in, we
are therefore His subjects whether we like it or not.

Therefore a third-party intervener was necessary on the behalf
of guilty mankind before the Judge. It may be likened to receiv
-ing a speeding ticket for breaking a traffic law, not having the
funds yourself to pay it, but someone else offers to pay the fine
for you. In this way, the law, which because of its perfect and
just nature cannot be altered or negated, is yet upheld, and
justice served while pardon available through the mercy and
grace of He who was willing to take our due penalty.

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In law, a person who so steps in on another’s behalf is known
as a “subrogee”. You see, Christ, himself never having sinned
(broken God’s law), and therefore not already having a guilty
sentence upon Him, was legally, in the courts of heaven, the
only party eligible to take upon Himself mankind’s guilty
sentence, which punishment he took on the cross at calvary.
His status, and this pardon were only possible and achieved
by God himself being “manifest in the flesh”, (1 Tim. 3:16)
(being conceived in Mariam through the Holy Spirit, God was
his Father) thus the sin nature which has been passed down
genetically as a result of and since the great grandparents of
all mankind’s initial disobedience, was able to be bypassed.
But like any gift (think birthday present), it’s free, it cannot be
bought, and it may also be refused. It must be accepted to be
received. This concept is the basis for contract law and is
known as ‘offer and acceptance’.

Pg.21

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Because the Ark’s location within a portion of Israel
occupied by the Arabs, and because the extremists of the
Jewish faith, who’d seek to acquire the ark in order to place
it in a rebuilt temple where the Muslim Dome of The Rock
now stands, and also because of the spiritual ramifications
for the Jewish People as a whole, this information has been
subject to much censorship and criticism.

When Ron made these discoveries, the blood was tested at
an undisclosed lab in Israel, and found to have only half the
human chromosome count, 23 ‘X’ chromsomes from the
mother, and only a single ‘Y’, necessary to determine male
gender. This confirms it was indeed the blood of Christ and
that the Bible is true in documenting the virigin birth.

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Ron also eventually brough a tripod into the Ark’s chamber
and video taped the Ark, as well as the Ten Commandments
which it contained.

Also in the Ark’s chamber were the following items:
The Altar of Incense
The Golden Lampstand
The Table of Showbread
A Golden Censer
An Ephod
Mitre with Ivory Pomegranate
A Large Sword
Brass Ring (For Veil?)
Brass Shekel Weight
Numerous Oil Lamps

At the request of the host government however, to preclude
the possibility of events which could spark world war, these
official evidences have yet to be released. Ron placed the
published blood test results, as well as the video of the Ark
(etc.) in the chamber, where they remain today.

Pg.23

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Nonetheless, the Ten Commandment Stones and the Blood
of Christ, will be shown to the whole world as a witness, in
due time, when the USA replicates the papacy’s behavior
throughout history (making an image of the beast, Rev. 13:15)
passing the mark of the beast law which opposes God’s 4th
commandment, to keep the 7th day Sabbath (Saturday).
People will be faced with a choice before the second coming
of Christ between God’s Law (the Sabbath) or man’s law
(Sunday worship enforced by civil law, Rev. 13:11)

You can prepare yourself now by accepting Jesus Christ as
your Lord and Saviour, and getting right with God through
searching the scriptures, seeking Him in prayer, and to live a
Holy life.

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The parenthetical-blue-italicized text used throughout this tract
are scriptural references and should be looked up using a KJV
Bible.    Example: (Jn. 3:16) = Book of John, Chapter 3, Verse 16

(Refer to the index of your Bible for a list of these books
and to find corresponding page number)

Sources:
Book
-The Forbidden Secret and Ark of The Covenant by Jonathan Gray
-The Holy Bible (AV 1611 King James Version)
Website
-Finding the Ark by Kevin Fisher of ArkDiscovery.com (http://www.arkdiscovery.com/aocpt1.htm)
-Ark of the Covenant Discovery by Mary Nell Wyatt (Mrs. Ron Wyatt), (http://www.arkdiscovery.com/aoc-1.htm)
-Embedded Metal In the Garden Tomb by WyattMuseum.com (archived page, https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20050224092509/http://wyattmuseum.com/metal_pin_main.htm)
Video Documentary
-Ron Wyatt, Ark of the Covenant, New Zealand. October 1998 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7opnMSOBvE)
-Surprising Discoveries Vol. 3 – Ark of the Covenant by Independent archaeologist Jonathan Gray
-Ark of the Covenant found in Jerusalem by Carl Erik Tengesdal of ArkFiles.net)
-Ron Wyatt’s sons Danny and Ronny share their Testimonies and visit Yisrael (youtube.com/watch?v=p2ko8KW4ftM)
-New RON WYATT’S Family Talks about Ron and Whats Happening Now – Spanish & English Interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFg_amUqFR8&t=989s)

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All Bibles Created Equal?

***As of 5/18/17, this is a brand new post which I’m currently in the process of composing & editing, and will be under development until further notice. Please check back later! This notice will be removed upon completion, and I would highly suggest waiting until then before begging to read. Thank you for your patience!***

 

So, what’s the final verdict? Does it even really make a difference? I mean, at the end of the day isn’t it just a matter of preference/opinion?

No doubt there have been thousands of books and articles written over the last half-century or so on these matters, and my intention is certainly not to re-invent the wheel, neither to belabor the point. The aim of this article will be to present a general overview, cover some of the most crucial points, and in as concise a manner as possible. Consequently, I will be me assuming the reader has a general understanding of both history and theology, and thus will be making certain statements without citing sources, assuming such info as common knowledge. Therefore if you doubt or have questions about anything below, please feel free to contact me, and I shall be happy to provide historical/scriptural sources, etc. My intentions are simply to furnish you with the information necessary to arrive at an honest, balanced, and reasonable conclusion that the believer may be confident in. Following the article I will provide a list of some of the resources which I’ve found to be helpful in researching these matters.

I will start by stating my position. Because I believe that truth is not relative, and in the importance of making informed decisions, I would encourage you, even if you disagree, to continue to read, that you may at least understand the FACTS upon which my position has been reached. Keep in mind, this exposition primarily concerns the Bibles of the ENGLISH language, not only because this is my native tongue, but also because it’s the most universal language of the world today.

My Position

I most typically use the King James Version but am not a “King James Only-ist”, or at least not in the strictest sense. I definitely believe that other translations can be used both to the saving of souls, and to one degree or another, to be inspired. But more on all this later…

What IS the Word of God?

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”-2 Peter 1:21

In other Words, God’s Word is contained in the scriptures. Naturally, common sense would indicate that this would then be contained in the language of the prophets themselves through whom God was inspiring to write (i.e. the Koine Greek of the New Testament, and the Hebrew/Aramic of the Old Testament).

Inspiration/Preservation if Scriptures

A Little History

From the very beginning, satan’s attack was upon..? you guessed it, the Word of God: “Yea, hath God said….?” (Gen. 3:1). Should we then be surprised if there is yet an attack on God’s Word?

Wicked men have always sought to destroy and repress the Holy Scriptures. Not only in ancient history, every time the Hebrew people were taken into captivity, but even leading up to the modern age. During the Papal Supremacy of Europe, the great controversy was between the errors of the formalized church (which were based largely on superstition and tradition) versus what the Word of God said.  This was what sparked what’s come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.

Subsequently, those who appealed to the plain and simple teachings of the scriptures were ridiculed for “rejecting the authority of the church”, or “leaning on their fallible conscious/understanding”, and told that “only a priest could correctly interpret the scriptures”. And of course prior to the advent of the movable-type printing press, only the priests and certain elite families of nobility even had access to the Holy Writ. In time, the Bible was officially condemned in the “Vulgar Tongue” of the common man (i.e. in any language but the Latin Vulgate of Jerome), and those who sought to get the Bible in the hands of the Common man’s language endured the worst physical tortures and death. Thus this period has become to be known as “The Dark Ages”, with the Light of truth being so suppressed.

But God in his sovereignty did not leave the world in darkness. In His impeccable timing, God gave man the Gutenberg Printing Press, enabling Bibles to be printed quicker then they could be destroyed. But did you know that papacy has never officially removed the Bible from their forbidden book index? Specifically, any Bible Translations which are based on the Textus Receptus New Testament (also known as the ‘Byzantine Tex’t, or ‘Majority text’) and the Masoretic Hebrew of the Old Testament are condemned in the Council of Trent. Only those based on Jerome’s Latin Vulgate are accepted by the church of Rome (Keep this point in mind as it will come up again later).

