- Born into a world such as we live in,
requires questioning and research to sustain life and provide
the courage to keep trying no matter what. We have to learn to
land on our feet and move on knowing we are only passing through.
Living life to the fullest, I realized that we are not only physical
but spiritual creatures. We are on a journey to an everlasting
existence. The question we struggle with is how we spend eternity?
We consciously make that decision whether we know it or not.
The world is irrelevant. It will keep
spinning in space with or without us. Just the fact that the
earth is not attached to anything and keeps spinning in predictable
unison with other planets in our galaxy should make us realize
there is more to life then just making a living and having a
family. It is obvious that there is a creator. We are taught
that we are dead yet alive if we ignore God. All humans will
be alive forever. What is relevant is our eternal life and where
well spend it.
This book reveals the resistance Christians
are up against in our enemy Satan who only works to undermine
believers in Christ Jesus. Satan knows where he is going and
wants all of humanity to join him. Those who have sworn their
allegiance to him already are no problem to him. Like Jesus Christ,
who preached only three years, was crucified because Satan hated
Him, we become the object of Satans hatred as well. Had
Jesus weakened and let Satan tempt Him, He would have been King
of this world for a season and the whole world would have ended
up in hell forever.
Every man, woman, and childs salvation
hung on one man. To prove to us that we can depend on Him forever,
He weakened Himself by fasting 40 days before He was confronted
with the offer to possess the whole world. If He was 100% human
and 100% Spirit, He experienced everything humans do, yet gave
Himself to be humiliated, be bled and died for our sakes who
are completely undeserving as you will see in this book.
God knows our lot, that we have no chance
of making it to Heaven on our own. We can try as hard as we want;
Satan derails us at every turn without Gods intervention.
Most of us believe that we are good people and would not hurt
anyone, go to church on Sunday and earn our wages by the sweat
of our brow. That is well and good, but we tend to be rebels
spiritually. We want to do it our way instead of studying the
Bible we read other books and listen to evangelists in the hope
thats going to get us to heaven. Nothing could be further
from the truth.
In my case raised in an affluent household
I never thought Id be confronted with utter poverty like
I was. God is love and since we are in the likeness of God we
all have love inherent in us. Some are aware of it and others
not. Love and hate are parallel and if you have ever noticed
it is very easy to go from love to hate. Love is God and hate
is Satan. The minute we have unmet needs, Satan is going to be
there with his solutions. Both God and Satan have a price for
their services. When we reach out to God for help, the price
is to know His Word enough so we apply it correctly and reap
the benefits. We also have to learn to listen to the still small
voice of the Holy Spirit. He is in believers and signals to us
when we need to deal with an issue and immediately act on it
or we lose. It takes practice and we learn by trial and error
like a baby that skins its knees learning how to walk.
Satans price is violating the Word
of God. Satan expects us to engage in behavior that grieves God.
When we participate in Satans tools we reap Gods
wrath. The Bible warns that we can even lose our souls.
When we engage in activity that seems
to be godly and are too ignorant to see the problem God has given
us a way out because Satan is too cunning for those who do not
read or understand the Bible. I found that I wanted to read the
Bible but it seemed cryptic to me, I could not make head or tail
out of it. My sister said, to her the Old Testament stories were
simply romantic stories. She couldnt figure out what she
was supposed to learn from it. Until we truly receive the Holy
Spirit we cannot understand the Bible.
It is veiled to people who are not committed
to Jesus Christ like a Bride is committed to her Bridegroom.
That is not just casual but a deep relationship that lasts forever.
Why? The relationship is based on unconditional love. When there
are no conditions to be filled in a relationship, there are no
disappointments and it lasts forever.
There is no sin in that kind of a relationship
because Jesus died for every sin that was ever committed. If
we continue to sin deliberately we do not have the Holy Spirit
in us and are not part of the Bride of Christ. We know when we
have the Holy Spirit because He controls our behavior. The Apostle
Paul shared: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
(2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV) For ye see your calling, brethren,
how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty,
not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things
of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
(1 Corinthians 1:26-29
This book is meant for readers who want
to know the truth, which rests in the reality of Jesus Christ.
