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Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 22:37-40
Why is there suffering and tragedy in the world when God is said to be so loving, and when God Himself declared the creation to be “Very Good” (Gen. 1:31)? The book “Eden to Evil” gives the answers to these questions and many more that have plagued and confused our church leaders for generations.
Because suffering, tragedy, and inequality are part of our lives, God gave us guidelines to follow—Social Justice guidelines—but once again, mankind is distorting the Bible AND God’s teachings.
What exactly is “Social Justice?” Social Justice is an obligation that we, as individuals are admonished to do… to share love, concern, and care for those less fortunate in this life. How we accomplish this (whether through individual effort, or through governmental action), is the challenge every society grapples with. Social justice is showing true love, and actually taking responsibility for our actions toward others. Should we ignore those in need, or care for them as we are able. Some consider social justice to be a right to be enjoyed by those less fortunate…meaning that there are minimal obligations that individuals and society must meet in order to be humane. Some consider social justice to be a responsibility…meaning that individuals and society must care for those in need.
Each individual must determine exactly what is the minimal standard necessary to care for those in need. Read More
Are we part of the 1/3rd ?
Were we in EDEN ?
Ezekiel 31; Revelation 12:1-4
Who are Adam (mankind), and Eve (womankind) in Eden?
Among the most misunderstood verses in the Bible are Revelation 12:1-4. There are several understandings of just what this woman in heaven, and these symbols around her, represent. Revelation Chapter 12 is a summary of events beginning with our creation in heaven…then, describing our fall (the one-third)…then the formation of nations here on earth (including Israel)…then the birth of Christ…then the continuing battle in heaven between the remaining two-thirds along with Michael, and Satan and his angels (Rev. 12:7-9)…and finally concluding with the end times effort of Satan to battle the children of God left on the earth (Rev. 12:17, 18:23)—All this history summed up in this one chapter.
In addition to this woman and the host of creation, Satan is pictured here in heaven/Eden/Paradise (Rev. 12:3; Ezek. 31), trying to set up his own kingdom which is opposed to God.
Some believe the woman represents the church of all ages (Isa. 54:5-6; Ezek. 47:21-23; Hosea 2:18-20; John 3:28-29; 2 Corin. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-32; Rev. 19:7-8). Catholics believe the woman represents Mary—Jesus came from Mary. Read More
Are “Angels” And Humans Somehow Related ?
“As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”
One of the issues which confuses, and clouds our understanding of God’s plan (the creation, the fall, the reconciliation, and the judgment), is our understanding of the term “angels,” and “man.” Are we in any way related to the angels of God’s creation–the host of heaven? Angels perform functions such as being messengers of God, and man was created to tend to God’s kingdom (the Garden of Eden). So, angels and man were both created by God, both created eternal in the original creation (Gen. 2 & 3). However, God doesn’t actually define us as different beings. The host of heaven include angels, but the term “host” is not limited to “angels” (Psalm 148:2). Angels are messengers, and ambassadors, and the host are the “mass,” or “army of persons” (which includes messengers and ambassadors, etc.). Actually, angels have many descriptions, just as man in this age has many functions—messengers, warriors, guardians, reapers, ministers, pastors, etc. Read More
Why did Nineveh Obey?
Jonah 1:1-3; Matthew 12:38-41
The story of Jonah in the Bible…what a crazy story. Some guy gets swallowed up by a giant fish, and then, after three days and nights, he gets burped up on a beach, and then, like Jack and the Beanstalk, a huge plant grows up to shade him, and finally it all ends with a giant worm. Sounds like Hollywood was involved with this one.