After the first Bible translations appeared of Luther, Tyndale, Wycliffle, Geneva, Etc., and over time, it was decided a more excellent translation was necessary in the English language that incorporated the best aspects of the preceding translations. This has become known as the A.V. (Authorized Version) 1611 King James Bible. This Bible was also based on the Textus Receptus, and do you know what happened? The devil using his agents sought to foil this translation entirely through a plot to blow up the parliament in which King James who authorized and was financially supporting this great work resided. This has become known as ‘The Gunpowder Plot‘ and can be read about, for instance, in some editions Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (or at the previous link). But by the Grace of God, in His providence, the plot was discovered and prevented.

Naturally, when the Devil discovered that he wasn’t able to keep the Bible out of the hands of the people he would seek to mimic and counterfeit it to create confusion and in seeking to get men unawares to further his mystery iniquity. Just as was the case when the devil, after three centuries of extreme persecution using wicked men in seeking to destroy the early primitive church off the face of the earth under the pagan roman empire, inspired Constantine to declare “Christianity” the official state religion, albeit nominally, incorporating all sorts of pagan practices.

 

INTENT is 9/10ths of the Law

Whether it’s to promulgate one’s dearly coveted opinions, or rather to relay just the facts; to control others, or rather to set men free;  to gain power, or rather to give power; or what have you; everyone and everything, whether realized or not, has an ‘agenda’, either good, bad, or indifferent. Nothing is neutral and directionless unless it’s dead.

1611 KJV

William Tyndale, who’s translation a great majority of the King James Version draws directly from, in light of centuries of papal persecution, is famously quoted as saying “If God spare my life, before many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scripture, than he [the pope] does.”, “I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes”, “I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God’s Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me”, “The preaching of God’s word is hateful and contrary unto them. Why? For it is impossible to preach Christ, except thou preach against antichrist; that is to say, them which with their false doctrine and violence of sword enforce to quench the true doctrine of Christ.”

Like the 40+ Godly and learned men who gave us the King James Bible, underlying the work was a belief in importance for the common man to have access to the scriptures, because of Their power to transforms life and society for good. Especially in light of the abuses of “church traditions” that were contrary to the scriptures, outright hypocrisy, ungodliness, and even pagan superstitions which had snuck in to practice, all because of the neglect of those who alone at that time had access to the scriptures, while seeking to keep them inaccessible to the common man.

From the preface of the KJV we read statements such as “…the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven“, “…out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the lanours, both in our own, and other foreign languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be a one more exact translation of the holy scriptures into the English tongue…reap good fruit thereby“, “”, “…maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near“, “…writing in defense of truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed)”, “things of this quality have ever been subject to the censure [condemnation] of illmeaning and discontented persons..who therefore will seek to malign us…Popish persons“, “…to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness“, “we may rest secure, supported within by the truth and innocency of a good conscience having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity as before the Lord”, etc.

So as you can see, these people literally believed that they were handling the Inspired Word of God, and therefore for were concerned above all else, with producing an unbiased, honest, reverent, and accurate translation of the Word. And likewise, in perceiving its sacredness, and inherent goodness and power, to get it into the hands of as many men as possible. They also understood the necessity to ‘call a spade, a spade’, and expose the hypocrisy and evil done in the name of Christ, especially as these matters were actually foretold in the prophecy of the Sacred Scriptures themselves.

Now that we’ve laid forth the agenda behind KJV ‘Reformation’ Bible, lets see if we can discern the agenda behind some of the most popular subsequent translations.

NIV, ESV, ASV, RSV, AMPLIFIED, NKJV, etc.

What do the above translations have in common? Rather than being based on the Textus Receptus, which has roots that can be traced back to the very 1st century church of the apostles in Antioch, known as the Peshitta Bible (See documentary linked at the end of this article, “Which Bible?”), they are rather based Wescott & Hort’s pro-catholic Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Greek text, which is based on manuscripts, namely the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, which do not agree with the majority of extant texts. Proponents of their school essentially argue because they’re “older” manuscripts, they must be more accurate. This of course requires us to overlook facts such as the Sinaiticus agreeing with the  manuscripts of the pagan-msytic school of Alexandria, and being found in garbage can awaiting to be burned; or that Wescott & Hort had a totally unbiblical theology, which invariable is going to have an impact in translation decisions; or for instance the influences of individuals such as the Jesuit Carlos Martini on Bibles such as the NIV.

But lets examine a couple quotes from Wescott and Hort themselves:

Oct. 17th – Hort: “I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and ‘Jesus’-worship have very much in common in their causes and their results.” (Life, Vol.II, p.50).

Dec. 23rd – Westcott: “My faith is still wavering. I cannot determine how much we must believe; how much, in fact, is necessarily required of a member of the Church.” (Life, Vol.I, p.46).

(If you care to invest more time researching these gentleman’s heretical, anti-christ beliefs, you can find these and more at the links for the article and book below.)

Wescott & Hort: Fathers of Modern Bible Translations

Heresies and Baslphemies of Wescott & Hort

 

So the bottom-line is that the translations which have subsequented the advent of the AV1611 KJV, at the very least have an inherent lean towards popery (chief  abusers of  scriptures/doctrines in previous centuries, which still to this very day hold the same doctrines to be true and binding) and paganism/ecumenism. Whether this was an intentional conspiracy by those who seek to restore the former temporal power of the papacy, or the natural byproduct of a translation by a majority of men who have beliefs and an understanding of theology not solely and strictly based on the Word/Spirit of God it’s hard to say.

Now you tell me, do you think holding such beliefs and maintaining such compromise effect the translation, and therefore likewise the theology which would naturally result were one to use such a translation to determine doctrine?

Let’s take for instance the “New King James Version”, which is supposedly based on the Textus Receptus although in many instances it agrees with the corrupted Greek manuscripts, ignoring the T.R. some 1,200 times. What if I told you that certain words were omitted from this translation, for instance, “blood” (23 times), “repent” (44 times), “hell” (22 times), “Lord” (66 times), “heaven” (50 times), “God” (51 times) (see previous link for source)? Or that certain entire verses are omitted altogether as being “not in the original manuscripts” and therefore are at best bracketed or relegated to footnotes at the bottom of the page, if not totally removed? (See article Bible Verses Not Included in Modern Translations)

These are the types of corrupt departures, manipulations, and omissions observed over and over again in the modern translations, and that tendeth to error and heresy.

 

Line for Line

At this point let’s make some actual comparisons of certain verses:

This first verse  we shall compare has a little back story. I was working for a lady year or so ago who’s husband had recently died of cancer and who was grieving. I was seeking to impart to her faith and hope in the scriptures as she was a believer, albeit more religious than spiritual. We both had our Bibles, and I told her to open to Isaiah 48:10, as I was speaking on how God uses trials to make us more pure christ-like. Little did I know she was not using the KJV, and when she read the verse from her version out loud, my jaw drop on the floor. Consider:

Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction-Isaiah 48:10, KJV

I refined you in the furnace of affliction, but found no silver there. You are worthless, with nothing good in you at all.-Isaiah 48:10, The Living Bible

 

 

 

Ye shall know them by their fruits

-found. of america

-evangalize world

-attack on KJV

-handel’s Messiah

-memorization of scripture

-God uses devils versions which were evil in intent for good (in spite of)just as jospeh

 

-verse that made barbara skrzypek cry from isaiah

The Perfect Bible

Today’s Dilemma

-new translations copyrighted

-occult symbols

-omissions/etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBh45zlcNvc

 

-While it is sensible and essential to be KJV Onylist on the grounds that it is the most honest and accurate translation of the original manuscripts, with subsequent translations being based on the pro-Jerome’s Latin Vulgate, Westcott & Hort, and having Jesuits on the committee, nonetheless in esteeming the KJV to be PERFECT, unawares, we accomplish the same ends as the higher critics, namely, in attacking the foundation of the KJV, the underlying Textus Resceptus (Byzantine) and Masoretic majority text, on which the KJV TRANSLATION is based. Why WOULDN’T the preserved Word be the very language of the prophets and apostles through whom the Lord worked?

-Words have changed meaning… and Unicorns? Dragons? Satyrs? Etc?

-God, who is spirit, is the only Perfect and without flaw therefore His word is also spirit, and not fixed. If we seek to claim any given translation perfect we are essentially deifying it.
-If the KJV is in fact perfect, the ultimate conclusion should be that we not never consult underlying hebrew or greek
-If AV1611 only Word of God, by implication that means the Word of God only available to (old) english speaking peoples, and non-extant prior to 1611

 

-The prophecy regarding the daily (Dan 12:11), for instance, can only properly be understood by consulting underlying hebrew/aramaic

-preface of original 1611 KJV regarding word of God and translations
-implication of room for an improved translation (are you ready Dr. Gipp?)
-Old-english wonderfully eloquent, but unfortunately to general
populous “dead” as latin
-all Bible word of God (see point 1), but when it comes to determining doctrine accuracy is paramount importance, and obviously subsequent translations tend towards heresy and are pro-jeromes, and therefore at this point KJV safest version we have

 

-thus we find ourselves in the same position as the reformers, in need of
a faithful translation in language of the day.