The book is not to be viewed as an attack on segments of society,
but is meant to hold suggestions as to how Christians can exist
and live their faith within today's pagan society. It proves
that endurance to the end should be a top priority. Complacency
is Satan's favorite playground to bring Jesus Christ down in
us. Every person is in the Book of Life until they deny or reject
Jesus Christ's existence; only then is their name blotted out.
During my travel through life, I met
few people who truly had a testimony of Jesus Christ. That realization
motivated me to share my discoveries. The devils focal
point is to destroy Jesus Christ in us and he has thousands of
devices to get the job done. We cannot come to Christ Jesus without
the knowledge that He really exists. It takes believing that
Christ Jesus is Gods Word that became flesh.
He is our creator. Jesus Christ is Gods
first begotten Son and that He, Jesus Christ; God the Father
and God the Holy Spirit, are One God in three persons. See: John
1:1-4; 10-14; 1 John 5:7 (KJV) Remember that only the Body of
Christ Jesus has the one and only God in three persons. All other
denominations and religions are monotheists. That is going to
be extremely good to know since major movements are destroying
the Biblical concepts today. The history of creation has been
removed and replaced by evolution. Evolution has been proven
to be an impossibility mathematically and so far people have
not come up with an alternative teaching to avoid bringing the
history of creation back into the schools. This faulty teaching
has had the most devastating effects on today's society.
From my own life, I realized the importance
of discovering God in my heart early in life, to develop that
personal relationship that became the guiding hand so essential
through perilous times. Relying on preachers to share the true
history of humanity was wrong on my part. The truth did not penetrate
until I studied it myself. The Scriptures are a God breathed
history and prophecy of Gods promises and their fulfillment
daily. We can prove its authenticity by applying biblical principles
to our every day life. They work. God teaches us through His
Son, prophets and apostles how to resist the devil.
The circumstances I grew up under gave
me an unusual awareness and made me dig for answers of what life
was all about. It didnt make much sense to me. God performed
a miraculous victory in my case considering where I came from
and what I had to work through. I could not have maintained on
my own. The story will bear that out. We plan our course, but
God determines the steps and often derails what we set out to
do unless our plans line up with His. It is a fearful
thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance
the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured
a great fight of afflictions; (Hebrews 10:31-32 KJV)
Christians may object to the handling
of this life. It will test Christian's understanding of God's
methods of administering discipline. God has to tame (temper,
mellow, soften us) to bring us into line with His will for us
and His will is to become a harvester of souls, a fisher of men
and women by allowing the Holy Spirit to indwell us and use our
bodies for His purposes. That is why Jesus taught the following:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are they that mourn: for
they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall
inherit the earth.
- Blessed are they which do hunger
and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful: for they
shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart: for
they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for
they shall be called the children of God.
- Blessed are they which are persecuted
for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile
you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against
you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:
for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the
prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to
be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light
a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and
it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light
so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:3-16 KJV)
Evangelists persuade the public to be
born again with the conviction; once saved, always saved and
the new Christian becomes a victim of the diabolic devices of
Satan unless he or she begins a daily disciplined walk of Bible
study. Becoming a disciple of Christ Jesus is not about just
following Him and telling others about it. The word disciple
is derived from `dis', - apart, and cipere to hold,
to take, to seize. 1. A pupil follower of Jesus.
The word disciple comes from the word discipline: 1. A branch
of knowledge or learning; 2. Training that develops self- control,
character, or orderliness and efficiency; 3. The result of such
training; 4. Acceptance of or submission to authority and control
(in our case as Christians, submission to the Holy Spirit, Who
is part of the God head) The source of the explanations
is Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.
This account is about false teachers
who appeal to our sinful nature and entice us who are just barely
escaping from those who live in error. They promise freedom,
while they themselves are slaves to depravity. A man is a slave
to whatever has mastered him as the apostle Paul states in 2
Peter 2:17- 22. If we have escaped the corruption of the world
by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled
in it and overcome by it, we are worse off at the end then we
were at the beginning and a fool like me repeated that folly
over and over until I did what God asks of all of us, study the
Word of God to understand my plight from a spiritual perspective.
I couldnt win without first doing that.
There is a judgment for believers as
well as unbelievers. Believers are judged for how they spend
their time. God expects us to dedicate a reasonable amount of
time to Him. Believers will not be in the final judgment, the
second Resurrection. Believers are raised into eternal life in
heaven at the First Resurrection / Rapture.