But, this is a true story! No, really! First, it is written in a literal, historical style, not as poetry, and not as allegory. Most importantly, Jesus Himself even referred to it (Matt. 12:38-41). The story of Jonah took place around the Mediterranean Sea, between Spain (west), Israel, and Assyria (east). Nineveh, which was part of the old Babylonian Empire (Iraq), was now part of the newer Assyrian Empire at the time of this event with Jonah. Nineveh was east of Israel. This event took place in the eighth century before Jesus, while Israel was still a nation with power. The Assyrian Empire was the enemy of Israel, and Nineveh was its capital–a huge city. Jonah was told by God to go to this enemy of Israel, and share the love, forgiveness, and salvation of God with them–to hopefully save them. What did Jonah do? He went in exactly the opposite direction. Who, after all, wants to save their enemy? He headed toward Tarshish. Read More
Rule Number 2
Would Jesus attend a Gay Marriage Ceremony?
Isaiah 6:8-13; Matthew 22:36-40
Let’s ask a question today to help us understand why the church that holds to the Bible seems to be being reduced, slowly but surely, to a remnant. Would Jesus attend a gay marriage ceremony? Of course He would! Read Isaiah 6:8, and Matthew 22:36-40. Just like the passage in Isaiah 6:8, Jesus would say: “Send me!”—Send me to love the people! But, before we ask: “What would Jesus do?”…we must first consider exactly what Jesus actually did. In other words, when Jesus dealt with the lives of sinners, what exactly was His purpose, and how did He interact with us sinners? Again, Isaiah 6:8, and Matthew 22:36-40—Send me to love the people—I’ll go! Now, for those of us who want to be Christ-like, should we attend a gay ceremony if invited? In this message today, we will discuss “Rule number two.” Rule number one is to love God, and rule number two is to love each other (Matt. 22:36-40).
It must first be said, that God created each of us exactly as He intended to create us (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:4-5, 11). This means whether one feels heterosexual, or homosexual, that one is designed by God in a specific way (Of course, sometimes social conditions, or worldly conditions, influence our feelings after we are born—this does happen, and this is man’s doing, not God’s intent). Either way, the real issue is not being gay, or straight–God loves us all. Read More
The Law & The Gospel of Grace
Psalm 139:13-16; Matthew 16:24-27
Any freaks out there? Some believe I’m a freak because I actually like to spend most of my time in the Bible and ministry. How weird can you get? The basic difference between a Christian and other people is that I (as a Christian), know I am a pitiful sinner and cursed by God because of my own personal sin (in other words—I deserve this life of suffering). Many other people just believe their problems are a result of bad decisions (maybe theirs, usually someone else’s), and that these problems can be dealt with and fixed by either themselves, or government, or something else within our human power to fix (in other words—they are being persecuted, many times for no good reason—and a good God would not allow this to happen…so they ignore God).
Basically, the story of life is this: We all once had a great relationship with God in Paradise (Eden—Eph. 1:4-5, 11). Some, like me, decided to defy God, and we are now born into this world…to die (the 7 Day creation—this world—Gen. 2:17). In Eden we could only die spiritually—by being separated from God. We couldn’t die physically, because we all existed in supernatural eternal bodies, not subject to death. We were all created to live eternally. Adam and Eve are the examples given to us by God of this eternal existence in Eden. Read More
WEEDS – Deception of the Host in
Eden & The Harvest of Evil First in the End Times
Genesis 6:1-7; Matthew 13:24-30, and 36-43
Jesus, in Matthew 13, gives us seven parables which represent a picture of time, from Jesus spreading the Word 2,000 years ago (the first parable), to the harvest of souls at the end of the age, the judgment of God (the seventh parable). Today, we will explore the second parable – parable two of seven.
First, however, we should note some things about Jesus’ ministry, before we explore these parables. Note in Matthew 13:1-2, that this is when Jesus changes His direction. Up until now, His word was for the nation of Israel. But, here in Matthew 13:1, it says that Jesus goes out of the house (Israel – Matt. 11:20), and goes to the sea (“lake” in some translations, meaning to “all the nations” – Rev. 17:15). The phrase “went out of the house” is seen by Jewish scholars to mean Jesus left the Jewish household, and went to the lake or sea (the sea is the preferred translation), and “sea” is a metaphor for nations and peoples. Jesus is seen as now taking His message to all peoples. Read More