-As the devil and those whom he leads always ultimately end up employing mimicry and often great degrees of truth to promulgate there errors, so is the translation issue today. Those who adapt the new translations because of their understanding of a need for the Word of God in a language which is common, relevant, and easy to understand to them, have fallen to his schemes, as these translations committees had secret agendas, and therefore the translation albeit in the common language, is unfaithful and cannot be trusted, nor deemed inspired. Therefore, at this point in history, to determine sound doctrine, the KJV is the most trustworthy and reliable, especially as it affords us access through the english language (albeit in a dated and unnecessarily extensive and thus difficult vocabulary), to the underlying original languages through the many lexicons and concordances available.

-shuts out many others,
-Perfect translation possible?
-Experience listening to Classical Music as relates to different recording/interpretations

-include quote from original preface from KJV about it being merely a translation

 

CJB

http://oneinmessiah.net/TheCompleteJewishBible.htm

copyrighted-

pro catholic (see his commentaries on revelation)

mt 17.21 removed

Robs virgin birth (behold young woman shall conceive instead of virgin isaiah)

Dan 3:25 son of God changed to one of the gods

Is 9 goofy, v1 removed

Acts 28:29 removed

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mt%2025%3A13&version=KJV;CJB

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What is truth?

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Jesus answered… and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth… Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again…-John 18:37-38

Today, In the 21st century our society and culture, especially in America, are in many ways an echo of that of the Greco-Roman; especially as it regards our values. While the people as a whole obsess over knowledge, and every kind of philosophy such as rhetoric, rationalism, intellectualism, reason, etc. and especially as a means of entertainment through humor, wittiness, sarcasm, and novelty (the Bible states it in this wise: “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing“-Acts 17:21), most are paradoxically yet rendered “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).

Additionally, today we find abounding a sentiment of relativity as it regards truth; or even the notion that absolute truth doesn’t exist or cannot be known. I believe this is largely the result of political correctness, rendering everyone “the right” to be correct, even if that’s ultimately only in their own eyes and doesn’t actually reflect reality. Everyone has “their truth”.  Or in other words “What’s true for them may not be true for you, but is equally valid.” In a fit of total insanity, the absolute nature of facts and even history, have been thrown out the window. Even in the arenas where these are supposedly to be the foundations, giving particular relevancy to the Apostles cry to beware of “science falsely so called”1 Tim.6:20.

While Pilate’s response to Christ, quoted above, most certainly reflects this notion of relativity and uncertainty as it regards matters of truth;  likewise, and even more unfortunate; just as Pilate walked away after posing his rhetorical question, to that Man who alone could give him an honest, sincere, and accurate answer; indicating that he was not truly interested in Christ’s response; so it would seem that today, when it really boils down to it, most aren’t actually interested in the truth.

The below exposition, I wrote a couple years ago as a printable tract in an effort to demonstrate and prove that A) truth does exist B) it’s not relative and C) that the truth does matter. I believe it will not only be helpful for those who are searching for truth, but likewise for those who seek to bring others to knowledge of the truth. Bear in mind however, it may only serve to aid those who actually desire to know the truth!

Without further Ado:

The Mystery of The Ages (The Meaning of Life)

What is ‘Truth’? (Facts vs. Fiction)

Generally speaking the truth cannot be relative; in other words there are certain things that because of their nature are either exclusively true or false and cannot be both at the same time. I will proceed to demonstrate this principle using examples and analogies.

One such example would include history or in other words an account of an event or sequence of events that took place in space and time; while there may be different “versions” of the story, misunderstandings and/or disagreement about what exactly took place, it still stands that whatsoever took place, it happened in a specific and unalterable way regardless of what anyone says. If the stories of what supposedly took place contradict each other then it remains that only one can actually be true and accurate. And if the “truth is in the middle”, as the saying goes, that means that both parties are telling story with a degree of truth mingled with a degree of inaccuracy, in regards to what actually took place; and therefore neither entirely factual nor entirely false; but it remains there is an absolute as to what actually took place, and it can be known. (A few very simple examples would include: either a person was born/existed or they weren’t/didn’t; either a person got married or they didn’t; either they went to college or they didn’t; either a person had kids or they didn’t; etc.)

Now don’t misunderstand me, it should go with out saying, but nonetheless, I’m obviously not alleging everything is”black & white” and “either/or” as is the case in the examples above. But the fact is, the same principle holds true no matter the complexity. Let’s say for example: did the hypothetical individual from the previous example study medicine while at college? “Well, Yes and no. They took a couple courses, but it wasn’t their concentration.” You see, even in such cases where it’s not cut & clear, it doesn’t change the fact that it yet still took place in an exact, specific, unalterable way, which is possible to be known and explained in an accurate and objective way, that reflects reality.

Another example is established facts, in other words something known to be true by actual experience or observation, that is predictably consistent, and that can generally be agreed upon. (for example, the sun gives off light, the moon has craters, snow is white, gravity causes objects in earth’s atmosphere to fall towards the ground, the earth has more water than habitable land, etc.) Now, while they’re may be certain exceptions (in regards to the previous examples we’ll say: color blindness, an anti-gravity plane, etc.) it still stands that the observed phenomenon are generally true and predictably consistent, and the exception is just that, and is the result of additional variables which can be explained and reconciled to the whole in such a way that it’s understood to be merely an exception which is based on additional variables and doesn’t actually contradict the established laws of the universe. These principles are the very basis and sum of the ‘Scientific Method’.

If the above were not true, then the fields of ‘history’, every branch of ‘science’, and even ‘language’ or human progress couldn’t exist; nor would there ever have been any advancements in technology or invention, as nothing would be predictable to the end that it may be understood and therefore the ramifications and possibilities realized and expounded on throughout time. Take for instance the limited constitutional republic of America (which has become the greatest, most advanced, prosperous, and free nation in human history) with its subsequent freedom of speech, religion, and resulting middle class, a system of government with it’s policies and principles designed in light of hundreds of years of established history, in order to prevent common problems which lead to collapse, oppression, and tyranny in the past from repeating themselves. It wouldn’t have ever been possible to have been conceived or even conceptualized if truth was ‘relative’ and there was no such thing as established facts. Also, take for instance modern technologies such as airplanes and computers which are the result of expounding upon and incorporating previous inventions which came about by establishing and understanding principles (facts) through hundreds and even thousands of years of scientific experimentation.

Therefore if one denies that truth exists, they’re essentially denying that objective reality exists (which is defined by and the result of history and facts), and thus their world view by implication precludes the possibility of invention and progress; and therefore it must be concluded that they’re either: confused, self-deceived, delusional, or mentally ill; as this not only contradicts the real world, but leaves them totally unable to explain how the present age in which we find ourselves, with all its conventions, came to be. Indeed, there’s no question that if the universe was not governed by established laws, principles, and if there were no such thing as truth (facts, history, laws, etc.); it would be a world of total primordial chaos and we’d still be living in the stone age.

As follows, the same then must also apply regarding the various religions and non-religion (atheism). Particularly as their claims are exclusive, contradictory, and therefore can’t all be true at the same time. (for example, either we are ultimately the result of chance ‘a big bang’ and an unlimited number of of ‘chance’ coincidences which created the perfect conditions allowing for life to take place, and then to “evolve” (or whatever theory you subscribe to); or alternatively we were intelligently created by some higher conscious power. It cannot be both. We were either created or we weren’t. The Atheists claim there is no God. The religious claim there is a God (or gods). It cannot be both, either there was intelligent creation or there wasn’t, and likewise either there is an afterlife or there is not. It cannot be both.

Comparing The Major Religions

There are some who maintain that despite the many different religions, everyone is really worshiping the same God, and therefore there shouldn’t be so much friction, and people just need to “not be so dogmatic”, and come together. Most who entertain this line of thinking tend to believe this is the key to “world peace” (just think of those “coexist” bumper stickers). And it should be no surprise that this sort of philosophy often gives itself to the extreme notions of “this religion or that religion, needs to be obliterated”, or “all forms of religion need to be outlawed”. It should be pretty obvious that such an approach is nonviable. Nor would it be just, as it would ultimately require oppression, tyranny, violence, and persecution. But history attests that this approach has never worked, but rather breeds more converts.

By the way, I must say, I find the “everyone is really worshiping the same God” type of thinking quite fascinating, as it essentially acknowledges by implication a singular and sovereign deity. But all that aside, at this point we shall proceed to examine the major religions of the world, to the end that it may become evident just how contrary and exclusive each religion is in relation on one another, and therefore why compromise is impossible.