The future of unbelievers according to
2 Peter 3:7,8 is: 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 `Day of Judgment' is coming when the earth will be destroyed
by fire after the devil and those who are ungodly and do not
wish to go to heaven will be placed in the lake of fire forever.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This
is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14-15 KJV)
There are some who teach that the lake
of fire is a temporary state and that after cremation of bodies
takes place, they simply become ashes. Nothing is further from
the truth. Scripture states that the last enemy that shall
be destroyed is death. Death is also thrown into the lake
of fire; in other words, it ceases to exist.. That proves that
the lake of fire is eternal. This event is called the second
death. In the second death there is no separation of soul
and body as in the case of the first death. That means there
will be full awareness of the condition that the body is in.
Obviously the suffering will be eternally excruciating. We certainly
do not wish to see our loved ones in this situation.
Death, in any form, is the penalty of
law. It is attended with pain. It cuts off from hope, from friends,
from enjoyment. It subjects him or her who dies to a much-dreaded
condition. In all these respects it was proper to call the final
condition of the wicked death, even though their soul would live.
There is no evidence that John om the Book of John, meant to
affirm that the second death would imply an extinction of existence.
See "death and hell" Hosea 13:14; 1 Corinthians 15:26,54;
"lake of fire" Matthew 25:41
This day is the last day of the `Lord's
Day'. Our only opportunity to bypass the final judgment completely
is this moment. We may die in the next moment. By just believing
that Jesus is the Christ, the first begotten Son of God, who
shed His blood out of His Body from the cross to literally wash
'our' sins away into the sea of forgetfulness, that He resurrected
on the third day and gave His Holy Spirit Who set about to gather
all who wish to go to heaven back to our Lord and Savior Christ
Jesus. When we are confronted with this event and say yes
Lord, I wish to be Your Bride the Holy Spirit takes residence
in our hearts and begins to bring us into awareness of our sinful
nature and helplessness and makes us realize that our only hope
is Christ Jesus. Depending on how we have lived to this point,
we begin to feel sorrow about our past and wish that we had done
this long ago. Repentance is to stop doing things that grieve
the Holy Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit begins to coach
us, our lives change. Our lives are now under attack by Satan
and we become aware of the Holy Spirit in us because He empowers
us to overcome the world. When we dont heed Him we will
know because doing it in the physical without Him is to fail
The journey was long and tedious and
often discouraging, but His promises are in the Bible and only
those who endure to the end will get the ring. An awareness of
the empty space inside that yearns for this loving Holy Spirit
to enter is for real. Then when He lives in that space it is
filled with the peace that is beyond all understanding. When
it first happens the joy is as indescribable as falling in love
with the man or woman of ones dreams. There comes a desire
to shout it from the rooftop that never leaves. The joy calms
down like it does in marriage when the daily routine sets in
of being married to man or woman, as well as Jesus Christ.
When I got to that point, God had a whole
agenda ready to go which has not stopped to this day. It was
shock and awe to say the least that God had been in my life really
all my life preparing me for that day. I had all the skills I
needed, the equipment necessary to go public and the funding
from my own past to keep the balls in the air. He had led me
through many facets in society that are satanic to share with
others so they could be set free as I had. I knew all my life
at some point I would be doing what I am doing today but it took
many years before God opened the door for me to actually do it.
Had I run ahead of Him, heresy is what I would have been teaching.
We definitely have to have patience and wait on God. He is working
on us as in Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are
the work of thy hand.
The `Lord's Day' is described in 2 Peter
3:8 to be equivalent to a 1000 years in God's mind. This day
includes the dreaded seven-year tribulation, which hangs over
civilization suspended without dates. Because God's patience
is incredible, He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone
to come to repentance. He is waiting as long as He possibly can.
But in Luke 12:39, He shares with us that He will suddenly come
like a thief in the night at an hour when we least expect it
and warns us in Luke 21:34-36 And take heed to yourselves,
lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come
upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that
dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and
pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these
things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of
man. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye
know not when the time is.