The Muslims claim that there is a God (and that singular), Muhammad being his prophet and ‘the supreme example’; and along with their “holy” book the Qur’an, the exclusive guide on how to please God.  Furthermore, according to the traditions of Islam, He (God) had no Son/Savior/Messiah (that is, a  third-party intervener, necessary to intercede on sinful mankind’s behalf before a Holy God, to take the fallen race’s transgression (they having disobeyed God, breaking the laws of heaven) upon Himself, being legally (in the courts of heaven), the only eligible subrogee, himself never having sinned (broken God’s law), and therefore not already being guilty/having the same sentence upon Him, able to take upon Himself mankind’s guilty charges. Having God as his Father (being conceived of the Holy Spirit), he was “God Manifest in the Flesh”, and thus having bypassed the curse of sin nature which typically passes down all generations since the first man and woman (namely, Adam & Eve, and ultimately as a consequence of their disobedience), through the earthly father’s DNA), and that nor will He ever in the future. In terms of an afterlife, Muslims believe that there is a heaven, and that their system is the only way to get there, and they likewise, in accordance to the precepts of the Qur’an, seek to establish a worldwide theocracy, even through violence if necessary, and what’s known as “cultural Jihad” as it teaches all human affairs are to be conducted in light of this system.

The Jews likewise believe in a singular God, but do believe there will be a messiah, but reject that it could have been Jesus of Nazareth, and maintain that the real messiah hasn’t yet come. Generally speaking, the Jews do not view the function of the Messiah the same way Christians do. They generally do not believe that Messiah will need to take away sins (or that “human sacrifice” (as they call it), even can take away sins), and therefore believe that the Messiah will not be God manifest in the flesh, but fully human, and an earthly king to bring world peace. Jews reject the notion of salvation, and depending on the various traditions, their views on the afterlife range from “the only way to find favor before God is by becoming a Jew and keeping the ceremonial, moral laws; and other commandments given in the torah/tenakh (the Holy Book of the Jews)” to “just be a good person”, or “attend synagogue and adhere strictly to the Rabbinic (Taldmudic) tradition”. Typically speaking, Jews do not proselytize nor feel the need to use force to make their religion dominate; but being themselves often persecuted throughout history, generally seek to be left alone and to leave others alone.

And then you have Christianity which, for practicality sake, we will be dividing into two categories (namely Protestant and Catholic) because of their significant and utterly contrary doctrines, practices, and history. Protestant Christians, while like the Jews and Muslims believe in a singular God, contrarily believe that Jesus was the Messiah (of the Jews), and that He extended salvation likewise to the gentiles (non-Hebrew races), and that Christianity is therefore the Jewish religion fully realized, and thus accept the history of the Jewish faith, patriarchs, lineages etc. as recorded in their (the Jews) holy book the torah (first five books of the Bible) or tenakh (entire old testament) but have an additional 29 “books” in their Bible which reflect the new covenant and are deemed inspired, but rejected by the Jews. Subsequently, they likewise believing in heaven, believe that it’s only possible to “be saved” by having ones sins (offenses against a Holy God who demands perfection) forgiven through this Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, where he being without sin was able to take ours, and that  those who reject this gift/offer, will not make it to heaven, including the Jews and Muslims that don’t repent and believe. Once again, this system is absolutely contrary to the former, and exclusive in its claims, therefore only one of them can be right or none of them are. The Roman Catholic Church (papacy),  which claims to be a Christian institution (even though it’s system of ritual religion contains mostly pagan elements contrary to the Bible), likewise professes to believe in one God (but supplements the mediatory  office of the saints and especially Mary (this being absolutely contrary to the scriptures of the Bible) while yet profess Jesus as Lord, and believes the Bible to a degree (while history and even Bible prophecy record that the papacy responsible for the greatest crimes against humanity, including the slave trades, and torturing/killing of 50-200 million Bible-Believers is in the inquisitions and dark ages, including those who translated the Bible into languages other than Latin, which were deemed “vulgar” and ultimately forbidden to be read.) but maintain that her traditions are above the scriptures, and that salvation is only through the Roman Catholic “mother church”, by participating in it’s sacraments, and through good works, and all who do not enter this fold, including protestants who make the Bible their final authority in faith and practice, will ultimately be confined to eternal flames. Again the claims of each religion are mutually exclusive and cannot be reconciled.

The Hindus believe there are many gods; reject the bible, yet do believe Jesus existed, but that he was merely an avatar of one of their many gods, Krishna, and don’t believe in heaven or hell but reincarnation.

The Buddhists are neither polytheistic or monotheistic, but believe in reincarnation and karma effected birth cycles.

The Satanists say that they’re essentially atheists who hate all forms of religion, but most are actually purposefully worshiping the devil, performing rituals, and seeking to behave and revel in things contrary to the Judeo-Christian established principles of morality. The

Luciferians/Illuminati/High Masons believe in the deities set forth in the Christian Bible, but believe that the roles are reversed, and that lucifer is actually the true light-bearer and savior of man through knowledge  so that man may become ‘gods’, and that Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is actually evil, controlling, and vindictive.

The Pagans, Ancient Romans, etc. believe there are many God’s (for example, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Vulcan, Ceres, Mithras, Isis, pan, etc.) each playing a different role, as well as taking place in various ceremonies and rituals, but ultimately rejected accountability to a single God, the creator.

Witches/Wizards more or less believe in a universal power, energy, and force which regulates all of life and the universe as we know it; that it may be manipulated, and harnessed, and consulted for wisdom to learn about what’s to come, but that it’s neutral and neither good or bad in and of itself, only being determined for what purpose it’s used.

The “New-Agers”, Spiritualists, Gnostics, etc. more or less believe some combination or variation of these, picking and choosing what they like and don’t like (sort of like spiritual chameleons) but ultimately believing that it’s knowledge which “saves” and enlightens. etc. etc. etc.

Obviously there are other (countless) different religions and sects, the point is, they cannot all be right because they all claim something totally different.

So where am I going with all of this? Either God exists, and sent his Son to die for our sins, or he didn’t. Once we’re willing and able to ask the tough questions about our beliefs, diligently seek the truth, in order to see past the brainwashing based on false history, false science, etc we’ve been indoctrinated with since childhood, looking at the big picture and having considered all angles with an open mind and honest heart, we find with careful research that archaeology, true history and science, coupled with a study of the prophecies of the Bible as they relate to both history as well as current events, actually prove the Bible to be wholly true. Not only is there an empty tomb outside of Jerusalem, as well as many secular historical accounts that Jesus actually existed such as those of Josephus, Tacitus, etc, but there have been countless fascinating discoveries over the last century such as Ron Wyatt’s of chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea, The rock at Mount Sinai that water Gushed out of when moses hit it with his staff, Noah’s Ark, the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, the location of the Ark of The Covenant, etc., etc., etc., proving the Bible to be literally true. So what about those who lived before Christ, never came to an age of understanding, or were born in cultures that never had knowledge of the one true God? God is fair, just and is a god of love; and generally in those circumstances people will be judged according to what they knew.

Just as the truth is not relative, neither are morals; or the idea of right vs wrong. Generally most would agree that murder, lying, rape, pedophila, slavery, theft, vandalism, etc. are wrong. While some would argue that these values are relative because they culturally defined, one finds in examining cultures throughout history, that where those behaviors were the norm, the societies ultimately collapsed or remain in squalor; and conversely the nations which upheld principals to the contrary (based on the Bible) have become the greatest inventors of technology(for example Automobiles of Germany, Computers of America, Watches of Switzerland, Limited Government of the Dutch Republic, Ship Building of Great Britain, etc.,) wealth (middle-classes), safe-living, religious freedom, most refined music (Western Classical Music), and fine arts in general (Van Gogh, DaVinci, Rembrandt, etc). Since this is consistently observably true throughout history, one must acknowledge it being a result of God rewarding Good and Punishing evil, or otherwise chalk it up as just a grand coincidence without exception.

[in other words actual experience documented through history give veracity to the truth, God rewards those who uphold and practice his precepts punish those who don’t. +add idea of common law]

The Good News

(How and Why we need to be saved)

Like an earthly judge, God, who upholds the court of heaven must hold people accountable, or else by just letting people off the hook, he’d be a corrupt judge.

God divinely inspired certain men throughout history (which we have compiled and translated for us in the Bible) to record His commandments, standards, and laws, which according to (Romans 3:23) we have all broken and fallen short of.

(Romans 6:23) records that the wages of sin are death

But (1 John 1:9) tells us If we confess our sins, that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

The gospel, or “good news”, is that, instead of condemning all of man, while we were yet sinners, God chose to send his only begotten son into the world to take on the sins of the world (while himself being blameless) upon himself, that we might be saved, dying on the cross, buried, and and being raised from the Dead by God almighty 3 days later (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

(Romans 10:9) tells us if we confess this with our mouths and believe it in our hearts, we shall be saved.

Why should I Care?

The Meaning of Life: While most live to achieve certain goals, or for earthly pleasures and success, etc.; all of these things are ultimately passing away and meaningless. The real purpose of life is so that we might find God, and take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for the infinitely better future eternal life which we’ve been offered; He creating mankind with freewill (rather than robots) to the end that eventually he would have a family composed of those who love him and chose his ways on their own.

Your Eternal Fate: As it’s recorded in (Philippians 2:10-11) every soul no matter of our beliefs, will ultimately in a final judgment have to acknowledge with our mouths that indeed Jesus Christ is Lord of lords, and King of all kings, and will have to bow before him before accepting our final fate, regardless if it be in the Millennial reign of Christ in paradise, or thrown in the lake of fire.

The Judgements of God: Washington once said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible;” Jackson, “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” It’s a historical fact that this country (America) was birthed out of the protestant reformation, seeking freedom of conscious to speak, invent, and worship, baptist and puritan notions which had been condemned and persecuted by the papacy which ruled the known civilized world for thousands of years– to this end the republic was founded. The reason that today the weather is messed up, we have corrupt leaders, financial difficulties, regular mass shootings, greedy corporations, poisoned food, etc. is the result of a departure from God and his Word with the  precepts contained therein; to which the only solution is for individuals to seek repentance and personal holiness on a massive scale. As the saying goes “those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.” The trend we see today in America, has happened in many nations and over and over again throughout history, as recorded in the Bible, Edward Gibbon’s “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, and countless other historical works; and the result is always the       same; total collapse and devastation which God allows to take place in judgement. Yet God promises if we turn to him from our wicked ways, he will heal the land.(2 Chronicles 7:14)

True Peace and Joy: The truth is, most “pleasures” that promise satisfaction are deceitful and actually end up leaving us empty afterward and/or with an insatiable appetite for more. The only way to have true peace and contentment (regardless of the trials or triumphs we may be facing,) is through the Holy Spirit (gifted upon repentance and belief of gospel) and by prayer and living according to the Word of God.

Eternal Reward: Beyond Salvation of our soul which is granted SOLEY by grace through our faith in the Gospel (not of our “good works,” for attending a certain church, etc.), the Bible makes clear that faith without works is dead, and that each will be rewarded in heaven based upon his works here on earth.(Ephesians 2:8-9, James 2:17, Romans 2:6-11, Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12)

Why all the pain and suffering?

ultimately because we live in a fallen world, or in other words because of our “great-great-great-great… grandparents” Adam & Eve’s disobedience as recorded in the Bible in the Garden of Eden. When Adam & Eve sinned, it gave satan equitable title to the creation God originally had made them beneficiary of. Satan being the ‘god’ of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) with the intention to steal, corrupt, destroy, and lie (John 8:44, 10:10) ultimately being the source of all suffering and evil, but God allowing and using it form mankind’s ultimate good in fashioning those that will yield into the His image, even as Christ was the chiefest of suffering servants.

Additional Notes

(now what?)

God wants a personal relationship with us through prayer, worship, song, quietude, reading and meditating on his Word (the Bible), etc. It’s not about churches, buildings, denominations, priests, sacraments, etc. most religious institutions are apostate today as prophesied in the Bible.

The Bible tells us that God doesn’t dwell in manmade buildings, but rather our bodies are the temple of God, and there is one Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ, not priests, pastors, etc. (Acts 7:48, 1 Corinthians 3:16, )
∙God said the greatest commandment is to Love him with all are hearts, minds and souls (followed by loving our fellowman as ourselves,) that we must worship him in spirit and truth; and to study to show ourselves approved, growing in knowledge of him and his ways by studying the Bible so that we can live lives that glorify him and to the good of ourselves and fellowman (Matthew 22:37-39, John 4:24, 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15,)

TODAY is the day to start actively seeking God. (James 4:8) tells us if we draw near to God, he will then draw near to us. The reason we don’t “hear” from God, is generally because we don’t want to, so he leaves us alone; as well as un-repented (lacking sorrow for, and desire to turn from) sin. We also read in (Jeremiah 29:13) if we search for God with all our heart then we will find him. (Psalm 32:6) tells us that we should pray while God may be found, because once calamity strikes, it will be to late.

The “right” Bible— The version (translation) that God has used the most throughout history is the AV [Authorized Version] 1611 King James Bible for english speaking people(not to be confused with the ‘New King James’.) All the other various subsequent versions of the Bible, while perhaps convenient for their modern english, are to be avoided or only used supplementary as they alter and/or altogether omit many very critical scriptures, and instead of being based on the original hebrew and greek manuscripts, are rather based on latin translations which do not hold up to the many historic manuscripts and tablets. With the Holy Spirit you will have no problem understanding the King James, especially when coupled with a good concordance such as “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance” which can be obtained for just a few dollars, as well as by “googling” questions you may run into. As far as obtaining a “good” King James Bible, I would recommend one with center column references, which makes understanding prophesies and other references from scriptures easier to connect and understand. I personally favor Zondervan’s “Center Column Reference King James.” (I would advise against getting the large print as you will lose many of the references)

Additional Resources

Biblical Archaeology— http://www.biblehistory.net/
Biblical Archaeology— http://formerthings.com/
Journalist Seeks to put same Questions to the Test, book— “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel
Regarding Origins of Bible; YouTube— “A Lamp In The Dark: Untold history of Bible”
Regarding Origins of Bible; YouTube— “Forbidden Book: History of the Bible (Full Documentary)”
Regarding Creation; YouTube— “Kent Hovind Creation Seminar” (7-parts)
Regarding Understanding Prophecy/History/Current events; YouTube— “Total Onslaught” (36 parts) or “Total Onslaught Mini Series” (10 parts) by Walter Veith
Debunking Evolution— “Evolution Handbook” by Vance Ferrel (can be found for free in PDF format online)
Further Study of doctrine, history, etc; links to discover Christian Music, as well as other resources, and contact info; My Personal Independent Website—http://contending.webs.com

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Valiant For The Truth

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And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, AND THEY KNOW NOT ME, SAITH THE LORD-Jeremiah 9:3

 

As I begin this composition today, it’s been over 2,000 years since the first advent of Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of the World; just shy of 500 years since the sparks of the protestant reformation; and additionally, about 400 years since my country America’s inception. And while on the surface these events may seem unrelated, they are in actuality, respectively speaking, the result of one another; the latter not being possible without the former.

Each of these revolutionary milestones in history correspond not only with a major outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but were also the result of people who were zealous for the truth and doing what’s right no matter the cost; willing to risk it all, even to the extent of laying down their lives. Such selfless sacrifices which epitomize these periods reflect a power that’s found only in true Biblical-Christianity, namely to cause cultural, political, and religious change for good (i.e. the true and lasting fruits of peace, liberty, equality, equity, justice, fraternity, prosperity, etc.) and therefore represent the pinnacle of Godliness in Christ and should serve as examples to us, ever kept in remembrance.

And yet, while there has between these milestones no doubt been “ebbing and flowing” to one degree or another, with revivals here and periods of darkness there: today the Church of Jesus Christ finds itself in a most precarious spiritual condition.

The Bible indeed makes perfectly clear that there would come a time, specifically during the final events of human history (and which would ultimately culminate in the literal return of Christ) when the church as a whole would fall into gross spiritual darkness and heresy. The purpose of this exposition will be chiefly twofold: firstly, to examine what the scriptures have to say about this period, and secondly, how we, striving to be men and women “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22) are to respond in conducting our lives.

What Saith the Scriptures (Could The Majority Really be Wrong?)

Lets start by examining what the scriptures have to say regarding this subject. Is it seriously a sound Biblical notion that there would come a time when the majority of those who profess to worship The One True God would be self-deceived, actually walking contrary to His Word, and thus on their way to hell; while those worshiping in “spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24) would be few in number?