(Mark 13:33 KJV)
When I read Luke 21:36 I question the
word accounted worthy. What does Luke refer to since
we are saved by the mere fact that we believe that Jesus Christ
is God Himself in flesh and that He died for our sins. The Jamieson-Fausset-
Brown Commentary explains this verse 36 to mean: Watch
. . . pray, the two great duties which in prospect of trial are
constantly enjoined. These warnings, suggested by the need of
preparedness for the tremendous calamities approaching, and the
total wreck of the existing state of things, are the general
improvement of the whole discourse, carrying the mind forward
to Judgment and Vengeance of another kind and on a grander and
more awful scale--not ecclesiastical or political but personal,
not temporal but eternal--when all safety and blessedness will
be found to lie in being able to "STAND BEFORE THE SON OF
MAN" in the glory of His personal appearing.
We stand before Jesus Christ with His
righteousness, rather than our own, which was imputed to us when
we came to Him in repentance. The Bible describes this event
as the wedding between the bride of Christ, His church, and Jesus
Christ. Anyone who attends this wedding in a wedding dress that
is incorrect is told to leave. The wedding dress is the righteousness
of Jesus Christ. We cant lose if we have the Word in us
and understand the truth. During the tribulation discussed in
the final pages of this book, the heavens disappear with a roar,
elements will be destroyed by fire. Christians are looking forward
to a new heaven and a new earth. The corruption described in
the following pages caused by evil desires of people will come
to a climax when the Antichrist becomes the only world leader.
Jesus taught two simple commandments,
which covers all requirements of us: Jesus said unto
him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
To escape this wrath and to make our
calling and election sure and preventing us from falling, we
must do what He tells us to in 2 Peter 1:1-14 Simon
Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that
have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness
of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto
us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might
be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and
to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and
to brotherly kindness charity.
"For if these things be in you,
and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he
that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore
the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance
of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the
present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this
tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing
that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord
Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
The confession in the following chapters
proves that whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that the Holy Spirit produced
the victory. No man, when he hath lighted a candle,
putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on
a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
(Luke 11:33 KJV)
The struggle between principalities becomes
clearly evident and will bring the reader's memories into focus
in relation to God and our adversary and shed light on those
episodes. What became clear while writing was our three dimensional
existence: the flesh, the soul (mind) and the spirit. Our soul
is our awareness of this physical existence in our environment,
which can be called our horizontal view. The vertical awareness
only comes by accepting the Word of God as truth. We can only
acknowledge that when we have the Holy Spirit who witnesses to
our spirit and empowers us to communicate with God. God is Spirit.
These two perceptions make up the cross. Then said Jesus
unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever
will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his
life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25 KJV)
The direct spiritual growth came by continuously
contending for the faith no matter what was happening. The discoveries
that the Bible is true come by comparing the circumstances with
the Bible. The realization that the encounters are natural was
a byproduct. The goal was to be obedient but ignorance spawned
continuous obstacles. The writer really had no plans of her own
other than just getting through on Gods terms. She knew
God and trusted Him every step of the way. Or what man
is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him
Since we are vessels on a potters
wheel, the process does not feel very comfortable. Life often
does not make sense, because we do not know Gods goal for
us. If God were to tell us what He is going to do with us, we
would probably resign on the spot. Like physical marriage, spiritual
marriage is much the same. God keeps us from the truth so nature
can take its course. Then one day the truth becomes a reality
in Christ Jesus when He reveals Himself. Our worship of Him then
becomes sharing the good news that He is forever faithful. Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV) A
hymn from John Newton that was given to John by a Jewish friend
in London in 1946, sums up what this story is about. The old
hymns characterize not only profound theology, but also a logical
progression from the first verse through the end.
- "I ask the Lord that I might
grow in wisdom, love and every grace, might of His salvation
know, seek more earnestly His face.
T'was He who taught me thus to pray and He I trust has answered
prayer, but it has been in such a way it almost drove me to despair.
I thought that in some favorite hour at once he'd answer my request,
and by his love's sustaining power
subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this He made me feel the hidden evils of my heart
and let the angry powers of hell assault my soul in every part.
Nay more with His own hand he seemed intent to aggravate my vow
broke all the fair designs I schemed
blasted my gourds and laid me low, Lord why is this I trembling
cried wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
T'is in this way the Lord replied I answer prayer for grace and
faith. These inward struggles I employ from self in pride to
set thee free
and break thy schemes of earthly joy that thou mayest find thy
all in me.