We shall set the stage by seeing what we may glean from 2 Thessalonians 2. The apostle Paul starts by setting the context in v.1 as concerning the period of “The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him“. We know that this is referring to the 2nd coming and the “rapture” which occur at the end of the world (see post “The Rapture, Pre-trib. or Post-trib. or Mid-trib?) as it was discussed in his previous epistle to this particular church, specifically in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. He goes on in v.3 to state that these events would not happen until their was a first a “falling away.” The underlying Greek there, “apostasia“, from where we our word “apostasy”, is defined by Strong’s Concordance to mean a “defection from truth“, and is likewise defined in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, which adds to it: “in the Bible sc.[(namely)] from the true religion“. So we know that prior to the Lord’s return from heaven for His bride there will be a defection form the truth. And he’s obviously not talking about pagans and atheists, as in order to “fall away” they would have had to have possessed the truth to begin with, so we know this must regard the Church. But in any case, this will be confirmed as we continue along and search  out the scriptures. The second condition to the Lord’s coming, stated in the same verse, is that the “man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition“. It’s logical to assume that these  two factors be connected based on the way they’re expressed in the same sentence. And as it turns out the great expositors of the Bible understood this to be so based on history, and attributed those titles to no other than the professed head of one of the world’s largest deonominations of Christianity:

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(See also my exposition “Using the Bible to Identify Antichrist“)

Revelation 13:8

Two churches: Woman of Revelation 12 & her of ch 17

rev 22:14 = key to Matt. 7:13-15

The Church Today (Lessons From the Field)

You know, it’s ironic, growing up it seemed to me that religion was only for “old ladies”. It was assumed that they were closer to God and holy. But in light of the situation observed from experience, could it be the reason that religion seems only to appeal to old ladies is because it’s not the true religion? Surely a true relationship with the creator should be powerful, very real, and appeal to all of His created beings for which purpose He made them.

As those who are familiar with my testimony will know, I did not grow up religious or “in the church”. I was saved 4 years ago, and prior to this, my life was the epitome of worldliness, debauchery, heathenism, paganism, etc. Yet, for whatever reason, it pleased the Lord to reveal Himself to me in bringing salvation and transforming me into a yielded vessel, for His purposes, not because of any righteousness or desires of my own. To those with “eyes to see and ears to hear” it will be evident that the Lord has a special calling on my life. Not because I’m special, but because the Lord wanted to do something special through me that He may be glorified. I believe one of the major reasons the Lord wanted to work with me was specifically because I had no religious upbringing, as the church by and large for at least the last 50 years has been filled with superstition and traditions of men contrary to the Word of God (more on that later.) This allowed God a clean slate to work with. As the saying goes, “old habits die hard”, or “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” No doubt those who’ve been taught something as true all their life, regardless of it’s veracity, will have a hard time believing to the contrary, especially if it’s inconvenient and requires us to examine our lives and make difficult changes in lifestyle.

My experience over the last 4 years in being a witness, sharing my testimony, and the Gospel with as many people as possible, has been that generally speaking, “religious” people are less receptive to pure Bible-based faith than non-professing Christians who have never known the Lord.

The last person the Lord put in my life, who was a woman in her 70’s, a Roman Catholic most of her life, illustrates the typical response. While she did state that she had her doubts that Peter was the “first pope”, in general I got a lot of resistance to what I had to say, and ultimately we had to agree not to discuss religious matters anymore. I really started to get negative responses when I starting elucidating the pagan practices which have crept into the church under the guise of “Christmas” etc. I spoke with her for hours, so it should have become quite apparent my knowledge of the scriptures, and that what I was speaking was truth. At one point she even acknowledged this stating “I haven’t been able to investigate these matters to the depth you have”.

But then I started getting responses such as, “I’m too old to change”. In retrospect I think, wait a minute, you’re still alive, why maintain practices based on falsehood and remain in error, especially if it’s at enmity with God? What’s more important, nostalgia or truth? Sounds like complacency to me.

Then came resistance with statements such as “well doesn’t everyone have the right to worship how they want?”. To which I replied, of course, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s pleasing in the eyes of the Lord or that it’s not contrary to true salvation.

But then I eventually started getting charges against me suggesting I was the problem such as “it’s to bad you didn’t have some sort of foundation for your faith growing up”. To which I replied, the scripture says twice that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and we shall have no need that man teach us. Then I was charged with “More people would become Christians if we were joyful”. But certainly this isn’t Biblical, the scriptures make clear that we shall be hated for his name sake, all that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted, the servant is not greater than his master, for so persecuted the prophets of old. I also tried to remind her that Christians are called to also be confrontational and contend for the truth. I mean besides, how can truly have joy when the Lord commands we worship him in spirit and truth but we’re doing to the contrary. And the irony was she was herself in the depths of depression and mouring when she should have been rejoicing that her husband half a year before went to be with the Lord. Something clearly wasn’t right, and yet I was accused of not having joy because I wasn’t just “burying my head in the sand” and pretending everything is okay when it’s not. The scriptures say we are to warn all men. The principal is simple, let’s get right with God, secure our status in Christ and know that we’re living lives well pleasing in His sight, and THEN we truly will be able to rejoice and have peace, and it will be regardless of external circumstances, hardships, and trials. But just because we expose darkness, and have to discuss weighty and “non-happy” issues as the Bible commands, doesn’t mean we don’t still have joy!

So then I tried reading her from Ezekiel 33 in  explaining my purpose, where it talks about the watchmen, and the principle is essentially established that if a person sees another in sin and warns them not, their error will be charged on him. And before I could even get through the verses she cuts me off and replies “you know that was to Israel right?” I tried explaining to her that God is the same yesterday today and forever, and it’s the principle that’s established with which we’re concerned, and even quoted similair passages from the new testament as well as sought to explain what changed old-new testament. But of course I could tell she wasn’t even really listening or considering what I was saying.

She also stated at one point “you know you’re going to be awfully lonely in heaven if you’re right”, I tried explaining to her, it’s not about me being right, or you/others being wrong; it’s about what does God say and require of us. And then finally I heard sentiments expressed such as “I’m tired of hearing that I’m wrong, and condemnation” and “You’re trying to destroy my faith and it’s all I have left”. Well for one thing I certainly never condemned anyone, my intention in Christ is to help and am very passionate about it, and I tried to explain to her that to the contrary is true, the spirit of God through me is seeking to refine and purify her faith and destroy the idols of the foundation that she may have a true relationship with Him and actually have joy and peace. And later reflecting on the former statement I realized that she was essentially precluding the possibility of her being wrong. Well, what’s wrong with being wrong? Especially if it leads to discovering the truth and drawing closer to God. And of course she had not been and refused to be spending time in the Word of God at all, but expressed “I do have a relationship with God I go to church 3 times a week.”

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Historic Quotes: Sunday vs. Sabbath

NOTE: I would recommend reading my article Sabbath vs. Sunday, of which this post is intended to be a constituent of, before proceeding to the quotes below, if you have not done so already.

For easier navigation, below, you may click the links following each headline to jump to that respective section of the quotes below.

Scans or links to digital copies of the original sources will be provided when possible. Also note that some of the quotes which argue in favor of the seventh-day as the true Christian Sabbath do erroneously refer to the first day of the week as the Lord’s day (again, see my original article linked above for more info regarding this matter).

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources

Protestant Sources
Catholic Sources

“For although almost all the churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [The Lord’s Super] on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, refuse to this.” “That is, upon the Saturday, it should be observed, that sunday is never called “The Sabbath” by the ancient fathers and historians”-Ecclesiastical History by Socrates, Book 5, Ch. 22, P 289

“from the Apostles’ time until the Council of Laodicea, which was about the year 364, the Holy observation of the Jews’ Sabbath continued, as may be proved out of many authors: yea, notwithstanding the decree of the council against it”-Sunday a Sabbath, by John Ley, p.183

“There is not any city of the Grecians, nor any of the Barbarians, nor any nation whatsoever whither our custom of resting on the Seventh Day hath not come!”-Notes and Queries on China and Japan by M’Clatchie, Vol. 4. Nos. 7, 8, c. 100

“Widespread and enduring was the observance of the seventh-day sabbath among the believers of the church of the east and the St. Thomas Christians of India, who never were connected with Rome. It was also maintained among those bodies which broke off from Rome after the Council of Chalcedon namely, the Abyssinians, the Jacobites, the Maronites, and the Armenians.”-Schaff-Herrog. “The New Encyclopedia of of Religious Knowledge” Art. “Nestorians”; also Realencyclopaedie fur Protestantische and Kirche, art ‘Nestorianer”

“[The Early Russian Christian Church of Muskavee or “Sabbotnicki”] keep Saturday Holy. They have solemn service on Saturdays.”-Pilgrimmes, Part 2, pg. 1269

“Some have suffered torture because they would not rest when others kept sunday, for they declared it to be the holiday and law of Antichrist”-Sebastian Frank (A.D. 1536)

“The gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath and Passover”-Church History, Giesler, Vol. 1, ch. 2, par. 30, p. 93

“The ancient kings on this culminating day closed their gates, the merchants did not travel and the princes did not inspect their domains.”-M’Clatchie, A Translation of the Confucian Classic of Change, page 118

“Then the Spiritual seed of Abraham fled to Pella, on the other side of Jordan, where they found a safe place of refuge and could serve their master and keep his Sabbath.”-Eccesiastical History by Eusebius, b, 3, Chap. 5

“The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria”-Ecclesiastical History by Socrates, Book 7, Chap. 19

“The hills of Persia and the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates re-echoed their songs of praise. They reaped their harvests and paid their tithes. They repaired to their churches on the Sabbath Day for the worship of God.-“Realencyclopaedie fur Protestantische and Kirche, art ‘Nestorianer” also Yale ‘The Book of Ser Marco Polo. Vol. 2, p.409

“The Nestorians eat no pork and keep the Sabbath. They believe in neither auricular confession nor purgatory.”-The New Encyclopaedia of Religious Knowledge by Schaff-Herzog, Art. Nestorians

“On the Seventh Day we offer sacrifices, after having purified our hearts, and received absolution for our sins, this religion so perfect and so excellent, is difficult to name, but it enlightens darkness by it’s brilliant precepts”-Christianity in China by M. I’Abbe Huc, Vol. 1, Ch. 2, pg. 48, 49

“The Taipings when asked why they observed the Seventh Day Sabbath, replied that it was, first, because the bible taught it, and, second, because their ancestors observed it as a day of worship.”-A critical History of the Sabbath and Sunday

“Bulgaria in the early season of its evangelization had been taught that no work should be performed on the Sabbath”-Responsa Nicolai Papae I and Consulta Bulgamrum, Responsum 10, found in Mansi, Sacorum Concilorum Nova et Amplissima Collectio, Vol. 15; p. 406; also Hefele, Concinengeschicte, Vol. 4, Sec. 478

The Papal author, Bonacursus, wrote the following against the “Pasagani”: “Not a few, but many know what are the errors of those who are called Pasagini…First, they teach that we should obey the Sabbath, furthermore, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the church fathers, and the whole Roman Church.”-D’Achery, Spicilegium I, f. 211-214; Muratory, sevi. 5, f. 152, Hahn, 3, 209

“In 1310, two hundred years before Luther’s theses, the Bohemian brethren constituted one-fourth of the population of Bohemia, and that they were in touch with the Waldenses who abounded in Austria, Lombardy, Bohemia, North Germany, Thuringia, Brandenburg, and Moravia. Erasmus pointed out how strictly Bohemian Waldenses kept the Seventh Day Sabbath.”-Armitage, “A history of the Baptists,” p. 313; Cex, The Literature of the Sabbath Questions. Vol. 2, pp. 201-2

“Erasmus testifies that even as late as about 1500 these Bohemians not only kept the Seventh Day scrupulously, but also were called Sabbatarians.”-Cox, “the literature of the Sabbath Question,” Vol. 2 pp. 201, 202; “Truth Triumphant,” p.204

“(Today Czechoslovakia.) Their history from 1635 to 1867 is thus described by Adolf Dux: “the condition of the Sabbatarians was dreadful. Their books and writings had to be delivered to the Karlsburg Consistory to be come the spoil of flames.”-Aus Ungarn, pp. 239-291m Leipzig, 1850

“It seems to have been customary in the celtic churches of early times, in Ireland as well as Scotland, to keep Saturday, The Jewish Sabbath, as a day of rest from labour. They obeyed the Fourth Commandment literally upon the seventh day of the week.”-Professor James C. Moffatt, D.D. Professor of Church History at Princeton, The Church in Scotland, pg. 140

“They held that Saturday was properly the Sabbath on which they abstained from work.”-Celtic Scotland, Vol. 2, Pg. 350

“[St. Columba] Having continued his labours in Scotland thirty-four years, he clearly and opnely foretold his death, and on Saturday, the ninth of June, said to his disciple Diermit: “This day is called the Sabbath, that is, the rest day, and such will it truly be to me; for it will put an end to my labours.”-Butler’s Live’s of the Saints, Vol.1 A.D. 597 art. St. Columba, p. 762

“The Editor of the best biography of Columba says in a footnote: “our Saturday. The Custom to call the Lord’s Day Sabbath did not commence until a  thousand years later.”-Adamman’s Life of Columba, p. 230

“There is much evidence that the Sabbath prevailed in Wales universally until A.D. 1115, when the first Roman Bishop was seated at St. Davids. The old Welsh Sabbath-keeping churches did not even then altogether bow the knee to Rome but fled to their hiding places.”-Seventh day Baptists in Europe and America, Vol. 1, p. 29

“Here in England are about nine or ten churches that keep the Sabbath, besides many scattered disciples, who have been eminently preserved.”-Stennet’s letters, 1668 and 1670, Cox. San, 1, 268

“A Christian keeping the Commandment of God and the faith of Jesus, being baptized about the year 1648, and keeping the Seventh Day for the Sabbath above thirty-two years.”-From the tombstone of Physician to King and Queen of of England Dr. Peter Chamberlain, Telegraph Print, Napier

“And because [the Waldenses] observed no other other day of rest but the Sabbath Dayes, they called them insabathas, as much to say, as they observed no Sabbath.”-Luther’s “Fore-Runners” (original spelling), pp. 7, 8

“It was the practice, generally, of the eastern churches, and some churches of the west… it seems Saturday was held in fair esteem. They came together on the Sabbath day to worship Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath”-Unknown Source

“Augustine shows here that the Sabbath was observed in his day “in the greater part of the Christian world,” and his testimony in this respect is all the more valuable becuase he himself was an earnest and consistent Sunday-keeper.”-See “Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers,” 1st Series, Vol. 1, pp. 353, 354

“In the last half of that century St. Ambrose of Milan stated officially that the Abyssinian bishop Musesus, had “travelled almost everywhere in the country of the Seres’ (China). For more than seventeen centuries the Abyssinian Church continued to sanctify Saturday as the holy day of the fourth commandment”-Ambrose, De Moribus, Brachmanorium Opera Omnia, 1132, found in Minge, Patrologia Latina, Vol. 17, pp. 1131-1132

“Canon 26 of the Council of Elvira reveals that the church of Spain at that time kept Saturday, the seventh day. “As to fasting every Sabbath: Resolved, that the error be corrected of fasting every Sabbath.” This resolution of the council is in direct opposition to the policy the church at Rome had inaugurated, that of commanding Sabbath as a fast day in order to humiliate it and make it repugnant to the people.”-SPAIN-COuncil Elvira (A.D. 305)

“Mingana proves that as early as A.D. 225 there existed large bishoprics or conferences of the Church of the East stretching from Palestine to, and surrounding, India. In 370 Abyssinian Christianity (a Sabbathkeeping church) was so popular that its famous director, Musaeus, traveled extensively in the East promoting the church in Arabia, Persia, India, and China. In 410 Isaac, supreme director of the Church of the East, held a world council, — stimulated, some think, by the trip of Musaeus, — attended by eastern delegates from forty grand metropolitan divisions. In 411 he appointed a metropolitan director for China. These churches were sanctifying the seventh day, as can be seen by the famous testimonies of Socrates and Sozomen, Roman Catholic historians (c. A.D. 450), that all the churches throughout the world sanctified Saturday except Rome and Alexandria, which two alone exalted Sunday. A century later (c. A.D. 540) Cosmas, the celebrated world traveler, a member of the great Church of the East, testified to the multiplied number of churches of his faith he had seen in India and central Asia and to those he had learned about in Scythia and China. We wrote in previous pages of the Sabbathkeeping Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English Churches in the British Isles during these same centuries and down to 1200. We dwelt upon the Paulicians, Petrobrusians, Passagians, Waldenses, Insabbatati, as great Sabbathkeeping bodies of Europe down to 1250. We wrote of the sabbatarians in Bohemia, Transylvania, England, and Holland between 1250 and 1600, as authenticated by Cox, Jones, Allix, and William of Neuburg. We have mentioned the innumerable Sabbath-keeping churches among the Greeks, Abyssinians, Armenians, Maronites, Jacobites, Scythians, and the great Church of the East (also from A.D. 1250 to 1600) with supporting evidence from competent authorities. The doctrines of all these Sabbathkeeping bodies throughout the centuries were comparatively pure, and the lives of their members were simple and holy. They were free from the unscriptural ceremonies which arose from the following of tradition. They received the Old Testament, and the whole Bible was their authority.”-Mingana, “Early Spread of Christianity,” Bulletin of John Ryland’s Library, vol. 10, p. 460.

“We command all Christians to observe the Lord’s day to be held not in honour of the past Sabbath, but on account of that holy night of the first day of the week called the Lord’s day. When speaking of that Sabbath which the Jews observe, the last day of the week, and which also our peasants observe…”-Council of Friaul, Italy–A.D. 791 (Canon 13), Mansi, 13, 831

“Pope Gregory I, declared that when anti-Christ should come he would keep Saturday as the Sabbath… “Gregory, bishop by the grace of God to his well-beloved sons, the Roman citizens: It has come to me that certain men of perverse spirit have disseminated among you things depraved and opposed to the holy faith, so that they forbid anything to be done on the day of the Sabbath. What shall I call them expect preachers of anti-Christ?”… Moreover, this same Pope Gregory had issued an official pronouncement against a section of the city of Rome itself because the Christian believers there rested and worshipped on the Sabbath”-Epistles of Gregory I, b. 13. epist. 1, found in “Nicene and East-Nicene Fathers

“Ambrose, the celebrated bishop of Milan, said that when he was in Milan he observed Saturday, but when in Rome observed Sunday. This gave rise to the proverb, ‘when you are in Rome, do as Rome does.'”-Heylyn, The History of the Sabbath, 1612

“Pope Nicholas I, in the ninth century, sent the ruling prince of Bulgaria a long document saying in it that one is to cease from work on Sunday, but not on the Sabbath. The head of the Greek Church, offended at the interference of the Papacy, declared the Pope ex-communicated”-Truth Triumphant, p. 232

Catholic Sources

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources
Protestant Sources

”The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.” -Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890

“It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition.” –Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, page 180-181

“To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false (Jewish traditional) glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject. Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-God, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” -Dr. E.T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister’s convention, in New York Examiner, November 16, 1893.

“When St. Paul repudiated the works of the law, he was not thinking of the Ten Commandments, which are as unchangeable as God Himself is, which God could not change and still remain the infinitely holy God.” –Our Sunday Visitor, Oct. 7, I951

“The arguments…are firmly grounded on the word of God, and having been closely studied with the Bible in hand, leave no escape for the conscientious Protestant except the abandonment of Sunday worship and the return to Saturday, commanded by their teacher, the Bible, or, unwilling to abandon the tradition of the Catholic Church, which enjoins the keeping of Sunday, and which they have accepted in direct opposition to their teacher, the Bible, consistently accept her (the Catholic Church) in all her teachings. Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicism and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.” The Catholic Mirror, (September 23, 1893)

“The [Catholic] Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day”. -The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Commandments of God, Volume IV, 1908 by Robert Appleton Company, Online Edition 1999 by Kevin Knight, Nihil Obstat – Remy Lafort, Censor Imprimatur – +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, page 153.

“Deny the authority of the Church and you have no adequate or reasonable explanation or justification for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday in the Third – Protestant Fourth – Commandment of God… The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”-Catholic Record, September 1, 1923

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 364) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. [cannon 29]
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!-The Converts Catechism, Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.

Q: Have you any other way of proving that the [Catholic] Church has power to institute festivals of precept [to command holy days]? A: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her: She could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” -Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 174 (this publication may be found public domain @ https://archive.org/details/doctrinalcatechi00keen)

“But since Saturday [7th day], not Sunday is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly form the bible and not from the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That observance remains a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away—like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.”-John O’Brien, The Faith of Millions (scan available at following link http://pictures.amazingdiscoveries.org/ReferenceIndex/4701-Faith-of-Millions.jpg)

“The Industrial American, published at Harland, Iowa, in its issue of Dec. 19, 1889, contains a notice of a sermon in the Catholic church of that place on Sunday, Dec. 15. After stating that his remarks on Sunday observance created something of a sensation, it presents what was said on that subject, from which we make the following extract. A catholic on such a subject does not speak at random. What he says is the voice of the Catholic Church, and Protestants have to meet it. Will they pay heed to it? He said:— Take, for instance, the day we celebrate—Sunday. What right have the Protestant churches to observe that day?—None whatever. You say it is to obey the commandment, “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” But Sunday is not the Sabbath according to the Bible and the record of time. Every one knows that Sunday is the first day of the week, while Saturday is the seventh day and the Sabbath, the day consecrated as a day of rest. It is so recognized in all civilized nations. I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.”

-“Father” T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802
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“The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday” The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4

“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles… From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first”The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900

“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.”-Priest Brady, in an address at Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 17, 1903. Reported in the Elizabeth, New Jersey News of March 18, 1903

“Some non-Catholics object to Purgatory because there is no specific mention of it in Scripture. There is no specific mention of the word Sunday in Scripture The Sabbath is mentioned, but Sabbath means Saturday. Yet the Christians of almost all denominations worship on Sunday not on Saturday. The Jews observe Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday.”-Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics are Asked about, 1927, page 236

“All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible.”-The Catholic Virginian, “To Tell You The Truth,” Vol. 22, No. 49 (Oct. 3, 1947)

“… you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” -The Faith of Our Fathers, by James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, 88th edition, page 89. Originally published in 1876, republished and Copyright 1980 by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., pages 72-73.

“in 1562 the Archbishop of Reggio openly declared that tradition now stood above scripture. This is what he wrote. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of (Yahushua) Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.”
-Gaspare de Posso, Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.

“Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians.  But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ” -Council of Laodicea, Canon XXIX, taken from The Seven Ecumenical Councils, by Philip Schaff http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.viii.vii.iii.xxxiv.html

“Protestantism, In discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.” -John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883.

“Protestants. . .accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change. . .But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that . . in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” -Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950

“Not the Creator of the Universe, In Geneses 2:1-3, —but the Catholic Church “can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days.”” -S.D. Moana, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pages 366-367

“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday, they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” -Albert Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal in a letter, February 10, 1920.

“It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday. . .Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church.” -Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today, page 225, 1868 https://archive.org/details/plaintalkaboutpr00segu

“We Catholics, then, have precisely the same authority for keeping Sunday holy instead of Saturday as we have for every other article of our creed, namely, the authority of the Church… whereas you who are Protestants have really no authority for it whatever; for there is no authority for it (Sunday sacredness) in the Bible, and you will not allow that there can be authority for it anywhere else. Both you and we do, in fact, follow tradition in this matter; but we follow it, believing it to be a part of God’s word, and the (Catholic) Church to be its divinely appointed guardian and interpreter; you follow it (the Catholic Church), denouncing it all the time as a fallible and treacherous guide, which often ‘makes the commandments of God of none effect’ quoting Matthew 15:6.” -The Brotherhood of St. Paul, The Clifton Tracts, Vol. 4, tract 4, page 15. http://www.amazon.com/Clifton-Tracts-Library-Controversy-Complete/dp/B001VE0JN2 Volumes 1-3 available on archive.org but not volume 4.

“…pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.(29) This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true “sun”.” -John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998

“The retention of the old pagan name of Dies Solis, for Sunday is, in a great measure, owing to the union of pagan and Christian sentiment with which the first day of the week was recommended by Constantine to his subjects – pagan and Christian alike – as the ‘venerable’ day of the sun.” –Arthur P. Stanley, History of the Eastern Church, p. 184

“Christians in Ethiopia still do today what was common Christian habit back in the 2nd and 3rd centuries — they keep both Saturday and Sunday” -Sabbath in Scripture and History, by Kenneth A. Strand, p.184,1982 http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-Scripture-History-Kenneth-Strand/dp/0828000379 (more on this subject at http://reluctant-messenger.com/council-of-laodicea.htm)

Socrates wrote in 439 A.D. that “although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the Sabbath on every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition (Pagan Sun-Day worship), have ceased to do this.” -Sabbath in Scripture and History, by Kenneth A. Strand, p.147,1982

“The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The [Catholic] Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath Day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.” -Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, p. 89

Protestant Sources

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources
Catholic Sources

 (Anglican/Episcopal)
“And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day …. The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it.”Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism , vol. 1, pp.334, 336.

“There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday …. into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters…. The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday.”Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments , pp. 52, 63, 65.

We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church.”Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday .

(Baptist)
“There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week …. Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not…To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated…Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!”-Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers’ conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov.16, 1893.

“There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.”-William Owen Carver, The Lord’s Day in Our Day , p. 49.

(Congregationalist)
” . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath – . . ‘Me Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday …. There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.”– Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.

” . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath.”-Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.

(Disciples of Christ)
“‘But,’ say some, ‘it was changed from the seventh to the first day.’ Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives’ fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio – I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.’-Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.

“The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change.”-First Day Observance , pp. 17, 19.

(Lutheran)
“We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both.”-The Sunday Problem , a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.

“They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord’s Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!”-Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.

“The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday.”-Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.

“But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel …. These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect.”-John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday , pp. 15, 16.

(Methodist)
“Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.”-Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.

“But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken …. Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other.”-John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.

“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?”-Dwight L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.

(Presbyterian)
“The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue – the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . . The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.”-T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.

Source: http://www.biblesabbath.org/confessions.html

 

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